For those days when your eyes are too tired for reading, I present my top five favorite movies. I actually had to split this up into two, because asking me to choose just five movies is like Sophie’s Choice (another good movie, but these are the movies I can watch over and over again). My top five book adaptations post is coming next.
Coming in at number five is the black comedy “Unfaithfully Yours”. Starring Rex Harrison as an aristocratic conductor who discovers his wife, played by Linda Darnell, has been unfaithful. Between the witticisms of Preston Sturges and the aptly but horribly nicknamed Sexy Rexy, this movie is thoroughly enjoyable but not for everyone. I would get further in depth, but I don’t think it’s possible without revealing the plot. Best viewed with someone who makes you think of brut champagne, not prune juice.
From the stunning sets and costumes (not to mention the obvious research and attention to detail that went into said sets and costumes), to the wonderful script and perfect casting, there is nothing to dislike about this movie; which follows the titular Kubo as he searches for legendary armor to protect himself from the Moon King – his grandfather. Beautiful with a bittersweet ending, I fell in love with this less than five minutes in. I’m sure anyone else who watches this will love it too. Best viewed while being thankful you’ll never have to eat whale carcass soup.
While my breathing deep the darkness that envelops my soul phase ended years ago, my fondness for this movie did not. Like “Kubo and the Two Strings” before it, this is a painstakingly made stop animation film; which follows Jack the Pumpkin King’s midlife crisis and all the problems that ensue because of it. With spectacular world design and songs that are total earworms, this is, inarguably, Tim Burton at his finest and most memorable. Best viewed before any deadly nightshade consumption.
The only onscreen pairing of classic Hollywood’s golden couple, the film stars Clark Gable as card shark Jerry “Babe” Stewart and Carole Lombard as small-town girl Connie Randall who desperately wants more out of life. An impromptu marriage between fuckboi Jerry and snarky Connie sets off the plot for a lighthearted and pre-Hay’s code rom-com. Best viewed with your partners in crime and a stacked deck.
1.) Spirited Away
An Oscar winner and undoubtedly iconic, I can’t say enough about how magical, poignant, and bittersweet this movie is. And while I know there are people who don’t like animated films, and even people who don’t like Ghibli films, I implore you to give this one a try. While this does take place in the spirit world, ultimately, it’s about that moment when life shifts around you and you start growing up. Which is sometimes painful and scary, and definitely requires you to be brave. Same as the protagonist Chihiro’s journey throughout the film. Best viewed with someone you love, gyoza, and konpeitō.
Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite movies in the comments. Bye!
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