35 Favourite Movies That I 100% Recommend

I certainly do not consider myself a cinephile or anything like that and I know there are some very famous, classic films I have yet to see, but I think I’ve seen a decent chunk of movies in this world. I like movies. (Who doesn’t?)

I don’t have a definite top 10 of favourite movies, but I do have a general list of movies I enjoy and recommend to anyone who asks. Though so far, the only people who’ve ever asked is The Album and a wonderful lady from curling (who is probably reading this. Hi!).

Anyway, I know most of these movies I’m about to mention are ones you’ve probably seen as they’re mostly well-known, but I just want to gush in no particular order, so let me do it.

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  • Begin Again– this is probably my favourite of them all. It’s sweet, it’s funny, got great music, and is just such a good watch. It’s a little indie but it’s got big names in it.
  • Tower Heist – who doesn’t love a good heist movie? I think this one is so smart and funny and I watch it every time it’s on TV.
  • About Time – just a fun romcom with a slight magical twist. If you don’t watch this movie and walk away just in love with Domhnall Gleeson, you’re a broken person.
  • Sing Street – from the same guy who gave us Begin Again, we get this fun ode to 80’s music and dreams.
  • Bridesmaids – I still laugh out loud every time I see it. It’s a really great comedy starring some really funny ladies at their best.
  • 13 Going On 30 – an absolute classic romcom that really deserves the hype it gets. It’s so pure.
  • Avengers – maybe it seems cheesy now that the MCU has grown so much, but I really loved this movie. It was a great intro to the characters (as I didn’t know much going in way back then) and really showed the power of bringing heroes together to fight. The action, the humor, the style, it was all on point.
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  • Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – I thought this movie was genuinely good. It opened up a new Potter-adjacent world to explore and the characters were great. The sequel wasn’t as good, but I have faith that the rest of the franchise could be decent.
  • Music And Lyrics – another movie about music, and said music is so good. Even ‘Pop! Goes My Heart’ which is supposed to be cheesy and kind of bad is actually a bop. I love the dynamic between the two leads.
  • Set It Up – yes, a Netflix Original Movie is on this list. I thought this movie was so cute and fun and feel-good. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and I’m glad that Netflix can make some quality films when they try.
  • Into The Spiderverse – I dragged my feet on watching this because animated films are not really my vibe, but this was so well done! The animation style was so unique, the storytelling was well done, and it felt both familiar and new as a Spider-Man movie.
  • Mamma Mia – don’t judge me. The music, the acting, the aesthetics, the emotions….this musical is supreme and this movie deserves more love than it gets.
  • Edge Of Tomorrow – I watched this on fluke once and was so captivated. It’s so exciting and action-packed and puts a fun spin on the time loop trope. Part of me hopes there’ll be a sequel but part of me knows nothing can match it.
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  • Age Of Adeline – this is a sweet romcom similar to About Time in that there’s a bit of a magical twist. It’s a feel-good movie.
  • The Way Way Back – I was browsing Netflix one night and saw that Steve Carell was in it, so I gave it a go and really enjoyed it. It’s a coming-of-age kind of movie, but not in a cringy sad way. It’s fun.
  • Frozen – I missed the Disney boat as a child, so this was one of the first Disney Princess movies I properly saw, and it was great! Very cute!
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy – no superhero movie has ever been or will ever be as fun as GOTG. It’s so funny and so iconic and the soundtrack absolutely slaps. Even if you don’t love superhero movies, this one is one to watch as you don’t need prior knowledge and it’s so entertaining.
  • Always Be My Maybe – yet another Netflix movie. I had heard good things online and sure enough, this romcom ended up being great. Usually comedians turned actors doesn’t impress me, but Ali Wong did in this.
  • Now You See Me – like Edge Of Tomorrow, this was another fluke watch that had me and my friends wide-eyed and gaping. The premise was interesting enough, but then it had a twist at the end that no one saw coming.
  • Palm Springs – this is the most recent addition to this list, as this is a Hulu movie that came out in July. It’s also a time loop movie, but it’s cute and fun in an unhinged, modern way.
  • Monsters Inc – this is my favourite Pixar movie. It’s so incredibly creative, quotable, and funny. Even as an adult, it impresses me to no end.
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  • The Intern – not to be confused with mediocre comedy The Internship, this movie is a sweet one starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.
  • Spy – no shade, but Melissa McCarthy movies are usually light hit or big miss, but this one was a big hit. She’s in a role unlike her normal ones and there’s action, but it’s not short on quality jokes either.
  • Pitch Perfect – the sequel and threequel aren’t amazing, but I thought this first movie was great. It made acapella cool for a whole generation, was funny, and had great music from both the girls and boys’ teams.
  • Evan Almighty – maybe because I was raised Catholic so I understand the whole biblical parody, but I do think this was a quality movie. It was funny.
  • Ferris Buller’s Day Off – another classic that has stood the test of time. That parade scene? Iconic.
  • Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – I was ready to hate this because ugh reboots, but I found this to be actually very well done and entertaining.
  • Hidden Figures – this should have won the Oscar that year, and my father and I will die mad about it.
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  • The Martian – who cares if it’s unrealistic, it’s an interesting movie set on Mars and I enjoyed it.
  • School Of Rock – this is, without a doubt, the role Jack Black was born to play. It’s amazing.
  • The Incredibles – another quality animated movie that’s so well done and exciting at any age. It was ahead of its time as far as superhero movies go.
  • Knives Out – Chris Evans in a thick sweater is only one reason to watch this movie. It’s an entertaining mystery movie that keeps you guessing along. I like it because it’s not creepy like a lot of mystery movies are.
  • Alice In Wonderland – I really enjoyed this live-action movie. It had a fun style and I adored Cheshire Cat. It was a good watch.
  • Mean Girls – this was just one of those movies that every girl I know has seen. It’s so iconic and timelessly funny.
  • The Devil Wears Prada – it’s iconic, and if you haven’t seen this, you live under a rock.
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I’m sure there’s many more middle-grade but quality films I’ve forgotten to mention here, but overall, this is a solid list of movies I love and respect, and it’s not too late for you to love and respect them too. Spend quarantine watching some quality films that have been living rent-free in my heart for years!

