I’m back! I had to take a break from the Geek Out challenge for a few days in order to do some real-life things, but I am ready to dive back into the questions. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find the time to double up on a few days so I can still finish every prompt by the end of August. My last response was about my favorite anime series, and today, Megan from A Geeky Gal has asked us all about our favorite movies. Since I have actually wanted to write about my top ten favorite movies for a while, I thought that this would be the perfect time to actually tackle this endeavor. These are the movies I regularly put on while I’m playing Minecraft or having a bad day, so I am excited to show them off!
Starting off this list is Mamma Mia!, which is one of the campiest musicals that I have ever seen. The singing is incredibly iffy, with some of the hired actors sounding borderline tone-deaf, and the actual plot of a daughter deciding to invite all three of her potential fathers to her wedding is laughable. This should be a pretty good indication of the sorts of movies that I like to watch. When I want something more dramatic, I play a video game or read a book. For shows and movies, however, my tastes are far more comedic and fun.
I am just the right age that, when Mean Girls first came out, everyone was talking about it. To this day, I regularly see references to this high school comedy while browsing the internet. It’s a testament to the quality of the writing that so many pop culture references came out of a single movie, and I absolutely adore it.
The main reason that I was a little wary about putting up a top ten movies list on my blog is that my movie tastes aren’t very geeky. This is, at least in part, because I don’t like superhero films much, which make up a large percentage of the geeky films that come out right now. I am basically the textbook definition of the wife that begrudgingly follows her husband into the latest Marvel or DC release, so imagine my surprise when I went to Deadpool and ended up loving it! This is a much more comedic release than most standard hero fare, so that would probably be the core reason that I enjoyed it so much. The sequel is also incredibly fun, but it couldn’t quite top the original.
The Devil Wears Prada
The romantic comedy and traditional “chick flick” boom of the 2000s has given me so many amazing movies that I adore to this day, including The Devil Wears Prada. This is the first movie I ever saw that had Meryl Streep in it, and she is definitely the one that makes this movie so perfect. Her role as the titular devil, running a fashion magazine with an iron fist, is phenomenally acted. My favorite part of the movie is when Streep asks her assistant, played by Anne Hathaway, to find a manuscript of the next, currently unpublished Harry Potter book so her children could read it. This nod to PotterMania makes me so nostalgic every time I watch the film again.
The Last Five Years
I love musicals, which should be obvious, as The Last Five Years is the second movie of the genre on my list. While I generally don’t care about the more artistic aspects of movies, I find the central premise at work here fascinating. This is a movie based on a musical of the same title that stars two people that have just ended a five-year relationship. The story of their relationship is told in alternating perspectives, with the woman, Cathy, singing a song, followed by the man, Jamie. What’s amazing about the storytelling is that the stories are told in reverse order. Cathy’s songs start after Jamie leaves her and works backward to the beginning of their relationship, whereas Jamie’s songs move traditionally from beginning to end. The music is catchy and the story is moving, so if you haven’t given this a try yet, I would highly recommend it.
The Princess Bride
My husband and I quote The Princess Bride back and forth at each other all the time. My personal favorite is to just yell, “Inconceivable!” when I’m mad at a death that I believe is unfair in a game, whereas he likes to state that his name is Inigo Montoya when on a high killstreak in whatever he is playing on a given night. Clearly, we have both watched this movie a few too many times.
Clueless is basically the 90s edition of Mean Girls at first glance, but the movies actually differ quite a bit in overall style. Whereas Mean Girls focuses heavily on bullying culture and how cruel high schoolers can be towards one another, Clueless is far more positive, choosing to focus on the power of female friendships and the complexities of growing up. Cher may be popular, pretty, and rich, but she has a heart of gold and truly wants to help her friends succeed, which makes her one of my favorite movie protagonists.
Elle Woods was one of the first empowering women that I saw on screen. While she may have initially wanted to attend Harvard Law School in an attempt to win her ex-boyfriend back, she’s smart, determined, and doesn’t let anyone talk down to her because she’s female. The fact that Elle manages to prove how bright she is to everyone around her without sacrificing her personality and traditionally gender-stereotyped hobbies all comes together to make her a role model in my eyes.
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2 is really just a stand-in for one of the dozen of Pixar films that I could have put on this list. If I had to pick just one, however, Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s second adventure is my favorite. Admittedly, however, I suspect that part of the reason I love this movie so much is actually because of the amazing video game adaptation that I spent hours playing as a child. Running around Al’s Toy Barn and Andy’s bedroom is one of my favorite childhood gaming memories.
A lot of people say that Juno is the best coming-of-age movie out there to date, and while I think it’s a good movie, Saved! manages to tackle a lot of similarily tricky topics gently, all the while being really funny. When it first came out, there was quite a bit of controversy, as the central premise is that the protagonist, Mary, gets pregnant while attending a religious high school. I still maintain that the themes and messages at the core of the movie are actually quite positive, as it simply states that it’s okay to have religious beliefs, but it is never okay to weaponize them to make others feel bad about their own life choices. Regardless, this is my favorite movie and I believe that it’s incredibly underrated.
That’s my list of movies! As I wrote earlier, I was a little worried about sharing this list as I feel like my taste in movies is incredibly different from the games and books that I tend to gravitate towards. Thanks to A Geeky Gal, I finally had an opportunity to discuss them! Check out her response to this question here! What are your favorite movies? Let me know in the comments below!
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