Monday, March 18, 2013

Top Ten Movies Countdown Blogfest

 Carpe Diem
Special #27 Onitsura's Valley Stream

a soft melody -
 caught between winter and spring,
 the shy valley stream 
 

NaHaiWriMo
March 18th prompt - crime

thinking of the past
while having future ahead -
crime against nature 


Top 10 Movies Countdown

This BlogFest is hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh. It was difficult for me to decide to only ten movies but here there are:


10 - Silver Linings

  An interesting movie presenting the transformation and addaptation process.
IMDB: After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.


9 - Upside Down



IMDB:  Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.


8 - Pretty Women


  Need I say more?
IMDB: Edward is a rich, ruthless businessman who specializes in taking over companies and then selling them off piece by piece. He travels to Los Angeles for a business trip and decides to hire a prostitute. They take a liking to each other and he offers her money if she'll stay with him for an entire week while he makes the "rich and famous" scene (since it doesn't do for a man of his stature to be alone at society parties and polo matches). Romantic comedy (and complications) ensue.


7 In Time 

  Great story! Great movie!
IMDB: In a future where people stop aging at 25, but are engineered to live only one more year, having the means to buy your way out of the situation is a shot at immortal youth. Here, Will Salas finds himself accused of murder and on the run with a hostage - a connection that becomes an important part of the way against the system.


6 - Knight And Day

 
IMDB:  June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent who has realized he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other.

5 - Pirates of the Cribbean


IMDB: This swash-buckling tale follows the quest of Captain Jack Sparrow, a savvy pirate, and Will Turner, a resourceful blacksmith, as they search for Elizabeth Swann. Elizabeth, the daughter of the governor and the love of Will's life, has been kidnapped by the feared Captain Barbossa. Little do they know, but the fierce and clever Barbossa has been cursed. He, along with his large crew, are under an ancient curse, doomed for eternity to neither live, nor die. That is, unless a blood sacrifice is made.
The trailer:

4. - Anna Karenina

 
IMBD: Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky

3 - The Dutchess
An intriguing love story about strenght, personality, decision and politics.
IMDB A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.


2 - Stardust

  Based on Neil Gaiman's book, Stardust is a great fairy tale which gathers so many mythical, supernatural creatures in an amazing adventure while seaking true love. got to love it!

 IMDB:The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breech in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a transvestite pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love?

1 - Pride and Prejudice (2005)

This ecranization is my favorite: it's faithful to Jane Austen's novel and the actors are amazing. Though I doubt that there's someone who hasn't read the book yet I must add that's a Victorian love story with pleanty of emotion and life lessons. All girle secretely want to live such a love story and find a Mr. Darcy.

 IMBD: Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice?

I've seen the movie at least 50 times and it's impossible to get bored of that beautiful love story. I think it's one of the few movies that are better than the book - book lovers out there, don't hate me, but it's true! The trailer and my favorite scene, the perfect ending, of course:




It wasn't easy to pick from so many beautiful movies, but I've finally made my mind. Can't wait to see your lists, guys!

Except from the haiga, none of the ics and videos belong to me - they've been borrowed from the internet.


55 comments:

  1. A few of these I've never heard of before, but sound interesting. I love Pirates and that might show up on my list, as well :)

    Great list.

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    1. Isn't Jack Sparrow amazing?

      Pardon me, Captain. Captain Jack Sparrow!

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  2. I still need to see Silver Linings Playbook. Hope to soon.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. It's interesting. As for the fest, it was so fun! I love movies, I love fests, i love lists...

      I loved it!

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  3. your movie list is amaaaaazing! my favorites include Pretty Woman and Pride and Prejudice as well!!

    "soft melody - caught between winter and spring" - a really wonderful way to describe the sound of the stream ^^

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    1. thank you! I took that picture 5 hours before finding out what the prompt was and wrote the haiku immediately after taking the pic. I was amazed and happy when I saw the prompt.

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  4. Very cool list... I love Stardust... great movie:)

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  5. Great list... pirates and films with Keira Knightley... I say "Heck Yes"

    Jeremy [Retro-Z]
    Howlin' Wolf

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  6. That last line of your Carpe Diem haiku is just stunning 'shy valley stream'. Wonderfully crafted.

