Your Lockdown Watchlist

I don’t know about you but I am really missing the cinema. I didn’t realise how much I enjoyed getting an ICEE drink (bring back tango ice blasts though please) and sitting through an eternity of adverts to then watch an ok film. Having an unlimited card means that if you have not seen a film in a while you will go to watch any random film, just for the sake of it. For this reason, I have seen lots of ‘ok’ films but also lots of good ones. This list will showcase some of the best films that I have seen (in my opinion) both at the cinema and at home. Enjoy!

10. The Favourite

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The favourite is one of my favourite films (ironic). It is set in the early 18th century when England is at war with the French. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and her friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) are rather close until a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives. Abigail then fights for the companionship of Queen Anne and it all gets a little messy. The film also involves cute rabbits. It is categorised as a comedy/drama. I must admit that I did get confused at points. However, I feel like everyone should watch this film once.

9. The Lion King (2019)

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I have always loved The Lion King since I was little. When I went to watch this remake at the cinema it was like reliving my childhood. It is a feel good movie and touches on some important aspects of growing up. It also involves lots of animals so what is not to love? Furthermore, the fact that Beyoncé is the voice of Nala automatically makes this film a must watch.

8. Divergent

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Divergent is action/adventure film which is gripping from the very start. Shailene Woodley (I love her) plays Tris who is ‘divergent’. Society is divided into five factions and being divergent makes it difficult to decide on which faction she should stay in for the rest of her life. It is an easy and enjoyable watch. If you like Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant Part 1 have both recently been added to Netflix and Prime. I have read all of the books and must admit that they are better than the films (standard). However, I still highly recommend the films.

7. Annie (2014)

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Annie (2014) stars Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Jamie Foxx as Will Stacks. This is an excellent remake and is very modern and up to date. Since I only watched it very recently, I didn’t realise that it was a couple of years old. It certainly doesn’t seem it. Annie spends her time in foster care longing to find her parents. Then, she is taken in by Will Stacks (a billionaire). This is life changing for both Annie and Stacks. The film follows Annie and her journey. It is also a musical, which is why I love it so much. Again, this is another feel good film and is definitely worth the watch.

6. Bad Moms

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This comedy is all about mums being pushed to their limit with family responsibilities. Eventually, they end up partying and ditching these responsibilities for some freedom.  This is a great and relatable film for all mums and teens. There isn’t much else to it other than the fact it is funny (hence the genre) and a good pick me up. It stars Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn and Kristen Bell.

5. Incredibles 2

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This film is fantastic in so many ways. I first watched this in Australia, before it got released in the UK. I then watched it again the day I came back from Australia (the actual day that I landed). This shows how much I love it. If you haven’t seen the first ‘Incredibles’ it doesn’t matter. This film is modern and shows Elastigirl (mum) saving the world whilst Mr Incredible (dad) stays at home looking after the children. It is funny, easy to watch and enjoyable for all ages. It falls into action, adventure and animation genres. It stars Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of Frozone. For me, this film would be 5 stars.

4. Anna

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I love ‘spy’ films and Anna is just that. It is an action / thriller which you can’t take your eyes off of. Anna is a model / assassin and the film follows her journey through life. Without spoiling the plot, I can’t say much more. However, if you enjoy these sorts of films this is by far one of the best that I have seen. Anna stars Sasha Luss, Helen Mirren and Luke Evans. If you don’t have prime video, an alternative to Anna would be Lucy available on Netflix.

3. Knives Out

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This film is an Agatha Christie inspired film, directed and written by Rian Johnson. So, if you liked ‘Murder On The Orient Express’, you will definitely enjoy Knives Out. When Harlan Thrombey is found dead, just after his 85th birthday at his estate, a detective is sent out to investigate. His family are interesting characters and keep you guessing until the very last moment, when the mystery death is solved. This film falls into multiple genres including crime, mystery, drama, thriller and comedy. It also stars many big names such as Daniel Craig, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. I really enjoyed Knives Out and would recommend to those of you that enjoy suspense.

2. The Gentlemen (18 certificate)

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This action movie follows the life of an American Oxford Graduate (Micheal Pearson) who owns a marijuana empire built upon the estates of British aristocrats. However, when he tries to sell his empire it triggers multiple events including blackmail and murder. This film is also comical and enjoyable. It is directed by Guy Ritchie and stars Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Michelle Dockery, Henry Golding and more big names. It has made it to number 2 in my top 10, so it is obviously quite good.

1. Wild Child

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Wild Child is my absolute favourite film ever. It follows a rich girl Poppy, from Malibu, through an English boarding school – Abbey Mount. Poppy is played excellently by Emma Roberts. She is a trouble maker from her first day and tries multiple ways to get herself expelled. The only appealing feature for her is Freddie, the principles son. This is a classic chick flick / comedy / drama / romance which I will forever recommend to you all.

So, there you have my top 10 films to watch whilst lockdown continues! Unfortunately, some of them aren’t available for free on any streaming platforms yet. However, if you like the look of one I would suggest renting it (normally it costs under £5).

Please leave any suggestions of other good films in the comments. Likewise, if you watch any of the above let me know! I hope you are all keeping well and safe.

Enjoy, Charlotte x

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