Christmas Present Ideas – 10 Films

5 12 2012


With Christmas just around the corner (have you just noticed, seriously?) I thought I would make a series of posts giving you ideas about what you should buy. Now I originally thought of doing this like a top 10 but then I decided to just give you some ideas of what to buy. Rating them in a top 10 may suggest which is better and in some way I would put it in that order but right now I am trying to recommend all these present ideas to you and so putting them in a top 10 list may not be such a good idea under the basis you may ignore whatever number 10 may be even if it is the 10th best Christmas present in the history of Christmas. Now I will be using the same format for all the other posts in this series, this also allows me to talk more about the films instead of just reviewing them.

This series will also include such topics as Board Games, Video Games and as you can read by the title, films. I will also be doing a list of monster movies too. This way I can suggest more than 10 films as well as give movie ideas for those who do not like Monster movies (which is a shame because they really are missing out) as well as ideas for those who do like Monster movies. I may also do some other topics for present ideas if I can think of any, maybe TV shows on DVD, maybe. One final thing, all suggestions will be available to UK residents, because I live in the UK and almost all my friends live in the UK and I am recommending the ideas to everyone which of course includes them. Anyway, onto the films.

Seven Samurai (Toho - 1954)

Seven Samurai – From Legendary director Akira Kurosawa comes the best film I have seen this year, which is surprising seeing as it came out 58 years ago. It tells the story of a group of Samurai who are hired to protect a village who are attacked by a group of bandits every year. The film is one of the most highly acclaimed films in cinema history featuring in several top films lists as well as being one of only a few films to achieve a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (take that Lord of the Rings). Six years later the film would be remade in America as The Magnificent Seven. Starring Takashi Shimura the Great Toshiro Mifune , This is truly one of the Greatest films in the history of cinema and anyone who disagrees simply has not seen it. I am telling you to watch it, WATCH IT NOW, FORGET SEEING THE HOBBIT, IT WILL ONLY DISAPPOINT YOU, SEVEN SAMURAI WON’T, I GUARANTEE IT, JUST WATCH IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Hunger Games (Lionsgate - 2012)

The Hunger Games – The second best film I have seen this year and the best film I have seen this year if you do not count Seven Samurai which was released in 1954 and not 2012. Anyway, The Hunger Games is based on the book of the same name by Suzanne Collins (which I also recommend along with the other 2 books in the series, I am halfway through Catching Fire). The story follows Katniss Everdeen who is forced along with 23 other children to fight to the death. While it may sound gruesome, don’t knock it until you have seen it (and read it), the story explains it a lot more in detail. Each way, it’s fantastic. Featuring Jennifer Lawrence in the title role along with stars including Josh Hutcherson and the Great Donald Sutherland. Much like I stated for Seven Samurai (and all the films in this list So I don’t have to repeat myself), WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT.

13 Assassins (Toho Co., Ltd. - 2010)

13 Assassins – from Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer and Audition) comes the best period piece since Seven Samurai. The film follows a group of Samurai who have been hired to kill someone who if he comes to power will cause chaos for the people of Japan. The film is a lot like Seven Samurai with warriors in the group like Hirayama who is a lot like Kyūzō. A fantastic Film with Great Scenes, Great Music and a Great Story that needs to be watched. I think you get the point now, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Unstoppable (20th Century Fox - 2010)

Unstoppable – From the Late Great Tony Scott (Top Gun and The Taking of Pelham 123) comes a film based on a true story. The film follows Chris Pine and Denzel Washington as they attempt to stop a runaway train. The film contains a huge amount of action which only gets faster and faster and does not stop until the film ends and no matter how many times you watch it, it does not get boring (I guarantee it). An action packed thrill ride from one of cinemas greatest Action Directors (Tony Scott, We Miss You). GET DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUY IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, GO AND WATCH IT.

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal Pictures - 2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman – based on the classic 200-year-old fairy-tale, Snow White and the Huntsman follows the story of Snow White as she escapes with the help of a huntsman from the Evil Queen who wants to drain her beauty to be the fairest of them all. Starring an all-star cast including Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga) in the title role along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Charlize Theron (Monster) and Ian McShane (Deadwood), Bob Hoskins (The Long Good Friday), Ray Winstone (The Departed) as 3 of the seven Dwarves (there are seven in total, don’t worry). Beautifully crafted and beautifully written, this is a film the whole family can enjoy. So, WATCH IT, WATCH IT, WATCH IT NOW.

