Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April A to Z Challenge - A

Top 10 "A" Movies

Welcome to Wait Watch Wonder and the April A to Z Challenge. One of the specifications this year are for the blogs to be semi-short. But when we're talking about movies, how can you limit to just one or even two? Then, even doing a top 10 I had the dilemma of singling out favorites from different genres, eventually deciding to cut the section into two parts with a grand total of 20 movies. With the attempt at trying to keep the challenge posts short, I'll try to keep the descriptive and any comments to a minimum in the Adult Section. The Children Section will include the IMDb link. 
Which ones are your favorites?

Adults Section

I was first introduced to this hidden gem on Netflix. It's about a cancer patient, (Kate Hudson, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and her romance with her doctor (Gael Garcia Bernal, Amores Perros). Also has Kathy Bates, Whoopie Goldberg and Romany Malco.

Atonement (2007)

I wasn't sure about this movie, but at the time it received a lot of acclaim. After renting it, while I think it's a good movie, I didn't much care for the ending. Atonement stars Saoirse Ronan, Keira Knightly, and James McAvoy. It follows two sisters within an eccentric family as the younger sister (Saoirse Ronan) accuses her older sisters (Kera Knightly) love interest (James McAvoy) of a crime he didn't commit.

Apocalyto (2006)

Written and directed by Mel Gibson, Apocalypto is an intense ride through a rough adventure of a lifetime. There is one scene that I will never forget, it involves the main characters wife and the delivery of their second child. I know Mel Gibson has caught a lot of slack for some of his antics over recent years, but he got a lot right with this movie.

August Rush (2007)
With an all-star cast, this movie was a movie I didn't have high expectations for, but delivered big time! It's not just a movie about a girl meeting a boy, it's the extended story of the product of their one night together and the struggle of the family finding one another is amazing. Stars Robin Williams, Freddie Highmore, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

American Pie (1999)

The movie that taught us what really goes on at band camp and how desperate teenage boys are to lose their virginity. With a cast that paved the way with many other American Pie movies in the original wake. It may just be my generation, but I would consider this a movie that will be revered as a classic down the road.

Arachnophobia (1990)

This dark comedy isn't for the faint of heart, especially if you don't like spiders; you definitely won't after watching this masterpiece. Comedic legends John Goodman and Jeff Daniels star in this intense Sci-Fi Thriller. It's the movie that made me look in my shoes before putting them on and to squirm thinking about spiders in the cellar. Yikes!

At first I wasn't too sure about this movie, but with a legendary cast of comedic geniuses, how can you go wrong? This snarky comedy follows Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and his quest from top anchor to the bottom, and then back up again. Along with his romance with his 'lady friend' (Christina Applegate) and his faithful sidekick Baxter. This movie makes me roar with laughter each time I watch it.
Alien (1979)

This Sci-Fi, Horror introduces us to the legacy of Ridley Scott (Director). Sigourney Weaver breaths life into her role of Ripley, the strong female who bests the beasts from deep space hell. Another intense movie, the movie poster catch phrase "In space no one can hear you scream."

Avatar (2009)

Avatar is an action packed adventure that leads you through a fantasy of epic proportions. From the director of Titanic, James Cameron, introduces us to a new world and amazing new characters and realms of amazement. I think this is a movie for everyone, it has action, romance, and enough color and wonder for even the youngest of fans.

Avengers, The (2012)

I can't say enough about this jam packed goodness of amazement. The Avengers brings together The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Four icon superhero's in one spine-tingling, action-packed, wonderment. I can watch this movie over and over and still get excited about the good guys conquering the devilish bad guy we all love, Loki (Tom Hiddleston). 

Kids Section

Annie (1982)

Anastasia (1997)

Aladdin (1992)


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