Before I go to sleep I have a tendency to watch a film. The films I watch are never pre-planned, I’ll just scroll through Netflix or my DVD collection until I find one I want to watch. I find that films are quite relaxing, they are one of the best forms of escapism and I love them. I thought it would be interesting if I made note of each of the films I end up watching for a week, just to see what I end up choosing each night. And here we have a diverse group of films, giving you an insight in to how my brain likes to fall asleep;

Madeline

Madeline (1998)

Madeline tells the story of a young girl in France who is a bit of a troublemaker at her boarding school, and after a series of events where Lord Covington tries to sell the school Madeline persuades him otherwise, but it might be too late. Not forgetting to throw in the Spanish Ambassador’s son, heroic dog and a chicken called Fred.

I last watched this film when I was about 10 years old, but from the moment I first watched it I loved the whole premise of it. I wanted to be one of the girls at the school in France, I was so jealous of the clothes they got to wear, especially their party dresses – I wished I had one like theirs. I picked this film because I knew it would be an easy film to watch, I wouldn’t have to concentrate too hard to understand what was happening. After all it is a children’s film based on a books by author Ludwig Bemelmans. I have never read the books, but I love the film enough to know that one day I will read them.

 

 

ROMEO AND JULIET

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) A.K.A the best version ever.

Well quite honestly who doesn’t know the story of the two star-crossed lovers Shakespeare wrote about all those years ago. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Romeo with Claire Danes playing opposite him in Baz Luhrmann’s version of the tragic love story. 

Like most films I watch before going to sleep I have seen this film before, but it was a few years ago. I love Shakespeare, I love Baz Luhrmann and, well, who doesn’t love the young Leo. This film is so creative and magical, its almost hallucinogenic but utterly utterly brilliant. When I first watched it in one of my English lessons at school I fell in love with it. One of the things that makes it so appealing to me is that everything is updated except the language, they still speak in Shakespearian English, and this just adds to the creativeness of the whole film.

 

 

a long way down

A Long Way Down (2014)

Four strangers meet at the top of a skyscraper in London on a fogy New Years Eve. The rest of the film depicts their pledge to stay alive, and see what happens on the following Valentines Day.  

This was the third time that I have ended up watching this film before I went to sleep. It may seem like a bit of an odd choice to watch at that time because of the subject matter but I like the simplicity of it, it feels very real therefore I can empathise with the characters. And because I have seen it a few times I can watch it easily knowing what is going to happen. It’s yet another film on this list that has been adapted from page to screen. I don’t know how else to explain it except to say that the film feels like a book in the way that the characters are introduced and the development of the story.

 

 

this is us

One Direction: This Is Us (2013)

Five boys. One band. A world tour. Need I say more?

When I told a couple of my friends that I had ended up watching ‘This Is Us’ they disapproved. So I neglected to mention that I had seen it in the cinema when it first came out. I’m quite a fan of films like this because I like to see the “behind the scenes” of bands, films, TV shows etc, you get to see more than just who they are on stage. Yes, I am not afraid to admit that back when they first started I was a massive fan – hence the fact that my friends and I went to see this film, we even pre-booked our tickets. This film was just a bit of fun, it was light late-night entertainment.

 

 

kajaki

Kajaki (2014)

The true story of the tragic events that happened at Kajaki Dam in 2006, involving a group of soldiers from the British Army. Where the mines left from a Russian invasion years beforehand put all of their lives in danger.

I am going to be the first to admit that this was a tough film to watch before going to sleep. In fact the story was so harrowing that I couldn’t sleep after it finished. It was a film that I had been wanting to watch for a while, and I am so glad I have finally seen it. But there were moments when I hid behind my hands because I didn’t want to watch anyone else get hurt. It was utterly captivating, but I know that if I watch it again it wont be right before I go to sleep.

 

 

aloha

Aloha (2015)

Brian Gilcrest, a military contractor, is sent to Hawaii where he reconnects with an old flame while unknowingly falling in love with an Air Force pilot. 

When I was scrolling through Netflix it was recommended to me, and being intrigued I decided to watch it. I didn’t really “get” this film. It felt like it was trying to be too many things at once. Because it had Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams I had an expectation which may have been too high. It was a romance film at the same time as having Gilcrest attempting to protect Hawaii from an evil American scientist. At the end of the film I didn’t feel like I had learnt anything or made the right choice when picking a film to watch. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who like this film, but it just wasn’t my cup tea.

 

tangled

Tangled (2010)

Disney animation re-telling the story of Rapunzel, the lost princess locked in the tower.

Its funny, its charming and it has singing – what more could you want from a Disney film! I think deep down everyone would love to fight off a group of bad guys with a frying pan. The film might end with Rapunzel and Eugene falling in love but I wouldn’t say that he saves her, they save each other. I cannot tell you how many times I have watched Tangled, it fills me with so much happiness. So it is a regular when it comes to watching films before I go to sleep.

Kajaki and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet are probably my two favourites out of this list. I can’t find faults with either of them. I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my late night film escapades. The next time you can’t sleep why not try one of these films and see what you think, if you haven’t already seen them.