Top 10: Films to watch when you’re feeling…Blah.

* What follows is a very subjective list based on my own viewing preferences.

1. Chocolat

Any film that combines Johnny Depp and chocolate is frigging genius. Juliette Binoche and Judy Dench are also very cool.

2. Away We Go

I watched this when I was pregnant and bawled quite a lot. I watched it again the other day and did the same, as well as some laughing. Maya Rudolph is rapidly becoming one of my favourite current actresses.

Directed by Sam Mendes and with a brilliant cameo from Maggie Gyllenhaal, this film is a great one for 30-somethings. The theme is home.

Oh and the soundtrack is also a tearjerker. I love Alexi Murdoch.

3. Little Miss Sunshine

A heartwarming tale of a dysfunctional family…basically the best concept for an off-beat comedy. The entire cast is amazing and you’ll never be able to listen to Superfreak again without picturing the pageant scene.

4. Juno

Written by Diablo Cody, who also created one of my favourite TV series United States of Tara, this quirky film stars the brilliant Ellen Page and Michael Cera and has a cool soundtrack.

5. Amelie

Audrey Tautou is just so cute in this movie, I have bob envy. Set in Paris, the film is total eye candy and I loved the idea of getting lost in daydreams of love and improving the lives of others in quirky ways.

6. As Good As It Gets

” Sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.” I love Jack Nicholson (his talent and his eyebrows) and I love the concept of a story about a guy with OCD and the effect of this on his relationships. Great cast, brilliant characters and writing.

7. Ratatouille

Or any Pixar film really! Ratatouille – food, comedy and an animated rat as the protagonist…what’s not to love?

8. The Breakfast Club

Ahhhh…the Brain, the Beauty, the Jock, the Rebel, the Recluse. And proof that what heals you when you’re younger, works when you’re (a bit) older too.

Three key points about 80s movies:

1. John Hughes was a God.

2. Molly Ringwald made ginger hair cool.

3. I never thought I’d get a crush on a guy called Bender.

Thinking about it, I may have to dedicate another list to favourite 80s films!

9. Big Fish

I may also have to dedicate another list to Tim Burton, (Alice in Wonderland didn’t make this one) but for now, lets leave it with this beautiful movie about a son trying to uncover the facts behind the fantastical stories his dying dad has told throughout his life.

Full of thought-provoking fables and fantastic circus scenes.

10. High Fidelity

Because it’s written by Nick Hornby. Because it highlights big loves, music and top 10 lists. Because the Beta Band are included in the soundtrack. Because John Cusack is amazing and Jack Black’s over-the-top persona doesn’t get in the way. An all-round great film.

Bonus track:

11. 500 Days of Summer

Yep, I broke the rule of 10 (gasp!) because this needs to be in here too and I just couldn’t bring myself to remove one. This movie has it all: cute tea dresses, gorgeous cinematography, engaging characters, great writing and (of course) another cool soundtrack. So many stand-out scenes, but watch out for the karaoke scene and the post-coital choreographed dance routine.


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