My Top Ten Color Movies

As I already did My Top Ten Songs With Colors In The Titles, I was naturally going to do movie titles at some point too. The interesting thing is that the color songs are WAY better than the color movies! There were loads of songs I love in that list but I can’t say I totally love many of these movies (although I do really like several).

Oh well! It was still fun making this list. Hopefully I haven’t forgotten an absolute favorite. I suppose a top ten list of actors with colors in their names should be next… Betty White would probably top that list! Betty White rules.

Anyway! Here are My Top Ten Color Movies (counting down from 20 because I’m awkward):

My Top 20:

20. Black Sheep (2006)
19. Red Eye
18. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
17. The Red Balloon
16. Men In Black
15. The Hunt For Red October
14. Blue Velvet
13. The Black Cauldron
12. Blue Valentine
11. Meet Joe Black

My Top Ten:

10. Blue Is The Warmest Color

9. Colors

8. White Oleander

7. Silver Bullet

6. A Clockwork Orange

5. Pink Floyd The Wall

4. Yellow Submarine

3. Pretty In Pink

2. The Green Mile

1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

I just couldn’t rank anything higher than a classic Disney film. I miss the old days of Disney! They’ve managed to make some really good films in recent years too but nothing will top the classics for me.

Now, there are so many “Color Movies” that I’m going to have to mention some more.

Honorable Mentions:

Ruby Sparks
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Pink Panther (1963)
Silver Linings Playbook
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs Dead
Red Dawn
Purple Rain
Moulin Rouge
White Men Can’t Jump
Black Christmas
White Christmas
Crimson Tide (although it sounds like it belongs in My Top Ten Period Dramas)
The Black Hole
The Golden Compass

Two Movies I Really Don’t Like:

Blue Ruin (HATE!)
Pitch Black (ugh)

What I’ve Left Out:

There were loads of movies I had to leave out of this list, mostly because I haven’t actually seen them. I’d love to hear suggestions of ones not in this list in case I missed a big one but it’s very likely I just haven’t have seen your suggestions. I’ve been wanting to see the French Three Colors Trilogy films for years (I will someday, I promise!) and I have to once again admit my shame at not seeing Jackie Brown (the only Tarantino besides The Hateful Eight that I haven’t seen).

Finally, I just have to mention how a lot of the movies in this list happen to have amazing soundtracks! The Walter (now Wendy) Carlos score for A Clockwork Orange is one of my all-time favorites. Snow White has great songs, of course, since it’s a classic Disney movie as does Pretty In Pink since John Hughes always had good taste in song choice. Then there are three actual music movies from fantastic artists in this list: The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, Pink Floyd The Wall, and Prince’s Purple Rain.

But I want to highlight one composer who did four of the films on this list: Thomas Newman. I feel he’s always overlooked yet he’s done so many of my absolute favorite scores for movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, Finding Nemo, and WALL-E. In this list, he scored White Oleander, Fried Green Tomatoes, Meet Joe Black, and The Green Mile.

The Green Mile & Meet Joe Black scores are absolutely brilliant so I wasn’t sure what piece to post but decided to go with Newman’s Whisper Of A Thrill from Meet Joe Black. It’s such a beautiful piece and the movie itself is judged rather harshly at times. I know my hubby likes the film even more than I do – I think it’s a pretty big favorite of his. Part of this will be down to the score, as both of us are suckers for a great score. Have a listen: 🙂

**Quick question: What’s your favorite color? Let me know in the comments! Mine is most definitely GREEN. 🙂

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Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) Review

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Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) (French: La Vie d’Adèle – Chapitres 1 & 2 – The Life of Adèle)

Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche

Based on Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Starring:
LĂ©a Seydoux
Adèle Exarchopoulos

Running time: 179 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a 2013 French romantic coming-of-age drama that revolves around Adèle (Exarchopoulos), a French teenager who discovers desire and freedom when a blue-haired aspiring painter (Seydoux) enters her life.

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My Opinion:

I watched this movie ages ago but I really hate leaving things unfinished so I’m still trying to catch up on reviewing the movies I watched in 2014. It’s harder with some movies than with others to remember them well at this point but I remember Blue Is the Warmest Color very well. I thought it was a really good look at a relationship and all the highs & lows in any relationship, regardless of sexual preference. The characters felt “real” thanks to the excellent performances from the two lead actresses. YES – I will admit that I partly watched it because of all the controversy over the sex scenes as I wanted to see what people were freaking out about. I can see why people were freaking out – the sex scenes were unnecessarily gratuitous. I’ll talk more about that topic in a bit…

