Today's post is something a little different; it isn't a product review, a wishlist or even a recipe idea. Nope, today I'm going to share with you my top films of January. I'm hoping to do a post like this every month; as I watch so many films (Shane and I don't have TV in our bedroom so we live on Love Film, Now TV, etc) I thought it might be a fun way of sharing what I've enjoyed each month, so here goes...
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
We kicked off the year with a fantastic choice after some recommendations from many lovely Twitter-er-er-er's (?!) and headed down to our local cinema (which, by the way, is based a totally awesome art-deco building - cool, eh?) and settled down to watch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and we weren't disappointed.
Before watching the film, I knew the basics about Mandela, the apartheid and South Africa's history as I'm a massive history dork, but this film informed us about Mandela's personal life, his volatile relationship with Winnie Mandela, his struggle and - of course - his ultimate success. Idris Elba, as well as being absolutely incredible to look at, played a wonderful Mandela; the accent was spot on as were his mannerisms, and - as cliche as it sounds - I really believed, and felt for, him.
This was a quirky, little British film that we stumbled across whilst browsing Love Film one evening. On a whim, we decided to stick it on and give it a go and it turned out to be AWESOME. Produced by Edgar Wright (think Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz!), it's a black comedy which revolves around a somewhat awkward couple who go away on a roadtrip, but it's not all plain sailing...
What initially appears to be a pretty boring, lame caravan trip, turns into a mass killing spree. Not what you were expecting? Nope, us either. The characters - in particular Tina, "the girlfriend" - are so likeable and very real - as one of the posters says, "Killers have never been so average." It's most definitely not a feel-good film but it will make you laugh (and wince at the same time).
As well as these two absolute babes, we also watched Identity Thief (hilarious and heart-warming), The Watch (pretty funny), The English Teacher (slightly slow but brilliant - Julianne Moore, you belter), The Way Way Back (despite the fantastic cast, a bit of a bore), Small Apartments (worth a watch), Riddick 3 (I fell asleep... 'nuff said), Bolt (you don't have to be a kid to watch cartoons!) and the incredibly disappointing Why Stop Now?