Today, I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish! Normally the prompts are about, well, BOOKS. Every so often, however, they like to change things around and post a top ten about something else. This week the topic is “top ten favorite movies or TV shows.”
I’ve actually meant to write a post like this for a while, so how could I not jump in? I don’t often watch movies but when I do I always think, “I should do this more often!” Following are ten movies I adore, listed in no particular order. [Bestows virtual popcorn upon you]Enjoy!
1. Jurassic Park
DINOSAURS, people. Dinosaurs! How can anyone not love this movie?! It has the perfect mix of adrenaline-filled action scenes and awe-inspiring moments, PLUS one of the most gorgeous film scores ever. I really think John Williams was at his absolute best when he created that main theme.
P.S. If you adore the movie or just want to read an amazing story, try the original book by Michael Crichton. There is plenty of technical science-y jargon to get through, but don’t give up: It really pays off in the end. The book explores a lot of ideas that the movie only barely touched upon, and the ending is SOOOO different.
2. Miss Congeniality
This movie is completely ridiculous. And guess what? I love it! I’ve seen it so many times that I’ve lost count. It’s about an FBI agent who goes undercover at the Miss United States beauty pageant after an unknown person threatens to blow up the winner.
My dad quotes Monty Python; I quote Miss Congeniality. In fact, although my brother complains about the movie, we’ve seen it numerous times together and he always giggles at the dorky quoting marathon that follows: “Hey! I’m gliding here!”
I feel like the only person in the world who loved this movie more than its sequel! Catching Fire was good but… honestly… I never like the middle parts of trilogies because they’re usually at that weird lull-in-the-action phase.
Anyway. The Hunger Games, while not a perfect adaptation, comes pretty close. I loved seeing Panem onscreen – oh, that contrast between the poor of District 12 and the freakishly-rich (and freakish-looking) Capitol citizens!
P.S. Here’s a big thanks to James Newton Howard for writing a beautiful film score!
4. The Fellowship of the Ring
Oh wow, this movie. It is my favorite book-to-film adaptation EVER and buying the extended edition boxed set was totally worth it. The Fellowship of the Ring is super-long but I don’t mind because it just keeps getting better and better.
What’s not to love about this movie? It’s remarkably accurate to the book. Its great panoramic shots are a feast for the eyes. And its film score is beautiful!
5. Despicable Me
Villains plus animation plus a children’s movie? Bring it on! This has to be one of the most bizarre children’s movies I’ve ever seen. (That’s a good thing, by the way.) I giggled throughout the entire thing, wished I had minions of my own, and was very happy that some weirdo decided that kids’ movies need more villains.
I expected Up to be yet another lousy, irritating children’s movie. You know, the kind with fart jokes every two seconds, the kind that makes you wonder why you bothered to watch it.
But it wasn’t. Up was actually very well-written, very sweet, and sometimes very sad. It’s a kids’ movie that isn’t about kids and I think that made all the difference.
Also, it made me want to float away in a wildly colorful house. Who’s with me?!
7. Rear Window
It’s time for another big thank-you, but this one is for my mom and dad: Thanks for showing me so many Alfred Hitchcock films when I was little! All the ones I’ve seen were deliciously creepy, but this one was the most so. (Even more so than The Birds, in my opinion!) The plot centers around a man who slowly becomes convinced that his neighbor murdered his wife and buried her in the apartments’ yard. It’s a bit slow to start, but stick with it because the suspense just keeps growing!
8. Captain America
The Avengers was funny and Thor had gorgeous music, but Captain America is by far my favorite Marvel movie. He’s my favorite superhero! And he has a great origin story! (Unlike Iron Man’s, which was just… zzzzz.)
I like how different Captain America is from the other movies in the series. The others all take place in the modern day – and I’d prefer to watch something that’s set in a different time. Even if it is, ahem, not quite historically accurate. But we’re not worried about that, are we?
Another superhero movie! To my knowledge, this is the only DC Comics movie I’ve ever seen. The movies on this list aren’t in any certain order, but this definitely makes the top three.
Sometimes I love sweet, dorky movies like Despicable Me and Up. But sometimes I love incredibly dark, violent, and intense movies: The Dark Knight delivers on all three counts. It actually reminds me of Game of Thrones in a weird way. They’re both about a world that is out of control, where no one is ever completely safe.
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
The only worthwhile film of the bunch, in my opinion. I LOATHED the previous movies and had very low expectations for Part I… so I was blown away by the amazing-ness of this movie. People complain about the decision to split the final book into two films, but I think it was a great choice. For once, the filmmakers were actually able to include almost everything from the original story!
Feel free to join in the link-up! What are your favorite movies? Do you like any of the movies listed here?
P.S. Lately I’ve been thinking about going to see How To Train Your Dragon 2. Any thoughts? Was it as good as the first?