The second instalment in the Films, Films And Me series and we have one of our own putting forward her personal movie choices. The FFF Movie Marathon Deputy, Rachel T from Medway, puts her globe trotting exploits on hold and gives us the films that have made her life.
1. The First Film I Saw At The Cinema -
The first film I saw at the cinema was Disney's Aladdin (1992) and what a great film. I can still watch it now and chuckle. Its funny when you realise how many great jokes there are that would go over a child's head. I'm a big fan of Robin Williams and his cheeky, manic take on the genie was fantastic. Chuck in some Classic Disney tunes, even if one of them has been butchered by Katie Price since, this still stands as s great film to introduce me to the world of cinema.
2. Funniest Film I’ve Seen -
The first time I saw Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) I wasn't blown away to be honest. But after a couple of repeat viewings it suddenly morphed into the most hilarious film I’d ever seen. It still never fails to make me laugh, whether it’s Ron’s definition of diversity (an old wooden boat!), or Bricks random outbursts and his love of lamp. This films humour is pretty silly and basic but still feels kind of timeless; I’m sure it will go down in cinematic history as a comedy classic.
3. Scariest Film I’ve Seen -
This is a difficult question to answer as when I was young films like Jaws (1975) and Ghostbusters (1984) scared the hell out of me. Ghosts and sharks are enough to put a youngster off sleeping. The first time I saw Scream (1996) I was pretty scared about going upstairs into a dark room, made worse at the time by news reports that a copycat killer was apparently using the scream mask in Japan to murder young girls.
I guess the more notorious scary films I haven’t been able to sit through until very recently, and the one that filled me with the most dread was A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984).The whole idea of being gutted in your sleep is disgusting, and the scene where Tina is gutted in her sleep was pretty horrifying. When you watch a scary film, once the DVD ends you turn it off you go to sleep and everything is fine. But the whole idea of a terror that begins when you go to sleep, that was a concept that kept me awake after viewing the film for the first time.
4. The Last Film To Make Me Cry -
Les Miserables (2012); the death of Fantine, a very emotional combo of great acting and great singing from all involved.
5. The Film I Haven’t Seen That I Really Should Have By Now -
There are a few but the top two at the moment would probably be The Terminator (1984), purely because it has so many moments in it and lines that people have been quoting at me for years, and Schlinder’s List (1993) because it won so many Oscars and critical acclaim, but I just haven't found the time or the strength to watch it.
6. The Worst Film I’ve Sat Through -
This dubious award has to be split between two films. The first is Godzilla (1998). It's hard to believe Matthew Broderick was convinced this would be a good career move for him, but there must have been a big pay cheque on offer I guess. I've only seen it once, when it came out at the cinema, but once was enough. Incredibly bad acting, bad effects, overlong, style over substance, the list goes on.
The second, and I’ll probably get some stick for this, is Local Hero (1983). One Sunday afternoon I thought I would join my Mum for what she said was a great little film. The film is set in Scotland, which is my Mum’s favourite place, so the story could have been awful and she still would have liked it, so I guess I should have been fore-warned. I still had some faith but I was wrong. I’ll never be able to reclaim the time it took to watch the most boring film in my life ever. You almost want them to be successful in drilling for oil just so the film could be over with. If you are looking for something even more boring that watching paint dry, try this.
7. The Film I’ve Seen More Times Than Any Other –
Titantic (1997) is one of my favourites, and I’ve seen that a fair few times. It’s a tradition that the FilmsFilmsFilms crew watch Halloween (1978) every October 31st which has added up to a few viewings by now, though it never gets old. I’m a bit of a fan of cheesy Christmas films though, and my personal equivalent of John Carpenter’s finest hour is Santa Clause: The Movie (1985). A chalk and cheese comparison when compared with Michael Myers’ first episode I know, but its just not Christmas to me until I’ve watched this festive classic, every year without fail, so that's the one film I've seen more than any other.
8. My Favourite Film -
This is almost impossible to choose and depends what mood I’m in. I guess a favourite film is something you could watch over and over again without getting bored. With this in mind I would say The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001); great acting, amazing scenery, superb writing and stunning attention to detail. I also love Inception (2010); another great soundtracks by the brilliant Hans Zimmer and such an original idea, never seen anything like it. But for a lighter movie I can always rely on You’ve Got Mail (1998) and Pretty Woman (1990). They always cheer me up when I am feeling down and I can watch them both over and over again.
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