My all-time favourite films

I love films. As a child I used to tell my parents that one day I wanted to be a film director. I studied several media modules at uni and I’ve made little YouTube videos (although they’re not particularly good) for the last couple of years.

Although I ended up pursuing writing instead- I’ve still got a lot of love in my heart for the big screen. So here- are my favourite films of all time.

(I am obviously not putting Harry Potter, The Matrix, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings on this list. Because I am a multi-flavour nerd and it is an absolute given that I love those films.)

Edward Scissorhands.

Okay, I know that Johnny Depp is a total piece of garbage and I don’t advocate his new stuff, but this has been my favourite movie since I was 13. It’s the most beautiful film EVER (and don’t argue with me on that one), I cry every single-time, it’s ridiculously quote-able and never have I loved a couple us much as Edward and Kim. Be still my beating heart.

Shutter Island.

The first time I saw this I was literally gob-smacked and restarted it to watch it again. It’s a thriller, psychological mindfuck- with one of the best twists in cinematic history. Plus it has Leo in it. What ain’t to love?

Romeo and Juliet- Baz L Version.

Young Leo, Claire Danes and my favourite Shakespeare. This is SO perfectly done. They use the original dialogue from the play, but it’s set in a modern-world Verona Beach.

Gone Girl.

This is one of my all-time favourite books, and I was so nervous for the movie. However, the casting is perfect. Rosamund Pike is the perfect Amy, Ben Affleck is okay as Nick- although not totally how I imagined him… But I think for an adaptation this perfectly done. Claps to you David Fincher.

Black Swan.

This is the only Darren Aranovsky film I’ve seen, but boy is this a brilliantly dark, twisted mind-fuck. It follows the story of Nina- a ballet dancer, total perfectionist and beautifully vulnerable. She is cast as the lead in the company production of Swan Lake- where she must get in touch with her darker side to embody the black swan. Honestly, this is almost my all-time favourite film. I love how many layers of meaning are behind it, the themes and the horror factor. Honestly, I could write essays on this.

Fight Club.

Yep, I’m boring and cliché but there’s a reason this is always in everyone’s list. It’s perfect. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this immediately and go watch it. Plus, I can’t talk about it. (HAHA I’m so not funny)

Raiders of the Lost Arc.

Eh man what can I say, I’m a sucker for Indiana Jones. I love the adventure, the theme-tune, Harrison Ford- the whole lot. Although scary melting faces had me quaking in my boots as a kid.

Inside Out.

This is my absolute favourite Pixar. (God it was hard to pick between this one and the Incredibles)- but I love the story! It’s obviously a kid’s film, but they’ve put so much in for adults as well. It follows the 5 little people (?) who run the brain of 12-year-old Riley, and the traumas of becoming a teenager. It’s so cute, heartwarming, funny and sweet.

Trainspotting.

A group of drug-addicts run around Edinburgh. That’s pretty much how I can summarize this movie. (The book is also AMAZE) It’s gritty, dirty and the acting is absolute brilliance. Plus it’s fueling my absolute obsession with how much I love Scottish accents. Choose life kids.

Kill Bill- Volume 1.

The story follows ‘the Bride’- who wakes up from a coma, realizes that her life has been ruined by Bill and his Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. So, she seeks revenge. First off, this movie gave me the alarm bell sound that I constantly do, it’s also Quentin Tarantino (a film-directing genius) and the story and way it’s filmed are brilliant. Of course it’s gory, look at the director- but it doesn’t take anything away from the story.

Pans’ Labyrinth.

This film is outright extraordinary. It’s honestly like nothing I’ve ever seen, and follows Ofelia, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales sent to live with her new stepfather, a captain of the Spanish army. I feel like this film is not only perfectly shot, brilliantly acted but the contrast between the Labyrinth and the real grit of post-Spanish Civil-War is so well-balanced. Also- it’s in Spanish, so I hope ya like subtitles.

Little Miss Sunshine.

The story follows a dysfunctional family across the country in a van, to get their daughter to a beauty pageant. It’s all about family, love, acceptance- and also it’s heart-wrenchingly sad in some places. Plus Olive is a damn icon for how we should all live our lives.

Kick-Ass.

This movie is SO unlike any other superhero movie out there. The story follows Dave Lizewski, comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero. It’s funny, it’s violent, it’s music is ace and also it’s so true to the comic. I LOVE THIS ONE.

500 Days of Summer.

My absolute favorite anti-romance… this story follows the story of Tom and Summer. It starts with their break-up and goes back the last 500 days to tell their story. As I’ve seen this over the years I’ve changed my view on it so much. I used to feel sorry and relate to Tom so much, but nowadays? Summer was always in the right. K glad that’s sorted. Also I love the Smiths too.

Baby Driver.

A recent addition to my list- I saw this one in an advanced early-screening and it was SO frustrating not being able to talk to anyone about it. The movie follows ‘Baby’- a getaway driver. The soundtrack is filmed in time with the shots, the music is bangin’ and fuck me do I love Angel Elgort. (Shame that Kevin Spacey had to be in this one. Can we re-film with someone else plz)

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