A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog on The Changing Face and Place of Films, when I promised to share with my readers my best loved films, so here is the moment of truth.
As a long-term film fan of many different genres and from different eras and countries, it is not an easy task to give a full list of those truly wonderful and unforgettable films I have watched in my life, but I shall make an attempt to give you a flavor of the kind of films that have made a lasting impact in my memory.
For starters, these are the top five films I’ve named on my Facebook: Escape to Victory, Spartacus, The Sound of Music, Life Is Beautiful and American Beauty. I watched the first three films while still in China many years ago, and I remember them so clearly.
Escape to Victory was set in the Second World War. It was not so much the amazing football, including the legendary Pele, it was the spirit and the message from the film that moved me and make it memorable. It also had a wonderful cast. I loved Spartacus for the same reason. I love strong heros who, no matter what their origin, stand up and fight for freedom. Similar films that appeal to me include Braveheart, Schindler’s list, Saving Private Ryan, The Pianist,The Great Escape and Life is Beautiful.
Apart from good war films, I am a huge fan of action blockbusters, such as The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, Terminators and X-men. I am always up for a treat. There are few things better than going to cinema with a friend on a night out, or simply sitting on my sofa and taking a ride in those amazing James Bond cars.
You would think that I am a war-like action hero-worship movie freak if you’ve read this far, but I do like a lot of other films, which are lighted-hearted and great fun. Not only good musicals like The Sound Of Music, The Wizard of Oz and Chicago are wonderfully entertaining, I also enjoy some well-written, well-acted rom-coms. Off the top of my head, these include The 40 Year Old Virgin, some Charlie Chaplin comedies, and more recently Meet The Fockers.
Having said that, if given a mindless silly fun or a more gritty realistic take on life, I’ll probably go for the latter. I don’t care too much for horror or supernatural, but a violent and bloody dose of reality does not put me off.
Some of my favorite films were adapted from my favorite books. For example, Jane Eyre and its many versions over the years. Wuthering Heights is another, and Atonement, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, and many more.
I have not listed any Chinese films here, or low-budget British or foreign languages films, but I’d love to know what films you love and why. Thank you for stopping by my blog.