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Disclaimer* The following movies mentioned involve scenes and storylines which may cause distress to readers/viewers: Flowers in the Attic.


Unknown.jpeg‘Flowers in the Attic’ is based on the novel by V.C. Andrews and the first of a five part series. The original film was released in 1987 which I’ve seen more times than I count, but there is a newer version which came out last year.

I was searching for films to watch the other night when I discovered this 2014 version. Even though I have seen this film a million times, I was still gripped to the storyline and on the edge of my seat at the end of each scene.

‘Flowers in the Attic’ follows the story of four siblings and their mother as they are left with no choice other than to move in with their ruthless but wealthy grandmother, following the sudden death of their father.

The children are kept hidden in the attic of their grandmother’s mansion and forced to keep quiet so that no one finds out that they exist. Meanwhile, their mother is making amends with her mother (children’s grandma) who she fell out with as a teenager, and rebuilding her relationship with her father on his deathbed. The plan is to get written back into her father’s will so that she will have the stability to move her children out of the attic and start their lives again.

As you can imagine, there is a turn of events which leave the four siblings neglected and living in the attic for over two years, despite their mother’s promise of less than a week.

As mentioned in the disclaimer above, this film does involve scenes which may cause distress to viewers, including controversial scenes of violence and incest. Nonetheless, ‘Flowers in the Attic’ is a must see for anyone who loves a drama or thriller.

The next two books which follow ‘Flowers in the Attic’ have also been released on DVD, however I personally don’t think they’re as good.

Watch this film is you want that ‘OMG’ experience.



After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline
Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever. (IMDb)

The ‘young’ Adaline is portrayed by the beautiful Blake Lively, who brings such grace and class to the character. I watched this film for the first time a few nights ago and fell in love with it instantly. Unlike most other romance films, the female lead here is strong and independent, and does not want a man in her life. She tries to avoid love at all costs and keeps herself private.

‘The Age of Adeline’ is a timeless, warm romantic fantasy film, best enjoyed with a glass of bubbly on a Friday night in. 



The Longest Ride centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, The Longest Ride explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love (20th Century Fox).

Finally, a Nicholas Sparks film that doesn’t make you cry, but still amazing with all that romance we love!


This last one isn’t a film but a recently released television series by BBC1. I watched the whole series (five episodes) back to back the other night. Totally gripping, especially the finale.

A trusted GP sees her charmed life explode when she suspects her husband of an affair. As she uncovers secrets that shock her to the core, how will Dr Gemma Foster react? (BBC1)


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