I saw an advert on TV over the weekend for Audible, a digital audio book service from Amazon. It has an iPhone app so that you can listen to audio books on the go.
I seem to have had more or less a constant cold since about October when I started my new job. Am I allergic to someone in the office? Who knows, but it sucks! I had a pretty bad cold early last week and was off sick with a fever, congestion, sore throat, headache, you name it. I started to feel better on Friday. Come Monday, I started to get the symptoms of another cold. Is someone taking the piss?!
Anyway, during my two days on sick leave, I couldn’t seem to get much sleep due to noise from neighbouring houses. So I decided to snuggle up in bed and watch some films. Now, don’t judge me, but my film taste can alter slightly when I’m ill. Let’s say my ability to choose films becomes sick too. Some, as my favourite films, I will defend to the grave. Others, I bow my head in shame.
Back to the Future and Back to the Future II
Probably my favourite films ever, these 80s classics will always cheer me up when I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself. Yes, the third film isn’t in my list – it’s not that I dislike it as such, it still continues some of the running jokes and themes, but it’s not quite as good as the first two. They remind me of being a kid too. Time travel, and in particular Flight of the Navigator, blew my little mind.
Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2
Another classic right here. I can remember watching the video of Wayne’s World that my mum taped off the telly and playing with lego when I was about eight or nine. This is one of my favourite clips from the second film:
It still makes me crack up laughing, all these years later.
The Pursuit of Happyness
I think this is one of the better films that Will Smith stars in. Ok, maybe the only good one he stars in. It’s such a feel-good film and the main character’s struggle with financial worries and homelessness while trying to provide for his son is heartwarming. It makes me cry every time. Definitely worth a watch.
Hey you guyssss! Another 80s classic – this one helps to feed my Corey Feldman addiction. Which kid from the 80s doesn’t like The Goonies?
The Break Up
Now this is the point where I feel I need to start apologising – although I do think this is one of the better of some of the rom coms out there. I am starting to like more and more romantic comedies as I get older, I must be softening with age. That and the crying thing. You’d never have caught me crying at any film 10 years ago.
 Days of Summer
Admittedly, I did think this one would be just another crap romantic comedy, but actually it’s pretty damn good. Not your typical rom com at all. In fact, the opening monologue even tells you so: “This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.” It also makes me fall in love with Zooey Deschanel a little bit.
This is my favourite scene.
Do you have any feel-good films you run to when you’re feeling under the weather?
I’m loving the latest single from hardcore punk band The Bronx. Ribcage is a much more melodic offering than some of their previous stuff and so damn catchy, I can’t get it out of my head!
What do you think?
I can’t wait to see them at Concorde 2 in Brighton next month.
Today, this video is making me feel happy.
It reminds me that, as clichéd as it sounds, we do need to make the most of beautiful mornings. I admit, sometimes getting out of bed is the last thing I want to do when my alarm goes off (especially when it’s cold and dark outside).
It also makes me feel lucky to live by the seaside. Sure, this can be a blessing as much of a curse (it does get really cold and windy in the winter in Brighton) but I still get so so excited whenever I see the sea. I guess that’s what growing up in the Midlands does to you.