Movies For A Rainy Day

Saturday, August 17, 2013

My predictions of the weather have come true and I spent most of my Saturday morning curled up on the couch with LF and the dogs. With the laptop in front of me and I half caught up on my blog reading, spent some time thinking up a new blog design (a birthday present to myself) and half watching films on Netflix. Life is good. In preparation for the next six months of hiding from the weather I thought I might share some of my rainy day movies.
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Mary & Max
The story of an unlikely friendship between penpals. Mary, an 8 year old girl from Australia, with 'eyes the colour of muddy puddles', and Max, a 44 year old, morbidly obese man living in New York whose favourite words include ointment, bumblebee, Vladivostok, banana and testicle. This film is bizarre, poignant, funny and always warms my heart. I recommend it to everyone. 
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The Secret Of Kells
This fictionalized account of the creation of the Book of Kells, an Irish manuscript from the 8th century, is delightful. The story follows Brandon, who lives within the walls Abbey of Kells with his Abbot Uncle as he takes his first steps into the outside world and helps Brother Aiden from Iona finish the book that has been his life's work. This is a beautiful movie with a fantastic tradition soundtrack and charming illustration.
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Fantastic Mr Fox
I grew up on Roald Dahl and I love every adaptation of his work (in fact I watched Matilda earlier this week) but this film always amazes me with it's detail. George Clooney plays the voice of an urban fox who steals food from three wealthy farmers until they decide to take revenge. It's funny, beautifully made and filled with Roald Dahl's trademark whimsy. 
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Even if the first ten minutes do make me cry each and every time Up is still one of my favourite animated movies. The slow building friendship between elderly Carl Fredricksen and Boy Scout Russell warms my heart every time and I am still anxiously awaiting a collar like Dug's for Mania and Scallywag. Colourful, fun and a ton of heart.
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A rag doll with the number 9 on his back wakes up in a post-apocalyptic world where man and machine have nearly destroyed each other. Taken in by others like him, he begins to explore the world around him and eventually learns the reason they were made and how they can save the world. Dark and beautiful this film is disturbing and thought provoking. 
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When Coraline moves into a new house she finds a whole other world through a small door in the wall, but not everything is as it seems. I definitely have a thing about slightly sinister children's films and Neil Gaiman delivers with this beautiful, terrifying story. Coraline's hair always makes me want to dye mine blue again too. 

So what have you guys got planned for your weekend? And of course let me know if you have any movie recommendations for me! 

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  1. Cool! I haven't seen most of these. I really enjoyed Secret of Kells, though. It seems like a great rainy-day movie - especially since the animation is so bright and sunny.

  2. These all sound great. I'm always up for watching animated movies. A few of these have been on my to-watch list for a while. I need to actually sit down and watch them. Thanks for the recommendations!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations! I really love animated movies and I'm always on the hunt for something new. Mary&Max sounds delightful <3
    If you haven't watched any of the Studio Ghibli movies I HIGHLY recommend you to do it :) they're perfect for a rainy day, the animations are gorgeous and they always have a beautiful and deep message. I suggest you to watch Howl's Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away first, along with Arrietty, and then all the rest!


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