BY JAY EVANS (WITH HELP FROM THE REST OF THE INITIATIVE)
Sometimes the best moments of inspiration in life are when the rain is pouring, you’re home alone (or with a special friend), curled up in a blanket and for some reason, you don’t need to be at work and all you want to do is watch a movie.
Just thinking about it makes me wish I was at home right now on the (As I Let out a huge sigh in the middle of the office).
We all have our favourite ‘go-to’ flicks when it’s wet outside, so I decided to find out favourites of The Initiative staff.
500 days of Summer (Hannah)
A cute, yet heart wrenching story about the complicated relationship between two people who just can’t seem to make it work. This not-so chick flick is a popular one, especially if you’ve been in a far from ideal relationship, or just understand how unrealistic fairy tales can be.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Jay)
This unique story about a highschool kid forced to make friends with and take pity on a girl who has cancer is surprisingly entertaining, especially regarding the side story of Nick Offerman’s character’s quirky relationship with Cat Stevens (their family cat).
I cannot tell you how inspired I get from watching this movie. I just want to live my life and not worry about a dang thing.
About Time (Greg)
If I simply told you about a story of a man who can travel back in time and fix his mistakes it might sound a little cliche. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This film will make you fall in love with life itself.
If you haven’t seen About Time, you need to. I don’t care if these sorts of films aren’t ‘your thing’, because this one is everyone’s thing (besides the 68% critic score on rotten tomatoes but what do they know right?)
This one is the full package: a feel good love story full of relatable characters with an inspirational and practical application at the end. It also stars Bill Nighy. What’s not to like?
King Arthur  (Connor)
A fresh take on the classic King Arthur story with an amazing cast and some epic fight scenes. This is the kind of story that transports you to another era – but you can stay on the couch and eat popcorn… or ice cream… or pizza or all of the above.
This film has an awesome soundtrack, and also everything else about it is amazing too. From minute one you just want to shout ‘FREEDOM’. This magnificent beauty is what happens when Mel Gibson and James Horner collaborate.
Bagpipes + french horns + a flute = so many emotions.
The Goonies (Colton)
But of course. Why in any universe would this classic NOT be on the list? Good job Colton. There’s enough adventure to take anyone back to their childhood.
The Goonies is one of those nostalgic gems we all love set in what in my opinion is always a visually interesting era: the 80’s, featuring a young Sean Aston and Josh Brolin.
Here are a few other honourable mentions, which I can imagine wouldn’t fail to be on your own lists:
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
- Mad Max: Fury Road
Singin’ in the Rain
The Dark Knight
When Harry Met Sally
- Any B grade Horror film
- Any Mel Brooks film.
- Star Wars
The Lord of the Rings
There you have it, the staff of The Initiative’s favourite rainy day flicks.
These films not only are perfect for when you’re stuck inside, covered in blankets, they’re also just great to watch if you need some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing again.