The recommendations continue today!
WriteOnCon is coming up, and it looks like it'll be tough and informative. I've had a lot of critique on my query letter already through the forums, which is both terribly disheartening and a good sign. Otherwise, life putters on. So here are my favorite movies for your perusal!
The Phantom of the Opera (PG-13)
This is the story of a genius composer with a disfigured face who "haunts" an opera house and stalks one of the dancers. Christine, who becomes a singer in the opera house through his help, falls in love with another man, which causes a whole bunch of crazy drama.
My favorite is the Joel Schumacher film based off of Andrew Lloyd Weber's popular musical. I love this story because it's passionate, with romantic elements, deep and thoughtful concepts and images, a touch of creepiness, and great music, naturally.
Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)
Snow White, amidst an Old England style world with witches, is locked in a tower by her evil stepmother. Snow White escapes, and the Huntsman, suffering from a recent loss, is hired to kill her. But he, Snow White, some dwarfs, and a royal fellow from Snow's past end up turning around to take back the kingdom.
Never mind all the recent drama with Kristen Stewart. This movie, which hasn't yet been released on DVD, is spectacular. It's got a great soundtrack, incredible visuals, and a very true-to-life sort of fairy tale plot. It's dark and intense, but in the end, extremely powerful. It also has a gorgeous, low-key romance.
Harry Potter Series (PG/PG-13)
J.K. Rowling's incredible series comes to life on film in this epic about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the Wizarding World's greatest threat: Voldemort.
I really liked these movies, though not as much as I adored the books. This is the best children's story ever, a meaningful epic fantasy fleshed out into seven books and eight movies. The detail in the books is incredible. The movie scores in later years are great, I enjoy the talent of the actors, and the special effects are good. If you can't bear to read the books, watch the movies. If you've read the books, watch the movies!
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (PG-13)
This is the story of Jack Sparrow, a famously off-kilter pirate, and of Will and Elizabeth, who fall in with him when Elizabeth is stolen by Sparrow's traitorous second mate, Barbossa. The tale is all about Will's love for Elizabeth, but Sparrow manages to get involved with curses and treasure and Davy Jones and such.
I love the trilogy because, first, it revolutionized soundtrack artistry for string orchestras; second, Johnny Depp is the funniest actor ever; and third, it has an incredible romance that carries through all the movies and drives basically the entire plot. There's also great swordplay and pirateness and creepy CGI stuff and a monkey. There's really nothing not to love here!
Other Recommended Movies
Please also check out X-Men: First Class (PG-13), The Amazing Spider-Man (PG-13), The Last Mimzy (PG), The Hunger Games (PG-13), and the Disney animated fairy tales (G). My childhood Disney favorite is The Little Mermaid, but they're all good. Some of these movies I'll be talking about in later posts, so stay tuned!
Additionally, I'll admit that my favorite movie for years was High School Musical (G). If you're feeling singy and preteeny and romancey, you can watch that. It made me very happy back in yonder days!
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