Getting cosy with a hot drink, with blankets and pillows, (you could get your carer to make you a blanket fort for enhanced film watching experience!) and your comfiest pyjamas, is a real detox for anyone with an illness, whether it be mental or physical, we all need a movie night every now and then.
I personally love fantasy movies, I think it's my favourite genre, it's a nice escape from the typical everyday, and it makes your own problems seem insignificant- hey, it could be worse, you don't have a deranged villain trying to kill you!
My favourite movie of all time, is Peter Pan (2003).
I adore everything about it, the cinematography, the special effects, the soundtrack, the actors, Jason Isaacs... topless. brooding. evil. yes. please and thankyou. also- I do believe in fairies. I do. I DO.
And, just the overall magic of the story, we've all seen the Disney animated version- and I'm in the process of reading the book- but this one is hands down my favourite and go to 'chill out' film.
My second favourite Peter Pan film is Hook (1991).
Basically I can watch anything with Robin Williams in it and feel 100% better. That man was made of pixie dust, I was heartbroken when he died. But thankful that he made so many incredible films that shaped a generation.
Hook was one of those movies, growing up, that we all watched together as a family, and it makes me feel so nostalgic.
I remember being about the age of the little girl Maggie, and singing along to the lullaby she sings, it's something I want to sing to my children when I'm older.
And saying 'Run Home Jack' and 'Pan the man!' and 'Goodnight Neverland!'
The next is The chronicles of Narnia (2005)
I'm realising now that these are all fantasy films, hmm... OH WELL.
Narnia is again one of those films we watched together as a family, and seems more magical each time I watch it!
I also would like to read the book series, at some point!
Now, more 'chick flick'-y type films, overall less intense and easier to follow with minimal concentration.
Clueless (1995) Ugh as if! Sorry hahaha
Mean Girls (2004) I remember watching this for the first time with my best friend Lizzie when we were like 9? I barely understood any of it, watching it as an 18 year old makes me laugh how much went over my head!
Bridget Jones' Diary (2001) It's scary how much I relate to Bridget Jones, even though she's a 30 something woman, and I'm barely scraping the title of 'young woman'. But I know all the words, backwards. And I can't wait for the 3rd movie!
And, if you're interested in movies that show characters with an illness/disability:
The Theory of Everything (2014) I went to the cinema to see this movie and laughed and cried and just sat there with my jaw open.
Snow Cake (2006) I only found it because of Alan Rickman, but it's about a woman with autism who loses her daughter, just a brilliant movie.
Now Is Good (2012) One of those movies you just SOB at, but it was incredible!
So there was 10 movies for a spoonie movie night!
ps. I would have included the Harry Potter movies, but that's sort of a marathon jobly!
I'm think I'm going to watch Peter Pan tonight, just seeing pictures of it makes me want to watch it! hahaha
p.s.s thankyou Emma for the idea! :)