Saturday, 15 October 2011

Miss Sue Flay's A-Z Of Favourite Films

As you may or may not know fellow Afternoon Tea Lovers, I am a huge lover of films
I am a Cineworld Card Holder and I try to get to the cinema both in Cambridge and in Huntingdon as much as I can, as well as owning a disgraceful amount of DVDs of which I do watch over and over again with a selection of my favourite films. 
I am always blogging away with a film on in the background, it helps me to relax. 

I have been inspired to run this A-Z of my top movies/films (Debate alone here on if we should call them films or movies in the UK ; ) by my lovely friend Emily and her Musical A-Z on Facebook, as well as a local and very passionate film blogger in Cambridge called The Move Evangelist
- Check out his blog, it's just brilliantly written and very amusing.  

It's actually very difficult to share with you my favourite films of all time.
 However, I am about to share with you just a selection of my cinematic loves and for each letter of the alphabet, I have debated and argued with myself over which one would win.
Some have won just for their cheesiness and smile-inducing moments. 

Please don't judge me. Hehe. 

What is your film choice for each letter? 

Do comment below and share your alternatives with us all : ) 

A is for Amelie
"Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain" 
... or if you are like me and you studied A Level French...went to France for the summer & met a group of Germans (and so forgot everything you learnt at the click of a tanned bald headed gents fingers)
then also known as "The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain"
A beautifully made film with the enchanting Audrey Tautou. 
This film is the definition of romance. 
I sit there over and over again with a goofy smile on my face whilst watching this, as well as owning a film still of which I found in Covent Garden which furnishes one of my bedroom walls. 

B is for (The Notorious) Bettie Page  
The story of Bettie Page in the 1950's is a very interesting & emotional story, as she was seemingly so naive, yet she happily went along with her modeling career and got herself caught up in a law suit featuring the naughtier photos & videos that she had a part in. 
Bettie Page was a beautiful pin up icon, and this film is a firm favourite of mine. 

C is for Confessions  
Confessions is one of those films that frustratingly never came to the mainstream cinema, in fact not even the independent cinemas in Cambridge. And I was desperate to see this at the time that it came out. It was worth the wait. From the very start you are hooked, this teacher/student scene is all about revenge and it plays shocking mind games with the students as well as the viewer from the off. Never has an opening scene been so powerful through words. To see it is to believe it, trust me. Trailer here

D is for Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark 
 I have never been able to sit all the way through a Guillermo Del Toro film and I don’t know why- I know, terrible, just terrible! His latest offering really didn’t appeal until I just happened to be going to see it one afternoon. It’s such a dark, yet amusing story, almost a twist on a children’s fairy-tale with a few jumpy & heart racing moments. For me, the real fear came from the teeth…quite literally. I have an awesome fear of teeth, even the noise of toothbrush on enamel gets me quivering, so this was scary & horrible for me for that reason alone! But it isn’t gory, it’s all in yer head. Most people laughed hysterically at the ridiculous scenes, but I loved it for its escapism. Trailer Here.

E is for Easy A
A teen story with a wicked difference. Olive is played by the fabulous Emma Stone, a favourite actress of mine, and it's a chick flick with some adult humour mixed in there. Olive gets herself tangled up in a tiny white lie that starts to go very wrong for her (Naturally, don't they all go this way?!) until she has to come clean. Her parents (Dad played by the hilarious Stanley Tucci who has some titter-inducing lines) are open about sex and drugs and rock and roll... And I love the film, cheesy parts and all - So there! If you want a feel good film, this is your solution. Oh and it has Phoebe from Friends in it... And she plays a bitch for a change, hurrah. Trailer here

F is for Flight Of The Navigator
A childhood classic & one that used to intrigue me of a Saturday afternoon, as well as scare me witless secretly too. Why on earth did it used to scare me?... Well how would you like to knock yourself out and then find yourself in a space ship? That is a freaky thought on it's own... but then throw in fast moving trains, moving through time and then seeing your younger sibling is older than you, fireworks that darn right creep me out and not forgetting the scariest part of all... Sarah Jessica Parker in a lab coat! Hehe. I only love this for the little rocking alien who dances along to the Beach Boys and the funny voice of the space ship's computer system! Not sure why I love it so much when I'm creeped out by so much of the story line... Bizarre us film lovers! Trailer here


  1. Still not got round to seeing this, although we do have the dvd, so no excuse really! You should also try The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Luc Besson, 2011) which is a steampunk adventure with an amazing strong female main character. It is based upon a french comic, and is really well done. Does not quite start with an A though...

  2. OOh sounds really good, will check that out : )

  3. Abigail's Party
    Being John Malkovich
    Cabinet of Dr Caligari
    Draughtsman's Contract
    Ed Wood
    Get Shorty
    Harold and Maude
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    La Dolce Vigta
    My Beautiful Laundrette
    Naploean Dynamite
    Plein Soleil
    Radio Days
    Spinal Tap
    Truly Madly Deeply
    Usual Suspects
    Withnail and I
    Year of Living Dangerously

  4. Ah Naploeon Dynamite is one of my favourites ever!!! It is a contender, fo definate! xxx

  5. Couldn't resist. I've been very strict with my list, so anything beginning with the word The was considered under T, for example.

    Back To The Future
    Die Hard
    Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    His Girl Friday
    It’s A Wonderful Life
    Kill Bill, Vol. 1
    L.A. Confidential
    Monty Python And The Holy Grail
    North By Northwest
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    Planet Of The Apes (1968)
    Quiz Show
    The Usual Suspects
    Wallace And Gromit In The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
    X2: X-Men United
    You Only Live Twice

    I then couldn't stop, so tried to come up with a list of 1-9 as well.

    12 Angry Men
    28 Days Later...
    3:10 To Yuma
    4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
    500 Days Of Summer
    633 Squadron
    71 Fragments Of A Chronology Of Chance
    8 Mile

    and the only film I've ever seen that began with a 9...


    If only I'd seen 9.

  6. A- Air Force One
    B- Bedknobs and Broomsticks
    C- Clue
    D- Dam Busters
    E- Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
    F- Fifth Element
    G- Great Escape
    H- Hot Fuzz
    I- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    J- Juno
    K- Kill Bill Vol 1
    L- Labarynth
    M- Marriage of Maria Braun
    N- Notorious
    O- Oceans Eleven
    P- (The) Prestige
    Q- (The) Queen
    R- Return to Oz
    S- Serenity
    T- Towering Inferno
    U- Up The Junction
    V- V for Vendetta
    W- Watchmen
    X- X-Men
    Y- You Only Live Twice
    Z- Zathura

    Hmm, varied, to say the least :)

  7. OOh some of my faves are coming out of these lists... keep 'em coming hehe!
    Leah - Return To OZ is one of my all time fave films!!!!... Fairuza Bulk and Tick Tock... I have to go and watch it now!!... x

  8. Hey Sue, You must be the ONLY person I know apart from my husband and son who like Napoleon Dynamite. Have you seen Gentlemen Broncos? Same director ... same bizarre but wonderful people.

  9. I haven't seen it... will check it out : )