My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 5

The final part of my 101 Favourite movies. As I mentioned in my first post I’m sure I have missed some out but this is the list as it stands at the moment. I am sure it will evolve. I hope you have enjoyed it?

Part 5

Three Wishes (1995)

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Pay It Forward (2000)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (2009) – The Spirit of Adventure with Carl and Ellie

What Dreams May Come (1998) – I love the concept of this movie

The Notebook (2004) – This is a pretty movie

Little Women (1933)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

High Society (1956)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Brave (2012) 

Letters to Juliet (2010)

The Snowman (1982)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Ice Age (2002)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Hercules (1997)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Even though I like the first one, I prefer this one. Both looking forward and dreading War of the Planet of the Apes.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

So that is the end of my 101 Favourite Movies. Have you thought about your 101 Favourite Movies? It is not as easy as I think.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 4

The penultimate post…

As you may have noticed with the previous 3 posts that my movie tastes are fairly tame. I am not a fan of gratuitous violence, obscene speech or anything that I consider to be horror, I value my sleep far to much to watch anything too disturbing. I tend to stick with family features, comedies and musicals. The next 20 movies prove my point… lol! Sorry for being so dull…

Part 4

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) – The wonderful Robin Williams.

Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014)

Clueless (1993)

White Christmas (1954)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Mean Girls (2004)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The Burbs (1989)

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1991)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Labyrinth (1986)

The NeverEnding Story (1984) – This was the first movie I saw at the cinema.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Zoolander (2001)

About Time (2013)

So what do you think of Part 4? Let me know x

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 3

Well here we go again… Part 3 in no particular order.

Part 3

Titanic (1997) – I did love this movie so much when it was released. 

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Sadly I identify with Josie’s school days…

Men in Black (1997)

The Lion in Winter (1968) – Katherine Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses 

Great Expectations (1946)

The Goonies (1985)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rebecca (1940)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Roman Holiday (1953)

A Knights Tale (2001) 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

Avatar (2009)

 

My Fair Lady (1964)

The Sound of Music (1965)

What do you think of Part 3 ? I have changed it several times…. Let me know?

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of My 101 Favourite Movies List – 21 – 40

As I mentioned before they are no particular order…. enjoy!

Part 2

Independence Day (1996)  – Well I had to add it didn’t I…. Plus I love Will Smith in this. Shame the second one was a bit of let down. 

The Jungle Book (2016)

 

The Princess Bride (1987)

National Treasure (2004)

The Avengers (2012)

Star Wars – The Force awakens (2015) 

La La Land (2016)It was wildly over-rated but I loved the soundtrack. 

E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

A Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991) This is the movie that opened my eyes to the whole world of movies. Before I used to watch movies but after this I appreciated the costumes, settings, the art of the performance etc… I credit it with changing my perspective when I was about 12 years old. 

Les Miserables (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 

Unbreakable (2000) I enjoy M.Night Shyamalan movies because his concepts are really interesting he just has trouble executing them. I think a lot would or do work better as novels however this is one that worked well. 

Frequency (2000)

Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same movie… that is all I am saying. 

Phantom of the Opera (2005) 

The Holiday (2006)It’s just a great feel good movie. 

The Lion King (1994)I remember sitting at the cinema and the opening scene just gave me chills, it was so fantastic.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)  – My favourite Shakespeare comedy. 

So this is the end of Part 2… I hope you don’t think there are too many turkeys in there? Part 3 coming soon.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 1

One of the items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to create a list of My 101 Favourite Movies. I have actually done it… I am almost 100% positive that I have missed out a number of movies that I really, really like but this is as good as it is going to get for now. Also if I listed all of my favourite movies I might have to make a 1001 Movies.

There are a number of reasons why I consider these my favourite movies, story line, special effects, performances etc… sometimes though it is because of the feeling I got when I watched them. They may have sparked my imagination, made me feel good or maybe sad. I suppose what I trying to say is that I cannot justify my choices, I just like them.

Where there is a series of movies that I enjoy I have just included the movie I have watched the most from that series.

As it is such a long list I thought I would split it into five different parts, four of 20 and one of 21 to make it easier to read.  I have not categorised the movies or put them in order of preference.

Part 1 

Ever After (1998)I love this movie so much.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) – I love Sean Connery

The Matrix (1999)to be honest this is the only movie I actually like in the trilogy. 

Casablanca (1942) – Here’s looking at you, kid!

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)This is a movie I put off watching for ages but it really is an interesting story with great performances. Out of all the movies on this list this is the only one I have only ever watched once, but I would watch it again. 

Lord of the Rings – Return of the King (2003) 

Jurassic Park (1993) – The original and the best. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – How can anyone not enjoy this movie. 

Toy Story 3 (2010) – It broke me……

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – My favourite Disney Animation.

Back to the Future (1985)

The Prestige (2006) 

Singing in the Rain (1952)

Some Like it Hot (1959)

The Green Mile (1999) – This is a bit of a strange one because I really enjoy the concept.

Stand By Me (1986) 

Hairspray (2007)I love John Travolta’s performance in this. 

Grease (1978)and in this… nearly 30 years earlier… lol! 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) This was one of the first DVD’s I owned so I watched it over and over again, also with directors commentary, at a time when it was all new.  

So this is the end of Part 1… what do you think?

