Apologies for such a late blog post! Life got in the way today and I would hate to release a half arsed post.
My sincerest apologies (it shan’t happen again), but for now, let’s dive in the deep end for today’s movie Monday!
In my recent Sunday book club posts, you may have noticed that I love me some bargains when it comes to books. I can tell you that my love for cheap things does not stop there, oh no! I love some cheap movies too. In the age of streaming I still love DVDs. I’m not a culture snob or anything like that. God no. I stream and I watch on DVDs, it’s balance and sometimes it’s based on convenience. The internet can be a fickle thing as I’m sure we all know and we’ve allll been there. You know there, feet up, mask on, glass of wine in hand (if you are partial to one) when the buffering starts or the onslaught of pop up ads begins. It’s a nightmare and it ruins the flow of the movie. It’s even worse if it’s your go to happy movie, makes a day go from bad to worse. Hence why I love DVDs.
I love DVDs not just for the fact they don’t buffer or give me pop up ads but for the fact that popping on a DVD allows you to click off. Putting away my phone, laptop or any electronic device and exiting the matrix so to say. Detaching myself from the internet is good sometimes.
The love for all things-a bargain runs in my family and recently my mother has found a bunch of movies in different stores that are all priced at £1, yes you heard me, £1! It’s sort of a movie haul ( can we make this a thing?) Where to find these movies? Aldi, Poundland, Charity Shops…
Firstly, we have the oldest movie but this isn’t to say it’s the worst. I’m sure you know and love this movie too.
Legally Blonde, released 2001 stars Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson and Matthew Davis ( whom you may know as Alaric from Vampire Diaries).
I once had to judge a tighty-whitey contest for Lambda Kappa Pi. Trust me, I can handle anything.
Legally Blonde follows Witherspoons’ ditsy yet determined character Elle Woods on her journey to Harvard Law School to reclaim her boyfriend. However, things take a surprising turn for Elle on her journey.
You probably already know the plot but for those of you that don’t, I’ll avoid giving spoilers. You may find this movie cliche but Witherspoons’ acting adds humour to the story and I can’t help but love this movie, as a law student, it makes me hopeful that I’ll graduate at least.
Secondly, drum roll please, we have another all time girl classic.
Sex and The City, the movie, released in 2008 starring our fave group of girlfriends, I speak on behalf of us all here, as they journey through their lives.
Yes yes yes the movie is somewhat predictable and tedious when we consider the will they, won’t they conundrum of Mr Big and Carrie but my god, don’t I still love it. The laughs, the realism and the fantasy ( come on, who am I kidding. Vivienne Westwood sending you a free wedding dress. Pfft, girl please).
I curse the day you were born!
It’s a bunch of middle age women loving life, growing together and individually and being a support network through adultery, separation and abandonment at the alter.
I much prefer the TV series but this is a perfect pick me up DVD for £1. My go to girl movie when I need a pick me up from the laws of equity.
The next three films where released around the same time frame from 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Made of Honour, released 2008, gives us Rom-Com with a twist. No this movie isn’t about the bridesmaid that never gets to be the bride, this movies is about two best friends ( opposite sex friends) who, following the tropes, realise after trials and tribulations that they (shock horror) love one another!
Yes it’s cliche by matching the characters played by Patrick Dempsy and Michelle Monaghan. Two characters who hated each other instantly but who share admiration in brutal honesty. But it works, I swear. It actually works. As the movie progress you find yourself routing for them. This movie I’ve seen a dozen times being re-run on numerous TV channels but I hate TV commercials, so DVD format wins again!
Hannah: You’ve slept with half my floor.
Tom: Well, half your floor was female.
Fourthly on our list of £1 movies we have the 2009 release of The Ugly Truth.
If you haven’t heard of or watched this then boy are you missing out! This movie, for me, is comedy gold. Gerad Butler and Kathrine Heigi have an on screen chemistry that will actually make you laugh.
No I do not mean that fake laugh we do when we see something on the internet, that little nose exhale we all do. I mean a laugh. Out loud.
Fierce, gorgeous and independent Kathrine Heigi plays the TV producer who is on her shit.
Excuse my language….
The one thing she is, of course, missing is that four letter word that most of us want to hear. L-O-V-E. She is missing love. Her fierce independent nature coupled with a need to plan scrupulously ahead scares off the average bloke. Eventually, the saviour of her problems appears in the form of film star hunk, Gerad Butler. The battle of the sexes heats up when Gerard Butler puts Abby through the wringer to prove his own theories about what makes men and women tick.
If you like gender based humour then I’m sure you’ll love this movie. This is not to say, by the way, I believe all women need a man to survive, no thank you. You know how the saying goes …
Women need men like fish need a bicycle
But there is a charm to this movie that I do love. It feels more satirical rather than a film based in fact of men versus women. It plays on gender stereotypes in a parody fashion and allows us to laugh along at nonsensical social constructs. I mean, that’s how I interpreted it.
And finally, we are here. Movie number 5! Released 2010 and boasting an all star cast of celebs served with a side of celebs we have the ever cringe: Valentines Day.
Yes it’s cheesy and cringe and predictability all merged into one feature film but it’s still above average. Not by a lot but it’s up there. I’m a sucker for movies that show the lives of characters crossing over one another and impacting in ways they wouldn’t think. Despite being ridden with cliches and stereotypes I adore that this movie doesn’t just focus on heterosexual romantic love on Valentines Day but there is a Mother-Son love and a Gay love present too.
I would fail at epic proportions if I were to attempt to explain this plot to you, it’s complicated but then again, love always is.
Oh I am so smooth with my words! Haha
Watch the movie and I’m sure you’ll understand the plot better than I could ever explain. There’s flowers, anti-valentines parties and the flaws of love that most rom-coms just gloss over. Yes the all star cast comprising of Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher and Taylor squared is slightly too much I can admit. But the stories. The stories are worth listening too.
My closest relationship is with my Blackberry, Thank God it vibrates !
Rating : 3.9999999999
That concludes my very late Movie Monday! I’ll be seeing you again Wednesday and Friday this week for a double dose of beauty!
I hope you enjoyed. As always I appreciate the support. If you wish to contact me you can find my social media at the bottom of every web page.
Hasta La Vista Suckers
I’m kidding, love yall