A-Z of my favourite movies!

I was thinking about posts that I could do every month, to give my readers something to look forward to, so I started googling blog ideas for women and I came across one that said why not do an ABC list of certain topics and I honestly loved this idea. My next step was picking a good topic that would help you readers get to know me a little bit but still making it interesting, so I thought, lets start with films. After all, it could give you some ideas on films to watch during this quarantine period. I haven’t included any Disney Films as that has its own list coming out tomorrow, so be sure to check back.

A – A Little Princess (1995); This is probably my favourite film of all time. If you’ve been following my blog for the last few years, you would know as I’ve mentioned this before but it’s a film about a little girl who ends up being a servant at an all-girls boarding school because her father is lost at war. If you haven’t seen this film, I would strongly recommend it.

B – Blended (2014); I am a massive Adam Sandler fan! I also absolutely love Drew Barrymore… You will see that both these two and they will appear a few times on this list. Adam Sandler has always been one of my favourite comedians and if it wasn’t blended, it would be Billy Madison, again, another Adam Sandler film. This is everything you would expect from this pairing, it’s a true rom com and I absolutely love the Sandler’s onscreen youngest daughter. She makes this film a ten in my opinion.

C – Clueless (1995); This is a typical chick flick. If you have seen the music video for Izzy Azalea – Fancy, you will see that parts of her video are based on this film. It’s about a girl who goes through high school and experiences different challenges like getting her licence and living up to parents’ standards. It’s based on the book Emma by Jane Austen.

D – Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999); This is a film I don’t believe many have seen. It stars Kirsten Dunst who is a girl who enters a beauty pageant, where contestants died in the process. It has trailer parks, drunks and murder all in one. It also shines a light on how serious people take these pageants in the US. You should watch it purely for comedic value!

E – Ever After (1998); This is an adaptation of Cinderella, one that interprets the story set by the Brothers Grimm. However, it tells the story of a girl called Danielle (played by Drew Barrymore), who captures the heart of the French prince in about the 16th century. I love this version of Cinderella more than any other and would strongly recommend.

F – Fast and Furious (Any except Tokyo Drift); I have nothing against Tokyo Drift, however if I had to list them starting with my favourites, that one would be at the bottom every time. I don’t know if it’s because it doesn’t have Vin Diesel in it or because there is no Paul Walker, but I don’t like it. However, the series in general, is one of my favourites. I love the fast cars and the action within the films. My favourite line of any of the films, is said by Dame Helen Mirren in the Fate of the Furious, and that’s when she refers to God’s Eye as the devils bumhole. Its brilliant!

G – Green Street (2005); I have seen this film so many times and it doesn’t matter how many times I watch it, the ending with Petey gets me every time! I’m not a massive fan of Elijah Wood, but I seriously love this film purely for Charlie Hunham. Not only is he appealing to look at, but he makes me fall for a hooligan every time I watch it. Curse you Hunham! It’s a film about football hooliganism and worth a watch.

H – Harry Potter (Any); This goes without saying but I am going to say it anyway, of course Harry Potter made my list. I’m crazy about the films and no doubt, if I do a book version of this list, it will probably make that too. I love these films; I love anything with magic and I personally believe that there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know who Harry Potter is!

I – Inside man (2006); This is the first of a few action films on my list. It’s all about how they perform the perfect bank heist. I think this is a great film because it has a twist at the end. I mean every person performing the heist, get away with it and there is no death, which is always a plus. I would recommend watching it if you’re into action films.

J – Just Go with It (2011); The second Adam Sandler film, only this time it’s alongside Jennifer Aniston. The whole plot centres around a lie that Sandler says on a regular basis, and Aniston’s character must go along with it, and as typical Rom Com fashion, she ends up falling in love with him. To be honest, I think she always had a soft spot for him in the movie.

K – Kingsman The Secret Service (2014); How can anyone not love this film? It’s got Taron Egerton in it and it’s a film about spies! And not just any spies, gentleman spies. If you haven’t seen this film, I would strongly recommend because I think Egerton plays an amazing chav who wouldn’t harm a dog but would love to pop a cap in the bad guys.

L – Legally Blonde (2001); I have seen this film a thousand and one times! It was a big part in why I wanted to go off to university and study law. I mean there were other reasons, but I believed that if Elle Woods could pull it off, so could I. Turns out I wasn’t meant to be a lawyer, but she was! Plus, she gets to be a strong independent woman who gets to kick ass in a pink suit. That is a film that Luna will be watching when she is older.