And if you know of other movies similar to any of these that you think I’d like, let me know!

That’s all for now!

 

Edit(s):
Guess who remembered a good movie three days after posting? Meeee. So every time I continue to remember, I shall update this post here.

  • Kingsman – don’t talk to me about the sequel, but the first movie was so fun and different and interesting, even if you don’t like spy movies.
  • Elf – usually Santa movies are kind of silly, but Will Ferrell’s Buddy is just so, so funny. The movie is so quotable and pure, and I enjoy it year-round.

 

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‘Sing Street’ Movie Review

Do you like 80’s music? Do you like feel good movies?

Y’all. Sing Street. It’s my new movie obsession, so of course I have to write about it. And since it’s not a very big name movie, I wanted to take this chance to tell you guys about it if you don’t know.

Sing Street is about a 15 year old Irish boy named Conor who starts a band with some new pals to impress a girl, an older and pretty model-wannabe. It’s set in the 80’s so the music has that distinct 80’s vibe, and like with any musical/musical movie, the music really makes or breaks it. In this case, it makes it. Big time. But you don’t even need to really know or love 80’s music to enjoy this. I however do like 80’s music (my boss and I listen to it at work all the time), so this appealed to me.

This movie is written and directed by John Carney, who’s best known credits are for writing and directing the movies Once and Begin Again. Begin Again is my favourite movie, and if you want to know more about that, read my old post here. While I found Once to be a little boring, I loved Begin Again and its music, so of course I was super excited when I saw that Carney had another music-centric movie coming out. It was a film festival movie and never came to local Canadian theaters, so I had to wait for the DVD, but it was worth the wait.

