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This week's topic is Top Ten Movies or TV Shows
Because this is the topic I've been waiting for AGES, I'll definitely do both. The film student in me wanted to start and analyse these all in detail, but I think I'm just going to try and keep it short. Leave me a comment if you want to see some film/TV posts here at the blog, I would love to do that!!
TOP TEN MOVIES (in no particular order)
1. A Clockwork Orange (1971, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
I know this film isn't for everyone, but I personally love it. It is one of the films that made me want to study film and thus I will always be grateful for Kubrick for creating this masterpiece. Yes, it is violent, but I feel like the violence is so over emphasized that it doesn't feel very realistic. I've actually written quite a bit about this film for essays etc. so if you are interested about hearing more about this film, I can do a post about it or something.
2. Sleeper (1973, dir. Woody Allen)
This gloriously weird and absurd film is the film that made me fall in love with Woody Allen's work. Woody Allen is a very controversial figure and I've got a lot of shit for saying that I love his movies, but I always just say that I divide the personal life and his work - I love his work, his imagination, his characters. Not what he did or did not do in his personal life.
If you are interested in getting into Woody Allen, this definitely is a good film to start with - it is overly absurd and funny and awesome!
3. Duck Soup (1933, dir. Leo McCarey)
I don't even know how to explain my love for this film. I love comedy and this is definitely one of the funniest, if not the FUNNIEST film I've ever seen. If you are interested to see from where so many comedians that still work these days probably got a lot of inspiration, check this out! I've seen this one SO many times and every single time it is just as funny.
4. Citizen Kane (1941, dir. Orson Welles)
The most beautiful film I've ever seen. A true cinematic masterpiece.
5. After Hours (1985, dir. Martin Scorsese)
My Scorsese favorite! Absurd, funny, dark, sarcastic, cynical. The New York of this film is dark, mysterious and works like a character in the story.
6. Singin' in the Rain (1952, dir. Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly)
This is the film I always watch if I am in need of something to make me smile. The songs are so catchy, Gene Kelly is so handsome and the film is just really funny! Definitely my favorite musical of all time.
7. Rear Window (1954, dir. Alfred Hitchcock)
I love Hitchcock and though I've enjoyed every single film I've seen from his oeuvre, Rear Window is my definite favorite. The way it is shot, the voyeurism, the motifs and the acting are phenomenal!
8. Targets (1968, dir. Peter Bogdanovich)
Unfortunately a fairly unknown thriller/drama about a troubled man on a shooting spree. This one is so intriguing, so chilling and so interestingly shot.
9. Clueless (1995, dir. Amy Heckerling)
Favorite movie from my pre-teens/teens that still holds a spot in my top ten! This is what made me fall in love with Paul Rudd.
10. When Harry Met Sally (1989, dir. Rob Reiner)
Romantic Comedy gold! If you like this one, please check out FOX's 'The Mindy Project'!
TOP TEN TV SHOWS (in no particular order)
1. The Office (US) (NBC)
My favorite sitcom of all time! These characters feel like family to me and I will never get tired of watching these episodes over and over again.
2. Breaking Bad (AMC)
If you haven't heard about this show you've probably been living in a cave or something. Breaking Bad is so addicting, so well-written and acted. I never believed I would fall in love with a show about a guy who starts to cook meth.
3. Gilmore Girls (WB/CW)
Gilmore Girls taught me that it is okay to be nerdy and bookish and good at school. It made me obsessed with coffee, fall in love with Stars Hollow and desire to be best friends with Rory and Lorelai. I've re-watched the episodes several times and every single time I've loved them as much.
4. Pushing Daisies (ABC)
Colorful. Funny. Slightly absurd. Romantic. Fantastic.
This show ended way too soon.
And okay, Lee Pace - YUMMY!
5. Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Parks and Recreation is heartfelt, funny, wonderfully written and wonderfully acted. All the characters have become so dear to me and I will probably cry for weeks after this show ends. Also, this show has the most wonderful male character of all time - RON SWANSON.
6. 30 Rock (NBC)
These characters. The writing. The absurd jokes. Tina Fey. One of the best comedies of all time.
7. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (NBC)
One of those shows you can watch again and again and again. I love all of the characters, the inside jokes, the character relationships and quirks... Everything. Pretty much a perfect comedy in my opinion.
8. Friday Night Lights (NBC)
This show gave me SO MANY FEELS. The characters are so well established and when you think you know all about them, they reveal something new, showing you a completely new side to them. I will always be in love with Coach Taylor and Tim Riggins. I love how it shows the problems of the community and the world of sports. Also, it is refreshing to watch a couple (Eric and Tammy) who fight about "normal" things and despite all, love each other more than anything.
9. Grey's Anatomy (ABC)
This is one of those shows I've watched from the very moment it started. Yes, it might be occasionally quite unbelievable, but I feel such a connection towards these characters that I can't stop watching it. This one made me want to be a doctor for a while, but then I realized that I suck in math and chemistry.
10. The West Wing (NBC)
I feel like I just left the best for the last. This show, oh my, I have no words! I've been interested in US politics since my exchange year and was fortunate enough to visit several of the main sights for US politics in D.C (I lived close to D.C. in Virginia). When I found this show, I felt like I had found a treasure. It is amazingly written, acted and paced. The characters are SO wonderful - I feel a connection towards each and every one of them.
I am always insanely jealous when I hear that someone is just starting to watch this show because I will never again experience the feeling of falling in love with this show for the first time
What are some of your favorite films and movies?