Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Very Important Announcement

I've just decided my three favourite films of all time, as of now:

1) Groundhog Day (I can't see this ever changing, though who knows?)

2) You've Got Mail.

3) The Way, Way Back.

After that, there isn't really a clear number four.

I've heard that this sort of list-making is a very male thing. I'm not sure if that's the case. People are sometimes bemused at my own propensity to make lists like this, but I can't help it. They make themselves.

I think, at this stage in my life, I would describe my favourite sort of movie as "a realistic fairy tale". I want it to be set in the ordinary, everyday world (even if it involves the supernatural, like my favourite film) but to have as idealised a picture of that as possible. Although The Way, Way Back is fairly gritty in some ways, but ultimately I think it's an idyll.

Feel free to weigh in with your top three, top five or top ten movies....I'm always interested. (Why don't people make small talk about interesting things like this, rather than the weather or your route to work or what you had for lunch?)


  1. The Great Race, Trading Places, 12 Angry Men

  2. Interesting! I like the second two but I have never seen the first. Watching its trailer now.

  3. Favourite movie: Lawrence of Arabia (sublime!); others, in no particular order: Bridge on the River Kwai; Rebecca (early Hitchcock); Great Expectations (1946); Goodbye Mr Chips; Gunfight at the OK Corral; A Man for All Seasons; Gandhi; A Passage to India; the Million Pound Note; Kind Hearts and Coronets; Shadowlands. Most are oldies, some I have only seen on TV or DVD - I haven't been to the cinema in years!

  4. Thanks for those! I haven't seen most of them. Rebecca, A Man for All Seasons, Gandhi, Kind Hearts and Coronets, and Shadowlands. Of those, I would say that Shadowlands is amongst my own personal favourites, although the more I read of C.S. Lewis's life, the more inaccurate I realize it is. (For instance, Joy Davidman was a lot more socially gauche than Lewis was. And Lewis was actually an enthusiastic participant in the Oxford May morning ritual. I'll have to look out for the others. Don't understand how people don't go to the cinema!!