Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Movies for the Holidays

Because I know that the Summer holidays can get quite boring quite quickly, I thought it might be a good idea for a blog post to compile a list of movies that I enjoyed watching. I realise that not every one has the same taste in movies, which is why I've included various genres from thrillers to dramas to comedies.

Heavenly Creatures: This is probably the most 'intense' movie of the bunch as it is based off the true story of the New Zealand Parker/Hulme murder case. I am aware that a few classes at my school actually studied this movie for their English film study, so I thought I'd pop it into this list. While the storyline is horrific, the way it was filmed and the beautiful music by Mario Lanza and Peter Dasent truly make it a masterpiece. Heavenly Creatures, directed by Peter Jackson stars Melanie Lynsky, (who also stars in the poster for the film below) and Kate Winslet.

The Breakfast Club: The Breakfast Club, directed by John Hughes examines the interactions between five students who are all in Saturday detention. The group begin as complete strangers but over the course of the film, begin to form a unique kind of bond (I say unique because one minute they are quite friendly towards each other, and the next they are arguing). I must admit, it did feel like everyone I know had already seen this movie at some stage, but I thought I would include it for those who haven't. I also adore the 80s soundtrack!

Girl, Interrupted: This is a film adaptation of the book of the same name, and follows the story of an aspiring writer, Susanna, (played by Winona Ryder) who checks herself into Claymoore Hospital after overdosing on aspirin, however denying that she was trying to commit suicide. While there she meets another patient called Lisa, and the two begin to cause trouble. I won't reveal too much more of the plot for this one, as I don't want to ruin it for you if you do choose to watch it. 

Weird Science: This is another film by John Hughes (I was going through a John Hughes phase). Two nerds, Gary and Wyatt fail miserably at capturing the attention of any girl and are essentially portrayed as outcasts. So, one night at Wyatt's house, the two decide to try and 'make' a woman using a (super 80s) computer. They succeed, however quickly realise the trouble they have gotten themselves into. If you like really cheesy, 80s comedies, then I would suggest this movie is for you.

Hello I must be Going: This film is about a young woman called Amy, (played by Melanie Lynskey) who has recently divorced her husband, and has returned to live at home with her parents. One night at a dinner party, Amy meets a young guy called Jeremy who she takes a liking to. Because of the large age difference between the two, they have to keep their relationship a secret from their families. This is a really funny movie (I particularly like the bit where Amy is going shopping for new clothes because her mothers tells her to get out and do things. She goes into a store and finds a tee shirt she likes and tries to put it on over her current clothes and gets slightly stuck, and then sets off the alarm tag). The wonderful soundtrack is also done by Laura Veirs, which really helps the movie come together in my opinion. 

Prisoners: This film is actually still on at the theatres so I definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen. If you couldn't tell from the poster, it is a thriller movie surrounding the abduction of two 6 year old girls during a Thanksgiving dinner and the parent's search for them. The brother of one of the girls recalls seeing an RV parked by the house earlier that afternoon and suggests that maybe the person inside had taken them. However, there is no sign of either of the girls. I could not stop watching this movie as I HAD to find out who abducted the girls! This movie is quite long at 2 hours and 33 minutes, however it is very fast paced so the time seems to fly by. If you're not sure whether or not you want to see the movie, check out the trailer here to see if it looks like your kind of film!

Ruby Sparks: A friend of mine actually told me about this movie when it first came out, so I decided to check it out and I LOVED it! Calvin, (played by Paul Dano) a young writer is experiencing writers block after his early success of his other novels. His therapist gives him a writing assignment to help him from feeling so lost and unsure about what to write. In a dream, Calvin meets an attractive young girl with long, red hair,in a park who sits down to draw his dog, Scotty. When he wakes up, he starts to write about this woman, who, as time progresses, he falls in love with. A few days later, Calvin is shocked to see that the girl he had been writing about, is standing in his kitchen! After a while, Calvin realises that anything he writes about this girl, will come true. If you're like me, and can only watch Romance movies if they are funny and/or quirky, then this movie is the one to watch.

The Virgin Suicides: I watched this movie fairly recently and I have to admit, that it is a little bit strange. I think I'm actually more a fan of the cinematography rather than the actual storyline. I haven't yet read the book, but I think I might these holidays, as some people say that the book is better as it goes into a bit more detail. The story is about five sisters, one of which kills herself early on in the film, and their closely guarded lives. All of this is observed by a group of neighbourhood boys, who document the remaining months of the girls lives. Again, I don't want to give away too much of the storyline! I think it should be mentioned that this film doesn't really have a 'happy ending', and does surround the idea of suicide which may distress some people. Also, some people have said that this movie was a trigger for their self harm and that anyone who promotes this movie should state this, so please take this into consideration before watching.

I hope you enjoyed reading me ramble on about movies that I like! Please let me know if you have seen, or plan to see any of these movies and what you think of them in the comments below! Also, I appologise if there are any gramatical errors in this post, I have just finished a Classics exams and have been writing constantly for about 2 hours, so I'm not picking up on many mistakes! Haha!


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