Tell us your favourite movie and win win win – Coraline movie passes


The movie Coraline based on the children’s book by Neil Gaiman is released on the 6th of August in NZ. Bronnypop posted about this earlier in the year.

It’s the first stop-animation movie to be shot in 3D. In the film, Coraline (voiced by Dakota Fanning) walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life. On the surface, this parallel reality is eerily similar to her real life – only much better. But then this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous … Get a taster by viewing the trailer.

If  you live in Christchurch, you can win a double pass courtesy of Paramount Pictures – flick us an email with your name, address and phone number to and tell us about your favourite movie, and why you like it …  We’ll pick 5 lucky winners to go to the preview screening on Wednesday August 5. (P.S. This competition is now closed – but feel free to comment on your favourite movie!)

I’ll kick off . My all time favourite movie is Excalibur. Directed by John Boorman, this unholy gorgeous mashup blends the medieval and the soft focus glitzy 1980s. Stars – Gabriel Byrne. Liam Neeson. Helen Mirren. And Nicol Williamson as Merlin doesn’t just eat up the scenery, he eats it and builds it again and eats it. All the Arthurian characters are here – Arthur. Mordred. Percival. Lancelot. Guinevere (Cherie Lunghi plays her a bit simpery but you can’t have it all). Gorgeous gold armour, battles, riding horses, magic. Copious use of O Fortuna (probably the best soundtrack music ever) …ahhh….

*Scarlett has given us her fave:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It is closer to the book than most of the movies in the series, and the sets are great, especially Sirius’ house. I like Kretcher…he’s funny

Zac:  “My favourite movies all seem to be kids/family movies (I’m just a big kid at heart). My favourite though is Princess Bride. It’s got everything that a good movie should have; humour, sword fights, villians and a happy ending.”

Isabelle: “The Lion King because it was one of the first movies I ever saw that left an impression.”

Rachel: “My favourite movie of all time would have to be Sleepy Hollow. Other movies come and go, but I think that Tim Burton is a fantastic director, and having Johnny Depp in the lead role just makes it better. I normally hate horror movies, and hide under the sofa most of the movie, but something about this film, the music, the scenery, the amazing acting or the twisted plot always holds me spellbound. Coraline looks like it has a similarly engaging storyline, I can’t wait for it to come out!”

Ariana: My favourite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas. My favourite character is Jack the skeleton and his loyal companion the ghost dog.  I like the movie because it’s got loads of catchy songs and  really sweet story. Though a bit spooky all the while. The story shifts from Jack  to the rag doll, who admires Jack just for being himself.  It’s a bit sad for Jack when he tries to create the perfect Christmas and no-one appreciates his work. I also love The Corpse Bride but it’s not quite as good.

9 thoughts on “Tell us your favourite movie and win win win – Coraline movie passes

  1. richard 22 July 2009 / 12:53 pm

    Just because people have the chance to see it during the arts festival, I’m going to say Battleship Potemkin. There’s one of the most famous scenes on youtube:
    If you can afford it, go and see it with live music from the CSO.
    Potemkin is right up there with Metropolis for classics, I reckon.

  2. Michael A 22 July 2009 / 3:42 pm

    So many to choose from; The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (the essence of Eastwood); O Lucky Man (Lindsay Anderson’s masterpiece with Malcolm McDowell and an Alan Price soundtrack to die for); The Pawnbroker (Rod Steiger); Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire; 2001:A Space Odyssey; Raising Arizona; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Let The Good Times Roll…

    Too hard to pick one!

  3. zackids 23 July 2009 / 1:46 pm

    In the Centre for the Child we have copies of the book on display so if you want to read the book before you see the movie you should pick one up

  4. Mo-mo 23 July 2009 / 4:37 pm

    Being a staff member I guess I can’t enter but want to share my cinematic picks too.

    Recently someone asked me for my three favourite films. I got as far as Star Wars and The Princess Bride and desperately wanted to round out my top three with something a bit more cerebral or at least dark, edgy or obscure but in the end had to go with honesty. So Dirty Dancing it was…

  5. Jacqui 24 July 2009 / 10:51 am

    Pan’s Labyrinth is a stunner. Dark and deep with wonderful creatures and characters and visually stunning – a movie to stay with you for long after you leave the theatre…messes with your senses, perceptions and ideas of reality and fantasy- watch it and be enthralled

  6. keenanj 24 July 2009 / 2:54 pm


  7. Donna 12 August 2009 / 2:35 pm

    Congrats to Coraline comp winners including Scarlett, Zac, Isabelle, Rachel and Ariana. Hope you enjoyed yourselves!

  8. Jacqui 12 August 2009 / 4:41 pm

    Many thanks for the free tickets, loved the movie… now looking forward to going back and using the free ticket again to see it in 3D (they sent the wrong print down, so gave our tickets back so we can go back and see it again!
    Another brilliant movie from Mr Burton et al!!!
    Jacqui (Fendalton)

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