Lazy Sunday

Today I had a lazy Sunday watching films. I have the cold germs that are going round so I’ve pretty much just spent the entire weekend resting and I’ve also started watching Orange is the New Black, now that the hype’s died down a bit (I’m mostly enjoying it. Mostly.)

The first film I watched today was the 1980s-tastic Mannequin (it was on Channel 5)  starring Kim Cattrall as an Egyptian princess reincarnated in a shop mannequin who comes to life for Andrew McCarthy who makes window displays. Ok, so typing that out makes the film sound totally ridiculous, which it is, but it’s also super good fun. I should add that I love camp 80s films and that I’ve seen this film many times.

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If you think the 80s should be the decade that time forgot then this movie isn’t for you. But if you love 80’s music, 80’s clothes, slapstick comedy and can get over the creepiness of the plot, you should give it a go.

The film also features James Spader doing his creepy James Spader act.

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It’s just like Pretty in Pink but one of the characters is a mannequin. Again, just typing that makes it sound ridiculous but it’s all good fun.

The next film I watched was straight after on Channel 5. It was Did You Hear About the Morgans? starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.

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This film was so terrible that I physically couldn’t watch it to the end. It was so utterly stupid and the characters were so dull that I could feel my braincells crying in pain.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant are a recently separated couple who witness a murder and have to go into witness protection. It’s all very boring, Sarah Jessica Parker is super broody, Hugh Grant is still in love with her. I honestly do not care what happened in the end. How do films like this even get made?

Hilariously, Channel 5 followed Sarah Jessica Parker with Seabiscuit, but I didn’t watch it.

Instead, my brother tried to convince me that Adam Sandler is funny (he’s not) and we watched Happy Gilmore on Netflix.

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I really dislike Adam Sandler. I don’t know how he continues to make movies and why people pay to go and see them?! I think the only film of his I like is The Wedding Singer (maybe because I like the 80s!)

Apart from Adam Sandler, who was awful, this film was pretty funny. I understand why it’s a cult classic. It follows Sandler’s character go from ice hockey player to golf pro. The rest of the cast was hilarious and the script was brilliant – Grizzly Adams DOES have a beard.

Carl Weathers plays golf coach Chubbs with a fake hand after an alligator bit his off. Christopher McDonald plays nemesis Shooter McGavin. Ben Stiller plays a sadistic nursing home worker and Richard Kiel (Jaws from Bond) plays Sandler’s former boss.

It felt a lot like Kingpin, but with golf and to be honest I probably prefer Kingpin. I didn’t hate it as much as I expected to. Pretty high praise from me for Mr Sandler.

I leave you with a picture of Carl Weathers and his wooden hand…

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My Top 21 Films OF ALL TIME

Hello everyone! I was challenged by my friends to come up with my Top 20 films. I realised I couldn’t narrow it down to just 20, so I have gone with 21. It was actually easier than I thought it would be. These are films I have watched over and over again. They are films I could finish watching and literally sit and watch them again. Which actually might be a bit sad and I have actually done before.

They are in some sort of order. Roughly.

21. The Mummy (1999)
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I can remember watching The Mummy a lot in the lower half of secondary school. I was obsessed with this film partly because I was a big nerd at school and had a fascination with Ancient Egypt (does everyone go through this phase?) and partly because I had a massive crush on Brendan Fraser. Maybe also because I wanted to grow up to be Rachel Weisz.

A lovely combination of action/adventure, comedy and romance. Perfect family viewing! Though the scarab beetles were a bit creepy…

20. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
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I felt I had to include a musical on this list because of my love of musical theatre. Singin’ in the Rain was the obvious choice. It’s a culturally interesting film – documenting the advent of talking pictures (with hilarious consequences).

Gene Kelly is a true gentleman, they just don’t make them like that anymore (is Brendan Cole the nearest equivalent? Maybe?) There are some moments of truly brilliant cinema – especially the iconic title number (which, rumour has it, was filmed with milk instead of water so it would show up more clearly on camera!)

19. Donnie Darko (2001)
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I did a blog post on this recently which can be found here. I rediscovered this film in the last few weeks (to the extent that my Halloween costume this year is Donnie’s). Another film I loved when I was at school, but in my later teens.

It is delightfully weird, quirky and philosophical. It’s a bit pretentious and I guess it wouldn’t appeal to everyone but I love it!

18. True Romance (1993)
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This is a film I only watched for the first time in the last few years. It’s a crime/thriller/dark comedy starring Christian Slater with a fantastic soundtrack. There are some beautiful cinematic moments – especially the final shoot out.

Watch out for Gary Oldman’s amazing cameo!

17. Predator (1987)
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I watch Predator (yes, the Arnold Schwarzenegger alien jungle romp) every New Year’s Eve. It is a brilliantly ridiculous movie. There’s no dialogue for a massive chunk of the film as Arnie stalks the Predator through the jungle, only to come out with a truly classic one-Iiner.

Keep an eye out for the credits – they are amazing.

16. Scream (1997)
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As a horror fan I felt I should include one on this list. Scream is my favourite horror of all time, perhaps because it includes comedy so it makes it able to be watched time and again even though the ending is no longer a surprise. Courtney Cox and David Arquette perfectly compliment the high school antics and Neve Campbell is so 90s it hurts (whatever happened to her?). So iconic.

Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances say ‘I’ll be right back’. Because you won’t be back…

15. Gladiator (2000)
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Yet another film I binge-watched in secondary school before binge-watching was a thing. After my obsession with Ancient Egypt came my obsession with Ancient Rome. It was also one of the first films I saw Russell Crowe in, back when I only knew him from South Park (fightin’ round the world).

Perfectly acted and with a haunting soundtrack. A must see, but you already knew that!