Emma and I

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E M M A   &   I 

Shelia Hocken 

My Rating: 4/5

The Blurb: As a girl, Sheila never let her gradual descent into blindness prevent her from trying to do everything a sighted person could do. Then at 17, unable to see to find her way around the house she grew up in, she found herself dreading her future in an ‘ever darkening vacuum’.

But then the remarkable Emma enters her life, and Sheila begins a journey that brings her the independence, love and happiness she never dreamed possible.

Emma and I is the moving and inspirational story of the unique bond between Sheila and her dog, and shows that, sometimes, miracles do happen.

My Review:

My mother read this book about 12 months ago and recommended that I read it. To be honest I was a bit reluctant as I am not into animal stories however it was not what I was expecting.

Shelia the author of her own story is truly an inspirational human being who I have nothing but admiration for. Born to a blind parents Shelia never considered her life to be abnormal.  Shelia lived the same as everyone else only she learnt to do things in a different way, she even cooked. One story that made me smile was after she left home and moved in with her friend. Her friend brought two mice and when she was away Shelia would feed them. One day though Sheila felt something soft on the work surface and believed it was one of her friends mice, so she caught it and put it back in the cage. When her friend returned home she had a shock when she saw three mice in the cage instead of two. Shelia’s independence grew after being paired with Emma, a chocolate brown Labrador.

Reading about Emma’s exploits though is at times both amazing and humorous. Emma would do things and you were left wondering how she did it? Even Shelia was left in awe at times. Emma was truly a remarkable Guide Dog.

Throughout this book Shelia openly conveys her hope and her despair, it is a roller coaster of emotions at times for the reader. I did however really enjoy reading this book and reading about how adaptable Shelia was to the circumstances in her life has helped me re-evaluate things in my life. It is a wonderful inspirational memoir and puts things into perspective. I recommend that everyone who is feeling a little low read this.

Book: 16/60 on the 101 List   9/25 – For 2017

Collectormania 24 – 2017

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On Saturday 3 June 2017 myself and my daughter attended our first “Collectormania” Film and Comic Con event at the NEC Birmingham. In the past we have attended the MCM Comic Con’s numerous times and we were interested to see what the differences would be between the two shows.

The first difference was the lack of crowds. We caught the train to the NEC and usually with the MCM Comic Con the experience begins at the train station where various people in costumes are waiting on the platform. We saw no-one till we hit the NEC and in all honesty the lack of crowds was really nice.

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The Collectormania show itself was a lot smaller in scale than MCM Comic Con but there were still a lot of people. There were also quite a few Cosplayers. I saw some great Cosplay. One of my favourites is pictured above. The Yondu costume was fantastic and I was determined to get a photo of him. (I want to apologise for the quality of my photo’s. I forgot my camera so I had to use my phone and I think the camera on my phone is breaking down.) Another excellent costume was a guy who is known on Instagram as @king_tide_cosplay, he is also on Facebook. He was dressed as a very impressive Aquaman. I recommend you look him up, he also does a very impressive Thor.

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As we walked into the show there was a company who took peoples photo’s with various props. One of the props was Groot, who I thought was really cool. It’s a shame they never had a Rocket too. There was also a TARDIS interior, a couple of vehicles one from Ghostbusters and another from Mad Max.

There were various stalls selling a variety of merchandise, collectables and comic books. The stalls were all quite samey and there weren’t that many. There was a nice Fudge Stall which really made the effort with the names there was Vulcan Baileys and Doctor’s Caramel flavour fudge. I thought it was a nice a touch.

The best thing about the show were the Guests. On one side of the hall there were sports personalities such as Harry Rednapp, Pele and Ricky Hatton to name a few. However, it was the other side of the hall we were more interested in.

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Marc Warren meeting the fans

There was a variety of guests there from Film and TV. My daughter was very excited to see John Barrowman. She has always loved him and it made her day. Another star who was there was Marc Warren. I love Marc Warren but I didn’t meet him. I did chicken out as I am quite a big fan of his, I loved Hustle and have watched him in everything he has done more or less since then. I did not want to be all star struck meeting the guy so I left it. I hope I get the opportunity to meet him again. I did take a sneaky photo though.

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The reason we went to the show however was to meet Ming-Na Wen. Again we have no photo’s with her, I did take a few photo’s while she was giving a talk on the main stage. Ming-Na was delightful she was so lovely. She had hurt her leg while filming Agents of Shield so we were lucky she made it as she had just had an operation on it. She is nothing like Agent May in real life which was a relief as Agent May is quite intimidating.

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Meeting Ming-Na Wen means I can cross off an item on my 101 List which was to meet someone from Agents of Shield. I didn’t think I would. I still want to meet Clark Gregg though.

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Dean Cain and Helen Slater were also there. We sat and listened to them talking for 30 minutes or so. They were quite interesting. Helen didn’t really have opportunity to say a lot really as I think the majority of the questions were directed at Dean Cain. I remember watching Helen Slater in Super Girl when I was about 10 years old and really wanting to be her. Lol! There were loads of other guests there Michael Shanks, Deep Roy and Jemma Redgrave to name a few.

Overall we both had a really nice time. It may have been smaller on scale than MCM Comic Con but it was just as enjoyable. We are hoping to go again next year.