Movie medicine – what to watch…
9 July 2019 / film /
Sometimes a movie is just a movie… but sometimes it’s a whole lot more. Here’s our take on which films to turn to when you’re in need of some celluloid life lessons.
So, here’s what to watch when…
You need some parenting advice
Mrs Doubtfire *
Robin Williams at his bravura best in this tale of the lengths we’ll go to to stay in touch with our kids… and a reminder that sometimes your child has to stop seeing you as a parent for you to really get to know them.
Watch this film at The Grove on Sunday 18 August
Saoirse Ronan simmers with teenage angst in this heartfelt take on the passion and the pain of mother love. And the ultimate lesson? Sometimes if you love ’em, you’ve got to let ’em go…
Watch a boy’s childhood fly by in Richard Linklater’s one-of-a kind film project that was 12 years in the making. Ethan Hawke and Rosanna Arquette star as loving but flawed parents in a post-divorce family.
The Royal Tenenbaums
Wes Anderson’s stylishly quirky trademark tale shows us that while they might be doing their own thing at the moment, your kids will always return to the nest at some point. Pre-Gloop Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Stiller star.
This Coen Brothers romp illustrates that while we might get more than we bargained for, raising a child will certainly be an adventure. Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter are the unlikely parents.
You want to discover your inner child
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial *
Long before Stranger Things, there was E.T. So remind yourself of the magic of being a child discovering new worlds with this eternally affecting Spielberg masterpiece.
Watch this film on our opening night – Thursday 1 August
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
For when you need to remember the importance of seizing the day. This 1980s John Hughes classic – with a staggeringly youthful-looking Matthew Broderick – advocates of the importance of bunking off now and again.
Buddy the elf never really lost his inner child, at times a gift and a curse. With Will Ferrell at his most anarchically hilarious, spending a day in his pointy shoes will lift even the most jaded of spirits.
We all feel a little out of our depth sometimes. This classic Tom Hanks comedy is the perfect guide to being a big kid in an adult’s world.
Life can be tough when you’re a child, but telekinetic powers certainly come in handy when you’re feeling a little powerless. Roald Dahl’s tale has life lessons aplenty for children big and small.
You’ve just bought a dog
Isle of Dogs *
A beautiful animated Wes Anderson parable about the lengths a boy will go to rescue his canine best friend Spots – and vice versa.
Catch Isle of Dogs on Saturday 3 August
Dogs can be a handful, but you wouldn’t trade them for the world (especially if a suspiciously well-dressed woman offers to take them off your hands).
Lassie Come Home
The ultimate dog movies, Lassie Come Home (1943), and its 10 sequels and reboots, are love letters to canine heroism. While your dog may not rescue you from the bottom of a well, they might very well save you in other ways.
Not really a movie about dogs – more a charming tribute to Silent Era cinema. Nonetheless, Uggie the Jack Russell stole the show, and joined two-legged stars Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in launching the film, walking the red carpet at Cannes – and winning a special Palm Dog Award.
Marley & Me
Your dog may not always cover themselves in glory, but they’re definitely your dog. Newlyweds Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson are at their charming best in this story of unconditional love – for Marley, of course, not each other.
You’re aiming for the top
A Star Is Born *
First-time director Bradley Cooper and first-time actress Lady Gaga both provide memorable performances in this compelling tale of love and fame, with a heartbreaking reminder that success is by no means everything.
Catch a late night showing on Friday 2 August
The Greatest Showman *
Ex-Wolverine muscleman Hugh Jackman shows his musical might in a foot-stomping passion project about the life and ambition of PT Barnum, the ambitious visionary who went on to become one of the greatest entertainers of his generation.
Watch one of the screenings of this film this summer
The Devil Wears Prada
The road to success is often paved with horrible bosses, and they don’t come much worse than Anna W… ahem, sorry, Miranda Priestly. Anne Hathaway charms in this testament to what we must do to get ahead, with Meryl Streep as her superficially malevolent but ultimately supportive magazine overlord.
Most of us feel a little out of our depth at some point in our career, so why not let Reese Witherspoon remind us that we’re there for a reason and that it’s up to us to prove the doubters wrong. A feel-good fish-out-of-water comedy.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Martin Scorsese’s hilarious but cautionary tale about the corrupting influence of success – and what not to do with it once you have it. Leonardo DiCaprio is among a host of standout performances in this epic look at the culture of decadence surrounding.
La La Land *
You feel you’re destined to be together, but sometimes life just doesn’t work out that way. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are two young creatives in love who must ultimately let each other go to follow their dreams. Watch for the breathtaking final scene in which we’re reminded that love isn’t always like in the movies – and that’s OK.
Enjoy this film on Wednesday 7 August
Call Me By Your Name
An exquisite exploration of first love – and the pain that comes once it’s gone. This instant classic set in the stunning Lombardy countryside is a great one to watch if you just need a really good cry.
Woody Allen at his angsty best, with Diane Keaton in her career-defining role. A relationship, from start to finish: from that giddy stage when you can’t bear to be apart to the time when you never want to set eyes on each other again. And the message? Once the dust has settled, it’s essential to remember the good times with the bad.
This hilariously bawdy romp about an unlucky-in-love Kristen Wiig’s trials and tribulations as her best friend’s maid of honour is perfect for curling up on the sofa with some mates, and remembering that whatever happens, you’ll always have your friends.
Thelma & Louise
Sometimes a break-up is the best thing that could happen to you. This thrilling Ridley Scott road movie is not about romantic love, but instead about the all-conquering power of true friendship, and a fiery celebration of newly found freedom. The perfect celluloid antidote to lost love.
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