My 10 All-Time Favourite Films

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved films. There’s something about watching an entire story unfold in only 90 minutes that has always entranced me. A world is revealed in a short time, in the most visual art. Cinema is my life.

my 10 alltime favourite films

And while I love to watch films in my free time, my taste in films varies by mood. I love to watch plotless films on bad days, dramatic films on weekends, and romantic comedies when I eat.Read More

How to Enjoy a Movie

I am one of those people under the belief that a movie is a sacred thing. Not sacred as the cow to the Hindus, but it’s still a pretty special thing. So much work and money goes into making a movie, so it’s only fair to watch it with a certain amount of respect. Therefore, if you want to get the best movie experience, or just want to experience a movie like this film buff, here is how you do it.

How to Enjoy a Movie the Film Buff Way

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Pie Chart Thoughts

“Let’s Go See That”

Today I went to go see The Help, which I recommend everyone go see. It is so bloody good.

As I was sitting down in the cinema, movie previews were playing. You know, the 3-5 minute film clips that get you excited for an upcoming film. They usually show about four or five of them before the film starts. And in typical movie preview fashion, they show the most exciting/interesting/action-filled scenes of the film to show. This makes you turn to the person next to you and whisper, “Let’s go see that.” I did that after each movie preview. They all look so good. Unfortunately, when the film you are actually watching starts, you only want to see one of the five amazing movie previews you just watched.

Comedian Nick Swardson has even pointed this out in his act. You don’t want to watch The Help, you want to watch The Odd Life of Timothy Green. And that’s probably one of my few problems with the film industry, which, by the way, is my favorite thing in the world.

I live for films and everything they stand for and inspire people to do. They truly are one of the magical things in our unmagical lives.

Thanks for reading everyone! It’s been kind of hard blogging without my real computer, but my mum’s been a real doll with sharing her laptop. Big hand for my mother!

Get ready for tomorrow’s Stumble Saturday.

-MORGAN

Crazy, Stupid, Phenomenal

Today I did one of my favorite things. I went to the cinema.

My mother approached me this morning to know if I wanted to go to the cinema with her to go see the new film Crazy, Stupid, Love. Not only was it a cute film, but it entertained me to no end.

Oh yeah, and Steve Carell has sex. Lots of it.

Crazy, Stupid, Love is about Cal Weaver, who has recently been told that his wife cheated on him and wants a divorce. He is devastated and throughout the film is trying to get over the hurt feelings. Cal’s 13-year-old son Robbie, meanwhile, is in love with his 17-year-old babysitter Jessica, who does not return his feelings. Robbie is obsessed with Jessica and goes to no limit to show her his love. Jessica, however, is in love with Cal, who has no idea. But this love triangle really doesn’t come into play until later in the film.

Cal, in his anger and depression over the divorce, ends up going to a popular bar, where he proceeds to complain to everyone about his misery. Overhearing Cal’s complains, Jacob Palmer, a known ladies’ man, decides to help Cal out. He dresses Cal in a new way, changes his behaviors, and helps him get his manliness back. And it does wonders for Cal. But while Jacob is helping Cal, he meets recent law school-graduate Hannah, and ends up falling in love with her.

I won’t ruin the ending for you, since I hate when people do that. But I will indulge you this: it has a happy ending. And that’s what makes a movie usually worth watching. Especially when it has to do with love.

Aren't they an adorable couple?

I really loved this film. It had so many actors and actresses that I adored. Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and Kevin Bacon. Yeah, even though he doesn’t appear in the trailers, Kevin Bacon is in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling make a very cute couple, even though his facial hair was probably very scratchy. Steve Carell leaves behind his usual acting behavior for a more serious man that I happened to like more. And Kevin Bacon was just adorable, as usual.

Movies about love aren’t always as cracked up as they are promoted to be. Valentine’s Day with Ashton Kutcher and Hector Elizondo seemed like a really good movie about love, but ended up teaching you nothing really, even though I enjoyed it. But Crazy, Stupid, Love taught more then just how to be in love and stay in love. Actually, you learned that love comes in many shapes and sizes and that you can be in love at any age. And it was so cute. Watching Robbie trip head over heels for Jessica at 13, seeing Jacob realize he was in love with Hannah, and even with Cal standing in front of a bunch of 8th grade parents telling them he knew who his soul mate was. It was beyond cute.

