After looking at the movies in my collection today I decided that I was going to go about this blog in the proper fashion. In order to get daily/weekly readers they must know what they can expect before coming here. My OCD likes to kick in on certain occasions, and the way my movies are ordered are by Genre. I’ve been doing this ever since I hit about 50 movies. It was an easy way for me to be able to choose a movie to watch. I decided what kind of movie I’m in the mood for and it was easy to pick out where that type of movie was located. Now that I’m almost at 500 I’m glad I’ve been able to keep this habit up. So I’ve decided to choose 12 genres that are the most recognizable in my collection and choose my top movie from that list.
1. Children’s Cinema – Includes Disney, animated, and some that shouldn’t really be for children but for some reason are always watched by them.
Return to Oz. This sequel to The Wizard of Oz has always been held close to my heart. I can’t tell you when I first watched it, but I can tell you it’s one of my top five movies. There is always something new to find while watching it. Whether it’s the connections of Dorothy’s real life and that of Oz, or just the new characters that are brought into this story. It’s much more like the books of L. Frank Baum and reminds me very much of the mood of Alice in Wonderland.
Honorable mentions: The Jungle Book, The Witches.
2. Musicals – I haven’t included band musicals such as Tommy.
Jesus Christ SuperStar. This is easily my most played DVD on my shelves. During high school I would put it on repeat and studied to it constantly. I’m far from being religious but this musical is full of rock and roll beats, beautiful ballads, and classic Andrew Lloyd Webber. I don’t like to throw this next word around as many people do now-a-days, but JCSS is Epic. Capital E.
Notable Mentions: Repo! The Genetic Opera, Hair.
3. Teen Drama
Buffy The Vampire Slayer. I have a strong love for Vampires (Although you will see no Twilight on my blog). I also have a strong love for Kristy Swanson, and even more so for Luke Perry. I don’t know how anybody can not love this movie to be honest. It’s so cliched, and over done that it’s so shamelessly put together.
Notable Mentions: Jawbreaker, Practical Magic.
4. Woman Drama – Drama’s centred around a female cast or drama’s geared towards a female audience.
Gia. Too beautiful to die; To wild to live. This inspired true story is sexy, gritty, dangerous and tragic all rolled into one. You fall in love with her and her heartbreaking story. Every emotion is brought out of you while watching Gia. All I’d say it to watch it with an open mind as it does touch on controversial topics such as homosexuality and AIDS. Even if you’re opinion is other than favorable towards these topics this movie has much more to do with other things other than those two topics.
Notable Mentions: Georgia Rule, The Notorious Bettie Page
Pleasantville. This movie to me is a very coming of age tale of a brother and sister who learn what is important in life. I’m still trying to find the beauty in my world and so this movie is a symbol of hope for me. With an amazing cast I cannot help but fall in love with this movie every time I watch it.
Notable Mentions: Brokeback Mountain, No Resevations
6. Comedy – Not included in this section would be my dark comedies and comedy horror
Pink Panther Strikes Again. The chemistry between Sellers and Lom is perfectly fit and it seems like I can’t get enough of it. Plus it’s my opinion that the ‘dog’ bit is one of the funniest caught on camera. No other comedy can touch the Pink Panther series and it’s classic humor. I agree that some others in the series is better than ‘Strikes Again’ but because of the idiocy that it portrays.
Notable Mentions: Cool Runnings, Zack and Miri Make a Porno
7. Horror – There are many sub-genres to my horror collection. Classic, new, Japanese, and my collection of Disturbo 13. (N.B. This is very hard to pick just one, so I’ll stick with the classic and the mentions will include one from each sub category)
Rosemary’s Baby. I’m a huge horror/disturbo fan and so when I see a horror movie of today’s caliber it’s very hard for me to find something new and scary about it. This movie constantly and very consistantly scares the pants off of me. It creeps me out to the point that when I watch it I don’t watch it at night or alone. Even the DVD cover conjures up feelings of anxiety for me (I have included it as the imagine). I’m excited to review this one in the future.
Notable Mentions: Ringu (Japanese), Delicatessen (Dark comedy/horror), Ginger Snaps (New), Salo (Disturbo 13).
The Cell. I have never gotten sick of watching this movie, and it’s very easy for me to explain why. The set design, the costumes, the cinematography is by far one of the best I have seen for a movie with such a shitty cast. The shock value of the movie is there to do just that, and so for me when I sat down to watch The Cell I got exactly what I was expecting. This is another I’m excited about watching and reviewing. Hopefully I can turn some peoples opinions and get them to watch it.
Notable Mentions: The Final Cut, Equilibrium.
9. Psychological Thrillers
Donnie Darko. I wasn’t going to include this as my top movie of this genre and it has become quite a cult following and I have many that are more obscure and much more beautiful, however my views of this movie are quite different that any I have heard and I can’t wait to share it with all the readers. This will, I imagine, be some of my best entries since these movies are those that bring controversy and debate. I imagine I’ll only start with this genre when I get more readers, or anybody starts to request them.
Notable Mentions: Pi, Clockwork Orange.
10. Thriller/Drama – I’ve put these into one category only for the sake of having such a long list in the end but I see the definite distinction between the two.
American History X. This genre is so vast in which movies I was able to choose from, but I knew I had to include this one. I am very interested in neo-nazi and hate movies. This is by far one of the very best. The transformation of a humans perception of the world is very interesting to me and that is why this is one of my favourites. I rarely cry in movies, but it was like I was back in elementary school and someone stole my ho-ho. Bawled.
Notable Mentions: The Guardian, The Transporter.
Platoon. The only reason I am putting this movie above all others (see the notable mentions) is because of the emotional connection I had towards Sheen’s character than the other movies in this genre. This is a very personal genre to me, and there will the possibility to explain myself later on. Platoon to me was a movie of corruption of ones innocence and humanity. This is the first movie I have ever cried at. My mother used to tell me I had a heart of stone as a child. I was 16 when I first watched this movie.
Notable Mentions: Apocalypse Now, Schindler’s List
12. Johnny Depp – Everybody has a favourite actor, Depp is mine. I have a special section for his movies, and although I don’t have all of them I have a fair amount.
From Hell. I was very fascinated by serial murderers in high school, and somehow convinced my teachers from science to religion to let me do my projects on them. At the heart of serial murder is grand-daddy Jack. This movie made me spend hours online and in the library to find out all I could about The Ripper. Depp and Grahams performance is perfect, the theory is seamless, you could believe they actually caught Jack by the end.
Notable Mentions: The Ninth Gate, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (and of course, Platoon).
I hope you all get a sense of where I am in my movie collection. I will have movies where you shake your head and say ‘why the hell did she spend money on that piece of crap’ and there are movies I wished to not mention as special editions that many will not know about, or surprised that somebody other than them know about it.
I’d also love to hear all of your suggestions. I’m always looking to expand my movies and I find other movie blog lovers know exactly the movies that I need to see.