Dan in Real Life (2007): A Soft Dramedy Gem

First of all, let me just say: I know. I’ve been gone much, much longer than I would’ve liked to (life, yanno?), but I’ll try not to disappear like this again. Hey, at least I’ve got a neat, blanket-weather movie for you, right? With some feelings on the side.

So, if you don’t have any plans for the last weekend of 2018 and are dreaming of snuggling under your oh-so-warm covers this Sunday, here’s an idea—give Dan in Real Life (2007) a chance while you’re at it!

Why You Should Watch Dan in Real Life

Here’s why I believe you should watch Dan in Real Life (2007):

First of all, it’s kind and sweet and subtle. If you’re tired of loud movies and would much rather watch a gentle, warm flick that’s equal parts feel-good and emotion-inducing, you mustn’t skip Dan in Real Life.

Secondly,  the two main stars of the movie are Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche. I, for one, love them both as actors, but if you’ve only watched Steve Carell in, well, Steve Carellesque movies—you owe it to Steve to watch him in a role of a lonely widower with three daughters who finds unexpected love where… he shouldn’t? I don’t want to say more, but—oh!—your heart is going to ache in all the best ways.

Feelgood Movie Dan in Real Life (2007)

Thirdly, it belongs to my favourite genre. (But Milka, you say every genre is your favourite genre!) True, but also consider this: I truly do enjoy bittersweet feelgood movies the most. I also refer to them as ‘life stories‘ (have I told you this before? I can’t remember…) because, much like life, they aren’t just funny or just sad. They’re both at the same time, which makes them familiar and relatable.

When to Watch Dan in Real Life

This weekend!

Okay, but seriously watch Dan in Real Life (2007) when:

  • When you’re in the mood for a great, heartfelt dramedy.
  • When you’re not opposed to shedding a tear or two.
  • When you’re tired of action—both movie-wise and life-wise.
  • When you simply want to wind down with a glass of wine, favourite food and a soft, low-key comedy.
  • When you aren’t in the mood for serious, heavy Oscar-worthy films.
  • When you want to watch a lazy Sunday afternoon movie with your entire family.

An Underrated Feelgood Movie Perfect for Lazy Sundays

Hope I’ve managed to convince you to give Dan in Real Life (2007) a try as it’s a perfect lazy Sunday movie. If I have, make sure you let me know what you thought of this hugely overlooked and underrated film—I can’t wait to hear from you!

Gif disclaimer: I keep writing these and they aren’t really disclaimers as long as I can’t find the source. So, yeah… If you’re the creator of the gif I’ve used, let me know and I’ll credit you right away!

Short Term 12: A Heart-rending Indie Drama

Just as I promised on Instagram (as soon NaNoWriMo was over, I’d be back) … here I am! Turns out it can be a bit tricky to juggle both writing a novel and blogging regularly, but December’s here and we’re back in business. I have a rule of sorts that come December 1st ’tis the season to watch Christmas movies; however, this time I want to recommend you a non-Christmas movie (there’s plenty of time for holiday films)—Short Term 12 (2013).

Why Short Term 12?

Short Term 12 (2013) is one of those movies you might’ve heard about but didn’t have enough info on to give it a chance.

First of all, it stars Brie Larson, one of the most talented younger actresses of today who literally outshines every single movie she’s in. (For reference see also: Free Fire. An entirely mediocre film that should’ve been great, but thank God for Brie Larson!) Still, Brie’s definitely not alone in this; all the other performances are just as convincing and raw.

Secondly, Short Term 12‘s one of those dramas I’d actually play in schools as part of mandatory education. Both children and adults would have a lot to learn from it, especially on the topic of dealing with trauma and its complexity and the no-bullshit, sincere ways of approaching kids with difficult life experiences (that’s a euphemism, by the way; these kids really don’t have it easy in the slightest).

Brie Larson in Short Term 12 (2013)

Thirdly, it’s a gorgeous indie movie from start to finish. It brims with warmth and hope, even at its bleakest. Not everyone will react to it the same way, surely, but it managed to shake me to my core in a cathartic, beautiful way and if it does the same to you, then mission accomplished. Plus, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it for hours (or days) to come. That’s a promise.

