My Five Comfort Movies

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Let’s be real, we all have movies that we put on when we’re sad, worried or just in a bad mood that we watch without really thinking about. I thought I’d write a quick post about five of my comfort movies in no particular order. These are just movies that I can stick on whenever I need to that usually make me feel better.

Rugrats in Paris (Stig Bergqvist, 2000)

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My Grandad had been feeling ill for a few months then was admitted to hospital where within just a couple of weeks he deteriorated so badly that he was put on end of life care. He’d been on this care a few days when on Friday night at about 2AM my Mom got a call. I was only just getting into bed so I came out onto the landing and asked what was going on knowing full well what the answer was going to be. She said she wasn’t sure but her and my step-dad had been asked to come to the hospital straightaway.

We both knew what the news was going to be and she asked if she wanted me to wait until the morning or if she should text me. I asked her to text me and she set off. The hospital wasn’t our local one, it was a good forty-five minute drive or longer and I knew it would be a while before I heard off her. So I opened Netflix and put on this movie.

I’ll be honest it didn’t bring me much comfort but it was background noise and it was playing when I received the text that my Grandad had passed away. Once I knew I switched it off and went to bed. There was no point in staying up any later.

But this film has been there for me plenty of other times. It’s one of my favourites to put on if I’ve got the house to myself and I’m feeling a bit creeped out. This is lame but it always makes me cry – the bit where Chuckie’s looking out the window of the plane and missing his Mom, the bit where he runs into the church yelling ‘NO’ ‘cos he doesn’t want his Dad to marry Coco, WHEN HE GETS THE MOM HE WANTED AT THE END OF THE FILM, it’s honestly just nothing but tears from me. I hope Netflix never take this movie off because it’s one of them that I’ll always watch when I’m upset.

Into The Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

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I loved Into The Woods from the moment I first saw it. Interestingly I didn’t see a trailer or anything for this movie but went along because I saw it listed on Chris Pine’s iMDB page and I’m a massive Chris Pine fan. Normally I can’t stand films where there’s not much speaking and it’s mostly singing – I do love musicals but I like at least a 50/50 of singing and talking with preferably more talking than singing. Into The Woods is my exception. I ended up going back to the cinema and seeing it six times.

My brother has severe autism and occasionally I do my Mom a favour and cover annual leave for his carers and look after him. A few times I’ve had to sleep overnight starting when I was about eighteen. At first I was too scared to go up to the carers room and get into bed so I used to put a film on downstairs and try to sleep on the sofa. One night I tried putting this film on as background noise and it worked wonders. It’s just a comforting film despite the dark themes.

I’m older now and not as scared so I do just switch all the lights off and go to bed at my brothers house, and at home when my parents are away but this film does still bring me comfort if I’m home alone and feeling a bit nervous. I don’t particularly like any silence when I’m at home by myself so this is a good film to have on in the background so I can singalong and not feel so worried anymore.

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

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I didn’t really like this film when I first saw it because I didn’t see the point of it. I thought it was sweet but it wasn’t a film I particularly wanted to see again. I’m not sure what changed but I’m pretty sure this is now my favourite Ghibli film. I love Totoro so much!

I prefer watching it in English but have seen the Japanese version too – I don’t have an issue with reading subtitles but when you’re floating in and out of the movie it’s better to have it on in a language you actually understand. Most Ghibli films are like this but it’s just a relaxing film with a nice ending.

FUN FACT I got to go to the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo which was super fun – unfortunately we went on our last full day in Tokyo so I was exhausted by then but it was still amazing. Which was just as well as you can’t buy tickets at the museum you have to do it a month in advance and the tickets were released at 2AM UK time and buying them was super stressful as the website kept crashing – but in the end I got them and got to go! If you’re planning a trip to Tokyo and you’re a Ghibli fan you definitely have to go to the museum.

Matilda (Danny DeVito, 1996)

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I’ve loved this film ever since I was a little kid. Let’s be real, who didn’t want to have Matilda’s mind powers growing up? It sends a great message about how your parents aren’t always right just because they’re your parents and sometimes family isn’t always the best thing for you. The fact Miss Honey adopts Matilda at the end of the film and there’s no rubbish of ‘she stays with her family because family is important’ is AMAZING.

I also love the stage show because although it’s quite different it keeps the same central message and the songs are really good. I’ve seen it a few times and haven’t got bored of it yet. I just wish the tickets weren’t so expensive, I’ve only seen it from the back and I’d love to spend a bit extra to sit a bit closer.

