Looking for some new ideas for a movie night with your other-half, with your best mates or by yourself (the best way in my opinion)? Here are a few of my current favourites for every mood you might be in!
The one that will give you goosebumps: The Awakening (2011)
Rebecca Hall, as stunning as ever in her performance, plays Florence, an author of supernatural hoaxes who works with the police in the 1920’s London to expose charlatans. She is visited by a teacher from a boy’s boarding school, Robert, played by Dominic West, who claims that he believes the ghost of a boy is hunting the school, terrorising the students and even leading, he believes, to the death of one of them. Florence agrees, after refusing initially, to follow him to the school to investigate and to expose the culprits.
You can well imagine that things don’t go as easily as Florence had planned, and that she’s going to learn a great deal about the kids, the adults, the house… and even herself!
I don’t know about you, but I love ghost stories! Especially when they are set anywhere in an old English or Scottish house, and possibly a long time ago! It sets the atmosphere with a perfect dose of spook!
The one that will make you awwww (yes that’s a verb): Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
Sam (Josh Radnor), a struggling writer, sees a kid separated from his family on the subway and takes him under his wing when he realises that the kid is deeply unhappy in a foster family, despite that fact that Sam knows he could get in real trouble for it and his friends keep telling him the situation is weird. He is also obsessing over Mississippi (Kate Mara), a singer at night and a bar tender during the day, who he makes sign a contract that she will live in his apartment for 3 days (and nights) in order for them to get to know each other better. You also have Annie, who has a blood immune disease and who keeps on subscribing to destructive relationships; and Charlie and Mary Catherine whose relationship start drifting apart after Charlie was offered a job in LA.
You have here the typical New York romantic comedy! Let me warn you that it’s not the masterpiece of the year, but it’s what a good romantic comedy’s supposed to have: different romantic storylines that are all linked somehow, a respectable amount of drama, funny and witty dialogues and an ending that is not completely obvious and yet still not very surprising but that leaves you with a happy feeling for the rest of the day.
The one that will make you laugh: Spy (2015)
Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) and Fine (Jude Law) are CIA agents: Fine on the field while Cooper guides him from their Washington DC office, always left in the shadow of his successful missions… until Fine is left for dead on a mission targeting Rayna (Rose Byrne, brilliant as the arrogant and condescending bitchy villain), the daughter of Boyanov, who Fine killed accidently before he could tell him the location of a very dangerous bomb he possesses. Before killing Fine, Rayna talks into his camera, under the eyes of Cooper, reciting the names of all the CIA undercover agents and threatening she’ll kill them all if they try to interfere with her plans.
Cooper, who had a secret crush on Fine and whose identity is unknown since she never worked on the field, volunteers to retrieve the bomb and arrest Rayna and her partners. Of course, nothing goes to plan! She is helped by her best friend Nancy (Miranda Hart who I LOOOOOVE!!! She’s so naturally funny all the time!) and not so helped by Ford (Jason Statham, also hilarious in his seriousness!) another CIA agent who’s not too happy that the mission was given to Cooper and not to him.
I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to watch this one as I thought it would be just another silly comedy, and well… it is! But it’s very cleverly done! The actors are absolutely hilarious – I haven’t laughed like this watching a movie in quite a long time!
The one that will leave you breathless: Maze Runner – The Scorch Trials (2015)
As much as the first Maze Runner was very similar to the Hunger Games kind of films (still good, but not very original… well apart from the end, which was pretty awesome!), the second one is completely different! There is literally so much stuff happening!
The second one starts exactly were the first film finished: Thomas, Teresa and the rest of the crew are just coming out of the maze, rescued by they don’t know who in helicopters and taken to they don’t know where for they don’t know what reason!
Their rescuers claim to be fighting against the mysterious organisation W.C.K.D. who put them in the maze in the first place. Upon arrival at the headquarters, the gang find out that their rescuers have also saved a lot of other kids from other mazes, and that, every day, they call out 10 or so names for these kids to start a new life – but again no one knows where they are going and what is happening to them. And this is when Thomas discovers exactly what these so called rescuers are after…
I don’t want to say too much, I don’t want to spoil anything, but be prepared for a lot of action and unexpected developments that will keep you breathless until the very last second!
Can’t believe we’ll have to wait what? Another year or two before the next one is out! Argh!
The one that will make you think: Tomboy (2011)
Laure is a 10-year-old girl who just moved to a new neighbourhood with her parents and her little sister Jeanne. There, she befriends a bunch of kids who automatically think she’s a boy due to her boyish appearance. Laure doesn’t deny it; on the contrary she encourages it by saying her name is Mikael. She is obviously much comfortable as a boy than as a girl, but she knows that school is starting soon and she won’t be able to hide her secret any longer.
It’s such a great movie because it really makes you think about gender issues, and it’s so topical as well. How would you deal in this situation as a parent? Where do you draw the line between being open about it and trying to protect your child against the rest of the world who might not accept it as much as you do? Also, how do you think you would have you reacted as a kid? I would like to say that I would have been super open and cool about it as a child like I am today, but 15-20 years ago we didn’t talk about gender issues as much as we do today, and I’m ashamed to say that I can’t say for sure that I would have completely comprehended it at that time and at that age… Maybe, and I hope, that we have a new generation of kids today for who transgenders are just normal guys and girls and won’t make such a fuss about it (read this article about a transteenager who was crowned Prom Queen!). Definitely a to see movie in any case!