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Published August 9th 2012
Looking at the weather forecast for this weekend, it's easy to be put off venturing outside. Rather than braving the cold and rain, consider getting comfortable and watching a few old-school movies from the convenience of your own couch. There's nothing wrong with getting a bit nostalgic and re-watching some great movies from the past. Here are my top five picks of movies you can revisit this weekend.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off This is the movie that made that chick chicka-chicka song famous. Matthew Broderick, who is now mostly known for art-house flicks as well as being Sarah Jessica Parker's husband, stars as a teenager who, along with a pre-nose job Jennifer Grey, wags school and borrows his mate's dad's Ferrari. Of course, I use the term 'borrow' loosely. Cue a series of adventures around Chicago which ultimately end in disaster, with lots of laughs along the way. This eighties classic is a fun trip down memory lane.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where leisure does indeed rule
Sex and the City
For most girls, the Sex and the City movie has become a firm favourite since the 2008 release. If you're wanting to clear the men out of the house this weekend, pop this movie on and watch them scatter in all directions. You don't need to be a fan of the series to enjoy the movie, as there's a bit of an overview at the beginning which gives you enough background to enjoy the movie. There's something irresistible about the characters woven by author Candace Bushnell that makes them feel like old friends. Grab a glass of wine, sit back and shamelessly enjoy the designer clothes, beautiful Manhattan apartments and first-world problems.
Get Carried away...
Top Gun For the boys, apparently this movie is perfection. Fighter jets. Aviator sunnies. Eighties music. A young Meg Ryan. Tom Cruise before all of that Scientology weirdness. The lines 'take me to bed or lose me forever' and 'I feel the need...the need for speed.' With talk that a sequel to this 1986 classic is in the works, there's all the more reason to reacquaint yourself with Top Gun this weekend. Tom Cruise plays pilot Maverick, who is sent to the Top Gun Navel Flying School. In this ultra macho and extremely competitive environment, he manages to be an, erm, Top Gun, as well as have a bit of a romance with instructor Charlotte 'Charlie' Blackwood. A great movie that will keep both big and little kids entertained.
The Breakfast Club This coming of age 1985 comedy-drama follows a day of Saturday detention for five stereotypical students, each from a different high school clique. Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson lead a well-chosen cast that report to the library at 7am. They are ordered not to talk or move, but instead write a thousand word essay about who they think they are. Unsurprisingly, they play up and torment the assistant principal supervising them, producing lots of giggles, along with a few serious moments as well. There is that typical Hollywood warm fuzzy moment as the students see past each other's stereotypes and embrace their differences, but don't let the American cheesiness put you off - this movie is widely claimed to be one of the best high school films of all time.
The Breakfast Club
A Streetcar Named Desire You may not be familiar with this beautiful movie that is adapted from Tennessee Williams' stage play of the same name, but I'm pretty sure you'll recognise the infamous 'STELLAAA! STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!' scene, as a young Marlon Brando begs for his long-suffering wife to come back to him. Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlett in Gone With The Wind, stars as Blanche, the sister of the aforementioned Stella. Blanche turns up to visit her sister in the sultry, seedy post-WWII French Quarter of New Orleans, to find Stella tied up in a passionate yet abusive marriage with the oafish Stan, who is played to perfection by the gorgeous Marlon Brando. It transpires that Blanche is slightly mad, and is instantly disliked by her sister's husband, leading to an ultimately heartbreaking conclusion. This movie is brought cleverly to the screen by director Elia Kazan, and is a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon.
DVDs don't cost much to hire, so instead of spending lots of money to entertain yourself and your family in the wet weather this weekend, have a day in and enjoy some great movies.