Fifty and Fabulous

The thoughts, loves, rants, interests & inspirations for Gen X

I Love Watching TV and Films

This page is all about the films I love and the TV I watch. Yes, I admit it – I watch telly! A lot! Let’s be honest, watching telly is probably the first “hobby” we ever have. If they get it right, a TV show or film can take you away from your world and immerse you into theirs.
When I was a teenager I loved watching animated series like “Dungeons & Dragons”, “Thundercats”, “Battle of the Planets” and “DangerMouse” but I also have happy memories of watching black and white classics with my Nan when she came over to babysit each Friday; silent golden oldies staring Harold Lloyd or on the edge of my seat watching Basil Rathbone as the logical detective Sherlock Holmes or cheering on Margaret Rutherford as the unstoppable Miss Marple.

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  I think the first film that I saw on my own with my school friends was Breakin’ 2 – Electric Boogaloo anyone else remember this break dancing classic (lol!) I was very lucky to find a kindred spirit when it came to going to the cinema; my best friend at the time was also a film fanatic.

We were always going to our local Odeon and it became a running joke among all our families & friends that we ended up crycrying at the cinemaing at every one we saw!  I mean, did you cry at all when watching; The Golden Child, Mad Mad Beyond Thunderdome, Back To The Future or Coming To America, see just us.

It’s funny, although I loved reading horror stories; I never wanted to watch films that were scary. I know, odd aren’t I?!

As I got older I found myself wanting to watch adventure series, shows that had a different dimension to keep me tuning in each week (i.e. yummy actors); “Tales of the Gold Monkey”, “The A-Team”, “Scarecrow and Mrs King”, “Magnum P.I.”, “Quantum Leap”, “Airwolf”, “Battlestar Galactica and “Family Ties” being some of my favourites and like many people of my age, I loved all of the films by John Hughes; The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, St Elmo’s Fire, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Uncle Buck, the list is quite impressive, isn’t it?!

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I am now in my early 40’s, I watch a lot of factual programmes, not reality TV or game shows but documentaries (see my History & Science page to find out move). Having said that I do love watching some quiz shows; QI, Mock The Week and A League of Their Own being my favourites.

Our Sky Planner currently has a few non-factual programmes such as Modern Family, Miranda and The Musketeers set up to automatically record each week. Other series that we’ve ensured that we never miss include; Sherlock (staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman), The Café (a gentle comedy on Sky 1 written by Ralf Little), Silk (a great legal drama starring Maxine Peake), Stella (staring & written by the talented Ruth Jones), Broadchurch (staring David Tenant among others), Cuckoo (a funny BBC3 comedy), Fleming (a great mini-series about the real life of author Ian Fleming) and Him & Her (another funny BBC3 sitcom about a couple in their mid 20’s).

minions at the cinema Most of the time over the last 5 or 6 years, when I go to the cinema, it’s to watch a film that my daughters want to see, however, I did get to see; Avatar, The Lord of the Rings films (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King) and The Hobbit films (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies) which I am very happy about.

I can’t list my Top 5 or 10 films of all time because my emotions dictate what films I want to watch and when; soppy girlie kissy ones, mystery thriller who dun it ones, blood & guts shoot ‘em up ones or pee myself laughing so much ones but, before I go, I wont leave you without listing some of my favourite films that I find myself watching again and again (oh these are in no particular order);

Grosse Pointe Blank Grosse Pointe Blank – starring one of my favourite actors, the very scrummy John Cusack, in fact I find myself often watching his films… Runaway Jury, America’s Sweethearts, Con Air, yes even Hot Tub Time Machine lol!

Practical Magic – starring one of my favourite actors, the very talented Sandra Bullock, in fact I can’t think of a film that she’s done that I don’t love… as I’m writing this “Hope Floats” springs to mind, beautiful film…

Smiling - Buddy The ElfElf – no Christmas should be without it. It’s a tradition that every year on the 1st December I watch Elf (and repeatedly throughout the festive season).

Daniel Craig is James Bond, 007

Daniel Craig is James Bond, 007

• All the Daniel Craig 007 Bond films – Casino Royal, A Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.

• All of those Simon Pegg & Nick Frost collaborations; Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Paul.

• Legally Blonde and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde always wipe away my blues and put a big smile on my face (“I just like to smile! Smiling’s my favourite” see Elf is appropriate through the whole year!)

• Planes, Trains and Automobiles – that great buddy road trip movie, Steve Martin and the late, great John Candy, what a duo! (See another John Hughes film features in my world) In fact, Planes, Trains and Automobiles was the first film that I saw with Hubby all those years ago when we first started going out… aahhh

I heart Tim Burton • Most films by Tim Burton especially The Nightmare Before Christmas – what a masterpiece! Beetlejuice was the 1st Burton film I saw & fell in love with and who can forget Edward Scissorhands…

• The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King) and The Hobbit Trilogy (An UnexpeHobbit LOTRcted Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of the Five Armies)

It wont be long before I will be able to share in the pleasure of watching all 6 films with my eldest daughter.


The Good Witch compilation  • The Good Witch series of “made for TV” films starring Catherine Bell have a lovely feel-good factor; The Good Witch, The Good Witch’s Garden, The Good Witch’s Wedding, The Good Witch’s Family and The Good Witch’s Destiny. Although they are occasionally shown on Sky Movies, unfortunately, Hallmark Channel released the films on Region 2 DVDs *hint*hint* let’s hope that we get to see the new 10 part TV mini-series here in the UK.

My Favourite Actors…


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