Bond Library Services would like you to give those reading eyes a break, and instead, this summer allow yourself some time to indulge in some screen time, albeit of the movie kind. We have removed the arduous task of making a decision on what to watch and put together an eclectic list of recommended movies to enjoy over the summer break, all available in our physical collection upstairs on Level4, or via online subscription. And if binge watching is more your thing, did you know that your library collection holds a wide range of tv series for those lazy endless couch sitting opportunities. We have listed some of those for you too.
10 Things I hate About you! 1999
Cameron falls for the most beautiful girl in school. However, she is forbidden to date until the most hated girl in school, her ill-tempered older sister, goes out too. Heath Ledger
Lost In Translation 2004
A middle-aged actor and the young wife of a photographer meet while on business in Tokyo. They strike up an unusual friendship in the hotel bar that helps them both overcome boredom and loneliness. Bill Murray & Scarlett Johansen
The Constant Gardener 2006
After his wife is murdered in Kenya, Justin Quayle, a mild, low-level diplomat and a constant gardener, must investigate his wife's death, their relationship, and his own heart. In flashbacks, we see them meet, marry, and fall in love; we follow her in the teeming streets and clinics of Nairobi, usually accompanying Arnold Bluhm, a Black doctor with whom she spent the night before her murder, and who, after robbers, is the prime suspect. In his own investigation, Justin must not quail as he faces his memories, his colleagues, local police, hired thugs, and a nasty corporate CEO. Help and connections, as well as conspiracies, come from unexpected places.
Life is Beautiful 1999
A charming but bumbling waiter who's gifted with a colourful imagination and an irresistible sense of humour has won the heart of the woman he loves and has created a beautiful life for his young family. Then that life is threatened by World War II.
Hacksaw Ridge 2017
It's the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an army medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers.
Sliding Doors 2001
Paltrow plays London publicist Helen, effortlessly sliding between parallel storylines that show what happens if she does or does not catch a morning train back to her apartment. Love. Romantic entanglements. Comedy. All come into focus as the two stories shift back and forth and overlap.
The Darjeeling Limited 2007
A year after their father's death, three American brothers, Francis, Peter and Jack - who haven't spoken since the funeral - embark on a soul-searching journey across India on board the titular train. The brothers, who don't get along very well, use the time to get to know each other better and begin to ponder questions like why they don't like each other, and why their mother didn't attend the funeral. Francis, whose face is completely bandaged due to a recent motorcycle accident, reveals that their mother has entered a convent in India, and the real reason for organising the trip was to find her.
Groundhog Day 1992
A weatherman is caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer and a smart-alec cameraman, TV weatherman, Phil Connors is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. After a surprise blizzard traps him in small-town hell, things get even worse. Phil wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again. DVD.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
Disgruntled Phoenix officeworker Marion Crane is fed up with the way life has treated her. One Friday, Marion is trusted to bank $40,000 by her employer. Seeing the opportunity to take the money and run, Marion leaves town. Tired after the long drive and caught in a storm, she gets off the main highway and pulls into the Bates Motel. The motel is managed by a quiet young man named Norman Bates, who seems to be dominated by his mother. Features one of the most iconic scenes in film history, the infamous "Shower scene."
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 1986
Ferris Bueller is the most popular student at his school who uses all the tricks in the book to enjoy a day off in Chicago with his best friend Cameron and girlfriend Sloane.
Binge Watch Series:
Friends, Suits, Ugly Betty, Mad Men, Vikings, The O.C., Twin Peaks, Downton Abbey, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy and many many more…