I hope you are well today. I thought I’d finally update the blog with some interesting content.
I don’t want to mention the dreaded C-word, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about it by now, so I’ll just say this… since I’ve been spending more time at home I’ve been watching a lot more movies.
Movies are one of the best forms of escapism—they provide you with an immersive experience and engage your senses, so for a couple of hours you can unwind and forget about everything that’s going on in the world.
I know most people get into television series at this time, but I thought it would be interesting to list some movies because, let’s face it… sometimes we just want something quick and satisfying to take our mind off what’s going on.
The movies I’ve listed below are various genres including historical/period dramas, thriller/horror, romance, classic Hollywood, sci-fi and action/adventure.
Finding movies that I like is not always easy, I’ve watched far too many disappointing movies in the past, and these are not my top fave picks of all time, but they sit somewhere at the top of my most recent watch list.
So, let’s get to it! Here are 9 movies I’ve really enjoyed recently:
1. The Duchess
Period dramas/movies set in the 18th century are among my favourite to watch, because first of all, the costumes are incredibly impressive but they also often deal with some form of intrigue such as an affair or long-held secret. The Duchess is a retelling of the life of Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and her affair with Charles Grey. There’s just a lot to love about this film, it’s intriguing, sexy, beautiful and most of all—entertaining. I enjoyed this movie a lot and I think Keira Knightly is a perfect choice to play the duchess.
Nope, this is not a Beauty and the Beast retelling like I first thought when I heard about it, ha! Belle is another historical film set in the 18th century and it tells the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay who was the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Naval Officer Sir John Lindsay. After her mother’s death, her father gains custody of her and takes her to live in his residence. The film explores the beginnings of the abolition of the slave trade and some of the despicable attitudes towards people of colour at the time—in particular those of mixed race like Dido, who are rejected on the basis of their skin colour but due to their lineage, still hold some status in society. The movie is not so serious however, because there is a romantic element to it which I really enjoyed. Gugu Mbatha-Raw who plays Dido is an incredibly talented actress and her beau, John Davinier played by Aussie actor Sam Reid was also very convincing. I was also surprised to see Tom Felton playing an even more evil version of Draco Malfoy in this film!
3. Last Night
When a married couple must spend one night apart, they are each confronted by a temptation that could have a disastrous effect on their marriage.
If you don’t mind watching movies where the characters do questionable things that make you want to smack your forehead and yell at the TV, this could be an enjoyable film for you. This movie explores some interesting topics like marriage, infidelity and what it means to be in a committed relationship. Personally, I could watch Keira Knightly and Sam Worthington all day, everyday. Some people may not see the point of this film, because it doesn’t really go anywhere but I still got lost in it, even if it did leave me feeling a bit empty by the end.
4. Indecent Proposal
I have to admit, this is my least favourite movie on this list. I really enjoyed the first half and the premise is very enticing, but I felt that as a whole this movie did not work. Some things just did not make sense to me— a happily married couple separating after one argument? Why!? It felt like a lazy way to move the plot along. I still think it’s an enjoyable film if you like a good romance. I adore Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, they make a great pair in this 90s flick.
5. Paper Towns
I’m not the biggest John Green fan, I read The Fault In Our Stars several years ago and I found it to be “just okay”, but I can appreciate that I am not the intended audience. The same could be said for Paper Towns, which follows a high school boy named Quentin and his crush—a girl named Margo, who also happens to be his next door neighbour. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this movie and the message behind it. The story has a mystery element to it, which hooked me from the start, and the characters were very likeable (with the exception of one, but I won’t say who because that could be a spoiler). The film also stars Finn Wolfhard from Stranger Things. Even if you’re not into the high school drama genre, I recommend watching this if you like a solid character driven story with an intriguing mystery plot.
6. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
An A-grade classic that has stood the test of time. Every Marilyn Monroe film I’ve seen has been thoroughly entertaining (Some Like It Hot is one of my all-time favourites) and this one is no exception. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a fun, light-hearted comedy about two beautiful women—ditsy but likeable blonde Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) and her more switched-on brunette friend Dorothy (Jane Russel) who embark on a cruise, tempted by all the rich and (sometimes handsome but mostly old) men onboard. There’s singing, dancing, crazy characters… and most importantly glittering gowns and dazzling 1950s fashion. This movie features some iconic scenes, including Monroe’s ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend‘ performance.
7. The Descent
Now for something a little darker… The Descent is a horror/thriller about a group of women who go on a cave expedition but soon find themselves lost and quickly realise they are being hunted by some kind of unseen predator. As far as these types of movies go… this one is a top choice, because it explores a few other issues without becoming completely abstract and absurd. The growing unease and building dread had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. If you like horror-type thrillers, I think you will enjoy this movie, because it’s pretty terrifying.
To be completely honest, I do not like comic book movies… they are all basically one and the same to me. However, I recently watched this film and I have to say, it kept my attention and not just because of the handsome leading man. It stars Tom Hardy, who is very likeable in my opinion and this movie made me want to watch more of his films. There’s plenty of action, humour and of course, a romance which make it an all-round crowd pleaser and something you can watch as a couple or with friends.
9. Demolition Man
I’m probably very late to the party on this one but I had not seen, much less heard of Demolition Man until just recently (yes I know, I’m sorry), and I can safely say I’ve missed out. Normally not my go-to genre, this is an iconic, classic science fiction action movie starring Sylvester Stallone who is frozen in the 90s only to emerge in the future in 2032. The bad guy in this (Wesley Snipes) is genuinely terrifying. The thing I enjoyed most about this movie is that it is not a straight up action film, it has plenty of absurd humour and an interesting take on the (currently not too distant) future—plus it features a young Sandra Bullock which is a huge thumbs up emoji.
These are all the movies I’m adding to this list, but I’ve been watching a tonne more movies lately, so I will probably write another post about my absolute top favourites. I hope this list inspires you to watch some (subjectively) great movies for your next movie night.
Until next time!