Day 25 – Movie with the most beautiful scenery
Avatar. While the movie didn’t exactly have the most original plot (it was basically Dances With Wolves set in space) it’s certainly the best looking film I have ever seen. Say what you will about it, but there is no doubt the scenery in Avatar is simply breathtaking.
I loved the fact that Avatar was filmed in 3D and designed to be seen in 3D and not simply given a conversion job. The quality really showed, and the scenes of the planet Pandora in 3D really made you feel like you were there, and not just in a theatre. The open sky, gigantic forests, wildlife, mountains and night lights are simply unrivalled – no wonder James Cameron waited until now to make the film; none of it would be possible with the available technology 15 years ago.
Day 24 – Movie with your favourite soundtrack
A difficult choice to make, as I have already previously listed two movies that could have made best soundtrack. Thus I am going with my hotly contested third choice, the underrated Scott Pilgrim Vs the World.
An adaptation of one issue of a graphic novel series, the film was quirky, fun and full of videogame references in virtually every scene. And the soundtrack was just perfect for the film.
It felt exactly as intended; a graphic novel come to life and an amazing soundtrack to boot.
Day 23 – Movie that inspires you
It’s a film I haven’t seen many times, but Gattaca is certainly a film that inspires me.
Staring Uma Thurma and Ethan Hawke, Gattaca is a story about a man named Vincent who was born “naturally” – without the aid of gene selection. He is considered genetically inferior because of this, and is known as an “in-valid” and is looked down upon due to his supposedly inferior genetic profile.
Vincent aims to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut despite facing prejudice and genetic discrimination, and sets out to prove everyone wrong; that genetic makeup don’t decide one’s lot in life.
Gattaca inspires me, as Vincent shows you can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it, that social class is simply an obstacle to overcome rather than something that defines you.
Day 22 – Movie you wish you could live in
Star Wars. It’s all I need to say really. A fantastically realised universe in movies, games and books. The classic battle of good vs evil. Intergalactic travel, futuristic technology and of course lightsabers.
I’m pretty much sold on the lightsaber alone. Put simply it’s the coolest sci-fi weapon ever seen on screen. The Star Wars universe is full of adventure, danger and exploration, and The Force.
Day 21 – Film with your favourite actor
The Shawshank Redemption. Se7en. Deep Impact. Bruce Almighty. Batman Begins. The Dark Knight.
I simply couldn’t name just one film with the incredible talent of the one and only Morgan Freeman.
The man has played numerous (and strangely, consistently upgrading) role over his career, from a cab driver to prison inmate to President and even God. Freeman alone is enough to make you want to go see a film.
And you just have to love his authoritative yet soothing voice. The kind of voice that could make you hang on every single word. That good.
Day 20 – Film with your favourite actress
Now this is something I have never given much thought to. I can list plenty of favourite types of films and can name many, many actors and actresses. To name one actress above the others is definitely food for thought.
In this case, a film I really enjoyed was Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, and so in this instance I would name Uma Thurman as I have enjoyed all the movies I have seen her in.
Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, Kill Bill (both volumes) and My Super Ex-Girlfriend are just a few of her films and I enjoyed all of them, with fantastic performances from Thurman.
Day 19 – Film that made you cry the hardest
Thank you Walt Disney. The man had to be insane for all the films he did. The film that made me cry hardest is Pinocchio.
I watched Pinocchio as a kid, and at the time I found it absolutely terrifying. Monstro the whale was definitely horrifying for kids, and Pinocchio’s slow transformation into a donkey was more than enough to send my kid self into a river of terrified tears.