Now autumn is upon us and the nights are drawing in, there’s no greater comfort than curling up on the sofa with a chunk of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut, a glass of wine and watching a film.
For any affliction of the spirit, there’s a film to fix you – and if it doesn’t fix you it will at least provide you with a couple of hour’s worth of entertainment.
For when you feel like the world is a terrible place. There is such a thing as watching too much news. Whilst it’s great (and important) to be informed, there’s no shame in taking a break to watch something completely escapist. Think of it as replenishing your reserves.
For this, I think the best things to reach for are any films with animals in: Homeward Bound, Turner and Hooch, Jurassic Park. Pretty much any musical will help with this too – Grease, or even better Grease 2, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz – they’re all going to transport you to an all singing, all dancing world of fun where the threat of nuclear war is but a distant memory.
For when you need motivating. Hello, this is me all the time. When I need a cinematic kick up the arse I turn to Working Girl, Dirty Dancing (she practises so much guys, and she’s on holiday) and Rocky. Thief is also strangely motivating…motivating me to start a life of crime!
For when you need to laugh. I’m here to tell you that I watched Role Models once a week for almost the entirety of 2009, and 2009 was better for it.
Special mentions for Wet Hot American Summer and Legally Blonde.
For when you want a hug and a warm bath. If you want a hug and a warm bath, maybe first go and source those two things BUT AFTER THAT watch My Best Friend’s Wedding, Sleepless in Seattle and the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.
For when you need to feel a little bit magical. Now let me recommend you all go and watch the greatest film of all time, which I watched e v e r y night of my second year of uni or else I could not fall asleep (drum roll please): Practical Magic.
Special mentions here go Hocus Pocus, The Craft and Matilda.
What are your go to films for when you feel down in the dumps? Do you watch any films over and over again? Let me know in the comments or email email@example.com