I just adore films of all kinds. My DVD shelf is bursting at the seams with films I love to watch over and over. For a bit of fun, I thought I would put together a list of all my favorite movie moments, and hold my own version of the academy awards.
Before you start reading, I should warn you that there are quite a lot of spoilers in this post. I will put the film titles in red, so that if you haven’t seen a particular film, you can scroll past it if you don’t want the plot ruined.
Here we go:
1. Romeo and Juliet: that underwater kiss between Claire Danes and Leonardo Di Caprio remains lodged in my brain as one of the most wonderful movie kisses of all time. It’s so passionate and intense, with Juliet’s filmy dress floating in the water and Romeo’s chain mail slipping up over his chest. Gorgeous.
2. Love Actually: this film is filled with lovely kisses, but in my opinion, the best one is between Sarah, the demure office assistant, and Karl, her long-time crush. It’s sweet and filled with passion and a release of tension.
3. The Wedding Singer: I never thought that I would see the day when Adam Sandler would appear on a list of best movie kisses. That first soft kiss that he shares with Drew Barrymore is utterly perfect. It’s sweet and soft, but not in the slightest bit mundane.
Best fight scene
1. Scott Pilgrim vs the World: this movie is one gigantic fight scene, and it’s brilliant. If you haven’t seen it yet, hop to it!
2. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones: the Star Wars films are known for their explosive fight scenes, but in my opinion, none of them top the light-saber battle between Count Dooku and Yoda. My favorite part is when Yoda picks up his cane and hobbles away after a fight filled with backflips and fancy footwork.
3. Anchorman: the street brawl between the rival television stations is utterly fantastic. “I stabbed a man with a trident”.
Best car chase scene
1. The Blues Brothers. Need I say any more?
Best sex scene
1. Team America: World Police: The puppet sex scene is so childish and puerile, and yet I love it. There is no way known that you could show two humans doing the things those puppets engage in on any film with less than an R rating.
2. Zak and Miri Make a Porno: I never much thought of Seth Rogan as much of a sex bomb, but this scene is actually pretty hot. There is just so much sexual tension between the two main characters, that when they finally get together it’s pretty explosive. I love too that this scene shows the difference between porno sex and real-life sex.
Best opening line
1. Mallrats: “My cousin Walter once got a cat stuck in his ass”.
Best closing line
1. Some Like It Hot: As Daphne explains to Osgood why they can never be together she removes her wig and shouts “I’m a man!”, to which he replies “Well, nobody’s perfect”.
2. Halfbaked: “I know what you’re thinking, and it’s true, I do love pot. Just not as much as I love pussy”.
1. The Birdcage: this whole film is a hilarious comedy of errors, but I believe the funniest part is the dinner scene. It’s ten hilarious minutes filled with missed phone messages, men in drag, giant crucifixes, pornographic crockery and a butler named Spartacus.
2. Zoolander: The “merman” scene is enough to have me rolling on the floor with laughter.
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: after accidentally consuming a love potion, Ron is overtaken by a sudden, overwhelming love for Romilda Vane, a girl he has never met and who doesn’t know that he exists.
4. Ali G Indahouse: Ali and his friends break into the prime minister’s house, using their own special blend of camouflage, lock-picking and breakdancing.
5. Hercules Returns: It’s all good, but particularly the scene with the bathing ladies.
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch is one of the most stunning performances to date. He has often been voted as one of the most beloved characters in fiction, and I agree. Atticus is a kind and true man who will do his best to fight for justice. Peck brings Atticus to life perfectly in this film.
2. The Princess Bride: Wesley. This farm boy has everything a woman could want in a man, fencing skills, a resistance to poison, a quick wit and his own ship. He’s dashing, daring and fearless, with a sensitive side and the ability to appreciate a good bosom.
3. Ferris Beuller’s Day Off: Ferris Beuller is one of the most brilliant teenagers ever to be committed to film. He’s charming, clever and witty and extols the importance of taking time out every once in a while. Although he is usually up to no good, things just seem to go his way.
4. Gone With the Wind: Rhett Butler is charming and suave. He is pretty slimy, but he often manages to come through for the people he loves.
1. Tank Girl: she’s rough, she’s tough and she’s ready to hold a gun to your head and make you sing Cole Porter songs until you just can’t stand it anymore.
2. Kinky Boots: Lola has a little more to offer than your average girl. She is vulnerable and raw, and yet manages to pull off everything she’s been planning with bucketloads of bravado.
3. The Hogfather: Susan Bones, the granddaughter of death, has to fight a maniac who has imprisoned children’s beliefs and dreams in the castle of the Tooth Fairy. She rides a white horse called Binky, has a seriously awesome hairdo and is deadly with a fire poker.
1. The Wizard of Oz: The Wicked Witch of the West is a classic villain. Much of Margaret Hamilton’s original performance was removed from the film, as the editors believed that it would be too frightening for young children.
2. Sweeny Todd: Sweeny is a man wronged who wants revenge, and doesn’t care how many throats he will have to cut to get to the one he’s after.
3. Dogma: Azriel, a former muse, decides to wreak havoc on earth when he finds a loophole that will allow two fallen angels to return to heaven.
4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The Black Knight may not have any arms or legs, but he’ll bite your kneecaps off.
Most overrated film
1. Avatar: I am astonished at how much press this film has gotten. It’s true that it was visually spectacular, but I found it dull and pretentious.
2. The Lord of the Rings: I know that I am going to get dragged over hot coals for saying this, but I don’t care. The books were brilliant. The films were good, but not nearly as good as they were cracked up to be. To quote Clerks 2: “It was three movies of walking”.
