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Ten of my favourite movies

Updated on March 10, 2015

The day Elvis left Germany (March 1960)

Elvis and Priscilla

Elvis wrote this shortly before he died.

Elvis and Me

Ever since I was a young girl, I have been fascinated with the story of Elvis and Priscilla.

For months, every time I heard an Elvis song, I would ask my Mum "Was Elvis with Priscilla then?" and at one stage, I think around the age of eleven, I wanted to dye my hair black and change my name to Priscilla.

For me, the story is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I sometimes think Priscilla must have spent a lot of time, alone, crying. But the love they had for each other was true, and even continued after their marriage ended. When reading Priscilla's posts about Elvis on facebook, the memories are still vivid and fond.

I can't help but wonder if they would have one day gotten back together and lived a long, happy and loving life together. I like to think they would have.

Movie Trailer - Clue

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When my brother and I were growing up, a lot of the movies we borrowed from the video shop were chosen by what was on the cover. Clue was one of those movies, and one that has become a staple in both of our movie collections.

It's funny, because no matter how many times I watch, it never gets boring and I can always manage to notice something I hadn't before.

So do I have a favourite character? When I was younger it was Miss Scarlett, but in saying that Miss Scarlett was most likely everyone's favourite. But I don't really have a favourite now that I'm older, because I think they are all great.

As I said before, this is a staple in my movie collection. My children and I watch it at least once a week, they both think it is really cool. Sometimes, they can watch it all day.

I really should buy a new board and teach them how to play the game.

Movie Trailer - Picnic at Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock, Victoria, Australia

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Australia has produced a lot of fantastic movies over the years and Picnic at Hanging Rock was the movie that really bought the Australian Film Industry to the world's stage.

Basically, the movie is set in country Victoria in 1900, a group of young ladies from a private girls boarding school when on a Valantines Day picnic to Hanging Rock. During the course of the afternoon, four of the girls decide to go and explore the rock. Three of the girls and one of the school teachers go missing, without a trace. This is the story of what happens after.

The thing about this movie is the mystery. Hanging Rock is a real place, but the question is, is the story true? When the book was written, author Joan Lindsay wrote a very cryptic author's note. "Whether the book is fact or fiction, my readers must decide for themselves. As the fateful picnic tool place in the year nineteen hundred, and all the characters who appear in this book are long since dead, it hardly seems to matter." This has lead many to believe that in fact the story is true.

I, myself have too spent time exploring the internet for any evidence of these events, but there is no evidence to be found. But it is my thinking that there may have been other events that have taken place in and around Hanging Rock and the story is loosely bases on those events.

I will admit that there are parts of the movie that are a little boring, but it is fantastic all the same and I look forward to Valentine's Day each year, when I sit and watch and relive the mystery.

If you haven't seen Picnic at Hanging Rock, I really recommend that you see it, just once and experience the mystery for yourself.


A chicken race, with tractors?

The first movie I saw at the cinema

Footloose is the first movie I saw at the cinema. For me, as young as I was, the music and the dancing won me over, and I also thought Chuck was really cute. I couldn't believe there could be places where there was no music or dancing, this really troubled me. It was also the last time I ever ate Jaffers, but that's a whole other story.

As I got older the story became clearer. It is every persons right to be able to express themselves freely, however they choose, without criticism.

In this case, it was through music and dance. It also proved that just because one bad thing happens, doesn't mean it will happen every time.

So, when the remake was released, I watched it and, yeah it's alright. The music is good and the dancing is good. But I still prefer the tractor race.

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Dazed and Confused Senior Class Photo

Alright, alright, alright

This is another movie my brother and I both love. He loves it for the cars, I love it for the music and the era.

I have a thing for movies set in the 1960s and 1970s. The best way to describe it is the music and the care-free attitude.

Be honest, as a teenager could you imagine any better way to celebrate the end of the school year then by going out into the middle of nowhere, having a few beers (or several), smoking a few joints (if you like that sort of thing), listening to some really great music and hanging out with your friends?

One of the great things about this movie is that there are no real social groups. Everyone pretty much gets along and are happy to hang out together. As a child of the 1980s and a teenager of the 1990s, that is something that I never got to experience. The social groups at the schools I went to were basically set in stone.

But, there is also the search for identity and acceptance, which is very important when you are a teenager.

Most of all its about having fun and enjoying the non-serious years.


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The Pink Ladies

The T-Birds

Yes, you read correctly. I like Grease 2 better than Grease. And yes, I have had quite a few disagreements with my friends about this over the years.

