To ease myself back into blogging after only posting a couple of times each month recently. I have a backlog (as we all probably do) of blog posts to write, samples to review and sponsored content to publish. However life can sometimes get on top and my priority in life is currently buying a house, excelling in my job, home life, online shop and then blog. Sometimes I hate putting my blog on the back-burner but then again it’s only a hobby.
Therefore it’s bank holiday Monday, I’m writing my to-do list for the week ahead and would love to write a blog post. Whilst sitting on a sofa with a cold bottle of cider my thoughts are ‘which film should I put on tonight’. It’s so easy to have those ‘go to’ films that we know are going to give us that satisfaction/happy ending we might love in a film. So here goes, next time you’re stuck on films to watch, watch one of my go to films. Just a pre-warning, my happy go to films are soppy love stories that give me the happy ending I’m generally looking for. Now I know there is a bit of a running theme through these films but they are easy go to watching films, none of these are my favourite films as I much prefer psychological thrillers but enjoy my easy picks:
1. Love Rosie
Okay so if this is even one of my boyfriends favourite films you know it’s going to be a good one. I mean it’s got Lily Collins and Sam Claflin from 2014, if those two don’t make you want to watch it then you need to at least see the trailer. If you’d rather read the book first it’s a very chunky 592 pages long, named ‘Where Rainbows End’. It’s a very sad film but with one of those happy endings I love.
2. Me Before You
Has anybody not read the book or watched the film? I have completely bawled my eyes out on a sun lounger in Gran Canaria in 2016 screaming ‘nooo’ at the ending. The following week I went to see the film at the cinema and pretty much did the same thing. It is not so much a happy ending but it is a great film in my opinion and I have forced a few of my colleagues to read it to. The book has made it to its sixth colleague now, half ripped, a bit wet and sandy from other people’s holidays and I’m also pretty sure there must be a few pages by now.
I spent an entire weeks blasting ‘send me on my way’ to work because I was in a ‘slump’ as it was during a dark January drive to and from work. All I could think to do to try and shift the dark funk was to blast the well-known Matilda song for 4 hours a day. Heck it helped. I can’t imagine anybody has managed to get through their life without watching this fantastic film with Mara Wilson and Danny DeVito.
4. The Butterfly Effect
This film is a slightly golden oldie, released in 2004. It features Ashton Kutcher with the ‘butterfly effect’ or ‘chaos theory’ that we all know. The film revolves around Ashton Kutcher changing one part of his life and realising the consequences, then going back and changing it. It’s a very thought-provoking film that is probably not suitable for a hangover, but a must watch if you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet (It’s 9pm on a bank holiday and I’ve just put this film on – hey it’s on Netflix, as my boyfriend hasn’t seen it).
5. The Holiday
Now I know this is more of a Christmas film I’m sure but when it rocks up to around December I never find the time to watch it. The film includes Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Jack Black. Four big-ish names playing four perfect parts. Christmas or Summer, give it a go. In fact when I first watched it, over 10 years ago, I wanted Cameron Diaz’s life with her job as a film editor so much, to the point I applied for 4 degrees in film and editing…
6. Stuck in Love
Now this is another good soppy love film that is great for a Friday night. The thing I like about this film is that there are quite a few main characters all with different plots. Rather than just 2 main characters with 1 major plot. It’s around 5 years old with another great cast, including Lily Colins, Nat Wolff, Logan Lerman, Kristen Bell and Jennifer Connelly. It’s also a very good easy hungover film.
7. A Walk to Remember
I would always suggest reading the book over watching the film first, it’s far more moving that way. Although this is perhaps ‘just another Nicholas Sparks book/film’ it’s far more different that any of his other books. Perhaps it’s just because it’s a bit of a mover, a heart breaker. I think the film is around 15 years old but it is definitely a must watch… oh but with some tissues.
I’m shocked that this film was released nearly 20 years ago, oh how time flies. This is one of my favourite films that we had on video, thankfully it’s also on Netflix. Madeline follows a young girl (named Madeline, shocker) living in a boarding school with 11 others in France. It’s another great-book-great-film, do you see the running theme here?
9. Bridget Jones
Is there anyone that hasn’t seen this beautifully funny film? It’s rare than I enjoy all of the films from the same trilogy but all of the films are funny feel-good ones that should be watched frequently. Would recommend a bottle of wine and some chocolate too.
10. Safe Haven
Now I think I read this book a good while ago, but after searching films on Netflix not to long ago I found the film version. I think I managed to watch Safe Haven nearly 3 times in one day. It’s such a great happy/soppy/lovey dovey film with a good ending. Of course this is another Nicholas Sparks… I promise I watch/read more than just NS films/books.
I find films are really great for me as I spend a lot of my time painting, drawing or making crafty things for my shop. Therefore I usually whack on a film to watch. I am slowly but surely making my way through most of Netflix so most of the above will probably feature on there. These are just a few of my go to films that don’t need much attention which is perfect for doing something with these films as background noise. They are all very similar.
If you had to pick a top feel-good / go to film what would you pick?