The Dirty Dozen

June 21, 2010 at 6:02 am (Other) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m participating in a blog hop set up by Alex J. Canauagh today. The question being – if I could only round up 12 films which 12 would I choose.

Tricky question and I had to really think about this and in the end I decided to go with the idea that I was going to be stuck in isolation for the rest of forever. Which movies did I have to take and what combination?

I decided to start with the child-hood classics.

1.  The Dark Crystal – Jim Henson at his finest. An epic fantasy tale told with muppets with some of the most interesting characters I ever met as a child. I love Kira and her matter-of-fact nature as well as her ability to talk to pretty much any animal with a reasonable expectation of being answered.

2.  Willow – Again, epic fantasy. This time it is a combination of Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer who are the defnitely draw though the shield bob-sled over snow we probably could have done without. Fairies, trolls, witches, prophesise, what more could a movie want?

3.  The Princess Bride – Because it is awesome. Fantasy and romance and action and adventure all rolled into one very entertaining story.

Moving on some old favourites.

4. Indiana Jones (If I’m not allowed the entire trilogy I choose Temple of Doom – though many fans think that this is the weak link) – With the exception of the Crystal Skull (which I still maintain is not Indiana Jones) these movies are incredibly fun, action packed and scenic.

5.  Clash of the Titans – The original. Clunky stop-go animation but that vulture is hilarious and this was my gate-way to Greek mythology. Can’t be without this one.

6.  The Trouble with Harry – Hitchcock at his most amusing. I just like the twisted sense of humour.

The B-Grade Collection – I have this thing for really bad horror movies.

7.  Tremors – If I can have all four of the movies I will, but otherwise I would have to choose the second one. Underground monsters that get smarter by the minute and eat anything that moves. A great laugh with one or two jumps thrown in (just so you remember it was sort of supposed to be a horror).

8.  Ginger Snaps – Possibly the best werewolf movie I have ever watched and yet you end up laughing more than being scared by this coming of age movie mixed with horror. I will say that the scariest thing in this movie is Ginger’s mother (creepy).

9.  Scream – This one was a toss up between The Faculty and Scream but Scream came out on top for two reasons. One – it gave us one of the best quotes from a bad villain ever: “My mum and dad are going to be so mad at me”. The second reason is that they made sure the last hurrah wasn’t dragged out. Short and sweet and done.

Finally, the feel good movies.

10.  Elizabeth Town – Most people will hate this choice. Yes, it is Orlando Bloom. Yes, it does start with him trying to commit suicide. Yes, it mostly deals with a funeral. It is light and amusing and by the road trip at the end you are genuinely feeling good about yourself. This is what I want in a movie when I need cheering up.

11. 10 Things I Hate About You – An updated take on the Taming of the Shrew and my introduction to Heath Ledger, I love this movie. It is well done and uplifting.

12.  Just Like Heaven – I needed at least one genuine, sickly sweet movie on this list. This is my choice.

You should head over to Alex’s blog and check out the rest of the blog hop.



  1. y lewis said,

    Love your selection have not heard of that particular Hitchcock film but was always an avid watcher of his films.

    Have a good day.

  2. Arlee Bird said,

    Certainly not a bad list at all. I think I’ve seen most if not all of these movies. And I’m a really big fan of Elizabethtown–loved that movie. I’m considering that one for my second list of movies in the last 20 years.

    Tossing It Out

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      A lot of people didn’t like Elizabethtown but I think it is fantastic. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Little Scribbler said,

    I’ve only heard of three of those movies, but they sound interesting.

  4. Lua said,

    Ah the The Faculty! How good was Elijah Wood in that movie? 🙂
    I didn’t hate Elizabethtown- I actually thought Kristin Dunst’s character was original… Great list Cassandra!

  5. AlexJ said,

    Great chocies! Princess Bride will make my runner-ups. Tremors was a lot of fun, too.

  6. Stephen Tremp said,

    The Princess Bride is a classic. We watched it about two weeks ago. Didn’t that guy also play in Men in Tights?

    Stephen Tremp

  7. Tooty Nolan said,

    Memo to self: I MUST watch the Princess Bride. Everyone says it’s a classic.

  8. Mason Canyon said,

    Great list of movies. Makes me want to see a couple I haven’t seen in a long time.

    Thoughts in Progress

  9. Southpaw said,

    I haven’t seen The Trouble with Harry. I’ll have to see if I can find it.

  10. Carol Kilgore said,

    Loved all the Indiana Jones movies, except maybe the last one. Also the Princess Bride. What does that say about my psychological makeup – LOL. Don’t answer that one.

  11. Lynn Rush said,

    Boy, I’ve seen all of these you listed for the most part. Man, I loved 10 Things I Hate About You! Great movie. What about Labyrinth? David Bowie played the Goblin King, if I remember correctly.

    Love that movie too. 🙂

    Nice list.

  12. Corra McFeydon said,

    The only movie on your list I’ve seen is Elizabeth Town. I loved it. 🙂

    – Corra

    The Victorian Heroine

  13. Hart said,

    I forgot Clash of the Titans! (the original)–seriously–that should have made my list and I plum forgot, probably out of irritation with the SECOND version–wasn’t horrible, but COMPLETELY missed the point!

    Very fun list!

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      The second version has definitely taken some of the shine off the original. Shame really.

  14. Miss Rosemary said,

    Princess Bride and 10 Things I Hate About You are just simply AMAZING movies 🙂

  15. lbdiamond said,

    Great selection!!! (Um, with the exception of Tremors, LOL!) 😉

  16. RaShelle said,

    Just Like Heaven was a sweet movie. I loved it!!
    Scream – To. This. Day. That movie freaks me out. =D It’s also the movie that resurected Drew Barrymore’s career. Ironic she did it while hanging from a tree (I have nightmares of her hanging from that tree).

  17. DEZMOND said,

    THE DARK CRYSTAL is getting a reboot soon, so I hope you will like it as you like the original 🙂

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  19. Jackee said,

    Great glimpse into your personality, cassandra! :o) And now I’m thinking we’re about the same age because I love so many you mentioned. Harrison Ford, Heath Leger, Val Kilmer, Orlando Bloom… le sigh…

    Thanks for sharing!

  20. Carol said,

    Great list! I like Elizabeth town. I love the trouble with Harry and 10 Things I hate about you. They are classics

  21. Jemi Fraser said,

    You’ve got a great list – lots of different styles – love it!

    I never did watch Indiana Jones, which I know I’d love, because of the snake pit scene. Total coward here.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Snake pit scene isn’t scary – you can see the refelction of Indy on the glass they put between him and the snakes if you watch really carefully.

  22. Paul Greci said,

    Just like Heaven was directed by Mark Waters, a middle school buddy of mine. Great list!

  23. Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomorph said,

    Finally, someone who likes the Dark Crystal! It didn’t make my list, but ‘almost’! Great picks!

  24. Gregg Metcalf said,

    I have never seen one of those. I need to get out more I guess. Some new ideas to choose from on rainy days up here in WA.

  25. Glynis Smy said,

    Haven’t heard of some on your list. Interesting, thanks for sharing.

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