January Film Recommendations

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Hey guys!

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How are you all today? Did you have a good week? This week’s been fairly quiet for me but I’ve written lots and sorted out my new blog! It still needs a lot of work but it’s getting there! Today I’m going to share with you some of the best films I watched in January. I apologise in advance for the very long post! Enjoy!

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I am a huge fan of movies, but I tend to stick to the same genres. Namely Disney, teen and chick flicks. However, writing ’14 Must-See Films From 2016’ encouraged me to widen my horizons a bit and watch films from different genres. I’m glad I wrote the article as I was able to discover some incredible films that I wouldn’t have been aware of, or even interested in watching, otherwise. Finding Dory, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Bridget Jones’s Baby were flicks I wanted to see before 2016 even began. I wasn’t aware of films like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tallulah and Sing Street until much later in the year, when I did research about indie films. I’ve come to realise that you shouldn’t dismiss certain films just because they’re not that well-known. Most of them turn out to be really good, and the films I mention in this blog post are just some examples. So here are my January Film Recommendations!
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One of my favourite films from 2016 was The Edge of Seventeen. I’d been looking forward to watching it for months, and I was lucky to get tickets to see it a few days before it stopped showing in cinemas (unfortunately it’s not available on Netflix). Judging by the trailer and reviews, I knew I’d love The Edge of Seventeen, and I was right. The acting is fantastic, particularly that by Hailee Steinfeld, who stands out as Nadine, an awkward teenager who finds out that her only friend slept with her brother. Nadine’s sarcasm and reluctance to mix with other teens reminds me of Bianca from The DUFF and Kat from 10 Things I Hate About You. I’d recommend watching The Edge of Seventeen if you like these two films, or if you’re a fan of John Hughes, whose films have been compared to The Edge of Seventeen.
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 The second 2016 film that I’d recommend is Miracles From Heaven. Okay, so it isn’t amazing, and it is actually a Christian film, but it still had me in floods of tears. It stars Jennifer Garner as a mother who is devastated after one of her daughters (called Anna) is diagnosed with a rare disorder and is unable to eat anything. She turns to praying in hope that Anna will recover.
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 I discovered Wildflower on Netflix and I decided to give it a watch as I used to like Nathalia Ramos when I was younger. Like Miracles From Heaven, Wildflower is a Christian film. However, religion isn’t really a major part of the film. Wildflower deals with family, hope and mental illness, and it will have you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout its entire duration. The film focuses on an art student called Chloe who keeps having the same nightmare over and over again. She realises it may be connected to a crime she witnessed as a child and tries to solve it.
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 La La Land is a film I’m sure everyone has heard of, right? While I did feel that there has been too much hype surrounding La La Land, I’d definitely say that it’s one of the best films I’ve seen recently. La La Land is full of colour and catchy tunes, and it offers the audience a chance to escape. I loved the settings, and both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are fantastic. It’s just a shame about the ending.
I also watched Passengers this month. I haven’t actually seen Jennifer Lawrence in anything other than The Hunger Games so I thought I’d give Passengers a try. Passengers has a rather slow start, with a man (played by Chris Pratt) waking up in a spaceship running around trying to figure out what happened to everyone else. However, he soon comes across the only female aboard the ship (played by Jennifer Lawrence) and they soon fall in love. After a while, the pair discover that there is a problem with the ship, and this is when the film starts to pick up and becomes more interesting. They have to try to stop the ship from being lost in space forever.
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 Other 2016 films I’ve recently watched that I’d recommend include Hunt for the Wilderpeople, First Girl I Loved, Be Somebody (which is a bit like Starstruck) and Sing Street. If you’re a fan of Christina Grimmie, you might enjoy The Matchbreaker. It’s such a shame she was shot, because she was just at the beginning of her career and she could’ve gone onto be really successful.
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Now onto the films that weren’t released in 2016…
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A Royal Night Out and The Longest Ride are two films I’ve been meaning to watch for a long time, and I finally got round to watching them this month. I did actually start The Longest Ride several months ago but for some reason the connection went or something so I had to stop halfway through. It took me so long to finally watch the rest of it! I haven’t actually read The Longest Ride, but I wanted to see the film since I love Britt Robertson and Nicholas Sparks. I’ll literally watch anything to do with either of them! I really enjoyed The Longest Ride, and yes, as is expected with any Nicholas Sparks film / book, I cried so much! I loved how the stories from the two different eras were interwoven together.
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A Royal Night Out is a film I knew I would love from the moment I saw the trailer a couple of years ago. It’s a fun girly film that focuses on Queen Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) and her sister Margaret (Bel Powley) when they were teenagers. Their parents let them go out during the VE celebrations and the two girls get up to all sorts of mischief.
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What films have you watched recently? I’d love to hear your recommendations!
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Serena

29 Comment

  1. I loved this post. I really want to watch La La Land and Passengers.

    Thanks for sharing
    Steph xx

    Steph’s World | Lifestyle Blog | http://www.stephsworld.com

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy them!

