This week’s post is all about our must see movies, ones we have seen and highly recommend to others and for me they must be films I can watch again and again.
My full list of must see films is very long and extremely varied as I love watching everything from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to Se7en (although I’m not a big horror fan).
Lost Boys (1987)
This was one of the films I watched at any given opportunity when I was younger. I was a big Kiefer Sutherland fan as a teenager and loved everything about this film, even asking my mum if I could change my name to Star (she said no!). That said my favourite character in the film had to be Grandpa.
Sam Emerson: Look at your reflection in the mirror. You’re a creature of the night Michael, just like out of a comic book! You’re a vampire Michael! My own brother, a goddamn, shit-sucking vampire. You wait ’till mom finds out, buddy!
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Next on my list has to be Pulp Fiction. Again I love the soundtrack and everything about this movie. This was the first Tarantino film I saw and left me wanting more however for me it remains one of his best. I went to see this at the cinema when it first came out and knew then it would be making it onto my favourite movies list.
Mia: Vincent, do you still want to hear my Fox Force Five joke?
Vincent: Sure, but I think I’m still a little too petrified to laugh.
Mia: No, you won’t laugh, ‘cus it’s not funny. But if you still wanna hear it, I’ll tell it.
Vincent: I can’t wait.
Mia: Three tomatoes are walking down the street- a poppa tomato, a momma tomato, and a little baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. Poppa tomato gets angry, goes over to the baby tomato, and smooshes him… and says, Catch up.
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The third film on my list is The Shawshank Redemption and this is up there as one of my favourite movies of all time. Compared to a lot of films it’s quite simplistic and I think that’s the charm. There aren’t loads of stunts or special effects, just a great story with amazing actors.
Andy Dufresne: You know the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
The Waterboy (1998)
This was a difficult decision to make as I love so many Adam Sandler films (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore and Big Daddy). However, this made the final list mainly because of Henry Winkler and Kathy Bate’s characters
Bobby Boucher: Now that’s what I call high quality H2O.
Coyote Ugly (2000)
One of my all-time feel good films. I love the story, the characters and the soundtrack. It’s a chick-flick with attitude.
Girl: Can I ask you somethin’?
Girl: What – Oh, what does Coyote Ugly mean?
Lil: Did you ever wake up sober after a one night stand, and the person you’re next to is layin’ on your arm, and they’re so ugly, you’d rather chew off your arm then risk waking ’em? That’s coyote ugly.
Girl: My God. But, why would you name your bar after somethin’ like that?
Lil: Oh, because Cheers was taken.
A Knight’s Tale (2001)
This film ticks a lot of boxes, eye candy, soundtrack, likeable characters, comedy. It’s a funny, tongue in cheek movie that never fails to entertain.
William: Oi sir, what are you doing?
Chaucer: Uh… trudging. You know, trudging?
Chaucer: To trudge: the slow, weary, depressing yet determined walk of a man who has nothing left in life except the impulse to simply soldier on.
William: Uhhh… were you robbed?
Chaucer: [laughs] Funny really, yes, but at the same time a huge resounding no. It’s more of an… involuntary vow of poverty… really.
This is a must watch film at Christmas in our house. Wil Ferrell is brilliant as Buddy every year without fail I laugh my cosy little socks of at this movie.
Buddy: SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!
The Dark Knight (2008)
Having a hubby who is a huge Batman/DC Comics fan does tend to have an influence on the movies we see at the cinema, although after all these years I must admit that his love of all things Batman is beginning to rub off a little especially after seeing this film. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was incredible
The Joker: Why so serious?
Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
I love this entire film franchise (although Tokyo Drift doesn’t quite live up to the rest) and not just because of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel (although they do help a little). This is my favourite of them seven films but it is a very close call between them.
Roman: [a tank appears on the road] Who’s got a plan B?
Tej Parker: Plan B? We need a plan C, D, E. We need more alphabet!
Brian O’Conner: Hey! We do what we do best. We improvise, all right?
Suicide Squad (2016)
This made it onto my list in part because it was the last film I saw at the cinema, and partly because, unlike many of the critics, I loved it.
OK so the main characters are criminals and the relationship between Joker and Harley isn’t really what we should be aiming for in terms of relationship goals, but at the end of the day it’s a movie based on a comic book and for me it was highly entertaining and left me wanting more.
Rick Flagg: Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people?
Harley Quinn: [takes a purse] We’re bad guys, it’s what we do
So there are my top 10 and there are so many I could have added. What movies are on your ‘must see’ movie list?
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