Day 1: What is the one film everyone must see and why?
The Goonies (1985)
If we all shuffle truffled the world would be a better place – Barry Warren
Day 2: The film with the place you’d most like to live and what makes it so special?
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
‘Moulin Rouge’ for Paris as when I got married we were poor students and had our honeymoon on a shoestring in that beautiful city. 25 years later we went back for the first time and had dinner and saw a show in the Moulin Rouge to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary. Paris really is a place for love!” Linda Hill
Day 3: The film with the moment that most makes you hide behind the sofa and why?
‘when I see a little tree air freshener I am immediately reminded me of this movie – cringe!’ – Lindsey Hills
Day 4: The film character you’d most like as your best friend and why?
George (Rupert Everett) in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
For being the friend that brings insanity to despair, and logic to the irrational, life would never be boring [or] dull, and there is always say a little prayer for you – Debbie Hayter
Day 5: The best means of transport in a film and why you’d like to try it.
The Catbus in My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
It is not just cute, fast, can fly through the fields or pop from roof to roof without anyone noticing it, it is crazy, comfy and fluffy inside.
Day 6: The movie character(s) with the best dance moves – and would you join them on the dance floor?
Jerry Travers (Fred Astaire) in Top Hat (1935)
I knew it had to be Fred Astaire, but which character? In the end I’ve gone with Jerry Travers from Top Hat (although arguably I should have chosen Ginger Rogers as she does everything he does but backwards and in heels). Top Hat was the first Astaire/Rogers film I saw and it has some of the best sequences. Fred Astaire is who I wish I could summon when a romantic mood strikes. I’ve been known to sing in the rain in the park, if only I could dance too.
Would I join him on the dance floor? Only for lessons… – Richard Fysh
Day 7: The film that most takes you back to your childhood & why?
The Rescuers (1977)
The first film I ever saw. My dad used to work away on the oil rigs, the weekends he was home meant a trip to the Odeon, just the two of us, and a Milkshake on the way home. Some of the greatest memories I have of him – Janine Jordan
Day 8: Your funniest laugh-out-loud moment in a film.
Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979)
The ‘Biggus Dickus’ scene in The Life Of Brian is still perhaps the funniest unfurling of a silliness on celluloid. It begins with a titter, but the absurdity kicks in and I have nearly hurt myself in hysterics watching it. Nothing better than the Pythons for that genuine breed of timeless comedy! – Rebecca Pate
Day 9: The film with the most heroic act of bravery or courage.
12 Angry Men (1957)
Rather than a physical act or act of general self sacrifice to put oneself in imminent danger, I have gone for more of the humanity angle. My vote is for ‘Juror 8’ (Henry Fonda) from 12 angry men. From start to finish juror 8 wanted justice to be served by fully looking at all the evidence at hand rather than a guilty verdict purely from circumstance. Brilliantly told and acted throughout, with juror 8 and justice prevailing in the end – Lee Richards
Day 10: The film character you most love to hate and why?
Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
You ask why? Well a) Nurses are supposed to help their patients, b) Her overbearing, smug face, knowing she has ultimate control of her wards, c) Well to put it short, just a prize bitch! Great film though – Keith Hollis
Day 11: The best food or meal eaten in a film
The twinkies in Zombieland (2009)
Sometimes the most satisfying food/meal can be the most simple. This is especially true during a zombie apocalypse when food is at a minimum. Survival may be the key goal for most, but for Tallahassee it’s to find that last ever Twinkie. It certainly isn’t the healthiest foodstuff but it’s a symbol of familiarity and comfort at a time when comfort is an almost unattainable luxury. The moment at the end when he finally gets his hands on one is as sweet a victory as any of the zombie kills that have made him a legend – Kevin Knapman
Day 12: The best film set in a school or college (other than Hogwarts!) and why?
Gregory’s Girl (1981)
It captures high school in the 80’s. Even in the background of the main plot. The headmaster with not a lot to do, the child in a penguin costume wandering the hallways looking for the right room. It even manages to demonstrate the hypocrisy of the age in having male pupils be involved in the cookery classes whilst girls are having a hard time being accepted on the football team.
Very funny and endlessly re watchable – I remember being saddened to realise that “Dorothy” was the gorgeous out of Gregory’s league girl but then Clare Grogan turned up.
– Andy Craik
Day 13: The film character with the best – or worst – hairstyle
Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) in Working Girl (1988)
Mullet-tastic! – Lisa Titch Newton
Day 14: The best bro-mance (two male buddies) in a movie.
