Saturday, 14 July 2018

30 Day Writing Challenge 14/30: Films I Love (& An Explanation)

Day 14: Post your favourite movies that you never get tired of watching

Hello again, blog. It's been a while. And by 'a while', I mean a few days, but still. I've missed four prompts of this challenge because I've been busy in the evenings this week (watching the England/Croatia World Cup game, commiserating over said game, going to the cinema, and clearing out my wardrobe to name a few things that I've been getting up to) and haven't had a great deal of time to write. To rectify this, I'll revisit the prompts that I missed at the end of the challenge (the advantages of doing a 30-day challenge in a 31-day month!) and in the meantime, I'll continue with the prompts in order. Safe to say that I've failed the challenge, but what did everyone really expect? This is me we're talking about.

But there was no way that I was going to miss this one because there are some movies that I want to rave about, the kind of movies that I put on when there's nothing else on TV and I just want something familiar to watch that I know I'll enjoy. For me, these are films that have stood the test of time. These aren't in any particular order since I love them all pretty much equally. There are probably more films that I could mention, but I don't want to drag this on for too long.

Also, fair warning: these films will in no way make me seem cool or interesting. Plus, I may have taken three semesters' worth of film classes at uni and may know a little about how to read and interpret films, but my tastes are pretty basic and there are many many many MANY classic films that I have never seen, so don't expect much in-depth analysis or any beloved classics to appear on this list. Okay, here we go:

  1. Big Hero 6 (2014): Like any reasonable human being, I love most Disney movies (particularly the Disney Pixar ones, most of which I would include on this list if I weren't worried about how long this post would be if I did), but when I look back over the many Disney films that I've watched over the years, Big Hero 6 always stands out. And I won't lie, most of it is because I love Baymax so much. I have a Baymax plush that I hug when I'm sad, and it makes me feel better just because he's so darn adorable. I have the biggest soft spot for cute sidekick characters, the kind that would annoy the hell out of you in real life if you had to put up with them, but who you absolutely love when you see them on screen. Baymax is definitely one of those characters. This film makes me laugh out loud and makes me feel all kinds of emotional every single time I watch it. The way that grief and depression are portrayed is just so admirable for a movie aimed at young children, and it's possibly that more than anything else that makes me happy that this film exists. There's such a wonderful mix of humour and heartfelt storytelling that it's always a joy to experience, and I always come away from it with a smile. 
  2. Star Trek (2009): I vividly remember not wanting to see this at the cinema when I was thirteen. My parents had taken my brother and I along, and I was preparing myself for two hours of boredom, mostly because pop culture had drilled into me that Star Trek was a nerd thing that only weird people enjoyed. And yet, I left the cinema having really enjoyed the movie. The real love for it came later, when my family and I watched it three nights in a row because it was showing on Sky Cinema and nothing else was on television that we wanted to watch. Now, nearly ten years on, I still feel that same magic watching this film. I didn't go to the cinema in 2009 with any prior knowledge of who the characters were or really any details of the original show or plotlines, but this movie truly made me fall in love with the characters and made me care entirely too much about fictional worlds that I never would have thought I would care about. Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond are both fantastic as well (I know I'm in the minority with that first one, but who cares?) and although I've approached these films in the same way that I approached the Star Wars sequels - with limited prior knowledge of the respective universes and characters - I can still enjoy them as someone who was not overly invested in the original work. I like to think that's a good thing. I'll leave the nitpicking to the fanboys.
  3. Run Fatboy Run (2007): So, I've just looked up the Rotten Tomatoes reviews for this movie, and...damn. Eh, I'll agree to disagree. So what if some of the laughs are a bit cheap? All I know is that I've loved this movie since the first time I saw it, and it's just so easy to watch that I can throw it on whenever and just have a laugh. I find myself quoting lines from this film or referencing scenes from it in real life quite a lot. Maybe it just hits home for me because I'm also overweight and have unsuccessfully tried to shed a few pounds by launching myself into running on several occasions when I was younger and stupider. But there are some surprisingly heartfelt moments in this film that bring out the underlying themes of family and forgiveness. A lot of it might be due to nostalgia, but I do genuinely love this movie.
  4. How To Train Your Dragon (2010): I literally could just say that Toothless is the cutest dragon in history and this mention would be complete. As I said earlier, I have a soft spot for the adorable sidekick. This might not be one of my favourite films ever, but it's one that I always enjoy watching and that I'm likely to watch if there's nothing else on. The story is pretty run-of-the-mill, and yet it's just so charming and funny that I never get tired of it. I don't know what it is with me and animated movies, but they're the ones that seem to stick with me, even into adulthood. 
  5. Stardust (2007): If you'd asked me to write a list of my favourite movies when I was in my early teens, this would have been on there. I was more into the fantasy genre back then than I am now, but I saw this film not too long ago, and I was instantly reminded of why I loved it when I was younger. I won't go into the film in general, but one scene that always stands out for me is when the lead character Tristan is turned into a mouse by a witch and is held captive in a trailer. The fallen star Yvaine feeds him cheese and confesses her love for him, thinking that he can't hear her, and it's probably one of the sweetest moments I've ever seen in a film. 
  6. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)/Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004): I didn't actually realise that these movies came out in the same year until I put them on this list just now. Probably two of the most quotable films I've ever watched, and I reference them both quite a lot as and when I need to. The reason I'm mentioning them both at once is because I remember loving these both so much when I was younger and having the iconic quotes from these films embedded in my memory, plus I enjoy them both now because they're so utterly bizarre that you just have to laugh. I've probably laughed harder at these two films than at any of the others on this list, just because my sense of humour is weird and lines like 'Where did you get those clothes? The toilet store?' make me fall out of my chair with laughter every single damn time.
  7. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)/ Vol. 2 (2017): Anyone who knows me even a little knows that these would be on a list of my favourite films of all time. Hands down my favourite of the MCU movies, and some of my favourite movies ever in general. I could go into so much detail as to why I love them that it's embarrassing, plus Marvel fans and YouTubers such as Lindsay Ellis and I Hate Everything have already picked them apart so thoroughly that I have very little to add that would be considered original. I'll just say that their themes and messages run surprisingly deep considering that they're superhero movies, and yes, while they're both very colourful and fun and absolutely hilarious and bizarre, they both have so much heart packed into them that they leave you feeling all sorts of feels. And I love that. Any film that can make me laugh and cry in the same viewing is guaranteed to stick in my mind. All it takes to fall in love with the Guardians movies is watching the opening credits scene of the first one, a scene which is just iconic at this point. I'll never be able to hear 'Come and Get Your Love' without picturing Star Lord dancing on the surface of a lonely planet (and 'Hooked on a Feeling' will now forever be associated with shirtless Chris Pratt, but do you hear me complaining?). If I had to choose between the two, I would say that Vol. 2 is my favourite. Not sure if I'm in the minority on that one or not because opinions are all over the place when it comes to these films, but the second one was the one that made me laugh harder throughout thanks to so many hilarious moments that I could never pick a favourite, but also made me super emotional at the end. The last few times I've watched Vol. 2, I've cried. I love literally everything about these films, and I hope that Vol. 3 is just as wonderful when it comes out in 2020, and keeps that spark alive right to the end of the trilogy.

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