They're Watching
Artwork Wednesday

Artwork Wednesday: They’re Watching and Swiss Army Man!

This instalment of Artwork Wednesday includes two genres that I love: Comedy and Horror. But to be honest, it could be argued that both posters have a comedic value to them… It’s a nice quick one this week so let’s take a look!

1. Swiss Army Man

© A24

This film. This poster. I mean. Words cannot explain. I like the font. I like the composition and posture of the characters… I liiii-ove it.

2. They’re Watching

© Amplify Releasing

This is just so slick. Uncluttered magic. Creativity and awesomeness.

And that’s it for this week’s Artwork Wednesday! Let me know if you’ve seen any posters that have tickled your fancy this week!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The Movies Tag

The Movies Tag Q26: Top 5 actors?

QUESTION: Top 5 actors?
ANSWER: A bunch of intertwining actors who have starred in Harry Potter, Sweeny Todd, The Dark Knight, and Inception! Read on…


5. Johnny Depp

Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeny Todd

Johnny Depp is one of those well-rounded actors who can take on anything. He can be funny, crazy, serious, emotional, or just plain beautiful. I love him in Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, and pretty much anything he does, and while I’ve not heard good things about one of his latest, Mortdecai, I’m still very keen to
see it!

4. Alan Rickman

Harry Potter, Sweeny Todd, Love Actually

Alan Rickman is another one who holds a special place in my heart, because of Harry Potter of course. His portrayal of Severus Snape is heart-wrenching and perfect, and I
love him.

3. Michael Caine

The Dark Knight, The Italian Job, Inception

Michael Caine is Michael Caine! I haven’t actually seen too many of his films, but he makes the list because he means a lot to me as Alfred in the Dark Knight trilogy.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

Titanic, Shutter Island, Inception, The Revenant

I’ve probably seen more of Leonardo DiCaprio’s films out of all the actors on this list. Most recently, it was The Revenant, which blew my mind. It’s mostly due to the cinematography, but Leo was truly exceptional in his role as, well, a father. It’s difficult to find a role in which he isn’t exceptional. He does seem to have this thing with his characters seeing their wives in their heads a lot of the time though… 

1. Gary Oldman

The Dark Knight, Harry Potter, Léon

When writing this list I thought to myself ‘at least I’ve got one person from Harry Potter‘, and I’ve only just now remembered that Gary Oldman played the role of one of my favourite characters in HP, Sirius Black. I do this a lot with Gary Oldman – forget that he’s in things – which is why I think I love him. He completely becomes someone else and I forget that it is him portraying a character.

Special mention: Heath Ledger’s Joker

I felt I had to mention Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. While I don’t feel I can say he is one of my top 5 actors, Ledger’s performance in The Dark Knight is my favourite acting from anyone ever. 

Special mention… again: Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum is here because my best friend is pretty much obsessed with him. Yeah there’s no pretty much about it, she is obsessed. But I also do love him in Jurassic Park!

Let me know who your favourite actor is! I’d also love to know which films you enjoyed my top 5 actors in 🙂

Howl's Moving Castle
The Movies Tag

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!