Films are a huge deal in Casa Watling. Sam is an avid fan and we have a pretty large collection. We fully intend to get Little H similarly hooked. When I spotted this topic on the 30 Days Blogging Challenge list, I was quite excited. But in reality it was hard to come up with a finite list. I know there are films I love which I’ve forgotten too! However, whatever my mood, I could happily watch at least one film on this list so I think it’s a fair set.
Star Wars, episodes IV, V & VI
I grew-up on the original Star Wars trilogy. Back in the days where Bank Holidays meant reduced or no shopping hours and a special TV line-up, a Star Wars film was something I can remember curling up on the sofa to watch with my dad. When I met Sam, it was a positive sign that he also liked Star Wars. We regularly pop them on as a Sunday Afternoon Film (at least pre-Little H!) or for some immersive yet easy evening watching.
I read the ‘Paddington’ books when I was a child but I didn’t really remember them when this film came out in 2014. However, the memories came flooding back when I watched this. It is such a wonderfully bright and colourful film. The characters are also brought to life delightfully. I especially love Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as Mr & Mrs Brown. The best part about this film is it’s also child-friendly so I am hopefully later this year Little H will enjoy watching it.
I recorded this when it was on TV during my Mat Leave year. It seemed like the sort of easy watching a sleep deprived mother could cope with. I was right but also found a film I am now hooked on. When I want something which requires no effort to watch, this is it. I love the acapella singing too and wish I could do it. Little H will tolerate watching the end of this if I watch it during nap time; she likes the singing too!
One of my bizarre ambitions as a teen was to work for NASA. I was (and still am) fascinated by space. My mum bought me this film on video for my birthday and I was completely absorbed by it. I watched it all the time. Then I forgot about it until I saw it on TV about 6 years later. It took me back to that time as a teen. But more than that, it still takes me back to that mission and makes me think what it must have been like to go to space in a rocket with less technology than my phone!
I usually find Richard Curtis films a bit too soppy for me. But I really wanted to watch this because I’m a massive Rachel McAdams fan. I’m glad I did because I absolutely love this film. It’s got a wonderfully simple British heart to it. It’s complicated but not in a dramatic way. It’s emotional but not in a sickening and theatrical way. It feels genuine and a real mix of happy and sad.
Mulan is a massively underappreciated Disney film! I just love it. The songs are fantastic. Eddie Murphy voices a cool dragon. The lead character is a feisty and heroic young girl. What’s not to love?!
The Lion King
Surely I don’t need to explain this one?! [*Spoiler Alert* / *Deep Breath*] A small lion cub prince who loses his father under tragic circumstances and is forced to flee only to then befriend a warthog and a meerkat only to discover years later that it was actually his uncle who killed his father so goes back to avenge his father’s death and reclaim his throne. Now that’s a story. Chuck in a few AWESOME songs (‘Just Can’t Wait to be King’ and ‘Hakuna Matata’ anyone?) and you’ve got yourself a classic. Well, it won me over at least!
You’d be hard pressed to watch this film and not see why it’s so highly acclaimed. This is a true epic. It’s one of those films you just watch every now and then. It’s quite heavy going and very emotional. But it’s incredibly immersive and I love being flashed back to the height of the Roman era – something which has always fascinated me. Great cinematography, brilliant acting and a superb soundtrack. A 10/10 film in my book!
What are your go-to films that you couldn’t live without?
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