Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Favourite Movies of All Time and Why


I love the cinema, so this topic from Long and Short Reviews’ blog hop was perfect for me. I can think of hundreds of films that I love – the difficult part is narrowing it down to a few favourites. I watch so many films – often horror, but not always – that my top ten tend to shuffle a lot with time.

My longstanding favourite film is “Heavenly Creatures”, a Peter Jackson classic starring Melanie Lynskey and a young Kate Winslet as two schoolgirls who murder one of their mothers. The spectacular acting, passionate direction and shocking ending – even after I’ve seen it dozens of times – make this one a masterpiece for me.

More recently I discovered the mockumentary horror “Hell House LLC”. Found footage has become something of a cliché now, but this film carries a sense of dread throughout, throwing in little moments you only just notice but that make your stomach turn. Its sequel was almost as good, but did suffer from an excessive amount of exposition towards the end.

“Blazing Saddles” is a comedy classic, starring the great Gene Wilder and skewering racism at every turn. And finally there’s “The Innkeepers”. An understated little horror movie with one of my favourite actresses, Sara Paxton, playing a young ghost-hunter who gets more than she bargained for. It balances fear and comedy perfectly.

So what would you choose?

12 comments:

  1. I haven't seen any of those other than "Blazing Saddles" which I love!! I miss the irreverent humor from days gone by...

    My post is here: http://www.mariannearkins.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-favorite-movies-of-all-time-and-why/.

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  2. I'm with Marianne... Blazing Saddles is the only one I've seen. Putting the others on my list, though. I'm a huge horror fan. My post is here: http://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2019/02/wednesday-weekly-blogging-favorite.html

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    1. Horror is my favourite genre. It's hard to find a good one these days.

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  3. I've heard of, but not seen the Hellhouse movie. The kid saw it and said it's good. But I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Blazing Saddles. I don't care that it's so bad now... It's hilarious. Good list. I'll check out Heavenly Creatures. Sounds interesting. :-)

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    1. I've loved Heavenly Creatures for years. Get the director's cut if you can.

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  4. Good list. Once again I'm only familiar with Blazing Saddles but thanks to you, that's not true anymore.

    Here's me: http://www.ourtownbookreviews.com/2019/02/wednesday-musings-favorite-movies.html

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    1. Always happy to introduce new people to great films!

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  5. I've never seen any of those films. I've added them to my to-watch list!

    My post.

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    1. My watch list is about a mile long at this point.

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  6. Hell House LLC sounds like something my daughter and I would enjoy. Hmm... :) She and I both love a good scary movie at times.

    My list

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    1. It's definitely worth it. Simple but effective.

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