When it’s chilly outside, nothing’s more appealing than wrapping yourself up in blankets with a big bowl of freshly popped corn on the sofa!
We knew Elaine, our in-house designer, had some good movie recommendations so asked her to jot them down for us to share with you. Here she is with her definitive list of films to watch the next time you find yourself enjoying a ‘duvet day’…
Top Films for duvet days
Once in a while, it is essential we take a bit of time out to recharge our batteries, but why not make the most of your time on the sofa, and watch something that might broaden your mind?
Here are my suggestions for thought-provoking, entertaining and quality films to catch up on, whilst taking some well-earned ‘you-time’.
The True Cost (2015)
A must-watch for fashion lovers and consumers alike.
Close to our ethical hearts here at Braintree, this docu-film investigates the effects of our hunger for fast fashion on the environment, and the misuse of labour in the third-world. An eye-opening film, and if you’re not already doing so, it will change the way you view your wardrobe choices.
The Age of Stupid (2009)
For anyone who’s interested in climate change.
Set in 2055, a man (Pete Postlethwaite) lives alone in an archive tower that’s somewhere in the sea between Norway and the now ice-free North Pole. He asks the question over and over, “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?”
Environmentalists with a taste for action and adventure.
It’s 2154 and human’s have depleted the earth’s natural resources and are travelling to other worlds to plunder theirs. Scientists send human-inhabited Avatars to negotiate with the indigenous population, but the military overtakes the Avatars with brutal force, regardless of the dire consequences.
Dior and I
A glamorous documentary for fashion fans.
Chronicling the development of the first couture collection by Raf Simons (who just announced his departure) as creative director for the House of Dior. Incredibly beautiful and a real behind the scenes look into one of the oldest and most prestigious fashion houses today. Raf is collected and sensitive, talented and nervous, and the collection he develops with his team of designers and patternmakers is completely divine.
For fans of sci-fi drama.
After a global crop blight destroys the world’s food sources, the population is close to extinction. An unknown, strange intelligence chooses Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) to pilot a search mission for a habitable planet in a newly discovered galaxy. This film explores the possibilities of space – finding planets that can sustain life - and mind-blowing concepts of what might be out there in the vast unknown.
Artful comedy – Drama.
Set in big-sky and small-town America, a cinematically beautiful, simple story with a cast of brilliantly played characters. In Billings, Montana, often drunk, stubborn and always grumpy, Woody Grant (Bruce Dern) is on a mission to collect the $1million he believes he has won when he opens a sweepstakes letter. Not realising this is a piece of junk mail, he sets off walking towards Lincoln, Nebraska to cash in his winning cheque. After many disagreements and false starts, eventually his adult son agrees to drive him, and finally they begin to understand one another.
Rust and Bone (2012)
A drama about tough love, which also questions animal captivity.
The story of Orca trainer (Marion Cotillard) and a brutish boxer-bouncer called Ali, and how, despite the odds, they develop a strong and passionate relationship. The title, which refers to the taste in your mouth after receiving a hard punch, is a metaphor for the tough hand that life deals all the main characters in various ways. Passionate and moving, and raising the question of keeping killer whales in captivity, this is a film you will never forget.
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon team up for this classic, hilarious, rom-com. When musicians Joe and Jerry witness a Mafia murder in Chicago, they quickly hook up with an all-female jazz band and head for Miami in order to escape with their lives. It all starts to go wrong when Joe falls for Sugar (Monroe), and the Mafia arrives in Miami for their annual conference. An oldie but definitely a goodie!
A documentary for style lovers.
Chronicling the life of Iris Apfel, the 94-year-old leader of the Advanced Style movement. Uniquely stylish, she expresses herself through her clothes and accessories collected over her lifetime. Iris lets us into her home and wardrobe, and we witness her loving relationship with her husband (now sadly deceased). As inspiring for her loving and caring nature, as well as her style.
Marley and Me (2008)
For dog lovers.
The ultimate in sentimental, feel-good stories, this is the ultimate duvet day movie. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, it is based on Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog
- a New York Times
bestselling autobiographical book by journalist John Grogan. The story is about the 13 years Grogan and his family spent with their adorable, but naughty, yellow Labrador Retriever, Marley. Be prepared and have the tissues at the ready!”
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s 2011 film version of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel is beautifully filmed, with equal measures of realism and romanticism. Jane Eyre, after a harsh childhood, becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall. As she and Mr Rochester become close, she discovers he is hiding a tragic secret. Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench all play their parts to perfection.
Many thanks for sharing your list, Elaine. Do you have one too? Let us know in the comments box below or tweet us
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