You can tell a person’s personality and interests by what they say is their favourite film of all time. For example, if someone was to say that their favourite film was Fast and Furious, you could assume that they have an interest in cars. Without knowing anything else about that person, we have already given them a personality trait. Throughout this introduction post, you will find out about my interests, personality traits and passion for film by listing my favourite films.
As a massive fan of films – from horror to comedy, animated to live-action, short to feature length, blockbuster to independent – it is hard for me to narrow my choices down for what I consider to be “my favourite film”. Film is subjective, and there is not one film that is simply better than any other film in the entire world. I have managed to cut the list down to three very different movies which have not only influenced me throughout my life, but have left a big impact on me and that I will always find time to watch over and over again.
Psycho (1960), directed by Alfred Hitchcock
This psychological horror is quite possibly the reason I pursued a passion in film-making and media analysis. It was around this time that I had lost my passion in doing art full time, and I had no back-up plan as to what I wanted to go on and study. I decided to take Media as a subject in my last year of school just to see whether I would like it. Best decision of my life.
In that class, we studied numerous types of media. These included: newspapers, adverts, TV shows, and most importantly, film. Film was what we started with, and the one film we watched and studied in the class was Psycho. This was my first time being introduced to the film, and I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it much as I don’t typically like horror films. That is possibly one of the reasons why I love it so much.
Overall the film just kept surprising me. The opening sequence by Saul Bass was enticing, the choice of black and white was dramatic and suspenseful, the story-telling had me hooked from the opening shot, and the end scene with Normal Bates is one of the best moments in film history. Is it outdated? Of course, the action looks cheesy and the staircase incident is one of the weirdest and most unrealistic manoeuvres possible. However, at the time it was a revolution. Nobody was directing the way Hitchcock does, he was a start for some of film’s best ideas and movements that still get used to this day. If anyone asks me who my favourite film director of all time is, you can guarantee I will say Alfred Hitchcock.
Back to the Future (1985), directed by Robert Zemeckis
Despite the fact that one of my favourite bands since I was little being McFly (a name that originated from this very film) and I had heard so much about this film, it took me 15 years of my life to actually sit down and watch this film. It was around Christmas time – you know, the time the TV channels show films all day every day – and for three days in a row, they would play the trilogy one movie at a time. Safe to say I watched all those movies in succession and fell in love with each and every single one of them.
What is there that I can say about Back to the Future that hasn’t been said already hundreds of times? It’s a much loved franchise that hits all the right spots – the humour in it isn’t overpowering but enough to keep you chuckling, the action is fun yet well executed, the ideas are refreshing and put a nice spin on the whole time-travel plot, and the characters are insane but also relatable. This is easily my most watched movie, and as good as both of the sequels are, nothing will top the original.
Silver Linings Playbook (2012), directed by David O. Russell
2013 was the year I was starting to watch more movies, and it was also the first year I paid attention to the Oscars, Golden Globes and all the other major award shows. Around this time, The Hunger Games also was released. As a big fan of the franchise, I had to watch the movies. From there I had an instant love for Jennifer Lawrence. She was America’s Sweetheart that couldn’t do wrong, and because of that I knew I had to watch Silver Linings Playbook when it was released on DVD.
I was in a bad state around the time when I watched this movie. I was starting to realise that I could possibly have depression myself, and family situations weren’t the best. Silver Linings Playbook was a movie that I could relate to as the filmmakers didn’t dramatise or make fun of mental illness. Sure, I am not Bipolar and I may not have such an extreme case of mental illness as Tiffany, but those feelings and thoughts I do get occasionally, and it is nice to see a movie tackle this issue in a way that isn’t creating a bad stigma.
The acting in the movie is superb, it is a rom-com that everyone can fall in love with (yes, even you “masculine” guys reading this), and it is a true feel-good film that will just make you smile. There’s something there for everyone, whether you like American football or dancing, romantic or family issues, it is the first movie that majorly impacted me in my life and it will always have a place in my favourites.
So, that’s a summary of me. My past, my passion for film, and my favourite films. I plan to update the blog twice a week, and content will vary. Every Friday I will be posting a film review (keep an eye out for a film review of IT this upcoming Friday), and posting a film discussion on Wednesdays. These discussions could be light-hearted, like talking about animation or classics, or more in-depth and hard hitting, for example whitewashing or sexism in Hollywood.
That’s it for now though, I will be back next week with more movie discussions. For now though, that was some film for thought.