Movies day beats blus­tery blues

Win­ter is upon us in all its mis­er­able glory, so the time is right to bun­dle up and spend all day watch­ing films. KYLIE KLEIN-NIXON shares her top three picks for a rainy day.

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At any other time of the year spend­ing 48 hours in your bed – lecky-blanky on, but­ter melt­ing on your pip­ing hot crum­pets, iTunes movies qui­etly down­load­ing – would seem like the height of deca­dence.

But when there’s a bru­tal southerly blow­ing through the canyons of the cap­i­tal and the rain is com­ing down in side­ways sheets, there’s re­ally only one thing to do at a week­end – backto-back rainy day films.

A rainy day film is one that you’ve watched five, six, maybe 50 times be­fore, but you keep go­ing back for more.

Maybe it’s one that warms the cock­les of your heart, or one that just gets bet­ter and bet­ter with age.

What­ever the case, los­ing your­self in a rainy day clas­sic is the best an­ti­dote to the win­ter blues.

Every­one has their per­sonal pref­er­ences, but for my money you can­not beat these three films on a blus­tery, dreary day:

3. Pride and Prej­u­dice di­rected by Joe Wright).


I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to be lynched for pick­ing this ver­sion of the beloved Jane Austen tale, but hear me out.

Joe Wright’s lush pro­duc­tion is earthy, his­tor­i­cally de­tailed, and true to the spirit of the book, while giv­ing a fresh and charm­ing slant to the much-loved char­ac­ters. And it has Matthew Macfadyen in it.

OK, that last one is pretty sub­jec­tive, but I defy any­one not to be warmed to the tips of their toes by the early morn­ing majesty of Macfadyen’s shy, vul­ner­a­ble Mr Darcy strid­ing out of the mist to claim his El­iz­a­beth.

2. An Af­fair to Re­mem­ber (1956, di­rected by Leo McCarey).

Cary Grant has been dead for about 28 years, but he’s still the coolest guy to ever don a dicky bow and woo a dame. My favourite dame to watch him woo is Deb­o­rah Kerr in this charm­ing, heart­break­ingly sweet lit­tle ro­mance.

‘‘Win­ter must be cold for those with no warm mem­o­ries,’’ Deb­o­rah says to Cary, mid-woo and mid-At­lantic.

Don’t be like those guys, make some warm mem­o­ries in the depths of the freeze with this warm, fuzzy clas­sic.

1. The Goonies (1985, di­rected by Richard Donner).

What’s not to love about a film that makes cold, grey and rainy (it’s set in a win­try north Ore­gon, USA) feel ex­cit­ing?

The Goonies cel­e­brates ev­ery­thing that’s awe­some about be­ing a kid – ad­ven­ture, ca­ma­raderie and the hi­lar­i­ous use­less­ness of adults.

From foul- mouthed Mouth ( Corey Feld­man), to in­ge­nious Data (Jonathan Ke Quan), from gutsy Chunk (Jeff Cohen) to dar­ling Mikey ( Sean Astin), the Goonies are the kind of kids you wanted to be – dar­ing, loyal, and brave.

Never say die: The Goonies makes side­ways rain look like a thrill in this 80s clas­sic, per­fect for a win­ter week­end.

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