Player Picks: Movies
In the latest of our #StayAtHome content, brought to you by Galbraith, we’ve had our squad bring you their Player Picks…
This week, the boys have put their heads together to bring you their top film recommendations, the perfect distraction for when we’re looking for some entertainment on a Friday night - all brought to you by Galbraith.
The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-12) – recommended by James Johnstone
“I’ve watched these so many times, there’s some great acting in it from Christian Bale.”
First up is Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. What started with Batman Begins (2005), then gave us The Dark Knight (2008) and finished with The Dark Knight Rises (2012) were a hugely successful franchise of movies starring Christian Bale.
All three films grossed over $2 billion in sales, while Heath Ledgers portrayal of the Joker won him almost a complete sweep of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
The Lion King (1994) – recommended by Mark Bennett
“This was the first film I was taken to see at the cinema. The remake was absolutely amazing too.”
For a certain generation, this was perhaps the Disney film that stood out growing up and it was certainly stood the test of time since being released in 1994.
With some amazing vocal performances from James Earl Jones, Jeremey Irons and Matthew Broderick, and a fantastic soundtrack from Elton John to boot, the film was a huge success at the box office, grossing nearly $1 billion at the time.
The film has since been remade in 2019, where it surpassed Frozen to become the highest grossing animated film of all time.
Forrest Gump (1994) – recommended by Charlie Shiel
“This is an absolute classic for me!” – Robert Zemeckis ’94 epic was no doubt a classic for most as the film swept the 67th Academy Awards, picking up Best Picture, best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Director to name a few.
Tom Hanks portrayal of Forrest Gump was lauded by critics, with the movie grossing over $600 million in its first run.
Notting Hill (1999) – recommended by Nic Groom
“I’m not even embarrassed by this one single bit!”
There’s nothing wrong with a good RomCom, Nic… Straight from Groom’s personal DVD collection comes Notting Hill, written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
Released on 21 May 1999, Notting Hill was well received by critics and became the highest-grossing British film released in 1999. The film won a BAFTA, was nominated in two other categories, and won other awards, including a British Comedy Award and a Brit Award for the soundtrack.
Step Brothers (2008) – recommended by Lewis Carmichael
“Seen it so many times…” – that’s more like it Lewis. Forget romantic comedies, Step Brothers has perhaps been Will Ferrell’s funniest movie of all time.
Released in 2008 with Ferrell starring opposite John C Reilly, the movie follows Brennan (Ferrell) and Dale (Reilly), two grown men who are forced to live together as brothers after their single parents, with whom they still live, marry each other.
Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, it still went on to gross over $120 million in box office revenue.