My list of must-watch classics

Heya! It is a gloomy and cold Saturday in the Low Countries, which happens to be the perfect weather to stay at home, watch a movie and create some new content to the blog. It is so nice and cozy inside and I felt quite inspired to write. With that in mind, I have come up with a list of classic movies that, in my opinion, everyone who is a cinema lover should watch.

There’s something that fascinates me about old movies. I am not sure whether it is the kind of romance involved, the glamour, the style, the innocence, the classic lines or a combination of all. I also love how they take me back in time and make me imagine how would to be to live in the 40’s. 50’s and 60’s.

As a millennial who loves cinema and classics in particular, I thought I would share my favourites ones with you. Not sure whether you share this same passion of mine but even if you don’t, I recommend you to give these movies a chance ūüôā

So, here is the list:

Casablanca (1947)

A perfect mixture of intrigue, adventure, passion, drama, exotic locations and fine character actors. This black and white American movie has it all. It is extremely captivating and it certainly deserves all the credit that it has.

Favourite quote:

“But what about us?”¬†

“We’ll always have Paris”

Gone with the wind (1949)

This historical romance movie presents a love-hate story between a couple and takes place during the American Civil war and the reconstruction periods that follow. In my opinion, the storyline is epic and quite heart-touching and this movie shows us in a way a more emotional side of the Civil war, which I find interesting.

Favourite quote: “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Roman Holiday (1953)

A romantic-comedy starring Peck and Audrey Hepburn. I love the romance, charm, sense of humour and sort of innocence going on between both characters. This is a fairytale kind of movie that tells a story of a princess wishing to be someone normal and capable of doing do whatever the heck she wants for a day. Hence, she escapes her royal life for a day and bumps into a reporter, with whom she falls in love with.

Favourite quote: “I have learned how to live. How to be in the world and of the world…

And I will never, never agin run away from life.”

Rear Window (1955)

This is a mystery thriller movie from Alfred Hitchcock. The storyline is compelling

This movie tells the story of a man (“James Stewart”) in a wheelchair with a broken leg. Despite having a wife (a character played by the great diva Grace Kelly), he is not really a happy person.¬†He would rather look at the lives of strangers than actually live inside his own skin and commit himself. Hence, in order to entertain himself, he spies on his neighbours using a lens and ends up by getting very suspicious and super obsessed with the idea that a possible murder has taken place. I love how a certain suspense and mystery pervades during each scene.

 

Favourite quote: “Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.”

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

I love this movie so much! It is a rather unusual love story that takes place in the charming and high style city of New York. Audrey is as stunning, glamorous, sophisticated and witty as usual. She just dazzles! It is an enjoyable romantic comedy aaaand, as a side note, I feel like I really need to highlight the fact that only Audrey can look so gorgeous and classy wearing sunglasses indoors while drinking and  smoking!

Favourite quote: “People do fall in love. People do belong to each other… because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness”.

The sound of music (1965)

I have only written the name of the movie and I have the song “Do Re mi” playing in my head already! I just can’t help it lol.

This Broadway musical is one of the most popular ones that has ever reached the screens and for all the good reasons. It is perhaps the most crowd-pleaser reaching out to every generation. The performance of not only “Maria” (Julie Andrews) and Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) but also of the children is simply amazing.¬†Plus, this drama musical has such a moving and heartwarming story. The movie is all about confidence, hope, love and vitality. Besides that, the shooting locations in Salzburg, Austria, are breathtaking! It¬†is actually based on a true story (“Trap family singers”) and it is the perfect movie to watch in family! Needless to say that the soundtrack album is absolutely marvellous and glorious!! I don’t think that even the grumpiest person can stay indifferent to it! ūüėČ

Favourite quote:¬†“You cry a little and then you wait for the sun to come out. It always does.”

 

Are you also a millennial who appreciates classics? If so, which ones are your favourite? There are many old movies which are just wonderful and pure gold and they should not be dismissed nor forgotten, as the time goes by.

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful

 

 

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My top 5 Christmas movies of all time

Hi guys! Who else loves to binge watch Christmas movies during the month of December? Today I bring you my top five favourite Christmas of all time. I am not sure whether I am going to introduce you to new ones but oh well, I thought I would share them with you anyway. Here they are:

Home alone (1990)

A classic I know.. but it is such an entertaining family movie. It never gets old or boring! I have to watch it every singe year. Otherwise, I feel like my Christmas is sort of incomplete haha

Favourite quote: “Maybe they don’t forget you, but they forget to remember you“.

Elf (2003)

Will Ferrel never seems to disappoint.. and he still does not with this movie. Is so Christmassy and funny. If you are in need of a good laugh (..I mean who is not?..) then you must watch it. It is such a great comedy that will make you laugh your head off!

Favourite quote:¬†“I just like to smile; smiling’s my favourite”.

Love Actually (2003)

I absolutely adore this multiple-story portmanteau movie. It is witty, funny and yes. A little bit cheesy too. It just gives you that special Christmas feeling. I have convinced my boyfriend to watch it with me this year and I am already looking forward to it haha I have lost the count of how many times I have actually watched this movie but it does not matter because I still enjoy it as if I was watching for the very first time!

It counts with the performance of great British actors such as Colin Firth, Hugh Grant and Keira Knightly and the Portuguese actress, Lucia Moniz! They all did an outstanding job with the characters they portrayed. Seriously guys, you need to watch this movie if you have not yet.

Favourite quote: “The thing about romance is people only get together right at the very end“.

Polar Express (2004)

Polar Express is another Christmas-themed movie with a heartwarming story. The movie  revolves around a thrilling and adventurous train ride to North Pole that makes you believe in the magic of Christmas. It shows how important is to have confidence in ourselves whilst remaining humble, to have faith and trust others. The whole scenery of the movie is absolutely fascinating and beautiful.

Favourite quote: “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

A Christmas Carol (2009)

This animated movie is based on the classic novel from Charles Dickens. There are various film adaptations of this novel and to be honest, I can’t say that this is the best one so far because this is the only adaptation that I have watched. However, being a production from Walt Disney Pictures, I think that this is a great must-watch movie and we all have some things to learn from it. One of them being that bitterness and anger does not take us anywhere. Life is too short to hold onto our grudges and to be mad about things that have happened to us. Being kind and generous to others is what matters the most to live a meaningful life.

I would best describe this movie¬†as “a marvellous visual experience” that transmits a deep and important message about life: true happiness comes from the moments we share with those around us and not from physical things such as money. This movie¬†shows what it really¬†entails to be grateful for what and who we have in our life. Oftentimes we are like Scrooge; too¬†busy complaining and feeling miserable to even realise that our life is great compared to those around us, and yet they are happy and we are sad. ¬†

This movie takes us in a journey of self-reflection, showing us that we must live in the here and now and learn how to value and appreciate the people we have in our life before it is too late.  those we have in our

Favourite quote: “I have always thought of Christmas (…) as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.

Now, you guys! What are your favourite Christmas movies that I should check out? As a I am so passionate about this season and about cinema in general, I am always open to new recommendations.

Have an amazing pre-Christmas week!

Much Love, 

Blissfully Grateful