I have watched quite a lot of films but while I’m slowly working my way through the classics such as Godfather and Jaws, I still have my favourite films that I go back to watch again and again.
Just a heads up, there might be some spoilers so please don’t be mad!!! Also I don’t watch any horror films so if you are looking for horror suggestions then I’m sorry, I can’t watch them. (I watched Women in Black when I was 12 however I couldn’t sleep for over a week because I kept thinking I saw the women in black outside my window!!!)
So let’s get into it!
1) Hidden Figures
This fantastic film was released in early 2017 and I love it so much. It is based off the true story of the three incredible women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who were key people in helping NASA send the first American to space.
Katherine Johnson was a human computer who went through all of the math needed to figure how to send someone into space and helped to workout the math behind sending the first men to the moon.
Dorothy Vaughan was the first African American supervisor at NASA and was also a mathematician. She is most famous for becoming an expert in FORTRAN programming.
Mary Jackson became an engineer and was NASA’s first black female engineer.
Hidden Figures goes through the key parts of these women’s lives and it is brilliantly done. It shows the segregation and the amazing friendship between these women. The music is written by Pharrell Williams and fits in with the film which in turn makes it flow beautifully.
Some of my favourite scenes are when they get slightly tipsy and start teaching Katherine how to dance.
When Mary Jackson goes to court and wins the right to go to the night classes at High School in order to become an engineer.
When one of the Astronauts went over and shook the hands of the African American computers who were pushed to the side.
And finally when Katherine exploded about having to walk half a mile to go to the toilet.
This film is beautifully done and I thoroughly recommend this to everyone, also it’s Women’s History Month so why not learn about some incredible women.
2) The Book Thief
Set in the rise of the Nazis in Germany, Liesel is fostered by an elderly couple (played by Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush). To deal with her new surrounding she finds comfort in stealing books while her foster parents hide a Jewish in their basement.
This is a film adaptation of Markus Zusak’s book which I recommend to everyone and anyone. It is beautifully portrayed on the silver screen and keeps the main body and premise of the story without it feeling like you are missing parts of the story line.
It is brilliantly edited and covers the growth of Nazism including the book burnings, Kristalnacht and the Hitler Youth. I love the characters because you see Liesel and her friend Rudy grow up together. I will warn you, this is a film you will need a box of tissues while watching it. There are a few parts that I have cried at every single time I have watched this film.
There are a few funny parts and the relationship between Liesel and Rudy is funny and makes you say awwww quite a few times.
I would thoroughly recommend everyone to watch this but be prepared to be completely punched in the gut. Multiple times… and sob. (I introduced this film to my friend Phoenix and we have watched it twice together, she was a complete mess by the end!! (sorry Phoenix!!!))
3) About Time
Imagine if all of the males in your family could time travel to moments in their life that have already happened. That’s exactly what Tim Lake and his dad can do but no one else knows. Tim decides to use this power to try and improve his life by getting a girlfriend. After meeting Mary, his life begins to change and is faced with the realisation that not everything can be fixed with time travel.
This is a good old romcom but it is not clique in anyway, there are a few awkward parts but they expand the characteristic of certain characters!!
The cast is filled will Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domnhall Gleeson who plays Tim. It is a funny film that has brilliant characters, the music is well selected and the story flows nicely.
Overall this is fast paced film but it quite funny seeing the different things that would happen if you changed one thing that you did in your past. Basically, just go watch it. This is one of my all time favourite films and I always recommend it to anyone who will listen.
I already did a full review of this film which you can read if you wish.
This is another romcom (don’t judge, I love my romcoms!!) and stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver (Star Wars). Radcliffe plays Wallace, a medical school dropout who befriends Chantry (Zoe Kazan), an animator. It follows the story of them becoming friends while Wallace tries to prove that he can have a relationship with a girl without falling in love. However he begins to have feelings for her and has to try and hide them as she has a boyfriend.
It is funny and has some very random moments however there are some great one liners. Adam Driver is the funny roommate of Wallace and my favourite line of him is…
The film is brilliantly edited and has some animation to link to Chantry’s job which is beautifully done. It isn’t a soppy romance but I watched this with my brother and dad and both enjoyed this film!!
5) Wild Child
A complete classic that everyone in my age group probably has watched multiple times!!! (Also it has recently been added onto Netflix!)
Emma Roberts plays a Malibu teenager who is sent off to an English boarding school to try and improve her behaviour. She befriends her roommates who help her to get expelled so that she can go home to America however her plan turns on its heads when she falls in love with Freddie, the head teacher’s son, and decides that she may not really want to go home after all.
This film is funny and has a great selection of amazing actors in it. It is very quotable and shows the stark difference between Malibu life to boarding school life. The characters are funny, adorable and lovable. I think my favourite character is Kate, she is the leader of the little group and is such a kind hearted girl.
Also my favourite scene is the girls do their own version of the hakka!!!
If you have never watched this film, it is a great sleepover film and will get you giggling. But there may be a few tears at the end!!
6) The Host
Based off Stephanie Meyer’s novel, this is about a group of aliens that invaded earth in order to place their souls into the human bodies. When Melanie is captured by the souls her body is taking over by a soul called Wanderer. However Melanie begins to fight back and is able to communicate with Wanderer. Melanie tries to take back her body and ends up finding some of the other humans who are in hiding.
There are loads of ups and downs in this film but it is brilliantly done. The story line is fast paced which means you kind of go in guns blazing. It is quite an interesting concept overall.
