Apologies for the skipped posts, again. My laptop broke, because life is great, so I have somewhat limited access at the moment.
In any case, welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a movie related freebie. So I figured it was a good time to update you on what my favorites are! Here are my Top Ten Most Favorite Movies.
1) The Avengers Universe (2008--present day). So this is actually thirteen movies so far--but I'm counting series as a single entry, as I often do. The Avengers, for anyone unfamiliar with them, are a team of superheroes and ex-government agents who protect the world. There are two main overarching conflicts in the movie series, amidst many smaller ones--HYDRA, a Nazi organization focused on the supernatural, and Thanos, a monstrous alien seeking out the supernaturally powerful Infinity Stones.
Basically, Marvel's storytelling is top notch, the Avengers feel like family, and Wanda Maximoff is queen. I can't even tell you how happy seeing a character like her on screen makes me. Not to mentionnnnn, ScarletVision is the OTP I have had the most feelings about possibly ever in my life, I love them together, they are perfect, don't @ me. Haha, and I've always been a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy. Superhero fiction tends to straddle the line between the two genres, which I adore. So this has to be number one. NOW ENJOY THIS SCARLETVISION-THEMED FANART, BECAUSE I SAID SO.
This art's sappier than the actual storyline, haha, but they're still perfect. <3 IT WILL HAPPEN, I SWEAR.
2) Star Wars (1977--present day). Same general kind of genre, totally different universe--one that's far, far away. A long time ago (see what I did there), the divine Force gifts certain people with powers, leading to a battle between the Light and the Dark side that sweeps over all. Three Star Wars trilogies, nine movies (two still to come), tell the story: three generations of an intergalactic family. My favorites are Force Awakens and Return of the Jedi, but I have to admit, I've always liked the prequel trilogy. After all, Padme Amidala is the Star Wars equivalent of Wanda to me. Except George Lucas didn't do her any justice, cry cry cry.
Regardless, they're brilliant movies, fascinating and exciting and full of humanity. They follow classic archetypal/heroic journey stuff, which I love, and the Darth Vader redemption arc is one of my favorite series plots ever. Not to mention, this:
3) Inception (2010). Now we're all the way into sci-fi thriller territory, with Christopher Nolan (I also liked Interstellar, though not quite as much, and The Dark Knight, which, as a Batman movie, is a short distance away from his usual). I did an analysis of Inception from a writing world perspective a while back, so most of my thoughts on this are there. Overall, it's a strange and intellectually stimulating movie with a major psychological aspect and a tragic romance, two of my favorite things.
4) Disney animated movies (1989--1999, 2009--2010). (Not including Pixar movies.) Swinging all the way around from hardcore sci-fi into fantasy! Disney Studios is much older than the dates I put up and still has movies coming out today, I know, but those dates are for the stretches that I like. Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), and Mulan (1998) are my favorites, although it's hard to pick. My favorite movie as a child was The Little Mermaid (1989), which I was 100% obsessed with. I really like myths and legends and folklore--classic stories--and Disney's versions of them are musical and intense and full of romance. Y'all know me, I'm here for the romance.
5) Mean Girls (2004). I was late to the party on this one, as my writing buddies know. Now that I've seen it, it's a definite favorite. This movie sounds like it'd be shallow and ridiculous (because the sexism in our culture tells us it should be, holla at my teenage girls and how much society hates them), but it's actually a hilarious, thoughtful examination of high school girl culture--and about overcoming that implicit sexism. Also, Tina Fey and her character are goals.
6) Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (2003-2007). Currently, I am not in a good mood re: Johnny Depp, but the original Pirates has been a favorite of mine since it came out. Historically inaccurate, a bit morally questionable (I mean, they're pirates), but at the same time, an awesome adventure full of fantastical touches and a gorgeous romance. The original trilogy is essentially a love story between a man who's trying to resist the ocean and a woman who has always been intrigued by piracy--and then there's that delightfully crazy pirate who keeps getting them involved in battles and magical curses and stuff. Also, the British government is bad, true story.
The soundtrack of this movie, which thrust Hans Zimmer into stardom as a composer, is a delightful mound of icing atop the cake. Which is a vanilla cake, because my interstitial cystitis means I can't have fun flavors of cake. Sadsadsad.
7) Legally Blonde (2003). Kind of a law school Mean Girls. Elle Woods is legit, and y'all better know it.
After that, it's just a big pile of movies that I enjoy, but I wouldn't necessarily elevate above one other. They've appeared here and there in other posts, and I think you get the gist. (Also, I didn't include The Hunger Games or Harry Potter or the like because, to me, they are first and foremost books. *shrugs*)
Thanks for reading, guys! I'll see you tomorrow.
What are your favorite movies?
Images via ya-aholic.com, Sagnik Das on Imgrum, and apocalyptic-genderpunk on Tumblr.
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