Thursday, 23 April 2015

30 Days of Film Challenge

I may be known for my obsession with pre-90s horror films, but sometimes I do branch out into other genres. Sometimes... 

30 days of film



01. What Is The Last Film You Saw? 

Lemon Popsicle (aka Eskimo Limon). It's a cult Israeli coming of age film from 1978, and is awesome. It has everything you could want from a teen movie, and more. Check out its fansite HERE.




02. A Film That Always Makes You Happy? 

Mermaids. Cher stars in this 1990 comedy-drama as a 60s mother trying to get by and convince her daugher (Winona Ryder) that she really wants to live a little, not become a Catholic nun (!). Also notable for being Christina Ricci's debut film role, and having Jimmy Soul on the soundtrack.




03. A Film That Makes You Sad? 

I always cry at Titanic (1997) and Ghost (1990). Who doesn't?




04. A Film You've Seen Countless Times? 

Grease (1978). I've watched it so many times my 'night before' revision for GCSE German was to watch it auf Deutsch, as I knew it verbatim. It paid off - I learnt ├╝berraschung (surprise) which was one of the few words on the paper I wouldn't have known!




05. A Film That You Love But Everyone Else Hates? 

Soldier. This sci-fi action film was a huge box office flop in 1998, losing $60 million. I think it packs an emotional punch though, and watched it over and over as a ten year old. Same with that other famous flop, Waterworld (1995). I love it.




06. A Film You Wish You Saw In The Cinema? 

The Exorcist (1973). Theatre hysteria over this film is part of horror movie legend; wish I could have been there!




07. Your Favourite Film? 

On The Buses. There are better films, undoubtedly, but this was actually the top grossing film of 1971 at the British box office. It reminds me childhood school holidays with my family, sat watching 70s repeats. It, along with its sequels, has so many classic lines, and part of me still wants to grow up to be a bus conductress.




08. The Worst Film You've Ever Seen? 


I Spit On Your Grave (aka Day of the Woman). This is a truly atrocious film. Originally released in 1978, it was branded a video nasty in the UK, leading people to erroneously believe it must have something going for it. The acting is shocking, the dialogue is terrible, and the pacing is enough to make you want to give up on the world. Just watch the trailer and be done with it.




09. Your Favourite CGI Film? 

Toy Story. It first hit our screens in 1995 and wowed us all.




10. Your Favourite Animated Film? 

I loved The Sword in the Stone (1963) as a kid, and Mulan (1998) when I was a little older. It had the best soundtrack.




11. A Character You Can Relate To The Most? 

Andie Walsh from Pretty in Pink (1986). She's a bit of an oddball, wears what she wants, and frequently fails at love.




12. A Film You'll Never Watch Again? 

Pan's Labyrinth (2006). Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing film but it's just so upsetting. I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed.




13. The First Film You Saw At The Cinema? 

The Flintstones (1994 - I would have been 5). It's the first film I remember seeing, at any rate.




14. Favourite Opening Sequence? 

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967). "Men say, 'It's criminal. what women will do.' What they're forgetting is this is 1922!" :)




15. A Film That Takes You Back To High School? 

Anything starring Hilary Duff. But, for argument's sake, let's say A Cinderella Story (2004). Sam is living with her mean step-mom and gets straight As. Her only joys are the colleagues at her evening job, her geeky best friend, and her online penpal, Nomad. Of course, Nomad has nothing in common with popular quarterback Austin Ames...




16. Favourite Love Story In A Film? 

Ennis and Jack in Brokeback Mountain (2005). It's not particularly nice, nor particularly pretty, but it's very moving all the same. I cried like a baby when I saw it at the cinema.




17. A Film You Can And Do Quote From? 

East is East (1999). A total classic.




18. Your Favourite Book To Film Adaptation? 

I'm sure there are many others, but the one that springs immediately to mind is Dolores Claiborne (1995). (The scene with the musical pig... I'm tearing up already.) It's based on the 1992 book by Stephen King which was the US' best selling novel of the year. My nan used to play it on audio tape when we stayed over - and the dust bunnies will stick in my mind forever!




19. A Film That Changed Your Opinion of Something? 

It (1927). I love early talkies, but had always found silent film really difficult to sit through. Shorts were okay, but feature films... not so much. Then I watched It and realised what all the fuss was about.




20. Favourite Foreign Language Film? 

The Orphanage [El Orfanto] (2007). The second Guillermo del Toro offering on the list, this is creepy and weepy and everything you could want from a horror-chick-flick.




