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A Life in Movies

Here is my contribution to Fandango Groover‘s ‘a life in movies’ challenge.

His rules? Simple: “What is your favourite movie from last year? You probably know the answer, but what about your favourite movie from every year? That’s a bit tougher, but that’s the challenge I set a group of bloggers. Name your favourite movie from every year since you where born.”

With the help of IMDb, these are the films I have come up. I’ve chosen them for the simple reason that I enjoy them. I’m not saying that they are timeless classics but, you know what, I like them.

1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Runner up: Die Hard

This film combines live action and animation and I think it does a damn good job. It produced some brilliant characters. Who is the most notable? Jessica Rabbit, of course.

1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Oh Indy, you are definitely in my top 5 greatest movie characters. You’re an adventurer, know your history plus you have a great hat. Shame you’re afraid of snakes, though.

1990 Pretty Woman

Runner up: Edward Scissorhands

In my opinion, Pretty Woman is a timeless classic. It’s a fantastic, romantic story and Julia Roberts and Richard Gere make a wonderful couple.

1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Runner up: Beauty and the Beast

Alan Rickman is fantastic. Kevin Costner? Not so much. However, I really enjoy this film. It’s got a killer power ballad on its soundtrack and a very scary witch who still makes me hide behind a pillow…

1992 Sister Act

Runners up: Wayne’s World and Universal Soldier

Okay, so it’s a bit out there – a singer witnesses a mob crime and the police hide her in a convent – but I love it. Whoopi Goldberg is ace and Maggie Smith is brilliant as Mother Superior.

1993 Jurassic Park

Runners up: The Nightmare Before Christmas and True Romance

I am a huge Jurassic Park fan. As explained in my Favourites Friday post, I know cloning dinosaur DNA is really awful but I wish there was a Jurassic Park. Well, as long as nothing goes wrong of course!

1994 The Lion King

Runner up: Leon

The only Disney film to take a top spot, The Lion King is a beautiful film. As with a lot of Disney films, it deals with some pretty big stuff. Betrayal, murder, the death of a parent – these aren’t your average themes for a childrens’ film! The Lion King is a wonderful story and features some highly catchy (and memorable) songs.

1995 Toy Story

As I wrote in my Favourites Friday post about it, Toy Story (and the following two) is a wonderful film which appeals to people of all different ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 75, you’ll still enjoy it. It’s a story about friendship and is very uplifting. 

1996 Romeo + Juliet

Runner up: Independence Day

Good old William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is a story loved by many, myself included, and I think that Baz Luhrmann did a great job with this film.

1997 My Best Friend’s Wedding

Runners up: Titanic and Gattaca

Are My Best Friend’s Wedding and Pretty Woman classed as romcoms? I guess they are but, to me, they are simply classics. Apart from the lovely Julia, the thing I love most about My Best Friend’s Wedding is the music. It basically is a homage to Burt Bacharach and I love it!

1998 The Truman Show

Runner up: Armageddon

The Truman Show is a brilliantly simple concept but wonderfully effect. Jim Carrey is great as the title role. It’s definitely one of my faves.

1999 Fight Club

Runners up: The Matrix, Notting Hill, Sleepy Hollow and Girl, Interrupted

What a strange mix of genres I have chosen for my 1999 films! From romcom to sci-fi, most of the genres are covered. Fight Club is brilliant – highly controversial and definitely a cult classic, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton have great chemistry.

2000 Cast Away

Runners up: Gladiator and X-Men

This was a hard decision but, for me, Cast Away just clinched it. Tom Hanks is a fine actor and Cast Away shows him off at his best. It is a brilliant, touching story. Gladiator, though, is an epic and a worthy runner up. X-Men made me want to be an X-Men. X-Men are quirky and have all these strange and random powers. Groovy.

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Runners up: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Donnie Darko, Shrek, Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones’s Diary

This is my absolute favourite film. Ever. If you’re a good friend of mine then I’m sure this will come as no suprise.

2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Runners up: The Bourne Identity, 28 Days Later, Ice Age and Panic Room

And the prize for best movie battle goes to… The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers! The battle of Helms Deep is epic. As with all the LOTR films, the film is a feast for the eyes. Howard Shore’s soundtrack makes it a delight for the ears too. The Two Towers features some of my favourite tracks.

