These aren’t necessarily my favourite films (ahem, that would be Harry Potter) but these are all brilliant and memorable films that I think everyone should watch at least once.
Based on true events, this film is about a doctor who experimentally administers a drug to catatonic patients in the hopes of ‘awakening’ them, believing that although they are catatonic there are still people in those unresponsive bodies. Robert De Niro plays the main catatonic patient in this film and his acting is (for lack of a better way of saying it) bloody brilliant. Seeing the journey of these patients and then knowing that this actually happened to people in real life was absolutely incredible and it really got me thinking about treatments for other people in the same state.
This film isn’t the most cinematic, it isn’t a piece of art and it doesn’t have some clever storyline that people will be talking about for days, but to watch this is like a right of passage for anyone living in this century. I mean, there are so many references and nods to Mean Girls out there that I can’t even keep up. If you’ve watched this film already then you know what I’m talking about. Meal Girls made ‘army pants and flip flops’ iconic and you’ll never listen to Jingle Bell Rock the same again. If you’ve already watched this film, well all I can say is four for you Glen Coco, you go Glen Coco.
Do not recommend watching this film alone unless you want to scream at your TV like I did and cry…a lot. It’s a brilliant film that takes a look at fictional inmates on death row and one inmate in particular who is not at all as he seems. It’s brilliantly acted (my god they make you believe it!) and a very emotional film that honestly made me simultaneously smile, cry and at points, ugly cry. A lot of people rank this as one of the best movies of all time and all I’ll say is that after you watch this film it will stick with you.
Ah Hitchcock, Psycho is one of my fav classics and it’s a classic for a reason. It’s a film many people and multiple shows frequently reference and they’ve even made modern day shows based off the same concept, AKA Bates Motel. I find although a lot of people know roughly what it’s about, they haven’t actually seen the original film from 1960 (not the bloody remake with Vince Vaughn…) which is such a shame because it’s iconic. If you’re not a fan of horror you’ll still be fine watching this because by today’s standards it’s really mild and quite frankly not scary at all in my opinion!
Another Tom Hanks film, you gotta love Tom Hanks right? Telling the story of a plane crash survivor that has to try and survive on a deserted island alone, Cast Away is one of those films that I don’t want to watch every weekend because it’s an emotional journey (does that sound lame?) but I love this film nonetheless and if someone is ever watching it when I’m around, I want nothing more than to plant my booty down on the couch and watch the entire movie from start to finish. Any film I see with someone on an island I immediately compare to this film and other films are never as good. I mean, Cast Away makes you emotionally attached to a freaking volleyball…that’s how you know it’s a good film.
My Mum got me to watch this film so that I would finally be able to appreciate the occasional little Rain Man references she’d do. I’m not a massive Tom Cruise fan but he plays a character in this film who finds out he has an older, autistic brother played by Dustin Hoffman and man does Dustin Hoffman sell you that character. I was so glad I watched this film because for starters it’s a great film but like a lot of the other films I’ve mentioned, since watching it I’ve realised just how much Rain Man is referenced in other movies and TV shows! Definitely a good choice to watch this film, definitely definitely.