The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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The Movies Tag Q46 + Q47: Most annoying actresses + Movies you love that everyone hates?

QUESTION: Most annoying actresses?

I didn’t want to answer this so much that I took a two month break from blogging. Wow. I just can’t think of any actresses I find annoying. If I do, I’m sure I’ll let you know… For now, let’s combine this with the next question, shall we?

QUESTION: Movies you love that everyone hates?
ANSWER: Maybe The Hobbit? The Visit, The Duff, The House Bunny, Wild Child…

I don’t think any of the films I’ve mentioned in my answer are universally hated, really, but for most of them I’m going by iMDB ratings, as I don’t think there are any films I love that everyone else hates!

The Hobbit is my main answer though, because I seem to love The Hobbit films a lot more than most other Middle-Earth fans. Whenever I hear anyone talk about the trilogy, their opinion is usually that there shouldn’t have been three films, and that each film drags. I disagree completely.

I used to love The Hobbit films more than the Lord of the Rings films (now they’re pretty much equal). I think this is because, before I saw The Hobbit, I wasn’t as big of a fan of LOTR as I am now that I’ve seen The Hobbit, if that makes ANY SENSE AT ALL?! 

Don’t get me wrong, I liked LOTR before The Hobbit, but for some reason I fell in love with The Hobbit, then fell in love with LOTR ten-times over how much I loved it before.

As for the rest of the films – The Visit and the chick flicks – they’re all underrated (in terms of their iMDB ratings at least) and people need to open their eyes to their glory!

I forgot how difficult it is to write these posts sometimes. If you’ve actually read this entire post, well done. If you didn’t, I don’t blame you 😀

Lord of the Rings
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The Movies Tag Q43: Actor crush?

QUESTION: Actor crush?
ANSWER: Orlando Bloom

It’s got to be. Orlando Bloom as Legolas is everything I’ll ever need. Honourable mentions: Channing Tatum, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson.

Gosh, that was one of the longest, most difficult posts I’ve ever had to write. Look forward to more heavy reading in the form of the next Movies Tag question: Weird actor crush?

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The Movies Tag Q24: Favourite film score?

QUESTION: Favourite film score?
ANSWER: We’ll see!


I’ll start by saying this post is late because it is so difficult to pick my favourite film score! Perhaps even more difficult than picking my favourite film… I’m either going to have to pick multiple film’s scores, or, pick just one piece from one film score.

I can’t decide. I’ll do both.

So, multiple film scores. I love the scores for The Hobbit, The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Lord of the Rings (all of the films from the respective franchises of course). Also the first How to Train Your Dragon (not that I have anything against the second, I just really love the first!).

As for a specific piece from one film score, hmmm. I love Hello Zepp by Charlie Clouser, the Saw theme tune. Define Dancing by Thomas Newman from Wall-E is beautiful. Do you know what? I think it’s got to be Define Dancing. It sends me into a dream every time I hear it, and the title is just as perfect as the audio-visual companionship, as you’ll see.

I am a dancer, but I struggle a hell of a lot with it. This piece makes you forget everything you thought you knew about dance. Who is to say who can dance and who can’t? Who is to say what dance is, and how good someone is at it? This piece gives me hope, and it can give others like me hope too. That’s why I love it.

What are your thoughts on my score picks? What is your one favourite piece? I really believe music and sound is worth 50% of a film, so I love to hear new scores! I have been known to watch a film after I’ve heard it’s score, rather than the other way around, so shove all your beloved scores my way any day! 😀 

Howl's Moving Castle
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The Movies Tag Q20: Top 5 Directors?

QUESTION: Top 5 directors?
ANSWER: I can’t whittle it down to 5, you can’t make me! My top 6 directors are…

6. James Cameron

Titanic, Avatar, The Terminator

For whatever reason, I always get Cameron mixed up with Nolan, which is just ridiculous, but true. Titanic is one of my favourite films, one which I will never get sick of watching. Perhaps I could even say the same for Avatar, considering I saw it in the cinema two or three times. Cameron is the master of long films. It never feels like I’ve been watching a Cameron film for too long, he makes time evaporate. Which is a good thing, when your spending that time watching a beautiful and bewitching film.

5. Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy

Two more of my favourite trilogies, all six films directed by the same person. Jackson has a way with Middle Earth that just makes me want more. Aside from the Middle Earth films, the only other Jackson film I’ve seen is King Kong, but you know, one does not simply exclude Peter Jackson from a top directors list.

4. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Lord and Miller have a way with humour that’s completely up my street. It’s so up my street it’s practically right outside my door ringing the doorbell and looking through the letterbox. Okay that is just creepy and now I’m freaked out. They aren’t afraid to be silly in their comedy and let their child-like imagination run free. Not to mention they know how to make a sequel that rivals the original.

3. Alfonso Cuarón

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gravity

Cuarón won my heart with Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s odd, that I am so fond of Cuarón because, of his films, I’ve only seen Prisoner of Azkaban and Gravity. But how can I not love the director of my favourite film? Well, one of them. As for Gravity, I saw it in the cinema specifically for my dissertation, to study how Cuarón used the size of the screen to his advantage. My conclusion? He is an excellent wielder of the big screen.

2. Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away

Miyazaki holds a precious place in my heart. His films are utterly magical, in the sense that he plays with realities, and in the sense that he makes you feel real emotions. From some directors on this list I require an interest in the concept of the film, and it’s just a bonus that the particular director is attached. From Miyazaki, all I require is his name, because he has proven his talent as a storyteller.

1. Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar, Inception

Nolan is my number one. It is close between Nolan and Miyazaki, I must say. I’m not sure why Nolan was the winner of the showdown. I think it’s because the Dark Knight trilogy is perfect. Although I will give the new Batman a chance, and any future Batmans, Nolan’s vision will forever resonate. It is mysterious, and dark, and suspenseful. He respects and challenges the art of film simultaneously, in a way that produces haunting moments such as the lorry/truck flip scene in The Dark Knight, which was done in camera with an impressive multi-cam set up. Of course, it’s not just The Dark Knight that impressed me. His stretching vision extends through all of his films, which ultimately challenges us to think outside the box along with him. And we all need that inspiration from time to time.

Who is your number one director? Which of my favourite five (six) is your favourite? What is your favourite film by any of the directors I mentioned? Tell me!

Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
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The Movies Tag Q2: Favourite scene from my favourite film?

QUESTION: Favourite scene from [your favourite] film?
ANSWER: Dumbledore and Voldemort duel in the Ministry of Magic
For the answer to the previous question, favourite film of all time?, I (eventually) chose Harry Potter as my overall favourite film(s…).
I thought it would be just as difficult to answer this question too, but the scene in which He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is matched in an epic battle against Dumbledore, whilst Harry gets pushed around on the floor, came to the forefront of my mind almost instantly.
It’s definitely the sound that does it for me. There is no music, just the whipping and whirling of magic, the shattering of glass, the sand grazing the floor. It is a feast for the ears, not to mention the eyes.
Seeing as I also picked LOTR/The Hobbit, it’s gotta be this scene featuring Gimli walking through the paths of the dead in the haunted mountain, from the extended version of LOTR The Return of the King…
BONUS! Another of my favourite films is Easy A with Emma Stone, which includes some of my favourite scenes in general, my current favourite being… AIE YA YA YA
What is your favourite scene from Harry Potter, LOTR, The Hobbit, and/or Easy A? Leave me a comment, I’d love to find out and discuss them!