This is another film that as I’ve seen so many times I can just put it on and it can be comforting background noise, and I can tune back into it wherever I want and I’ll be able to pick up the story. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like this film and would be amazed if I ever did.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Gurinder Chadha, 2008)

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I don’t know what it is about this film but I just love it. I don’t think I saw this one at the cinema when I was younger but I remember my friend letting me borrow her DVD and for a while I watched it every day when I returned from school until in the end I had to give it her back. They added it to Netflix and I’m not sure if it’s still on there but if it is and you haven’t seen it yet then you need to, this film is iconic.

Overall I definitely prefer the books, they are the only books that have ever made me genuinely laugh out loud but the movie is still amazing in its own right. It never fails to cheer me up and the song at the end (Ultraviolet) is an absolute bop. It’s got everything that a feel good film needs. I remember watching this in English class and the moment it finished my teacher decided she NEEDED the t-shirt that Robbie wears at the end with a picture of Angus on it so she ordered it straightaway.

So there we have it, my five comfort movies! Feel free to leave a comment with the five movies that always bring you comfort or cheer you up whenever you’re down.

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The Movies Tag

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I decided to do another tag because I think they’re fun and I chose this one specifically because I love movies. So here goes nothing!

1. Favourite movie of all time?

Great, I’m stuck on the first question. It used to be ‘Orphan’ as my top answer but now I’d say ‘Room’ because I just love everything about that film.

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2. Favourite scene from that movie?

When Jack manages to help the police find ‘room’ and they rescue Ma and she reunites with Jack. Makes me weep buckets every time I watch that scene.

3. Favourite actors/actresses?

Oh here we go. I never used to get the hype over actors and actresses like musicians I understood but I never found myself getting hyped over actors and actresses. Things have definitely changed.

Actors – Chris Pine, Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dong-yeon Kwak, Tom Hiddleston, Will Poulter, James Corden, Daniel Radcliffe, Zac Efron and Leonardo DiCaprio

Actresses – Isabelle Fuhrman, Brie Larson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Angelina Jolie, Kathryn Newton, Park Eun-bin, Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Melissa McCarthy, Zendaya and Emma Watson

I’m sure I’ve missed tons that I love and I’ll kick myself later but there you go.

4. Most annoying actor/actress?

At one point I’d have said Owen Wilson ‘cos a lot of his films annoy me but he actually impressed me with his performance in ‘No Escape’ so I take it back. I used to love Johnny Depp but I can’t support him anymore, not after what he did. Same with Emma Roberts, I was a big fan of her but now I won’t support her anymore. Bella Thorne’s annoying too which is a shame ‘cos I loved her in ‘Shake It Up’ but there you go.

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5. Best director?

Obvious one but Tim Burton. Or Hayao Miyazaki.

6. Favourite guilty pleasure film?

Mine’s probably ‘Annie’. I don’t care what anyone says, that film is amazing!

7. Favourite tear jerker?

I would’ve said ‘Room’ but I already picked that as my favourite so I’ll say ‘My Sister’s Keeper’. That film makes me weep buckets if I watch it alone. Oh my God or ‘Bridge to Terabithia’, I switch it off now when Lesley and Jesse say goodbye to each other for the last time and pretend the ending’s not real.

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8. Character from a movie that scared you the most?

I was trying to think of a childhood film character that scared me but couldn’t get one so I’ll have to settle on The Babadook from ‘The Babadook’. I absolutely love horror movies but that is the one horror I refuse to watch on my own.

9. Movie you love everyone hates?

I feel like I’m quite easily impressed by any movie to be honest. I loved the Ghostbusters remake with the all-female cast but then I never watched the original so I can’t compare.

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10. Move you hate everyone loves?

I could’ve said ‘Twilight’ but I feel like most people hate that film now. I can’t even say ‘Star Wars’ because I don’t really hate it because I can’t, I’ve never seen it. I’m not sure if it counts as an example but everyone hyped up ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’ and when I finally saw it I was extremely disappointed – not scary at all, just boring from start to finish.

11. Favourite movie duo?

I actually liked Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in ’21 Jump Street’ a lot more than I thought I would. I watched the sequel at university with an American girl named Sydney and enjoyed that too. They’re not really my type of movie but I enjoyed them and thought Jonah and Channing were hilarious.

12. Favourite animated movie?

I have a ton of different ones! To name a few I loved My Neighbour Totoro, Rugrats in Paris, Monsters Inc and Home.

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13. Actor/Actress crush?

Oh God, um, at the moment my top actor crush is probably Thomas Brodie-Sangster and my top actress crush is Zendaya.