2003 The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Runners up: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Love Actually and Kill Bill: Vol 1

I feel like I’m betraying LOTR… But, it is a deserving No 1. I can’t believe it’s been eight years since it’s release! The Curse of the Black Pearl is no ordinary pirate movie – this is the pirate movie that brought you one of the best movie character’s ever: Captain Jack Sparrow.

2004 Crash

Runner up: The Motorcycle Diaries, Closer and The Terminal

I saw Crash at the cinema and thought that it was very, very clever. The cast are brilliant – Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle and Thandie Newton shine. It’s certainly a film that gets you thinking.

2005 Sin City

Runners up: Brokeback Mountain, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Constantine

Adapted from Frank Miller’s comic, Sin City is seriously cool. While the stories aren’t very pretty, the movie certainly is.

2006 300

Runners up: Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan’s Labyrinth

Seeing 300 on the big screen was a great experience. It’s the kind of film which begs to be seen at the cinema: it’s loud, full of action and the effects are brilliant.

2007 Stardust

Runners up: Knocked Up and Hot Fuzz

Stardust is a wonderful fairy story. The casting is spot-on and the characters themselves are brilliant – Robert De Niro’s Captain Shakespeare is fabulous, darling.

2008 The Dark Knight

Runners up: Taken, The Wrestler and Burn After Reading

If it weren’t for Heath Ledger’s spectacular Joker, Taken would have taken (ho ho) the top spot. Heath Ledger owns The Dark Knight giving a memorable and haunting performance.

2009 District 9

Runners up: Up, Watchmen, A Single Man, An Education and Moon

Looking back, 2009 was a great year for film! District 9 just takes the lead but it was against some pretty tough competition. In my opinion, District 9 brings something new to the sci-fi drama: what happens post-invasion when society has carried on with its life.

2010 The King’s Speech

Runners up: RED and True Grit

Technically, The King’s Speech wasn’t released in the UK until January 2011 but, never mind, it’s getting classed as a 2010 release. I adored this film. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush have great chemisty and it is a truly endearing film.

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4 thoughts on “A Life in Movies”

  1. Interesting list Hero! A mixed bag and some classics I had forgotten about. Gattica for instance. Enjoyed that….

    Mine:
    74 – Chinatown (Classic nose bandage)
    75 – Jaws (Never been in the sea since)
    76 – The Outlaw Josie Wales (Nobody does cowboy like Eastwood)
    77 – The Spy who loved me (Jaws, Atlantic, underwater car)
    78 – Superman – (First, and best)
    79 – Moonraker – (Christmas TV classic)
    80 – Empire Strikes Back (Best of the Star Wars trilogy)
    81 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (Also, the best of the trilogy)
    82 – Blade Runner (The benchmark for all sci-fi since)
    83 – Trading Places (Two of the best comedy actors of the 80’s)
    84 – Ghost Busters (Best comedy ever)
    85 – Back to the Future (It’s your kids Marty)
    86 – Aliens (Perfect action film)
    87 – Predator (Often copied, never bettered)
    88 – Die Hard (Coolest vest ever)
    89 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Indy’s dad, Hitler!)
    90 – Die Hard 2 (Makes airports look exciting)
    91 – Terminator 2 (Jaw dropping effects)
    92 – Under Siege (Die Hard, on a boat)
    93 – Jurassic Park (Even more jaw dropping effects)
    94 – Clear and Present Danger (Special ops in Columbia, awesome)
    95 – Die Hard with a Vengeance (More vests and Sam Jackson to boot!)
    96 – Executive Decision (Die Hard, but on a plane)
    97 – The Game – (So many twists and plot turns)
    98 – Run Lola Run (The most original movie I have ever seen. Great soundtrack!)
    99 – Fight Club (Brad Pitts best work, very quoteable)
    00 – Pitch Black (Simple, low budget but fantastically smart)
    01 – Black Hawk Down (Cheesy but brilliant shoot em up)
    02 – Bourne Identity (The best spy series starts)
    03 – Lost in Translation (Beautiful, smart, Bill Murray at his best)
    04 – Bourne Supremacy (More gritty, more shakey cam)
    05 – Batman Begins (I hate Superheroes, but I love this)
    06 – Bourne Ultimatum (The best series ends)
    07 – Die Hard 4.0 (Liked this a lot more than I thought)
    08 – The Dark Knight (Best cast of any film)
    09 – Moon (The best sci fi of many a year, brilliant)
    10 – Inception (Goes to show intelligent can make money also)

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