Have you heard about Hygge? Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word to describe a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. For me those are cooler weather, warm cinnamony drinks, fluffy blankets and freshly baked cookies. Nothing is better and more comforting to me than Fall. Maybe it’s a Texas thing, when you live through 100+ degree weather you embrace cooler seasons and don’t let go. So how to I hygge? I combine one or more of the above with the epitome of comfort: watching movies on the couch. So without further ado here’s my list of movies to get into full Hygge bliss, in no particular order and the sweetest part is that they’re all available on Netflix DVD.
Good will hunting: When professors at MIT discover that an aimless young janitor working at the university is also a mathematical genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.
Benjamin Button: A man who was born old and wrinkled but grows younger as the years go by — with a screenplay adapted from a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Legends of the Fall: Yes, two Brad Pitt movies in one list, don’t judge me! The Ludlow clan — father William and brothers Alfred, Tristan and Samuel — splinters when Sam goes off to fight in World War I against his father’s wishes. To protect Sam, his siblings follow suit, but tragedy ensues when their efforts fall short.
Stepmom: “Ain’t no mountain high enough… ” This is one of those ugly cry movies so make sure you have tissues handy. Divorcée Jackie Harrison opposes the presence of her ex-husband’s new girlfriend — career-woman Isabel Kelly — in the lives of her two children. But the chasm between the two women disappears when Jackie is diagnosed with cancer.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone: I added the first one just in case you have been living under a rock and need to start watching them in other. But any Harry Potter movies will do. On his 11th birthday, orphaned Harry Potter learns he’s a powerful wizard — with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers, he uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths.
American Beauty: Suburban fall, windy days with plastic bags dancing around. I love this Kevin Spacey film. While struggling to endure his tightly wound wife, an unfulfilling job and a sullen teenage daughter, suburbanite Lester Burnham falls deep into a midlife crisis and becomes infatuated with one of his daughter’s friends.
Practical Magic: I love magical movies and I think this one is right on that sweet spot where it’s not really scary enough for Halloween but just perfect for fall. Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are modern-day witches whose love lives are complicated by an unusual curse: Men who fall in love with them meet untimely ends. But against the advice of their eccentric aunts, the sisters continue to seek romance.
You’ve got mail: In this valentine to modern romance, book superstore magnate Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) and independent book shop owner Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet — both blissfully unaware that he’s trying to put her out of business. Director Nora Ephron’s Golden Globe-nominated romantic comedy puts romance on the ropes — and forces two people to make tough decisions about life, love and livelihood.
Edward Scissorhands: Dark, spooky and with Johnny Deep, do I need to say more? An inventor dies before developing hands for his creation, a boy named Edward who instead has scissors at the end of each arm. Edward lives a monastic existence until an Avon lady adopts him and takes him to live in the pastel paradise of suburbia.
Hope you guys enjoy the list! If I didn’t mention your favorite please let me know on the comments below. Make sure you check out these and all the amazing titles available on Netflix DVD