Top 10 Christmas Films

As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)


What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Story

What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare! Read more of this post

Top 10 Comedy Romance Films

Ok then, I think in my on-going quest to my favourite film I have tended to err on the darker side of films; horror, zombies, post-apocalyptic, Stephen King movies. You get the idea. Well I thought it was about time I explored my lighter side and make a list of my favourite romantic comedy films, but with the focus being on the comedy. There are of course romantic films out there that have comedic elements about them that I like, but they are for another list, another time. For now though, why not check out these knee slapping heart melters.


10)  Splash (1984)

Splash poster

What stands out for me – This is as much about nostalgia as it is for comedy romance for me. This tale of how love can’t be stopped even if you have fish tail. With all the ups and downs that go with it and some cracking comedy performances.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Candy

Great quote –  [Excitedly waving a Penthouse magazine]

Freddie: They published my letter. Here it is, “A lesbian no more”.


9) Love Actually (2003)


What stands out for me – The connections between the quite brilliant ensemble cast, the sweetness and The Britishness

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – There are many to choose from, but I will choose Emma Thompson

Great quote –  Billy Mack: Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!


8) About a Boy (2002)


What stands out for me – It is well observed and reflects the reality of relationships a bit better than most, being based on the great book by Nick Hornby helps a lot. Plus it has a cracking soundtrack written by Badly Drawn Boy.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Toni Collette

Great quote – Will: It was terrible! Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic!

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Top 10 Stephen King movie adaptations

It may seem odd to have one of my categories of film top tens to be based on the work of one author, but in the case of Stephen King it’s easy to make an exception. He is a very prolific author and writes about subjects that interest me in an enjoyable way, this is not just horror by the way, that old adage to his work is fiercely tiresome.  Most of his work has had some kind of adaptation for TV or film. Some have been duffers for sure, but there are some excellence as well. Here is my choice for the crème da la crème of his filmic adaptations.


10) Secret Window (2004)


Year of story – (based on the novella Secret Window, Secret Garden from 1990)

What stands out for me – The setting, the twist, the writing cabin along with Jonny Depps dressing gown.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Turturro

Great quote – Mort: I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of doing snoopy dances. Read more of this post

Top 10 Zombie films – Non Comedy


Given yesterday’s post on ‘How Zombies speed mirrors Society’ of the time, it got me thinking whether I prefer Zombie movies with fast movers or slow ‘traditional’ walkers. Turns out my top 10 list is a bit of a mixture. Take a look and see which ones came out on top.

I decided not to put any films which IMDB classified as ‘Comedy’, as comedy and horror is covered in another post ‘Top 10 Comedy Horrors and Horror Comedies’. That said there are some nice comedic moments in a few of these films.

This top ten list Read more of this post

Top 10 ‘Working in an Office’ films

My adult life has mainly consisted of doing various types of office jobs from working at a Newspaper, to the cut throat world of Sales. Oooh it sounds exciting, all that edgy journalism where your neck is on the line and a sales job where you must be number one! Well, it’s a lot duller than it sounds, the Newspaper was local, I worked in the property letting section and I found the sales work a-moral and unscrupulous and left for those reasons.  

My day job still consists of office work and I’m happy with it to a point, but it can never quite compare to the action packed movies and all the excitement they have in them, Although sometimes the movies decide to make a film about the day job. I mean, yeah, they spice it up a bit with some kind of twist, but I’ve always enjoyed this type of movie as I can relate to it. So I thought I would give you my top ten office based movies. Read more of this post

10 Fascinating Sci-Fi Book’s Cover Art – Robert A. Heinlein

Whilst researching for another blog I will be doing. I got somewhat distracted by some of the most fascinating and hilarious book cover art of Sci-Fi writers.

There is so much good stuff out there that I could concentrate a whole post to just one author. Robert A Heinlein. I don’t know if he had a hand in any choosing any of these covers, but I urge you to be distracted from whatever you are doing and take a look at 10 book covers that will both dazzle and confuse you equally. Enjoy.

Fellas in pants

No better way to navigate than in your pants. ‘Say could you use another head or two up front?’ Read more of this post

Top 10 films about a Post Apocalypse

In my on going quest to name my favourite movie (See here). I thought I would tackle one of my favourite types of film, the apocalypse movie. However there are so many to choose from. I have therefore narrowed down the options for this list to just films about living in a Post Apocalyptic world.

Here are my choices:

10.  Zombieland (2009)


Cause of Apocalypse – Zombies

Why this movie stands out for me – The style, the coolness, the comedy and one of the best cameos.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Bill Murray

Great quote – Columbus: Are you one of these guys that tries to one-up everybody else’s story?

Tallahassee: No. I knew a guy way worse at that than me.

9.  They Live (1988)

They Live

Cause of Apocalypse – Aliens

Why this movie stands out for me – Longest fight, Tongue-in-cheek-ness, The kick ass action, The idea of the story (they’re already here and we don’t know)

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Keith David

Great quote – I came here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum. Read more of this post

Not Snogging in Cinemas to Courtroom Films (Top ten list)

sommersby in court

When I was a teenager of about 14 or 15 I went on a date to the cinema with newest girlfriend of the time. The movie got underway and about quarter of the way through she wanted to do the whole snogging in the cinema thing. Well I was having none that malarkey. I’d paid to see this film, and I was getting into it.  We could do snogging nearly anytime, so I told her to knock it off.

Looking back, maybe I missed out on one of those classic moments in life, but really I just find it funny that I was as into movies then as I am now. Read more of this post

Top 10 Perils of Technology Sci-Fi films

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Carrying on with my on-going mission to find my favorite film and since some of my posts lately have talked about technology and the future of it. I thought it would be fitting to do another ‘Top Ten’ post all around films that act as a warning of the possible perils of advancing technology. So, these are not films that involve some unknown factor like aliens or time travel. These are more Hard Sci-Fi films based on the sort of technology that we have today that is advancing. So; Robots, Genetics, that type of thing.


10) I, Robot (2004) – A classy looking film, based on a classic story by Isaac Asimov. Showing the possible pitfalls of advanced intelligent robots Read more of this post

Top Ten Horror Comedies and Comedy Horrors


In my ongoing quest to find my favourite film, (see post Top ten Claustrophobic Paranoia Films) I have moved on to another of my favourite genres, Horror Comedy. I have talked about this at more length (See ‘Don’t be afraid to laugh’ post). I have found out since that the reason this genre of films is so popular is because of something known as ‘Gallows Humour’. Which basically means the film, through its story and direction, gives you permission to laugh at your own fears.

Now to my list, or rather lists. Because in my opinion Horror comedies really need to be split into two groups, whereas so often they are compiled as one. Read more of this post

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