Autumn can be a strange time. The days start getting shorter, the cold begins to creep in and coursework starts to accumulate. Before you know it, you’re stuck in a routine of assignments with not a lot of time to enjoy yourself. There’s not a lot to look forward to in terms of events during the Winter months and sometimes staying in during rainy days and watch some good films is the only thing left to do.
Below is a list of 10 films that will just do the trick on those days when you don’t have anything else planned or simply can’t be bothered to leave your bed.
Directed by Lee Unkrich
Coco is one of those films that made me cry, and even though I do cry quite easily I think this film will make anyone tear up. It’s the story of a little boy who, despite his family’s prohibition against music, goes in search of his dead grandfather to get approval for his passion. This tale is mostly a lesson about death and how those we lose have an important and permanent place in our memories and hearts.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson
Frank is one of my favourite films of all time. This one is another that made my eyes tear (no surprise there). This drama tells the story of an aspiring musician who joins a band that is way out of his comfort zone. The band is led by the enigmatic Frank, a troubled music genius (played Michael Fassbender) who wears a huge fake head that he NEVER takes off. Not even to shower. I’ll leave it at that. Please give this film a watch, you won’t regret it.
Directed by Jon Favreau
Elf is a Christmas must-watch. Starring Will Ferrell, it tells the story of a baby who was mistakenly taken to the North Pole by Santa and raised amongst elves. When he grows up, he returns to New York in search of his father and tries his best to fit in with the rest of the adults.
Legally Blonde (2001)
Directed by Robert Luketic
Legally Blonde is another one of those that I’ve watched a couple of times but would watch again. It tells the story of Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), a blonde with her head on the clouds who enrols into Harvard Law to prove to her boyfriend she’s worthy of his love. No need to say that her journey reveals pretty life-changing things about her relationship.
Directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson
Yet another film that will make you cry (you’re welcome). An elderly man sees his life torn apart after his wife’s death. He decides to complete their life-long dream, after attaching hundreds of balloons to his house, flies away to the wilderness. Everything is as it should be until he finds Russell, a little boy, who has accidentally travelled all the way with him. With many adventures awaiting, they grow very close.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Directed by Frank Darabont
I watched The Shawshank Redemption a long time ago but have recently read the 1982 Steven King’s novella which inspired the film. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) who is sentenced to life in prison for murders he didn’t commit. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences immense brutality but tries to adapt. After many years imprisoned, he has a plan to escape.
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Directed by Gabriele Muccino
This film is an eye-opening experience. It’s the tale of single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith) and how after being evicted from his apartment along with his young son (Jaden Smith) he finds himself with no place to go. Chris eventually gets a job as an intern at a prestigious firm but the position pays no money. They live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses in and perseveres in trying to make a better life for his little boy.
Directed by Garth Davis
I watched this film as soon as it came out as I was so excited after watching the trailer. This film is based on a non-fiction book called A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley. It tells the story of a man who goes in search of his long-lost family in India. At the age of 5, Saroo (played by Dev Patel) is at a station with his brother trying to steal coal from trains. He falls asleep on a bench and, after realising his brother is not there when he wakes up, embarks on a train in the hopes of finding him. He finds himself lost and alone and is eventually adopted by an Australian couple.
Directed by Stephen Chbosky
Wonder is such a heart-warming, beautiful film. A boy with facial differences is about to enter fifth grade and, after much convincing from his mom, enrolling in a mainstream elementary school for the first time in his life. He has to deal with the stares, the comments and the jokes. But despite all the negativity, he finds a lot of good friends.
Directed by Jon Favreau
Although this film has a lesson to portray, it is very much an easy watch. A renowned chef (Jon Favreau) quits his position at a prestigious restaurant after being pushed too far by his boss. He joins forces with his ex-wife and best friend to launch a food truck business and reignite his passion for food. I’d recommend having lots of snacks available when watching this as you will be hungry!