Looking back at April, I can’t lie, it hasn’t been the best month for me. Nothing particularly bad happened but my mental health pretty much stayed at an all time low. And, as a result of this, I’ve been lounging around watching a lot of Netflix. It also means a lot of not sleeping until four in the morning especially because my physical health has been pretty dire as well. But, we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about movies. More specifically, I want to talk to you about my top ten movies. This list doesn’t include like film series apart from one because I just couldn’t leave it out and another one because it’s my favourite movie of all time.
10) Doctor Strange
Now, if you know me, then kicking off the list with a Marvel film isn’t a surprise. Also, if you’re a Marvel fan, you’ll know that this is a pretty recent addition to my list as the film was only released in October 2016. I went to see the film the day after it got released and I was so excited. From the adverts I’d seen then I knew this was going to be a great movie. And, boy was I right. Literally, from the moment it started, I was completely hooked on this film I absolutely loved it. I loved the cast, I loved the story line and honestly, can we appreciate the cinematography because it was stunning.
One of the things I loved most about this movie was just the surprise. Doctor Strange isn’t a Marvel character I knew much about so the whole thing was a surprise. Again, if you know me, you’ll know how much I love Marvel films and all of the characters but this is just so different from everything else I loved it. Yes, I did find it confusing in some parts but that was just part of the fun.
If you haven’t seen this film, I 10/10 recommend it!
9) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
I’m going to start this off by saying, this isn’t the only John Hughes film on my list. In fact, it’s the first of three to appear. What can I say? John Hughes films are absolute masterpieces.
The first time I watched this film I was fourteen and it has just stayed with me ever since. It is one of those films that I can just watch over and over again without ever getting bored. Yes, I still feel tense when we don’t know if Ferris is going to get back in time. Yes, this film always makes me smile and laugh every time I see it. The whole film just makes me feel so happy and warm. I’m not going to lie, this phrase will be repeated a lot during this article but this film reminds me of my dad. My dad is the person who introduced me to this film and we are constantly quoting it to each other. It’s a film that both of us share a huge love for and that’s one reason why it makes me so happy.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is definitely one of my “go to” films. I can watch it whatever mood I’m in and always end it feeling happier with a huge smile on my face.
8) Top Gun
Because why wouldn’t it be on the list? Top Gun is iconic. There’s no doubt about that. It is an iconic film and I could watch it a million times and still be blown away each time. One of my absolute favourite things about this film is the music. Don’t lie to me, as soon as Danger Zone comes on, you have a little jam to yourself. Everybody does. It’s natural, I’m sure of it.
Top Gun is the definition of a cheesy 80’s movie and I love it. I must admit, I was quite late to the party though as I only saw it late last year. And, as soon as I finished watching it for the first time, I was just like YES this is one of my films. If you haven’t seen this film, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s cheesy, it’s serious, it’s funny, it’s got brilliant music. It is just such an iconic masterpiece and if you haven’t seen it, why?
7) The Fault In Our Stars
Here we go, here’s an emotional film. I know that everybody is going to say this is cliche but this film is beautiful. It’s one of the best book to film adaptations I’ve ever seen. I love it. I love it so, so much. Yes, I cry every single time. When I read the book, it was about a year or maybe two before the film came out and as soon as I put it down I wanted the film. I needed the film. When I first saw who was being cast in it, I was so nervous. It just wasn’t who I imagined to be Gus and Hazel but boy, I was wrong.
From start to end, I was hooked on this film. I’ll never forget the first time I saw it. As soon as Gus tells Hazel that his cancer is back, I started crying and honestly I didn’t stop until about an hour after the film had finished. Now, I’m sure you know that it’s a sad film and a sad book but I’ve never cried so much at a film. And, every time I watch it, I cry again. I start crying at exactly the same point and just don’t stop. To me, this film is perfect.
The whole film is shot beautifully, the casting is perfect, they stuck to the book pretty much to the word and it made me cry. To me, it’s a perfect film. And I know that there are people who don’t agree and that’s okay. Everyone is allowed to have their own opinion but mine is that The Fault In Our Stars is pretty much a perfect film.
6) The Breakfast Club
See, I told you, more than one John Hughes film in this list. Although, I bet you’re wondering what the other one is right? Who has John Hughes films in a list and hasn’t got The Breakfast Club as their number one?! Me. But anyway, let’s get onto why The Breakfast Club is actually on my top ten list.
The first time I watched this film, I was thirteen or fourteen. My dad sat me down one day and said we’re watching this. Obviously, I knew of the film, for one thing, it’s my dad’s all time favourite film so I was ready to finally sit down and watch it. Now, I’m pretty sure everybody knows the general plot of this film. But, just in case you don’t, it’s basically about a group of high school students who are stuck in detention one Saturday. That’s it in the simplest way. That’s what it’s about.
I first watched this film when I was in a really difficult point in my life and I needed it. As cliche as this may be, Brian is the character I identified with the most and still do. When he was telling his story, I was in floods of tears and still cry at it to this day. His character development throughout the whole film is just incredible and I love him with every single fiber of my being. I honestly can’t thank my dad enough for making me watch this film when he did.
If you haven’t seen this film before, how?
5) La La Land
Oh La La Land. I’m honestly surprised that this is only at number five on my list. This film is so, so, so beautiful. I loved every single second of this film, every single second. I’m tearing up now thinking about just how happy this film makes me. It makes me feel so warm inside thinking about it, listening to the soundtrack, ah, I just love it so much.
