The Best Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

By Brooke Bailey

It’s the start of hurricane season here in the southeast, which means lots of time spent inside escaping the torrential rain. As I’m writing this post, my home here in south Alabama is being turned into a small ocean by Tropical Storm Cindy, which, on top of the daily afternoon storms, has left me with some time to kill inside.

There’s hardly a better way to spend a rainy day than curled up on the couch with a great movie and this list includes some of my absolute favorites.

 

The Incredibles

I could honestly list almost any Pixar movie here because they are PERFECT rainy day movies. On top of the beautiful animation and superb storytelling, the immersive soundtracks that accompany them layered with the sound of the rain outside is the perfect backdrop to your lazy day.

There’s something about The Incredibles that makes me want to watch it every time it rains; whether it’s the scenes set in the lush rainforest or the fact that it’s just an amazing movie, this movie should definitely be at the top of your rainy day movie watching list.

 

Romeo + Juliet

Aside from the fact that this is my favorite movie of all time, Romeo + Juliet is another quintessentially perfect rainy day movie. This “modern” retelling of the Shakespeare classic features a young Leo DiCaprio looking like he just went through a growth spurt and doesn’t have full control of his limbs yet, a stellar soundtrack, and an ending that will make you mad every time (even though you already know what’s going to happen). The movie features a lot of water imagery (like, a lot) which will just add to your entire rainy-day aesthetic and somehow make you long for mid-90s MTV culture.

 

Harry Potter

I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this one because HP marathon + rain + snacks = perfect day. I don’t know how you can top it, honestly.

 

Clueless

Clueless is the perfect movie to watch when you needs something to brighten up a dreary day. Another mid-90s movie set in California, the conversation about the best teen movies of all time begins and ends with Clueless. With it’s wonderfully strong sense of style, ridiculous cast of wild characters, and a young Paul Rudd, this is the perfect movie to watch when you’re sick and tired of all the rain outside.

 

Finding Nemo

Ok, I couldn’t make it out of this list without mentioning another Pixar movie, but can you really blame me? Finding Nemo takes place underwater and all the rain outside probably makes you feel like you’re underwater which makes this the perfect movie for rainy days! Plus, this movie is great and wonderful and beautiful and comes with an amazing score that’ll be a stunning soundtrack to your day.

 

27 Dresses

Rom-coms are a no-brainer for great rainy day movies and 27 Dresses is no exception. This movie is crazy outlandish and 100 percent petty af, but those are the best kind of movies, in my humble opinion. Plus you can probably sympathize with that one scene when Katherine Heigl and James Marsden get stuck in her car in the middle of a rainstorm, which is truly the turning point in the plot. Also, I definitely want to try on all 27 of her bridesmaid dresses.

 

Honorable mentions that are also great movies to watch when it’s raining:

Breakfast Club

The Princess Bride

Addams Family Values

Star Wars

The Little Mermaid

The Devil Wears Prada

Short of the Week: Alive in Alaska

By Brooke Bailey

While not all of us have the opportunity to drop what we’re doing, jump in a car and explore the Alaskan wilderness, Alive in Alaska, with its breathtaking shots of the near pristine and untouched landscapes, allows you to pretend for a few minutes that you can do just that.

With a score almost as beautiful as the sweeping aerial shots of the glaciers and mountains, this short will transport you for 7 minutes and 57 seconds to a place that seems almost unreal– like a different planet or a high-budget CGI movie.

 Alive in Alaska is a short glimpse into the life of travel photographer Alex Strohl, a French travel photographer whose laundry list of clients reads as #goals for any aspiring photographers and videographers.

See more of Alex’s work here.

Black Warrior Film Festival’s 2017 Summer Movie Preview

By Brooke Bailey

Summer 2017’s movie slate has already kicked off with a bang (oh hey, Guardians of the Galaxy) but there are even more movies coming up that could challenge Guardian’s spot at the top. These are the 10 films I’m looking forward to most this summer, all well worth the trip to the (blessedly air conditioned) movie theater.

 

Wonder Woman

The first major female-led superhero movie is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. We first saw Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and I’m excited to see how Jenkins and Gadot make the Wonder Woman story stand out in the DC Universe. See it in theaters on June 2. 

 

Cars 3

I’m never above watching an animated movie (especially when it’s from Pixar) but I’m a little wary about Cars 3 as a follow-up to one of the only Pixar flops in Cars 2. Nevertheless, I’m interested to see where they take the franchise and if this movie is even incrementally better than the last one, that’s a win in my books. Cars 3 is out in theaters on June 16.

 

The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola’s newest project, based on Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same title, stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who finds himself in the care of an all-girls’ boarding school. The beautiful cinematography and the rest of the all-star cast (including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning) has me beyond excited to see this movie. See The Beguiled in theaters on June 23.

 

The Big Sick

I have to be honest, I am way way too excited to see this movie. I’m a sucker for a solid romantic comedy and this one looks excellent. The Big Sick is based on the love story of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, who wrote the film together, and also stars Ray Romano. You can see it in the theater on June 23.

 

Baby Driver

If Kevin Spacey with a machine gun doesn’t have you pumped to see Edgar Wright’s latest movie, the rest of the all-star cast will: Jamie Foxx, John Hamm, Lily James and Ansel Elgort also star. Baby Driver looks like a thriller-drama-romance movie perfect for a mid-summer pick-me-up, and I’m excited to see if it works. See Baby Driver in theaters on June 28.

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

At this point, Spider-Man is probably the superhero / person with the most movies made of him. Ever. But that doesn’t make me any less excited about seeing this movie. Out of the entire pantheon of superheroes, somehow Spider-Man is still the most relatable to the average person and I think bringing him into the Marvel Universe is a good idea. (I’m less excited about Tony Stark being in this movie, but that’s a whole other conversation). See Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters on July 7.

 

Dunkirk

If you haven’t heard of Dunkirk I need to know what kind of rock you’ve been living under. While this WWII film is directed by Christopher Nolan, it’s real claim to fame is that it’s Harry Styles’ (yes, that Harry Styles) major acting debut. Be ready to be in full panic the entire time you’re watching this movie, and I would advise bringing at least one box of tissues with you because, you know, it’s a war film. Dunkirk will be in theaters on July 21.

 

Detroit

Katheryn Bigelow’s newest project about the Detroit riot of 1967 is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Sporting a stunning cast (including John Boyega, Anthony Mackie and John Kransinski), Detriot will likely be held up to a high standard for how it portrays an immensely important event. If it’s successful, the movie and its cast could win big at award shows. See Detroit in theaters on August 4.

 

The Glass Castle

Brie Larson stars in this family drama, based on the memoirs of Jeannette Walls. Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson play the parents, an eccentric artist and an alcoholic, respectively (and oh hey, Max Greenfield). The Glass Castle is pre-made for award show wins, so don’t be surprised when you start hearing it in Oscar + Golden Globes conversation. See it in theaters on August 11.

 

Logan Lucky

The only description listed on the IMDb page for Steven Soderbergh’s return to movies is: “Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.” If that doesn’t pique your interest at least a little bit in Logan Lucky, the cast sure will: Channing Tatum, Riley Keough and Adam Driver play siblings alongside Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes, Seth MacFarlane and Sebastian Stan. Not much is known about the film, but the first images look very promising. See it in theaters on August 18.

 

Honorable mentions:

War for the Planet of the Apes

The Mummy

Girls Trip

Rough Night