Monday Movie Marathon: When I Grow up, I Wanna be Just Like You

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This week’s movie marathon features films with characters you can look up to. They make you re-think the way you see the world and give you that push you need to be confident in yourself. Like a good friend, these characters have helped me reflect on the things that really matter.


1. PLEASANTVILLE (Gary Ross, 1998)

I love this film’s take on the concept of perfection. Not only do the characters literally change the way they see the world, but they open their minds to ideas that challenge the status quo.


2. LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMÉLIE POULAIN (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

Obviously this was making the cut. I didn’t cut my bangs short for nothing! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching this movie. It fills me with so much inspiration, from the music to the details in every scene.


3. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006)

If you ever need a pick-me-up, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll fall in love with all these characters and want them to reach their final goal.


4. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Colin Trevorrow, 2012)

Watch this movie and you might just start believing in time travel, or at least believe in some magic in this world. Let your inner child run free!


5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)

The timeless story of growing up and figuring out who you want to be. I still feel like I’m trying to work that out, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone.


That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope these movies put a huge smile on your face, and don’t make you re-question everything. Crap.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or comment on this post!

Monday Movie Marathon: I’ve Got Something In My Eye…

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This week’s movie marathon features films that…hmmm…make me cry. Like a little baby. Sometimes, a good cry is just what you need. Just maybe not all at the same time? Now that I think of it, maybe this isn’t marathon material. Just make sure you have some candy and someone to snuggle with.


1. JANE EYRE (Franco Zeffirelli, 1996)

This used to play every year on TV, and I seem to always hit the right channel as soon as it started. I think it was the first romantic movie I ever saw, and my idea of love was really shaped by this film. It’s probably not the best film ever made, but as a young girl watching it, I fell in love. With the simplicity of the characters and the friendship they built. It is so dear to me, and will always be that movie that introduced me to the world of romance. On another note, the 2011 version with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender is really good! I would definitely recommend it.


2. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL (Roberto Benigni, Rod Dean, 1997)

One of my favourite movies of all time, and one film that, without fail, gets me blubbering every time I see it. And now, because I’ve seen it so many times, I start to ball even before the sad parts happen. This truly is a beautiful story and it has been a part of my life for a very long time. As sad as it is, watching it makes me appreciate the beauty around me.


3. I AM SAM (Jessie Nelson, 2001)

I first saw this film in theatres with my father, and we both emerged from the dark room holding hands with tears in our eyes. The touching story and nostalgic covers just warms your heart. And you just can’t help but fall in love with Dakota Fanning’s character.


4. BIG FISH (Tim Burton, 2003)

A magical story that just makes you dream. I think everyone remembers those crazy stories your parents would tell you as kids, and sometimes you wondered what it would be like if you had been there. For me, this movie reminds of that wonderful imagination you have when you’re a kid and it just brings it back to the surface (no pun intended).


5. ATONEMENT (Joe Wright, 2007)

The epitome of the impossible love story. As much as Keira Knightley makes me cringe (and I secretly wish someone else had played that part *cough* Carey Mulligan *cough*), the story is bigger than she is (thank goodness). My heart breaks at the end of this film, and you just can’t make it right. How depressing I sound…but it’s truly a beautiful film.


That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope I have not depressed all of you! Just get some tissues and let it out.

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!

Monday Movie Marathon: You Crack Me Up

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This week’s movie marathon features films that simply make me laugh. A lot. Not that making me laugh is a hard thing, but these do it so well. Even after seeing them a dozen times, they still manage to make my sides hurt.


1. SOME LIKE IT HOT (Billy Wilder, 1959)

Seing Jack Lemon dressed as a woman never ceases to amuse me. This film is so lovely and innocent, you just can’t help but smile the whole way through. And if seeing a rugged Tony Curtis traipse around in a sparkly dress doesn’t do it for you, then maybe seeing Marilyn in all her tight-dress glory will.


2. MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)

This film is definitely sidesplitting! The first time I saw this film was in theatres with my mother during a Monty Python marathon, and the room was in constant laughter. The mix of the cheesy effects and cheeky British humour makes me laugh so hard, I start to cry. If you are ever feeling low, this movie will surely lift your spirits, and will leave you with some unforgettable memories.


3. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (Rob Reiner, 1984)

A mocumentary so funny, I wish it was real. These characters really capture your heart as much as they make you concerned for the sanity of humanity. It might be weird a first, but stick with it. It is so very funny.


4. THE BIRDCAGE (Mike Nichols, 1996)

Hank Azaria alone, as the flamboyant housekeeper, gets you roaring with laughter. And the rest of the cast just keeps that going the whole way through. Robin Williams is no Mrs. Doubtfire, but man, his many Hawaiian and flower print shirts are just as funny!


5. I LOVE YOU, MAN (John Hamburg, 2009)

Time for some modern-day humour, I think. This film definitely delivers. A timeless tale of all those man dates, to find the perfect bromance. There aren’t enough stories like this, and it’s so funny!


That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope these films help turn that frown upside down. We all need a little pick-me up once in a while!

What would your picks be? Tweet me @warriorrenaud or use the hashtag #mondaymoviemarathon!