Skitty’s Top 11 Favorite Movies
I was watching Nostalgia Chick’s video on this subject and felt inspired. So, I’m sure you’re just on the edge of your seat and not scrolling past this at all. Here are my Top 11 Favorite Movies.
- Harry Potter- I know this one is a bit of a cop out because I found I couldn’t pick one single movie. They all have flaws and, while the last two were very nearly perfect, they are so damn depressing most of the time that I’m hesitant to label them my “favorite” as they aren’t exactly enjoyable to watch. I still haven’t rewatched the final one because I’m terrified that I’ll burst into tears when the credits roll, not because it’s sad, but because it’s over. Just like I did in the theater. And then people pointed and laughed. I really wish I was joking about that.
- Watership Down- I know that this film was pretty traumatic for most children, what with it being a cartoon, but then, once you got watching it…was probably one of the darkest things you’d ever seen, even for some adults. However, this was the story that really introduced me to real books. I went straight from Goosebumps and Fear Street to this.
- Mulan- I don’t feel like I really need to say much about this. I mean, I love it because here is a Disney “princess” that actually kicks legitimate ass and, at the end of the day, the “prince” comes to her of his own accord not because she’s beautiful and sweet and obviously lovable, but because she’s awesome in every sense of the word. Also…five simple words that I guarantee will be stuck in your head for the rest of the night… “Let’s get down to business….”
- Thor- Okay don’t judge. This is a recent addition and it’s not for the reason you think *cough*chris hemsworth*cough* although I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a factor. No, it’s because of all the Avengers prequels, this one most appealed to me because it was less a super hero movie and more a combination of myth and true emotion. I mean, there’s a reason Loki became the villain in Avengers….he was the only one with any depth. A lot of that credit goes to Tom Hiddleston for a brilliant performance, but to see the pain in his eyes and to realize that his entire motivation was simply to prove to his father that he was worthy of being his son…even though he himself was the only one who ever doubted the fact…it’s just amazing to watch. The only complaint I have against is that he’s not in exile nearly long enough to have the character development he clearly has.
- Tarzan- Part this, I’ll admit, is my love of the source material. But mostly, I just love the hell out of Disney for taking a chance on something so dark. I mean, the opening sequence of this thing is pretty brutal. And, even though most people don’t, I really enjoy the music.
- Gypsy (the Bette Middler Version)- I think this one has more to do with nostalgia than anything else. To this day, all I have to do is text my mother a single line from any song in the film and for at least the next ten minutes we will both be completely entertained with each other.
- Pirates of the Caribbean- I want to state, for the record, that unlike with Harry Potter, I am only including the first film in this. In my opinion, it was the only good one. It was the one where Jack was amazing because even though half the time he had no idea what he was doing, he was still a boss while doing it. He also had the ability to plan ahead, which he for some reason loses in the following movies. The love story wasn’t yet corrupted by the need to draw it out for a further two films. The novelty of it all made everything about it wonderful.
- Serenity-I’m not saying anything about this. If you haven’t seen it, fuck you, go watch it right now. Then we can be friends again.
- Die Hard-Yip pie-kia Motherfucker
- Up-I have so many feelings about this movie it’s hard to put into words. I’ve never had a film make me feel so good, and then so sad, in the first ten minutes with almost no dialogue. And just…everything about it. The old man who doesn’t want to lose the home where he lived with the love of his life. The kid who just needs someone to pay attention to him once in awhile. The fact that he was her adventure. God, I just…I feel like I spent that entire movie either laughing my ass off or quietly weeping.
- Spirited Away-I know a lot of people go for princess Mononoke as their favorite Miyazaki film, but not me. This was the first one I came across and, in truth, one of the first anime style films I’d really watched. I was blown away not only be the style, but by the mythos it created for it’s world and the relationships it develops within it. Most of all I love it for the details. I love the way Chihiro puts on her shoes at one point. I love watching Haku’s face when he gets his name back. I love the way she hesitates as her parents walk away and you realize how easy it would be for her to walk away from the mundane life of everyday humans and yet she’s mature enough now, because of her experiences, to turn and follow her parents out. She’s not afraid of change anymore. She’s not selfish anymore. She grows up right in front of your eyes, and yet this is in no way a coming of age film. I just love every minute for its beauty and its depth.
next year all the fandoms should come together and meet in different places to hold massive fucking bake sales and split the money evenly and fairly so we can all go to comic con and be happy and not sitting at our computers crying and screaming
this seems like some brain crack with merrit. Like, what if we created a comic con scholarship or something?
It takes a surprising amount of effort to not come across as a hipster when talking about Whedon these days. Almost every conversation I have about him now, I must refrain from using the phrase:
“Well…I’ve been a fan since the 90’s, back when he was doing really edgy stuff like Buffy.”