2. Films :D
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James and the Giant Peach and Babe were the first films I saw in a cinema. I can vaguely remember them. I wasn't much of an avid movie-goer until boarding school, when I had the opportunity to go out for weekends and chose the films I wanted to see. Melbourne used to have more cinemas in the CBD, but then Village moved to Crown and the Lumiere shut down...that said, there's a pretty fantastic collection of both commercial and art house cinemas here, which is great. The one about two blocks from campus shows quite a lot of foreign/alternative but also some mainstream, which is hugely convenient. And it's a nice cinema. I can appreciate a cinema, but I'm not fussy about where I see a film, whether it's on a TV or a tiny laptop screen (although obviously I prefer sans ads.)
I'm a hopeless romantic, so I love chick flicks and rom coms. However, films like No Reservations and Notting Hill suck. Bridget Jones and The Holiday are overrated (but I'll watch it.) Mean Girls is a great film, Princess Diaries is one of my absolute favourites and I adore Amanda Bynes in almost anything, especially She's the Man. I didn't think Pretty Woman was that great, but I love Erin Brockavich. Sex and the City was just annoying and long. I didn't like Four Weddings and a Funeral or Love Actually as much as everyone else - don't even get me started on My Best Friend's Wedding - but I really enjoyed A Lot Like Love and Imagine Me and You. I did not like Moulin Rougue but I did Romeo + Juliet.
I'm almost always in the mood for a lighthearted comedy. I love to laugh, which means movies that make me laugh are close to my heart. Blues Brothers and Forrest Gump are two of my favourite films OF ALL TIME. I could watch them over and over and over again. A good joke is one you can hear more than once and still find them funny. That is also the definition of a good comedy.
It's a rare film that makes me cry, but by the same token, those that do will go down as The Greatest Films Known to JAG. Amazing Grace, Becoming Jane and Changeling are three of those films. Also, I cried in Slumdog, but only because I was so happy.
I like a film that keeps me wondering, where I can't see when the end is coming. I hate a really predictable cliche. I want to be surprised, shocked, intrigued. Movies are less about plot these days - it's all revealed in the trailer anyway - and more about the BOOM. The FX. The soundtrack. The lead star. The sex scene. It's a sad day. Which is why I love films like Match Point and American Beauty.
Also? Wanted was TERRIBLE.
Animation + Disney = *squeeeee!!!* I will love almost anything by virtue of the fact that it's animation. But, I, uh, haven't seen Bambi. *cowers* A happy ending is the most beautiful thing in a film, which is perhaps why I'm a Disney girl at heart. There's just a certain satisfation and joy when everything works out in the end. So it's a cliche, I don't care; I guess it just warms the cockles of my optimistic heart. Plus animation is cute, funny, and has, you know, morals. And usually great songs to sing along to.
Old films are some of the best films ever made. EVAH. How dare you say otherwise. HITCHCOCK WAS MASTER.
Then there are the Christmas darlings, like Miracle on 34th St and It's a Wonderful Life. I mean, they just don't make 'em like that any more. Sentimental, meaningful, familial - a classic is a movie that doesn't age, and I could watch these every Christmas.
Musicals are wonderful. They're delightful, charming, feel-good, and whimsical. Plus, you know, THE SONGS. Perhaps my favourite musical ever is Phantom of the Opera. It's just so beautiful.
I. CAN'T. STAND. HORROR. Enough said.
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