Since becoming a university student my sleeping pattern has become massively messed up, and I have often found myself awake into the early hours in which it is unlikely that I am able to do anything productive. It is in these times I often turn to films, and can watch 3-5 a week! However, though new comers come and go my all time favorite films have remained fairly stable. Here are my top six (in no particular order):
1) Legally Blonde
The film that gave us the "bend and snap" (which by the way has an 83% rate of a dinner date invitation when used correctly... you can't fight with those odds) is just undeniably lovable. This film tells the story of Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, a Gemini vegetarian who finds herself at Harvard Law School attempting to win her ex-boyfriend back. However, in the process she realises her lawyer talents and ends up winning a case in her first year (largely because of her knowledge on perms) and proved that happy people just don't shoot their husbands. If you're not understanding my Legally Blonde references be ashamed and go straight out and buy this DVD and be prepared for an amazing 90 minutes. I loved this film so much that when I heard it was becoming a musical, I immediately brought my train ticket to London and tickets to the show. This was a decision I did not regret; click here to purchase tickets for the theatre adaptation which is now touring the UK!
2) Sweet Home Alabama
Melanie: "Why do you wanna marry me for any how?" Jake: "So I can kiss you anytime I want"
Another film staring Reese Witherspoon that I absolutely adore. This time it tells the story of a girl who ditched her small town roots to make it big in New York City as a fashion designer. It all goes wrong for Melanie when her beau in New York pops the question as she now needs to finally divorce her childhood sweetheart. It's the rom com of all rom coms and truly captures the spirit of first loves. The Alabama accents also make the film ten times better.
3) Drop Dead Fred
Fred: "The death breath. She killed me with the death breath."
Drop Dead Fred is the film of my childhood. Me and my sister almost wore out the video of this film. It seems to be a film that has got better with age as we can sit down with the DVD and laugh at it the same amount if not more. Imaginary friend Fred of young girl Elizabeth escapes from his box and joins her in adulthood. He causes chaos in her life but at the same time as her best interests at heart. There are so many funny scenes; the restaurant date, the dog poo on the carpet, the cobwebs up Elizabeth's Mum's crotch to name a few. This film is laugh a minute and if you are a 90's kid and haven't seen it yet you literally have to, I'm leaving you no choice for this one! Did you have a film that defines your childhood?
Cher: "I feel like such a heffer. I had two bowls of Special K, 3 pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, 5 peanut butter M&Ms and like 3 pieces of licorice"
As if I could write this list and not include Clueless, it is the Mean Girls of the 90s. The film follows the trials and tribulations of 15 year old Cher as she makes her way through high school. It is the stereotypical spoilt rich kid story, the difference being you can't help but love Cher as she makes the ultimate decision of who gets to take her virginity. The girl who taught us how to colour coordinate and gave us lines like "He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?" makes this film a classic and a worthwhile watch.
5) The Notebook
Noah: "So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday."
This has always been the film I watch after a break up with a tub of Ben and Jerry's cookie dough and I sit there and wish that someone would tell me that if I'm a bird, their a bird. I'm also guilty of notebooking quite a few boys, if you've not heard of this it is when you make a boy watch the Notebook in order to get him feeling emotional. No one can resist shedding a few tears at this incredible film. It's rare for me anyway to watch this film and not have a little cry. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams play these roles to perfection and I truly believe their love story. The film is originally based on a book by Nicholas Sparks which I found to be a fantastic read, you can purchase it here.
6) Wolf of Wall Street
Jordan: "My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."
My one new addition to the list because the truth is I just couldn't resist. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the performance of his career (he was robbed of an Oscar if you ask me) in these three hours of cinematic gold. It's based on the true story of Jordan Belfort and shows the extreme highs and lows of his fast paced and crazy life. After watching the movie I became almost obsessed with the life and times of Belfort and what aspects of the movie were true and it turns out almost all of it... just look here. I haven't spoken to anyone yet who didn't love this movie so if you haven't seen it yet it really is a must! Be warned though this movie is not for the faint-hearted, it contains sex, drugs, alcohol and a lot of swearing.
So there you have it my all time favorite movies, if you haven't seen any and I've managed to convince you to watch then you could purchase them all from here. What are your top films? What do you think of mine?