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For day 11 of the December talking meme classics_lover asked for my 5 favourite films (old and/or recent)

*Deep Breath*



Out of TV, literature (which counts comics and I will fight people on this) and film the whole ‘media type’ or film is probably my least favourite. This isn’t a diss on films, I love a lot of films!, it’s just… I find them a lot harder to get into for some reason. With TV you generally have at least 6 episodes to get acquainted with the characters, with literature you’re generally put into their headspace already. I think that’s probably why I generally find it a little harder to connect with films – you have generally about two hours to get connected to the characters, and then they’re gone and it’s a lot harder to get fannishly invested in them.

Saying that, though, there are definitely films that I am incredibly into and films that are legitimately brilliant explorations of the genre. So I am very glad that you asked this question, and I am incredibly excited to remember some of my favourite films! The majority of these are incredibly formative films for me, and I’d definitely recommend all of them. I may not like film as much as TV or literature, but by god when it’s good it is good.

So! Onwards to the land of film!:

5. Captain America: the Winter Soldier

I really, really love the MCU. I love how it’s a breath of fresh air in a film industry seemingly obsessed with imitating Inception (which was fantastic, but has spawned a host of imitators that I really can’t stand). I love how bright it is, how funny it is, how much it clearly loves the source material (*cough*unlikeDCfilms*cough*) and how it really is dedicated to producing good films. I don’t really think that I’ve watched any that I’ve disliked so far, and that’s quite an achievement for any film company.

The Winter Soldier is probably my favourite of the bunch, as it pretty much epitomizes everything that I love about Marvel. It’s an extremely serious story, but told in such a way that it never feels grimdark or overstays its welcome. The cinematography is beautiful, the plot is fascinating and I really love the things it says about society. It’s a film that acknowledges that the world can be a terrible place, but that also says that we don’t have to accept that. It really is not just a great superhero movie, but a great movie in general. And for that reason it’s definitely on this list.

4. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

NEW STAR WARS IN UNDER A WEEK!

And now that I’ve got that out of the way… This is just such a comfort film, and is legitimately good besides. Star Warsis a universe of black and white morality, of dramatic space battles and magical men with laser swords. It’s almost a simple set of stories, but to call them that does them a great disservice. It’s an epic fairytale set in space, and what could really be better than that.

Anyway, P and I agree that V is probably the best Star Wars film but that this one is our favourite. It’s just… Really cool, and touching, and does pretty much everything right. There are cool lightsaber battles, beautiful character moments and an ending that feels so earned that it almost brings me to tears every time. The character arc of Darth Vader is absolutely amazing, the character arc of Luke almost equals it and everything is so well put together that I’m still marvelling over it. Probably the best that Sci-Fi/Sci-Fantasy has to offer, and I do not say that lightly.

3. Arsenic and Old Lace

This is a 1941 movie starring Cary Grant, and it is AMAZING. I watched it when I was up at my grandparents as a kid, and it’s still one of my favourite films now. This is a quirky, screwball, incredibly inappropriate adaptation of a play. It is black comedy at its very finest, and involves such cheery subjects as murder and torture and family insanity. It’s the kind of thing where everybody is quite obviously having the time of their lives, and is an absolute joy to watch as a result. Definitely recommended! Even if you probably will never look at Boris Karloff the same way again…

2. Some Like It Hot

This is another film that my grandparents showed me for the first time… And then regretted showing me for the first time, because I pretty much insisted on watching it every time I visited them for the next ten or so years. Oops?

But, yeah, this is honestly such a great film. It’s another one that takes a dark subject matter, two guys witness a mass murder and have to go on the run dressed as women, and makes an absolutely hilarious film out of it. The plot is great, the writing is fantastic and the acting… Everybody does such a great job in this. Marilyn Monroe is beautiful, Tony Curtis is excellent and Jack Lemmon gives one of his most hilarious performances. It’s an absolutely joyous romp of a film, and I’d definitely recommend it to absolutely anybody.

1. Jurassic Park

This film is perfect.

No, okay, bear with me here. I know that the science doesn’t hold up, I know that the plot is shoddy, I know that everything about it is absolutely ridiculous… But I just don’t care. Jurassic Park is PERFECT as a film and all should worship before it. There’s a T-Rex and velociraptors and amazing music and beautiful shots and THEY RUN FROM THE VELOCIRAPTORS IN THE KITCHEN AND THE T-REX ROARS AS THE BANNER FALLS AND- AND-

…Um.

This is my favourite film of all time, and I honestly don’t see that changing. It perhaps isn’t technically the greatest film, but it’s had my heart since a young age and I honestly adore it with everything in me. It’s the best thing ever, and I am willing to cry joyfully on anybody who dares to ask me about it.

(Oh, and Jurassic World was also flawless. I’m sorry, but that’s just the way of the universe. :D)

…DINOSAURS!

Comments

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classics_lover
Dec. 11th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yes. All the yes. Yes to everything you said about Winter Soldier, yes to Arsenic and Old Lace (I honestly didn't think anyone else had watched it! I saw it with my Dad and love it still!) yes, yes, YES to SLIH. And Yes to DINOSAURS!

THIS!
doreyg
Dec. 12th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you agree with all of this! :D And I'm also somewhat stunned that anybody else has watched Arsenic and Old Lace. Most people look slightly confused when I mention it!
classics_lover
Dec. 12th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's such a fun film!

I remember someone's eyes glazing over when I mentioned having watched it, now I don't talk about it :(
doreyg
Dec. 12th, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
That's a pity! It really is an absolute romp, and I absolutely adore it. :D
classics_lover
Dec. 13th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Now that you've reminded me, I must go dig out the DVD to watch over Christmas :)
megan_moonlight
Dec. 11th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
JURASSIC PARK <33333 I love Jurassic Park movies. ALL THE DINOSAURS.

It's been some time since I've seen Some Like It Hot.
doreyg
Dec. 12th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
DINOSAURS ARE THE BEST. <3333
lost_spook
Dec. 11th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
I've never understood why everybody seems to hate Return of the Jedi. I just loved the whole trilogy when I saw it - when they released it all in the 90s. And, as you say, maybe Empire Strikes Back is tighter and all, but it's this whole big space fairy tale and it seems to me to be all or nothing, if you're going to get into it. :-)

I know what you mean about films not giving you enough time (or canon) for proper fannishness. I have some films I love, but I'd rarely ever write or look for much (outside of Yuletide).
doreyg
Dec. 12th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Some people dislike Return of the Jedi? What strange people! I definitely think that while Empire Strikes Back may be tighter, Return of the Jedi shows what Star Wars is all about. It's just such a feel good movie, in so many ways.

I'm glad you agree! I do like a lot of films, but I tend to be quite bad at keeping invested in them.
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