My favourite films

I enjoy films, not as much as books, but I have compiled a list of my favourite films that I have seen. Most of these are rated 15 or over so not for children except August Rush which is rated PG. I don’t enjoy horror films and I haven’t seen any comedies that I would consider favourites. These are mainly action, drama and biographical films. Some are based on books, which I intend to read in the future because I feel that the books are often better than the film. These aren’t in any particular order, I don’t have one favourite film.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

A biographical film about the life of Nelson Mandela, it details his journey from a young child to becoming President of South Africa and being an anti-apartheid world icon. Idris Elba plays Nelson Mandela and his acting was very good.

The Green Mile (2000)

This film stars Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan in an adaption of the novel The Green Mile by Stephen King. It’s about a prison guard who works on death row in Louisiana during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. It has a scene showing an execution of an inmate.

Philadelphia (1994)

Also stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. This is about a man who is fired after his company discovers he has AIDS and sues for discrimination. This is quite a sad, but moving story.

August Rush (2007)

A story of a young musical prodigy in New York City who runs away from an orphanage to search for his parents. It stars the late Robin Williams and is one of my favourite movies.

The Blind Side (2010)

This is a biographical sports drama film about a couple who adopt a homeless black teenager. He later becomes a successful American football player. It stars one of my favourite actresses Sandra Bullock and she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress for it.

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

A romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes about a hotel maid and a politician who fall in love. It is also a drama film and its my favourite romantic comedy.

The Pelican Brief (1994)

A political thriller based on a novel by John Grisham. A young law student, played by Julia Roberts and a reporter, played by Denzel Washington uncover a conspiracy related to the assassination of two Supreme Court Justices.

The Bone Collector (2000)

This psychological thriller is based on a crime novel by Jeffrey Deaver called The Bone Collector. Denzel Washington plays a foresic expert and Angelina Jolie, a policewoman and together they are solving a series of murders.

The Matrix Trilogy (Matrix -1999, Matrix Reloaded 2003)

This stars Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne, in a science fiction franchise about a virtual reality where machines have enslaved humans and the ensuing war between them. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, gets freed from the ‘dream world’ a simulated reality humans live in. The visual effects and cinematography are really interesting and the storyline contains philosophical and religious references throughout.

 

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Classic Book Reviews

This is a compilation of all of the Classic Books I will be reading this Summer/Autumn. I have already written a review of Frankenstein so that is not pictured above.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

This is one of the great American novels and has themes of race and identity. The author Mark Twain seemed critical of the racism that existed at the time of the books publishing. It is written from the perspective of a boy named Huckleberry Finn as he goes on lots of adventures in his youth.

Hard Times by Charles Dickens (1854)

This is the 10th novel of Charles Dickens. I am looking forward to reading Hard Times because Charles Dickens books sometimes had critical views of the social and economic conditions in 19th century England.

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

A gothic horror by the Irish author Bram Stoker. He created ‘Count Dracula’ in a story of vampirism and horror fiction. Many books on vampires have been successful since, for example, Twilight based on the vampire myth. This was a landmark vampire novel and I am excited to read it.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

This  is a romance novel and is a popular novel in English literature. I do not read many romance novels but I find Pride and Prejudice to be appealing.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

Emily Brontë was part of the Brontë family and Wuthering Heights was her only novel. This book is a classic in English literature and is part of the period of Romanticism in Europe.

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (1856)

This was the debut novel of French author Gustave Flaubert and he began the artistic movement of literary realism in France. It depicts ordinary circumstances as they are.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

This is another American classic that is set in the puritan era in 17th century Massachusetts. This is also considered a romance novel and revolves around legalism and sin.

Gullivers’ Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

This is the oldest of the novels I have compiled so far and it is a satire on human nature. This one is also by an Irish author.

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez (1967)

This is a modern classic by a Colombian author and is a multi-generational story with a magic realist style. I hope to read more literature from other ethnic authors as part of the next collection of classic books I review.