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A New Year, A New You – Stepping Out of my Movie Comfort Zone

Pre kiddies, I feel like I was quite adventurous when it came watching films. Okay, when I say adventurous I mean that I was reasonably open to watching most types and genres of films. With the exception a horror movie. That’s just not going to happen. Ever. 

But then the kiddies came along and I feel that my taste in films has changed too. The idea of any excessive violence in a film really doesn’t do it for me (yet, I can happily watch The Walking Dead and GoT – Go figure!), and I find I no longer enjoy comedies along the lines of American Pie (but that is probably more to do with my age than anything). 

Nowadays, when I watch a film I want it to be something easy to watch, that won’t drain me emotionally and, ideally, doesn’t last longer than 2 hours otherwise the chances of me falling asleep on the sofa are high, thanks to my non-sleep loving children.

So, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that for the past five years my preferred movies have been chick flicks or musicals, with an annual showing of Lord of the Rings thrown in for good measure.

This year, however, I have decided to step out of my movie comfort zone just a little bit, and am making a point of watching films that have always been on my ‘must watch list’ but I just haven’t got round to seeing.

A New Year A New You Classic Movies

The first few films I’m planning on watching have all been adapted from novels, stage plays or short stories and include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Colour Purple, Gone With the Wind, Dial M for Murder, and The Towering Inferno.

I have always wanted to watch The Colour Purple as I have read the book several times over. I am also really interested in seeing Dial M for Murder as I have been reading up a little about it and apparently it was filmed in 3D, and is considered to be one of the greatest 3D films ever made. 

So, this weekend I am planning on settling down with a big bowl of popcorn once the kiddies are in bed and will pick one the films listed above to watch, rather than watching Notting Hill for the millionth time.

All of the films I’ve chosen can be purchased from Amazon. What would be your #NewYearNewYou movie selection? Can you recommend any films you think I might enjoy? Pop your recommendations in the comment box and I’ll definitely give them a watch!

Twitter Competition 

Did you know that currently, over on my Twitter account, I am running a competition where you can win my film choices? Why not pop over and enter the giveaway!



  • The competition is open to UK participants only
  • One winner will receive the bundle of films listed above.
  • This competition runs until 23:59 on 22/01/2017.  
  • One winner will be selected at random.
  • The winner will be contacted, via Twitter, within five days. The winner has 28 days in which to respond. If the winner has not responded within 28 days the competition will be redrawn.

I have been sent copies of the films listed above for the purpose of this review.

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