The Happy 101 Award
Olive at Movie News First and Aiden at Cut The Crap Movie Reviews have been on the happy pills and seen fit to give the Happy 101 Award to Top10Films. This award thingy is all about what makes us happy. Ten things that make us happy to be more precise.
Well, seen as this is a film site, I have decided to name ten film-related things that bring me joy.
1. Movie trailers. It doesn’t matter how bad the film might be. Being in the cinema when the trailers are playing gets the butterflies buzzing. Great trailers can be made for poor films and most trailers these days convey at least an element of intrigue. Of course, the best trailers are those fuelling the buzz for a new franchise film (can’t wait for the new Harry Potter) or the latest from a favourite director.
2. DVD bargains. The supermarket bargain bin is one of my favourite places to shop while my better half is busily filling the trolley with groceries! Ebay is another great place to pick up a bargain as is Amazon, Play and HMV.
3. The 1980s. This was the era that introduced me to cinema. These were the films I watched as a child. The 1980s might not have the auteur quality of the 1970s, but it is the era that gives me the most pleasure. Many of my favourite films were made in the 1980s including Aliens, The ‘Burbs, Back To The Future, and An American Werewolf In London.
4. Horror Movies. I’m not a fan of gore or extreme violence but I do like very suspenseful horror films in the mould of The Exorcist, Silence Of The Lambs, Rosemary’s Baby, Alien, and The Omen. A great horror movie is the best type of film to take me away from the daily grind.
…where dreams come true…
5. The Multiplex. I know it’s the ugly face of cinema commercialism but the smell, sounds, and sights of the multiplex always bring me joy. I do hate long queues and screaming children but nothing can take away the sheer pleasure of smelling roasting popcorn and seeing those huge, cardboard movie placards advertising the latest blockbuster.
6. Old Hollywood actresses. Especially those of the studio era – there’s something beautifully alluring about those pale faces on shimmering black and white film stock. No actress in the modern era has got the butterflies fluttering like Veronica Lake in Sullivan’s Travels, or Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday, or Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, Ingrid Bergman in Casablaca, or Grace Kelly in…well…anything.
7. Hollywood itself. The dream factory. I’ve had the pleasure of doing the tourist thing once and it was one of the best days of my life. Loved walking up to the Hollywood sign and looking back through the smog at the city below. Can’t wait to return.
The Universal logo as it has changed over the years.
8. The studio idents. In my teens I became obsessed by New Line Films’ white film cell flying into view against a black background with that iconic high-pitched orchestral introduction. I think I must have loved the films they were making at the time. But I do love the studio idents at the beginning of films. My favourite is probably the Universal name floating around the earth or the stars appearing over the mountain for Paramount’s films. I love how the idents have changed over time and how filmmakers use them inventively when the film in question calls for it.
9. Time-Travel. Perhaps it comes from my passion for history, especially modern history, but I do love films that feature time-travel, my favourite being Back To The Future.
10. Happy Endings. Needs no explanation!
I pass the award along to four sites I regularly visit. The four I nominate are all passsionate and talented writers who are as enthusiastic about cinema as I am.