I went to go and see this film at the cinema with my dad. We were torn between La La Land and A Monster Calls and I’m so glad we went to see La La Land. As soon as it finished and we’d left the cinema, the first thing I did was turn to my dad and say ‘this film has changed my life.’ And, it had. From the opening credits to the end, I had the biggest smile on my face. About half way through, I started crying just because I was so happy that this movie existed. It had so many beautiful themes such as dreams, jazz music, LA etc and I just love it. Sorry, I’m gushing so much.
Also, can we talk about how incredible the soundtrack is of this film. City Of Stars reduces me to the biggest mes of emotions every time I hear it. Someone. In. The Crowd. Can we just? This song. I love it. I just love how supportive Mia’s friends are. My heart is bursting just thinking about it. Honestly, every time Sebastian plays the piano, I get goosebumps because it’s just so beautiful. I just love this movie so, so much. I’ve even planned out my La La Land tattoo.
4) Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
I know, I know I said no series but like I said, I just couldn’t leave it out. Again, if you know me, you’ll know that I am a huge, huge Star Wars fan. I love all of the movies, yes even Episode 1 has some good moments but yes, I love this film series. They are films that I can watch over and over again and never get bored. In fact, over Christmas/January, all I did was watch the Star Wars movies. I didn’t do anything else but sit and watch Star Wars. I saw Rogue One four times at the cinema and wanted to go so many more times.
But anyway, The Empire Strikes Back. I know everyone says it’s their favourite movie of the series but that means it must be good, right? The amount of love I have for this movie is actually endless. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me smile, I love it. Even though I obviously know what’s coming, the plot twist at the end still makes my heart drop into my stomach. Luke Skywalker is just one of my favourite characters ever and I think this movie shows so much character development within him. Mark Hamill is just incredible. Again, Princess Leia is just one of my favourite characters ever, she taught me how to be strong and independent.
Honestly, talking about this movie just makes me want to have a Star Wars marathon again.
Oh my God, let’s talk about Whiplash. Again, this is a movie my dad told me to watch, I have a lot to thank my dad for as you can tell. Whiplash is an incredible film. I’m going to try and keep this as short as I can because honestly I could write thousands of words about why I love this movie. First of, let’s just put this out there; Damien Chazelle is an absolutely incredible director. As you can tell by the fact Whiplash and La La Land are on this list that I think his films are beautiful.
J.K Simmons and Miles Teller are absolutely flawless in this film. Honestly, Miles Teller deserves so much more credit then he gets. He’s an incredible actor and Whiplash really highlights that. Throughout the film, these two have me on the edge of my seat. The tension throughout the film, the absolute arse of a character that J.K Simmons plays compared to the absolute sweetheart that Miles Teller plays and they just play off of each other throughout the whole film and it’s incredible. I’ve seen this film twelve times and still the car accident scene and the aftermath of it break my heart.
Whiplash is a film that I recommend to everyone and nothing will change that. I think everyone should watch this film. For the acting, for the directing, for the overall shot progression and the cinematography. This film captured me and no matter how many times I see it, I still have the same rush of feelings.
Also, that ending though.
2) Weird Science
I bet you’ve been wondering what that last John Hughes film is right? Well, here it is. Weird Science is a John Hughes film that people don’t seem to know and I don’t understand why. This film is brilliant. I can be in the absolute worst mood ever and still cry laughing at this film. It was actually the first John Hughes film I ever watched. My dad was flicking through the channels and it was on so he put it on and I’m so glad he did. It was later that night actually that I watched The Breakfast Club for the first time. As soon as I watched this movie, I loved it.
Weird Science is a classic. An absolute classic. I mean, come on, it follows two nerds who create a virtual girlfriend. Also, if you’re a Bastille fan and have heard Good Grief, does “So, what would you little maniacs like to do first?” Ring any bells? Well it’s a classic line from Weird Science. Along with the other monologue in the middle of the song. I cannot put into words my love for this film. That part where Chet gets turned into the green monster CAN WE APPRECIATE THAT?!
If you have never watched this film, I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve grown to appreciate it more and more as I’ve grown up. When I watched it for the first time, I wasn’t completely sold on it actually. I didn’t really understand why my dad loved it so much when I was a little bit meh. And, honestly, I think that’s one reason why I love it so much now. Because I didn’t used to like it. But, as I’ve grown up, this film has climbed higher and higher up my list.
1) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.
I’m going to let that sink in for two minutes because I feel like you might not be expecting that.
Yes, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is my favourite movie of all time. I’m watching it as I’m typing this and mouthing along as I go. I went and saw this film at the cinema on opening day back in 2006 not knowing anything. I had no idea what it was about, after all, I was only seven. And, I came out, feeling warm throughout my whole body. I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I’m almost crying thinking about it now and watching it because I just love it so much. The amount of love I have for this film is actually unexplainable. I physically cannot put it into words what this film means to me.
One of the absolute highlights of my life was back in 2012 when my auntie and uncle took me and my brother to see a stage performance of it in London. It made me completely fall in love with the story all over again. I then went back home and read the books for the very first time. This world is just my absolute favourite and this film/book is obviously my favourite of the series. Every time I am going through a really hard time, I always make sure I set away some time to watch this movie.
I just love everything about this movie. The characters, the plot, the heartbreak and the happiness. Everything and I mean everything makes me happy. One of my favourite things about this movie is the family development. At the start obviously there’s a lot of fighting and we just see that completely change throughout. This movie just takes me away to a place of magic and I love it.
Yes, my heart still breaks every time when I think Edmund is going to die.
I need to stop before I cry. If you haven’t seen this movie, please watch it. Please, please watch it.
So yes, they are my top ten favourite movies of all time. I hope you enjoyed my list and you should definitely let me know by tweeting us @Fuzzable what your favourite movies are.