I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Top 10 Movie List Which Turned into 8

Well, I’ve not really been one for memes, but it’s been a while since the last one and this one looks like fun. As you prob­ably guessed from the title I have to post my top 10 movies.

First the rules. 1. List your top ten favor­ite films (in no par­tic­u­lar order). 2. If you are tagged, you have to post and tag 3–5 people. 3. Link back to the one who tagged you, in my case it’s Nick Gray and because it took me so long to get it out, Jesse Ander­son.

I’ll also add my own dis­claim­er, my descrip­tions of the film will be min­im­al as I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to see them.

The Green Mile

This is one of those films that I can watch over and over. Tom Hanks stars as a jail­er on death row, he receives a new in-mate who has to be the largest guy ever. He’s also not guilty. He has, for want of a bet­ter word, a “power” that lets him take away people’s ail­ments, but unfor­tu­nately his desire to help lands him on death row.

It’s an excel­lent film, that my descrip­tion does­n’t do justice to. All I can say is be pre­pared to cry at the end. Yes, I had a little tear in the corner of my eye. No, I’m not ashamed of it.

The Shawshank Redemption

Anoth­er pris­on based film, the Shawshank was one that slipped by me until last year. A bar­gain bin DVD picked up on a whim, some­thing I’m very pleased to have done.

It’s one of those films that’s easy to watch because it’s engross­ing. I’ve watched it sev­er­al times in the last year and although it’s long it’s often one of those DVD’s I stick on when I’m going to bed and not feel­ing excess­ively tired.

The Matrix

Well it kinda had to be there. I’ve got the tri­logy box set but only the ori­gin­al makes it to this list. I first saw it on DVD with my par­ents when the video store did­n’t have the dvd we wanted to watch. I got it straight away and have been a fan ever since. I think it kind of hooked into my faith a little bit with the whole reli­gious imagery aspect that’s been done to death. An excel­lent film that’s well worth a watch.

The Usual Suspects

My cous­in bought me this one on video one Christ­mas. I’d nev­er really heard of it (I’m not a big film buff) but I’m pleased he bought it. Is it a bit wor­ry­ing that 3 of the first 4 films are crime based?

I like the way this all slowly slots into place, I notice new things every time I watch it. The angle the story is told from is inter­est­ing and clev­er, which is what makes the film for me. You need to con­cen­trate on it, but it’s not one that takes a lot of effort to watch. Along with Shawshank, it’s one of those late night films in my collection.

A Beautiful Mind

I think by now your get­ting the pic­ture that I like films that need to be watched and thought about. This is anoth­er of those. I was engrossed in this the first time I saw it and even now it amazes me. Each time I watch it, and yes it’s anoth­er one I stick on if I’m not tired, it gets me caught up in a roller coast­er of emo­tions. An inspir­ing film.

Spirited Away

This one is a bit dif­fer­ent. I’m not a big Anime fan, but I enjoyed watch­ing this one. I’ve watched it a few times now and each time I’m engrossed and caught up in the story. It’s not just the story that I like in this one. Being from an arty/designy back­ground I really appre­ci­ate the imagery in this. It’s inter­est­ing and dif­fer­ent to some­thing you would nor­mally be exposed to, well if like me you aren’t into anime.

Ratatouille

Now really there had to be a Pix­ar movie in here. It was a dif­fi­cult choice but Rata­toiulle won. There aren’t many films I will go and buy on DVD the day it’s released but this was one of them. Again I like the imagery that comes with it, but also the story. I was caught up in it from the moment I saw the first trail­ers, and since it came out in the UK a full 8 months after the US it was a long wait.

An excel­lent film if you need a laugh and a smile, or you like food!

The Passion Of The Christ

This is per­haps an unusu­al one to be in someone’s top 10 movies. It made it into mine because it’s so power­ful and hum­bling. As a Chris­ti­an I find watch­ing it really helps me under­stand the enorm­ity of Christ’s death on the cross. It really cap­tures, or at least allows us to glimpse, the pain which Jesus went through as he car­ried His cross.

It is as it was.

As the Pope says.

Now, you might call this a bit of a cop-out. But I’ve not been able to come up with 2 more films which I feel are worthy of my Top 10. I’ve seen a lot, and I nearly plumped for some obvi­ous ones like the Back To The Future’s or the Star Wars films. Even LOTR could argu­ably take the place. But I did­n’t want to just plump for those. Hope­fully I will come back and fill in the remain­ing 2 movies. But til I find 2 I actu­ally want to put in that’s it for now.

As far as tags go I’ll pass it to Aidan, Nils and Glenn.