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Winter is sneaking up on us and we finally have the excuse to snuggle up indoors with candles, comfort food and films. I´m not a particular fan of the colder seasons but this is not too bad after all, huh? Watching films is also a great way of getting an inspiration boost which often is needed when the mood reflects the grey sky and dark nights.
Here are my top 10 films / series to watch on a gloomy day:
Requiem for a dream – Directed by Darren Abanovsky (which also directed Black Swan). A dark and a bit disturbing film about addictions. You will certainly be depressed after watching it, but it is such a well made film with very talented actors that it is worth it. At least it made a great impression on me.
Amélie - Super cute and funny film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with Audrey Tautou in the leading part. A film about love in all shapes and forms, taking place in Montemarte in Paris.
Frances Ha - A brutally honest indie film directed by Noah Baumbach (which also plays the leading part). The whole film is in black and white which kind of forces you to pay more attention to the plot. It portrays a girl living in New York, in her late twenties and all the problems and difficulties (love life, job related issues, friends etc.) she has to deal with. A very charming film about the transition from being a confused 20-something-years-old to becoming a grown up.
Twin Peaks - A cult classic I reckon most of you have heard about. Director David Lynch is a pure genius! And probably the only person who can make a season three of a tv-show 25 years(!) after season two was released, and actually get away with it. Hah. I can´t really explain the plot, too complex. Just watch it. Trust me, you will love it (but be patient, the first season is a bit slow in the beginning).
The Grand Budapest Hotel – This film directed by the one and only Wes Anderson is first of all pure eye candy. His signature style is taken to new levels in this colourful and rather surreal film gem. Exciting, funny and simply a visual pleasure.
Anna Karenina - A new version of the old, russian drama Anne Karenina directed by Joe Wright. Keira Knightly plays the part of Anna Karenina brilliantly. This is a film about the complex russian society in 1974. About being different, defying boundaries, about love and about depression.
Breakfast at Tiffany´s – A classic 60s film directed by Blake Edwards starring the one and only Audrey Hepburn. Packed with gorgeous dresses, jewellery, stunning actors and a dream-like life. Perfect to watch on days when all you want is to get carried away by the film and just dream.
Memoars of a Geisha – A strong and moving film about the hard life as a Japanese Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall. We follow a young girl from when she gets sold by her parents as a child, and throughout her life as a Geisha. Makes you appreciate your own life. Very visually appealing! (And I must admit that the Geishas do look amazing after all).
The Lord of the Rings - Can´t make a list of films without mentioning Peter Jackson´s fantasy world of hobbits, orks and wizards. All of the films, and then I mean all of them including “The Hobbit” films, are pure magic. But I assume that is common knowledge.
Game of Thrones – My all time favourite tv-show! Great actors, costumes, locations, cinematography, plot. Everything is brilliant. And yes, a bit violent and grotesque, but I guess it is necessary from time to time? (Go Khaleesi!)