So, if you want a cute film to watch with your loved one(s) or your friends or even your family, I would definitely recommend Crazy, Stupid, Love. Even look at the title of this post. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Phenomenal’. That has to tell you something 😉

My Top 10 Films

  1. Pirate Radio: My absolute favorite film ever! It’s filled with raunchy jokes, creative personalities, fantastic music, and some of the best one-liners you will ever hear. I love it with every fiber of my being. It captures everything about British radio in the ‘60s, but with an interesting and fun story line. And nothing is better than fun history! To know more, I wrote a post a while back about the film, so click that to really get the nit and grit of it.
  2. Peter Pan: This film is the reason I love acting. There is nothing I can say bad about it. The youth, the creativity, the complete lack of limitations make Peter Pan just the best film ever. I’ve always wished that Peter Pan would swoop down and fly me to Neverland. I want to stand on the clock tower overlooking London. If I could choose one place to live, it would be inside Peter Pan’s world.
  3. Pretty in Pink: Andrew McCarthy and James Spader in the same film. How could I not enjoy it? A film about people from different sides of the tracks becoming romantically involved while their friends are trying to keep them on their appropriate sides just makes my feet tingle. It’s wonderfully romantic and the costume design is impeccable. I love this film and it’s fantastic love triangle.
  4. Grease: My second favorite musical (my first being Broadway’s She Loves Me) Grease is the epitome of realistic ‘70s high school musical. If you loved High School Musical but wished that it wasn’t by Disney Channel, that it was a bit more raunchy, John Travolta had played Troy Bolton, and that their was actual kissing, then watch this. Because it is amazing!
  5. Moulin Rouge: A new film on my top 10, there is no doubt that I adore it. The set design is breath-taking, Ewan McGregor is very cute, and the costumes are beautiful. The tragic story of a man falling in love with a dancer and having to fight for her against a duke, while a play that is parallel to that storyline is being put together, is just beautiful and will make you cry. I love it!
  6. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: My favorite Matthew Broderick role, this is the perfect film for a sick day off of school. Ferris will bring you on a trip of breaking the rules and taking advantage of life. Who wouldn’t want to take a Ferrari out on the town instead of going to school? The best film for a sick day, or any day actually!
  7. Rocky Horror Picture Show: I love watching this with my friends. Tim Curry is at his element and the music has created a revolution. My parents, when they lived in Pasadena, California, used to live near a theatre and every Saturday they’d have Rocky and transvestites walking by their house. One of the best cult films I have ever seen.
  8. Driving Lessons: Rupert Grint and Julie Walters play a phenomenal duo in this inspirational film of becoming your own person, standing up for what you know is right, and just having fun. Julie Walters is definitely playing one of my favorite roles as a retired actress who never truly retired as she teaches Rupert’s character to forget his cheating mother and actually enjoy life.
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: My favorite Harry Potter film as stated here. As according to Entertainment Weekly this week, it was polled to be the second most popular Harry Potter film. Between the introduction of a new villains and some memorable creatures, it is the only Harry Potter film that I watch as itself, not as part of the series.
  10. Something’s Gotta Give: I love all Diane Keaton films, and this is no exception. She plays as an incredible playwright who learns she can let go as she plays hostess to her young daughter’s boyfriend, ladies’ man Jack Nicholson. And of course the addition of Keanu Reeves as the adorable doctor just puts you on the edge of your seat.

My Childhood Ended When I Saw Harry Potter 7.2

As I posted a few hours ago, I went to go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 today. I laughed, I cried, I grabbed for my friend’s hand, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 I have waited 5 agonizing days to see this film, but the wait was definitely worth the while. I even curled my hair. It was so incredible to see the ending of an amazing era of films and novels.

First off, I’d been wondering all year how they were going to really start off the beginning of Part 2. They couldn’t do it in that television show way with “Previously on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” like The Secret Life of the American Teenager or something. But the beginning, with just showing the very last minute of Part 1 was the perfect way to start before launching into what was going on at Shell Cottage. I guess my one mistake before seeing it wasn’t watching Part 1 before I went to the cinema. It would probably have made me not ask myself a thousand times, “Wait, what happened in the last movie?”

Now, I’m not a action fan in the least. Give me an action movie and I will drop it in the waste bin. But the battle scenes and running (which I believe qualifies as action) were absolutely thrilling! At the end, during Voldemort and Harry’s final battle scene, when a thick green jet of spell is propelling towards Harry and a blazing red jet of spell is speeding towards Voldemort, you can almost feel the tension as Voldemort is losing his temper. It’s like watching a football game, for you sport fans, when your favorite team is down by 3 points with only 30 seconds and then all of a sudden, they score an unexpected touchdown! Your pulse is racing and you still are hoping that your team will win, but in your gut you know that there is no way they can rebound and get their points up. It was just like that.

To sum it up (and not give anything away for those who haven’t seen it) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is one of the most amazing films of this year, and the best way to end the Harry Potter series. It goes beyond all the boundaries we believed we had in the film industry.

The only sad part of this all is how I feel. I feel like my childhood is ending. I’ve grown up, ever since 1st grade, knowing that there will be a new Harry Potter film coming up every year or so. I lived off those books. Sometimes I even go around, talking about something, and I make a reference to either a Harry Potter film or book. This phenomenon has taken over my childhood to the point where I don’t know what to do now that it’s all over. It kills me knowing that we will never see Ron doing another stupid thing again, or that we’ll never know if Hermione goes to college or not. That ’19 Year Later’ at the end of the book/film is not helpful. We just know that they have children. And it’s things like those that made me cry when it was all over.

Basically, now that the whole experience is over, I look back at the last 10 years and think, it’s been a good time. And I hold true to that.