M – Me Before You (2016); This film has made me cry every time I have watched the film and even so when I read the book. It’s a touching story about trying to give someone faith who lost all hope in a brighter future. I can’t write too much without spoiling it, but its honestly worth watching, just remember to have the tissues near by because it really is a tearjerker.

N – Never Been Kissed (1999); Yet another Drew Barrymore film, and one that I have loved since it first came out, and not only because it’s got her in it. It is about a girl who goes back to high school as an undercover journalist and tries to find the scoop. She also falls for her teacher. Tut tut! However, it stays true to 90’s chick flicks and I will forever watch this film.

O – Oscar (1991); This is probably one of the only films that is older than I am. The whole premise of this film is about a guy who promises his dying father that he will no longer be a crook and tries his hardest to keep that promise, despite getting tested at every corner. P.S, the character ‘Oscar’ is only on screen for about 30 seconds.

P – Peter Pan (2003); I LOVE Peter Pan, and no this isn’t the cartoon version. It’s the live action film with Jeremy Sumpter. It’s by far my favourite Peter Pan film although I do love the Tinkerbell series. It’s got action, pirates and of course Pan turns pink after receiving a thimble… I guess you could say that “I do believe in fairies, I do, I do.”

Q – The Queen (2006); Dame Helen Mirren is an actual star and I love per portrayal of our Queen in such a marvellous way. Not only does she have the right mannerisms and looks very similar, but she’s also the only person I could ever see playing the Queen, although others have done it since.

R – Raising Helen (2004); Raising Helen is a film starring Kate Hudson and is all about raising her sister’s children after they die in an accident. Helen doesn’t believe she’s the right pick as her sister already has children and would have made a better parental figure, however their deceased sister didn’t agree. You get to watch Hudson grow as she learns to raise three children, one of which is a teenage girl.

S – Snatch (2000); If you haven’t seen this film, I suggest you close whatever you’re reading this on and go and watch it! It’s a typical British film all about a diamond and it stars Jason Statham, what could be better? It’s got bare knuckle boxing, Irish accents and Vinnie Jones. It’s such a classic film, that I really don’t want to say much without spoiling it but go and watch it now! You won’t regret it!

T – Time Travellers Wife (2009); This film has time travel, love and a sad ending. What more can you want from a romance film? A guy can jump back and forth between time and ends up meeting his future wife when she’s a child… I know how creepy! However, it’s a good film, and worth watching if you’re into a bit of romantic sci-fi.

U – Up (2009); The only Disney film to make it onto this list because I couldn’t think of another beginning with U. Not going to lie. It’s a sweet film about an old guy who just wants to go on an adventure, he also makes his house fly with a lot of balloons. Plus, it has talking dogs and who doesn’t love it when dogs chase squirrels?

V – Vantage Point (2008); Vantage point is an action film taken from many different points of view, giving you a bit more information each time as to who is behind the attempted assassination of the president. It’s interesting, and if you pay attention, you’ll have it figured out sooner than you think. After all, so many lives are connected by one event, and it’s interesting to see how they all play their part in the aftermath of the event.

W – Waterboy (1998); The last Adam Sandler film on my list! I love this film because its all about how a waterboy(man) manages to work his way onto the team by being one hell of a tackler. However, I think the mum played by Kathy Bates is what makes this film special to me.  Any scene with her in, has me in stitches.

X – xXx (2002); It’s Vin Diesel… do I need to say more? It’s an action film with someone who has a problem with authority. I’m pretty sure it’s the first scene with Vin in it that sees him blow up a car in a stunt in order to make a point. If that doesn’t catch your attention, then I don’t know what will.

Y – Yours, Mine and Ours (2005); This film has one of my favourite quotes in it, “homes are for free expressions, not first impressions” and with a family that big, I’m not surprised. Eighteen children, two adults and a whole lot of shenanigans is what is in store if you decide to watch this film. However, it is cute how the families finally blend by the end of the film and work on getting the parents back together after breaking them in the first place.

Z – Zoolander (2001); Of course, I ended on this film! It’s hysterical! Ben Stiller is comedic gold and I think he plays a dumb model very well. The whole movie is a joke, from start to finish but it will have your sides splitting most of the way through. Plus, you have Will Ferrell playing a bad guy… I mean say what?

Well thank you for taking the time to read my A-Z of my favourite films and can I say that finding films that I love for each letter was harder than you think. I had letters that had four or five options whilst others had one, however, I really enjoyed sharing a part of my movie taste with you guys. Do you have any films that you think I left out? What are some of your favourite movies? Let me know by either leaving a comment below, finding me on Facebook, twitter or Instagram and get in touch. I’d love to hear from you. I hope wherever you are in the world, that you’re keeping safe and healthy and as always, don’t lose your smile.


