A Love for Movies & My Top 3

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I am a huge movie buff, and I have been since I was a kid. My sister worked at a video store for twenty years. Which meant I often got free and cheap movie rentals. (Side note: I really miss video rental stores. Going with a friend or boyfriend on a Friday night to pick out a flick. Grabbing snacks and freshly popped popcorn for the evening. I worked there for a little while too.)

I had countless movie posters and spent my allowance on VHS tapes, and then DVD’s. (Lord I sound old šŸ˜‰ )

Depending on the day of the week, my list of favorite movies would vary. Like books, there are too many good ones to pick just one favorite. I don’t have a top 10 or top 20…more like top 50 šŸ˜‰

But for the sake of this post, I am keeping it to three.

1-The Princess Bride

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I have watched this movie at least five hundred times. I have watched it nine times in one week when I had one of the worst flues of my life. I watched it last week when it was on tv. I stoped my cleaning and sat to watch one of the best movies ever made. It’s a classic and if you don’t know who said “Inconceivable!”, “As you wish”, or have no clue who the six fingered man is, I suggest you stop what you are doing and find this movie. It has a little bit of everything…fencing, true love, revenge, pirates…the list goes on. This is my go-to movie no matter how I am feeling. If I was told I could watch one movie for the rest of my life, this would be it.

2-The Shawshank RedemptionĀ 

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I have a lot of feels for this movie.

First of all, it is a fantastic story with an amazing cast. A man wrongly accused of murdering his wife and her lover is sentenced to prison, and after years of being in Shawshank, manages to escape. I love the relationship between ‘Andy’ and ‘Red’. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman played them wonderfully.

I used to watch this movie with my dad a lot. It was his favorite too. We had watched it countless of times, and yet we loved when Andy made his escape every damn time. I lost my dad in May of 2009. It wasn’t until October that I took this dvd from my shelf to watch. It was his birthday and I wanted to watch our favorite movie. I admit, as soon as certain music pieces played, I started to cry. It was really hard watching it, because all I did was miss my dad. But now when I watch it I smile because of the memories I had.

3-King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

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When I found out Guy Richie was planning on a six movie franchise I was stoked. Aside from the fact he is a great director, the Arthurian story is one of my favorites. And the cherry on the top, someĀ  of my favorite actors were set to star in it. Eric Bana, Jude Law and Charlie Hunnam. I was super excited. (And totally bummed that there probably won’t be any more movies. I blame timing and critics on that one).

Anyway, I loved everything in this movie. The actors did an amazing job. Jude Law played an excellent villain and Charlie Hunnam knocked it out of the park his role of Arthur. I loved the take on Arthur, that he grew up on the streets. It had bits of humor, action, great dialogue and more. I bought the dvd and watched the behind the scenes of the movie. Their was A LOT of hard work that went into that movie, between costumes and settings for filming. And that hard work paid off. Even every piece of music played was spot on. I often listen to it (the soundtrack) when I am writing.

Anyway, these are just my thoughts on these movies. There are many great films out there. What are some of your favorites?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rambles about King Arthur Legend of the sword

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I did something last week that I have never done before- went to the same movie at the theater twice.

It isn’t often that I get to go to the movies. The cost of a night out adds up pretty quickly. So to see the same movie days apart is just something I don’t do. Until now, that is.

Mr. C is away working, and I knew he would be gone when Charlie Hunnam’s new flick ‘King Arthur Legend of the Sword’ was released. I asked one of my best friends well in advance if she would be my date for it.

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I had heard that the critics were not happy with it, but I have long ago learned that you can’t listen to someone’s opinion when it comes to movies and tv. One must simply see it for themselves. šŸ˜‰

About halfway through the movie I wondered why the hell would there be so many bad reviews of it. I get that it opened at a time where other big movies were coming out. All the nerds were in line for the new ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie. ( And yes, I am seeing it as soon as Mr. C comes home). I talked to my friend Jo-Anne over atĀ Inspiration PieĀ about the movie afterwards and she agreed with me; she had loved it too. We chatted about it for ages one night on our little writing getaway…but more on that another day.

I loved the take on King Arthur, and Charlie Hunnam did a fantastic job in the role. Many of his fans know him from Sons of Anarchy as Jax Teller. Not once did I think about that role. He took on Arthur and made this role his own. Not only did he nail it, Jude Law and Eric Bana also did a terrific job in their roles as well.

The music was phenomenal. I’m a sucker for any type of Celtic music, and each piece suited the scene it was played in. The scenery and cinematography were Ā amazing. I felt as if I were there in that world.

I felt the fantasy aspect of it, with humans controlling magic as well as the sword having it’s own powers. Bit of a spoiler: I think one of my favorite parts was when Excalibur took over Arthur. The Mage is someone I want to see again if this movie gets a sequel. She was one of the few female characters and not a love interest, thank God. I wasn’t there to watch a romance, even though I love them. For me, this was all about Arthur, his rise to becoming king and his friends who had his back.

I know that anything in life, especially movies, can not please one hundred percent of the people one hundred percent of the time. I loved it so much that two days later I asked another best friend to go see it with me, and we did a few days later. I think I loved it more the second time.

I really hope that Guy Richie continues with these movies. Even just one more would be great. I want to see the Round Table finished with its seats filled; to see Merlin and to see what evil comes at him next. If you see it, I hope you get lost in its tale like I did.

Have you seen this yet? What were your thoughts?