Growing up, I didn’t watch a lot of movies. We had a few specific DVDs that I would watch over and over, but that was about it, and we rarely went to the movie theater. The last couple of years, though, I’ve realized how much I love movies. I’ve started going to the movie theater a lot more and watching a ton of movies on Netflix. I even have a client that’s an entertainment website, so I get to write about movies, which is pretty cool. All of that being said, I randomly came across this movie tag and thought it looked really cool. I’m aware that there are quite a few gaps in my cinematic knowledge (for instance, I’m 20 and I saw Titanic for the first time last weekend), and my taste in movies is very diverse. But I’m working on filling in those gaps just as fast as I can!
Favorite action film?
Black Panther or Baby Driver. I absolutely loved both of those.
Favorite comedy film?
The Parent Trap. Classic. I will never not enjoy re-watching that movie.
Favorite “dark humor” or “black comedy” film?
I haven’t seen any black comedy films (that I’m aware of).
Favorite scene from this film?
Favorite animated film?
Fun fact about me: I can’t stand animated movies. I really, really, really just don’t like them. That being said, my friends Emma and Hannah had me watch Kubo and the Two Strings about a year ago and I absolutely loved it! Beyond that, I can’t think of any animated movies I like. I haven’t seen most of the classic animated movies, honestly, like The Lion King, Finding Nemo, and Shrek. I’m just really not into animation.
Favorite short film?
Favorite romance film?
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before or Titanic. SO GOOD, both of them. Just those gifs are making me grin like an idiot. I also like La La Land and Beauty and the Beast–the 2017 Emma Watson one, not the animated one. 😉
Favorite biographical film?
Hidden Figures. I absolutely love the story of those strong, sassy, intelligent women who wouldn’t let anything stand in their way. I love the acting, the blended soundtrack, and the aesthetic (warm color tones, soul music, heels clicking). This movie reinforces how much of a math person I am NOT, lol, but I love it anyway and it’s such an important story.
Favorite drama film?
Dunkirk. Dunkirk is quite possibly my favorite movie of all time. Every aspect of it is just so well-done and I love, love, LOVE it. Also, Good Will Hunting (although “favorite” isn’t really the right term for that one, lol).
Favorite music-themed film?
I guess La La Land? I’m not totally sure what’s meant by “music-themed.”
Favorite indie film?
I really want to see Ashes in the Snow, which is an adaptation of Ruta Sepety’s (one of my favorite authors) book Between Shades of Gray.
Favorite book adaptations?
I know a lot of people don’t like the Narnia and Harry Potter movies, but I do. They’re obviously not perfect, but I think they’re really really really good and they have a very special place in my heart. I re-watch them a lot.
Films you want to see but never get around to watching?
A few titles that are currently on my list to watch: Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, American Sniper, High School Musical (lol), The King’s Speech, and a bunch of Marvel movies.
I haven’t seen The Theory of Everything, but I have that movie’s soundtrack memorized. It’s been the background music to so many of my novels and short stories during the last few years. Every note of it is absolute perfection and makes me Feel Things™.
Film you refuse to see?
I refused to see Everything Everything when it came out and I refuse to see Five Feet Apart, which is coming out next month. The book Everything Everything really bothered me because it was ableist and did not accurately represent individuals with chronic illnesses, so for the sake of my mental health I didn’t see the movie. I don’t know whether Five Feet Apart is going to do a better job of that or not, but I’m not going to see it just in case (even though I want to, because Cole Sprouse is in it lol).
Film that you can’t wait for it to come out?
Spider-Man Far From Home!!! So excited! The new live-action Dumbo movie also looks cute and I’m interested in the new Aladdin.
Another fun fact about me: I cry at movies ALL. THE. TIME. If I didn’t cry, it’s not a movie. Dunkirk made me cry. Mona Lisa Smile made me cry. Free Willy made me cry. Crying about movies is my favorite thing to do, tbh. So basically, it doesn’t matter whether or not a given movie is a so-called “tearjerker”–I’m probably going to cry anyway. I’ve been known to cry at documentaries, okay?
Remake you wish had never been made?
Can’t really think of any. (Although, WHY are we getting a Frozen 2? Ugh.)
Best film you’ve seen in 3D?
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie in 3D.
Most beautiful film? (in terms of cinematography)
Can’t think of any at the moment.
Movie that didn’t meet your expectations?
I was excited about the Maze Runner movies, but the first one really just didn’t do it for me (I LOVED The Death Cure, though). I wasn’t nearly as enthralled with Mary Poppins Returns as I had hoped to be, and the same goes for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It was good, but I didn’t love it like I’d hoped to.
Movie that exceeded your expectations?
Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald BLEW ME AWAY. Literally, it was SO SO much better than I expected it to be. There was also a modern-day retelling of Little Women that came out last year, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, but I ended up loving it.
Best cinema experience?
I saw The Greatest Showman in theaters three times and each time was better than the last. Seeing Crimes of Grindelwald on opening night was also so much fun because it was the first time I had seen a Harry Potter movie in a theater. I felt like a real fan!
Most surprising movie moment?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and can’t think of anything.
Favorite dance sequence in a movie?
The La La Land opening scene where they dance on top of cars on the freeway!
Most disturbing movie you’ve ever seen?
I make a point to not watch disturbing movies. 🙂 I do remember watching this one movie about aliens and cornfields at a friend’s birthday party that was pretty creepy when I was younger. (I think it was Signs.)
In a year or two, I’m looking forward to doing this tag again and seeing how my answers have changed!
If you want to do this tag, feel free–and tell me a few of your favorite movies in the comments.