Film number (3) in my 1001 movies to watch before you die is HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE which I watched again last night for the first time in ages, in preparation for the final movie out later this year!
Harry Potter discovers that he is a wizard when he is invited to attend Hogwarts School Of Magic but soon realises his fate is tied in with a much bigger destiny when he learns that his parents were killed by an evil necromancer named Voldemort. PHILOSOPHERS STONE sets the scene for the rest of the series and follows Harry in his first year at Hogwarts and is, quite simply, a beautifully shot children's movie. Some of the set pieces, including a life-size chess board that comes to life and a three-headed dog, are simply sublime and the film is full of action and adventure the whole way through! Big stars such as Robbie Coltrane, Richard Harris and Alan Rickman all have cameo appearancesand everything about the film is just wonderful. I enjoyed watching this again last night much more than I thought I would and can't wait to re-watch the next film in the series, CHAMBER OF SECRETS, so that I can carry on with the story!
Number (4) on my list just has to be ICE AGE, another cracking children's movie ~ this one animated and based around an unlikely group of friends who join together to try and beat the oncoming ice age and help return a small human child to his neanderthal family. The film introduces to us a truly wonderful set of characters from Sid the Sloth through to Manny the Mammoth and Diego the Sabre Tooth Tiger. But of course the star of the film just has to be Scrat!! A kind of prehistoric squirrel-type-creature, Scrat is obsessed with burying his acorn and keeping it safe but when his first attempts end in disaster, he ends up spending the rest of the movie chasing it around trying to get it back! These comedic scenes wonderfully interact amongst the main storyline to create a seamlessly brilliant movie that is just hilarious to watch no matter how many times you have seen it!
This has just got to be one of the best animated features ever made and always cracks me up every time I see it! Two sequels so far have followed and, I am reliably informed, a fourth film is coming out next year!
Personally, I cannot wait.......