Thursday Movie Picks: Romantic Comedies

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! After work, I’ll be sharing a romantic dinner at home with my Husband…oh and our one-year-old who will be stealing food from our plates even though she’ll have already eaten her own dinner. Dessert will most likely have to wait till after her bedtime because it’s difficult to eat a chocolate tart whilst also reading a colourful board book 26 times in a row.

This week’s theme for Thursday Movie Picks (hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves) is Romantic Comedies. I love a good rom com…in fact I love terrible rom coms too, I don’t discriminate. They were my go-to genre of choice before I got into blogging so I’ve always held them dear to my heart. Here are my favourites!

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The Proposal (2009)

How is The Proposal 10 years old?! Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are the sassiest, sarcastic and most perfect on-screen couple but the supporting cast are just as great in this. I kid you not, I can recite this movie word for word. Also, funny story. My (then) boyfriend and I went to New York to celebrate 5 years of being together, on the first night we put the TV on in the hotel room and this movie was on. The next morning we did the Top of the Rock experience at the Rockefeller Center and he proposed! He’d had it planned for ages but the movie being on was such a weird coincidence!

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Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

My love for Crazy, Stupid, Love is probably a little obsessive. I’ve bought at least 10 copies over the years to give as gifts in the hope that I can make more people watch it. It just works – it’s a laugh out loud comedy with several sweet romantic stories within. It even has a great twist! Such a perfect movie.

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The Break-Up (2006)

Back in 2006, I was only starting to get into movies, and like I said in the opening post, I almost exclusively watched romantic comedies. I was also super in love with Jennifer Aniston (still am) so The Break-Up was an ideal pick for me to watch. What I was not expecting was to have the rug pulled under my feet in an unexpected and heartbreaking ending. I haven’t actually seen it since – because I can’t forgive it for upsetting me like that!

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Thursday Movie Picks: Revenge

Thursday Movie Picks

I had to bow out of last week’s Thursday Movie Picks topic (hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves) simply because I only watched 1 new TV show last year! Hopefully, that will change this year as I get into some more of Netflix’s offerings.

However – this week’s topic is ever so slightly awkward in the sense that I’ve had it pre-written for a couple of weeks now and it features the currently infamous Liam Neeson. If you’ll allow me to be ever so slightly crude for a moment, it comes to something when you see one of your favourite actors trending on Twitter and think great, are you dead, a pedophile or a racist?!

Aaaaaanyway, let’s move that to one side so that I can tell you about my 3 favourite revenge movies.

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Taken (2008)

As if Taken is over 10 years old now! I was late to the party with this one – my husband (back when he was my boyfriend) really wanted to see Taken 2 at the cinema so I was forced to see the original just so I knew what was going on. It’s one of those movies where even if you haven’t seen it, you know the famous line “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” Also – I just this second learned that they made a TV Show of the series, has anyone seen it? Is it any good?

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John Wick (2014)

As you can see, I’m not going with obscure picks this week. Weirdly, John Wick is another series I was late to, again being forced by my husband (he was my fiance at this point) to give it a watch. If you should learn anything from action movies let it be this – don’t kill another man’s dog. You won’t live to tell the tale!

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Oldboy (2003)

Finally, it seemed criminal to not mention Oldboy this week even though it’s all I’ve been talking about for a couple of weeks now! Oldboy is the ultimate tale of revenge on both sides of the coin. The main who imprisoned Oh Dae-su is after revenge for…well, I can’t tell you for spoiler reasons. Oh Dae-su is after revenge after being locked up and fed fried dumplings for 15 years. It’s dark, gritty, twisted, and an absolute must watch!

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies You Walked Out Of

Thursday Movie Picks

So, here’s the thing. I’ve never walked out of a movie at the cinema, and I don’t think I ever would, either. If I’ve made the commitment to leave the house and part with my hard-earned money to see a movie, then I’m sticking it out till the end, and worst case scenario, I’ll blog about how crap it was the next day.

That said, there are a few movies I’ve watched at home where despite my best efforts, I just couldn’t watch anymore and I’ve turned it off before the end. Those are the movies that I’m going to be talking about for this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves.

This is going to be a great week I think, so extra thanks to Brittani at Rambling Film for coming up with the idea! Here are my picks…

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Sideways (2004)

Sideways is a widely loved movie, I know. I was informed of such when it was lent to me, with a promise that I would enjoy it because it had a ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ vibe about it. I HATED this from the very start. Never have I ever seen two more unlikeable characters. For a while it was fun to watch it and complain at the same time, but it’s just over 2 hours long and it was time I would never get back, so I turned it off about half an hour before the end. I couldn’t even look at a bottle of wine for at least a month afterward.

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The Interview (2014)

Fun fact – I can’t stand James Franco. There’s just something about him that winds me up and I can’t put my finger on it. That said, there are movies of his that I’ve really enjoyed, but just as many that I’ve hated. This Is the End is one of my favourite comedies of all time so you know, I’ll always give the guy a chance. The Interview, however, was dull, unfunny, and I don’t think I actually stuck it out for that long at all.