3. Citizen Kane: I recognize that this film was a major cinematic achievement. However, it is about as dull as watching paint dry, possibly more so as you don’t have all those fun paint fumes to mess with your mind.
Best dance sequence
1. Addams Family Values: the tango between Morticia and Gomez is steamy, sexy and fun. I love it.
2. The Sound of Music: when Maria dances with Captain Von Trapp for the first time, and they look into each other’s eyes, my heart just sings. It is so romantic.
3. 500 Days of Summer: After sleeping with Summer for the first time, Tom walks to work only to find himself in the midst of an epic group dance in the park
4. Clerks 2: Becca teaches Dante to dance to the Jackson 5 on the roof, while a bollywood-style dance scene takes place in the parking lot of Mooby’s
Best musical number
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show: the Time Warp scene is a classic piece of cinema. It’s one of my favorite films of all time, and I can actually remember watching this film for the first time and feeling my jaw drop as I watched this scene. It just has so much colour, movement and excitement.
2. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: Marilyn Monroe singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” is one of the most copied scenes from any film. It’s bold, filled with colour and has a really catchy tune.
3. Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: I adore the scene where the three drag queens dance in the desert to I Will Survive. Fabulous.
4. Hairspray: There are a lot of great musical numbers on this film, but by far the best is “You’re Timeless to me” with John Travolta and Christopher Walken.
5. The Life of Brian: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.
6. A Muppet Christmas Carol: every year, on Christmas Eve, I always find myself humming “Only One More Sleep ‘til Christmas”.
Most inventive use of music
1. Across the Universe: this entire film is a brilliant musical tribute to the Beatles. The “I Want You/ She’s So Heavy” scene is especially wonderful.
2. The Boat that Rocked: I will never look at “Wouldn’t it Be Nice?” by the Beach Boys in quite the same way again.
1. Shrek: Donkey is such an endearing character. He seems to have no clue of how annoying he his, and that just makes him all the more loveable. He is loyal and always tries to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t always work out the way he had planned.
2. Wayne’s World: Garth is the voice of reason when Wayne comes up with a hair-brained idea. He’s sweet and smart and lives in his own fantasy world.
3. Star Wars: Chewbacca. He’s huge and hairy, and Hans’ best friend.
Most touching scene
1. Meet Me In St. Louis: The scene where Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to comfort her little sister is so sweet and it always brings a tear to my eye.
2. Hans Christian Anderson: Hans comforts a sick little boy by telling him the story of the Ugly Duckling.
3. Garden State: The bathtub scene where Andrew tells Sam about his mother.
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Joel walks down the street in his mind screaming after Clementine “I’m erasing you, and I’m happy about it!”
5. Hook: When Peter finally finds his ‘happy thought”.
Best book-to-film adaptation
1. To Kill a Mockingbird: This film follows the book really closely, and each of the characters is portrayed well.
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Tim Burton does a wonderful job of capturing Roald Dahl’s original vision of Charlie’s world, while adding in some touches of his own.
1. Gone with the Wind: I have always wanted to wear Scarlett O’Hara’s dresses, especially the gorgeous red hobble dress that Rhett makes her wear to Ashley’s party.
2. Alice in Wonderland: I spent most of that film drooling over the costumes, from Alice’s filmy blue gown, to her playing card dress and the Hatter’s top hat. Utterly spectacular.
3. Sabrina: Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe in this film is pure glamour. The only complaint I have is that the film is in black and white, so you can’t truly appreciate some of her more spectacular ensembles.
4. Almost Famous: set in the 70’s, this film is filled with bell-bottoms, fur, feathers, beads and glorious hats.
5. Velvet Goldmine: Glam rock styling at it’s very best.
1. Can’t Hardly Wait: William Lichter hatches a plan to get even with his high school bully. Instead, he winds up tanked on three glasses of beer, dancing on stage to Guns and Roses and talking theology with some stoners.
2. Back to the Future: Doc Brown perfectly fits the bill of the mad professor. He has a sweet, romantic side which sits side-by-side with his love of science.
3. Superbad: there is nobody geekier than McLovin’. Seriously.
4. Ghost World: Enid likes to spend her time hunting around garage sales and picking up odd men twice her age. She likes vintage punk clothing and has a different pair of glasses in ever scene.
Best modern fairytale
1. The Lady in the Water: This film was a gorgeous folk-tale interwoven with suspense and danger and the most unlikely band of heroes one could imagine.
2. Penelope: Penelope is cursed and born with the nose of a pig. She must find someone to love her as she is to break the curse
3. Harry Potter: the perfect mixture of fantasy, magic, love and friendship.
4. Edward Scissorhands: a classic tale of an outsider who wants nothing more than to fit in with modern life.
5. Tin Man: A sci-fi adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.
Boogie Nights: You finally get to see Dirk Diggler’s penis, and what an anti-climax it is.
Most predictable film
1. The Notebook: from the very first scene, I knew exactly how this was going to end. Very disappointing.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Luna Lovegood is sweet and kind, but also slightly dippy with a fervent belief in strange creatures and the healing power of Gurdyroots.
1. Frida: Salma Hayek is wonderful as Frida Kahlo. She brings this tragic and wonderful figure to life with such heart and sincerity. Alfred Molina also stars as Diago Rivera, Frida’s husband.
2. Girl, Interrupted: Susannah Casen is sent to a mental institution in the 1960’s. It is here that she learns the true meaning of insanity, questions the existence of normality, and finds the strength to heal herself.
1. Dogma: Bartleby has his head exploded by the awesome voice of God.