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The two actresses, LĂ©a Seydoux & Adèle Exarchopoulos, were fantastic & made their characters fully believable. Exarchopoulos was especially good as Adèle, who was the main focus of the film as it explored her coming of age with older, blue-haired Emma and also with her starting a career as a teacher and just trying to find her place in the world. My one complaint (other than the sex being too graphic) would be the fact that the character of Adèle is a freaking DRAG! She’s a very beautiful girl so it’s not hard to understand there being a physical attraction to her but she’s soooo depressed throughout the entire film that it’s hard to believe the far more interesting & creative Emma would want to spend so much time with her. However, their attraction is very much a physical one and they play this attraction very well. It’s a very animalistic, ripping-clothes-off, throwing-each-other-up-against-the-wall kind of attraction (I don’t remember if they threw each other up against the wall but you know what I mean). Which is awesome! We all want a bit of that in life (um, right?!). So let’s talk about the sex (baby! Let’s talk about you & me! Let’s talk about all the good things & the bad things that may be! Let’s talk about sex!). FYI to you kids – that’s Salt-n-Pepa.

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Wow! This is indeed a great, arty little French movie with wonderful performances but I did feel like I was watching full-on porn a few times. First of all, I’ll say that I don’t care in the slightest whether people choose to have sex with the those of the opposite sex or not. Or if they choose to have sex with both sexes! Who cares?? I honestly don’t understand why it’s even an issue at all. Like most females, though, I’m not exactly a fan of porn. Well, I’m sure some women are but I like my movie sex scenes to be all romantic. “Movie sex” is awesome! It’s all lit candles, cuddling, passionate kissing, and curtains billowing in the wind. I don’t want to watch real sex! Real sex is gross & awkward. Ew. Actually, “curtains billowing in the wind” sounds kind of dirty to me… Hehe! *giggle* *blush* Sorry – I’m very immature about sex scenes. You should have seen me watching Shame.

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Anyway, the sex in Blue Is The Warmest Color is gritty & realistic and there are no lit candles (from what I remember). Now, I think I read somewhere that the girls were wearing “fake vaginas”? Feel free to tell me if I’m wrong because I’m not about to go Googling that like some kind of weirdo. Either way, real or not, you see what appears to be vaginas & you see what appears to be real sex with those vaginas. I know it caused a lot of controversy but it was still released whereas I doubt that a mainstream film that showed sex in such graphic detail between a man & a woman or between two men would even be released. I think it’s well known that this movie was made by a straight male director and it does very much feel like the graphic sex scenes were done with straight male viewers in mind. What’s the point of that?? Take those scenes out & you couldn’t have paid a man to watch a love story between two women. I’m not saying I was offended by those scenes, exactly. Hey, I guess it’s good that the sex seemed just as real as the relationship did but I just didn’t find the graphic nature very necessary. The two actresses had great chemistry anyway and, quite frankly, there were a few fully-clothed scenes that felt more passionate & intimate than the sex scenes (when Adèle first spots Emma, when they first meet, and a restaurant scene toward the end). It was the fully-clothed scenes that sold the relationship to me more than anything. Okay, these girls were very passionate about each other but their acting was good enough that we didn’t need to watch them banging away at each other for ages in order to buy into their desire for one another. I don’t know… I’m not offended by the scenes themselves so much as by the fact that they felt thrown in there just to be controversial & gain more attention for the film.

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Oh! I said I had no other complaints about the film, really, but two more things did annoy me about Adèle besides the fact that she seemed like a depressing bore: the way she played with her messy, stringy hair constantly & the way she ate. The eating scenes were hilarious, though, as they were obviously meant to represent oral sex (Emma introduces Adèle to oysters & teaches her how to eat them). Haha – very clever, Mr Director. We get it, dude. We’re not idiots. But I was really glad to be done with watching Adèle eating things by the time this movie was over.

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Summary:

Blue Is The Warmest Color is a very realistic portrayal of a passionate relationship between a young woman and her first female partner. I don’t think it should matter that they’re of the same sex – a love story is a love story and this one works very well thanks to fantastic performances from the two leads. I felt Adèle’s yearning & heartache just as much as Heath Ledger’s in Brokeback Mountain and Lloyd Dobler’s in Say Anything – same sex relationship or not, we all have the same feelings. The sex was too graphic (in my eyes) and felt like it was made just to be controversial but it was a lovely film that I didn’t feel needed to go so overboard on the sex. Between that and kind of finding the character of Adèle a bit depressing & irritating (though Exarchopoulos did a brilliant job playing her), I’d probably give this a slightly lower rating than if I had watched a love story where I liked the characters a little bit more. They did feel very real, though, and you want nothing more at the end of this film than for both of them to be happy. Especially Adèle. You’re young & gorgeous, girl – cheer the hell up!

My Rating: 7.5/10

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