One of my ‘List a day in the month of May’ posts was about my favourite childhood movies. That was an easy list to write, but as an adult, I don’t feel like I have all that many favourites. I think it’s because I simply don’t see enough films. Whenever people ask me what my favourites are I always think of things like Kindergarten Cop and Curly Sue but nothing from the last ten years instantly comes to mind.
One rainy weekend in Melbourne, Donna and I decided to go to the ‘video store’ and get out a bunch of movies to watch. And we didn’t know any of the movies in the new release section! It made us feel very old indeed.
So this list has required much raking of my brain, but these are my favourite movies as an adult:
1) The Shipping News
I haven’t read the book and it’s more than likely that the film doesn’t do the novel any justice. It was actually quite refreshing for me to watch a film when I hadn’t read the book first.
Everytime I watch it, I want to move somewhere really remote and interact only with the local community. My favourite scene is right at the beginning when the beautiful music comes on and the whole town is pulling a rope to move a house across the ice.
And I love Julianne Moore. Have I ever mentioned that? She’s so stunningly beautiful and smart and I love her character in this film.
I love Scottish history. I love a tear jerker. I loved this film.
I thought Angelina was incredibly powerful in this movie (and she also wore a lot of nice hats). The very thought of having your son stolen and a different child returned is incomprehensible. And its a true story which is what makes it all the more alarmingly. The scene where she screams ‘Have you seen my son? HAVE YOU SEEN MY SON’ made me sob out loud.
A horrible story but a brilliant movie.
4) Japanese Story
Goodness, I’m conscious of the misery level so far. All of the films I’ve mentioned are highly emotional. No wonder Alissa bought me a book of eulogies for Christmas once! I like my entertainment served up sad!
Japanese Story is beautiful, intense, moving and really makes you appreciate the beauty of the Australian landscape. Toni Collette was raw and amazingly powerful. After watching her in this, I became an instant fan.
She’s cute, quirky, fun and generous. I don’t think I know anyone who hasn’t loved this film. It always makes me think about the small wonders that abound us…..and about eating crème brûlée .
I want to live in the cute french village that Juliette Binoche moves into. And I want to own her adorable chocolat shop.
Actually when I was reading The Breadmakers Carnival the other week, the town I was imagining was the one from this movie. Even though The Breadmakers Carnival is set in an Italian Village, it just had that same quaint, everyone knows each other kind of vibe.
I love the idea that someone can move to a new place and completely shake up the rigid society that exists there and make it happier for everyone. You also see how meeting the right person helps to ground her soul as well. Beautiful!
7) Goodbye Lenin
See, I do like comedy now and again. I love the story in this film.
A socialist mother in East Germany falls into a coma. While she’s conked out of it, the Berlin Wall falls. She wakes up eight months later and the doctor tells her son that her heart is weak so she must not have any stress or excitement. What could be more stressful and exciting than the wall falling? He ends up pretending that nothing happened, that Lenin did win after all, all the while, major coke signs are being erected right outside her window. Hilarious! Brilliant! Loved it!
8 ) The Truman Show
Let it be know that I cannot stand Jim Carey. However the idea that we could all be unwilling participants in a reality TV show is interesting and alarming.
I loved the premise of this film and it was good to see Jim being serious for once.
9) Anything with Kate Winslet
I loved her in Titanic, I loved her in Revolutionary Road, I loved her in The Holiday. Talented, stuningly beautiful, smart, sassy, kind, funny and good at raw emtion. If she’s in it, I’m going to see.
10) Anything with Johnny Depp (especially if Tim Burton is involved)
I’ve already mentioned Chocolat. There’s also Edward Scissorhands, Pirates, Alice & Charlie. He’s such a brilliant, versatile, quirky actor. He pulls off every single one of his roles.