14. Favourite movie villain?

I’m gonna be really cliché and say Loki. Before Ragnarok I wouldn’t have said him though ‘cos I didn’t really like the first film and although I was hyped during the second I didn’t really care about it that much afterwards. I did love the first Avengers though and after watching Ragnarok I’m quite hyped about Thor again.

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15. What movie surprised you the most?

Probably ‘Into the Woods’. To be honest I only saw it because Chris Pine was in it and I normally hate musicals where there’s it’s almost completely all singing. But I loved it, I went back to the cinema to see it about 6 times.

16. If you could only keep one movie what would it be?

Probably ‘Hairspray’ at the moment, I rewatched it a couple of weeks ago and got completely sucked into the story. I feel like I could watch that a lot of times without getting bored.

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17. Movie recommendation and for whom?

Right I’m gonna attempt to hit my friends with some film recs which will be difficult as I’ve either A. Seen the film with them or B. Don’t know what they’ve seen so here goes nothing.

Hirst – ‘The Greatest Showman’ because she’d absolutely love it.
Jess – ‘A Tale of Two Sisters’ because she’s got my DVD of it and I wanna talk to someone about it.
Becca – Becca’s the most difficult for God’s sakes. I’m gonna rec ‘Black Panther’ ‘cos I still don’t think she’s seen it yet and I bet she’d like it.

18. If you could go back in time and marry actor/actress from back when (now old) who would it be?

The only crushes who are now old that I can think of were child-actors at the time so um that would not be appropriate haha! Maybe Leonardo DiCaprio – not that he’s old! I’m just thinking like Titanic or Romeo and Juliet Leo.

19. One remake you wish had never been made?

Wow, not sure I have one because I haven’t really seen an awful lot of classic films and I don’t really mind remakes. Like I love the original Annie but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the remake because it was just different, I don’t see them as the same thing I just judge them as two different movies. Saying that I’m not sure I’d be happy if they remade the Harry Potter series which I bet they will do one day. Like it would be interesting to see if they added things that the original movies missed but I love my original cast and wouldn’t want them to change.

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20. About to die but could only watch one more movie what would it be?

My original answer was ‘Bugsy Malone’ because I’d been wanting to re-watch it for a while but I finally did on Friday so now I wouldn’t choose that one. I think I’d pick ‘The Greatest Showman’ because I’ve only seen it once and I did absolutely love it.

21. Favourite movie genre/favourite movie from that genre?

Horror and probably ‘Orphan’. I just love a good plot twist and this was the first one that hit me at full force.

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22. What’s the first movie you remember watching in theatres?

I remember being in the cinema as a kid but I can’t remember what I was watching, I do remember going to see Ice Age though. I actually took my nephew Tyler to his first cinema experience, we watched ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’.

So there we go, that was the Movie Tag! If you decide to do this tag leave me a comment ‘cos I’d love to read your answers!

Favourite Movies

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I was originally going to write a list of my favourite five films but in the end I had to choose six because I just couldn’t eliminate one from the list and I also made the decision not to include any horror movies because I already wrote about my top ten favourite horror films here [x]. So this is a list of six films I love, in no particular order that I am happy to watch again and again and again.

The Maze Runner (Wes Ball, 2014)

I think this is on here because Death Cure came out not long ago and I’m not over it to be honest but I did love the first film a lot. I’m pretty sure I went back to see it at the cinema about four times. The sequel ‘Scorch Trials’ came out just before I went to university and I remember seeing it with my three best friends the day before I left. Then if I was having a shit day at uni and needed to get away from my flat mates I’d go and watch ‘Scorch Trials’ until it eventually left the cinema. I love this series.

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The Maze Runner is about a boy called Thomas who wakes up to find himself in a community of boys with his memory erased. He soon discovers they’re trapped in the middle of a maze and joins the ‘runners’ to try and find a way out.

To be honest when the original film was released I remember not being all that interested but because Becca had enjoyed the books she dragged us to see it. Immediately I was pulled into the story and a few weeks later I did try to read the book but I couldn’t get interested. I think I donated my copy of the book which I now regret because I want to give it another go so I might need to buy another copy. They’re great films and I could watch them over and over again without getting sick of them.

Into the Woods (Rob Marshall, 2014)

I don’t know if it’s just me but I didn’t see any advertising for this film like at all? I think when I went to see it I hadn’t even seen a trailer for it. I’m going to be completely honest with you and admit that I only knew about this film because at the time I was completely in love with Chris Pine and it was listed on his iMDB page. So when I noticed it was on at my local cinema I invited Jess and off we went.