Quotes I love!

Right now, with the world being such an uncertain place, I thought I’d share with you some quotes that I absolutely love. All these quotes mean a lot to me and have helped me out in ways I can’t express. Some of them have come from films and others are things people have said that have stuck with me. I will try my hardest to find the original person to say the quote where possible but if I can’t, I’ll write where I heard it or found it.

Harry Potter Quotes

I love Harry Potter so much, that there are quite a few quotes from either the books or films that I embrace as much as I can.

Wit beyond measure is mans greatest treasure. – Luna Lovegood; Okay, so this quote is part of the reason my daughter is called Luna… Maybe that’s a lie, she’s called Luna because I love the character and what she stands for. In a world that tries to make us all ‘normal’, she embraces her quirkiness and stands out in a crowd. And if Luna can have even a small part of that, then I know no one will be able to tell her who to be. The quote itself is said by Rowena Ravenclaw and are the words for her house, but you hear them from Luna. This quote is about knowing your mind, because your intelligence is greatly valued in the world. Our brains are the greatest thing we have in our lives, they control our thinking and our actions. Without them, we would be robots who do what we are told. I refuse to let my brain down. So much goes on up there that I always try to get things written down and follow inspiration wherever it takes me.

Happiness can be found in the darkest of places if one only remembers to turn on the light. – Albus Dumbledore; Now this is a quote that I wanted on my wall around my light switch for a few reasons. I’m scared of the dark, not only the physical darkness but also the darkness that seems to control my mind, and this quote was my reminder that I can happiness, if I remember where to look. For example, Luna is a light switch. Every time I see her, I can’t help but remember that she is the brightest star in my night and will always keep me alive even when I feel at my weakest. We are in control of our happiness, so when we feel like we can’t go on, we just need to remember the things that brightened up our days beforehand.

The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are. – Sirius Black; In a world that seems obsessed with documenting murders and rapists on every social outlet, its not all the world is. Not every person on this planet is bad, its just some of them made poor choices. We all can be either a good or bad person. We all have the power to be the nicest person we are capable of or be the meanest prick out there and that all comes from the choices we make. Sometimes we make bad choices, but that doesn’t make us bad people. If we continue to make bad choices and only bad choices, then we have chosen a path of darkness.

I tried to limit the number of quotes I used from Harry Potter because I could be here for days. Here are some other quotes that I absolutely love.

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realise how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us. – Socrates; I love this quote because it keeps me grounded. Life is full of unanswered questions and things that we just don’t understand. We aren’t meant to know all the answers, we are just meant to learn about our journeys and the things that impact it. Every day we are learning more about the people we are and the people we want to be, that’s why we change so much over the years. That doesn’t mean we should stop learning.

She feels more than you. You have to understand that about her. She feels the edge and the details of things and when she gets close to someone, she feels their happiness and pain. – JM Storm; This is just one of the quotes about Borderline Personality Disorder that I absolutely love. It explains a fraction of what is like to live in my brain. Our emotions are on a grander range than the average person. We feel so much more and sometimes it’s without reason. Our brains can be a scary place, but a little understanding can go a long way.

I couldn’t trust my own emotions. Which emotional reactions were justified, if any, and which ones were tainted by the mental illness of BPD? I found myself guarding and limiting my reactions, chastising myself for possible distortions and motivations. – Rachel Reiland; So, this is another quote about BPD, and again explains a little bit more. When it comes to most situations, I have a hard job trying to work out if I’m just overreacting or if my reaction is justified. Sometimes I feel like my feelings are a complete rationalisation of how I’m feeling but then others I feel like I can’t control it even though sometimes I really wish I could.

All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust. – Peter Pan; I absolutely love Peter Pan; it’s my favourite collection of stories and it was inevitable that I was going to use this one. I think in a world that has endless possibilities, why is it so hard to believe in fairies? Magic comes in many forms and this quote takes me back to my childhood where things were simpler, but imagination was on a bigger stage. It’s about having faith in something that seems impossible and trusting that it will happen and of course pixie dust and good thoughts if you want to fly.

Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one. – Bruce Lee; It’s no secret that I have had many things happen in my life, that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies but that has made me a stronger person. There were days that I thought I would never get through, and yet here I am surviving and pushing forward, even when times are difficult. I would never want an easy life because I wouldn’t have learnt the things that I have, but I have certainly found the inner strength to get through those tough moments.