Thank you for reading. If you loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 as much as I did, feel free to say so in the comments or ‘like’ the post. I seriously love other Harry Potter fans.

Go Potter-mania!

-Morgan

Countdown to Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 1

Tomorrow Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out! Finally!

Technically, it comes out in 2 and a half hours. But technical is for computers.

I’m super excited to talk about this, especially because tomorrow we actually finish the end of a decade of fantastic films. And that really saddens me. So I’m going to give you a synopsis of the film and then my experience watching it. And then, of course, my favorite Harry Potter moments.

Film Synopsis:

The first part of the ending films of the Harry Potter series, Harry decides to go looking for the rest of the Horcruxes. Hermione and Ron join him. The three end up being hunted down in the woods, searching in all the wrong places, being successful in only a few ways, and in the end, really testing their friendship. It takes a really scary, slit-eyed dude to really show the love and support of the friends that has lasted in the last 6 movies. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is super fantastic and the design team did an amazing job. My rating:  10/10 wizarding hats

My Experience Watching It:

Do you all know the part where Harry goes to see Bathilda Bagshot and when he turns around Nagini jumps out of Bathilda’s body and attacks him? Well, when I went to go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 I sat between two friends, one who hadn’t seen it and one who had. As we were sitting in the dark theatre and this happened, my friend who had seen the film before decided to grab my arm. I nearly peed myself I was so scared. This year, when we go see the second part, I have already decided to not sit next to her. That’s just how freaked out I was. I didn’t talk to her for two days.

My Favorite HP Moments:

  • When Hermione punches Malfoy in the face.
  • When Ron pukes slugs. Gross but great job by the director.
  • When Lupin turns into a werewolf and Sirius changes into a dog and they fight. Awesome. The werewolf was better than Twilight’s.
  • When Harry stabs Riddle’s dairy. Super epic.
  • When the friends go back in time in the 3rd film and Hermione throws the stone at the window. It was really trippy.
  • When Cedric dies. Sad but it definitely brought you back to earth.

And that’s it. It’s the end of Countdown to Harry Potter. Thank you to everyone who has read. I know you could have been doing way better things with your time, but your support means the world. I’ll be going back to normal posting in the next week, but I’ll also include my opinion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when I go see it, whenever that may be. I’ve got a busy schedule. But seriously, thank you so much for your support. I’d be nowhere without you. Thank you!!!!!

-Morgan

Countdown to Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix

It’s 3 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

My least favorite Harry Potter film. It’s my friend Katie’s favorite, but to me it just makes her bonkers.

I watched Order of the Phoenix about a year after it came out, on my DVR with my little brother. Here is a list of reasons why I cannot stand this film.

  1. It is much too short for such a long book.
  2. It is too choppy.
  3. They leave out too many events. And all of my favorite parts.
  4. The ending is terrible.

Of course, my motto to life is ‘To Each Their Own’ so feel free to watch the film by yourself and make your own conclusion. And tell me in the comments what it is so we can have a friendly debate 😀

But, since I am a lover of film synopsizes, here is the synopsis for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

While on a walk through England, Harry and his fat cousin are attacked by dementors (scary, hooded creatures) and is forced to use magic to escape them. The Ministry of Magic discovers this and expels him from Hogwarts. Harry, who considers his only home to be at Hogwarts, fights and is eventually granted a hearing where he can plead his case. He is accepted back to Hogwarts but it isn’t quite the same. The Ministry has taken over a lot of the school. Harry continues his schooling while working with an anti-Voldemort oganization, spending time with his godfather and trying to finally defeat Voldy.

So, there you have it folks. The nicest words I can say on this film to be on the internet forever. And no, I don’t hate this film, but I also don’t consider it the best Harry Potter film out there. Have a great day guys!

Continue reading Countdown to Harry Potter for three more days until July 15, the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2!

-Morgan

Countdown to Harry Potter: Prisoner of Azkaban

It’s 5 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 comes out!

I’m very excited to write this installment of Countdown to Harry Potter because it features my favorite Harry Potter film! And my favorite Harry Potter film is none other than the fabulous, exciting Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

There are many reasons why I love this film. My first is that Hermione, the brainiac heroine, punches Draco Malfoy, our antagonist, right in the kisser. Next, is the amount of mythical creatures and transformations. Werewolves, hippogriffs, you name it. But most of all, this is the only film out of all the Harry Potter films that doesn’t directly show our dear friend, Voldy. And I sort of like that. They switched up the line-up.

Basic Synopsis:

Harry Potter returns back to school learning that Sirius Black, one of He Who Must Not Be Named’s (Voldemort) followers, has escaped from Azkaban, the wizarding prison, and might possibly be on the hunt to find him and finish off Voldy’s work. Along we learn of time travel, transforming humans, and invisibility cloaks.

My rating: 10/10 wizarding hats

I definitely suggest watching this if you are a fan of sneaking around and other fun things like that. It has the most mischief of all the Harry Potter films.

Thanks for reading our third day of Countdown to Harry Potter!

-Morgan