I am so excited to be talking about movies again. I love them just as much as I love books! Last month I came out with my top 5 vampire movies and now we are going to focus on witches. There are some pretty heinous movies out there so my honorable mentions category is pretty small. If you don’t see your favorite on the list please post in the comments. Beautiful Creatures is now out on DVD so I can finally watch it. I may be adding it to the list in some shape or form. We’ll see. Once again this list is in no particular order. Enjoy!
1. Practical Magic 1998, starting Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Stockard Channing. PG-13 rating for some violence, intense thematic elements and sensuality. Description: Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents’ death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical–their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. But the invocation of the Owens’ sorcery also carries a price–some call it a curse: the men they fall in love with are doomed to an untimely death. Now adult women with very different personalities, the quiet Sally and the fiery Gillian must use all of their powers to fight the family curse and a swarm of supernatural forces that threatens the lives of all the Owens women.
I give this movie 4.5 stars! I loved it! It was creepy without being gory. The soundtrack it great. The kids are not creepy. I totally felt like the neighbor lady who always wanted to see the witches fly off of the house at Halloween.
2. The Craft 1996, staring Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk. R rating for some terror and violence, some sexuality, and for brief language. Description: A new girl moves to a new city with her family to start a new life. She meets up with the girls who are very interested in the occult and together, the four of them have a seemingly unstopable power. They can do anything, from getting thier dream guys to like them to… the possibilities are limitless.
Another 4.5 stars! This movie does focus more on the darker side of witchcraft and light and darkness battle against one another. I just loved it. Because of the darkness I wouldn’t let your teens watch it. And this time we are looking at a coven of witches. I totally wanted to dress like some of the characters even though I’d been out of high school for a while when this came out. And because it was set in high school we got to see the usual mean games that the girls and boys play on those they do not like. I did love seeing the one character finally get it but losing her hair, although I thought that was a bit extreme. I guess we should sometimes watch out what we wish for.
3. The Harry Potter films 2001-2011, staring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton. PG-13 ratings. Movies in the series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part I, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part II.
I really enjoyed the Harry Potter movies. Most of them have a 4.5 star from me except for the Goblet of Fire which I give a 3 to. I thought it relied too heavily on CGI and got away from the characters, which are the heart of the story. My favorite is when we finally meet Black in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Even though these films had a few different directors, it was pretty consistent. I also loved the ending movie too although just like with the book, I was not a fan of the cheesy ending. But that is just me!
4. The Wizard of Oz 1939, staring Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, and Bert Lahr. G rating. Description: In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.
No list would be complete without this original classic. 5 stars. I love this movie. I remember watching it as a little girl when it came on T.V. I learned all of the songs and was terrified of the Wicked Witch and her monkeys. What a beautiful movie of friendship, hope, believing in oneself and knowing that you are never too far from home. I don’t think I was the only little girl that sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and wished to be Dorothy. I love the munchkins. Now that me girls are getting a little older we have watched some parts of the film. I don’t want to get them too scared with some of the scenes.
5. The Blair Witch Project 1999, staring Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael. C. Williams. R rating for Description: Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend… The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project.
5 stars. Like it says on the movie poster it was scary as hell! I remember hearing about it a few months before it came it. This was the first really big push for interactive websites and movies. I looked at the site and read all of the evidence and totally did not think it was faked. It was so believable. There are crazy people in this world. I went to see it on opening night with a friend of mine. I was so scared and didn’t want to go camping for a while after that. The totally wanted to slap the character Heather by the end of the movie. She was driving me insane with her whining and excessive use of the f-bomb. But the movie was brilliant! Sad to saw the sequel was not worthy.
Honorable Mentions: Hocus Pocus, Season of the Witch, The Witches of Eastwick and The Crucible.