This week we’re hard at work managing the annual sales conference for a major UK brand. To say we’re busy is an understatement! Since the project involves a huge amount of video production, our minds have naturally turned to the silver screen. All right, we’ll admit it – we’ve been discussing our favourite movies. So what did we find?
A quick straw poll in the Juice studio revealed some interesting trends. The first of these was … there were very few trends. We did think the same films would keep coming up time and again, but it turns out everyone’s different. Front runner was the incomparable The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which came in with three votes. Is there any reason our staff should relate so well to a film set in a maximum security prison? Best not to ask! In second place was Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994).
Next we turned our attention to genres. Science fiction and fantasy did well, with votes for movies including Blade Runner (1982), The Dark Knight (2008), Aliens (1986), Iron Man (2008), Star Wars (1977) and The Matrix (1999). No surprise there: at Juice, we’ve always got one eye on the future. We had musical selections in the form of Dirty Dancing (1987) and The Commitments (1991), as well as a couple of choices soaked in nostalgia: Disney’s The Sword in the Stone (1963) and the kid’s adventure favourite The Goonies (1985).
The, ahem, older members of staff dipped deep into cinema history with 12 Angry Men (1957) and A Matter of Life and Death (1946). But the overwhelming truth is this: if you match the films against the ages of the individuals who voted for them, you’ll see that most people picked at least one movie that was around when they were teenagers. You know, the sort of film John Hughes used to make, like The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Which just goes to prove what an impressionable lot we all are during adolescence.
Either that, or they just don’t make them like they used to!