So this year I’ve decided that one of my “resolutions” is to start watching films again.
Since a young age I’ve always enjoyed watching films and as I grew up I took utter pride in building my DVD collection. Unfortunately, probably since having kids, that DVD collection has been gathering dust in the loft and apart from the occasional trip to the local cinema, I rarely watch films. Which makes me pretty sad because I love curling up and having a little cry over a good film!
This is why I’ve decided to set a challenge for myself to watch at least 1 film per week. I’m aiming for 2 or 3 really, but one’s probably a more realistic start! I’m also aiming to watch more of the films I haven’t seen rather than one’s I have seen and then collate a monthly post full of those I’ve watched and what I thought.
So here goes my first watchlist for the Classics (I haven’t seen any of these!);
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
” “I was born under unusual circumstances”. And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any mans life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.”
The Colour Purple
“Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America’s rural south. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature colour in Spielberg’s artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come.”
Gone With the Wind
“Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remains the Union Army leaves behind. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming’s health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.”
Dial M For Murder
“Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller adapted from the play by Frederick Knott. Former tennis pro Tony Wendice (Milland) hatches a cunning plot to get rid of his socialite wife, Margot (Kelly), when he discovers that she has been having an affair with author Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). Wendice blackmails a corrupt former schoolmate into murdering her, but the man bungles the job, and Margot, having killed her would-be assailant in self-defence, then finds herself under suspicion of premeditated murder…”
The Towering Inferno
“A huge glass tower block, touted as the tallest building in the world, bursts into flame on its opening night. An all-star cast includes Steve McQueen as Michael O’Hallorhan, the fire chief determined to get the blaze under control, while Paul Newman stars as embarrassed architect Doug Roberts, trapped inside with fellow guests Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner. ‘The Towering Inferno’ became the biggest of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies, which began four years earlier with ‘Airport’.”
You can find all of these films here but make sure you keep an eye on my twitter feed as I’ll also be holding a competition very soon to win all five of these films on DVD!!