Five films to cure the Monday blues.

It’s Monday, it’s February, and it’s bloody cold!

What a brilliant opportunity then, to indulge in some serious self love – stick on a face mask, find your fluffiest bed socks, get some naughty snacks, and press play on a seriously uplifting film to warm the cockles of your soul. (hehe, cockles.)

Luckily for you guys , my dear friend, colleague and film buff Alastair has put together a list of his five fave feel good films – so you don’t even have to think about it!

Snuggle up and enjoy Hygge babes.

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Hello everyone!

My name is Alastair James. I’m a colleague of Beth’s, we’ve worked together for about 18 months now, and have become partners in crime, especially on the dance floor!

When I saw she had started this venture, I knew I had to get involved. I’ve been dealing with my own problems for a while and felt like I have needed this kind of thing to help me get out of my own head and put something positive out into world.

Hygge has been something that has cropped up in my mind from time to time but I’ve never really explored. I started looking into it more just before Christmas and Beth gave me more reason to do so.

Essentially it’s about contentment. That’s certainly part of it. And one of the things I love to do to bring about a feeling of being content is watching movies.

I’ve always been a fan of a good film, even some bad films! I love going to the cinema, I love buying films and thanks to Netflix watching even more!

Don’t get me wrong, I love going out with friends, having a drink, maybe a bit of a dance and generally just having a good time. However, I also love a good movie night. Sitting down with a glass of {insert drink of choice here} some snacks on a nice comfy sofa/chair. Perfection!

So, I’ve chosen a few films that will doubtless put a smile on your face and get you ready to face whatever obstacles the day-to-day routine throws at you!

I thought about ranking them but I love them all so it was hard to choose.

So, in no particular order:

La La Land​

This was my favourite film of 2017. It’s now also one of my all time favourites.

I love musicals! Not only can they be great fun, but they are also an engaging way of telling new stories. And La La Land is both!

It mixes nostalgia with present issues seamlessly to make a timeless classic that pays tribute to a style of film rarely seen anymore. Shot in stunning cinemascope like the movies of old, its use of colour is breathtakingly stunning.

It tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone) a struggling actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) a struggling jazz pianist who come together in the jungle of Los Angeles and have a profound impact upon each other’s lives.

Not a conventional love story perhaps, but ultimately the message of following your dreams and making your mark on people and places is undeniable throughout.

Singin’ In The Rain

Another musical (and not the last!) this is also one of my favourite films. It’s the kind of film La La Land pays tribute to.

It is a masterpiece of cinema, largely because of its centre-stage star – Gene Kelly. When people talk about triple threats, this is what they mean. Kelly sings, dances and acts everything in this film. Supported by the delightful performances from Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, Kelly shines throughout.

The film features a simple plot, delightful tunes and old-fashioned humour and action. I defy anyone to watch this and not have at least one song stuck in his or her head for some time after.

Mamma Mia!

Yes, a third musical. And one for any lovers of a certain Swedish pop group!

This is a narrative set to the music of ABBA (we’re onto a winner already yes?). One young lady wants to know who her dad is, and so chooses to invite the three potential father figures to her wedding, without telling anyone what she has planned. Not exactly a recipe for success! Her lack of consideration for consequence is a continuous theme, but her mum is Meryl Streep – and that’s where things get really good!

Streep pulls off another fantastic performance proving she can sing as well as act.

And, ABBA guys, ABBA.

This film has proved so popular there is now an equally successful (and fun!) stage musical of the same name, and rumours of a sequel…

Definitely, Maybe?

Now some people might question this selection. But I stand by it. Yes, it isn’t exactly the happiest of films. Certainly a moment at the end always has me reaching for a tissue but it is an uplifting film that teaches us you don’t need to end up with the conventional family package in life to be happy. Maybe, it’s just me… Definitely maybe!

The Holiday

The final film on the list is The Holiday. Arguably a Christmas film, but I find I can watch it pretty much all year round!

It’s simple, there are no convoluted plotlines and it has super charming characters – feel-good checklist full house!

It also has a surprisingly good score. I say surprising because it’s not something you might expect from a film like this.

It’s a triumph from Heitor Pereira and Hans Zimmer. You may recognise Zimmer’s work; he created the soundtracks to films such as the Dark Knight Trilogy, Gladiator and The Lion King.

This film does end on a more conventional note and happy ever after as the music swells and the characters dance the night away. It always makes me feel good.

So there we go, banish those Monday blues and unwind, after all, there’s only 4 days until the weekend when you can have a movie marathon!!! 

 

 

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