Hello. Enticing opening sentences aren’t my forte. Yes, I had to Google that. Anyway, this is my list of favourite films. Please bare in mind that most films pre-1990 I’ve seen frustrate me, not sure why, they just do (so I haven’t seen Godfather, Godfather Part II, etc.). Lets begin.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.
This was close to being off the list, there wasn’t much between numbers 9 and 10 and most of the near misses. It is the only film I’ve seen at the cinema more than once, I saw it three times (thanks mum!). I think what made me enjoy it so much was Johnny Depp’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow. I’d never seen anything like it in my life, one of my favourite characters of all time. Also, Barbosa was a great villain. The trilogy was let down by the sequels, it should have been a stand alone film.
9. The Last Samurai.
I love films with battles between armies (without guns) and sword fights. Always gets the adrenaline going in me. I also love history, so this film ticks a lot of my large boxes. Furthermore, it is a Tom Cruise film I like… *claps*. I love the battles, I love Katana’s, I love Ken Watanabe (Katsumoto). A very good film. However, there is no way that Tom Cruise could have survived all those bullet shots. He should have died.
8. Forrest Gump.
I guess there isn’t much to say about this, everybody loves Forrest Gump. The scenes in Vietnam are my personal highlight, but one of the greatest movie scenes ever is the scene where his leg braces break and he runs for the first time.
7. Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
I said I wasn’t a fan of most older films. This is one of few major exceptions. When people say a film is a classic, like Cleopatra and Casablanca, they are basically saying they are crap, but were good for the time they came out. This is a true classic, timeless. Makes me laugh everytime I watch it, so original. Also, it is a British film, which gives it a big tick. I support the British film industry…
“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries! And if you do not go away, I will taunt you a second time!”
Watch this – one of the greatest scenes – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAaWvVFERVA).
6. Hot Fuzz.
My favourite comedy and possibly the film with the best and most one liners ever. Cornetto? Pub? One word responses with no comedic value still end up funny. Even when repeated by your Facebook friends over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over… And over again. Also, for a comedy, it actually has a clever and interesting plot. I’d have enjoyed it if it was a detective film as well…
5. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
I haven’t ever watched a film as many times as I’ve watched this. Between the ages of four and seven, hardly ever turned it off. I dreamt I was a Jedi, I dreamt I was Luke Skywalker. I even had a green lightsaber. It may be not be as good a film as episodes IV and V, but I grew up with it as my favourite. I was scared of The Empire Strikes Back…
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings is based on the greatest fantasy novel of all time (the idea, not the execution, painful to read). It has got amazing characters, and is just a great film. Spoiler Alert: Not my favourite in the trilogy…
3. The Dark Knight.
I like superhero films. However, I have never really enjoyed Batman films, or anything by DC Comics. However, Batman Begins was better, and drew me into the series. This film is one of the greats, and made by The Joker. Heath Ledger played him better than I really thought anyone could, I wondered how he would pull it off. Also, this film is everything the Dark Knight Rises isn’t…
My opinion on The Dark Knight Rises: I don’t like it. Bane is awful, you can’t understand him, and when you can, you can’t take him seriously. I’d be more likely to wet my pants laughing than wet them from fear. Also, recovering from a broken back in five months? Please… This ‘Honest Trailer’ perfectly sums it up – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQJuGeqdbn4). All their honest trailers are hilarious.
“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Overused, but amazing. I can watch this film all the time, which is convenient because it’s on ITV2 every other week… The only other praise it needs is that there is only one better film in my opinion…
Justin Bieber – Never Say Never. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
The greatest film ever. Period. When I saw it, it was the most excited I’ve ever been to see a film. It’s just, wow. Everything about it. I pity the people who have never seen these films, which is a frustratingly high amount. Watch this film! Sorry for the anti-climax, I just can’t put into words how good I think it is…
A note on The Hobbit: I saw this film on Saturday and I honestly loved it. Every single minute of it. Some critics criticised it, I guess that’s their job, but they picked flaws that I didn’t think were flaws. It will most likely feature (highly) on this list, but I will wait until I’ve seen it a few times, and seen the sequels.
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – The battle for Helm’s Deep is probably the greatest battle in a movie or television show that I have ever seen and it makes the movie great. However, it does save the film, which is a lot weaker than it’s predecessor and successor.
- The Da Vinci Code – Probably the film closest to making the list, I love it, and I love how you can follow the clues as it goes a long. Thinking about it, I probably prefer it to The Pirates of the Caribbean… And Angels & Demons is a very good film too…
- The Grinch – only at Christmas time, but the best and warmest Christmas film there is. Home Alone was close as well, as that can be watched all year round!
- Other notable mentions for: Law Abiding Citizen, Megamind, Despicable Me, Step Brothers, V for Vendetta, Iron Man, and probably loads of other films…
Thanks for reading, what are your favourite films?