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#GirlPower: Judie's favourite films this month

By JudieBlogger 11 Feb 2019

Just a brief intro before moving on; I am a final year Actuarial student who believes that relaxation is an important part of student life...

I enjoy stories of any sorts, but with the realisation of how time-consuming hobbies like Netflix can be, I decided to take on Cineworld’s monthly cinema membership.

2019 started with mostly Oscar-nominated movies, and out of the five movies I watched in January, the only movie that was not as female-dominant is Vice. Here are the movies that I watched:

  • Mary Poppins Returns 
  • The Favourite
  • Colette
  • Mary, Queen of Scots 
  • Vice

1. Mary Poppins Returns

This is the sequel of the original Mary Poppins, with enjoyable music and brilliant cast (Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke). Most surprisingly, who would have imagined the 93-year-old dancing on a table?!

I love movie quotes as they usually represent my feelings towards the movies quite well, and my favourite quote for Mary Poppins Returns is, “After all, you can’t lose what you’ve never lost” - Mary Poppins.

This quote was explaining that memories cannot be lost as long as we try to remember them and it was nicely supported by the most touching song in the movie. Sometimes when life gets overwhelming, we forgot simple things like this and it is nice to watch an encouraging and positive movie to remind ourselves of the bright side... the perfect distraction from student life!

2. The Favourite

I was expecting a historic comedy in the beginning, but it ended up being a palace power struggle. The story is about two cousins, Sarah (Rachel Weisz) & Abigail (Emma Stone,) seeking to be Queen Ann’s favourite person (Olivia Colman). My favourite quote from this film - “I must take control of my circumstances. I am on my side, always. As it turns out I am capable of much unpleasantness” – Abigail.

Abigail was a girl who lost everything and desired to live a better life, and she ended up succeeding. This quote is therefore about you can achieve anything as you want! Personally, the movie was not my cup of tea as I found the story quite tragic despite having some dark humour.   

3. Colette

This is a story about the first female French author, Colette (Kiera Knightley) who succeeded in fighting her right to publish her novels instead of ghostwriting for her husband. My favourite quote from the film is; “What a wonderful life I’ve had. I only wish I’d realised it sooner.” – Colette.

This quote was from the very end of the movie, and it was quoted from the real Colette who also picked Audrey Hepburn (who at the time wasn’t famous) to perform her novel – Gigi. Depending on different life stages, priorities will naturally be put in place, but remember to enjoy while fighting for the important matter. The movie had a good pace which gives enough details about Colette’s change which is easily related, so will recommend to people who enjoy good inspiring stories!

Yes, all three movies above emphasised on female characters, but in general, what I learnt from them is that the will power that will keep us going on, and just keep up with good work and don’t forget the once-in-a-lifetime student life.

If you are a big cinema fan, always remember your student ID when booking your tickets to save some money!


JudieBlogger is originally from Taiwan and this is her 8th year living away from home.
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