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.

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 Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

On Valentine’s day my friends and I all decided to go watch Birds of Prey together as we had previously been blown away by Joker.  The four of us are painfully single which we are all okay with and it was super lovely to just watch a film and not have to worry about impressing someone because you’re just with people you can be yourself with.  We all had a lot of fun and I realised how happy I am to be in a friendship group who just likes me for me – something I was always so desperately looking for which was just magically given to me.

This was mine and my two friends first time watching the film but my GBF’s (girl best friend) – who we shall call Blondie – had watched it once before.  She’s also a massive Harley Quinn fan so to say I feel slightly underqualified to write this review is an understatement.  But, as I always do, I will give it my best shot and we’ll see what happens!

From the get-go, this such an empowering feminist film.  It gives proof that you don’t need a man to protect you, fight your battles or to give you meaning in life.  I feel like every girl can relate to at least one of these characters: whether that be the bad-ass Harley Quinn who even though made some very bad choices in the past, is slowly learning from her mistakes and trying to become a better person and be more strong minded and free and not let a man control her life.  Or maybe you relate more to the Huntress, an equally bad-ass vigilante who wishes to protect and avenge.  What about the Black Canary who is quick, slick and won’t take anyone’s s*** (I’m sorry, it rhymed, and I got excited.)?  Perhaps you understand Renee Montoya – the killer cop who’s constantly in the shadow of men – on a spiritual level?  Maybe you just love Cassandra Cain, a troubled young pickpocket who is accidentally thrown into the lives of all three women when she swallows a valuable diamond.  Whoever you relate to, there’s no denying each of these characters develop themselves immensely throughout the film.

The action sequences follow the footsteps of Jackie Chan and John Wick, but with an added essence of Margot Robbie which is simply unbeatable.  You’ll be holding your breath every montage you watch which includes Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey.  The costumes are amazing, and I must admit I long to wear some of the things that only Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell could pull off.

However, I must say the plot can be slightly confusing at times and despite all the loose ends being tied up, it did feel as though it dragged on at points.

All in all, this is an amazing movie, as long as you’re either a DC fan or a fan of action movies.  But, it can still be enjoyed if you love fearless females, it just helps to at least appreciate the genres of action and fantasy/dystopian films.

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