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Final Countdown

So, my countdown is over and my top film has been revealed.  But out of them all, which is your favourite?  I would love for you to vote to see if I have a bad film choice!

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Number One-That’s right. I’m just CRAZY about Tiffany’s!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Director: Blake Edwards

Cast: Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Mickey Rooney

So, this is it.  After weeks of reviews, the 1961 Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s tops my list of films to see before you die.  Adapted from the Truman Capote novel, the film follows Holly Golightly (Hepburn) as the New York socialite from her friendship with new neighbour Paul Varjack (Peppard) to her weather reports for Sally Tomato at Sing Sing prison.

Holly dreams of marrying a millionaire, her dreams are those of any girls.  I remember the first time I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s and I was mesmerised by Audrey Hepburn, her style and charisma, is like no other.  The final scene in rain soaked New York when Holly kicks Cat, her cat out of the cab and then falls into the arms of Paul, is one of the most romantic scenes I have ever seen.

With Moonriver echoing in the background, Breakfast at Tiffany’s enchants and moves people.  It may not go down well with the boys, but girls, you need to see this!

Have you seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Do you think it is worthy of top spot? Leave your comments below.

Number Two- Get busy living, or get busy dying.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Director: Frank Darabont

Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

Number two on my list is The Shawshank Redemption, adapted from the Stephen King novel, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.  It follows the life of Andy Dufresne (Robbins), a young banker who is imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover and sent to the Shawshank prison.  Here he befriends Ellis ‘Red’ Redding (Freeman) who runs a contraband shop inside the prison, granting Andy all the items he requires including a rock hammer, seemingly for making chess pieces and a poster of Rita Hayworth.

We see the hard life Andy has to put up with in Shawshank, from brutal attacks to rape, but all the time he declares his innocence.  He soon sets up his own business in prison, helping wardens and guards with financial advice and tax returns.  His work also gained new library sources for the prison and he helped prisoners to gain diplomas.  Andy however, was not doing these jobs for the rewards in prison, he was plotting for something much bigger.

I am not going to go any further with the synopsis of The Shawshank Redemption, because I remember the first time I watched the film and I was shocked at how it ended, after all it is a Stephen King.  In my opinion, The Shawshank Redemption is the best prison film of all time, surpassing the Green Mile, Escape From Alcatraz and even the Great Escape.

The Shawshank Redemption is such a heartwarming film.  You instantly feel for Andy and you know he is innocent from the beginning, even if all of the world seems to be against him.  The story is highly misleading, which adds the excitement you get at the end of the film, you can never believe you know what is going to happen.

The film is moving and the friendship forged are genuine, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a documentary rather than a film the acting is so genuine.  There is no action or special effects, The Shawshank Redemption is just a film of hope, friendship and redemption.  If you have never seen it, watch it and I can guarantee you will want to watch it again and again.

Have you seen The Shawshank Redemption? What did you think? Please feel free to comment below.

Number Three- Hey batta batta batta hey batta batta batta SWING batta!

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Director: John Hughes

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara

My countdown is entering the final stages, with John Hughes’ teenage comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in third place.  The film is all about Ferris (Broderick), a senior who decides he wants one final day off school with best friend Cameron (Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Sara).  However sister Jeanie (Jennifer Grey) and headmaster Ed Rooney (Jeffery Jones) know Ferris is lying and set about framing him as a fraud. 

The film follows the trio’s trip to Chigaco in Camerons fathers never driven Ferrai whilst Ferris’ school appeal to ‘Save Ferris’ from his exxagerated liver illness.  From baseball games, five star restaurants and a cameo in a float, Buellers day off is one to make any student jealous. 

For me one of the most memorable scenes is Ferris lip syncing to the Beatles classic ‘Twist and Shout’  on a parade float.  It puts and instant smile on your face and Brodericks charm and personality makes you fall for the cool and collect Ferris.  His to screen monologue, and in fact all the dialogue makes the film a success with the witty remarks and comic timing. 

Ferris Buellers Day Off is a film I will never get tired of watching.  For any teenager who wants a day off school, you get some great tips from the master himself and it makes you laugh out loud.  Although it was made in 1986, it still feels modern and will be a film which is remembered for many years to come. 

If you are unfamilar with John Hughes and his work, he was also director of Home Alone 1 and 2, Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains and Automobiles to name just a few of the classics he worked on.  Ferris Buellers Day Off is no exception and the on screen antics and comedy capers the group are involved in makes this film a worthy occupant of third place. 

Have you seen Ferris Buellers  Day Off? Tried any of his tips?  Let me know.

Number Four- Hakuna Matata

The Lion King (1994)

A countdown of my favourite film would not be complete without an appearance from at least one Disney film.   From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, I have grown up loving the fairytale films.  But my ultimate Disney film is 1994 hit, The Lion King.

Following the life of Simba, a young lion cub born to be king, we see him flee from his African kingdom after evil Uncle Scar kills his father.  His friendship with the loveable Timon and Pumba who take him in and learn Simba how to live without the luxury of his pride and then his return to Pride Rock, now overrun by hyenas and under the rule of Scar.

The Lion King has some of the most loveable characters ever seen in films, with Simba and Nala, Zazu, Rafiki and of course Timon and Pumba.  An all star cast lend their voices to the project including Matthew Broderick (Simba), Rowan Atkinson (Zazu), Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi) and Jeremy Irons (Scar).  Elton John and Tim Rice teamed up to create the Oscar winning soundtrack, which include the songs Can you feel the love tonight?

Overall, The Lion King is a film, whether young or old, it will appeal to anyone.  If anyone is able to watch Mustafa dying and not shed a tear, has no heart! The Lion King has happiness, sadness, birth, death, good, evil, laughter, tears, there is something for everyone.

Is The Lion King your favourite Disney film or do you have another one? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Number 5- Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore

Okay, indie flick Donnie Darko is my next film to see but unlike other posts, my review is going to be fairly short.  The reason is, I haven’t a clue what Donnie Darko is about.  There is a man dressed in a rabbit suit, time traveling and Patrick Swayze.  All in all, it is not the typical film.

Despite this something keeps you hooked to Donnie, and in my case makes you want to watch it over and over again.  It may possibly be the fact that you watch the 113 minutes of the film and at the end you think what the hell was that about and you have to watch it again to fathom out what happens.

In a nutshell Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) is a trouble teen whose best friend is Frank, a man in a rabbit suit.  Frank says the end of the world is going to happen in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds.  In the meantime Donnie escapes death, floods his high school (because Frank told him to do it) and chops the head off the schools solid bronze statue. After this I am lost but something Frank kills Gretchen, Donnies real friend and Donnie ends up being killed by the plane which nearly killed him at the beginning of the film.

That’s all I am going to say about Donnie Darko.  The soundtrack is amazing featuring the likes of Echo and the Bunnymen and just the fact that it leaves you so confused you need to watch it.  A word of recommendation though- steer clear of S. Darko the follow up to Donnie Darko.

Have you seen Donnie Darko? Do you have a clue what is happening?  Please enlighten me!