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    1. thank you Kristjaan. I wrote the haiku and took the picture the day you gave the prompt and I couldn't believe the coincidence!

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  7. I'm with you on Pirates of the Caribbean, it's rip-roaring fun!

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    1. That Jack Sparrow! He always amazes me!

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  8. All these years and I've still never seen Pretty Woman.

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    1. It's beautiful! Unexpected love, surprising character, I'm in!

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  9. Very awesome list! I'm loving that Stardust is on there. It needs more attention, I say. It's good to meet you! :)

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    1. Good to meet you, too, David! And I agree, it deserves more attention, it's so amazingly beautiful!

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  10. Someday I really need to watch one of those "Pirates" movies. I keep postponing, but I think I'd enjoy this series.


    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  11. Stardust is a fab film, I love Robert De Niro in it, he is just brilliant. I've not heard of #9 at all so I will have to go and look it up. Great list.

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    1. Thank you, Natasha! And yes, Robert de Niro is great, as always!

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  12. I love Stardust! And now I want to see Upside Down--it looks like it would be a good movie.

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    1. It is! A little predictible, maybe, but it is a lesson to never stop hoping and never give up.

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  13. I like the image on 'shy valley stream.'

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    1. thank you, Hazel! Nice of you to stop by!

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  14. Some good movies here. I like a number of them as well. Loved the Dutchess.

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  15. Wonderful haiku on a the valley stream...

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  16. I heard bad things about In Time, but then again Hollywood reviews aren't always accurate. maybe I'll look at it again :)

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  17. I love Pirates of the Caribbean! And I really need to see Knight and Day.

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  18. I love Johnny Depp! Stardust was good too. So many people have added Pride and Prejudice - I've never seen it. Bad, huh? :)

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    1. Oh, you should! I'm sure you'll like it, if you liked the book!

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  19. Lovely haiku. There's a couple of your list I haven't seen, but how could I forget Stardust?! Marvelous movie.

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    1. Yes, a great movie inspired by an awesome book!

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  20. Great list, always enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean, still need to see silver liings playbook.

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  21. Fun selection of movies. Stardust is one of those films that just makes me smile.

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  22. Following from the
    Top Ten Movie Countdown Fest
    Glad to have 'met' you

    Haiku is one of
    my favorite types of verse
    glad you like it too.

    Movies on your list
    I have not yet seen, but I
    hope to see them soon.

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    1. Thanks LuAnn! Glad you made the time to stop by!

      Great message!

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  23. Awesome choices! I've watched, and enjoyed, almost all the movies on your list.
    I really want to watch Upside Down.

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  24. Yay for Pirates! Love those movies, though mostly the first one. There are a couple on there I haven't seen, though I'll see them once I can get them on DVD. Good list!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. Who can watch The Pirates and not fall in love with captain Jack Sparrow instantly?

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  25. i need to see silver lining!
    and i really liked in time too, surprisingly! but i love sci fi!

    great list off the beaten path!

    ps, i had a hard time finding you, i suggest adding your blog link in google plus profile =)

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    1. thanks for the suggestion Tara! On my way there!

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  26. STARDUST! My most favorite movie ever. I'd have to check out Upside Down. It looks intriguing.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. Both are amazing! I'm sure you'll enjoy Upside down!

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  27. Yay for Stardust!! And The Duchess is awesome. Love Keira Knightly! I need to see Silver Lining!!! Great to meet you! :D

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  28. I can't believe I haven't seen Anna Karenina. I need to remedy that. Loved the book. P&P is one of my fav's too.

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  29. Stardust is fantastic! One of my favorites.

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  30. Just dropping in from the blog hop. I've seen most of the movies on your list. The rest are on my "to watch" list. :3

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  31. I still haven't seen that version of P&P. I'm kind of not a big Keira Knightly fan but the Darcy looks super spunky! I still love Colin Firth's Darcy though (both versions. hehe)

    Love Pretty Woman too!

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