I just think it is a better movie. Don't get me wrong, Grease is a good movie. It's just a little to bubblegum for me. It may also have something to do with the fact that Grease was my high school musical in grade eleven.

Even though the story is basically the same, with two differences this time it is a boy in love with a "Pink Lady" and they ride motorcycles instead of drive cars. As for the "Pink Ladies" and "T-Birds", they are a lot more edgy and rebellious then their predecessors and the music is a lot more rock and roll. I think it is more believable that these "Pink Ladies" and "T-Birds" really do rule the school.

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Devil's Knot tells the true story of the West Memphis Three and the possible injustice imposed on teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr for the 1993 murders of Steve Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.

The reason I have put this movie on the list is because despite the tragic events the movie is about, it is a quality movie. It is also an important movie because it re-exposes people that already know about the case and exposes people that did not know about the case, and that is important because there has to be justice for the victims and final closure for the families, as there has been doubt for a number of years as to whether justice had in fact been served.

I would also like to say, for those of you reading that know of the case, I am not taking sides as to the guilt or innocence of those convicted of this crime. I find true crime movies interesting and this particular case intrigues me.


Gallifrey Falls...No More

I am sure at some point in our lives, we have all watched an episode of Doctor Who. And could possibly have a favourite doctor.

I watched it off and on as I was growing up, but it wasn't until the beginning of 2013 that I really started watching. Yes, I have a favourite doctor, which is, the tenth doctor (David Tennant).

I was very excited to see The Day of the Doctor, and I thought it was outstanding. Combining the past, present and the future, and after 50 years, really explaining why The Doctor is the only one of his kind. Which is painful to admit.

It also asks the question, if you could go back in time and relive a certain event, would you make the same choice? Or if you were able to meet your future self, would you want to know how your life is going to turn out?

I have thought about this and of course there are thing in the past I would love to change, but then I risk not having what I have now and I would be interested to know what my future holds, but that's not possible.

I can't help but wonder, how many of our future generations are going to be able to enjoy The Doctor.




Brandon Lee's Final Interview

I can remember where I was when I heard the news that Brandon Lee had died. I was standing in my lounge room getting my stuff ready for school listening to the radio when it was reported on the news. I was a fan and I was shocked.

I think one of the reasons I like the movie is because at the time I was writing a bunch of stories for my English class and the movie gave me inspiration, my stories became more serious and grown-up.

Another reason was the soundtrack. If you haven't noticed I am also very passionate about music. This music was unlike anything I had heard before, it was heavy, moody and dark and I could understand the meaning behind the lyrics. It might sound cheesy, but I could feel it and it made me happy, during a very unhappy period in my life.

I suppose you could consider it a love story, because Eric does avenge the one he loved. And of course, it is a story about justice.

This is what Brandon Lee says about the film in one of his final interviews on Entertainment Tonight: "It poses some really interesting questions. If you died and then somehow a year later you had one day, two days, to come back, what would you do? I mean first of all, would you tell anyone? You know, because you gotta think, like, you've got people you left behind, right. But I mean, they've had a year now to cope with it, right, they've had a year to deal with having lost you. They've had their grief, um, we hope they've gone on in some way, you know, they've found a place to keep that, hold it, and now you're back for two days and tell me you could sit someplace in you just want to pick up the phone, so I thought about it for a long time, that the first person I'd want to call will be Liza, mind my fiancé right, but course, in this peace, she's, she's gone, you know. And so that's another pressure in the character, and he's just got the whole concept of having come back from the dead in the first place to deal with. It's a very interesting character, if someone were to step in and analyze this guy at a certain point in the film, I'm not sure he's always entirely sane, you know, he's going through some pretty wild s**t."

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This is probably the movie I watch the most. It was one of the movies my brother and I chose by the cover. Honestly, I can't really explain why it is one of my favourite movies, I guess because it has been one of my regular go to movies for over twenty years.

If you are unfamiliar with this movie, here's a quick rundown. Two American tabloid reporters are sent to Transylvania to follow a lead about Frankenstein. What they find is not only Frankenstein, but a mummy, a werewolf and a vampire, each with their own interesting story and several other colourful characters, making for one very interesting trip, and even more exciting tabloid headlines.

It is considered a horror comedy, but I think it is just straight out funny. Its full of clichés and slapstick comedy and of course the really groovy ringtone.

You would think it would be easy to write about your favourite movies, but to be honest its not. Sure, they are your favourites and you know why you like them, but when you try to explain it to other people, it is very hard to find the words.

I guess the reason I chose these movies is because, I have grown up watching most of them and I always tend to fall back on what I know.

I would love to hear what you think and what some of your favourite movies are. All I ask is that your comments are respectful.

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