21. A Film You Would Reccomend To Everyone? 

Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). This suspense film noir earned Barbara Stanwyck a best actress oscar nomination as the bedridden Leona Stevenson. When the phone wires get crossed she hears a murder being planned - but is there anything she can do about it?




22. A Film You Used To Love But Now Hate? 

Well, I'm kind of cheating cos I still love it. But only the original version! Hayley Mills was perfection in 1961's The Parent Trap. Then some fool had to go and remake it. Why?




23. Favourite Film Sequel? 

As a rule, sequels suck. But not 1987's Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II. It has laughs, gore, and so much retro kitsch you won't know what to do with yourself.




24. Favourite Film Villain? 

Dracula, and vampires in general. It kicks off with Nosferatu in 1922, takes in Bela Lugosi's 'you-know-you-would' Dracula in 1931, and before you know it Christopher Lee is sucking on the blood of mini-skirted hipsters in Dracula AD 1972. I love how quickly the vampire became a horror film staple, and how quickly film makers were poking fun at it, like in 1935's Mark of the Vampire.




25. Most Underrated Film? 

I don't know if it's underrated so much as unknown, but 1971's Fright is a gem of a British horror film. This is before the slasher era got underway (1974's Black Christmas is generally considered the first proper slasher), but this has a lot of the suspense elements. She's home alone - or is she? Loads of other horror film contenders for this one too - Brit pagan horror in the shape of Rawhead Rex (1986), or 'so-that's-why-they-introduced-the-Hollywood-code' revelation that is Kongo (1932).




26. The Film That Scared You Most? 

The Ring (2002). I slept with the light on for almost a week! I love horror films, and have seen plenty which have creeped me out, but there's something about Samara climbing out of that well which makes me want to hide behind the sofa...




27. An Actor Whose Casting Would Make You More Inclined To See A Film? 

Zac Efron. Not necessarily for his acting abilities...




28. Favourite Movie From Your Childhood? 

The Ugly Dachshund (1966). It's about a Great Dane named Brutus who thinks he's a Dachshund. How can you not love it?




29. Most Ridiculous Film You Have Ever Seen? 


Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). Aliens from Mars kidnap Santa to help their offspring lighten up a little. Of course, Santa helps them to see the error of their ways. It's actually quite a nice little kids' Christmas movie, but for absurdity value it's right up there!






30. Your Favourite Film Franchise? 

A toss up between Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. What can I say, I'm a massive geek!





For more on my taste in film, check out:


30 Days of Horror Films 25 Days of Christmas Movies






14 comments:

  1. I love these 30 day challenges, brilliant idea! I used to be a massive horror movie nerd, though to be honest I loved fantasy and sci-fi too! :) I think its great reading other peoples lists and I think it gives you quite and insight to peoples personalities.

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    1. I went through a phase for about a year where I watched pretty much nothing but horror films... looking back it's no surprise people thought I was a bit weird at the time! When I was searching for the challenge lists I ended up spending hours just reading people's answers - it is like a little peek into someone else's life :)

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  2. Love your 30 day challenge any challenge is a good one because it motivates us. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I appreciate the linky loyalty and always look forward to seeing you again at SWM. #sharewithme

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  3. great idea! I totally love Toy Story also adore Finding Nemo :)

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  4. Ooh I do love a 30 day challenge. I'm thinking of doing one as it keeps me on my toes. What a great selection of films. I have to admit though I do LOVE the new version of Parent Trap! Grease is such a classic and oh Titanic, I could watch that over and over but everyone else seems to hate it!! #
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    1. I cry so much every time I see Titanic. I watched the ITV miniseries again a few weeks back and I sobbed like a baby over that too! I'm a total sucker for 30 day challenges - I always think I'll never come up with 30, but then actually have to whittle it down. :)

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  5. Great theme for a post - I love on the buses and hate horror films

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    1. Yay, it's not just me with On the Buses! :)

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  6. Arghhh I just commented and it seemed to crash after I hit publish!

    I'd never think of 30 things, well done! I'm so impressed at these challenges you keep managing. I did love Grease and also Toy Story, it reminds me of uni, I need to watch toy story now as it's been ages. I can't believe it's been out 20 years! I feel old!

    Thanks for sharing and hope you can link up next week too #TheBabyFormula

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    1. I feel your pain! I've had that happen so many times. :/

      We re-watched all the Toy Story films over Christmas and they really are so fab. I'd forgotten lots of the little jokes in there. My problem is that I love these types of challenges too much - I can't stop doing them! :)

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  7. This is a brilliant idea, may have a go myself!
    You've included quite a few films I've never even heard of and may look up. I think I'd chose Star wars over Lord of the Rings.

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    1. If you do, let me know! :) I really enjoyed doing it. x

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