      Serena 🙂

  2. So glad I came across this. I was just thinking I was in the mood for a movie! I think I’ll go with A Royal Night Out! Although I do want to see La La Land too!

  3. Megan says: Reply

    I haven’t actually seen any of these but I do want to give La La Land a go, and I’m curious about The Edge of Seventeen. Love these kind of posts as everyone always has slightly different recommendations!

  4. Loving your recommendations! I love love love watching movies and there are so many I want to see that are both new and old. Right now I would recommend anyone got see split! Or if you’re after a good horror, cuddle up and watch Conjuring 2.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  5. Joelle says: Reply

    I’m slowly getting through all the Oscar nominations, there’s just so many great films out at the moment! What were your thoughts on the La La Land ending?

    1. Serena says: Reply

      I didn’t really like that Emma and Ryan didn’t end up together haha! (sorry for any spoilers)

  6. Tine says: Reply

    Saw Passengers only yesterday and loved it! Really looking forward to La La Land as well!

  7. Roisin says: Reply

    Ahh I’m so behind on my list of films to watch and this has just added some to it!! Wildflower and LaLa Land are ones I already wanted to watch but Edge of Seventeen sounds so good too! Thanks for the recommendations, I just need to get round to watching them 😉

  8. Feverishly taking note of all these movie titles! I need to watch more movies! Great post love!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Thanks! Let me know if you watch any of them!

  9. Bread says: Reply

    I’m looking forward to checking out La La Land.

  10. Maxine says: Reply

    I’ve only just saw the trailer for the edge of seventeen this past week or so, I didn’t ever see anything for it when it was being shown. It does look amazing, though. I saw the longest ride recently too, and inevitably loved it (is a Nicholas Sparks film ever bad?).

    Maxine, xo
    http://maxinewhitneyy.blogspot.co.uk/

  11. Don’t see film reviews cropping up on my twitter often so was a nice change!

    I can’t wait to see La La Land, not got round to it yet! 😀

    Chelsea – http://www.TastetheTea.co.uk

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Let me know what you think!

  12. I plan on seeing La La Land soon, but I think it’s not on the cinema anymore.
    Great recommendations!

  13. fab list – i really want to see la la land but havent been to the cinema for years since having my boy!

  14. Love these recommendations! I still haven’t seen La La Land and am wanting to so badly!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      You should defo go see it soon! I don’t think it’ll be out in cinemas for much longer!

  15. Leah says: Reply

    I’ve only seen one of these so far…Many years ago I was an American student in York. Love that city!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      York is such a great city! I studied there too!

  16. I heard La La Land was really good. I wouldn’t min getting in with the royals either. Sounds exciting!

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Thanks for stopping by!

  17. I really liked A Royal Night Out and I am watching The Princess Diary just now. I really want to watch The Edge of Seventeen! and the Batman Lego movie. But I have also heard so much good on LaLaLand. xx Corinne from Corinne & Kirsty

  18. Kayleigh Zara says: Reply

    I’ve not actually seen most of these I’ve only see la la land and I just didn’t love it! I really really want to see the edge of seventeen though x

  19. This is such a fab idea! I saw La La Land last night and I loved it!

    Georgie – As You Wish UK xx

  20. Carla says: Reply

    I really need to watch La La Land omg!

    Carla x
    https://makemeupinside.wordpress.com/

  21. Kara says: Reply

    OMG LA LA LAND. Seen it multiple times and can’t wait to see it again. Listen to the sound track daily. Ryan Gosling 😍 Can you tell I’m slightly obsessed yet? Seriously though, it was the best film I’ve seen in ages and I felt like tap dancing my way out of that cinema!

    Kara
    http://www.spreadthesparkle.co.uk
    💗

    1. Serena says: Reply

      Haha I love that you’re so passionate about La La Land! Ryan Gosling is so dreamy!

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