Five on Friday: Films for a cosy night in


It’s that time of year when all I want to do when I have a free evening is curl up on my sofa and watch a film. The nights are chilly and dark and requires clothes that aren’t pyjamas. Inside my house, I can wrap up in something comfy and sip away at a hot chocolate. Do I sound like a grandma yet? I’ve accepted that that is who I am now. I even asked for tights for Christmas.

But anyhoo, we’re not here to talk about how un-unexciting my life is now. We’re here to share my favourite films for a cost night in now that winter is creeping ever closer.


Practical Magic used to be one of my favourite films when I was younger and I finally purchased a copy of my own just before Halloween. It’s swiftly becoming a favourite all over again and just seems to suit the darker nights. For those of you that aren’t familiar, it tells the story of two sisters who also happen to be witches and are faced with a family curse that stops them from finding (and keeping) love. It’s a little dark and unsettling but ultimately about family and the way love can affect all aspects of our lives. It’s amazing, and the ending still hits me every time!

The Nightmare Before Christmas is the ultimate film if you’re not sure if it’s too early to get excited about Christmas. If anyone complains it’s a Christmas film, you tell them it’s a Halloween film. If they complain about watching a Halloween film this late in the year, tell them it’s a Christmas film. It’s a lot of fun and has seriously catchy songs to sing for the rest of the week.

There’s just something about feel good films at this time of the year, and Maleficient ticks that one of the list. This adaptation of Sleeping Beauty not only adds a beautiful twist to the classical fairy tale, but is one of the most visually stunning films. Perfect for a cosy night unwinding after a long day.

If there was ever a time for a fantasy film marathon, it’s now. Clear some space in your calendar and work your way through the Lord of the Rings series. Clearly I have a thing for pretty films with an epic sense of fantasy at this time of year…

The Muppets Christmas Carol might be a controversial choice and one you might want to wait a few more weeks to watch (or not – the choice is yours) but this is one of my favourite Christmas films ever. I have very fond memories of watching this with my mum when I was younger and still love it to this day. In fact, I look forward to watching it every year!

What films would you recommend for a cosy night in? I’m always looking for some new movies to add to the list so please do let me know on Twitter (@thisnortherngal) or in the comments below!

Kelly x



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