Maverick (Tom Cruise) & Goose (Anthony Edwards) in Top Gun (1986)
[SPOILERS] The general dynamic between Cruise and Edwards holds 80% of this film together, they actually seem to be best buddies, Maverick and Goose, pilot and R.I.O, brothers in arms, helping each other in the plane and in the bar, watching each other’s backs, willing to give everything up for the other then when….
… Goose dies it’s like Maverick loses his life partner.
– Chris Mason
Day 15: The first foreign language film that made you forget you were reading subtitles, and why?
La Haine (1995)
They were teenagers just like me and their characters were so real which made what happens so much more shocking, it really made an impression on me. Vincent Cassel in particular is brilliant. The camera work was also really ‘different’, it was made in 1991 but it was in black and white and used jolting zooms and cuts for no real reason other than to make you feel even more uncomfortable. It still makes me feel like I can speak fluent French! – Rachel Heyes
Day 16: The best screen mom and why?
Molly Weasley (Julie Walters) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Simply for her line in the last film “Not my daughter you bitch!”. Molly and Arthur Weasley always provide for their children, even when times get tough during the war. Molly was the mother Harry dreamed of and she treated him like one of her own. She knitted a boy- who she hadn’t even met- a sweater just for being her son’s friend and so that he would have something to open. Plus she raised Fred and George! – April Atkin
Day 17: The fight scene that affected you the most
Dinner table scene in American Beauty (1999)
The verbal fight and aggression is simply… I don’t have a better word for it – beautiful, the way the 2 actors changed into monsters stuck in a swamp and trying to get out of that and grab some air by crawling over each other and pushing the other one down – great dialogs, great characters! I would really like to try one day, just smashing a plate of asparagus against the wall… Viktoria Meszaros
Day 18: The film set in the era you’d most like to travel back to, and why?
“I love the fact that the world seemed safer back then; I like the American suburban ideal of cute houses with white picket fences; I love the fashion of the 50s, the awesome hair styles and the cute poodle skirts; I like the sense of innocence of the period; I like the fact that little ice cream shoppees were where the young people hung out to go for a milkshake, malt or sundae rather than pubs and clubs, and I like the language they used; phrases like “that’s swell!” and “Gee Whiz”. Also I love the music from that time period: Mr Sandman, Elvis Presley songs like Hound dog, Jerry Lee Lewis’ Great Balls of Fire, Chuck Berry’s Jonny B Goode, The Isley Brothers’ Shout, The Platters Only You, Ray Charles songs.. I know I probably have an idealistic view of that time period but it seems like a nice time to be in” – Susie White
Day 19: The film with the invention you’d most like to try out – and how you’d use it
The Fifth Element (1997)
I would like to try the instant make up applicator and i would use to get out of the house on time and experiment with new looks. (Just realised how girly that sounds but that’s my honest answer!) – Susma Sharma
Day 20: The best fictional rock or pop band in a movie
Sex Bob-Omb from Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (2010)
Teenage ennui meets thrilling garage punk in one tasty package. They also have the best drummer, a marvellously deadpan Alison Pill – Kevin Knapman
Day 21: The film animal you’d most like as a pet
Red Dog (2011)
Based on a true story, Red Dog chose you and not the other way round, in fact he chose a whole mining town (Dampier) in Western Australia. He changed people’s lives, brought people together, made them cry and made them laugh – a perfect soul mate. – Linda Adams
Day 22: The best remake of a film and why it worked
The 1983 remake of Scarface from 1932 was a thrilling piece of cinema. There are so many scenes and phrases from the film which have become iconic. Who can forget “Say hello to my little friend!” The fact that the remake wasn’t just copied shot for shot and was updated to suit the audience at the time sets it apart from other movie remakes. – Shahin Najafipour
Day 23: The film sporting event you cheered on the most and why
The Karate Kid (1984)
“in particular the final showdown in the karate competition at the end of the movie – seeing a badly injured Daniel manage to overcome the odds & beat his bullying & cheating nemesis with a single indefensible kick just wants to make you want to fist pump at a million miles an hour – while the film is a tad cheesy now I’m older I first watched it as a child & thought it was the bees knees at the time especially as I was studying shotokan karate” – John Foy
Day 24: The best robbery or theft in a film
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Day 25: The best performance by a child in a film.
Day 26: The film scene that best illustrates how you will be spending your weekend – or would like to.
Day 27: The best piece of wisdom or advice you received from a film.
Day 28: The most dysfunctional family or household in a film.
Day 29: The film moment that most gives you a lump in your throat and why?