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Oh gosh, this one’s going to send me into spirals of fangirl-y joy. As much as I adore books, since they are now and always my first love, films and television shows are just… ahh. I love stories in any medium, truly. (These are in no particular order, as I didn’t want to go through the agony of choosing favorites.) And if you have any recommendations for me based on what I enjoy, don’t be afraid to leave them in the comments!
*cracks knuckles* Well, here we go.
Um, there is so much yes going on in this show. Mainly Benedict Cumberbatch. And Martin Freeman. And the actor who plays Moriarty (I swear his name is on the tip of my tongue – er, fingertips). Also the perfection that is Johnlock. I don’t know whether I ship them romantically anymore, but least they’re one of the most awesome friendships I’ve ever seen on-screen. Plus the plots of these mysteries are absolutely thrilling, ensuring that I was hooked from the first episode.
I rewatch this endlessly. ENDLESSLY, my friends. Leonardo DiCaprio is A+ and the supporting characters (especially Ellen Page! I AM SUCH AN ELLEN PAGE FANGIRL) were pitch-perfect. I have a soft spot for Eames and Ariadne. Also, the character dynamic between Cobb and Mal was so well-done – it attacks me with the feels every time I watch this movie. Plus THE PREMISE. HOW CAN YOU NOT FANGIRL OVER THIS PREMISE. I mean, dreams within dreams. With a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer, one of my favorite movie score composers of all time. There is nothing I don’t love about this delicious, heart-bending mind game.
Cinema Paradiso (aka Nuovo Cinema Paradiso)
Ennio Morricone is another one of my all-time favorite movie score composers (I’m weirdly obsessed with film scores, in case you haven’t noticed). So it makes sense that one of his scores was the musical background for another one of the movies of my heart. Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful Italian movie about the magic of the cinema (which sounds very… meta, but it’s not really, I promise). The emotional trials of Salvatore’s coming-of-age journey are heartbreaking, poignant, and lovely. Not to mention that pretty scenery is INCREDIBLY pretty.
Spirited Away + Any Ghibli or Miyazaki Movie Ever
Okay, okay, I’ll come clean. I will judge you at least a little if you don’t like Ghibli/Miyazaki movies. But Spirited Away is probably my favorite of the bunch (I’ve seen nine of them, so I have some basis for judgment). With its highly original setting – a bath house for spirits! I mean, come on! – and its quietly strong heroine, it’s got a mix of ingredients that obviously appeals to me. But add in some seriously epic magic and a swoony dragon/boy/river spirit/general awesome person of awesome (CAN ANYBODY SAY HAAAAKU?) and you can be sure I’ll be drowning in a puddle of my own emotions. This has been a favorite of mine since… well, forever.
*raises right hand* I, Christina of the Literoses team, am an incurable and admittedly somewhat snobbish Janeite. This means that I love period films, especially Austen adaptations. This is perhaps the best one I’ve ever seen – though my favorite of the novels is Pride and Prejudice (Darcy is
mine I mean ELIZABETH’S) – this film brings the book to life in an unprecedented way. Frances O’Connor is pure gold as Fanny Price, with the rest of the cast adding a good dose of heart and laughter and surprising depth. Good stuff. Good stuff. (Anyway, if Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey is playing the hapless Mr. Rushworth, you know you’ve got genius on your hands.)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy + Hobbit Films (So Far)
Oh, now you’ve done it. THESE MOVIES. This goes without saying, but Howard Shore’s score is probably the best movie score I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. And I’ve rewatched the original trilogy so many times I can spout lines before the characters do. Although I hate Frodo, I adore basically every other supporting character – Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas (LEGOLAS MY DARLING I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER *ahem*) have such great chemistry, Eowen is the absolute greatest (she is NO man, guys), Arwen (played by Liv Tyler) is so beautiful and elf-like I can’t even, and the orcs are hilarious. And that doesn’t even begin to cover my love for this trilogy. Plus the new Hobbit movies are kick-butt as well – MORE LEGOLAS! How can I resist? – with both Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch showing up (I can derive the most absurd Johnlock subtext from this, you guys) and a whole host of adorably unintelligent dwarves to love. And then there’s Tauriel. And Kili. Be still, my shipping heart.
How to Train Your Dragon (1 & 2)
The poster for the second movie is pictured above.
It’s so hard to start with these films. Fine, then. Here’s the obvious: DRAGONS. Combine that with a totally funny and cute hero (with a DISABILITY that he’s actually proud of, woohoo!) who’s got an amazing team of supporting characters at his back, as well as Toothless, and you have a recipe for fangirling. Or at least fangirling from me. And I love how Astrid and Hiccup’s relationship developed in the second film. And I of course love Toothless. Toothless is… special to me.
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
I already knew I was interested in Wales after reading the Infernal Devices and meeting everybody’s favorite terrible Welshman, but this cemented my love for it. With vivid details, plenty of humor all around, and the positively breathtaking scenery, I fell in love. Predictably. But I also unpredictably fell in love with the character of Anson, played by Hugh Grant. (He’s the one in front. Sort of obvious, but hey.) I mean, look at his face. Take a good look at it. He’s just… *sighs happily*
I am a huge fan of anything that has to do with magicians. *cough* The Night Circus. Now You See Me. The Illusionist. (Kudos to you if you know what all of those are.) But The Prestige is almost like The Night Circus gone wrong – two incredibly talented magicians locked in an intense, lifelong duel. It’s dark and creepy, and therefore utterly enchanting to someone like me. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale are top-notch in terms of acting performance, with the time period details and plot being completely spellbinding. I highly recommend checking this out if you don’t mind being some spookiness.
How could I not? Ever since I saw this movie, I’ve been a huge fan of the Les Mis music and characters. Admittedly, this movie was slightly ruined by Russell Crowe’s near-monotone of a voice, but that’s forgiven, because oh gosh. The emotions and the power and oh, did I mention emotions? Because those will be in your heart in abundance once you’ve seen this. It’s hopeful and battered and beautiful. Just beautiful. I hope to see the Broadway musical someday as well, because these songs – I could listen to them forever and ever. (Red! The blood of angry men! – Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Some More Favorites
…so that you know it’s 100% okay to fangirl about these with me: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Amadeus, Penelope, Stardust, Downton Abbey, The Help, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Gatsby, Mulan, Despicable Me, Rise of the Guardians, The Illusionist, Now You See Me, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Life is Beautiful, Big Fish, Mona Lisa Smile, The Importance of Being Earnest, A River Runs Through It, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Far and Away, Monk (though Sharona will always be my favorite), Edge of Tomorrow, the Narnia movies (but not the books, please no), Sunny, Moulin Rouge (haven’t quite finished the movie but I love what I’ve seen, even if it’s somewhat frightening), and Source Code.
And many more.
Also, in the anime department, don’t be shy – talk to me about Fairy Tail or Kuroko no Basuke anytime. Seriously.
That’s it for our first Top Ten Tuesday! (*cough* It was done in a rush, so apologies for the seemingly spotty commentary on all of these truly wonderful films and TV shows.) Hope you all enjoyed it!