So when Gregor told me I had to write about my 5 favourite films to celebrate the Edinburgh International Film Festival, I thought how?! I don’t really have favourites! However, here are 5 films that I could watch over and over again without getting bored, so I guess these are as good as any.
Wayne’s World (1992)
The epitome of 90’s-ness, Wayne’s World is just such a great goofy film to watch for a hit of nostalgia. Released in the early 90’s, it follows the exploits of Wayne and Garth as they try to make their public TV show (filmed in Wayne’s parents basement) a success. With brilliant music, and the dream secretly everybody holds of being able to goof around forever, Wayne’s World is worth watching for the Bohemian Rhapsody car scene alone!
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
One of Hitchcock’s earlier films, made whilst he still resided in Britain, the Lady Vanishes is a tense tale of espionage and danger set on the eve of WW2 in Europe. Miss Froy, a seemingly harmless older English lady, vanishes and the plot unfolds as a young English pair attempt to uncover what happened to her as others try to deceive them. Although only just over an hour long, it is a gripping story that showcases how phenomenally talented Hitchcock was.
Walking Barefoot In the Park(1967)
This is a comedy (based on a play) starring a young Jane Fonda and Robert Redford as a mismatched newly-wed couple living in a tiny Greenwich village apartment in New York. This is such a charming film for me since it sort of demonstrates how life can be a bit ridiculous at times, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. With gorgeous 60’s fashions and a free spirited take on New York, it is absolutely not a rom com, hence it’s charm.
Yes it’s the latest Disney film that everybody has been talking about, and yes I love it. Not only is it in a snowy Nordic setting (cue my entrance as a snow-bunny), but it also is such a sweet story about sisterly love with some brilliant songs to boot. Loved it! Perhaps it’s not the deepest of films, but everybody loves secretly (or not secretly in my case!).
This is probably unknown to most people, but it is the biographical tale of Matti Nykänen, the legendary Finnish ski jumper, who was a 4-time Olympic gold medalist. His rise and ultimate downfall are followed in this Finnish language film. As a side note, he is the Finn to have had the most newspaper inches devoted to him ever, so you can expect that it is a pretty wild story for this once wunderkind!