I love good movies! I have been lucky enough to have seen some truly wonderful ones in my lifetime that have inspired me, moved me, touched my heart, uplifted me when I needed it, made me cry or made me laugh out loud. On the flip-side I have also had to sit through and endure some absolutely disastrous excuses for filmmaking. There are a lot of hours I'll never get back, but hey, I learned a lesson and am able to be a lot more discerning about what I will and will not watch nowadays, especially at the cinema. We have a 20 minute rule now for new movies we get and if we're not engaged by then, we vote with the remote. If you're watching a good movie, even a fairly slow moving one, you'll be into it by that point!
From the time we moved to Austria when I was nine years old, we didn't have an actual working TV. We had a VHS player and a stack of videos that we would watch over and over again - everything from Star Wars, Back to the Future and Indiana Jones to Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang to My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Pride & Prejudice. We saw them all so many times that we'd memorised the lines, recreated the scenes and ended up becoming a lot more interested in what was involved behind the scenes.
I studied Film, Photography & Drama at University and then spent three months in L.A. which intensified my appreciation for the whole movie making experience and all of the different elements that go into producing a picture. I've been on several sets and have assisted behind the scenes, which I found truly fascinating. I love the costumes, the intricate sets, interesting lighting, clever cinematography, well thought out dialogue and the use of colour that goes into setting the tone for a movie. Some of my biggest role models, both male and female, are actors - not just because of their movie making choices and the effect these films can have on people's lives, but also for the good that they are able to do in the world with the status they have earned. In another lifetime I always dreamed of being an actress or otherwise a production designer just to work in the film industry... Never say never.
Here are 10 LOVELY MOVIES I'd happily recommend you watch either with your partner, a great girly friend or even on your own. All of them have a lot of heart, some are true stories and one or two might even make you cry ;) Enjoy!
- Saving Mr. Banks (2013 - Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks)
- The Help (2011 - Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer)
- Woman in Gold (2015 - Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds)
- The Blind Side (2009 - Sandra Bullock, Quentin Aaron)
- Julie & Julia (2009 - Meryl Streep, Amy Adams)
- Miss Potter (2006 - Renée Zellweger, Eway McGregor)
- Belle (2013 - Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson)
- Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008 - Frances McDormand, Amy Adams)
- The Hundred Foot Journey (2014 - Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal)
- The Theory of Everything (2014 - Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior)
To be followed with 10 More Lovely Movies...
Love Holly x
QUESTION: What is your all time favourite movie & why? Do you have any lovely movie suggestions you'd recommend I see? Word of mouth is always a good bet. Thanks! x