A lot of time, your dream cast for a well known role rarely works in your favor, but there are those special moments when it seems like the moon and stars collide and one inspirational human gets cast as one inspirational female character, and such was it with the announcement that Emma Watson will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live action Beauty and the Beast.
You don’t have to look far to find the criticism against female heroines such as Bella Swan or Anastasia Steele, and I find myself agreeing with a lot of the arguments. Even though books and films such as Twilight and 50 Shades of Grey are entertaining to the masses, they are still influencing young women that indulge in them.
I have an undeniable love for teen movies, I don’t care how many people tell me how shallow they are or how it provides no intellectual stimulation, it has catchy lines, hot people and adorable clothes, and many times an important lesson. This top 5, I list my favorites, the ones that I just can’t stop watching, that could cheer me up on the darkest of days and continues to steal my heart. There are many many more that I adore, and perhaps I will revisit this list again, but right now, these are the 5 that stand out astimeless classics:
Marilyn Monroe. My obsession with 1950s cinema means that her face is everywhere that I look, I have two framed pictures of her (another one is in need of reframing, due to my tendency of standing on pictures and breaking glass, and yet another one is housed in a separate room in our house due to wall space in my room being limited), I have MM mug, a cosmetic bag, a pocket mirror etc.
Last weekend’s trip to the cinema was a new experience for me, usually when the choice comes up of which film to go see it is either a romcom or drama but this weekend I decided to see an action thriller, totally out of character for me. But the reason I made an exception for the Denzel Washington CIAesque flick, Safe House was selfishly because it was set in Cape Town.