Melanie/Wanderer is played by Saoirse Ronan who has in tonnes of recent films and over all is a very recognisable actress. (If you like her then you should watch Brooklyn (I didn’t include it in this list but you should still watch it))
There are a few funny bits in the film where Wanderer does something and you have the voice over of Melanie screaming at her for doing that. It also shows it from the human side of the attack and the aliens side which is quite interesting.
Pride is all about a group of gays and lesbians during the 80s who begin to raise funds to help a welsh mining village. This is based off a true story, which is brilliant!!! The story line is great and the film as a whole flows very nicely.
Even though it is based on real life, it is a comedy which makes it a very light hearted film and very easy to watch. The characters are all different in their own way and represent different groups of people during the 80s, it touches a little on the AIDs epidemic during the 80s and Margaret Thatcher is mentions a few times.
It is a colourful and funny film that has an amazing soundtrack with great songs from the 80s. There are a few bits that hit you in the gut and my eyes began to well up at a few parts.
The cast is also brilliant with a lot of familiar faces.
I have to say my favourite character is Steph, she is the first lesbian to join the group and has some great snarky lines. Plus I LOVE HER HAIR!!!
I have watched this film multiple times and it has just been added on Netflix so go and watch it!!!!
Now I’m going to bring my mega Scottish side out. THIS IS SUCH A GOOD FILM!!!!!
This is all about Merida (and yes when every I say Merida my accent strengthens!!!) who is a the daughter of the Scottish King Fergus (voiced by the amazing Billy Connolly, a beloved Scottish comedian). She has come to age that she is to be betrothed to a suitor who has to compete in a competition to win her hand in marriage. As Merida is a fiery Scots woman who is very adventurous and an expert archer she is not very pleased about this. After finding help in a witch she tries to change her mum’s mind but instead changes her mum in a different way.
I love this film for many reasons.
1 – The music is beautiful and makes me want to roam the highlands while singing oh flower of Scotland at the top of my lungs. Mumford and Sons did a wonderful job of it.
2 – There are hilarious lines and scenes, with some really funny conversations between Fergus and Merida.
3 – I love Merida. Enough said she is a badass Scots woman and I love her so much.
4 – It makes me feel very proud to be Scottish.
If you’re Scottish or not you watch this film it gives you a lovely fuzzy feeling inside and has a great lesson at the end.
9) Arthur Christmas
Yes, yes this is a Christmas film and it is the middle of March but still it’s a great film.
It is all about Santa’s youngest son, Arthur (James McAvoy), who works in the letters department of Santa’s workshop. During the Christmas delivery of the presents, one little girl’s present is misplaced and hasn’t been delivered. Arthur makes it his mission to try and deliver the gift with only 2 hours until the sun rises.
You may say this is a child’s film however it is funny and makes you giggle. It may be silly at some moments but if you are having a downer then watch this to make you feel better.
There are quite a few recognisable voices in this film, with James McAvoy (Arthur), Bill Nighy (GrandSanta) and Hugh Laurie as Steve.
My favourite scene is when they have to sing a bunch of lions to sleep. It makes me giggle every time.
10) The Secret Of Moonacre
This is quite a throwback as it was released in 2008, and was based of the book The Little White Horse. Maria Merryweather moves in with her Uncle on his estate, known as Moonacre. She finds out that she is the last moon princess and has to break the curse that has been placed over the area before the 5000th moon rises where Moonacre will be covered by the sea forever.
I love this film.(Yes I am aware I have said that for every single film in this list but it’s true!!)
Maria is such a badass lady and the way her character grows is brilliant. I also like Robin and I thought the relationship between Robin and Maria is quite cute.
The story is quite serious at some times but there are some comic relief parts. The amount of bother Maria gets in is quite funny and the fact she will not listen to her Uncle at all. There are a few familiar faces with Tim Curry as Coeur De Noir and Ioan Gruffudd as Sir Benjamin Merryweather. Also in with the story there are little stories in with the main story line.
My favourite bit was when Maria trapped Robin and tries to convince Robin to help her.
11) Sing Street
(yes I know that this is an extra one but I miss counted and I really like this film so I have left it in.)
Set in 1980s, Ireland, Conor has to start at a public school due his family struggling with money. He makes friends with some other like minded boys and creates a band. Meanwhile he also meets a mysterious girl who lives across from the school and gets her to star in the band’s music videos.
This is on Netflix and I found it through it being recommended to me there. I like the tone of this film, there are real life difficult topics mixed in with this film however the whole film is mostly light hearted. A lot of the music are original songs supposedly written by the band which links in with the different styles they are trying out to figure out what their sound is.
The characters are brilliant and all balance out really well. A lot of the actors themselves that are in the band can actually play the instruments and they played a lot of the songs live while on the press tour for the film back in 2016.
Overall the music is brilliant and has become a regular on my Spotify playlists.
My favourite scene is when they have written the start of a song and it starts with a stripped back version of the song then flows in the full band version. The transitions as a whole are brilliant and help to move the film on really well.
Also the part where Eamon played by Mark McKenna shows all the instruments he can play, that makes me giggle every time.
Now all of a sudden we are now in March which means that exam time is looming upon us. If you missed my post from last week then you can click here to watch my 168hrs video!
I hope you go and watch at least one of the films on this list. For those who have gotten to end of this post and found out that there is actually 11 films in this list go ahead and tweet me.
Also if you have been reading my tweets you will find out small updates on a new project that I am slowly working on!!! Stay tuned for more information.