When to Watch Short Term 12

So, when should you watch Short Term 12?

  • When in the mood for a (heavier) drama.
  • When in the mood for crying and a bit of heartbreak.
  • When you’re tired of huge Hollywood movies and would much rather watch a quiet indie flick with semi-unknown actors (who are well on their way to becoming the next Big Stars, if their talent is any indicator).
  • When in the mood for slower, but stellar storytelling.
  • When you just want to stay in bed, hugging nothing but a box of Kleenex or whichever brand of tissues works best for you.

Oh, It’s Crying Time Again… If You’re Like Me, That Is

I understand this movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea (but is any movie?). Still, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and, more importantly, hope to see you aboard the Brie Larson Is Amazing train, if you aren’t already on it. That’s it from me for now and I’ll see you soon, lazy Sundayers!

Gif disclaimer: Curse you, Google, for linking to Giphy instead of the original source! So, simply tell me the gif is yours and I’ll gladly credit you.


Practical Magic: The Ultimate Witchy Autumn Movie

Weekend’s coming up (finally, she said with under-eye bags up to there) and it looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous mid-October couple of days here in my midst. Watching the crimson and bronze treetops through the window, I can’t fight the overwhelming urge to initiate this hopefully long journey with a perfect Autumn slash Halloween slash feel-good movie—Practical Magic (1998).

Why You Should Watch Practical Magic

Two words: midnight margaritas. If you’ve never seen Practical Magic, this won’t mean anything to you (but it might very soon!). If you have—and especially if you first watched the film when you were, say, around ten, like me—’midnight margaritas’ is probably a synonym for sheer, silly happiness in your mind.

The Midnight Margaritas Scene

Apart from the extremely feel-good energy of the aforementioned scene, here are several other reasons to watch Practical Magic right now:

  • Warm, witchy vibes
  • Irresistible Autumn hues
  • Slightly creepy at times, which makes it perfect for Halloween (or it could be my kid-brain talking)
  • The unwavering power of sisterly love
  • Ladies being awesome… in general!
  • Surprisingly sweet rom-com moments
  • ’90s Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman
  • Ideal film for a lazy Autumn afternoon
  • Guaranteed to lift your spirits

Practical Magic Movie

Why Do You Say Cheesy Like It’s a Bad Thing?

I’ve seen people call this movie ‘cheesy’ and ‘childish’, but why do you say it like it’s a bad thing? Come on, folks, we all need a bit of cheesy in our lives every now and then—especially when we want, nay need, to run away from the cold, hard reality.

Plus, I really do stand by my words when I say that the movie’s warmth and positive message overpowers anything bad you might have to say about it. Not that I’d listen, anyway. Practical Magic is just one of those movies for me. Untarnishable.

Your Verdict?

If you do pick Practical Magic for your Sunday afternoon slot this weekend, make sure you drop me a line and tell me if it was the right match. See you in a week (if not sooner)!

Disclaimer: Both gifs used in the post have been taken off Giphy. If you’re the creator of either gif, do let me know and I’ll gladly link to the original source. I’m a gif maker myself, so I know how these things go and I’ll be delighted to credit the original author.

Got the Sunday Blues? Here’s a Movie!

It’s Sunday afternoon (well, not right now, but it will be and sooner than you think) and all you want to do is kick back, relax and watch a movie. Sounds simple enough and yet you just can’t decide which film to play. Frustrating, isn’t it?

I can help.

Well, I can try. Otherwise, what’s all this accumulated movie knowledge for?

The idea is simple: you tell me your mood, I rec you a film.

Best Sunday Afternoon Movies Picked for You

Sometimes it’ll be a rainy Sunday and all you’ll want to do is snuggle up with a hot cuppa and let a (silly?) rom-com warm you up.

Other times you’ll be offering your whole kingdom for something to lift your spirits the day before going back to work. Feel-good movies here we come!

Oh, but don’t dismiss the power of sci-fi actions, either. They’ve been known to work as a strong energy boost. A scientifically proven fact which you shouldn’t google or check.

Bottom line, there’ll be a whole bunch of different movies for a whole bunch of different moods.

Let the lazy Sunday afternoon movie marathon begin!