Once tagged by this entry, you list ten movies: your Five Favourites and your Five Guilty Pleasures. Then pick five of your friends and tag them. No tag-backs. This explanation should be included.
1. Shaun of the Dead - Must. Watch. Again. I adore this film. I can't fault it, in any area. It has everything. You can't beat a film that has a choreographed zombie-beat-up sequence to "Don't Stop Me Now". Don't even try.
2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Being John Malkovich/Donnie Darko - I can't split these three in how much I like them. They're fantastic. Artistic. Memorable. I like how twisted and unexpected they are. I like that they play with my mind. I think they're fantastic examples of the bridge between mainstream and some other bizarre stream somewhere out there. Donnie Darko is much more disturbing than the other two. I don't think I'll ever recover from that film.
3. Wilby Wonderful - This is so beautiful, and quiet, and desperate. I love the intertwining stories. I love the characters. I like the tone and the atmosphere. It's a wonderfully together film, and a very good reason for adoring Sandra Oh [though, perhaps not as much as Double Happiness is.]
4. Les Parapluies de Cherbourg - It is bright and musical and quite at odds with what you would expect from simply looking at a short scene. Beneath the glamour lies a bittersweet story which strikes me as realistic and heartbreaking. I adore the music, set design and use of colour in this film.
5. Chocolat - Oh. Oh. It's warm and it fills me with warmth. I adore the narration. I adore the way everything is shot. Alfred Molina is a man of strength and beauty. This is my ultimate 'feel good' film. I flick it on and sit back to revel in the chocolatey goodness.
5 Guilty Pleasures
1. Calendar Girls - I watch it for one reason, and one reason only. Philip! I'm not saying it's a bad film - because it's not. It needed some tightening, I think (structurally), but it has some fabulous performances. The most fabulous is that by Phil.
2. A Goofy Movie - Fond, fond memories of renting this from the Video Store and watching it every weekend. It's silly, but enjoyable. And I may or may not have mp3s of all the songs. And I may or may not put them on and sing along to them, knowing every word.
3. Sky High - I do not watch this film to perve on youngsters. I watch it to perve on Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald! \o/ The ending scene when they dance together? Priceless.
4. A Life Less Ordinary - I hate Cameron Diaz, and this film has so many flaws - but Ewan McGregor is gorgeous and it has some killer scenes (Beyond the Sea & the Claymation Credits!) I feel like it could have been an excellent film, especially since I still enjoy it immensely in its current imperfect state.
5. Blow Dry - Another case of me watching a film solely for one actor. And that actor is not Alan Rickman. Hugh Bonneville is awesome in Blow Dry. Really! He is wonderful. So, whilst Bill Nighy is also most excellent, and Alan Rickman is velvet gold - I watch this for Hugh and Hugh alone.
I think I will leave it up to others to tag themselves.