Ok so one of my great loves in life is film, I've seen probably hundreds over the years and its something I love to share with friends and family. Certain films hold such lovely memories of who and when I first saw them. They hold iconic moments that we all quote on a daily basis, songs that make us want to laugh and cry and characters that inspire endlessly.
So I've decided to start a "what to watch" series, with my recommendations and recommendations I've had from others on the perfect films to watch for any occasion. Girls night in? Want something to make you howl with laughter? A thinker? Something based on real life? Over the course of the next few months I'm going to compiling it all and I'll make sure to include where you can watch them online as well to make things even easier.
I do go to cinema quite regularly so every now and then I might throw in a film review for something new but mostly it's going to be about existing films and things you can watch in your own time in the comfort of you own home. If you have any guides you'd specifically like me to write then absolutely let me know!
Today however I'd going to give you a rundown of some of my all time favourite films. These are classics in my eyes that I could honestly watch a thousand times over and never get bored. Warning - it is a mixed bag, from thrillers to Disney classics but hopefully that means there'll be something for everyone. So grab your laptop and some popcorn and settle in because I guarantee there'll be something here you'll want to watch.
The heart-warmer | My best friends wedding
Where do I start. This is potentially my favourite film of all time, it's got everything you could want from a film. You can't help but love Julienne and feel for her a little bit, I'm sure we can all relate to watching someone we love (or loved) with someone else. The fashion is amazing, Julia Roberts look like a 90's queen throughout and Cameron Diaz looks so young she's almost unrecognisable! However the highlight is Rupert Everet, he absolutely makes this film. Expect a laugh a minute, an ending that will make you say aw and an EPIC soundtrack!
The motivator | Legally Blonde
Ok I'd happily talk about this film all day. What starts off as a seemingly standard rom com type film actually delivers some quality life lessons. Elle, played by Reece Witherspoon is a seemingly clueless college graduate who followers a man to Harvard in the hopes of winning him back. As you can imagine she gets way more than she bargained for, but this is a great film if you're motivation is feeling a little low and you need a feel good pick me up. Plus she's hysterically funny, you'll finish this film instantly wanting to listen to the sound track and I don't blame you, the song from the opening credits I actually listened to in the gym the morning of a job interview last year and it gave me such a boost for the rest of the day.
The controversial choice | The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo Dicaprio must have had a ball filming this. Based on a true story around investment icon Jordon Belfort, it follows his rise through the ever competitive Wall Street scene. What I love about this film is that it's clever, not in a well done mr Belfort way but that I find the whole thing really interesting to know how he did it. Amazing cast, it was a break out role on Margot Robbie and also has Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey. Great for some laughs and a bit of escapism.
The thinker | The Circle
If you're going to watch any of the films on this list I'd recommend it be this one, it's quite black mirror because it's very close to the reality we live in now. Tom Hanks and Emma Watson star in this film and it's definitely a thinker, Emma's character gets a job at a very large powerful tech conglomerate and gets herself involved in an emerging new project that isn't all it seems. A good watch, but I'd recommend watching it with a friend because you're definitely going to want to talk about this after.
The musical one | La La Land
Quite a recent film, but a favourite none the less. If you've read my blog before you'll know how much California holds a place in my heart and this film is basically a giant advert for LA. The soundtrack is beautiful, Ryan Gosling plays the piano, John Legend has a cameo, it's a cracking experience start to finish. I actually saw this is the cinema three times when it first came out, I just could not get enough. What I love about this film is that it's fantastical enough to feel like an old school movie without losing any realism, there's iPhones and Uber but there's also old school jazz clubs and tap dancing in the street. LOVE, if you haven't seen it already then put it on the list.
Now bear in mind this is only a snippet of my favorite films, I promise to share lots more of these top 5 style films posts in the coming weeks. I've just checked and apart from Legally Blonde (which is so good you should just invest and buy the DVD) all of these films are on Netflix. I'll watch a film normally 3/4 times a week so have built up quite the knowledge bank of good flicks. Hopefully, that you'll benefit from these posts and come back to them later for reference because there is nothing more annoying than not being able to decide on a film because you've already seen them all. My intention was for these guides to offer some movie marathon inspiration.