Favourite Movies

I thought I'd do my first "real" post about some of my favourite movies. I'm not actually that much of a movie-goer, and there are a lot of "must-sees" that I've, uh, yet to see. My taste in movies is kind of particular. I generally like movies that are character driven, and that don't require toooo much suspense of disbelief on my part. That being said, I really love Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but I suspect that might have more to do with Christian Bale than with anything else. Anyway, in no particular order...

(500) Days of Summer. Ahhhhhbviously, I love this movie. I'm a millennial with two x chromosomes and bangs. It's pretty much a-given that I'd be smitten with this not-quite-a-love-story story. I won't re-hash the plot here, because who hasn't seen this one yet? But I will say that I love this movie for its little hand-drawn touches, the happy-yet-not ending, the killer soundtrack, and, of course, the fantastic cast.

Away We Go. This one had me at "John Krasinski". This is the story of a young married couple looking to break out of their comfortable rut at home and put down roots in a new city where they can raise a family. I was kind of obsessed with this movie before I moved away from my hometown this summer. It does a good job of capturing the feelings that come along with realizing that you've gotten kind of old and are maybe feeling a bit restless where you are. It's a very comforting movie if you're in that "quarter-life crisis" sort of place.

Before Sunrise. I have loved this movie since the 90s. I owned it on VHS and watched it constantly. This movie tells the story of two strangers who meet on a train, and impulsively decide to spend the rest of the day together. That's it. That's all there is to it. Simple. I love the dialogue in this one, because the characters really do seem like real people who would be interesting to hang out with. There was even an equally good sequel, Before Sunset, which was released about a decade after Before Sunrise. I've heard rumours that a third follow-up is in the works and I've got my fingers crossed that it's true! I think it's such a cool concept to watch the relationship between the characters grow in real time. 

Empire Records. Another 90s gem. This one, if I'm not mistaken, went straight to video when it was released, and for the life of me, I will never understand why. My friends and I were obsessed with this movie when we were in high school. Empire Records had a fandom before fandoms were a thing. I can (and do) still quote large chunks of dialogue from it. Empire is the story of an independently owned record store that's about to be bought out by a major national chain, and the kids who work there are not having it. I've noticed a trend toward 90s nostalgia lately, so I don't understand why this movie isn't getting more love. Damn the man, save the Empire! But be warned: the "fan remix" version that is widely available today is godawful compared to the original. You want the original version from 1995, with the white cover.  

Stranger Than Fiction. Yeah, I'm the one who liked this movie. It's actually kind of hard to tell if the main character is a real man whose life was one day overtaken by an author, or if he's a fictional man whose life one day became real. Personally, I lean toward the former, but I don't think it matters much. I think people were disappointed by this movie because Will Ferrell's association with it made them think it's a comedy -- it's not. It has its funny moments, of course, but yeah. Not a comedy. A recent release with similar themes was Ruby Sparks, which I also wholeheartedly recommend. Especially if you're the other one who liked Stranger Than Fiction.

So, there you go! Favourite movies! I never know how to end blog posts. Uh... bye!

(all images sourced via Pinterest.)

No comments:

Post a Comment