Hey. Tirzah here.
This started with a Facebook challenge to list, in no particular order, in 15 minutes or less, (Eep!) 15 films that have stuck with me.
The list finished well within the time limit, I went back and expanded with the reasons they stuck with me. Half an hour later, I thought, “Heck, in for a penny, in for a pound,” added a bit more, threw in some colorful pictures, and made a post of it.
I call these movies memorable, because the one thing they have in common is that I remembered them. Most are brilliant, a couple are just okay, while the last one… kinda… defies all adjectives except “memorable.”
1. The Incredibles
Why? It was THE perfect animated family superhero movie. I watched it 8 times in a row, wrote out the script from memory, watched the behind-the-scenes and the commentated versions, and found only one cinematic flaw.
(I thought they should have cut to Violet’s reaction after Helen [Elastagirl/Mrs.Parr/Mom] praised dash for his work as a speedboat propeller. Turns out they meant to, but that page of the storyboard fell through the cracks.)
And maybe it’s just me, but I’d say Mr. Incredible pretty cute.
2. The Game
Why? Threw me for loop after loop. After loop. Aaand oh look it’s a loop. It was Inception before Inception was cool, (or, you know, created at all,) except with… a… game. Thing. Sort of.
It’s one of those you really can’t explain well without spoiling something, so I’ll shut up now.
3. Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Why? Because Winnie the Pooh rocks way harder at pretty damned dark and horror-y than you might think…
This was truly a story of people on a heroic quest, facing real fears and dangers. So maybe they were stuffed animals. So maybe it was all a big misunderstanding. So what? You wanna make something of it?
4. The Lord of the Rings
Why? …I refuse to explain myself. You have seen and comprehend the epic fantasy wonder of fear and hope that is this trilogy, or you haven’t and don’t.
5. The Avengers
Why? Because it was the snarky, wittily-scripted, action-tastic superhero movie to beat all snarky, wittily-scripted action-tastic superhero movies, pick them up in one hand and smash them into their own self-made craters.
6. The Fourth Wise Man
Why? The sweetness and selflessness of the central character appears to sabotage his goal at every hand. I watched him lose everything he had, and gain so much more than he set out for.
Would I call it an excellent movie? Perhaps not. But the good of it has nestled securely into my heart.
7. Avatar (Not the Last Airbender)
Why? Because beautiful blue people in a glowing forest. It was a breathtaking visual wonder on the big screen, creating the illusion that the fairly generic plot was deep. It was a really lovely illusion, and I didn’t mind being suckered by it.
8. The Princess Bride
Why? Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles…
It’s that one classic-hilarious-touching-and-endlessly-quotable fairy tale. And is it just me, or is the Dread Pirate Roberts really cute in a mask?
Oh, here, just have the whole swordfight:
9. Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Why? Come on. With Neil Patrick Harris as a bumbling, romantically and professionally frustrated villain, Nathan Fillion as an arrogant bastich of a hero, and loads of gorgeous, funny, pain-riddled song numbers? What’s not to love?
It is the pinnacle of all awkwardly hilarious musical supervillain/girl next door romances.
10. Of Gods and Men
Why? It’s a quiet, intense, beautiful example of real, flawed, very human people stumbling towards displaying the likeness of Christ; moving from fear into a love unspeakable and full of glory; a joy of which the half has not been told; a peace that passes all possible understanding.
It’s an expertly done foreign film, though it perhaps moves perhaps too slowly for many viewers. But once the pace is embraced, it evokes deep emotion–despite the lack of a musical score–so that’s skill and content for you.
Why? This was my childhood Disney classic. We didn’t own many movies when I was growing up. Of all the Disney options, there was this and The Little Mermaid, and Ariel annoyed me.
So this was the one that got the ever-living heck loved out of it by me as a toddler and post-toddler. And preteen. And, um, teenager… and post-teenager…
Oh, and it also brought me my first cognition of death. Thanks, Disney!
Why? Because sometimes I just love a good ol’ fashioned “eternal persistence, endless practice, bottomless heart,” sports movie. Even better when it’s based on a true story! ^_^
(Yes, actually, I do find myself inspired by motivational posters and self-help books. Why do you ask?)
13. Life is Beautiful
Why? Because a father’s efforts to turn a concentration camp into an amusing game in the eyes of his young son (yes, you read that right,) brought shocking comedy and heartrending tragedy together so seamlessly. The atrocity was never lurid, nor the humor gaudy.
What started out feeling like a lighthearted rom-com suddenly plunged into the stark horrors of the holocaust–then grinned ferociously in the face of darkness, and told it that, come what will, life is beautiful.
14. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Why? It’s a depiction of Arthurian legend in which horses are replaced by men clacking coconuts together in such a way as to sound like galloping while the riders hold imaginary reins, a severed arm is considered only a flesh wound, and a quest to find a shrubbery (a nice one with a little fence around it) is considered a valid subplot.
How would that slip my mind?
PS: What is the air speed of an unladen swallow, anyway?
15. John Dies at the End
Why? … I don’t even… it’s… I can’t… it’s just a movie that sticks with you, okay? I’m not saying that’s a good thing. I’m not sure that it’s a bad thing. I’m just saying it’s a film that cannot be unseen.
There was something called soy sauce that was a drug, or alive, or maybe it was both. Anyway, either way, it was probably evil. But maybe it was good. I’m not sure. Monsters were everywhere. Maybe. I’m not sure. But even if there were, the monsters were the least of it. I might wish I hadn’t seen it. I might be glad I have. I’m not sure.
Comment with your own thoughts on these movies, movies you remember, movies you don’t remember, unrelated political rants, or that anecdote about your grandmother on the park swings that one time.
Basically just comment. Please. I really like comments. >_>