Monday, 31 August 2009

Bank Holiday Films

As Dori mentioned in her post earlier, it is a Bank Holiday here today. It is the last Bank Holiday until Christmas here, and marks the end of the summer. It doesn’t seem like five minutes ago when we were making plans to go to Trooping the Colour, or to the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge, but here we are fast heading towards Autumn.

We have had a lazy day today as it is also the last day of my time off from work. For much of this afternoon we had the TV on in the background showing a countdown of the “100 Best Family Movies”. How they decided on this list I have no idea - it has seemed very arbitrary at times. I mean, how can “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” not be in the top 10, when "Pirates of the Caribbean" is? For the record, the Top 10 Best Family Films, as suggested by this programme, are:

10 – Wizard of Oz
9 – Star Wars
8 – Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
7 – Back to the Future
6 – The Lion King
5 – Toy Story
4 – Pirates of the Caribbean
3 – Mary Poppins
2 – Shrek
1 – ET:The Extra-Terrestrial

A lot of the films that were mentioned brought back a lot of memories for one or both of us, such as “The Amazing Mr Blunden” which used to be shown here almost every Christmas but which I haven’t seen for years now. But what this show really made us think about was why don’t they actually show these films anymore rather than just having interminable countdown lists about them?!

Anyhoo, what are your thoughts about the final list? What would your favourite family film be?


Dori said...

Hello :-) Well, my faves from that list are The Wizard of Oz and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory...I can watch those two forever. I'm really intrigued about the ones on the list that I haven't seen, as I told you when I was sitting next to you ;-) Let's start a bring back those films petition :) Fun post!

PJ said...

i vote for chitty chitty bang bang too! how about bedknobs and broomsticks, or the incredible life of mr.! i don't think pirates or the caribbean or star wars should be on that list. don't get me wrong, i loved both of them, but i don't see them as a "family" movie. have a great day!

Exaggerato said...

Something you might want to consider taking up over the fall, starting from Friday:

None other than the Blackpool Illuminations, continuing until early November.

Alison said...

Hmm, I'm not sure I could pick a top one, but I defintely would have a seasonal sub category. Like Mary Poppins for instance I consider an Easter holiday film, and The Wizard of Oz a Christmas one :)

Pinaybackpacker said...

Finding Nemo would be on my Top Ten list. As well as Big Fish. :D

Brit Boy said...

Thanks for the comments everyone. I am not sure I could pick out just one film as my all-time favourite either. But Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, the Wizard of Oz and Dr Dolittle (the original) would all be on my list somewhere.

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