Hiya all! Caelrona here. This time I am going to be talking to you about films. I know GeekyGems and HMSBeefnuts have been listing their favorite movies for you to have a look at. I read them over and was rather (un)surprised to find that we share a lot of similar favorites. I thought I ought to jump on the bandwagon and throw my two cents out there. Now I know that HMS did a Top 20, and Gems did a whopping Top 30, however I think I’d go mad trying to come up with that many of my favorite movies! Hence I decided to only do 10 movies. Also, since I didn’t want you to get bored by a super long TL/DR post, I’ve split my list in two. As a warning; some of my movies are the same as a few of GeekyGems and HMSBeefnuts, but that is only because these movies are just that awesome! Anyway, are you ready? Off we go then!
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas, often billed as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas was made in 1993 by Skellington Productions and released by Touchstone Pictures (a Disney company), then later re-released under the proper Disney logo. It is a stop-motion film with a runtime of 75 minutes. The story follows our hero Jack Skellington, The Pumpkin King and leader of Halloween Town. He has grown apathetic towards his life and is searching for something he cannot name. He finds that something when he wanders through a mysterious door to Christmas Town and decides to take over Christmas. The ensuing antics are as hilarious as they are grim. The day is saved by our Heroine Sally, the Rag Doll Girl, who falls in love with Jack. This is a great film, and it works perfectly as both a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie. I’ve loved this movie since I was a toddler and I watch it every year at both Halloween and Christmas. Even though it has those dark undertones and the slightly spooky aspects, it is really a great family friendly movie. Children of all ages can love this film.
The Labyrinth, often billed as Jim Henson’s The Labyrinth was made in 1986 by Henson Associates in conjunction with Lucasfilms and released by Tristar Pictures. It is a unique mixture of a Live Action and Puppeteering film with a runtime of 101 minutes. The story follows a young girl, Sarah, as she makes her way through the Goblin King’s great Labyrinth to save her younger brother, whom she had previously wished would be taken away. This has always been only of my favorite movies, if not my all out favorite. I have always loved David Bowie in this film; he makes a great evil Goblin King with just the perfect touch of glam added. I think I first watched this movie when I was around 5 or 6, so it is fairly family friendly, and kids can enjoy it along with the adults. Also if you just can’t get enough of The Labyrinth, a 4-part Manga sequel was released in 2006 titled Return to the Labyrinth.
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride was made in 1987 and based on a screenplay of the same name written by William Goldman. It was produced by Act III Communications and released by 20th Century Fox as well as MGM. It really defies genres by being a Fantasy Adventure Comedy Romance, and it has a runtime of 98 minutes. The story takes place in land of Fire Swamps, Rodents of Unusual Size, Shrieking Eels, and political intrigue. In this land our heroine, the most beautiful woman in the world, is named… Buttercup? Well, it’s a bent fairy tale. It follows the various twists and turns of a very rocky love…square? between our beautiful damsel Buttercup, her True Love Westley, the evil Dread Pirate Roberts and the odious Prince Humperdinck. Hilarious antics, epic sword fights and a chocolate-coated miracle pill later we have a happy ending. This is another one of those films I saw when I was a child and fell in love with. It’s a really great movie for kids, although it has a few adult humor quips here and there. All in all it is a really family friendly movie and a great watch.
The Fifth Element
The Fifth Element was made in 1997 by Studio Gaumont and released by Columbia Pictures. It is a Comedic Sci-Fi with hints of Romance and has a runtime of 126 minutes. This film takes place in the distant future (with the exception of a little historical background right at the beginning) and chronicles a battle between good and evil. The Fifth Element, a supreme being named Leeloo, must gather the other four elements and save the Earth from an ominous evil. Since she is a newly created clone of the original Fifth Element, she needs a little help along the way in the form the good Father Vito Cornelius, his assistant David, the Diva Plavalaguna, and the badass Korben Dallas, who becomes her love interest. They (barely) manage to save the day after quite a bit of antics, explosions and mayhem ending with Korben and Leeloo recuperating in a healing tank while the president waits impatiently for them after being told that they ‘need… 5 more minutes.’ All in all it is a great movie. It is a really wild, crazy fun ride to watch and definitely will fulfill any need you may have for random explosions. This one teeters the line of family friendly, squeaking by with a PG-13 rating, but I enjoyed it as a kid and have continued to love it as an adult.
The Aristocats was made in 1970 by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Pictures, which now commonly known as Walt Disney Studios. It is an animated movie with a runtime of 78 minutes, and was the last movie to be approved by Walt Disney after his death as well as the first animated feature to be completed after his death. This movie follows the adventurous lives of a family of Parisian cats after they are set as the beneficiaries of their beloved Mistresses vast fortunes. After being kidnapped by the unscrupulous buffoon of a butler, they must make their way back to their loving Madame. This proves to be quite the adventure, but with the help of the suave alley cat Thomas O’Malley they managed to make it back to a loving home. Along the way we meet a cast of colorful characters, including a brave mouse, two chatty geese sisters, a couple of hilarious hound dogs and a whole band of jazz-loving cats. This movie is full of color and sound and is sure to delight children as well as adults. I’ve loved it since I was a little girl, and if you give it a watch I’m sure you will too! It is a great view for the whole family.
Well there you have it, part one of my Top 10 Movies. Now please note that these movies are in no particular order at all. I’ve mixed them about because I honestly can’t choose between some of them, although if you want to know my favorite I’ll admit it has to be… Uh.. well, lets see… Uhm…Nope! Sorry, I just can’t choose. They are all really fantastic movies, and if you haven’t seen some/any/all of them then I suggest you do! Anyway, next time I’ll finish up my list of top movies with Part 2, and maybe some honorable mentions? Also, don’t be shy! Feel free to comment about YOUR favorite movies –I’d love to hear from you and take suggestions. Who knows, maybe with you help I can find some new favorites!
Until next time;
Caelrona – signing off! ❤