I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do, I know what kind of movies I like to watch, and what kind I try to avoid. These are my top ten.
1.- Pride and prejudice
Who doesn’t want to see Mr. Darcy make a fool of himself with such attractiveness and pride? This is romantic without being cheesy, like the ones that make me roll my eyes to the back of my skull and bite off my tongue to keep me from laughing out loud and tsk. Besides, we have a strong protagonist who speaks her mind, and who is not afraid of being herself or ashamed by her family. Because, you know, her family is kind of embarrassing.
2.- Dracula (duh)
Oh, I have mentioned before that I think this is the most romantic movie of all times (to me, at least). We are given a Dracula that’s different from the one in the book, which doesn’t necessarily make him a bad character or a bad movie. It is dark. Vlad is a jackass who kills people for fun. He traps a pathetic Jonathan inside his castle when he discovers his bride is Mina, his dearest one, whom he lost four centuries ago He crosses oceans of time for her, and loves her. Of course, he also bites people and turn them into blood suckers, but hey, at least he doesn’t sparkle, and certainly he doesn’t save himself for marriage. That is always a plus.
3.- Interview with the vampire
Oh, Louis, Brad Pitt, I don’t even care if you are a whiny creature at the beginning of your immortal existence, I love you. I even love your sensitive and reluctance to kill humans, that melancholy is appealing as your cute face. And, Lestat? You are a moron, but it’s ok, I like you as well.
Even if the movie is a bit different from the book, I still love to watch it at night with the lights on and a wooden stake, just in case.
4.- The girl who leapt through time
This movie, at first, seems to be a comedy. There is a teenager who, after having an incident, finds out she can leap through time, so she uses this as an opportunity to re do the things she sucked at. She does it on selfish reasons, because she doesn’t know the times she can jump are limited to a certain amount, and when she finally does things get real, and then sad.
It is not the kind of Japanese movies that always end up with deaths or something just as awful, but it breaks your little kokoro anyway. You go from laughter to tears in a blink of an eye, and then you want more.
5.- The silence of the lambs
Well, well. If it isn’t Hannibal Lecter, the fucked up shrink who eats people and manipulates them into killing themselves. To what do we owe the pleasure?
There is nothing I like more than elegant, and polite killers who only go for the rude people, or for the tasty ones.
I don’t even like this genre, but the movie, as well as the book, is a masterpiece that should be watched at least once, or twice if that’s possible.
6.- Five centimeters per second
Another Japanese title. Weird.
Five centimeters per second hits home.
At the beginning you meet two friends who write each other letters. They are really close, the kind of friends you have when you are young and think friendship lasts forever. One day, one of them, the girl, moves out, but they continue writing. Then the boy also moves out. They are far away from each other, nonetheless they are pen pals. They talk about everything and all. The guy even goes to visit her once, they spend the night together, but not that together. After that…
Well, it is easy to know the conclusion if you ever had a friend you parted ways with. At the beginning everything is good, but then time happens, and the distance comes. Years of silence go by until both of you are strangers. Your life is stuck at some point because you seem unable to let go of some parts of your past. You think about that person, yet it doesn’t make sense anymore; you two are different people, and even if your young selves are still looking for each other, the old ones are not.
Like I said, it’s easy if you’ve been there, and done that. That is the reason this movie hits home and shatters bits of your heart until there is only one piece left. Now, to make things worse, there is a song at the very end that gives you all the wrong feelings…
I love and hate Jane Austen, love and hate her books, but I always love the movies that come from her work. Emma is a comedy about a rich girl who wants to be a matchmaker. She sucks at it, but she means well. Emma is a walking disaster with a good heart and, sometimes, childish manners. We get something different than what were are used to. Now it is not a poor character, but a wealthy one who doesn’t give a shit if she is still single because she doesn’t need to get married. She thinks someone single and rich makes an elegant person, unlike the single and poor. So, she is not interested. She is more interested on having her friend fall in love with whomever she thinks is good for her. And then there is Knightley. He needs no introduction.
8.- Underworld (just the first one, thank you)
This movie has real lycanthropes, not big dogs that you can kick and then run away from. This lycanthropes are the protagonists of some of my recurrent nightmares. They terrify me. Imagine you are walking down the street, it is all dark, and you walk by a big church, you raise your head up to see the big cross at the roof, but spot a black figure with red eyes you can see at the distance. That thing moves, the light hits its frame, and you see a beast you can only conjure from hell. You run, but it catches up in two seconds. You cannot move, because you are terrified, then you no longer are, because, well, it’s a full moon, and that is a lycanthrope, and you are dead the moment you left your house.
This is the type of monsters I like, respect, and fear. There are few movies that manage to portray them this way, the rest of them are just dogs. Really.
9.-The Lost Boys
Vampires again, surprise, surprise. When am I going to stop with the blood suckers? Never, I think.
The movie is about lost boys, duh, who have become troublemakers. It follows the story of a teenager who moves to a little town along his mother, brother, and cute dog, to live with his grandfather after a nasty divorce. Well, it seems the town has a lot of missing cases, and lots of murders. So, as it happens in all stories, he finds these kids and becomes one of them.
10.-Legends of the fall
Three brothers in love with the same girl, but no one gets to keep her. Brad Pitt.
What movies do you like? Is there a movie you think I should watch? Why?