I really struggled with this one. A lot of my favourite films are set in the real world, or near enough real world to make it not worth choosing. I think the obvious choice would be something like Harry Potter, I mean who wouldnt want to live in a world where you can do magic, sadly I have already chosen that earlier in this series. Instead I have decided to choose another book adaptation. I love the book so much and particularly love the idea of this vast and endless virtual world that you can escape to.
Im sure that this is one of the least surprising choices, especially if you have seen my previous choices. Wes Anderson is absolutely my favourite director. He is a very distinctive style, you know from minute one that you are watching a Wes Anderson film. He may not be for everyone, and some of his earlier work is maybe a little average, but the past ten years he has been on an incredible run of films. Clearly he has become more comfortable as a storyteller and is happy to just do his own thing.
Lets be honest here. This is probably the easiest selection to make and I’m sure a lot of people would agree with it. Tom Hanks is probably the nicest guy in Hollywood, but not only that, he is consistently in terrific movies that span all genres. The hardest task was choosing which of his movies to focus on. While there might be movies that have had a larger impact on the industry, the likes of Saving Private Ryan or the Toy Story franchise, I ended up just choosing my favourite. Whilst I may love a lot of his other work, I just like Forrest Gump more.
There are a couple of actors, who whenever I see they are in a film, I will go see it. It doesnt matter what the subject matter is, they are consistently excellent and more often than not the film is too. For me Saoirse Ronan is one of those actors. She has been in a load of excellent films such as Little Women, Brooklyn and, of course, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Seeing her in the cast list is almost as good as getting a recommendation from someone you trust, telling you the film is worth your time. Amy Adams is another that consistently performs in excellent films, but for me Ronan just pips it.
There are not too many films that can grab me on a emotional level and cause me to cry. Theres only a few that can do it time and time again. One of them I’ve already mentioned in a an earlier post in A Monster Calls. This one is probably a more well known film and one of the rare occasions where a film is better than the book it is based from.
The idea of a guilty pleasure film is something I have a bit of an issue with. If you like something you shouldn’t feel bad about it, everyone has their own tastes afterall. What If is a film that I think comes closest to this idea though. Its a fairly average, paint by numbers rom-com. I know that. Yet for whatever reason I love this film way more than I really should. Its probably a very forgettable film for most people though and I guess thats what makes it a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.
This was not only my favoruite film of the year, this is one of my all time favourites. It was also the last film I saw in the year that included many greats like Knives Out and Booksmart. I have since gone to see it a few more times and could well make it as the favourtie film of this year too. Especially since the Covid 19 seems intent on ruining my cinema trips this year. This was a film that managed to really divide the critics in particular however I think its a masterpiece.
There were many choices for this category. I have read a lot of books that went on to be films and I’ve read a lot of books because they were films. Choices that missed out include Ready Player One and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. However I went for this film because it was so unexpected. I went to see the film thinking it looked fun and was not ready for the strength of emotion I would feel during this. It’s also an excellent adaptiation of the source novel, which is equally as heartbreaking.
This was probably the highest profile film I could think of that I simply just didnt enjoy. It is a film that is widely considered one of the best ever made. Even today its sitting at #2 in the IMDB top rated films. However it was a film that was on my list for a while after it had permeated through pop culture and was hyped up but a lot of different sources. That might be a key reason why I was just left completely underwhelmed.
This was an absolutely no brainer for me. I dont tend to watch that many documentaries, unless I have an interest in the subject going in. This is a fault I really need to try to rectify though, a documentary at its best should engage you in the subject even if you have no idea about the subject matter. As an avid Formula 1 fan though, I was always going to be intrigued. A chance to learn about arguably the greatest driver to have lived was a film I was never going to miss.