Last updated 4 months ago by Michael Darmanin
The final countdown has already began! Amidst strict corona rules, it is fairly difficult to travel at places. So it is perfect to enjoy the comfort of your own home and spend the worthy time with loved ones. Do Niksen (Curious! read more about such words here). As we bid farewell to 2020, let’s consider it as the year of “Gratitude” and be hopeful for 2021. At the end of the year, be thankful for what you have rather than what you missed. Be grateful to be surrounded by friends, family and getting ample of time to spend with them. For that is what truly matters. Be glad about your good – health. Give yourself some credit for making through 2020. Also, to the individuals who lost their near and dear ones in this pandemic; undergoing the pain of irreparable loss shows their immense strength and courage.
In this uncertain whirlwind, no wonder how Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other OTT platforms became our quarantine buddies. Unquestionably, festivals are meant to be spent with families. Christmas is no exception. This year stay merry with your kinsfolk and celebrate your togetherness. Prepare the scrumptious traditional family meal. Adore the city clad in warm lights and beautifully decorated houses. A Movie Marathon is never a bad idea! Think about some age old classics or personal favourites that cheer you up. Movies will surely bring back your fond memories.
Movies to fuel up your Wanderlust
Midnight in Paris
Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, directed by Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris is a 2011 fantasy comedy-drama. If you have ever imagined yourself being in Paris, watch it. The movie traverses across modernism and nostalgia. After watching this movie, neither can I decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or night. Trailer here.
The “Before” Trilogy
The trilogy consists of three parts: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. The film is beautifully written and revolves around human connections, not so perfect but real love. The films will take you to Vienna, Paris and Greek Islands. All three trailers here.
Reportedly based on the real-life events of British Princess Margaret, this film will tour you around entire Rome. The escapade of princess, a reporter and a life-size adventure. Give a watch to this famous classic. Trailer here.
La Dolce Vita
Again a classic masterpiece, it is regarded as one of the greatest film in world cinemas. Also a film that gave the term “Paparazzi”. The story centres around a writer who has set aside his ambition to become a gossip columnist and a reporter.
Under the Tuscan Sun
A romantic story which takes place in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany is about a divorced writer who buys a villa in Tuscany, hoping for life-changing events. Trailer here.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
The movie is adventure comedy drama about Walter Mitty who daydreams and suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In a way, it has inspired many people to travel more and let go of all the things that is holding you back. Watch the trailer.
The heartwarming story will inspire you to tick off your bucketlist before you kick your bucket. The plot is about two ill-men on a road-trip experiencing life and friendship. This holiday season feast your eyes on this film.
For the festive evenings, you can also watch the Netflix movie Holiday In the Wild.
My all-time personal favourite. Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro slays their performances. The seventy year old widower Ben, seizes the opportunity to get back in the game and becomes a senior intern at online fashion site, founded by Jules. The movie will surely charm you with wisdom, special bond and growing friendship. Have a look at the trailer.
Forrest Gump will inspire you with his child-like optimism. 26 years of it’s release but it never fails to give you lessons each time you watch it. He’s considered ‘dumb’, ‘to have low potential’ but becomes a war hero, a multi-millionaire and a source of inspiration for his country. The greatest feel-good movie ever made. Trailer here.
The Great Gatsby
A movie counterpart of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, the story of the mysterious millionaire Gatsby strucks the right chord with the audience. A perfect winter holiday watch for exciting thrills. Trailer here.
The film is about a German industrialist protecting the lives of Polish Jewish refugees from the Holocaust during World War II. The whole movie is black-white except a girl in the red coat representing the innocent lives of Jewish being slaughtered. Peek into the trailer here.
A recommended dark movie. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as a Joker depicts an extremely painful history of the character. It is not about the Batman supervillian but a possibility within all of us. The things ( clinical depression, childhood traumas, mental illness) we neglect more often as adults but are a part of our society are perfectly crafted in the film. Watch trailer here.
The Pursuit of Happyness
Will Smith portrays Chris Gardner, a legendary stock broker and motivational speaker. The story of rags to riches shows the true struggle. Catch a glimpse of it.
Romance, Comedy & Drama
Beautiful illustration of French Cinema, a must-watch in one’s lifetime. Amélie will surely change your life. Also known as the The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, she will keep you engrossed with her quirky yet loveable character. Watch a glimpse of her. Just read the reviews of this film and it will definitely draw you towards watching it.
If French movies delight you, here’s another pick: Love Me If You Dare.
Adaption of Nicholas Spark’s Novels
Eleven of his novels are made into films. Choose one of them and you will be enchanted by the moving tales. A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Message in the Bottle, Safe Haven, The Longest Ride are some of the notable movies to binge in a row.
Five Feet Apart
If you have loved Fault in Our Stars, you’re gonna definitely like this movie. An excellent take on Live Life to the fullest. Watch the trailer.
P.S. I Love You
A movie adaption of Cecelia Ahern’s bestseller P.S. I Love You is all time love classic. While dying, Gerry knew how Holly would need him around after he is gone. He plans out tasks for Holly in the series of letters that helps her to move into happier future. It also teaches how to be a better partner in a relationship.
Don’t let the Child inside you die
The Harry Potter Series
Are you a potterhead? The whimsical world of wizards, the grand Hogwarts, Platform no: 93/4 and all things magical are sure to leave you spellbound.
The famous Christmas Classic to watch over and over. Snuggle up with your little ones and tell them stories how you as a child adored this movie. Relive those precious time. Also don’t miss Home Alone2: Lost in New York.
The season of festivity is incomplete without this movie. A touching tale of an orphan raised by Santa and his journey towards New York from the North Pole.
A Christmas Carol
A Charles Dickens classic will bring back childhood memories as you watch the movie adaption of the book.
The Grinch is a Christmas fantasy comedy film. Grinch starts as an evil character who hates Christmas but turns out good.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl’s most appreciated work. Get lost in the exquiste world of Oompa-Lompa and Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory. I have previously mentioned the love for this book in my article Children’s Book? Adults Can Read them too. You can watch Matilda (another best movie based on his book) as well.
It remains everlasting classic among children and adults. The underwater adventure of father-son duo in the Great Barrier Reef is a gem to watch.
Up is an account of Carl, an old widower who goes off on an adventure in his flying house in search of Paradise Falls, his wife’s dream destination. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios, it beautifully demonstrates the relationship of husband and wife.
Angela’s Christmas Wish
Angela’s Christmas Wish is a touching tale of determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in Christmas.
If you adore pets, some of the movies which depicts animal love are: Coco, Okja, Benji and Hatchi.
Put on your comfy pyjamas, get your warm blankets and a cup of hot chocolate, grab your movie snacks and settle down for the Watch-Party.