I may as well jump right into this, I have a few things that I want to review and discuss but first I’ll be a gentleman and introduce myself; not the kind of introduction where I tell you my favourite colour (green) or my dream job (tv producer) but the kind where I tell you what my favourite shows/books/films etc and anything else that’s relevant.
Let’s start with films…
I fell in love with cinema when I was about 15, I did Film Studies at Sixth Form and am doing a module about film and its meaning next semester. I’ll watch pretty much anything, although I’m not really a fan of many war films or romantic comedies, but if it has a good story line and good acting I’m there.
Top 5 films:
- The Breakfast Club (1986). Who doesn’t love some teen angst mixed with actual societal truths and a effortlessly flawless cast?
- Scream (1996). Remember when I said I loved horror films? Yeah, I have this film to thank! Not only is the dialogue whitty, the kills are great (in a horror-loving way not an actual serial killer) and it revitalised the slasher genre from the dark depths of the mid 80’s.
- Donnie Darko (2001). Again more teen angst and psychotic episodes but DD adds paradoxes and creepy bunnies to the mix bringing together this mind boggling, yet beautiful, piece of film .
- Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost (1999). I like horror films, I love mysteries.. so it’s no wonder that as a kid my favourite show was Scooby-Doo. This particular one was my favourite because it has a Witch’s ghost in it, obviously. It also has Billy Ray Cyrus doing some gnarly things with the theme tune.
- The Craft (1996). And last but not least this film about 4 girls who mess around with stuff they don’t understand (magic) and end up getting into some serious hot water. I thank my sister for introducing me to this film when I was about 8 and starting my life-long obsession with witches.
I have a love/hate relationship with reading. I feel really annoyed if I read a book and didn’t enjoy it. Mostly at myself because I can’t seem to stop reading a book once I start. My favourites include..
Top 5 books:
- The Hunger Games Trilogy. I arrived pretty late to this fan club but I caught up quick enough. Reading over half the book in one sitting right before bed wasn’t my intention but the story gripped me and the first 2 books were great, the third wasn’t that great but definitely picked up.
- Harry Potter. Do I really need to explain this? I am part of the Harry Potter generation.
- And Then There Were None. I love mystery novels. I love Agatha Christie. What I don’t love is the original title to this book.
- Carrie. The book, the film(s?) everything about this story is fascinating. I love it. Why isn’t Carrie in the list above?!
As much as I love film, T.V is my real home. I have been known to binge watch and obsess
and write fanfiction and force my friends to watch shows so that I have people to talk to about my current obsession. It’s a little harder for me to choose 5 shows that I’d call my favourite because it can, and has been known to, change. So I’ll go with my top 3.
Top 3 TV shows:
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). Where do I even begin?! This has been my favourite show since I was 6 years old, I love everything about it. It’s helped me a lot. If you’re a BtVS fan you know what I mean. The fans are (mostly) great too, you’ll have friends for life with people who love Buffy.
- Orphan Black (2013). TATIANA MASLANY. One of THEE best actresses to ever walk onto a screen. She plays clones. A LOT OF CLONES. Each with their own characteristics, accents, movements, voices. Oh my, she’s insanely talented and the writing is brilliant.
- Veronica Mars (2004-2007). 3 seasons and a movie! The short-lived mystery was brilliant and Veronica was the most perfect protagonist. The movie was also a winner!
That’s pretty much it for my ultimate favourites. I probably should do a more contemporary list at some point, but this’ll do for now.
Thanks for reading,
all the best,