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fernwithy
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Meme
Oops, almost missed that I got tagged on this by moonlitwoods

Post your Top 10 favourite movies of all time, then tag five others to do the same.

1. Star Wars (whole saga)
2. Stand By Me
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
5. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (finally saw it today! Yay!)
6. Goonies
7. Speed (okay, I like big dumb movies)
8. Robin Hood: Prince of Historical Inaccuracy and Bad Hair
9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
10. Silence of the Lambs

Others I considered but didn't quite put on the list:
Heathers, Spiderman, X2: X-Men United, the HP flicks (minus PoA), Breakfast Club, When Harry Met Sally, Twister, Independence Day, Gone With the Wind... several others that I generally don't miss when they show up on TV
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sixth_light From: sixth_light Date: January 11th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Let's hear it for big dumb movies. There is no end to the number of times I am willing to see the White House frozen/blown up/otherwise destroyed. And other landmarks, because, fun.

Bonus: bad, bad science, at which one may laugh and throw popcorn.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 11th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, ID4 rocks. Will Smith: Welcome to Earth! And of course the classic Harry Connick. And the president's perfect political speech--all very stirring, with no content whatsoever.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 11th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi. It's ten to twelve (am) in Madrid and I'm at a coffee break (at work, so I'm posting in a bit of a hurry). I find myself unable to make a list of ten all the time favourite films. The last one I saw (last saturday) was a French one whose original title I don't know, but it was translated into "Pending matters. The substitute", with Gérard Dépardieu. Bit disturbing if you live in a system that is a quite accurate copy of the Napoleonic one...
The second last was Narnia. Before the film, Narnia was absolutely unknown here, so that the editorial that has bought the rights has been able to put into shelves only the first two books. I think I've read that JK read those in her childhood. I found quite similarities (the train, the lion, the red and gold in Aslan's camp, a phoenix, some hags...). I got the first book as a Christmas present and I'm reading it, but I'm not happy with the translation (there are even grammar mistakes!). Well, I have never been happy with translations since I was a child and read Enid Blyton's.

Time to go back to work. Write you soon.

mgfespin.

(horrid weather here)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 11th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
The first one is The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, no matter how the publishers have it numbered. ;)

I think that a lot of the HP similarities were deliberately exaggerated in the film (no phoenix appears in the book!), but yeah... you can definitely see the line of influence.
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From: wychwood Date: January 11th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Good choices :) Big silly films are usually the best to watch; Prince of Thieves can always cheer me up. PotC, too.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 11th, 2006 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fun part of RH is that you can make fun of all the inconsistencies and inaccuracies and you still can't help rooting for the good guys. Plus Rickman's Sheriff of Nottingham is an ultimately cool villain.
moonlitwoods From: moonlitwoods Date: January 11th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
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I always feel some guilt when I tag someone for a meme, you know? Seems like added pressure. :\ However, I was curious as to what your list would be so I thank you. :)

We have several in common, namely Silence of the Lambs. I would be very interested to know why this is in your top ten. Likewise, I'd love to know specifically why PoA is struck off; I'm wondering if it's for the same reasons I had issues with it.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 11th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a horror novel fan, but Lambs is one of the very few horror movies that works for me. I love the scenario, I love the performances, and the script ticks along just beautifully. And I finally got around to reading the book and discovered that, lo and behold, the movie is pretty faithful by H'wood standards. Funny how that works. I love that, while Lector is obviously physically dangerous, the real tension in the movie about him getting into Clarice's head.

PoA is struck off because of so very many things. As a movie on its own, it was all right, and when I first saw it, I was struck by how pretty it was. But the more I thought about it, the more I disliked it. While I don't have issues with Thewlis himself (he doesn't look remotely like Remus, but that's not a major thing), the way the character was written and directed annoyed me. That stupid record player bothers me inordinately in a movie set at Hogwarts, as does Snape using an expletive-deleted slide projector. Kloves and Cuaron both stuck in all of these weird shipping things that have nothing to do with the story and are just them doing what badficcers do--twisting the thing to try and make it support some unlikely pairings. The Marauders are too old. We never find out about Harry's Patronus. The business of Harry seeing Peter on the map was silly.

