Top Ten 'Credit Crunch Busting' Films
3523 6.4 6.71. Hook (1991)
The film that gets me through thick and thin: Not a day goes by where I do not love this film whole heartedly. This film is one of those moments of Spielberg genius that has been captured and bottled. In my opinion it can never be superseded and fantastic casting, dialogue as well as a near perfect score and great visual effects only compound this statement. Hook takes a worn out and all to familiar fairytale and gives it an edge again, every time I watch it I come away in a better mood than before which really does typify the point of this list. Unmatchable and unmissable even though it is shown every Christmas.
3008 5.6 6.42. American Pie 2 (2001)
A film from my days at college and to be perfectly honest I think that is the reason why it is so far up the list: Nostalgia. The soundtrack is a replication of my earlier music taste and when the universal globe spins into place and Blink 182 blares out I don't think you can help but feel good. The story is still the same and the plot lines are as predictable as chicken soup but the cock gags still make me laugh and the hope that the geek can get the girl is one that lends itself easily to anyone. Easy watching at it's absolute height. I always end up wishing that my life could be as perfect and care free…...just like it was in college.
954 7 7.63. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
One of my all time favourite comedians (John Candy) at his destructive and comical best. Del griffin is the lovable idiot and Neal Page (Steve Martin) the uptight business man, together the two are the absolute opposite of perfect for each other but in comical synchronicity they are sublime. The two bounce off each other (quite literally in some cases) and create a simple plotline that still has me chuckling away to myself at the very thought of it. The ending is fantastic and the first time I watched the film I was practically in tears at Del's heartache. It goes unnoticed in some if not all of his films at just how good an actor Candy was and what a loss he was to the comedic circuit.
1041 6.2 6.94. Cool Runnings (1993)
Everyone who isn't dead inside must love this film. It's over quoted & over played but never over rated, I must of seen this film twenty odd times now but I still haven't got bored. I still giggle at the gags and still find myself willing them to win even though the ending is set in 35mm stone.
6593 7.8 8.55. Back to the Future (1985)
Doc Emmett Brown and Marty McFly are probably two of the most famous and most charming character's to have ever graced the cinema screens. The first duo in the history of mankind to want and create a time machine without any thought of personal gain. With the Delorian being one of the most iconic symbols of the 80's and the heart warming storyline that never gets old, this is the perfect film to chuck in the DVD player on a rainy day.
3769 6.1 7.36. Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Comic capers from Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels that left me laughing so hard that my eyes blew bubbles. One of the best 'pick me ups' since pro plus.
38 6.4 6.67. There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)
Probably one of my very guiltiest of pleasures. The story focuses on a boy (Jimmy) who loves football and Man City, however being a City supporter in a purely Utd school is hard work and Jimmy is always too nervous to sort his feet out and really play well... until he is given magic boots by a strange gypsy woman. The boots serve as a catalyst to Jimmy's footballing abilities and he is soon climbing the ranks in the footballing world becoming one of the countries top schoolboy goal scorers.
It's not long before Jimmy is scouted by Man U and is offered a trial along with his arch rival Gordon, only there is a catch…the long serving bully throws Jim's boots in the river and he loses his powers……only….you've guessed it the boots are not magic at all! Who'd of thought! Jimmy is outstanding naturally and eventually scores his winning cup goal off of the Bullies face!! This secures Jimmy a place with the reds but instead he turns it down and plays for city. A class baloney that appeals to every blokes dream of becoming a football legend and you know what… I LOVE IIIIIIIT!
9021 8.1 8.88. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the... (2001)
Heart warming hobbits and 'orrible Orks, a story that works and with a soundtrack as Epic as this one, you cannot fail to be impressed. The opening shire scenes create the perfect atmosphere and the bravery of the hole ordeal never fails to inspire.
687 6.3 6.49. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Brought back to me by a meeting with friends the other day. The story focuses on fairies and jungle animals running from and trying to stop pollution (Hexus). The star of the show is obviously Batty voiced by Robin Williams and the tale is a simple moral victory for the writers: Eat your greens, respect others and don't pollute the environment, the whole storyline is based around these three principles and you can't help but love it. To add to the feel good factor there are some excellent songs and by the end of the film you always end up smiling.
20 6.9 6.810. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)
Ahh, the story of what could of beens and if only's. Predictably terrible England are managed by an under fire boss that cannot control himself, let alone his players. Sound familiar? If England's world cup adventures were a person this would be the Biography.
Bassett is a championship manager that takes the reigns by default, he is smashed to pieces by the tabloids and ripped to shreds by the fans. This story parodies real life fantastically and makes me laugh every time I put it on. Again a simple plot line is carried to maximum effect; England are shit, Manager is shit, Fans are shit, FA are Shit but it all comes good in the end. Hilarious and uplifting with humour that I am pretty sure only an English footy fan would understand.
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