My 7 Favourite Best Picture Winners

I saw this going around Twitter last night listing your 7 Favourite Best Picture winners but I thought I wanted to put a blog post together to be able to have more information in it! As you may already know I have an ongoing Best Picture Project where I am trying to watch as many of the nominated films as possible. So you can check which films I have seen on that list.

I am sure none of my choices will come as any real surprise, as some of my all time favourite films have won Best Picture! Although it was quite tricky to slim the list down to just seven films.

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28 Today!

I am 28 years old today.

Ahhh pushing to close to 30 for my liking!

But anyway Happy Birthday to me!!!

I am going to use this blog post to put together my favourite film from each year since I was born, just want to clarify that I have picked favourites so therefore might not actually be the greatest film in the world!

1987 – Dirty Dancing

1988 – Big

1989 – When Harry Met Sally

1990 – Pretty Woman

1991 – Father of the Bride

1992 – A Few Good Men

1993 – Jurassic Park

1994 – Pulp Fiction

1995 – Toy Story

1996 – The English Patient

1997 – As Good As It Gets

1998 – The Mask of Zorro

1999 – American Beauty

2000 – Billy Elliot

2001 – Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

2002 – Chicago

2003 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

2004 – Million Dollar Baby

2005 – Walk the Line

2006 – Casino Royale

2007 – Juno

2008 – The Dark Knight

2009 – An Education

2010 – Black Swan

2011 – Bridesmaids

2012 – Skyfall

2013 – Frozen

2014 – Birdman

2015 – None so far!

Singing in the Car Movie Scenes

One of my favorite things about driving a lot and being alone in the car is singing along to the songs on the radio (or CD). So when I see a character in a film doing exactly that I really do just love it. Mainly because I can relate to it so much! I have spent quite a lot of time on YouTube trying to find clips, which has proven to be quite difficult! Let’s admit it, gone are the days of singing in the shower . . . it’s all about letting go and singing your heart out in the car. I love seeing other drivers do it as well, especially if you realise you both have the same radio station on. Just brilliant! But don’t forget that singing along in a car can be done as duet or you can get a group singing going along! Funny moments can also happen when just one person decides to go for it and sing!

Although a great one and possibly one of the best to start off with. Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire . . . now if you don’t act like this when a song you love comes on the radio, don’t forget the changing radio station to find a good song, then you must be boring whilst driving! Over to Tom . . .

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Top 10 – Anti-Valentine’s Day Films

Well let’s just say that I pretty much hate Valentine’s Day! So decided to do an anti-Valentine’s day list of films, because lets face it real life isn’t all flowers and chocolates! People get hurt and hearts are broken, so I don’t understand why we should have one day that is supposed to be when we declare our love for someone?!?! If we truly loved them wouldn’t we just randomly buy them gifts and tell them of our love whenever we felt like it?

Anyway check out the following 10 films which have made my list . . . not for the people wanting to see love in a nice way with the happily ever after ending!!!

What are your favorites?

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Desert Island DVDs

Whilst trying to decide which films to include, I decided the biggest factor had to be if your able to watch it over and over again. I mean your only going to have 8 DVDs to chose from. Pointless having DVDs in there if you could not watch them over and over.

In putting together my list they had to have a good story, acting and interesting characters who you could either relate to or are very likeable.

My initial idea was to narrow it down towards the 8 films by separating the films into different genres. Then attempting to have at least one from each genre, giving a wider variety of film choice. But I am not entirely sure that actually happened when I look at my finished list.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Thought provoking and complex with a very interesting concept.
  • Brilliant performances from Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey
  • Has to be watched many times for you to really notice a lot of things in it.
  • Makes you wonder if you would erase someone
  •  Confuses you so much throughout

American Beauty

  • “Look Closer . . . ” – tagline really explains it all, that you must look closer as life isn’t always what it first appears.
  • You must look closer at everything.
  • Brilliant performances from all members of the cast, who work so well together.
  • How midlife crisis can go
  • You will never look at a plastic bag blowing in the wind in the same way again!

The Sound of Music

 

  • Feel good film you can sing along to and enjoy at any ages.
  • The love story, between Maria and the Captain.
  • This is the film I watch when I feel a little down or ill, as it makes me smile.
  • Julie Andrews being just amazing
  • Heartwarming

The Dark Knight

  • Amazing performances and storyline
  • I saw it 3 times at the cinema (holding the record for most cinema viewings for a film)
  • The Joker & Batman
  • Thought provoking in the sense of terrorism
  • Amazing Batman installment

Million Dollar Baby

 

  • I tried to resist all temptation of including my favorite film in this list, but the pressure got to me and I decided to include it.
  • Amazing performances and a storyline which really got to me.
  • The score by Clint Eastwood is just brilliant
  • The trio of Swank/Eastwood/Freeman
  • Best Picture Oscar winner

As Good As It Gets

  • Jack Nicholson at his very best in a best actor winning role.
  • Such a funny film with sarcastic and very witty humour used.
  • Helen Hunt in an Oscar-winning role
  • The dog – amazing in so many ways
  • The amazing lines Nicholson delivers

Beaches

  • The ultimate tale of friendship lasting and how you get past disagreements and heartache.
  • Tear-jerking
  • “Wind Beneath My Wings”
  • Bette Midler putting in a believable and brilliant performance
  • Totally heart-breaking

Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Yes I am very much part of the Rocky Horror fan club
  • This has to be one of the ultimate cult films.
  • Launched the Time Warp
  • Brilliance of Tim Curry in Drag
  • “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure”

American Beauty (1999) Review

… look closer

5 Oscars: Best Picture. Best Actor Kevin Spacey. Best Director Sam Mendes. Best Original Screenplay. Best Cinematography.

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a depressed suburban father who is suffering from a mid-life crisis. His wife Carolyn (Annette Benning) can’t stand him and his daughter Jane (Thora Birch) thinks he is a loser. Lester begins to have an infatuation with Angela (Mena Survai), Jane’s friend. This causes Jane to “hate” her father even more.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Movies on UK TV Sat 21st – Fri 27th Feb

Movies which I think are best on this coming week. Bold are movies I have not seen but intend to watch.

Saturday 21st Feb

  • Schindler’s List – Sky Movies Drama – 8pm
  • Vera Drake – channel 4 – 9pm
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Sky Movies Premiere – 6pm
  • There Will Be Blood – Sky Movies Premiere – 9.45pm
  • Heavenly Creatures – BBC1 – midnight

Sunday 22nd Feb

  • Vanilla Sky – channel 4 – 10.50pm
  • The Rainmaker – BBC1 – 11pm

Monday 23rd Feb

  • Pollock – BBC2 – 12.30am
  • As Good As It Gets – Sky Movies Drama – 8pm

Tuesday 24th Feb

  • American Beauty – Sky Movies Dram – 10.20pm

Wednesday 25th Feb

  • From Hell – Five – 10pm-12.20am

Thursday 26th Feb

  • Freedomland – Five – 9pm-11.35pm

Friday 27th Feb