Continuing on from the previous blog, I thought I’d take a look at the films that literally blew my mind. This should give you a pretty good idea of the kind of films I want to make, until you realise that my ultimate goal is to make a children’s anime series…
A few interesting things to note. Keanu Reeves makes two appearances. Hugo Weaving makes three appearances. Stephan Elliott makes four appearances. Jim Henson makes four appearances. And Ang Lee and David Lynch both make two appearances. Two of the films title’s are street names. Most of these films, I watched as a child. All of the films I’ve watched before the age of 25. And more films than I excepted turned out to be Fantasy Films.
25. Apocalypse Now
During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
15-year-old Sarah accidentally wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth who will keep Toby if Sarah does not complete his Labyrinth in 13 hours.
23. The Dark Crystal
On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.
22. Spirited Away
In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.
A collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music. Most famously, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, and Mickey Mouse’s only feature film appearance.
20. Wall E
In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
19. Eye of the Beholder
A nameless private eye shadows the same woman (who happens to be a serial killer of men) all over the U.S. for 10 + years, without her ever knowing and he strangely enough occasionally acts as her guardian angel.
18. William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliette
Shakespeare’s famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. The first time I saw this literally blew my mind, the combination of the visuals and the emotions. Watching it as an adult, it feels as empty as day-old junk food.
17. Trois Couleurs Trilogy
First of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns how the wife of a composer deals with the death of her husband and child.
Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his ex-wife.
Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people’s privacy.
Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker.
15. My Own Private Idaho
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way. Based on a play by William Shakespeare.
14. The Great Muppet Caper
Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy. LOVE THIS FILM!
13. The Muppet Movie
Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.
12. Mulholland Dr.
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
11. Sunset Blvd.
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman’s daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
9. Inland Empire
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.
8. Lust, Caution
An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention…..to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.
6. Fly me Home
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.
Would you recognise the birth of artificial intelligence? At the dawn of a new era one human being faces a decision which could change our understanding of humanity forever. The award-winning short by Paul Leeming.
4. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert.
Story of the ways in which insurance investigator Roland Copping (Phil Collins!!!!) interferes in and manipulates the lives of others with outrageous games and gimmicks. Eventually he becomes involved in an escalating vendetta with a couple who make an unusual insurance claim.
2. Welcome to Woop Woop
A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits. This film is my Rocky Horror Picture Show.
1. The Matrix
What is the Matrix? The most mind-blowing film I have ever seen. When I first saw it, I was with my first boyfriend. I loved it, he hated it. We broke up not long after that.
0. The Films of Stanley Kubrick
No introduction necessary.
Notable films that didn’t make the top 25: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Interview with a Vampire, Pinocico, Watership Down, Dot and the Kangaroo.