It’s time for finals, so you know what that means: procrastination.
I really want to tell you what my favorites movies are. I don’t know why. Probably because I accidentally wrote a really sadistic paper and I hate that I did that and I need to do something not sadistic. Anyway, here’s my list. A lot of it, I find, is influenced by my mama because of her sense of humor and the way that she used that humor to raise me and keep our family laughing for 20 years.
1. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Okay, so this also happens to be my favorite non-Harry Potter book, as well. It’s by Douglas Adams, which was an incredible and hilarious British man, so I think you could probably see why I love it so much. Ultimately, it’s about Arthur Dent learning how to actually live his life; to really enjoy the things that he’s been given because you don’t know how long you’ll have these things. It also helps that Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Stephen Frye, and Dawn French are in the film. I grew up watching The Vicar of Dibley, which stars Dawn French. My mom would let me stay up late with her and my sisters to watch it on Saturday nights. It was always worth it because my whole family would laugh so hard together.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
I like the conclusion to the Harry Potter films next because I really feel drawn to the lives these people live. Of course, I’ve grown up with this film series and I learned to read so that I could read Harry Potter, so I feel very drawn to them already. But there’s something about how Harry’s friends are so willing to just live their lives to support him and support what he stands for. I think it’s so important to have people like that, ones that have similar values to you and will stand by you through it all. I really try to live my life like that, but I also know that I have people in my life. Also, this movie has an incredible soundtrack and also tons of beautiful and incredible shots. Like that really awesome zoom on the diadem and the music goes ham. Also Lily’s in it and she’s my favorite.
3. The Sound of Music
I have this weird crush on Julie Andrews, really I don’t know why. But I’m not that mad about it. Anyways, I love how this woman comes into the Von Trapp house and just transforms the Captain’s heart, allowing him to enjoy life again. This was the last film I remember watching with my mom. I miss her terribly. It’s been two and a half weeks and I will be completely honest with you: I hate it. I have a joy in my heart, but unfortunately the melancholy is taking over that joy. Especially when I realize that there are things I won’t ever get to tell my mama again. It’s just so weird. I remember when we watched this over my fall break, we watched it on VHS and I put it in at 9. Mama made Dad wait until it was over before going to bed. She stayed up late with us and it was so sweet.
4. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
I don’t know why, I just adore this film. I’m pretty sure my mama loved it, too, which helps. I love how two completely different people from two completely different cultures can love each other. I love families and love and learning to accept differences. Also the aunt’s lump on her neck and the bundt cake get me rollin’ every time.
5. The Young Victoria
This one’s good because I adore the cinematography and Emily Blunt and Victorian England and history and romanticism. Rupert Friend is just an added bonus. It’s nice to know that there were strong women in the past, when things were far worse for us. Because it means that we can do this now. Also, this is your friendly reminder that Verity Lambert was a woman and she was Doctor Who’s first producer and that’s cool too. Also Jim Broadbent is hilarious. In other news, there’s this shot of a long table filled with glasses and they do this seemingly endless rack focus down the glasses that has me rewinding my DVD countless times.