Here is my contribution to Fandango Groover‘s ‘a life in movies’ challenge.
His rules? Simple: “What is your favourite movie from last year? You probably know the answer, but what about your favourite movie from every year? That’s a bit tougher, but that’s the challenge I set a group of bloggers. Name your favourite movie from every year since you where born.”
With the help of IMDb, these are the films I have come up. I’ve chosen them for the simple reason that I enjoy them. I’m not saying that they are timeless classics but, you know what, I like them.
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Runner up: Die Hard
This film combines live action and animation and I think it does a damn good job. It produced some brilliant characters. Who is the most notable? Jessica Rabbit, of course.
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Oh Indy, you are definitely in my top 5 greatest movie characters. You’re an adventurer, know your history plus you have a great hat. Shame you’re afraid of snakes, though.
1990 Pretty Woman
Runner up: Edward Scissorhands
In my opinion, Pretty Woman is a timeless classic. It’s a fantastic, romantic story and Julia Roberts and Richard Gere make a wonderful couple.
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Runner up: Beauty and the Beast
Alan Rickman is fantastic. Kevin Costner? Not so much. However, I really enjoy this film. It’s got a killer power ballad on its soundtrack and a very scary witch who still makes me hide behind a pillow…
1992 Sister Act
Runners up: Wayne’s World and Universal Soldier
Okay, so it’s a bit out there – a singer witnesses a mob crime and the police hide her in a convent – but I love it. Whoopi Goldberg is ace and Maggie Smith is brilliant as Mother Superior.
1993 Jurassic Park
Runners up: The Nightmare Before Christmas and True Romance
I am a huge Jurassic Park fan. As explained in my Favourites Friday post, I know cloning dinosaur DNA is really awful but I wish there was a Jurassic Park. Well, as long as nothing goes wrong of course!
1994 The Lion King
Runner up: Leon
The only Disney film to take a top spot, The Lion King is a beautiful film. As with a lot of Disney films, it deals with some pretty big stuff. Betrayal, murder, the death of a parent – these aren’t your average themes for a childrens’ film! The Lion King is a wonderful story and features some highly catchy (and memorable) songs.
1995 Toy Story
As I wrote in my Favourites Friday post about it, Toy Story (and the following two) is a wonderful film which appeals to people of all different ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 75, you’ll still enjoy it. It’s a story about friendship and is very uplifting.
1996 Romeo + Juliet
Runner up: Independence Day
Good old William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is a story loved by many, myself included, and I think that Baz Luhrmann did a great job with this film.
1997 My Best Friend’s Wedding
Runners up: Titanic and Gattaca
Are My Best Friend’s Wedding and Pretty Woman classed as romcoms? I guess they are but, to me, they are simply classics. Apart from the lovely Julia, the thing I love most about My Best Friend’s Wedding is the music. It basically is a homage to Burt Bacharach and I love it!
1998 The Truman Show
Runner up: Armageddon
The Truman Show is a brilliantly simple concept but wonderfully effect. Jim Carrey is great as the title role. It’s definitely one of my faves.
1999 Fight Club
Runners up: The Matrix, Notting Hill, Sleepy Hollow and Girl, Interrupted
What a strange mix of genres I have chosen for my 1999 films! From romcom to sci-fi, most of the genres are covered. Fight Club is brilliant – highly controversial and definitely a cult classic, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton have great chemistry.
2000 Cast Away
Runners up: Gladiator and X-Men
This was a hard decision but, for me, Cast Away just clinched it. Tom Hanks is a fine actor and Cast Away shows him off at his best. It is a brilliant, touching story. Gladiator, though, is an epic and a worthy runner up. X-Men made me want to be an X-Men. X-Men are quirky and have all these strange and random powers. Groovy.
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Runners up: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Donnie Darko, Shrek, Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones’s Diary
This is my absolute favourite film. Ever. If you’re a good friend of mine then I’m sure this will come as no suprise.
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Runners up: The Bourne Identity, 28 Days Later, Ice Age and Panic Room
And the prize for best movie battle goes to… The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers! The battle of Helms Deep is epic. As with all the LOTR films, the film is a feast for the eyes. Howard Shore’s soundtrack makes it a delight for the ears too. The Two Towers features some of my favourite tracks.
2003 The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Runners up: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Love Actually and Kill Bill: Vol 1
I feel like I’m betraying LOTR… But, it is a deserving No 1. I can’t believe it’s been eight years since it’s release! The Curse of the Black Pearl is no ordinary pirate movie – this is the pirate movie that brought you one of the best movie character’s ever: Captain Jack Sparrow.
Runner up: The Motorcycle Diaries, Closer and The Terminal
I saw Crash at the cinema and thought that it was very, very clever. The cast are brilliant – Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle and Thandie Newton shine. It’s certainly a film that gets you thinking.
2005 Sin City
Runners up: Brokeback Mountain, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Constantine
Adapted from Frank Miller’s comic, Sin City is seriously cool. While the stories aren’t very pretty, the movie certainly is.
Runners up: Blood Diamond, Little Miss Sunshine and Pan’s Labyrinth
Seeing 300 on the big screen was a great experience. It’s the kind of film which begs to be seen at the cinema: it’s loud, full of action and the effects are brilliant.
Runners up: Knocked Up and Hot Fuzz
Stardust is a wonderful fairy story. The casting is spot-on and the characters themselves are brilliant – Robert De Niro’s Captain Shakespeare is fabulous, darling.
2008 The Dark Knight
Runners up: Taken, The Wrestler and Burn After Reading
If it weren’t for Heath Ledger’s spectacular Joker, Taken would have taken (ho ho) the top spot. Heath Ledger owns The Dark Knight giving a memorable and haunting performance.
2009 District 9
Runners up: Up, Watchmen, A Single Man, An Education and Moon
Looking back, 2009 was a great year for film! District 9 just takes the lead but it was against some pretty tough competition. In my opinion, District 9 brings something new to the sci-fi drama: what happens post-invasion when society has carried on with its life.
2010 The King’s Speech
Runners up: RED and True Grit
Technically, The King’s Speech wasn’t released in the UK until January 2011 but, never mind, it’s getting classed as a 2010 release. I adored this film. Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush have great chemisty and it is a truly endearing film.