Winter is coming (GOT) haha jokes it is here! ( I am in Australia, and yes it does actually get cold here LOL) I hate winter but the upside of it is – long movie nights underneath a warm blanket with some hot cocoa. The best movies to watch during a cold winter night are movies that will spark your wanderlust (pretty much have you dreaming of warmer, sunnier times hah 😉 So I have compiled a list of 10 movies that will do just that. Some are about traveling and some are about new cultures and some will make you cry (YUP) however be warned, possible side effects may occur as below:
- Spark your wanderlust
- There is a risk of an empty bank account
- A never-ending bucket list
- And you may find yourself wanting to resign from your job
I did warn you! mwahaha!!
EAT PRAY LOVE (you may have heard of it tehe)
Plot: Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband, and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India, and Bali.
Countries: Italy, India, and Indonesia
Plot: The desire to find something real — to connect with something or someone — is what drives Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind. Etienne (Guillaume Canet) and Francoise (Virginie Ledoyen) join him on an adventure to “The Beach,” a mystical paradise. However, they fast learn that this paradise is less than perfect (OHH HELL NOO!)
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Plot: When Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) learns her husband is cheating on her from a writer whom she gave a bad review, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa(so dreamy) and struggles to start her life anew, amid colorful local characters(and food), including the handsome Marcello (Raoul Bova).
SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET
Plot: The story of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer, whose attempt to scale a Himalayan peak is interrupted by the Second World War. After many adventures, he finds himself in Tibet where he befriends the Dalai Lama, gaining maturity and humility. However, turbulent times lie ahead…. (if there is ever a reason that you need to watch this movie besides wanderlust well – BRAD PITT!)
Filmmaker Ron Fricke creates a global travelogue with pictures and music, exploring the Himalayas, the American Southwest, European cathedrals, and other beautiful sites.
Plot: Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian (Mia Wasikowska) satisfies her craving for solitude, by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean(Bloody hell) based on a true story, this movie will have you laughing, thinking, crying and in awe of the gorgeous Australian landscape.
INTO THE WILD
Plot: Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on an incredible journey to the Alaskan wilderness. A very moving watch, once again based on a true story.
Country: United States (Mainly Alaska)
Plot: As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show.
LOST IN TRANSLATION
Plot: A lonely, aging movie star named Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and a conflicted newlywed, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), meet in Tokyo. Bob is there to film a Japanese whiskey commercial and Charlotte is accompanying her celebrity-photographer husband. Strangers in a foreign land, the two find escape, distraction, and understanding amidst the bright Tokyo lights. After a chance meeting in the quiet lull of the hotel bar, they meet and form a bond that is as unlikely and is as heartfelt as it is meaningful.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Plot: Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, spends day after monotonous day, developing photos for the publication. To escape the tedium, Walter inhabits a world of exciting daydreams in which he is the undeniable hero. Walter fancies a fellow employee named Cheryl (Kristen Wiig) and would love to date her, but he feels unworthy. However, he gets a chance to have a real adventure when Life’s new owners send him on a mission to obtain the perfect photo for the final print issue.
Countries: United States (New York), rundarfjörður and Seyðisfjarðarvegur in Iceland, Greenland, Yemen, and the Himalayas – YES PLEASE!
Plot: With the globe on the brink of World War II, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels from Britain to Australia to inspect a cattle ranch she has inherited from her father. Reluctantly joining forces with a rugged local known as the sexy Drover (Hugh Jackman). They set out on a cattle drive across hundreds of miles of harsh terrain to save her ranch. When they finally reach the town of Darwin they must contend with the same Japanese bombers that just rained death upon Pearl Harbor.
Country: Germany….. Or maybe Australia. One of the two, definitely HAHA!
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