I wouldn’t call myself a film fanatic – those movies that people queue to see at cinemas I often come away from feeling disappointed (especially a lot of those with superheroes, I’m sorry- Don’t judge me!). With the cost of a cinema ticket having skyrocketing in recent years I prefer instead to watch movies from the comfort of my own home. This may mean that I may have to wait a bit longer to see the latest titles but I’m guaranteed the best seat in the house and there’s no chance of a seat kicker behind me. Plus, today the wait is not even that long since some platforms release new films in record time after they leave the big screen. For example, you can easily discover movies on uk.chili.com and find a lot of newly released titles to rent or buy.
So, if you’re looking for something to watch as you snuggle up on the sofa here are three of my all-time favourite films for you to consider.
John Wick – 2014 – Action Thriller
I first watched John Wick when it came onto Sky Cinema but boy do I wish I had discovered it sooner. Keanu Reeves brings all the dramatic action of The Matrix to this criminal underworld with the film directed by Reeves stuntman from The Matrix. Although dark at times the film is actually filled with some cracking one-liners making it very entertaining as well as exhilarating. The soundtrack is also brilliant and accompanies the smooth and precise action scenes perfectly. In my books, John Wick was simply excellent and all those I have recommended it to have come away feeling the same – and the great news is there’s now a John Wick 2, so get comfy and have yourself an adrenaline marathon.
Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri – 2017 – Comedy, Crime, Drama
Three Billboards outside Ebbing Missouri is a dark, comical and multi-layered masterpiece. Not scarce on swearing or violence the one-liners and deep under-stories in this film make it worth a watch for those who normally give such productions a miss. Frances McDormand plays a tough and powerful female lead whose witty tongue and raw emotion leave you full of empathy for her character and will leave you questioning how best to deal with revenge and hatred. This movie makes you think and I found myself marvelling at its brilliance for days to come.
Into the Wild – 2007 – Adventure Biography
After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless decides to abandon his possessions and give his savings to charity in order to hitchhike to Alaska and survive in the wilderness. Based on a true story and bringing the popular book to the big screen, Into the Wild follows his journey and introduces you to the characters he meets along the way. This film is filled with such a depth of emotion and will move you in ways you may not think possible. I most definitely cried and was left with a sense of longing to go off the grid and into the wilderness myself. An emotional rollercoaster that will stick with you for years to come, I highly recommend you give it a watch.
So, what will you watch next? Let me know your favourite way to watch movies in the comments.