I am not talking about books today.
It’s okay, I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. Take as long as you need (but do hurry up). Sometimes I do things other than read. As long as it involves a good story, right?
I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.
This week’s prompt is: Top 10 Movies/TV shows. I don’t actually watch a lot of movies anymore. I love them, but they’re so darn long. 3 hours?! Really? I’m opposed to doing one thing for that long. But I do love movies because they’re really a form of art and storytelling.
1. Sherlock Holmes
I’m cheating. (Already.) I mean both the Sherlock TV series and the Sherlock movies staring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. You know what I really, really love? Intelligence. It’s fantastic and should be used more. But the details in these shows! The microscopic plot twists that are set up and then unravelled for you! The mysteries! The really really annoying geniuses.
I love annoying geniuses. I probably am one see? Yes, I’m very smart, I used to play the violin, and Mime is my Watson.
See? I promise you, Mime even uses that Watson-face on me.
2. The Avengers series
ALL OF THEM. You can’t possibly make me pick…actually, you can. I will. Iron Man wins. And, do you want to know the secret that might destroy your opinions of me? I can’t stand Captain America. Have you seen Fantastic Four? He’s the Human Torch! Stupid, bratty, little-brother Johnny. How can he be the Human Torch AND Captain America?
Iron Man, on the other hand, is brilliant. And coincidentally Sherlock Holmes on his days off…
3. Star Trek
Okay, okay! See? I will put different actors on this list! (Oh wait that…Sherlock and Khan…whatever. I tried.)
But putting aside that I only watch movies with 3 different actors, I would also like to point out the glorious hilarity that is Star Trek. I love humour in books and in movies, I crave it just the same. Make me laugh, mortals, make me laugh.
Also: Mime and is Spock to my Kirk. Or perhaps she’s Bones to my Scotty? Either way, we have a lot of fun quoting it to each other.
4. The A-Team
Remember I said I like intelligent movies? This is exactly what I mean! Movies with mystery and mind-blowing plots and plans that come together. Add a bit of humour into that and I’m done. I’ll love it. I’ve watched The A-Team over 3 times, which I never ever do. (I’m a watch-it-once-and-I’m-done sort of viewer.)
Every single person in this movie is crazy. Absolutely bonkers.
5. The Emperor’s New Groove
I couldn’t miss mentioning this one, could I? This is probably the best kids movie of all time and I wouldn’t say that lightly. It’s funny (gosh, am I being repetitive here?) and entirely quotable. And I feel a keen sense of kindred ship towards Kuzco when he’s a lama. And let’s not forget Kronk! He might just be the most special villain the world has ever known. He bakes. He made coffee.
6. Despicable Me
It’s a toss up between this and Megamind (yes, I love villainous kids movies), but I had to go with Despicable Me because there’s two of them. DOUBLE THE AWESOME. It not only proves that villains have hearts, but also that they have a) good taste in literature, b) take good care of their adopted kids, c) treat their minions well, and d) are painfully honest sometimes.
7. The Prestige
I’d just go ahead and say Batman, but I’m assuming you know I adore Batman. (But I hate Superman, if you wondered.) So I’ll say The Prestige, because never was a movie so messed up. Who was even the worse villain? Again, majorly tricky plots and impressive twists and intelligence. Magic! It’s magical.
Plus, this movie basically stars Batman, Wolverine, The Black Widow, and Alfred. Could there be a more epic cast? It is garenteed to mess with your head.
8. Catching Fire
I admit, I wouldn’t put The Hunger Games on this list. That movie needed a bit of rescuing. But Catching Fire absolutely robbed me of my ability to function. I can’t even, okay? Can’t.
The movie would be fifty times better without Gale, of course, but that’s not sticking to the book. I don’t think there could’ve been a more perfect cast. Everyone, down to Finnick and Johanna…down to President Snow’s granddaughter (who wasn’t even in the book, but who’s 5 minutes on screen will stay with me forever).
How am I doing waiting for Mockingjay Part 1? Not good, but thanks for asking.
9. The Book Thief
No, I haven’t read the book yet…although it is on my TBR and I would’ve read it next but I was sidetracked by Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater. But this movie absolutely astounded me. It made me actually want to cry. I DO NOT CRY IN MOVIES. I am cold hearted, I promise you. This, though? This ruined me.
Also: it’s about books and what’s not to love?
For those of you who may not have watched it, this is a horrible little show for very sad little people and don’t start if you value your feels. It’s mostly about what it means to be a family. Again I like to compare Mime and I in this show since it’s about an older brother who bosses his little brother around (and they die and eat pie and drive around arguing). Not that I boss Mime around. You didn’t think that, did you? I know you didn’t.
I feel really bad about this list because I missed so many of my favourites! 10 IS NOT ENOUGH.
I wanted to mention The Help, and Easy A, and Frozen, and Bourne, and The Italian Job, and…and… you get the picture. I am mildly passionate about a lot of great films. I like films because they are entertaining stories and they take SO much more than one person typing away, like a book does. (Well I realise lots of people are involved in a book’s journey. But let’s not get into details.)
I just really like stories, okay?
Cait has missed all the great opening movies of this year. She hasn’t seen The Winter Soldier or Divergent or The Fault in Our Stars or The Amazing Spider Man 2 or the X-Men: Days of Future Past. SHE HAS SEEN NOTHING. This is because cinemas are expensive. You know for the price of a movie ticket, you can buy a whole book and you can keep that book forever and reread it. See her struggles? Currently she’s reading SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater and failing because she’s just. so. darn. happy.