Does anyone ever struggle with coming up with openers for posts? I know I do.
Anyway, this post is about five of my favourite movies of all time. This is a little harder than my top five books because I don’t watch as many movies. But enough of my rambling, here are my top five movies.
1. The Day After Tomorrow
Hands down, my favourite movie of all time. This might be because of the whole natural disaster-apocalypse thing, but I absolutely love this movie. A paleoclimatologist named Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) says that “Our climate is fragile. At the rate we’re polluting the environment and burning fossil fuels, the ice caps will soon disappear.” The North Atlantic Current stops flowing, and three superstorms cover all of the northern hemisphere in feet and feet of snow (15 feet in some places). Jack must head north from Washington to reach his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is trapped in Manhattan.
Simon: [their final lines in the movie] Gentlemen,
Simon: To England!
Terry Rapson: To mankind!
Dennis: To Manchester United
Yes, I know, very general, but I couldn’t pick which one I liked best out of all of them. I much prefer the Disney versions to the BBC versions to be honest. The effects are much nicer, and it makes you feel much more like you’re actually in the story. But, as I’ve articulated in other posts, Narnia is definitely one of my favourites. I really felt that it for a book to movie transcript, it held quite true to the original storyline. they’re coming out with a new one next year!!!!
Favourite quote (Voyage of the Dawn Treader):
Reepicheep: Unhand the tail. Aslan the Great gave me this tail and no one, repeat, no one, touches the tail. Period, exclamation mark!
3. Princess Diaries
Who can’t identify with clumsy, socially awkward Mia (Anne Hathaway) at one time or another? When her grandmother (Julie Andrews) shows up and tells her she’s a princess, she can’t believe it. She takes “princess lessons” from her grandmother and attends a state dinner. Meanwhile, she has to pass tenth grade, survive the press mob, and figure out which boy she wants. A teen classic and a must-see.
Mia: Hey Joe? Can we park a block away from school? I really don’t want to cause a riot with this hearse.
Joe: This is a non-riot hearse. And if it were a hearse there would be silence in the backseat
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
This series (do you call it a series?) was an absolute success. Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) teams up with a most unlikely of allies, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), a pirate without a ship, to save his love, Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightley), the governor’s daughter. The swashbuckling and ship capering are sure to capture your interest as much as they did mine.
Lt. Gillette: This ship cannot be crewed by two men. You’ll never make it out of the bay.
Jack Sparrow: Son, I’m Captain Jack Sparrow. Savvy?
(I only just saw this for the first time, but it is definitely up here in my top 5. It made me think so much more than any other movie ever has before. Yes, it’s not a movie for everyone, but it’s a movie for any science fan.)
In a world ravaged by climate change and blight, Cooper, a retired pilot and engineer, is now a farmer, trying to raise enough food to eke out an existence, and dreams of doing more. When a wormhole is discovered close to Saturn, a team of explorers is sent in to establish a colony on one of the three inhabitable planets earlier reconnaissance missions had found. It goes beyond a simple space travel movie to a movie dealing with quantum physics, fourth and fifth dimensions, and the human ties through space and time that can’t ever be severed.
Cooper: We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.
* Information, quotes, and picture from imdb.com