Do you ever think you are the star of your very own movie? Are you Truman of your very own show and think your house is bugged with tiny cameras that the entire world watch every night?
Yeah….no, me neither….!
I do, however, believe that our lives could quite easily be edited down into a very great and personal 2 hour movie. Unfortunately, my life movie right now would be more ‘Trainwreck’ than ‘The Notebook”, but I’m fine with that.
What movie would best represent your life? Romeo + Juliet? Inception? Step Brothers?
I’m sticking with Trainwreck.
I talk to Photographers about their editing process when they are alone in the office. Nearly all of them say they like listening to really soothing, background music so they can concentrate.
I edit to Netflix! I will create Rockabetty shortlists while finding out about Leslie Nope’s latest catastrophe at the Town hall in ‘Parks and Recreation’, and will finalise wedding albums to Uma Thurman trying to get her feet to move in the back of that pussy wagon in ‘Kill Bill’.
So, I’ve decided I’m going to share with you my 5 favourite movies of all time. I thoroughly recommend you watch these badboys pronto!
In no particular order:
This is where I need to tell you I have a healthy/unhealthy obsession with Bill Murray. That’s for an entire blog post on itself. So my first of my Bill movies that I love is the incredible Ghostbusters.
Written by Dan Ackroyd and the late but awesome Harold Ramis, it is the story of 4 seemingly nerdy/wicked cool science professors who are booted from their cushty University job and decide to go into ‘ghost removal services’. Bill Murray was not originally cast but stepped in last minute and I think we can all say we are grateful he did. His quick wit and often off script one-liners make the movie, along with Slime-o and our favourite redhead receptionist!
Favourite line “Let’s show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown.”
The Addams Family/Addams Family Values
Based on the original paintings of Charles Addams, and later the hit 60s TV show of the same title, The Addams Family starring Angelica Houston and Christina Ricci was a fast favourite for me as a kid. Whether it was the dark humour and eccentric styling of the film, or the love story of Gomez and Morticia, but I would watch these films on repeat most weekends. It remained a favourite through most of my ‘emo teen years’ also known as ‘those years where we show no photos of Lex”
Now Wednesday Addams is my spirit guide.
Favourite line: “I’m a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else.”
A controversial pick for lots of people but the story of this film, combined with the awesome production behind the 2013 film brings this movie into my top 5 list. I was around 7 years old when my parents first took my sister and I to see Les Miserables at the theatre. I was mesmerized almost immediately. I realized then that my parents had been playing the soundtrack round the house since I was a dot and knew most the lines to the classic, “Master of the House”
Following the trials and tribulations of Jean Valjean as he gets released from prison only to break parole. He goes on the run, becomes mayor, somehow gets rich and adopts a dead woman’s child.
Did I mention Russell Crowe in a Britney Spears style costume? Sound interesting? GO WATCH IT!
Favourite line: “Master of the house isn’t worth my spit. Comforter, philosopher, and life-long shit. Cunning little brain; regular Voltaire. Thinks he’s quite a lover, but there’s not much there.”
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The 2nd part of my love affair for Bill Murray, but this time an additional love for Wes Anderson and anything he creates. From The Fantastic Mr. Fox to Royal Tennanbaums, Anderson’s stylistic movies make me fall in love a bit more every time I re-watch them.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story, about a story, about a story. Are you confused yet? Don’t worry. With a mixture of dark comedy, a teenage love affair, shock, a bit of horror and a big scandal involving a painting. Sit back, watch the gorgeous scenes and style of Wes Anderson and don’t forget to check in with Mr. Murray.
Favourite line: “[pointing to painting] What’s the meaning of this shit?”
My all time favourite film and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Edgar Wright’s 2nd installment of the Cornetto Triology, Hot Fuzz sees Simon Pegg’s character PC Nicholas Angel be shunned from London Met to a small rural town in Somerset. He soon gets suspicious of the town’s seemingly clean arrest record. With guest appearances from too many incredible actors to name, this film never gets old. From the very subtle sound effects added throughout to hint at clues and highlight hilariously timed jokes, to Nick Frost’s loveable character.
I find something new I love about this film every time I watch it.
Favourite Quote: “You wanna be a big cop in a small town? Fuck off up the model village.”
There are SO many other films I wish I could rattle on about but I’ll leave you with a list of special mentions:
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox story.
If you want endless laughs, fantastic cameos and endless quotes to use in real life, check this film out.
I watched this film religiously as a child whenever I finished family up north. So much so, I once broke their vhs player! Now an annual favourite around my favourite holiday while we put up Halloween decorations
While on the subject of Halloween, this is another stunner of a movie. Hilarious and incredible costumes!
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
First watched this in my early teens and decovered Kevin Smith’s incredible films such as…
Hilarious. Alanis Morrisette is God. Perfect!
Science of Sleep
Creative and quirky, French director Michel Gondry at his finest with incredible handmade sets and camera tricks.
And not just because it stars Bill again.
Where the Wild Things Are
Gorgeous, dreamy and beautifully made.
Ultimate teenage angst film with witchcraft and bitchcraft.
David Bowie, A Cockney worm, a posh talking terrier dog. ‘Nuff said.
So if this doesn’t keep you busy for the next few movie nights, I’m not sure what will (drinking?). Stay tuned for more movie reviews, opinions of the latest blockbuster and of course, my love affair with Bill Murray