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Superhero Movie (2008)

Remember the early-mid noughties when we had an onslaught of spoof movies for every genre out there? There were a few that my teenage self actually kind of loved. You’ll have to forgive me, this was pre-blogging when I had an appreciation for actual good movies. Whether Superhero Movie was just exceptionally bad, or whether it was just one spoof too many, I couldn’t make it to the end and gave up.

Thursday Movie Picks: 2018 Movies

Thursday Movie Picks

We’re still in January and I’m already at risk of falling behind on my resolutions! My toddler has decided this week that sleep isn’t really for her so I’ve been exhausted, meaning no cinema trips and not being able to stay awake past 8pm. I will not give up on keeping this little blog active however so I’m jumping in at the last minute with my picks for Wanderer’s Thursday Movie Picks, and fingers crossed I’ll be more active around here very soon.

This week’s theme is 2018 Movies, and as I’ve already posted my Best and Worst lists for the year, I thought I would pick 3 movies from the year that I haven’t seen yet – but want to see asap!

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Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018)

Totally my bad. I had more than enough opportunities to go and see this but in the back of my mind, I wondered how good it would be. Turns out it’s one of the best-rated movies of the entire year!

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Wildlife (2018)

This one’s at least not my fault. No cinema near me was showing this so I’ve been patiently waiting for a home release. It has an interesting premise and it’s directed by Paul Dano, so that alone is reason enough to check it out!

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Released just before I started going to the cinema regularly, but I really regretted not making a bigger effort to see it. I love a good rom-com!

Top 10 Best Movies of 2018

Last week I posted my Top 10 Worst Movies of 2018, and this week I’m back with the best of the year! As I said in my other post, for the first time ever I’m using the general release dates so as not to cause confusion. The only problem is a lot of the Award-winning movies are January and February 2019 releases here in the UK and so I haven’t seen them yet. Still, it’s a good reason to revisit the list later in the year!

Maybe it’s because I’ve had a lot of cinema trips this year (thanks to my ODEON Limitless membership) but I had a really tough time cutting my list down to just 10! All round, I think 2018 has been a pretty great year for movies.

Honourable mentions, the movies that just missed my list are: Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Love Simon, Hereditary, BlacKkKlansman, Game Night, First Man and The Favourite. I also very nearly included Bird Box and Bandersnatch because I downright loved them, but they’re such recent watches that I wonder if I’ll feel the same in a few months time.

But without further ado, here are what I consider the Top 10 Best Movies of 2018:

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#10 Ocean’s Eight

I haven’t seen the other Ocean’s movies so I had nothing to compare it to, but Ocean’s Eight was so much fun there’s no way I could leave it out. That opening scene of Sandra Bullock shoplifting is just everything.

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#9 Ready Player One

It feels like years since I read the book and so the wait for the Ready Player One movie was painful. A lot may have been changed for the movie adaption but I was really impressed with how true to the book the characters were.

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#8 American Animals

This was the first movie I saw as part of ODEON’s Screen Unseen, whereby they play a movie before it’s release, but don’t tell you what the movie is until it begins. I’d never even heard of American Animals and perhaps it helped, but it was an incredible true story.

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#7 A Quiet Place

You guys, I watched this in the cinema! Little old me, terrified of horror movies. Anyway, it’s probably the start of an onslaught of copycats (Bird Box was based on a book – just throwing it out there), but A Quiet Place will remain as the fantastic original.

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#6 Upgrade

What a surprise this movie was! It was thanks to the bloggers that I watched this, otherwise I would never have even heard of it. Just a really well-done Sci-Fi movie with a great twist.

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#5 Ant-Man and the Wasp

I don’t know what it is about this particular Marvel movie but I’ve seen it 3 times now and it’s actually my favourite solo-hero Marvel movie of all at the moment. It’s just my perfect mix of humour and action, and not forgetting the loveable Paul Rudd!

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#4 Avengers: Infinity War

Speaking of Marvel movies…Ii didn’t get to see Infinity War until it had already been out for at least 2 weeks, and somehow I avoided all spoilers, which is incredible really considering all the memes out there. Nothing can beat experiencing the click of Thanos’ fingers for the first time.

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#3 A Simple Favor

Oh my god this movie. I so, so nearly made this my number 1 choice. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are absolute legends in this twisted, hilarious and sexy tale. Why did I never find Mums like them at the baby groups I went to?!

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#2 A Star is Born

This was one of those movies I’d already fallen in love with from the first trailer. The soundtrack is incredible, the story is beautiful and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga made me cry several times.

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#1 Searching

An odd choice, I admit, but let me explain. I love movies that bring something a little different to the table. All scenes in Searching are through a screen, be it a laptop, mobile, CCTV, FaceTime. That alone makes it great in my eyes. The cherry on the top is a simply brilliant mystery story that twists and turns constantly, with a hugely satisfying conclusion. Love it.