As we pass our third week of #MCO, most of us are probably overwhelmed with every piece of news that pops up on our social media feed that’s related to COVID-19. For a change, why not go back to what used to enlighten and uplift us in the past by rewatching some of our all-time favourite flicks?
FOR THE ‘I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE’ WEEPER
Some of us might be on the verge of pulling our hair out from staying at home but we’ve got different ways of dealing with our emotions and we don’t want to do anything that’ll end up demotivating someone else. Here are the movies to bring you hope that things will get better soon and that it’s not the end of the world.
Forrest Gump (1994)
We all remember that line “run Forrest, run!” Even though walking is difficult for him and running is nearly impossible since he wears leg braces to correct his spine, Forrest doesn’t give up hope and even joins a cross-country marathon! Eventually, after working hard, he becomes a millionaire, but despite his success, he also faces a period of sadness when his wife dies a year after they tie the knot.
Having to live with a family and headmistress who mistreat her, Matilda believes in the power of studying. All it takes is one teacher to have faith in her and for her to discover her telekinetic ability to teach everyone a lesson.
Pay It Forward (2000)
Instead of taking credit for a project that has proven to produce positive results, Trevor McKinney decides to take things into his own hands and pay it forward by helping three people overcome their challenges.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
There’s a lesson to learn from every experience that takes place in your life, and in this movie, we see how Jamal Malik uses all his past ‘adventures’ to answer the questions thrown at him on popular TV game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.
The Help (2011)
If you think you have it hard, think again. This movie is about a young and aspiring journalist and her relationship with two black maids during the Civil Rights Movement in 1963. To become a successful writer, she attempts to write a book about these two maids, featuring the hardship that they go through when faced with racism.
FOR THE ‘I WANT TO GO BACK TO WORK’ GIRLBOSS
How many of you are really enjoying this #WFH experience? We know that there are those who can’t wait to go back to the office and get down to business again! Get your spirits up and walk down memory lane with these movies, which depict the ups and downs of working life that we all go through, serving as amplifiers for our success.
Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
Sometimes, it’s alright to bend the rules to attain our goals. In this movie, Jesminder ‘Jess’ Kaur Bhamra, who’s a soccer fan, joins her friend Juliette ‘Jules’ Paxton to play the sport professionally behind her parents’ back. Things take a different turn when they both secure a scholarship to further their studies in the USA and are forced to face the consequences from Jess’s traditional family.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
This biographical drama details the early life of legendary couturier, Gabrielle Chanel, who worked as a seamstress by day and cabaret singer by night, earning her the nickname ‘Coco’ from one of the songs she used to sing with her sister, Adrienne. With her innate creative talent and hard work, she is quickly noticed by the crème de la crème of French society, and not long after that, gets the chance to develop and showcase her brand that is coveted and revered to until today.
Legally Blonde (2001)
You won’t know your full potential until you give it a shot and that’s exactly what Elle Woods, a flighty blonde who loves frivolous things, does in this movie. When her boyfriend breaks up with her for a smarter girl, Elle enrols herself in Harvard and takes up law to get back at him. However, upon graduation and securing a job, she falls deeply in love with her new-found career and ends up helping others instead. Moral of the story? Never underestimate yourself and never judge anyone based on their appearance and interest.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Miranda Priestly is one character that none of us (especially those in the media/publishing line) will ever forget and surely, you’d know of a ‘Miranda’ or two, in your own office! Much adored, yet cold and intimidating, Miranda expects nothing less than perfection from her junior assistant, Andrea Sachs. But Andrea is unperturbed and goes the extra mile to satisfy the whims and fancies of her demanding boss, which eventually brings out the other side of Miranda.
The Intern (2015)
One of the most important lessons that you learn from watching this movie is that it’s never too late to learn something new. Senior citizen, Ben Whittaker applies to become a senior intern at an online fashion site where he tries to impress his boss, Jules Ostin. But as he gets to know her better, he realises that she’s being put in a tough spot when she quits and gives her job to someone else. At the same time, with Ben’s help, Jules discovers that her husband has been cheating on her.
FOR THE ‘WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR PETS?’ ANIMAL LOVER
Apart from their fur, tails or scales, animals aren’t all that different from us, and in times like these, if you’re only thinking about yourself, it’s good to take a step back and watch these movies, if only to remind you that animals have feelings too!
101 Dalmations (1996)
This action-comedy features lots of cute furry creatures and fabulous fur coats! The lead character, Cruella De Vil is a fur fanatic who has eyes on a litter of Dalmatian puppies as she wants to use their plush pelts to make into coats. She asks the owners of the puppies, Roger and Anita to sell them to her but they turn down her offer. Desperate to have a new fur coat, Cruella hires criminal brothers, Horace and Jasper Badun to kidnap the puppies for her.
In this movie, Benji, an adorable golden mixed breed dog, steps up as a hero and helps reunite a broken family when a young boy and his sister get themselves into serious trouble. This is must-watch for dog lovers, but even if you’re not, you still ought to catch this flick cos a heartwarming story like this is what we all need right now.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
The saying that a dog is a man’s best friend rings true in this movie about a college professor, Parker Wilson whose bond with an abandoned dog he found at a train station, which he names Hachi, is truly endearing and enduring. When Parker suffers a brain haemorrhage and passes away, Hachi is sent to live with his son but he escapes and heads for Parker’s home to look for his beloved master. Unable to accept that his master is gone forever, Hachi returns to the train station where they first met and waits for his master. This film is adapted from the real story of Hachiko, a Japanese Akita dog so loyal to his master, Ueno Hidesaburō that for the next nine years after his death, Hachiko waited for him at the Shibuya train station where he used to wait for him every day as he returned from work by train.
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
This old classic narrates the hardships that two dogs face – Lady is a pampered pooch whose owners are wealthy but she is getting kicked out by them because they have a new baby, while Tramp is a stray mutt who befriends her. The two canines fall in love and Lady decides to run away with Tramp only to end up in the hands of a dog catcher.
Marley & Me (2008)
By watching this movie, you’ll discover the joy that pets can bring into our lives, yet sometimes we take them for granted. John and Jenny Grogan are both reporters, and after adopting Marley, a Labrador retriever, John starts a column dedicated to his mischievous dog in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. His jottings on Marley’s antics quickly become a hit among readers of the daily. But as Jenny faces post-natal depression, the couple is forced to send Marley away for a while, only to find out what a blessing he is when Jenny falls really ill.