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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Films by Author Savita Kalhan and Giveaway of The Long Weekend

GIVEAWAY FAIL!! Because I forgot to put the giveaway form on the other post, I'm reposting this!  So sorry Savita and all for the confusion!  Thanks to Savita for offering a copy of The Long Weekend for a giveaway, and making it INTERNATIONAL!

I love these fun little posts that we get to do with authors.  Sometimes they're more fun than interviews!  Thanks to The Teen Book Scene for organizing this blog tour.  We will be reviewing The Long Weekend soon, but in the meantime, get to know the author, Savita Kalhan.  Here are her top ten (?) favorite films!

Again, I’ll just remind you that I have a real problem making top ten lists as there are so many brilliant films out there!

1. The Godfather trilogy (Francis Ford Coppola 1972)

I watched the first two films in the eighties, and I’m not sure I can explain why I love them. They are very well-made, great actors and great story, and most people would agree with that, but I watch them every couple of years without getting bored.

2. Aliens (James Cameron 1986)

I love all the films in this series, but Aliens is my favourite. Sigourney Weaver was just simply breath-taking as the dynamic Ripley, protective and motherly with the little girl, Newt, the sole survivor of a colony sent out to a remote planet infested by acid-dripping aliens, and clever and fearless in the face of overwhelming danger.

3. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (dir Milos Foreman 1975)

Jack Nicholson was brilliant as the rebel McMurphy, and Nurse Ratched was an inspired character. I’ve seen the film several times and loved it each time. I’m about to watch it again soon with my thirteen year old.

4. The Inn of Sixth Happiness (dir Mark Robson 1958)

Another film I grew up watching as a kid and another actress I admired. Ingrid Bergman’s character in this film never failed to amaze me. I think I wanted to be as tough and self- sacrificing as she was, as brave and strong.

5. Out of Africa (dir Sydney Pollack 1985)

This was one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. I think I went to the cinema to watch it a few times – and always cried at the end. I haven’t seen it over the last twenty years, and I’ve no idea how I would find it now.

6. All About Eve (dir Joseph Mankiewicz 1950)

I just love Bette Davis! I’ve watched everything she’s ever been in at least once. It was hard choosing a favourite film of hers for me, but in the end it had to be this one.

7. The Night of the Hunter (dir Charles Laughton 1955)

Shot in black and white, this film gave me nightmares. I’m not sure how it happened but I think I watched it too young. Robert Mitchum was utterly and terrifyingly convincing as the remorseless predator preying on two young children. He’s a fanatical preacher who, after sharing a cell with the children’s father and learns of $10,000 hidden in the house, ends up marrying the children’s mother in order to get his hands on the money.

8. The Lord of the Rings (dir Peter Jackson 2001)

When I first saw these films, I have to admit I didn’t like them as much as I had wanted to! I’ve been reading and re-reading The Lord of the Rings every other year since I was about 12, without naming a number that’s a fair few times! It was hard to put the books out of my head when watching the films, but I did manage it in the end, and now, I can really appreciate the films taken on their own cinematic merit.

9. Mother India (Mehboob Khan 1957)

I didn’t see this film until the late seventies when it had a major impact on me. It had already had a major impact on Bollywood, the Indian film industry when it came out in 1957. It’s about a single mother in rural India who struggles to keep her land so she can feed her children. It was so different to any other Indian film I had ever seen, which were all ultra-glossy affairs, by turns deeply tragic and comic, all-singing and all-dancing bonanzas. Mother India was shot in black and white, the poverty was stark, the mother’s dogged self- sacrifice and her determination to keep her children alive was inspiring and tragic. It was unrelentingly moving.

My tenth place is another list of films that I can’t decide between!

10. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
11. Die Hard
12. The Matrix (Andy and Lana Wachowski 1999)
13. Shawshank Redemption
14. The Usual Suspects (1995)
15. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
16. Jean de Florette and Manon de Sources
17. The Incredibles
18. Yellow Earth (1997)

Thanks so much Savita for being with us today!!  This is a fantastic list!

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  1. Thank you for the giveaway! I enjoyed reading the post! :)
    Although I'm not sure if this is open internationally!

  2. So many great movies on your list! Thanks for sharing.


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