Favourite Films

As you may know, I am a massive film junkie. Due to this, I obviously have my favourite films I constantly watch, over and over again. I’m here to share my top ten picks so I hope you enjoy it! I’m trying to keep my intros short and sweet this week so that you can focus more on the content at hand. If you prefer my longer, more personal introductions, I can go back to my usual programming if needs be 🙂

  1. Clueless
  2. The Princess and the Frog
  3. Game Night
  4. El Camino
  5. Hercules
  6. Shawshank Redemption
  7. Birds of Prey
  8. Beetlejuice
  9. The Orphan
  10. Toy Story (all of them!)
  1. Clueless

I will never shut up about how much I love this movie. It came out 10 years before I was even born, but even though it’s just reached its 25th anniversary, I still find this film iconic and hilarious.

2. The Princess and the Frog

Not only are the songs catchy and really good, this movie is magical in more ways than one. The character’s are iconic and the storyline rings true with a feminist perspective: the harder you work, the more you achive.

3. Game Night

Since this film came out, I’ve watched it every time I’m at home sick. I love all the actors and actresses too and no matter how many times I watch it I always laugh until my cheeks hurt.

4. El Camino

I absolutely love the Breaking Bad franchise, so when I found out that El Camino was coming out I was super excited about it. After finally watching it, I was obsessed. All my favourite character’s are in it and there are some truly heartfelt moments and I can’t help but love it.

5. Hercules

I watch this film almost all the time with my brother, meaning I have all these heart-warming memories whenever I watch this movie. I also adore the Greek Chorus – honestly all I need is my life to be commentated by them. And Megara is amazing so bonus points for that boss-ass bitch.

6. The Shawshank Redemption

This is definitely a must-watch-movie. The storyline is so original and well thought out, but also just so fascinating, shining a light on prison abuse, how hard it is to rehabilitate once you’ve left prison, and other social issues which are so important. A timeless classic with amazing twists.

7. Birds of Prey

A brilliant “get-over-that-scumbag” film, a great film about feminism, fighting, fearlessness and showing how amazing you can be on your own. This is the third time talking about this film on my blog alone, so you know I love it!

8. Beetlejuice

Yet another one I watched with my brother. A very original concept you have to watch. Also Betelgeuse’s suit us pretty iconic. Of course, it is a little bit confusing at times but the SFX are so cool!

9. The Orphan

My all time favourite horror movie. A psychological thriller which will constantly keep you on the edge of your seats. It’s the definition of expect the unexpected and I’m watching it right now!

10. Toy Story (yes, all of them)

By far one of the greatest, most heart warming/wrenching film franchises in the world. Even though the first two movies came out before I was born, I have watched them all religiously, and I can recite each and every film word for word.


Iconic Films That Pass the Bechdel Test

In short, an amazing cartoonist named Alison Bechdel created a criterion to show representation of women in films.  The criteria is quite simple:

A movie that has at least two women in it who talk to each other, about something other than a man.

At first, I thought that finding films which follow this would be super easy.  However, when I began thinking about it, movies which pass the test are few and far between.  For easy viewing, I have compiled a list of ten of my favourite films which pass this test.  Happy watching!

1) Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

I am obsessed with this film. It’s the first superhero movie I ever watched and I was so excited because I felt I finally found a mainstream character in the media who looked like me. Wonder Woman is so cool and I can honestly do an entire paragraph about how she’s a feminist icon… (hint hint 😉 )

2) Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi and Roman Griffin Davis as Hitler and Jojo

I’ve already written a review on this marvellous movie – access that here: https://totallytatiana.com/2020/01/14/my-thoughts-on-jojo-rabbit/ but this film is outstanding for so many reasons and the fact it passes the Bechdel Test just gives me reason to love it even more

3) Enchanted

James Marsden, Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsy

Anyone who knows me also knows I love Disney. Those who know me very well know I am completely obsessed with Enchanted. A fariytale film with a feminist twist, with multipule cameos from Disney princess alummni, I just heckin love this film!