Oh, and they skipped the whole point of having PoA in the series.

I mean, you can tell that individual story without giving the Marauder back-story, but the point--series-wise--of telling that story is to give the Marauder back-story. And it was skipped for what? So that they could put in snarky Wolfstar lines from Snape (!?) and a cute little jazz number?
silverhill From: silverhill Date: January 11th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
5. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (finally saw it today! Yay!)

Isn't that the greatest feeling -- when you see a movie and it's immediately added to your favorite movies list? I love that.

I really enjoyed LWW, but it's not quite favorite-movie material. I think the last one that might have happened to me with is Pirates of the Caribbean.
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: January 11th, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I finally saw Narnia this weekend too, and I was thinking you'd written a review (I'd been skipping them) but couldn't remember when. I think it was Awelkin who I was thinking of.

I was SO nervous about seeing it because I can't even count how many times I'd read the books (or parts of them—at a certain point I started skipping straight to inside the stable in The Last Battle, etc.) and they are such a precious part of my childhood. But I was pleasantly surprised. Of course there were differences—it's a movie. What was important to me was the visualization of it, and that it not clash too horribly with what I'd imagined for the last 20 years, and I was thrilled. When Lucy stepped out of the wardrobe she stepped into my head, with even the hills in the right places. Hurray!
angel_gidget From: angel_gidget Date: January 11th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not familiar with that particular Robin Hood. Who stars in it?


Yay for Breakfast Club! (I knew SW was a given...)
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: January 11th, 2006 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Robin Hood: Prince of Historical Inaccuracy and Bad Hair

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Your taste is movies is actually very similar to mine, minus the fact that I don't like stuff like Silence of the Lambs.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: January 11th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never seen Braveheart, then? Oh, you should. 'Course, you'd probably let the history get to you, unlike me.
tangleofthorns From: tangleofthorns Date: January 11th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
SO much love for Robin Hood--my roommate and I not only adore that hilariously bad movie; we've made up a sequel titled Robin Hood: Princier of Thieves where the Weasley twins bring Alan Rickman back from the dead and he kidnaps Kevin Costner's daughter, played by Lindsay Lohan.

Possibly we had a little too much vodka and Coke that night.
darkthirty From: darkthirty Date: January 11th, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
New here, and I even just friended you, but I'm going to say something very opinionated. You've REALLY got to see some non-hollywood movies. Why do I say this?

Tell me, what have you got against them, as I can only assume you've consciously avoided them, living in Mass and being 35. I never understand this, as the quality of international cinema is incredible. My list at http://www.livejournal.com/users/darkthirty/38046.html is, like, from another planet than yours...

Just curious.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: January 12th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, for one thing, I've only been living in Mass for a few years of my adult life, not my formative life. For another, what I tend to like about movies is their very bigness, the crowds, the splashy soundtracks, the after-film giddiness--the things that people are chatting about casually. Give me a big blockbuster with a line around the block, I don't care where it's made. I saw Crouching Tiger. The origin is of absolutely no concern to me. But if I go and the only people I have to talk to about it are a tiny group of foreign film fans, the chances of me thinking of it as a favorite--whether I liked it or not--are pretty slim. Part of what makes something a favorite is the community that forms around it. Movies are the modern day campfires we sit around to tell each other stories. I've seen a handful of foreign films, but I admit that I haven't had an especially good impression of them (largely because they've been pounded at me by art-niks in colelge), which is a lot of overstress on sex, not enough stress on solid plotting and motion through the plot. All very serious and lit'ry. And kind of political. Which is probably unfair--I doubt Bollywood would be as popular as it is if that's what it does--but first impressions last a long, long time.
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ladylavinia From: ladylavinia Date: January 12th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here are my top 10:

1. Star Wars - entire saga

2. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

3. L.A. Confidential

4. Tombstone

5. Kid Galahad (1937)

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark

7. Back to the Future (entire saga)

8. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring

9. The Untouchables

10.Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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