The Netflix BingeMonday, 4 July 2016
I've gone through Netflix and picked a mixed handful of my favourites for your viewing pleasure.
This is one of my all-time favourite films, it's definitely one I can watch over and over again and not tire of it. Based on the book by Cecelia Ahern, Rosie and Alex are childhood best friends and their relationship gets tested as Alex moves away to Boston and Rosie falls pregnant. In terms of being honest about their feelings and growing up they are their own worst problems. The story spans over a few years and it's one that makes you so happy but want to ugly cry at the same time. It's charmingly funny, witty and so well played by Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. It is a typical romantic comedy but it works so well, be prepared to laugh and cry in the space of 10 minutes.
Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
One of my favourite quotes is “It's bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They're not. They're just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close.”
Testament of Youth
Stepping away from the Rom-Com’s, Testament of Youth is a British drama based on the WW1 memoir of Vera Brittian played by the brilliant Alicia Vikander. The true story is bone chillingly honest and heartbreaking whilst you learn the way the war changed Vera's life, from her education to her close relationship with her brother (Taron Egerton) and her love for Roland (Kit Harington). The war takes everything from her and she still kept on fighting to live the best life. It's such a strong film and one everyone needs to see…just have some tissues on standby.
Captain America: The First Avenger & Captain America: Winter Solider
The Captain America franchise has got to be one of my favourites from Marvel. Following the release of the latest instalment Civil War, I had a re-watch of the first two films to fully prepare myself for the third. (Which is INCREDIBLE, go and see it please)
Steve Rogers is rejected from the military in 1942 and becomes Captain America after taking a Super Solider serum. In Winter Solider we see Steve get to grips with the modern world and face a new enemy named the Winter Solider, someone who is very familiar to good ol' Steve. Also, Black Widow kicks a lot of butts and it's so great. YES TO BADASS WOMEN.
Finally, Begin Again is another film I can watch over and over and have done several times. "Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and song writing partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City" -IMBD
Kiera Knightly is wonderful in it, something refreshingly different from her and I adore the soundtrack.
I really hope you enjoy these and if you do, let me know what you think by tweeting @trudyboulert and we can have a chat!