4) Crazy Rich Asians

Cast of Crazy Rich Asians

Rom Com films aren’t really my thing, but when I heard they were making a film made of an exclusively Asian cast and that it was based on a book, I was very interested. I read the book first, (and the second one… and the third one…) then finally went on to watch the movie with my Mum. I was obsessed! They perfectly bought all the characters to life and I loved it! The costumes… Oh. My. God!! Watch this film!!

5) Oceans 8

Cast of Oceans 8

A star studded cast? Check! An iconic heist film? Check! Showing girls can do it too? Check! This film is the best! It has some of my absolute favourite actors in too: Anne Hathaway, James Corden and Awkwafina to name a few!

6) Shrek 3

Shrek and Donkey

I still wonder how a film can be a complete hit with my whole English class and actually show empowering women. Also, Shrek is just one of those film franchises you need to watch.

7) Birds of Prey

Margot Robbie

I have already written a review about this film but I will never stop saying that this is the heartbreak healer. I’m so glad I watched this film when I did, because I was going through my own Joker and Harley breakup which made me feel so alone. I empathised with Harley Quinn and I left that cinema feeling like a new person. Read my full review here: https://totallytatiana.com/2020/02/16/my-thoughts-on-birds-of-prey-and-the-fantabulous-emancipation-of-one-harley-quinn/

8) Mean Girls

Lacey Charbert, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfreid

This movie is so fetch! I quote it on the daily and it’s one of the 100 films you have to watch in your life.

9) Toy Story 4

The long awaited finale of this fantastic franchise. It definitely doesn’t let you down!

10) Clueless

Stacey Dash, Alica Silverstone and Brittany Murphy

This film is a cult classic and it’s directed by a fearless female so just watch it!

Movies to Watch During Lockdown

Since Lockdown has begun, I’ve had a lot of free time.  Particularly in the evenings and mornings where I would be revising for my GCSE’s, I have nothing to do.  Recently, I’ve been finding films on Netflix and Sky Cinema, and watching them.  As I really enjoy reviewing things, I’ve decided to update this article after I watch a film.  My taste in films is very… broad.  By that I mean in the morning I could be watching a light-hearted rom com, but then by the evening I’ll watch a spine-tingling horror film, guaranteed to give the bravest person nightmares for months.  As I consider myself a slight movie-buff now, I’ve decided to share every film I watch and give them honest, to the point reviews.  This way, I hope I can give you helpful recommendations.

  1. Forgetting Sarah Marshall                         ★★★★✩

Star-spangled cast, lovely message which honestly made me wish I watched the film sooner!  Only downside is, at some points it’s very crude.  A feel-good comedy about finding your way after getting beaten down.

  • That’s My Boy                                               ★★★☆☆

An original storyline and an iconic cast.  The biggest downside of this film is they glamorise a teacher and student relationship.  If you get past all the dodgy stuff, it’s a very heartfelt film full of plot twists!

  • Wolf of Wall Street                                   ★★☆☆☆

Honestly, I spent this three-hour long film slightly confused.  It was a cool concept and I liked the overall message, there was just a lot of sex, drugs, drugs with sex and sex with drugs. 

  • Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels         ★★★★★

OH, MY WORD THIS FILM.  It’s amazing and so funny and I’ve been quoting it since I watched it.  Full of plot twists and you can’t help but love all the characters – as insane as they are.

  • Jaws                                                                 ★★★★☆

It’s an iconic film and I loved watching it.  I really recommend it.  The only reason I didn’t give it five stars is because the ending is very underwhelming. 

  • Grown Ups                                                 ★★☆☆☆

Cute film, just slightly dull and predictable.

  • Shawshank Redemption                           ★★★★★

Complete cinematographic perfection.  Amazing storyline, amazing casting, amazing filming.  You have to watch this film.