This movie was inspiring, magical, beautiful, funny, sweet and had a great soundtrack. I literally can’t ask for more in a movie.

The cast were all no-name European actors, but they were so talented! All the band members were such adorable, likeable characters and it was so satisfying to see them all jamming together and making such great music. They had each other’s backs and even when I expected there to be average band conflict, there never was. The other characters were great too. They added just the right amount of conflict, parallels and drama.

The original music was amazing. I’ve been listening to the songs on repeat. Even my father said he could definitely hear most of the songs on mainstream radio. There were some great fast songs as well as a few slower songs. The soundtrack also includes actual 80’s songs that were either included in the movie or just inspired the writers, so that’s cool.

I don’t really have many complaints about this movie. I did find the ending a little too artsy and open for my tastes, but when set to a really gorgeous Adam Levine song, I can tolerate it. Raphina, the girl Conor is trying to impress, sometimes seemed to embody that manic-pixie trope too much so I really didn’t love her, but she was a decent character. And I do wish the DVD had a subtitles option because there were a few occasions that I couldn’t understand the boys’ thick Irish accents.

And now for some bullet thoughts because I need to say things:

  • ‘Drive Like You Stole It’ is my favourite song.
  • I loved Eamon, the kid with glasses and the rabbits.
  • Conor’s older brother looked SO MUCH like Chris Pratt.
  • Conor could do better eyeliner than me.
  • Was that other girl Conor’s sister or what?
  • I love Irish accents.
  • Who wants to start a band with me?
  • John Carney better be started on his next musical film project because I’m so ready.

If you want to see a fun and charming, music-filled movie that’s light but not too artsy, then watch Sing Street. You won’t regret it!

That’s all for now!

 

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My Favourite Movie: ‘Begin Again’

For the longest time, if you had asked me what my favourite movie was, I would have likely shrugged and then said “I dunno, one of the Harry Potter movies” and then probably said “like, maybe the fourth” because that was one of my favourite books in the series. More recently, my answer to the question would likely have been “ummm…Alice In Wonderland” because that was a great movie, but deep inside me, I knew it wasn’t my all-time favourite. Now I have a legitimate answer.

On my first night away in university, I was bored and alone at 8 pm. I knew no one and had nothing to do and didn’t know where to go. So I sat on my fresh bed in my brand new room, and I streamed a movie on my phone.

That movie was Begin Again and oh my gosh. I loved it.

I had heard a tiny bit about the movie beforehand. It had a cool cast (Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine) and a slight indie vibe. The director was the same dude who directed the movie Once which I had seen and thought was okay. But like I said, at the time, I was bored and alone, so I wasn’t picky.

I’d like to start by saying that this movie is not a musical. I love musicals, don’t get me wrong, but this is not one. It is, however, a movie about music. So there is a lot of singing and music making.

Which is great, because that’s one thing I really, really loved about this movie. The soundtrack was absolutely fantastic. There wasn’t a single song that I didn’t like (which is saying a lot because I am very picky when it comes to music) and I had some of them on repeat all through Frosh Week.

But what’s this movie about? IMDB says: “a chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.” The executive being Mark and the singer being Keira.

Three reasons why I love this movie (aside from the music): 1. the characters are great. Though they have flaws, they’re likeable and relatable and nice. 2. it’s a feel-good movie. It’s not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, but it’s still a great watch. 3. strong female lead!

I made all my friends watch it, and if I could, I’d make all of you watch it too. I love this movie so much. Whether you like musicals or not, I highly suggest you watch this. Aside from a few f-bombs, it’s pretty safe movie for all ages. I don’t care if it was snubbed at the Oscars this year, this movie deserves ALL the awards.

Give it a go, then report back here. Or, if you have already seen it, leave a comment expressing your love for this beautiful, amazing, masterpiece of a movie! 😀

That’s all for now!