14. Clueless (1995)
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There were SO many mid-90s to mid-00s teen films I could have included on this list. I have narrowed it down to two. The first is Clueless. Full of memorable dialogue, fabulous outfits and a young Paul Rudd. I remember wishing I could be Cher. Although thinking about it now the whole step-brother thing is a bit weird.

(Very loosely) based on Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is a true cult classic. If anyone disagrees then whatever!!

13. Superbad (2007)
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Superbad is a film I tend to watch after a night out at 2am. I have watched it so many times it is unreal. Particularly at University.

The dialogue is so perfect and the whole McLovin thing is one of my favourite comedy moments of all time. Take off the vest, you look like Aladdin.

Superbad introduced me to some of my favourite comedy actors – Bill Hader, Michael Cera and Seth Rogen. It’s vulgar and hilarious but has such a sweet ending.

12. Jurassic Park (1993)
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A classic. No one can disagree this shouldn’t be on here, can they? The dinosaurs have stood the test of time so well. As a child this film terrified me, I was genuinely scared that dinosaurs would take over the earth (bear in mind that I was 4 when this came out!!)

The cast is great, John Williams’ score is incredible and the velociraptors are the stuff of nightmares. If you ever meet me in person, ask me to do an impression of my favourite dinosaur – it’s impressive!

11. Bridget Jones’ Diary (2001)
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This appears on the list partly because it’s a great British comedy and partly because I’m pretty sure that I actually am Bridget Jones. She speaks to me on a level I get (with the exception of the cigarettes and alcohol – there’s a song in there somewhere). I think it’s how tragically awkward she is.

Very loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (very loosely) the film stars an array of British stars and Renee Zellweger doing a passable British accent. It’s a true Romantic Comedy with just the right amount of both genres. The fight scene is just brilliant – should I bring my duelling pistols or my sword?

10. Mean Girls (2004)
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Sticking with RomComs, and the second of my teen film choices, my favourite films in this genre definitely focus on the quality of the comedy and script. Tina Fey is an exceptional comedy writer and Mean Girls is my favourite of her work. This is such a quotable film.

There isn’t a loose link in Mean Girls, the casting is perfect and you know when I said I could watch some films straight after I’ve finished watching them? Well at University we once watched Mean Girls three times in one night. Who knows why?!

9. Pulp Fiction (1994)
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I had to pick a Tarantino film for my list. I love his style and the whole universe he has created. If you haven’t read the theories of how his films link together then Google it now! Or after you’ve finished my list, whatever.

Pulp Fiction is so iconic – another true cult classic. A fabulous cast, soundtrack and a really original way of storytelling. The attention to detail in this film is stunning – next time you watch it check out the board games in the background in the Mia Wallace adrenaline scene.

8. Die Hard (1989)
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The ultimate Christmas film (other than maybe Elf). Bruce Willis just wants to get home for Christmas but gets a bit held up by some German terrorists. Alan Rickman plays the bad guy with a ridiculous German accent.

Some classic one-liners and a lot of awesome action. Makes me want to always wear shoes.

7. Anchorman (2004)
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An absolute favourite. So, so well cast and such a great script. It’s completely ridiculous and some of it makes very little sense.

I went to the cinema to see this with my brother and we had no idea what to expect. It instantly became a favourite. The sequel was a massive disappointment, but I don’t know how it possibly couldn’t have been.

I love lamp.

6. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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Harrison Ford. Do I need to say any more?

Indiana Jones is a brilliant character, he’s a teacher/hero and is utterly charismatic. It was hard to pick just one of the trilogy (yes, trilogy, alright?) for this list. Last Crusade is funnier, Temple of Doom is scarier but Raiders of the Lost Ark is the original. Fantastic John Williams score, obviously.

5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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I’m a huge Disney fan, like every other person who grew up in the 90s. Easily my favourite is Beauty and the Beast and that’s primarily because I love Belle. She’s clever, funny and doesn’t take any nonsense.

The songs are lovely, Gaston is hilarious and the only disappointment is how the Beast looks as a Prince!

It will be interesting to see whether I enjoy the live-action film as much. Watch this space.

4. Back to the Future Part II (1989)
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A rare occasion where the sequel is far superior to the original (but where the second sequel is dreadful). BTTF II is so clever with the moving backwards and forwards in time. The sequence at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in particular.

It’s nearly BTTF day guys – October 21 2015. Now, where’s my hoverboard?

3. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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It pains me to choose just one, especially one which Faramir isn’t in, but I think Fellowship is my favourite Lord of the Rings film. It follows the forming and the breaking of the Fellowship and the start of Frodo’s long journey across Middle Earth.

It starts on such a positive note and ends on such a sad one, leaving you needing to carry on the adventure. It also introduces you to some amazing characters and to Middle Earth itself.

I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan. My housemate and I used to revise to these films so I know them pretty well!!

2. Con Air (1997)
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It was challenging deciding whether to put this film first or second. I love it so much. Again, a brilliant cast and such a simple storyline, nothing too mentally taxing. Pure entertainment. Nic Cage is awesome, obviously, John Malkovich is a perfect villain and John Cusack is just lovely.

A word of warning – watch this film and you will get Leanne Rimes stuck in your head for days. How do IIIIII…

1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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Here we go, number 1!! It won’t be much of a surprise to anyone who knows me.

Again, really hard to pick just one of the trilogy (yes, trilogy) but I chose it for the same reason I chose Fellowship, it starts positively and ends sad, leaving you wanting more.

All the characters are great, with the obvious exception of C3PO, a brilliant John Williams score and lots of awesome space fun!

If anyone is reading this and wants to confess their undying love for me, be warned, I will respond with ‘I know’.

So, that’s it!! I’d love to hear your top 20 (or 21) films. Comment below!