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Into the Woods is a musical about a baker and his wife who are desperate to have a child but discover they can’t because a witch has placed a curse on their family. They’re tasked with finding items from classic fairytales to reverse the curse.

It’s a musical that has a lot more songs than speaking which I don’t normally like but Into the Woods is an exception. I love the soundtrack so much that I burned all the songs onto a disc so me and Jess could listen to it in her car. It got to a point where me, Jess, Hirst and Becca knew all of the songs and we all had our own parts to sing on long car journeys. This film is amazing with a brilliant cast and it’s definitely my favourite musical. This one I saw at the cinema about six times. I’d love to see the stage version one day even though I’ve heard it’s extremely different.

My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

I could’ve included a ton more Studio Ghibli films but I had to go for my favourite which will probably always be ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. I didn’t actually like it that much when I first watched it because although I thought it was sweet I didn’t really see the point. But after rewatching it I soon began to love it and it became my favourite.

This film is about two young girls Mei and Satsuki who move to the countryside with their father to live closer to their hospitalised mother and the adventures they have with the forest spirits who live nearby.

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This is a film I love to stick on whenever I’m sad or having a bit of a shit day and it cheers me right up. I love everything about it, especially the soundtrack. I’m going to Japan later this year and if I don’t go to the Studio Ghibli museum I might be sad for the rest of my life. If you haven’t seen a Studio Ghibli film then you’re missing out, they’re truly magical.

Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009)

I feel like the majority of my list are children’s films but this is a film I would think twice about before showing to my children. I must’ve been at least 12 or 13 when I first watched this but I was still creeped out. Even now it gives me the creeps. The book is amazing too and just as scary.

Coraline is about a girl who moves to an old house in the middle of no where and feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door and crawls through to find a parallel world where things are more interesting and everyone has buttons for eyes. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay there forever she refuses and soon realises the alternate reality is just a trick to trap her.

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I doubt there are many people who haven’t seen this film and I think it’s honestly really good. Every so often I’ll get a craving to re-watch it and each time it’s just as good as I remembered. I was actually lucky enough to meet Neil Gaiman and now I have a signed hardback copy of Coraline – which I can never read because it’s too pretty so I had to go out and buy a paperback copy too so I could actually enjoy it.

My Sister’s Keeper (Nick Cassavetes, 2009)

I first watched this film in Science because we were learning about designer babies or something and I enjoyed it but it didn’t leave a lasting impression on me or anything. I’m pretty sure we watched it again in Religious Studies, but again not much impact. Then I went out and bought a copy for my Mom because she’d sounded interested when I’d told her about it. The more I’ve watched it the more I’ve fallen in love with it and now it’s one of my favourites.

My Sister’s Keeper is about Anna Fitzgerald who was born with a particular purpose – to save her sister Kate who has been diagnosed with cancer. But when Anna turns eleven she files for medical emancipation so that her parents can’t force her to donate her kidney to her sister. Soon she is caught up in a legal battle against her own mother.

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My description doesn’t do the film justice but it is amazing and I always cry absolute buckets whenever I watch it. The acting is brilliant, especially from Sofia Vassilieva who played Kate. There’s nothing about this film that I don’t love and it’s a must watch.

Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)

I always forget about Room whenever someone asks me what my favourite film is but it’s probably this one. This is another film that makes me cry absolute buckets and I just think it’s so beautifully done. I haven’t seen it that many times because I keep forgetting I own the DVD but I still think it’s my favourite film.

Room is based on the book by Emma Donoghue (which is also amazing) and is about a young boy named Jack who has grown up in the confines of a small shed with his Ma. He has never left Room and knows nothing about the outside world. But as Jack’s curiosity grows and Ma’s resilience reaches breaking point they hatch a risky plan to escape Room.

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I’d actually never heard of the book at the time and I learnt about the film from Jess who wanted to go and see it. I liked the look of the trailer so the two of us went to see it and I loved it. I loved it so much that I saw it two more times at the cinema and then bought a copy of the book. The book is also amazing but different to the film – sadder but more realistic. Overall I think I prefer the movie. This is another where the acting is amazing, Brie Larson 100% deserved her Oscar and Jacob Tremblay did an amazing job of playing Jack. If you haven’t seen Room then I honestly can’t recommend it enough.

So there we go, there are six of my favourite films in no particular order! Feel free to leave a comment with your favourite films, if you have any recommendations then send them my way.