For me films have always been a magical thing; I often long for the good ole’ days when my mum, brother and I would make a day out of heading to the local Blockbuster, spending far to long roaming the isles for a film (never all agreeing so we’d usually pick two or three) and decisively selecting the treats for the event – personally I always picked the Butterkist Toffee Popcorn and Minstrels. When we’d get home we’d push the sofa forward, close all the curtains and cuddle up underneath the thickest blanket we could find. Now it seems that the magic of watching a film is lost. Cinemas have become far too overpriced and half the time is spent watching advertisements and Free Downloads, Netflix and LoveFilm have taken the lead offering people a cheap alternative and a chance to watch copious amounts of films in a single sitting without having to leave their bed if they wish.
My love for films and appreciation of the creativity and effort that goes into them has meant that I’ve watched ALOT. Consequently I’m unable to produce an ‘official’ top 5 favourite films list of all times and have had to break them down into individual categories which I sadly spent an afternoon doing recently and I now have a written note consisting of my current crème de la crème which I thought would be interesting to share.
I thought foreign films would be a good place to start, despite not being the most popular (probably because the idea of having to read and watch is too much to handle for most people!) I admit, they’re not for everyone, but I have never had a problem with reading subtitles and will happily multit
- Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Not to be mistaken for Disney’s Mulan which is smashing itself but not the same thing. This film follows the same story at heart that we all admire, a warrior girl who goes off to fight in the army in place of her ages father. However, there are a few twists and turns, a bit more gore and action and less of a ‘happily ever after’ at the end; plus the film is in Chinese. Directed by Jingle Ma and Wel Dong I really don’t understand why this interpretation of Mulan isn’t sung about more as it’s a beautiful story and shot in an equally beautiful way that (almost) has me in tears every single time. Please, PLEASE don’t let the fact that it’s in Chinese put you off as you’d be missing out on all the emotions that it drags you through.
This film is the DEFINITION of lovely. It focuses on a French girl called Amelie who through her earnest attempts to help people with their own lives, finds love. I’ve watched this so many times, it’s defiantly my ‘go-to’ for when I’m feeling low and in desperate need of something innocent and endearing. Futhermore the French accent is magnifique.
As the title would suggest, this film is b-e-a-utiful. Both heart breaking and heart warming this film follows a Jewish man and his son who become victims of the Holocaust during WW2. Humorous and tragic this film makes me both chuckle and weep.
- Three Colours Blue (1993)
Left distraught and in mourning after the death of her son and husband, a French wife starts to deny everything about her past life in attempts to busy herself by building a new one. Directed by the magnificent Kryszstof Kielowski this film can only be described a visually scrumptious. Do yourself a massive favour by watching this pretty please.
I first watched this film in year 8 in French class and immediately fell in love. I remember having a major crush on the Pierre as with all the other girls in my class. I have re-watched the film countless times since and adored it more and more every single time. The story is set in France and follows a new teacher appointed at a boys boarding school for those with behavioural issues. The teacher tries to educate and help the boys in the only way he knows how, through music. This film is an emotional rollercoaster and writing this makes me realise how much I want to go an re-watch it again right now.