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list: my top 6 birthday scenes

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Last week was my 20th birthday. After having a lovely celebration with my friends I began to think of my favourite birthday scenes from the movies and thought I’d share them with you:

 

6. Angry Birds – Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)

Our birthdays are supposed to be our favorite day of the year, which  makes a birthday party the perfect setting for things to go wrong.

 

5. He’s in for a Surprise – District 9 (2009)

After coming into contact with a mysterious alien liquid, Wikus van de Merwe begins to develop some curious symptoms. In an extremely dark and poignant film, this brief scene is hilarious.

 

4. A Very Merry Unbirthday – Alice in Wonderland (1951)

While technically your unbirthday is every day that isn’t your actual birthday, this trippy scene is definitely a classic celebration!

3. Harry Gets His Wish – Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

What kid doesn’t wish to be told that they’re a witch or wizard on their 11th birthday?

 2. Maleficent is a Party Pooper – Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Maleficent is one of my favourite Disney villains. As a child I was honestly terrified every single time she appeared on my TV screen. While she is capable of turning into a fire-breathing dragon, I find her most terrifying in her first appearance in the film when she crashes baby Aurora’s birthday celebration.

 

1. Bilbo Baggins’ Eleventy-First Birthday  – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

This scene has it all – fireworks, storytelling, dancing, and magic. And you know it isn’t a good birthday party without an awkward speech!

 

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list: my favourite film posters of the 21st century

Sorry for the lack of recent updates – I’m afraid that college comes first! But I’m back with a few of my favourite movie posters of this decade. I know there’s that cliche saying, ‘never judge a book by it’s cover’ – and it’s clear one shouldn’t judge a film by it’s poster – but it’s hard not to! So here’s my list, in no particular order:

Lord of War, 2005

This was one of those posters that stopped me in my tracks, and not only forced me to applaud the great design, but also to think about the film’s theme. If you have seen Lord of War I’m sure you’ll agree that this poster beautifully sums up a character who’s entire life is the weapons industry. A terrifying yet genius design.

Hard Candy, 2005

Hard Candy, an incredibly dark film about a fourteen-year-old girl (that’s supposed to be Juno’s Ellen Page in the bear trap) who attempts to expose a pedophile, would be quite difficult to express in a single image. Yet this poster does this perfectly, presenting an (innocent?), red-riding hood figure as bait for the big, bad wolf.

The Social Network, 2010

While the use of text obscuring an actor’s face isn’t new to film posters (check out the posters for Michael Clayton, I’m Still Here, I Am Love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the effect works wonders here. I remember seeing this poster for the first time outside a local cinema and I literally stopped in my tracks. Jesse Eisenberg’s blank stare is enough to invoke both terror and wonder, but the message imposed on his haunting face takes it to a whole other level.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin, 2005

Sure, it’s a simple design, but it’s damn memorable! The absurdity of the title and Steve Carell’s puppy-dog smile combine for a hilarious effect. Admit it, you chuckled when you saw this poster for the first time.

Lost in Translation, 2003

While there were numerous posters released for Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, this one struck me the most. A simple presentation of a lonely, vulnerable man, naked except for a robe and silly hotel slippers. Yet Bill Murray’s character looks out at us, searching for something, perhaps suggesting that he hasn’t given up just yet.

The Tree of Life, 2011

There is something about this poster for Terrence Malick’s new filme The Tree of Life that is so breathtaking – the beautiful texture of an adult hand and a baby’s foot, or the surreal glow that illuminates the skin. The idea of birth and roots is perfectly conveyed in the thin wrinkle’s on the baby’s foot.  I’m not too sure what this film is about, all I know is that it’s about a man seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life, but this breathtaking poster gives me the impression that generations, nature and spirituality will be a part of it.

What do you think? What are some of your favourite film posters?

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list: 6 great musical moments in film from the 2000s.

Here’s a list of my top 6 musical moments in film between 2000-2009 (or at least the scenes that were available on youtube – there were some great ones from Slumdog Millionaire, Hustle & Flow, and Love Actually that I would have liked to have included…) So take a listen and look, and enjoy!

6. Ellen Page and Michael Cera, “Anyone Else But You”  (Juno, 2007)

Page and Cera serenade each other with a lovely Moldy Peaches cover at the end of the film. Just two kids in love.

5. Hall & Oates, “You Make My Dreams” ((500) Days of Summer, 2009)

This genius little musical interlude lightens up this not-a-love-story, capturing Tom’s momentary happiness after sleeping with Summer for the first time. If this scene doesn’t get your foot tapping or a smile on your face, well… then you’re just heartless.

4. Elliot Smith, “Needle in the Hay” (The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001)

A haunting choice to accompany Richie’s suicide attempt. Even more haunting considering Elliot Smith’s own death.

3. Elton John, “Tiny Dancer” (Almost Famous, 2000)

After a rough and strange night, the Stillwater gang sing Elton John’s classic, and you really believe that you are “home” with them. I’d even say  that this magical moment can sum up the feeling of the entire film.

2. The Dropkick Murphys, “Shipping Up to Boston” (The Departed, 2004)

When this Irish-American Celtic punk song blasted through the cinema, you knew this movie was about to get epic.

1.  The Shins, “New Slang” (Garden State, 2004)

One can’t think about Garden State without thinking about it’s perfect soundtrack. There are countless great musical moments to choose from in this film, from the epic scream into the ‘infinite abyss’ in the rain while Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Only Living Boy in New York” sweeps in, to Large’s ecstasy-trip accompanied by Zero 7’s “In the Waiting Line”. Yet it’s one of the simplest scenes that tugs at your heart the most, and as Sam says, The Shins will change your life.

So there are my picks. What are yours? Feel free to leave a comment!

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