Every night I sit at my computer trying to think of a good movie/show that I haven’t seen before that I’d like to watch – every night I struggle to actually come up with anything. So I search the internet for good movie reviews only to end up still undecided at 1:00am and too tired to watch a movie anyway.
I imagine I’m not the only one out there that has trouble finding something good to watch and so I thought I’d put together a list of ten movies/shows that I think are really worth watching. I won’t say they’re my top ten favourite movies and TV shows as I honestly love so many that trying to constrict my favourites to a list of ten would be almost impossible. These are just some recommendations. So I’ll just list them and give a short summary – without the spoilers – and why I love them so much!
1. Crazy, Stupid, Love.
So for those that don’t know me well I’m a crazy romantic which is why I love this movie so much. But for those out there that hate the typical ‘rom-com’, fear not - this movie has so much more than just the soppy love story line. Starring Steve Carell, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and Kevin Bacon, this movie really grabs your attention from the start. When middle aged Cal is hit with a sudden divorce, he goes on a wild ride when he meets Jacob; a young, handsome, lady’s man. Trying to find his lost man-hood both Jacob and himself experience things they never imagined possible. This movie is the perfect balance of humour, heartache and romance with an amazing cast that you can’t help but love. Guys, if the girlfriend pulls this one out, don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll laugh just as much as her and enjoy every minute of it.
2. The Walking Dead Television Series.
Who doesn’t love a movie about zombies, right? I mean, I am a total baby when it comes to horror films however zombie story lines are my favourite! So what’s better than a zombie movie? – A zombie based TV series. Last year I got roped into watching the first season of The Walking Dead and from the first episode I was hooked. The plot revolves around a police officer Rick Grimes who searches for his family after waking up from a coma in an infected city. After finding his wife and son, the show takes on new twists and turns as it follows a bunch of survivors that they travel with. The characters each have a strong personality as well as individual roles to play in their search for safety. With each episode a new challenge is set, and I have found myself on the edge of my seat during every single one. While the second season started a few weeks ago, the series is taking a short hiatus until February so if you want to catch up on it, now is the perfect time! Trust me, you’ll be addicted!
3. The Matrix trilogy.
These three movies are classics – everyone has heard of/seen The Matrix movies. If you haven’t actually taken them time to watch them, you really must. Before I saw them I assumed they were boring and definitely not the kind of movies I’d enjoy. However once I had, I realised what a well made, thought out concept they actually were. Have you ever wondered if maybe in fact you’re dreaming and that none of what is happening is actually real? Well The Matrix takes this idea to a whole new level and bases its story on what it would be like if we were indeed dreaming up our whole lives while machines used our bodies for energy to keep their own world running. Sounds interesting right? These movies really are for everyone – it has everything to keep you wondering and wanting more. Girls, don’t let the thought of an action/science fiction film stop you from watching these ones, as you really will enjoy the unique, interesting plot.
4. In Time.
I recently went and saw this one in the movies, and boy, to say I enjoyed it would be an understatement. While I read a few bad reviews and had a couple of people tell me it wasn’t very good, I sat in the cinema and loved every minute of it. The concept of the movie is unique and draws you in from the first minute. With Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried taking the lead role, the story shapes a future where rather than paying our way with money as a currency, we actually pay with minutes from our lives. With a short life span, people are dying in the streets as they run from place to place desperately trying to win themselves more time on their lives.
This action packed movie had me clutching at my friend, wondering what will happen next. While the script wasn’t spectacular throughout the whole movie, I feel the overall concept overruled the little flaws.
If you’re looking for a new release full of drama, action, and a little bit of love as well as an amazing idea then you really should go see this one!
5. 500 Days Of Summer.
In a world where love seems to be a constant disappointment blooms this unique little film about love and loss. Unlike most romantic films where the boy and the girl fall in love, break up, then fall in love again, this storyline has a little more depth to it. Starring Jason Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel; this romantic realistic comedy will have your heart breaking as well as filling you with hope as you follow their story of love and loss. For a woman that doesn’t believe in love and young man that falls for her, this film reaches out to it’s audience by clutching at the realistic pain that love involves.
Superheroes, romance, action, and a journey to find one’s self – sound appealing? - Well get your hands on this film! This black comedy based film where a young teenage boy played by Aaron Johnson decides to become a superhero will have you laughing and holding your breath from suspense. With an all star cast including Nicholas Cage, this movie has hardly any flaws. While you might think it sounds very far fetched and unlikely for a couple of everyday people to turn into crime fighting heroes, think again. The movie is so well made that you’re never left wondering “how did that happen?” “How is that possible?” – in fact, it’s one of those movies that explains things in subtle ways all throughout the plot.
With all the gore and violence comes a strong heroic message that you can do anything and help anyone if you really put your mind to it – however, I don’t recommend you go running around in a green suit and getting stabbed.
A children’s movie with so much heart that it had me with tears in my eyes. The loveable robot WALL-E travels the deserted planet alone collecting small items that have been left behind from the human race. Although he does not talk very much, he’s emotions are portrayed strongly throughout the film when he stumbles across EVE, who is a much more advanced robot sent to Earth. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t particularly like children’s movies well this one could still be enjoyable for you. There’s a strong sense of loneliness and the need to belong that you become somewhat absorbed in WALL-E’s journey, making it easier to fall in love with. Be sure to give this one a watch, as it’s one of those kid movies that you won’t forget.
8. Easy A.
So we’ve all felt as though we don’t really “fit in” right? Well, this film is all about trying to fit in with crowd as well as trying to stand out and not care what people say – it’s a bit of everything this one.
Emma Stone plays a young, intelligent, innocent school girl that gets roped into lying about losing her virginity to some old guy who has crabs – oh, wait, that was just a bit of gossip. No, what really happens is she somehow ends up lying about sleeping with guys in her school to try and help them get a “good reputation”.
If you love Emma Stone – which I will openly admit to – or like a film with a strong message and a few laughs, this is perfect for you. The characters and story is easy to connect with, and it even has a nice ending.
9. Good Will Hunting.
If you enjoy a smart, yet heart warming movie, well then you really should check this one out. With Matt Damon and Robin Williams coming together in a film about a genius janitor and a caring, grieving therapist. The journey this movie takes you on is one of unique hope as the therapist attempts to befriend and convince the young man that there’s better things out there.
Seeing as I am a bit of a softy, I’ll admit that I cried along with heartbreaking scenes, as well as smiled with deep, smart conversations played out in the film.
This really is a must see film for everyone!
10. I Love You, Man.
If I had to describe this movie in one word it would be “hilarious”. I remember first seeing it in the cinemas with some friends and bending over with laughter and tears. Paul Rudd plays the lead role; planning to get married to his fiancée played by Rashida Jones. Only problem is that he doesn’t have many friends, and therefore is in a mad hurry to find a best man. Jason Segel plays an open, honest and friendly character that meets the desperate groom – before you know it they’re a crazy new friendship.
The story line is hilarious as is the script and characters, so I really can’t fault this movie. You’re laughing from start to finish as you watch these two awesome actors become best pals in time for wedding.
If you’re in the mood for a laugh, make sure to watch this film.