So far, in case you have missed the series of this 10 Day challenge, I have completed Ten Secrets, Nine loves, Eight fears, Seven wants, Six places, Five foods and Four books. Now we are on to Three films. Once again, a very broad topic. I guess what I might do is highlight three films I found extremely significant in one way or the other in each decade of my life [Yes, I know I’m 27 which means the last ‘decade’ will be the last seven years only].
1. Mary Poppins
The one movie I remember fondly from my childhood is Mary Poppins. To the point where I bought the DVD a couple of years ago. I loved the entire movie…right from the beginning where Jane and Michael Banks write an ad for a nanny and their father thinks it’s ridiculous and rips it up to the point where Mary Poppins comes into their lives. The movie is filled with everything a child could ask for — fun, magic, laughs, breaking the rules, and family. My favourite bit was and is the part when they jump into the picture. And I knew and still remember the words to all the songs. Mary Poppins, the movie, to me was “practically perfect in every way”. And I can spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I think.
2. You’ve Got Mail
Although the start of my teenage years was marked by Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, the most memorable movie for me was around the time I was 14. I had finished Year 10 and for the first time went in to the city with just friends to watch a movie. That movie was You’ve got mail. There were some aspects of the movie I didn’t completely get at the time thanks to be internet-ignorant. But I still fell in love with the movie and the characters. I loved Meg Ryan’s character and the fact that she owned a book store made it all the more special. Tom Hanks was very likeable in this role too. This movie was all about love over the internet but not really liking the person in real life. It was a sweet romantic comedy and in my teenage years, made me yearn for something similar. I currently do have the DVD and watch the movie again when I am in the mood for a bit of light rom-com.
3. Little Miss Sunshine
This decade has been a tough one to choose from. Maybe because it is so recent. There were quite a few memorable movies more so because my tastes changed. I have started to prefer drama and alternative movies to the big Hollywood blockbusters. In fact, I avoid going to the movies for almost all the big money spenders. Little Miss Sunshine is probably my most memorable movie from this decade of my life (although ‘Crash’ came close). I think it made dysfunctional families endearing with little Abigail Breslin wanting to be a beauty queen, a father obsessed with success, a teenage boy having a vow of silence until he achieves his goal, an uncle who tried to kill himself after a break-up, a grandfather who is so completely inappropriate and the mum who is trying to hold it all together. I loved the comment it made on society in general and how messed up we all are. I watch this movie over and over again and still laugh and cry along with the characters.
So that’s about it. In my 27 years, these have been the movies in each decade that I remember fondly. And funnily enough, continue to watch again and again. I guess that says something.
What about you? Have you got any memorable movies? Do share.