Five Things Friday: My 5 Favorite Leonardo DiCaprio films

Leonardo

Dear cave dwellers. You might not heard yet, but Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar a few nights ago. Considering the excellence this man brings to the screen, I think that we all agree it should have started with “Back dated to:” and then addressed the Revenant. Anyway Academy, we’ll forgive you, as you’ve been in way too much trouble already this awards season. I made this list below of my favorite Leonardo movies, only proving that I still have a ton to watch.

Titanic

  1. The Titanic (1997)

Everyone can say what they want, but this is the film that introduced me to Leo. It was so romantic to my teenager heart and so desperately sad that I fell in love with him on the spot, also establishing my fear of drowning in icy water at the same time

Romeo and juliet

  1. Romeo and Juliet (1996)

This film was a 2015 Blinspot for me, and let me tell you, this teenagy-angst of Leo made this definitely weird adaption of Shakespear’s novel work so well.

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  1. Inception

I watched this film a couple of years and never reviewed it and never reviewed it, because I have no clue how to address it. Typically populated with the brilliance of Nolan, it it as complex as we ever hoped it could be, and the astounding performances by the entire cast makes this film an unforgettable headache inducing shot of brilliance.

Wolf of Wallstreet

  1. The Wolf of Wallstreet

Leo’s turn as the despicable, vulgar, detestable Belfort nauseated and impressed me to no end. It is three hours of non-stop debauchery.

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1.The Great Gatsby

The heart wrenching book was brought to life by one of my favorite directors, who chose a damn excellent cast to help him with it. Baz Luhrman goes all in this feast on the eyes. Leonardo DiCaprio? He does so well as the man with too much money and too much sadness.

Honorable mention:

Django Unchained

The Man in the Iron Mask

What to watch next of him:

The Revenant – I think that it is a given that I should watch the film that finally gave Leo the Oscar. It is by all accounts gritty and amazing, and although I do hate violence I think I will enjoy it, if only for Leo.

The Aviator – This 2004 film about Howard Hughes also seems to be a firm favorite everywhere. I read this lovely account of how he treated his assistant of that time, and it only made me love him that much more.

The Departed – Leo, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson together? Why wouldn’t I?!

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Before Leo got all mature and incredible looking, he was a fantastic child actor.

What are your favorite movies of our favorite man?

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Five Things Friday: Five movie deaths that made me shed a tear

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Hi there! It’s been ages since I’ve posted a Five Things Friday post – sorry about that. I’ve been crazy busy trying to finish my book challenge, reading enough books for it, posting them before the deadline (which is the end of February and I still have 15 books left!). I decided to kick start the 2014 leg of the five things series by posting five movie deaths that made me shed a tear (or at least gave me some shiny eyes). I’ve never been one to tear up in movies, but there have definitely been a few where I’ve felt incredibly sad when someone died. Enjoy!

Boromir in the Fellowship of the Ring

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Through the entire journey from Rivendell, the snow on the Mountains, Moria to the Orc attack, Boromir struggles to fight the lure of the Ring of Power. Eventually the urge becomes too strong and he tries to take the Ring from Frodo. The Orc attack happens then, splitting the party up, but Boromir redeems his honour by dying for the Hobbits.

Boromir’s death scene is one of the most powerful of the movie and perhaps even the entire trilogy. It is about him reclaiming his honour and also about him declaring Aragorn his king.

Satine in Moulin Rouge

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It is a Baz Luhrman film where everything feels real. Satine is lying on the floor dying in a beautiful Valentino dress just after declaring her love for Christian. The cast of Spectacular Spectacular are celebrating the success of their show. Satine just falls to the floor and Christian notices.

Floodgates.

Jack Dawson in Titanic

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Jack Dawson nearly didn’t make it onto the list. This wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio’s best role, but he did a good job. What really got me wasn’t Jack floating down in the icy ocean; it was Rose’s subsequent actions and will for survival. Letting him go and choosing to live is the most powerful choice she made in the movie, including her decision to leave her wealthy lifestyle behind to be with him. Her courage made me very sad.

Dobby the House elf in Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows

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Although much in the movies doesn’t do justice to the books, Dobby’s death was pretty decently done. The entire character was a success from his inclusion in the Chamber of Secrets (although WHY they didn’t include him in the subsequent movies – Goblet of Fire, Order of the Phoenix and the Half-Blood Prince is beyond me because it signifies Dobby’s  importance in Harry’s life – his brave death and Harry’s reaction was really well done.

And the one movie where I actually started crying: If Only (2004)

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The entire movie you see how Ian Wyndham (Paul Nicholls) finds it easy to forget about his girlfriend Samantha’s (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) existence. Then she dies and Ian gets to turn time back and relive her last day. He knows what will happen, you do, and yet you can’t help but hope she will live. And then she does. Ian dies in her place and she gets to carry on. In that moment you realize that he really loved her incredibly much even though he forgot to show it. 

I cried so badly. It is the saddest moment where ion jumps over Samantha to protect her as the car crashes. Her realizing what his strange behavior really meant and that he was reliving the day and choosing to save her.

What movies had great death scenes that made you sad?

15 Best Romantic Films

A walk to remeber

Just like heaven

 

Letters to Juliet

Made of honor

PS I love you

The holiday

The notebook

Anyone who knows me knows that I simply love romantic films. I guess I now realise how unrealistic many of them are, but there is nothing sweeter than a romantic story.

here is my list of 15 Favourite Romantic Films:

PS I love you

Stardust

10 Things I hate about you

Letters to Juliet

Silver Linings Playbook

Dirty Dancing

The Holiday

The Lucky One

The Notebook

A walk to remember

Bridget Jones’ diary

Titanic

Just like heaven

Made of Honor

Moulin Rouge