Film: our favourite holiday DVDs

Holidays are our favourite time to catch up on all those great films that we missed over the past year. Here’s our list of the movies we’re taking away with us:

Martha Marcy May Marlene – a great film written and directed by newcomer Sean Durkin, about a girl running away from a cult to find sanctuary with her more conventional elder sister. It’s strange, compelling and you can’t take your eyes off Elizabeth Olsen (yes, the third and possibly the most talented Olsen to launch onto our screens).

Hunger Games – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the books, Jennifer Lawrence is perfectly cast as the girl who finds herself fighting for her life amidst a futuristic reality tv show.

Ponyo – from the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli (whose films beguile both kids and adults alike) this reworking of ‘A Little Mermaid’, is probably best for younger children.  Older kids will love Princess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro, with their feisty heroes and heroines and engaging villains. 

Breaking Away
– with biking all the rage thanks to the wonderful Wiggo, this 1979 movie starring a young Dennis Quaid is brilliant. It tells the story of four working class boys who go up against the snobby students of the local university in the big local cycling race. Great perfomances, great script, great sports movie.

The Boy with the Bike
– wonderful filmaking from the Dardenne brothers about a twelve year old boy who sets out to try and find his father.  Wonderful performances and a big hit in France. 

Bill Cunningham New York
– we can’t wait to see this film about the 80 plus year old veteran New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham.  Capturing everyone from Anna Wintour to Tom Wolfe, Cunningham’s photos are a fascinating documentary of his times and he makes a wonderful interviewee himself. 

Being Elmo
– another one we haven’t seen, but have heard raves about. You only have to watch the trailer, here, for your heart to start melting. 

– Written by Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The Social Network and The West Wing. Directed by Bennett Miller who did Capote. And Brad Pitt on top form. Enough said, no?
Our favourite holiday DVDs
— Francesca
26th July 2012