Strength doesn’t come from what you can’t do. It comes from overcoming things you once thought you couldn’t. – Rikki Rogers; There are many things in this life that we thought were impossible. There are many times in my life, that I thought I couldn’t do something. I mean I never thought id be a mother, there were days where I thought I would just want to give up, yet every time that I haven’t given up, I’ve found the strength to continue even though deep down, I didn’t think I would make it through it. Everyone has more strength in them than they realise, it just takes difficult situations for you to realise that you have the power to be stronger than you ever thought.

If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done? – George Carlin; My last quote is a question because it really got me thinking. If you try to fail but manage to succeed then although you failed, you succeeded at doing what you thought you couldn’t. But you could also look at it as in, if you’re trying to fail and succeed at failing, then you haven’t failed because you succeeded at doing what you wanted. What do you think?

What are some of your favourite quotes? They don’t have to be from films or songs but could also be things that someone has said that has stuck with you. Let me know by getting in touch, either leaving a comment below, through Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram. Thank you for taking the time to read my latest post, I truly appreciate it. I hope wherever you are in the world, that you’re staying safe and healthy and don’t lose your reason for smiling.


Who do you relate to?

I’m gonna do something a little different this time. Time to spice it up a little, and what better time than a new season, right?

I want to try and not only be more consistent but also to try and engage my readers a lot more. So first, I am going to start with an easy one. What character (it can be any from the world of literature or within the art of film) do you relate to the most? Why? What about that character resembles you?

For me, it’s Tinker Bell. I have always loved Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie, was a great author and if you ever get a chance, I would recommend reading the whole collection. They are incredible pieces of literature and I think you’d be surprised to know that Wendy was never the first girl to meet Peter Pan. But hey, that’s spoilers. If you want to find out more, read the books. I happen to get the full collection on the books app and thankfully they are with me whenever I want to read them. Also, if you didn’t know, all profit from the stories of Peter Pan go to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for sick children, with specific disclosure to never release how much they get in royalties.

So as I believe not many of you would have read the full collection of books about Peter Pan and Kensington Gardens , I’ll stick to the more mainstream concepts of little Tinker Bell.

“You see, Wendy, when the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies” – Peter to Wendy in J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan

Tinker Bell is a fairy from pixie hollow. Born via a child’s first laugh. Don’t be charmed by her cute demeanour, she is sassy, feisty, stubborn and forms a dislike for other females. (Okay, so I may not have been concieved via a child’s first laugh but the rest of it seems pretty fitting so far.)

So I thought I’d include a story. It sounds so stupid when I remember it but unfortunately it’s true. When I was 20 years old, I found out my dad was going to have another baby girl and I’m not gonna lie, I was annoyed and angry. I let my anger towards not being my dads only girl get the better of me and I began to resent my baby sister (this was before she was born). Don’t get me wrong, I know it was incredibly childish and immature but I had been my dads only daughter for 20 years, it was hard to give up that title. But, the day I set eyes on my sister for the first time, I fell in love with her, I told her this story and told her that I had changed my views. She was the most important girl and I’d spend my life showing her how special she will always be to me.

The first time I got to hold that little beauty.

Tinker Bell has a habit to fix things. And I do that a lot in my life. I’m always trying to be there for everyone and fix their bad moods, I try fixing broken connections as well as fixing relationships. Granted, I probably broke them in the first place.

She also needs attention or she dies. If you’ve seen the film or the play, you’d know that there gets to a certain part and Tink starts to die. Somebody stopped believing in her and her light began to fade. Yet it took one persons encouragement to bring “faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust” back to everyone’s hearts and she survives.

How true is that about life today? When you think about people you’ve brought down recently, people you’ve stopped believing in? Did you think about how you’ve dimmed their light? Did you think about how it would make them feel? Did questioning who they are change you?

Just because you can’t see something. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or it doesn’t happen. It just means that your eyes aren’t opened wide enough.

I can relate to Tink a lot, because I know there is magic within everything that we do, that no matter my size, I can make a difference. That even though one emotion can consume me, I can always use it in a positive way. We are both very strong female women and both fiery and hot headed. She is magical and not only my favourite Disney character, but probably my favourite character of all time.

If you’re ever in London, make sure to check out Kensington Gardens. Not only are they beautiful but there is also a statue dedicated to Peter Pan, the boy who would never grow up.

So who are you in the world of fiction? Let me know on Twitter @RariAyliffe or comment below. Until the next time you’re here, keep magical. ❤️