4 Films, 1 Week


I talked in this post about how I like to bake when I feel sad, unfortunately I feel sad quite a lot and there’s only so many batches of cupcakes I can make before my house starts to look like a slightly dodgy, not very professional bakery and my family starts to feel very very sick.

So for those times when I’m feeling sad or anxious and like I just need to get out of the house and out of my head – I like to go to the cinema. I love movies; along with books and James Franco’s Instagram they are one of my favourite things about life. But almost more than I love movies, I love the cinema.

I think to some people the idea of going to see a movie alone is pretty alien. But going to the cinema on my own, in the afternoon or even in the morning is one of my favourite things to do in life. Because when I’m feeling bad or sad, walking through those doors onto that slightly grubby carpet, ordering a drink that’s so watered down it doesn’t even really count as Sprite any more, worrying I’m late and then realising the actual film doesn’t start for at least 20 minutes, and then finally getting whisked away into a world where none of my problems even exist, for me, that’s practically heaven.

I saw four films last week, which I guess tells you that I wasn’t having a particularly good week.

The first was We Are The Best which I saw with my dad as Lucas Moodysson, the director, is practically his Lena Dunham. If you’re a 14 year old girl who’s never seen a subtitled film before I would definitely recommend this as your first one and if you’re anyone else who isn’t a 14 year old girl I would also recommend this as it’s beautiful and gentle and probably the most honest film I’ve seen in my not very long life.

Then I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with my little brother and while he went in rather sceptical after not liking the first one (I am incapable of being sceptical at anything featuring Emma Stone) we both came out vibrating with how much we’d loved it. I know it’s a big statement but I think it’s my favourite of any movie in this new wave of superhero movies. For me struck the perfect balance between ‘bit’s where they actually talk and don’t fight’ (my brother called these ‘the bit’s where you actually get quite bored’) and amazing fight scenes. And also – Emma Stone…

The next day I was feeling pretty low and I knew if I sat in my house any longer I was going to get lower than low so I went to see The DoubleI was the only person in the cinema not on a date so I propped my big parker coat up next to me and pretended it was my boyfriend. Tragic? Ithinkso. After absolutely loving Submarine (the directors last film) I didn’t like The Double. Which is definitely not saying it was a bad film. Because I’m sure it was amazing and I could see lots of things in it that were awesome. But in the end I felt all the arch-ness and stylish directing took away completely from any emotion the film was trying to convey. I think it was meant to be a film about loneliness and if even me and my winter coat boyfriend couldn’t feel that there was definitely something going wrong.

And then me and my friend went to see The Other Woman. Which is amazing. And so much fun. And so funny. And Leslie Mann is so hilarious and beautiful and awesome that she should almost definitely win an Oscar for it. And if you are feeling sad – this is the movie to see. Because I defy anyone to feel sad while watching Leslie Mann try to cry on the inside.

So that was my week of feeling a bit sad and movies helping a lot. I’m feeling much better this week which is brilliant. And the way it always goes.

I hope you’re having a great week.




27 thoughts on “4 Films, 1 Week

  1. I saw two films this week and one I beg you never to see. It was “Noah” which was so terrible I couldn’t even walk out – I had to see what they were going to do to the story – please don’t go – it was VERY bad.

      1. It was ‘The Railway Man’ which was a very good, thoughtful film about a lovely man who was able to forgive the treatment meted to him during WW2 – beautifully acted and sad to know these things happen.
        Hope you have a lovely week and a good Bank Holiday! Lovely weather apparently……we’ll see!

  2. Hi Scarlett, I always go to the cinema on my own so it’s certainly not alien. Just ignore the couples. Not sure about the fake boyfriend/girlfriend coat technique though! It did make me smile though.

  3. This will be my third comment on your blog posts so I am now officially apologising for stalking you. However after reading your post on the cinema and how films help you escape from a crappy feeling; I just had to write a comment. The cinema is my haven. I simply adore film but going to the cinema on my own helps me breath when the world becomes too suffocating. The cinema is there for me and never judges. It helps me process life and its issues. My friends, work colleagues and family think I’m weird for going to the cinema on my own, but I would recommend it to everyone. My cinepass is my lifeline.

    As for your reviews, I couldn’t agree more with them. Except I did feel Spiderman had too much going on and needed to trim the script a bit. If you haven’t seen it, I would recommend going onto YouTube and watching Emma Stone in a Lip-Sync battle against Jimmy Fallon. Your adoration for Miss Stone will only intensify after watching it.

