Hello, and welcome to my first post.
I thought I’d start off with something to let people get to know me, so here is a countdown of my ten favourite films.
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
I love the Harry Potter books, but I think a lot of people would be surprised to know I’m not a huge fan of the movies. They just leave out too much important information. Nevertheless, I had to have one of the movies in my top ten – and Philosopher’s Stone is the closest to the original source.
9. The Inbetweeners Movie
This film never fails to make me laugh – I went through sixth form at the same time as Will, Simon, Jay and Neil and it was much more realistic than Skins or the USA shows that were released at the same time. I didn’t have orgies and smoke weed (I wasn’t one of the cool kids like the Skins crew ;P ) but I did have inappropriate crushes and my friend did have a crap car. Favourite quote of the movie? “I stopped believing in God when I realised it was just dog spelt backwards.”
8. Billy Elliot
Being from the North East, it should be illegal not to like this film. It’s just such an uplifting film with a great soundtrack, especially the serious amount of T-Rex. I’ve also seen the stage show in London, and love that soundtrack too.
The perfect Christmas movie. I love Will Ferrell, and Buddy’s naivety and positivity is so infectious, you can’t not love this movie. In fact, is it really Christmas if you haven’t watched this at least twice?
6. The Full Monty
Another film with a great soundtrack (Wilson Pickett, Hot Chocolate, Cockney Rebel…), this film is another one that makes me smile every time I watch it. It’s just such a Northern film, and it sparked my love of Sheffield. Added bonus that it Tom Wilkinson and Paul Barber, two great actors.
5. Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine is one of the most beautiful films I have ever found by accident. Not enough people my age know about this film – and I seem to find my favourite films through an amazing soundtrack (Cockney Rebel, T-Rex… seeing a trend anyone?) You can’t help but feel a little bit in love with Brian Slade and his glam rock ways.
4. Despicable Me
Yes I am a small child at heart. From the first time I saw this film, I fell in love with the minions and their mix of English, Spanish, Italian and Minion-ese. Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want a pet minion?
3. Brokeback Mountain
Such an uplifting film about finding love in whatever way it comes to you. A lot of people call it “the gay cowboy movie” and then they see it, and realise what it’s actually about. A beautiful soundtrack, gorgeous scenic shots and two people who fall in love in unfortunate circumstances. It never fails to make me cry at the end, and inspired a love of country music in me.
2. Beauty and the Beast
It would only make sense that my two favourite films would be Disney films made in the early 90’s. I grew up with the sounds of Alan Menken, dressing up like Belle – my original role model before Hermione Granger came along – and thinking my perfect boyfriend would turn into a beast the moment I kissed him. It’s only as an adult that I’ve realised Belle and Adam were most likely killed in the French Revolution (see The Super Carlin Brothers for more on that).
1. The Lion King
How could this not be my favourite movie? A great soundtrack (which started my love of Hans Zimmer), a storyline based on a Shakespeare play I always feel guilty I haven’t read and a lioness that a generation of kids got a little bit turned on by. I don’t remember anything from GCSE Chemistry, or how to ride a bike, but I have memorised the entire of this film.