So I was watching Lost in Translation last week. Then in a conversation between Bob (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), Bob said: “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” I remembered that I highlighted a similar quote so I checked the books that I recently read and there it was, in Anna and the French Kiss. In the book, Stephanie Perkins really did quote Bob Harris. Lost in Translation is one of Anna Oliphant’s favorite movies.
After that, I decided to list the movies that are mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I initially highlighted most of them anyway.
“Paris . . . is the film appreciation . . . capital . . . of the world.”
Here are the films:
1. Madeline (1998)
IN AN OLD HOUSE IN PARIS, THAT WAS COVERED WITH VINES…
A movie based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book series which is set in Paris. This is one of the three movies mentioned by Anna when she listed everything she knows about France at the first chapter of the novel.
2. Amélie (2001)
ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.
Another movie mentioned by Anna in the first chapter of the novel. This is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life. And I am quite ashamed that I haven’t watched this film yet even though I’ve been hearing a lot of good reviews about this.
3. Moulin Rouge (2001)
CLUB MOULIN ROUGE – AN EXPERIENCE YOU WON’T FORGET!
I watched this first during my freshman year in college and I really like it. My friends and I used to watch this at a friend’s house when we don’t have classes in the afternoon. I rewatched this with my sister and cousins this year too. It was set in Paris and it’s a musical! No wonder I loved it.
4. A Little Princess (1995)
EVERY GIRL EVERYWHERE IS A PRINCESS.
I just learned about this movie after looking it up in IMDb and Letterboxd. So the story is the same as Princess Sarah, the Japanese anime series that was translated in Filipino and aired in Philippine television when I was a kid. I believe every 90s child knows this story. It is also adapted in Philippine cinema as Sarah… Ang Munting Prinsesa, also in 1995. These are all based on the children’s novel A Little Princess by British playwright and author Frances Hodgson Burnett. I also plan to watch this, as it is directed by Alfonso Cuarón. 🙂
5. Hitchcock (2012)
A love story between the filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his wife during the filming of Psycho (1960). A film about filming. Interesting!
6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
A DIFFERENT SET OF JAWS.
A British musical comedy horror film based on the musical stage production. I know some of the songs in this film because of Glee. I also read about this in The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I am looking forward to watch the movie, and maybe the musical stage production too.
7. Rushmore (1998)
LOVE. EXPULSION. REVOLUTION.
I first heard about this film from my friend Tin. It’s one of her favorite films of all time. (Tin, am I right? Hehe!) And since I recently watched The Grand Budapest Hotel, also directed by Wes Anderson, I’m going to bump this up on my watchlist.
8. Star Wars specifically The Empire Strikes Back (1980) & The Phantom Menace (1999)
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES…
EVERY GENERATION HAS A LEGEND. EVERY JOURNEY HAS A FIRST STEP. EVERY SAGA HAS A BEGINNING.
An epic saga created by George Lucas. I might rewatch these films, especially now that Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is coming into theaters next year.
9. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
BEING THE ADVENTURES OF A YOUNG MAN WHOSE PRINCIPAL INTERESTS ARE RAPE, ULTRA-VIOLENCE AND BEETHOVEN. MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING!
Okay, this film is not really mentioned in Anna and the French Kiss. It was just mentioned as a username of a regular in Anna’s favorite message board while she was reading film reviews. The username is clockworkorange88. I also want to watch this movie but I think I’ll read the novel first.
10. It Happened One Night (1934)
TOGETHER… FOR THE FIRST TIME
A romance comedy film directed by Frank Capra, a well-known film director of a number of films in the 1930s and 1940s. I also often see this film in lists of best films of all time.
11. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
ROMANCE, DRAMA, LAUGHTER AND HEARTBREAK… CREATED OUT OF THE VERY HEART AND SOIL OF AMERICA!
Just like It Happened One Night, this is directed by Frank Capra and included in lists of best films. But this one is a drama.
12. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM?
An American slasher film. I have known this for a while now and it even had a remake in 2003. But I am not a fan of horror movies so maybe I’ll skip this one. (Not a fan meaning I may have a fear of horror movies. LOL)
13. Scooby-Doo 2 (2004)
THEY CAME. THEY SAW. THEY RAN.
I’m not a fan of Scooby-Doo. I just watched some episodes of the American animated television series when I was young. But isn’t it amazing that the animated series is still ongoing?
14. Sixteen Candles (1984)
WHEN YOU’RE JUST SIXTEEN ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!
An American coming-of-age comedy film. It is included in some lists of best high school movies.
15. A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
THE BEATLES, STARRING IN THEIR FIRST FULL-LENGTH, HILARIOUS, ACTION-PACKED FILM!
I bet any Beatles fan has already watched this film. I will watch this one of these days and then listen to some famous Beatles songs like A Hard Day’s Night and Can’t Buy Me Love.
16. Lost in Translation (2003)
EVERYONE WANTS TO BE FOUND.
I watched this because of Scarlett Johansson. Hehe! And I really like it. As Stephanie Perkins said thru Anna Oliphant in Anna and the French Kiss, “It’s about isolation and loneliness, but it’s also about friendship. Being exactly what the other person needs.” Sofia Coppola became the third woman (and the first American woman) to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing, for this movie.
17. Iron Man (2008)
HEROES AREN’T BORN. THEY’RE BUILT.
This is one of those blockbuster Marvel movies that I liked. It was fun watching Robert Downy, Jr. as Tony Stark or Iron Man. I think I like this more than its sequels.
18. Roman Holiday (1953)
ROMANCE IN ROMANTIC ROME!
A princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American journalist in Rome. That princess is played by Audrey Hepburn, one of the world’s most famous actresses of all time. But I haven’t watch any of her films. Maybe I could start with this one.
19. The Gold Rush (1925)
THE WORLD’S GREATEST LAUGHING PICTURE!
This movie stars The Tramp, Charles Chaplin. Chaplin is considered as one of the most important stars of the early days of Hollywood. This is one of his silent films where he is most recognized.
20. The Decision, The Entrance & The Lighthouse
Three movies adapted from the novels written by James Ashley with the same titles. Okay, okay, I’m kidding. These are fictional movies. James Ashley is the pen name of Anna Oliphant’s father, who is an author of stories about love, cancer and dying.
By the way, I also made a Letterboxd list of these films.