    Anyway, I’ll stop talking (or rather typing) and I look forward to more of your wonderful posts. (I’ll try not to comment too much…but cant promise)

  4. Yep. Movies are seriously good happy medicine. In 1996 when I was doing PhD in London but didn’t want to be and was feeling very very poo indeed I would skive off from my petri dishes and white coat and go to Screen on the Green.

    One afternoon I saw Sense and Sensibility. OH THE BONNETS. Oh the sprigged muslin. Oh good god the breeches. I was Elinor Dashwood. In fact I am. No, I’m Marianne. Oh who cares, I’m wearing Empire line and a coatee. Right now, whilst ironing.

    Much love to you. The news that this week is better is even happier than the news that your namesake Scarlett the ladybird has had 33 babies and we have a new pet snail called StinkySlipper

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  5. Hi Scarlett. I just wanted to say how much I admire you and your bravery, for that is what it is, in writing this blog. I’m 54 and 15 years ago following a few weeks in bed, I was diagnosed with depression. I take medication, but live with a constant weight on my shoulders and in my head. Looking back, I think it actually started in my teens, but I thought that was how everyone felt. I manage to live a relatively normal life and nearly all the people I know don’t have a clue how I’m feeling; I’ve gotten very adept at putting my face on! Anyway, as I said, I so admire you and wish you lots of luck and love in the future. Janet. X

  6. Hey Scarlett, love your blog! Firstly I think you’re really brave going to the cinema alone, I never think people look weird when I see them there alone, but I’m never confident enough to do it myself!
    I also like to watch films to distract me from depression. Last week I watched 50/50 and, like you, The Other Woman, both of which I really liked. I also watched Stand By Me which was ok but I was a bit disappointed because it people rave about it and say it changed their life and I didn’t think it was THAT amazing!
    The best film I watched was Annie Hall. I watched Vicky Cristina Barcelona a few weeks ago and fell in love with it, so I decided I’d try and watch all Woody Allen films I could, and this film did not disappoint, I think it’s my new favourite.
    When I’m feeling really down I watch Silver Linings Playbook, not just because I love Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, but because I think it’s one of those films you get something new from every time you watch it, and I like to channel the whole idea of ‘excelsior’ and finding a silver lining for myself.

    Looking forward to your next post!

  7. I love that you go to the cinema by yourself. And love even more that you put your coat on the chair next to you. At least your “boyfriend” then doesnt nick all your popcorn.

  8. I prefer going to the movies by myself..I wait till the chosen movie has been out for a couple of weeks so there is less chance of big crowds..I hate when people sit near me
    The 2 more mainstream movies on your list are ones I plan to see..other 2 lesser known ones may not even play here..also on my list is Walking With The Enemy..reviews seem good

  9. Grand blog – loved winter coat boyfriend – not tragic at all – thought it skillful and funny – thank you 🙂

  10. Oh Scarlett – I am so glad you are having a better week. I LOVE going to the theatre on my own but I do love the cinema too. Love the sound of The Other Woman.
    Much love to you xxx

  11. I saw Calvary last week. An amazing film but not when you’re feeling sad and have one less layer of skin like I do when I’m depressed. On the other hand… I went to see The Book of Mormon on Tuesday and my cheeks ached from laughing.

  12. Oh, I love to go to the movies by myself. I go all the time. I will go with my husband or friends at times, but I love going by myself. There is what they call an “art” cinema near me and I am going there tomorrow to see Diabolique (1955) with French food tastes and wine afterwards. Just a week or so ago I saw Star Trek-The Wrath of Khan with a Q&A afterwards with the Nick Meyers, the Director. I had the best time. I am so glad you love going on your own to the movies!

  13. I particularly loved your observation on taking yourself to the cinema – I quite like the experience of solo film trips. The detail of the coat on the chair next to you was brilliant. I was thinking about the whole idea of doing things alone the other day when I went out for dinner by myself. Once you get past the fear, it’s surprisingly satisfying.
    We Are the Best is top of my current list of films to see.

    As an aside, I just wanted to say how much I admire and respect what you’ve been through in the last few years. I had the scoliosis op when I was 15, but thankfully had a pretty steady recovery. I can’t imagine the tenacity and resilience your experiences must have taken.

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  15. Love to go to the movies on my own. It’s not always possible to find someone to with you to see exactly what you want so why not go on your own. I have been going on my own since I was a teenager and lots of people do find it weird, but I don’t care. I take some treats with me and snuggle down. Best time to go is in the afternoon.

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