My Favourite Films Of All Time
I just read a review saying that one of my favourite films is one of the worst things of all time, up there with The Room and it made me angry.
My favourite films are personal to me, I’ll protect them like a sibling or a best friend. No matter other people’s opinions of them.
As Julian says in One Tree Hill as he makes his directorial debut, ‘ let’s make someone’s favourite movie’. Directors aren’t aiming to make the best film ever, just someone’s favourite and these are my favourites.
The movie in question, that got a shit review from Refinery29, was Burnt. Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, and Daniel Bruhl among others, is set in London following a wild-card chef Adam Jones as he returns from his ‘penance’ of shucking a million oysters in Louisianna after destroying his early career as a star chef. He takes over a restaurant in London and is set on getting a third Michelin star.
I really enjoy it. It’s part drama, part food documentary set in my beloved city. Sure the script is a little all over the place and there are too many strands but so what. I could watch this movie over and over again, and in fact, I have.
The Devil Wears Prada
Who didn’t love this movie? Meryl Streep is at her best. This is possibly the only movie where I don’t Meryl Streep but the character she is playing – Miranda Priestley is probably her best role to date. Anne Hathaway performs well enough as Andi, starting her new job as an assistant at a word-class fashion magazine. With Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt to support – I love these two – this movie is fab whether you’re watching hungover, happy, or sad.
Also, the scene where Andi gets her make-over is the best thing on film ever! Yes, I said.
The Secret Life of Bees
This is one of my favourite book-to-film adaptations ever and the cast is stellar. Yet this movie is criminally underrated. Set in America during the year that the Civil Rights Act is legalised the story follows Lily – Dakota Fanning – as she goes on an adventure of self-discovery to the place where her mother grew up.
With actresses like Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo playing strong, black women in America during the 60s, I love everything about this movie. Particularly the way it makes me feel, it hits me right in the heart with its storyline and acting.
Gone With the Wind
I remember watching this movie at 11 years old, when I was suffering from pneumonia and being utterly bewitched by it. How this movie was made in 1939 is beyond me. It is visually and creatively stunning. Over 3 hours long, following Scarlet O’Hara through her tumultuous life of the American Civil War and after. It’s a problematic film, but it’s the production values and my personal memories that make it special to me.
Little Women (1994)
I think this movie made me decide I wanted to be a writer. There’s something about Jo, played by Winona Ryder in her heyday, that made her fall in love with telling stories. The sisterly love, the beautiful Massachusetts countryside, and the drama is a perfect mix of addictive content and I get such a warm sensation when I watch this film all the way from my toes to my head.
A League of Their Own
Another movie I watched when I got pneumonia (I was off school for a month, I watched a lot of films!) and it is so much fun! My favourite sports film of all time, this movie is set in 1940s America when the women’s baseball league was started while the ‘men were away’ at war. With a phenomenal and, again, under-rated American female cast – including Madonna as ‘All-the-Way-Mae’ – and a blood-pumping movie score, plus Tom Hanks (who doesn’t love Tom Hanks?!) this is a home-run of a movie.
The Hundred Foot Journey
I have a soft spot for films about food, I really do. And this is a movie all about the love of food. When an Indian family of refugees leaves Britain for France they come across a tiny village with a successful Michelin-starred restaurant and they set up their own Indian restaurant exactly 100 feet away. A romance, a drama, a flavoursome story of a variety of passions with Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal.
- The Blind Side
- Bridget Jones’ Diary
- The Holiday
- Spiderman: Homecoming
- The Slipper and the Rose
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
- Harry Potter (duh!)
Now, excuse me, while I go and put one of these movies on. Possibly one of the foodie ones… they’re too mouth-watering to pass up.