I’ll be updating this article whenever I watch a new film.  I hope this helps you find some good things to watch during this bizarre time.

My Thoughts on Jojo Rabbit

I have never found a movie which could make me laugh at one moment and cry the next with the click of a pistol before Jojo Rabbit.  This incredible film follows 10-year-old Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) in Nazi Germany towards the end of World War Two who lives with his Mother – Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) who is helping to hide a Jew – Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie) from the clutches of the concentration camps.  Riddled with dark comedy and Hitler being an imaginary friend, I strongly recommend the watch.

The cast is incredible.  It includes the talents of well-known actors such as Rebel Wilson, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant and Taika Waititi (who also directed, produced and wrote the screenplay for this amazing film).  But also introducing emerging actors such as Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie and Archie Yates who are possibly the most talented actors and actresses I’ve ever seen.  Roman Griffin Davis perfectly portrays an innocent German boy who is simply swept up in all the Nazi Propaganda but also is a truly funny, sweet boy who just longs to be Hitler’s best friend.  Thomasin McKenzie represents a feisty girl named Elsa who tries not to show her true fear of being taken away by the Nazis.

The film raised awareness of what so many of the history books fail to mention.  It shows a far more humane side to Germany during World War Two:  the few who longed for the war to be over and those who simply longed for the war to be over so they could go back to their loved ones.  The few who put their lives on the line to protect others.  It showed how even though some Germans were Nazis through and through, not all Germans’ are bad – an important message to today’s society.

The one issue I have with this film is the rating.  Of course, this is not the film’s fault as it was the BBFC who rated the film but there are honestly no other negatives.  This film is rated a 12A, but I think it should be rated a 12, at least.  This is due to the fact that there are some scenes which are extremely upsetting and very violent and could distress younger viewers.

Other than that tiny, miniscule issue, I really recommend this film as it is definitely worth the watch.  There is no wonder it’s been nominated for so many awards and I can say, hand on heart, that this film deserves to win every single one.

Nominated Awards – Wikipedia

My Thoughts On Joker

Joker is the box office hit which shows you the arch nemesis of Batman in a whole new light.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix and delves into the psychological mindset of Joker himself and tackles many controversial issues such as: mental health, gun violence and rioting to name a mere few.  Overall, the film is incredibly well made and doesn’t glamourize any of the issues thrown at them which is a lot less that I can say for similar films.  It was extremely cleverly constructed, had just the right amount of tension and plot twists.  Phoenix was perfectly cast to play the clinically insane Joker and by the end it left me begging for more.

As a pre-warning for anyone wishing to watch the film, there’s an extremely large amount of violence shown in graphic detail, and if you are not a fan of blood, guts and gore at all; this may not be the film for you.

This film also homes into gun violence like never before, not glamourizing it but instead making a poignant statement over what’s currently happening in America.  The representation of Joker’s mental illnesses was perfectly portrayed and left me questioning reality.  I found it fascinating to watch how his psychological trauma played out, especially without the support he needed.  A constant theme is that of anarchy and chaos within the social classes and that was extremely interesting to watch what with everything that is currently going on in the world.

I have next to no criticism of this movie except for one fateful mistake the creators made.  As you may already be aware, Gary Glitter – an evil man convicted of many sexual assault and rape claims, possessing child pornography and underage sex – has produced a large amount of the soundtrack.  He’s getting paid highly for this – even behind bars and he’s getting more popular by the minute.

Overall, the movie is a total work of art and I cannot stress enough that you should watch it.  It tackles so many controversial issues with such maturity and it really gets the points it wished to tackle across.  As soon as they decide to remove Gary Glitter from the music, it’ll be absolutely stunning, and I’ll have nothing but praise for it.

This was very different to what I normally write about but I enjoy it and I hope you do too!  Tell me if there are any other movies you want me to talk about and review.  I love you all,

xo baby, Tati xoxo