Prometheus (20th Century Fox - 2012)

Prometheus – If you have children and want them to behave over this festive season, buy them Ridley Scott’s Alien. If you have children and want them to behave over the festive season without scarring them for life buy them Prometheus which happens to have also been directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set on a distant planet as a group of astronauts try to find the beginning of mankind, what they however could spell the end of mankind. Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Monster), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and the Fantastic Idris Elba (Thor) While it is a prequel to Alien, the film has its own mythology and the only real connection to Alien is within the story of this film. There you go, two Scott films in this list, BUY BOTH OF THEM AND WATCH THEM.

Rashomon (Daiei Film Co., Ltd. - 1950)

Rashomon – From Legendary Director Akira Kurosawa (the same man who did Seven Samurai) comes the film that revealed Japanese Cinema to the world. The story is a real who done it mystery as a crime has taken place and each witness to the crime gives a story that contradicts the previous, it’s not until the truth is revealed that everything comes clear. Starring Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura, Rashomon would go on to be the inspiration for films including The Usual Suspects, Vantage Point and Hero. With great use of Weather techniques and a story that will get you thinking, WATCH THIS FILM, WATCH IT, TWO FILMS BY AKIRA KUROSAWA, HOW ARE YOU NOT GETTING THIS, WATCH IT NOW.

Ice Age (20th Century Fox - 2002)

Ice Age – With Christmas being in winter and Snow usually coming down (well at least for some people) why not combine all that with the first film in Blue Sky Studios Ice Age series (and you thought it was DreamWorks or Pixar, well you were WRONG). In my opinion, the best(CGI) Animated Film to date. The story follows a Ground Sloth, a Smilodon and a Mammoth as they try to re-unite a baby with its family. It would be the start of a series that would span over 4 (and possibly 5) films and become the 11th most successful film series to date grossing well over 2.5 billion dollars. For me this is the best in the series. A great combination of characters, cast, story, animation and music to make a film THAT YOU SHOULD WATCH, DO YOU LIKE ANIMATED STUFF? WELL WHY HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED ICE AGE YET? (No offense to those who have watched ice age, you have made a wise decision).

Pan's Labyrinth (Warner Bros - 2006)

Pan’s Labyrinth – From one of the only true visionaries left in Hollywood, Guillermo Del Toro, comes a film filled with fantasy. A small girl comes into contact with a Faun who tells her that if she passes 3 tests she will take her place in the fairytale kingdom that she came from. Set in post-civil war Spain, the film is filled with action and many interesting and some terrifying creatures from the world of Fantasy. With stars including Sergi López, Maribel Verdú and Ivana Baquero in the lead role, go and make your dreams come true BY GOING DOWN TO THE SHOPS AND BUYING IT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, WATCH IT.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park – The sequel to the Mega film that was Jurassic Park with Steven Spielberg returning to direct. The film follows a group of people travelling to the breeding ground for Jurassic Park whose job it is to document all the species on the island before a greedy business man can use them for his own selfish needs. Starring Jeff Goldblum returning from the previous film to lead the explorers alongside the Late Great Pete Postlethwaite (No rhyme or pun intended) playing the part of African hunter Roland Tembo (look out for him, all his scenes are brilliant, that’s a fact). With Great Special Effects that not even Avatar could beat, this is a definite must see, SO THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU SHOULDN’T, GO AND WATCH IT, IT CAME OUT IN 1997, YOU HAVE HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO WATCH IT BY NOW, GET YOUR CREDIT CARD OUT AND DRIVE TO HMV NOW.






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12 12 2012
Christmas Present Ideas – 5 Board Games « Numb3r5s's Blog

[…] post you may have seen that I decided to give you some Christmas Present Ideas. Last week I did 10 films that I suggest you buy. This week I am going to recommend 5 Board Games that you should get. Once […]

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