I'm a huge believer in making yourself comfortable. Who isn't, really? But I go out of my way to do things that make me feel better about situations I'm going to be in. When I found out which university I was going to, for example, I dug out an old movie that was set on the campus, and watched it end to end at least three times to get acclimated. Never mind actually going to the campus or looking at maps, the movie would do.
And I guess that's kind of what I did for coming to London. (Side note: wouldn't it have been funny if I'd told all of you I was going to London and I really meant London, Ontario, or something? Just the things I think about.) I did a fair amount of research before coming. And by that I mean I watched movies set in London. We all have our quirks, okay?
So for today, a list of movies set in London. Or near London. Or in the UK. Or something. Enjoy! (In no particular order.)
102 Dalmatians: A classic. Literally one of my favorite movies of all time. Probably why I dressed up as dalmatian one halloween when I was three and mistakenly told people I was a "donation."
What A Girl Wants: I have an awesome dad, and yet every time I watch this movie I wonder why I too have never danced a Father/Daughter dance. My wedding, perhaps? Also, pre Amanda Bynes psychotic spiral. Which despite popular opinion actually saddens me a great deal.
Johnny English/Johnny English Reborn: No, each movie does not get its own bullet point. They're not that good. Rowan Atkinson will always be funny though. Stupid Funny was coined by him, sorry, Steve Martin's Clouseau.
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London: Do NOT ask me why I was obsessed with Frankie Muniz growing up. I couldn't give you a reason. I have Agent Cody Banks 1 and 2 on disk, don't even think about messin' with me.
Bend it Like Beckham: I love Keira Knightley. I know I'm supposed to identify with the Indian girl because I'm Indian but I love Keira Knightley. I think that's all I can say. I love her. (I also love the dad. And aloo sabji.)
Bridget Jones' Diary/Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason: Here's the thing, these movies are amazing. They deserve their own bullet points. I can't be bothered to do it, but they deserve it. Bridget is so delightfully silly. She just wants love, damn it.
Skyfall: Yes please. I've seen this close to ten times. I am not tired of it. I know several, if not all of the words. Do not mind me if when I watch it I'm reading a book and mouthing the lines. It's normal.
Shaun of the Dead: Hilarious and stupid. That's pretty much all I have to say about it.
Notting Hill: The CLASSIC romcom. The romcom that beats all romcoms. Where else can a normal lad end up with a hot movie star? Amazing.
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties: Garfield is the only cat I will watch animated. Sorry Aristocats.
Love and Other Disasters: Another gone too early. Brittany Murphy is hilarious in this. Her character is Jane Austen's "Emma"-esque.
Love Actually: Great movie. I'm a sucker for movies that have characters indelibly connected. Don't try and tell me Valentine's Day sucks because deep down I will never agree with you.
The Parent Trap: Undoubtedly my favorite movie of ALL TIME. I say this a lot about random movies which I forget weeks later but this movie is the classic, most prevalent movie in my life. It's set in Napa and London. Two places I know intimately. So how could I not love it? You tell me. I would go on a rant about it but you don't have time to read that.
Hope you stuck with me till the end, these movies cannot be missed. If you're ever feeling homesick or worried about something, I suggest movies as the cure. Actually, if you're ever feeling anything I suggest movies as the cure. Happy almost Friday, all! Enjoy Lindsay Lohan doubled!