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.
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.