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.

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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.

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…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.

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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.

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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.

Fernby Films
Cinema Sights
Life of a Cinephile and Bibliophile

About the Author
Editor of Top 10 Films, Dan Stephens is usually found pondering his next list. An unhealthy love of 1980s Hollywood sees most of his top 10s involving a time-travelling DeLorean and an adventurous archaeologist going by the name Indiana.

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    Encore Entertainment Reply

    Yeah #10 needs no explanation. It’s weird how (ironically)happy endings have become underrated. Go figure.

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    Fitz Reply

    I’ve never known anything other than multiplexes, I haven’t been to a retro theatre.

    And trailers sometimes my favorite part of the moviegoing experience.

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    Castor Reply

    Love time travel movies myself, it’s too bad they have sort of fallen out of favor as of late in Hollywood. Nice happy 101 list 🙂

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    Rodney Reply

    I’m sorry, but there’s nothing better than sitting in the darkened cinema and watching the 20th Century Fox Logo (especially before a Star Wars film), the Universal “Earth” logo, or the Warner Brothers fanfare “As Time Goes By” come up. To this day, gives me thrills. The New Line one, though, not so much, so I’m not in agreement with you in that instance!

    Great list Dan, and thanks for the nod!

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    Rodney Reply

    Oh, I am SOOOOO against you on the Miltiplex issue. I don’t “go to the movies” any more (except for major releases like Inception or Avatar), instead preferring to stay home with the plasma and the BluRay player. Being of an age now where those idiotic teenagers who insist on talking and carrying on through a movie actually annoy me, I refuse to pay full price for a second-rate experience. Dull projection quality, dirty cinemas and seating, toilets a mile from the cinema I’m in – give me a full HD, 7.1 surround mix at a volume I want any day, without the brats.

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    Anna Reply

    All right. Was looking foward to getting tagged actually. At least it doesn’t have to be all movie-related (thank GOD).

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    Olive Reply

    Good to see another eighties movies fan Dan. My childhood was pretty much in the eighties too and there were some decent movies from that decade, particularly family type ones.

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    Dan Reply

    @Encore: Yeah that’s true. I’m not one for overt sentimentality and I love a downbeat ending when it’s called for. But a happy ending that doesn’t feel forced and comes as a natural progression of a great story is just the ticket when I want a pick-me-up.

    @Fitz: Actually, pretty much everything I love about the cinema can be found in the glowing neon lights of the multiplex or an aging picture house built in 1940. I too have only really known multiplexes though. I do have vague memories of the small two-screen cinema they used to have in my home town before the multiplex caused it to be obsolete. Saw Back To The Future part II and Jurassic Park at the small cinema. Have to say I prefer the multiplex!

    @Castor: We need to write to Bob Zemeckis and Bob Gale to get on a new screenplay. They write the best time-travel movies!

    @Rodney: Yeah, I love all the studio idents but the Universal one just edges it. I like how Universal’s has changed over the years as pictured above.

    I do agree with you about the annoyances you get from going to the cinema. The good thing about the British rating system is kids can’t get into films rated 15 or 18 even if they are accompanied by an adult so I mainly see films they can’t see. Or go to later showings when the kids are safely tucked up in bed!

    @Anna: Haha, sorry about that! 🙂

    @Olive: Funny you should say that about 80s family movies. I’ve just put together a top 10 related to just that! Thanks for tagging me in this one Olive, hopefully you don’t mind me writing ten movie-related things! 😉

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    CMrok93 Reply

    1. is always a good one. Check out my list when you get a chance.

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    Fitz Reply

    I used to hit the theatres at the last showing of the evening. It would always guarantee that the kids were at home.

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    Richard Reply

    The 80s! Yeah!

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