And the recommendations continue...
Coming up is Write On Con, which looks like it'll be tough and informative. I've had a lot of issues editing my query already with the forums, which is both terribly disheartening and a good sign. Otherwise, life plutters 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 is involved with one of the dancers, Christine, who becomes a singer in the opera house through his help, falls in love with another man, and causes a whole bunch of crazy drama.
In this case, I'm referring to the Joel Schumacher film, based off of Andrew Lloyd Webber's popular musical of the same title. I love this story because it's driven with romantic elements, deep and thoughtful premises, a touch of creepiness, and has great music, naturally.
It's a really beautiful story, tragic but thorough, and has great imagery throughout. Really, it's amazing.
Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)
Snow White, living in an Old England style world with witches and such, is locked in a tower by her evil stepmother, who is obsessed with beauty for an actual legit reason this time. Snow White escapes and the Huntsman, suffering from a recent loss, follows in intent to kill her. But they, some dwarfs, and a princey fellow from Snow's past end up going on to take back the kingdom.
Ignoring 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. Snow White in this story is a clear heroine, which is always good.
And it has a gorgeous romance. It's not sappy or delved out or anything, but it's still amazing. This is one of the lower-key romance styles, but it hits home. I can't even tell you how good this is. Just watch it.
Harry Potter Movies (PG/PG-13)
This is Harry Potter's story, of course, but it involves the complex existence of so many other characters, places, and ideas. J.K. Rowling's incredible series comes to life on film through this epic about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the wizarding world's greatest enemy--Voldemort.
I really liked these movies, though not quite as much as I adored the books. I mean, this is the best children's story ever, an epic fantasy fleshed out into seven books and eight movies, completely meaningful. The detail in the books are incredible. The movie scores in later years are great, I enjoy the talent of the actors (although admittedly Daniel Radcliffe's portrayal of Harry being upset about Sirius in the third movie was painful), and the special effects are good. If you can't bear to read the book (agh what are you), 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 more importantly, of Will and Elizabeth, who get pulled in with him when Elizabeth is stolen by Sparrow's traitorous second mate, Barbossa. The story is all about Will's love for Elizabeth, with the added bonus of all the crazy pirate stuff Sparrow manages to get up to. 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. Seriously, so good. It makes me so happy, because the romance carries through all the movies and drives basically the entire plot. Also, it's got great swordplay and pirateyness. And creepy CGI stuff. And a monkey. There's really nothing not to love here.
Some Other Movies
Also check out X-Men: First Class (PG-13), The Amazing Spiderman (PG-13), The Last Mimzy (PG), The Hunger Games (which would be stunning if there was more PEETA!!!!!) (PG-13), and the Disney animated fairy tales (pretty much G). My childhood Disney favorite is The Little Mermaid, but they're all pretty much good. Some of these movies I'll be talking about in later posts, so stay tuned!
Also, I'll admit it, my favorite movie for years was actually High School Musical (G, I think). If you're feeling singy and preteeny and romancey, you can go watch that. It made me very happy, back in yonder days.
That is all for today. Come back Saturday for (I'm planning) a travel through time of my life, in honor of me, you know, going to college in about a week now. BYE!!!!!!!!!!
Images via IMDB.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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