I guarantee this isn’t the first movie I saw, but it’s the first one I remember seeing in the cinema. My dad took me to see it when I was old enough to sit still and shut up in a theatre.
Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite fairy tale, Disney or otherwise. I’d nearly forgotten it until I saw a play at Disney World, Orlando, Florida, when I was in high school. It’s also my absolute favourite story in “my fairy tale book.”
Yeah, yeah, so I picked Twilight. It’s not like I said I was a real fan of this saga.
Mostly, I picked it because I have fond memories with friends related to this series, whether it be the movies or the books. I admit, my first date with Hubby was to the release party at Barnes & Noble for the book Breaking Dawn. (I’d only heard of the series at the time, but he’d read all the books. Even at the release party, he complained that fangirls were ruining it. Also, he was Team Jacob.)
Our hanging out with some couple friends from university always involve Twilight the first few times. The first time we hung out, we all watched Twilight at our house after dinner. I think the next time it was the same with New Moon. Finally, when Breaking Dawn Part 1 was being released, we figured we might as well go see it at the cinema together.
Mum, the siblings, and I always loved watching Mr. Bean together; we all loved that sort of stupid humour. It’s no wonder that we wanted to see Johnny English from the time we first saw the trailer. While the movie does contain some of the sort of British humour none of us enjoy, the rest of the movie doesn’t disappoint.
When I was in high school, John Malkovich was probably my favourite actor, and he was the perfect villain for this movie. He’s just so creepy and pure evil. (Be sure to watch the deleted scenes, too.)
As a very boyish tween who was obsessed with the “modern” science fiction look of the late ’90s (mostly dim lighting and a lot of bare metal), thought music couldn’t get any cooler than rock and techno, and secretly watched Friends when my parents weren’t looking, it didn’t take me long at all to adore this movie.
The story was well executed, the CGI was great for the time, and I definitely loved the characters. I wanted to be as confident as Judy, as cool as Penny, and as smart as Will. And of course, I wanted my own personal robot.
Day 24: A Movie That Inspires/Encourages Your Dreams
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
My choice for this category fits in both the sense of life goals, and that of daydreaming! As an introvert who loves to live in her inner world, but also enjoys a good real life adventure, I couldn’t resist choosing this movie.
Walter Mitty is a man who spends enough time fantasising that it often disrupts his mundane real life. Eventually, though, when his livelihood is at stake, he goes on a grand adventure to save it.
It makes for a good reminder not only to dream, but to live.
What movie inspires or encourages your dreams (however you want to take it)?
Day 23: A Movie You Tell People You’ve Seen, But Haven’t (or Haven’t Finished)
Technically, I’ve never actually said that I’ve seen them, but I know people assume I have. (Mostly, it’s people thinking of me when they see Star Wars stuff, when I’m a trekkie.)
But first, let me explain.
I have seen all of them, or at least most of all of them. I just never seem to have watched any of them in their entirety or from beginning to end. I’ll catch it in the middle and watch to the end, or I’ll start and not finish for some reason. A couple years ago, some friends and I even decided to get together in our pyjamas and watch episodes 4-6 so we could finally say we’ve seen them, but we ended up talking the whole time.
One big thing that proves I’m not to be considered an actual Star Wars fan, is that until last month I thought AT-AT was pronounced as two words instead of four letters. (I thought it was “at at,” when it’s “ay-tee ay-tee.”) I wasn’t even corrected by Star Wars, but by Cake Wars.
So, I may have technically seen them, and understand a lot of the references (I’m on team “Han shot first”), but I know for certain that I’ve never seen any of them from beginning to end in one sitting. (Except episodes 3 and 7.)
Don’t worry — I’m fixing this now.
Is there a movie you tell people you’ve seen, but haven’t (or haven’t finished)?
Day 22: A Movie You Feel Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
Guardians of the Galaxy
Before everyone starts leaving hate comments, let me explain.
I didn’t see this movie until it had been released on DVD. By then, everyone had been raving about how brilliant it is and how I HAVE to see it. I thought, “OK, it must be pretty gosh darn amazing then!”
THAT was the hype it had to live up to.
I also looked forward to seeing the movie that made Karen Gillan shave her head. Somewhere along the line of awaiting the movie, I was led to believe she would be the main villain. Obviously, I was disappointed to find she wasn’t.
I’d only seen one trailer, and knew nothing of the comics, so I couldn’t even think “well, at least it was true to canon.”
Lastly, I’ve only seen it the one time.
I fully acknowledge that my disappointment with Guardians of the Galaxy has nothing to do with the movie itself, but rather with what I was made to believe about the movie before I saw it.
And now it’s time I gave it another chance.
What movie do you feel didn’t live up to the hype?
Day 21: A movie that made you think WTF AM I WATCHING?
2001: A Space Odyssey
Besides the needless length of a lot of the scenes, I was thoroughly enjoying this movie the first time I saw it. It was definitely an interesting story, and that’s the only reason I continued to bear the bits that were stretched out.
The end, however, was confusing. I had no idea what was going on. There was no narration. And then, the movie ended without explaining any of it. What?!
I finally read the book earlier this year, so I understand more of what was going on in that strange ending. I’m going to watch the movie again and see if I get it now.
Before this movie, I knew nothing about the civil war from the comics except that there were FAR more superheroes involved than in the movie. I’d chosen to be #TeamIronMan, simply because he had more heroes on his side that I would consider favourites, haha.
While watching, I was understanding of both sides, so I couldn’t, and wouldn’t, choose a side.
*SPOILER IN THIS PARAGRAPH* My only thing about Iron Man’s reason for not wanting to fight anymore was, in a way, negated in this fight. There was still a lot of destruction being caused during the battle, even though there weren’t any people around. The destruction during any superhero fight has always bothered me, though.
Anything I wasn’t thrilled about in the movie was partially made better by the fact that I do like this version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. Also, this Aunt May didn’t seem agonisingly worried about her nephew. Finally.
And Martin Freeman was in it (what little screen time he had). That was just a little icing on the cake for this fangirl.