One thing I really, really miss during this lockdown is going to cinema, or the “pi’chers”, as my family call it. I also miss gummy pick n mix, but that’s not the point. I think the last film I went to see at my local Cineworld was EMMA, and it was so charming and delightful that I know, as soon as it becomes easily available, I will be all over it. It also makes me crave the simpler times, back when a young lady could twist her ankle on a high-spirited walk across the field between her’s and her best friend’s estate, and then a gentleman on a horse would appear out of nowhere, who is also coincidentally heading for her estate, come to her rescue and then offer a marriage proposal within a fortnight. Ah, a girl can dream.
Besides that point, films are very personal to me. I’ve found throughout the years that I take aspects and characteristics of my favourite characters and mesh them into my own personality. I wouldn’t be surprised if my personality was only 5% original at this point. I also love all types of movies – action, comedy, horror, romance, period, thriller. I honestly don’t think I can say that I have a favourite genre.
Since we’re all keeping safe at home, and need things to do to pass the time, there’s no doubt that we’re all turning more to TV and films than before. They offer an escape, a holiday from any grim situation. I thought I’d share a few of my all-time faves with you, so you can enjoy them too.
10 Things I Hate About You
You wanna know how many times I’ve watched this film? I can say all the dialogue in real time with the film. This is my number one, ride-or-die, favourite film of all time! It has everything for me: it’s based on my favourite Shakespeare play (The Taming of the Shrew), young Julia Stiles and Health Ledger, a killer 90s soundtrack, and some of the best quotes you will find in modern cinema (“Whoops?! My insurance doesn’t cover PMS!”).
World War Z
Is this appropriate considering the timing? No? Yes?
One really interesting way horror films work on the human psyche is that they allow us to take real-world fears and anxieties and project them into a fictional setting, therefore contextualising them and validating our emotions. In order for any story to be effective, there has to be a connection between the story and the audience, regardless of whether the story is written, verbal, or visual. This can even be the tiniest thing, like the main character looks a little like you, or it can be something huge like the setting. This is why this film is so effective, because there’s so much relatability; the line between our Reality and the film’s Reality is very thin. Not to mention, the zombies in this are fucking scary, guys.
This film always leaves me in pieces. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it, but the ending gets me every time. I love a good Disney film, and I think Brave is my second favourite (behind Tangled, ahead of Hercules). It’s a very heartfelt and emotional, but has a badass princess at the centre and an important personal message. Scotland is also my favourite place to visit; I try to visit at least once a year, so having one of my favourite films set there is just the icing on the cake for me.
The Hobbit Trilogy
You wanna know how much I like- nay, love– these films? I have a tattoo of the key to Erebor on my sternum as a tribute to the line of Durín, because by the end of the third film, I was an absolute wreck. I went to see this in the cinema with my parents, but I wanted to sit in the very first row so I ended up alone, and my parents had to bodily lift me out of my seat because I was bawling my eyes out through the last twenty-five minutes and the entirety of the credits. I don’t know what that says about me, but I think it says enough.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Pt. 1 and 2
Oh man, am I a sucker for teen rom-com! There’s just something so sweet and innocent and charming about this whole thing, but it still has a degree of relatability to it that doesn’t make it seem so far-fetched and fantastical in a way that some teen films are. The soundtracks are amazing and, I’m not gonna lie, I did immediately start scrolling through ASOS to finds dupes of Lara Jean’s outfits. Also, hell yes to the hot dad from My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2! This film is basically a reaffirming of my bisexuality to me, because how could any sane person find Lara Jean hotter than John Ambrose Jr., or visa versa? I’m just glad I don’t have to pick.
Like many teenagers growing up in the early-to mid 10s, I also got caught up in the never-ending wave of YA fiction. You remember, when every YA book that came out had a female protagonist with a mission or powers who also had a “quirky” or kinda bitchy personality, and everything was written in the first-person. Oh, and she had to have at least two potential love interests that she normally treated like crap until one of them nearly dies for her.
Rosemarie Hathaway kinda falls in that category, and I just adore her more than any other. I don’t think it helps that Zoey Deutch plays her in the film, and I saw the film before I read the books (serious heart-eyes). Unlike To All The Boys, this film is ridiculously cheesy, and outlandish, and fantastical, and has a horrific amount of info-dumping within the first half hour, and that’s why it’s so good! I swear to God, good YA fiction from the early 10s is like a drug to me. Someone, anyone, please (don’t) help.
Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
I am 22-years-old, and you can goddamn bet that this was going to be on my list!
This film and the books were like the Bible for the girls of my generation. My school library only had the first six books on the shelf, and every week the librarian would order the next one in for me because she knew I was making my way through them (Mrs Wray is the OG).
A common theme with my favourite films is that they all have amazing soundtracks, and this one is no exception. Also, I think this is the only film I’ve ever seen that gets the closest to portraying early teenage British girls accurately (except that quiz they do at the sleepover, and the massive birthday party at the end). Also, can confirm, sticky eyes definitely gets drinks bought for you at the bar (thank you, Georgia Nicholson!)
The weather’s supposed to be pretty shitty for a while (bye bye, sunshine!), so what better time to whack some homemade pizzas in the oven, pick up a bottle of whatever from the Co-Op down the road, and get comfy on the sofa? I mean, it’s not like there’s much else to do, right?
Talk to you later,