Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week, here’s my…
Top Ten Favorite Movies and TV shows…
a.k.a., the movies and TV shows I never get tired of watching again, and again, and again, and again…
My top five favorite movies…
PERSUASION (2007). This movie adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel stars Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry-Jones as Ms. Anne Elliott and Captain Frederick Wentworth. This is #1 on my go-to-list of movies to watch in whatever sort of mood I’m in. I love everything about this movie: from the screenplay, to the cast, to the movies, to cinematography! Movie perfection!
NORTH & SOUTH (2004). Technically this a four-part mini TV series adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell’s book from BBC. It stars Richard Armitage and Daniela Danby-Ashe. I love these two actors to bits. They have amazing chemistry and I love what they’ve brought to their respective characters. And that ending scene!!! You have to watch it if only for that awesome ending!
PENELOPE (2006). This is the story of Penelope, born in a very wealthy and affluent family, a family who also happens to be cursed so that the first born daughter will have the face of a pig, but who eventually fights to live a life on her own and of her choosing. I adore this movie! It has a whimsical feel to it but the story speaks of a very strong message about loving and accepting yourself no matter how you looked or how others think of you. I love vibrant colors that characterize everything in this movie, from the costume to the set. And I love Christina Ricci and James McAvoy, as well as the other supporting characters here. Peter Dinklage (of the Game of Thrones fame, among others) is in this film too.
EVER AFTER (1998). This movie starring Drew Barrymore, Angelica Huston, and Dougray Scott is an adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. As I grew older, I found myself disliking the Cinderella fairy tale more and more. I just no longer like Cinderella, this docile, passive, and emotionally weak heroine is not someone I want my future kids aspiring to be. So I really loved this movie adaptation of the fairy tale story because Danielle (Drew Barrymore’s character is strong and courageous. She fights for what she believes in despite the odds that are against her. She’s loyal and loving. And Dougray Scott is a dream here.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2005). Of course this is a very well-known story but I love this particular movie adaptation. My favorite in this movie are the cinematography and the dialogue! 🙂
Honorable mentions: Never Been Kissed, Sweet Home Alabama, Tremors, Divergent, Prince of Persia
My top five favorite TV series…
NCIS (2003~). I love the cast ensemble. I love the character arcs. My favorite seasons would have to be season 7, 8, and 9 where the show really explored the individual character stories.
FRIENDS (1994-2004). I just love the laughter and heart that they brought to the viewers. The gang was wacky, hilariously funny, heartbreaking at times, and really touching almost always. My heart broke a little during that final shot of the show when all six of them put down the keys to their apartment on that tabletop.
BOY MEETS WORLD (1993-2000). This wonderful story about the ups and downs of growing up was just such a joy to watch. I grew up watching this show and I can’t help wishing I had a neighbor and mentor like Mr. Feeny as well.
PSYCH (2006~). I think I laughed my sides off when I watched the first few episodes of this series. I remember thinking that this will be a really special show. And it was, for me. The show’s smart-funny and I love the chemistry between Shawn and Gus. I think everybody wants a friendship like theirs.
SHERLOCK (2010~). It was only this year that I discovered this show and I can’t believe what I have been missing until now. What great and talented writers this show has. And Benedict Cumberbatch was really a revelation for me in this one. I did enjoy Robert Downey Jr when he played the titular role in the movie adaptations but Cumberbatch’s depiction of Sherlock is really something to look at. I’m so excited for the next season.
Honorable mentions: Fringe, The Big Bang Theory, Flashpoint, Melissa and Joey, and The Mindy Project
There you go. My Top Ten Tuesday for this week. What are yours? Leave your link in the comment section and I will definitely check them out.