After the trauma of having to choose only four books for yesterday’s instalment of the ten day challenge, three movies seems infinitely easier. I do love going to the movies, and have a few of my favourites on DVD, but I’d rather buy a book every time. That being said, there are some movies I can watch over and over.
When it comes to movies, my taste is similar to my taste in books – I love thrillers, clever comedy and the occasional chick flick, as long as it’s not too saccharine. I’d rather be pecked to death by chickens than watch a Steven Segal-type action movie, and sci-fi isn’t really my thing either. So, without further ado, here are my three favourites:
1. Walk the Line. Oh how I adore this movie. If you haven’t seen it already (what’s the matter with you?!), it’s the story of Johnny Cash – his childhood, his explosion as a musical phenomenon, his struggles with his demons, and his love for June Carter. The story is beautiful, the music is incredible, and the lovely Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon make the characters come alive – they even do all their own singing. Every time I watch this movie (and it’s often), I find myself with Johnny Cash and June Carter songs stuck in my head for weeks. Love, love, love it!
2. Fight Club. Surprisingly enough, given how squeamish I am, and how much blood and other general unpleasantness there is in this movie, I absolutely love it. It could be because it stars my two favourite actors, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton (the yum factor here is high ladies). It could be because it’s dark and twisty and full of psychological quirks. It’s definitely the fact that you have to watch it at least twice to see all the hidden aspects that only start to make sense at the end. And of course it ends with a Pixies song. Whatever it is, it’s fab!
3. Bridget Jones’s Diary. This is the movie I watch if I’ve had a long day and I need to just disengage my brain for a while. I normally hate movies based on books, but to be fair, they did Helen Fielding’s hilarious novel justice. Of course they couldn’t capture all her brilliance, but the movie has the same acerbic wit and cringeworthy comedy that makes the book great. The sequel is pretty damn funny too.