How long do you spend searching for something to watch? And by the time you’ve finally decided what you’re going to stick on, can you even be bothered now?
Of course you can’t.
Even if you’re looking for something to watch purely for yourself (not an opinionated family member in sight), it’s still tough! There’s so much choice and you don’t want to waste a perfectly good evening on something you’re not going to enjoy.
That’s why the What the Flick team are here to help. We’ve compiled a list of stuff you should watch on different days of the week – from miserable Monday to soggy Sunday. We’ve got it covered, just for you.
What should you watch on a Monday?
Flubber – Edward’s pick
Robin Williams has starred in plenty of classic movies: Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji – the list goes on.
But for a Monday, Flubber would be my choice to watch. I consider Flubber a forgotten classic of Robin Williams’s array of movies. As a child, I watched this film over and over again, letting my imagination run wild with cool gadgets and exciting inventions. I always wanted my own Weebo, flying around the room, referencing films to display emotions – perfect right?
The nostalgia of Flubber is very special to me, but more than that, it offers an escape. A goo-like substance that has its own emotions and feelings is, yes, stupid and ridiculous. A grown man bonding with an artificially intelligent self-flying machine is, yes, random and weird.
But, what this film allows you to do is to forget how bad Mondays truly are. You invest yourself in the character of Professor Philip Brainard and forget about all of your troubles… until Tuesday morning when you have to go back to work. If only Weebo’s existed.
Uncle Buck – Adam’s pick
Ugh, it’s Monday. You need cheering up. Adam cares. Adam gives you Uncle Buck.
John Candy is one of my all time favourites, I love him. I think it’s because he reminds me of Tony Hancock. Candy’s not hard to root for and his Uncle Buck performance stirs a love somewhere between favourite fun uncle and the best moments when you thought your mum or dad were dicks, but really they had a solid point and you ended up learning something against your will.
Plus, he threatens violence on horny teenage boys and I think anyone who’s spent time around adolescent boys knows that feeling.
It’s not exactly groundbreaking, Uncle Buck, but the humour is timeless and the messages it contains are harmless. Mondays suck. We can get over it by watching Uncle Buck – don’t say I never give you anything.
The Quiet American – Ian’s pick
The Quiet American is a slow burn, brilliantly executed espionage thriller that only seems to get a look in about once every ten years or so. It’s beautifully and masterfully directed by Phillip Noyce, who captures the juxtaposition of the tranquilly and catastrophic violence of Vietnam in the 1950s.
Noyce’s creation is the metaphorical tale of a love triangle between a British correspondent, the Vietnamese woman he loves and his rival – the quiet American of the title. As the plot expands and evolves, the audience enters a ‘heart of darkness‘ style boat ride into the last days of French Vietnam, American ambition and the morally repugnant consequences of tyrants.
The cast is a joy to watch, performances from stars, Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, (fresh off the back of The Mummy) and Do Thi Hai Yen are some of the best these actors have committed to screen in their distinguished careers. Shot on location, Hanoi, Saigon, Ninh Bình and Hội An are captured for all their natural wonder. The Quiet American is a film is perfect for a Monday night.
Trainspotting – Mark’s pick
Mondays. Nobody likes ‘em. So much so, The Boomtown Rats made a song about it. It’s the day of the week that represents a return to the norm and mundane.
If Monday were a movie, it would consist of a mainly blue colour palette and a soundtrack built up of only Joy Division songs. So picture the scene: you’re sitting at home, tired and hungry after a long day. You feel unbelievably low. What’s the best thing to do?
Stick on a copy of Trainspotting into your battered DVD player and fill your night with heroin-induced madness and the beauty of 90s Edinburgh.
Trainspotting follows Mark Renton (played by Scottish hero Ewan McGregor) as he tries to rid himself of a heroin addiction. But despite the bleak subject matter, it’s entertaining, mainly due to the brilliant script, charismatic characters and excellent pacing.
It’s a true masterpiece of Scottish cinema and cinema as a whole. Even now, 20 years later, it doesn’t seem to have aged at all. You can truly see where and how the careers started for almost everyone both on and off screen. It may be centred on some truly depressing events, but it never once takes you out of the adrenaline rush that it creates.
So, the idea of watching Trainspotting after a very long day may sound pretty heavy, but it’s the exact opposite, cheering you up as soon as Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life kicks in.
Sharp Objects – Shannon’s pick
The great thing about watching a new TV series at the start of the week is (if it’s good enough), you’ll want to binge it to within an inch of its life. This nicely takes you through the working week – Monday goes by in a blur because you’re already thinking of how many episodes you’ll get through that evening.
That’s why HBO’s Sharp Objects is perfect to watch on a Monday. Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, Sharp Objects is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – the ultimate slow-burner that delivers an overwhelming crescendo of misery and realisation.
Every shot hides a subtle clue, every look, movement and turn of phrase is crucial. And with eight episodes, it won’t take you long to binge. Or, if you want to savour the mystery, indulge in one a day and you’ll be set for the week.