Meet Your New Bond Girl…

The London 2012 Opening Ceremony had it all; Kenneth Branagh reading Shakespeare, someone called Tim, a clip from my mum’s favourite film, Mr. Bean (or almost Mr. Bean), the child-catcher and Voldemort being chased off by Mary Poppins, all kinds of visual excitement, and The Queen parachuting into the stadium with James Bond.

If anyone can point me in the right direction for one of those light-up duvets I will never need a bedside light again.

The Mother of All Film Lists

In honour of Mothers Day I asked the woman to blame for who I am today for her top five films. Naturally she came back with ten films, which I can’t bring myself to cut down to five. The list below shows where my good taste in film, and random hatred of actors, came from.

If you’re looking to buy a film for your mum, maybe look beyond the special Mother’s day stand, she deserves better than Tamara Drewe or Life as We Know It.

Philadelphia
Very moving film – 1st mainstream film (as far as I know) to deal with AIDS, homophobia and discrimination.

Mamma Mia!
Exact opposite – pure feel-good cheese!

The Jungle Book
Best cartoon film from childhood – great songs and good story

E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial
Funny and moving – lesson in having to let someone go that you love

Gregory’s Girl
Charming teen movie – gently funny – showing that you often look in the wrong place for love

Four Weddings & A Funeral
Despite Andie MacDowell – subtle British comedy with one of the most moving funeral scenes

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Despite Jim Carrey (actually good in this) – surreal, thought provoking and romantic

Shirley Valentine
Escapism for middle-aged women (although I wasn’t middle-aged at the time!) – realistic representation of home-life of many women at the time, and had happy ending without relying on the romance.

The Sixth Sense
Well-acted, and one of the best surprise endings

Cool Runnings
Light-relief, but still inspiring – I liked it particularly because I remember the actual race and the amazement that Jamaica had put out a team