Archive for June 2011

Top 5 Live Action Musical Films

June 14, 2011

I have a bad feeling that the era of consistently good live action musicals is potentially over. Yes we see the occasional pretty good musical these days (and I emphasise pretty) but even they are really just exceptions to what is probably a waning genre of what used to be successful films.

I think potentially due to my mother’s great interest in musicals is how I’ve developed an interest in them. She watched them for entertainment, I watched them due to fact my legs hadn’t yet been trained how to move on their own yet. And here we are, 2 decades later and I’m writing a list on my favourite live action musical films. Enjoy!


Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder = Legend. He is this movie. Without him, I believe it wouldn’t have been nearly as memorable as it is today. His unique spin on the character of Willa Wonka made the whole film seem somewhat plausible. Even if Roald Dahl disowned this film, I will never!


Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! is one of the exceptions to the more modern film musicals that occasionally pop up. This is Baz Luhrmann’s greatest film so far, and it’s no surprise why. This film is far beyond the norm in regards to filmmaking, and the risks Luhrmann takes are extremely successful. And how about Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman and the pipes they have? Sweet.


Oliver!

This film is another childhood classic for me. An awesome adaptation of a Broadway musical, not only does this film have awesome songs, it also has a sweet storyline.

 

Mary Poppins

A child cannot go through childhood without watching this film. Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke have brilliant chemistry and put on memorable performances in this adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series by P. L. Travers. A must watch if you haven’t seen this yet.

 

West Side Story

A classic film that is not only number one on my list, but is arguably the most critically acclaimed also, winning a total of ten academy awards at the 1962 Oscars. Whilst this film is an exceptional update to the classic Romeo and Juliet storyline, the main feature is the songs and choreography. A fitting number one to this list.



Now not everyone is a fan of live-action musicals, but perhaps there are a few of you who are. Let me know your favourite musicals in the comment box below.

Top 10 Chick Flicks

June 12, 2011

Well, what do I have to say? There’s a time in every man’s life where we must release the pride, and admit to not only watching our fair share of chick flicks, but enjoying them too. Admit it fellas, we all like a good chick flick, and I emphasise good, cause we don’t just like any. But here’s my top 10 list of Chick Flicks.

10. Mean Girls

I’m not too ashamed to admit this movie thoroughly entertains me. I mean, one of the funniest ladies still working today wrote it, Tina Fey, and she sure knows how to write a decent, and entertaining chick flick.

9. A Walk to Remember

This film is the definition of chick flick. Regardless, I have found it to be a well-made film, and it therefore earns a place in the top 10.

8.Four Weddings and a Funeral

Rowan Atkinson is the standout in his few scenes in this movie, but there’s a pretty decent storyline to follow, and it’s pretty funny too.

 

7. Jerry Maguire

A great movie of its own accord – therefore making it one of the better quality films in the ‘chick flick’ genre. Tom Cruise delivers a fine performance in this film although is overshadowed by the great Cuba Gooding Jr. The quality of this film is also reflected in its numerous award nominations and wins it recevied.

 

6. The Holiday

I have a feeling that not so many of you will agree with me on this one, but believe it or not, I enjoy this film every time I watch it, and I’ve seen it quite a few times. You either love him or hate him, and I am a big fan of Jack Black’s. And I believe he performs exceptionally in this film. Not to mention one of the great actresses of our time, Kate Winslet, momentarily taking her eyes off Oscar gold to go romantic comedy for a change. Good stuff!

 

5. 10 Things I Hate About You

Heath mate, you are a legend. This was his shot to stardom, and out of all the chick flicks he could’ve chosen, he definitely chose the right one.

4. The Wedding Singer

I enjoy Adam Sandler’s romantic comedies, and The Wedding Singer is no exception. Similarly to 50 First Dates, Sandler and Drew Barrymore play off each other brilliantly, and it provides some super entertainment. This, in my books, makes for a great chick flick.

3. Love Actually

Richard Curtis wrote some great films prior to making his directorial debut in 2003 with a not so little known rom-com known as Love Actually. Often star-studded films become all about the stars, and lose the story, yet Curtis proves that this isn’t always the case with this popular chick flick.

2. The Notebook

Well, what can I say, it pulls out all the clichés in the book, but it does it in such a unique way. Ironic huh? But still, whilst this film is labelled as a chick flick, it feels so much more than that in its own right.

 

1. The Princess Bride

Not only is the film the greatest chick flick of all time, it’s actually one of my favourite films period. Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant are legendary in this film, as are the rest of the cast. The brilliant story and the music intertwined with the sword fights = mind blowing. An extremely comfortable number one in this list.

Okay, pride back in, no more talking about chick flicks. It’s your turn. What are your favourite chick flicks of all time?