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My Top10 Favorite Films

by Amy
My Top10 Favorite Films by Amy
updated links June 2010 When I talk about favorite films, I’m not necessarily talking about the best films in every field of film-making, but films that get to you somehow. Yeah, sure – some of these choices are also great films, but I’m not here to argue whether or not you think one of these choices is not worthy of a list. One of the few “guidelines” for a favorite of mine to be included on this list is that I must have seen the film at least 5 times since I first saw them. Be it on a theater, DVD rental… or buying, or TV broadcast. If you meet me, I would usually recommend watching any of this films… if you haven’t already. Dancer in… Read more

updated links June 2010

When I talk about favorite films, I’m not necessarily talking about the best films in every field of film-making, but films that get to you somehow. Yeah, sure – some of these choices are also great films, but I’m not here to argue whether or not you think one of these choices is not worthy of a list.

One of the few “guidelines” for a favorite of mine to be included on this list is that I must have seen the film at least 5 times since I first saw them. Be it on a theater, DVD rental… or buying, or TV broadcast.

If you meet me, I would usually recommend watching any of this films… if you haven’t already.

  1. Dancer in the Dark
    This has been my favorite film since I saw it at the theater on the last show of the day. I’ve seen it probably 30 times, and I’m pretty sure I overpaid to buy the DVD. I’ve made many of my friends watch this. LOL (Part of the Films that Changed your Life Forever)
  1. Children of Men
    I remember the feeling I got after watching this film, after that simple CUT TO: BLACK. I immediately told my friend to go watch it – since it had just opened locally – and after that I went to watch it one more time. I was that crazy about it. It was the whole experience of watching it, grasping at the edge of your seat and holding your breath, and I held it – not literally, of course – until the credits rolled and the lights were on.
  1. Kiraware Matsuko no Issho – Memories of Matsuko
    I discovered this not long ago, and it quickly sneaked in my Top10… I didn’t know it would climb up to my Top3. The first time I saw it, I described it as “Amelie meets Moulin Rouge meets Sin City” – a melange of magic realism with crude reality and bright colors. Of course I’ve described Tetsuya Nakashima’s style as Disney on LSD (on Paco and the Magical Book), so it’s no wonder I feel addicted to his style. However, it’s not all style over substance… it’s always that final “Okaeri” that gets to me in the film.
  1. El Laberinto del Fauno – Pan’s Labyrinth
    I’m always a sucker for a good fairytale, and when del Toro decides to combine that with the story of Ofelia in fascist Spain and a crazy good-looking (not handsome, but looks so good) fawn – there is no going back for me.
  1. Hotaru no Haka – Grave of the Fireflies
    If you do not cry, you do NOT have a heart. This film is what animation should aspire to be… just another form to tell a story. It doesn’t matter if it’s not Sci-Fi, or a Fantasy film… a straight-forward drama could also be animation. (Part of the Films that Changed your Life Forever)
  1. Dogville
    In contrast to #3 and #4, Dogville is the opposite of overblown style. At first, looking at the characters just there with nothing felt so weird, but I got sucked in a few minutes later. And that ending! The ending got me to buy another ticket, and had my friends on queue… because I’m insufferable like that.

Mr. Von Trier – when will Wasington begin production??

  1. Amelie
    Who can resist the completely adorable Audrey Tautou as lovable Amelie Poulain? Not me that’s for sure. Her and Jean-Pierre Jeunet had me with their working chemistry and crazy-yet-simple visual style and quirky life and love story.
  1. Moulin Rouge!
    I’m a sucker for style… and I’m mush with sappy tragic love stories. Combine that with Can Can dancers, electronic music, and some classic rock love songs mash-ups, and I’m there. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return!”
  1. Donnie Darko
    Talk about films you want to go over and over after watching. You study the logic once, and wonder if you got it then… you study it again, and understand something else. Did it just happen? or was it all a outer-body experience? Was it really time travel? And I love that whenever I get one of my friends to watch, we still don’t get it. LOL
  1. Jurassic Park
    All I gotta say is that Jurassic Park made me want to become a paleontologist… for many years of my childhood. And the special effects, man – they still look pretty good. They should make more animatronics… those were the days. (Part of the Films that Changed your Life Forever)
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