MAKE YOUR OWN CINEMA AT HOME
If you are bored during home lock down, we’ve got you covered. Keep yourself entertained with our selection of film of various genres and follow our interior design recommendations for creating an authentic cinema experience at home
Words: Aleksandra Georgieva
Photography: Roberto Nickson
6 May 2020
Whether you are on lock down or you need inspiration for future movie nights at home, we look into some of the best films of all genres to watch with your family, friends or solo. Make the best of your home setting. Indoors or at your back garden, get creative by projecting your favourite feature films. Create your own ‘cinema screen’ and don’t be afraid to go big.
Set the atmosphere. If you are creating an indoor movie night, make it cosy. Throw in some pillows and soft blankets. You can experiment more with the outdoor as it creates a more unique vibe. If you can, choose a warm starry night. The lucky ones, who get to live far from light pollution, will get the best experience especially on a summer night. If you have your own back garden, you can even make your own barbecue to spice up the night.
Details matter. Your living room has hidden potential for creating a cosy cinematic vibe. Lit up aromatic candles and stock up on snacks. Don’t forget the fairy lights – an element that creates glamorous vibe both inside and outdoors. If you are creating a cinema in your back garden, consider creating a comfortable setting. Whether you throw some pillows on top of a picnic blanket or you drag out your entire sofa, you are the master of your own cinema.
After you have set up a nice atmosphere with a cosy vibe, it’s time to decide on the film. In this article we keep your options open. From comedies and animation to mystery and crime this is a selection of 10 film genres. We hope our list of cinematic masterpieces upgrade your movie nights and keep you entertained and inspired.
Comedy: Knives Out not only offers humour throughout the entire feature, but it also spoils the audience with a great cast. We challenge you to find a better thing to do than watching Daniel Craig solve a murder mystery where the suspects unfold more secrecy than any plot twists could ever puzzle us with.
Storyline: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.
Sci-fi: Black Panther is a story about the importance of family and friendship. Based on a comic book, this film may be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it has its own plot, unrelated to the rest of the Marvel films. Indulge into the story of an African king that must lead his people to a better world.
Storyline: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Prince T'Challa returns home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country's new king. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country. When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.
Romance: Yesterday is a cute story about a struggling musician that will make you laugh and believe in the power of romance and friendship. Experience the ongoing struggles and temporarily successes of Jack Malik as he falls in love with his lifelong friend Ellie Appleton (Lily James).
Storyline: Jack Malik is a frustrated musician whose musical career is going nowhere despite the faith that his friend/manager Ellie Appleton has in him. When the whole world is hit with a massive blackout, Jack is hit by a bus only to wake up as the only one who remembers the Beatles. Jack begins playing the music of one of the world's greatest rock bands, claiming it as his own and becoming a musical sensation. However, Jack finds himself drifting away from Ellie, only realizing his love for her when she has become intimidated by his success. Now, Jack must make a fundamental moral decision about his music to satisfy his conscience as he decides what he truly needs.
Horror: It was released back in 2017 but in case you haven’t seen the film, we recommend you do. Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel, this story is as intense as it is intriguing. No wonder the author is famous as the ‘King of Horror’. Make sure to marathon-watch both It films and for the full horror experience, we recommend you pick up the books too.
Storyline: In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one. In a place known as 'The Barrens', a group of seven kids are united by their horrifying and strange encounters with an evil clown and their determination to kill It.
Action: Jumanji: The Next Level brings back Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Only the game has changed. The characters are switched as they encounter a whole new action on their mission to save a friend. A bonus point is the amazing cast that will keep you on edge and make you laugh just as well.
Storyline: The gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world's most dangerous game.
Thriller: Joker broke cinema records with Joaquin Phoenix’s outstanding performance of character Arthur Fleck, who is a mentally troubled comedian, mistreated by society. His alter ego – the Joker – takes him on a path of a bloody revolution in search for justice.
Storyline: Joker centres around an origin of the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Todd Phillips' exploration of Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Drama: Bombshell is a story about a group of women who try to tackle the toxic atmosphere at the Fox News network. The biography aspect is highlighted by the brilliant cast that brings together Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie.
Storyline: When Gretchen Carlson slaps Fox News founder Roger Ailes with a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, not a soul could predict what would happen next. Her decision leads to Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly coming forward with her own story, as well as multiple other women, inciting a movement that reverberates around the world.
Mistery: Blade Runner 2049 is a tale of mystery, action and drama. Young Blade Runner "K"' (Ryan Gosling) discovers a long-buried secret. His quest leads him to a former Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who's been missing for thirty years.
Storyline: Thirty years after the events of Blade Runner (1982), a new Blade Runner, L.A.P.D. Officer "K" (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. K's discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former L.A.P.D. Blade Runner, who has been missing for thirty years.
Crime: Money Heist might be a series but the plot brings so much twists and intensity, we decided to break the “film only” rule. Let us spice up your cinema list with the story of this group of unconventional robbers. Brought together by their similar lifestyle and one mastermind plan, this is a mission of a robbery like no other in history.
Storyline: A group of unique robbers assault the Factory of Moneda and Timbre to carry out the most perfect robbery in the history of Spain and take home 2.4 billion euros.
Animation: Spies in Disguise brings together the humour of Will Smith and Tom Holland. When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, only the help of his nerdy assistant could help him save the world.
Storyline: Super spy Lance Sterling and scientist Walter Beckett are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can't learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril.