As well as children’s book reviews I’ve decided to begin adding novel & film reviews to the blog this year too. Before Caterpillar was born, Hubs and I would visit the cinema several times a month and saw most of the big new movies. Nowadays the only time we are able to satisfy our cinema craving, for any movie not made by Pixar, is on rare date nights. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still snuggle down with a good movie at home, and this is the perfect time of year for just that.
And we have a lot to catch up on! As well as some of the more recent films we’ve missed, I’ve also made it a goal for this year to try to watch some of the more classic films that I’ve never actually got around to before.
I love all genres of film for all kinds of different reasons. My husband and I are huge horror movie fans – from the whacky & tacky to the downright terrifying. Rom coms are perfect for girls’ nights. And I have a secret, somewhat geeky love for sci-fi which isn’t really shared with anyone I know! However, my favourite films always tend to be dramas – full of heart, meaning, emotion and – often – inspiration. When you’re feeling particular down about your lot in life there’s something really uplifting about watching someone struggle with much bigger battles onscreen and, most importantly, overcoming them.
I’ve lined up a few films to try this Winter and I’d love to know if you’ve watched them and what you thought.
All I know about this movie is that it’s famous, romantic and stars Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep. Frankly, what else do you need to know? Sounds like a good one to snuggle under the duvet with.
I hadn’t heard of this before it was recommended to me recently but this trailer looks really fun. Music, a cute boy, success-against-the-odds and a cat fight between Dolly Parton & Queen Latifah are all good ingredients.
I’ve been wanting to see this one ever since it’s release. I’m from the Friends generation so a love for Jennifer Aniston is in my bones and, although her romantic comedies are always fun, it’s the handful of more serious roles she’s taken that have a special place in my heart. In Cake, she is a chronic pain sufferer who becomes obsessed with a member of her support group after they commit suicide. These are heavy themes but I think that’s the beauty of good cinema. Plus, anything that raises suicide awareness is great.
Two more heartwarming and uplifting movies that I originally saw in the cinema many moons ago are The Bucket List and The Blind Side. Such raw emotion deserves a second or third viewing so I’ll be adding these DVDs to my list for January.
What are your favourite inspirational films? I’d love to hear your recommendations. And if you’d like a to win a DVD bundle of the above movies to enjoy at home simply enter via Rafflecopter below. The competition closes on 1st February 2017.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.