Personal Insight: Charlotte Hunt's favourite films
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From the age of two, I knew how to work the family VHS - picking out a video tape, rewinding it, and sitting back to enjoy my film of choice. It was a phase I never grew out of. Despite the obvious upgrade from VHS to more modern modes of film consumption, film has remained at the forefront of my life; my biggest passion and inspiration. Across the years many films have left their mark on my impressionable mind, no doubt shaping the person I am today. That still happens now, and it always will; film has a wonderful way of changing perceptions. Powerful things, films. Picking a top ten was no easy feat. But I did it. And here they are: 1. La La Land (2016) “People love what other people are passionate about.” This is about as magical as a film can get for me. Yes, the fantasy genre definitely ticks many ‘magical’ boxes, but for La La Land it’s the ability to transport you to this other world, a fictional one that’s grounded in reality, that makes it so special. Amidst all the spectacular singing and dancing is a familiar story of (seemingly) unattainable dreams, love, and sacrifice. La La Land inspires me to work harder for what I want every time I watch it, and that is where its magic lies. 2. Back to the Future (1985) “Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?” I first watched Back to the Future when I was about 12 years old. It was the first film I ever truly deemed to be my favourite. I’ll admit, the reason for that first viewing was because my favourite band was named after the main character – McFly. But as soon as the credits rolled, the film and the band were two completely separate loves of mine. I watch this film every Christmas, every time it's on TV and anytime in between, and never get bored of its creative story, witty dialogue, and charming characters. Back to the Future is always a comforting dose of nostalgia. 3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) “Ferris Bueller, you're my hero.” Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a genius film to me – I would go as far as saying it is my favourite script of all time. It’s no secret that John Hughes knew what it meant to be a teenager and had an innate ability to translate that onto screen and, in my eyes, Ferris is the best example of this. He’s naturally funny, charismatic and is able to push boundaries without ever being offensive. In the same way La La Land inspires me to work hard, Ferris Bueller encourages me to live life to the full and enjoy each moment as they come. 4. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) “What's the law on what ya can and can't say on a billboard?” If ever you’re looking for a film that’s completely unapologetic for what it is, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is that film. It tackles shockingly harsh subject matter and a complex array of troubling themes – such as corruption in the justice system, racism, murder, and broken families – and finds the perfect balance of comedy and heart to do so. This film displays some of the best performances of 2017 with the likes of Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson in a powerful, no-nonsense collaboration with director Martin McDonagh.
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