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9th December 2015
Hello everyone and welcome back to The Jack Experience! This blog post is the second instalment to my new collaborative series with Amazon Student, and today I thought I’d share with you a selection of my favourite films available on Amazon Prime Video! This movie guide would be perfect for the upcoming Christmas holidays or simply just for a bit of well deserved down-time between study sessions.
Amazon Student is an initiative launched by Amazon.com, a special deal for students which brings you the best of Amazon – with all the trimmings – but for half the price! Not only that, but if you join now you will also receive your first SIX MONTHS absolutely free. Included in this fantastic deal is Amazon Prime Video, with unlimited streaming of over 15,000 titles. I always find that I spend more time searching for a movie to watch than actually watching anything, simply because I am ridiculously indecisive and there’s so many incredible titles to pick from. With this in mind - as I know how precious free-time is for students - today I’ve done the hard-work for you and whittled down the top movies available on Amazon Prime Video!
We’re The Millers – A veteran pot-dealer pulls together a fake family in his plan to move a shipment of drugs across the Mexican border. What could possibly go wrong?
That Awkward Moment – Three best friends find themselves in the predicament of “so… where is this going?” in each of their respectable relationships. Of course, chaos ensues.
Kick-Ass – Dave Lizewski is an ordinary student and comic book fan who, one day, decided to become a super-hero despite having no powers, training or reason to do so
Serena – A film starring Jennifer Lawrence. That is all. What more could you possibly need to convince you to watch this film? Oh, and it has Bradley Cooper in it too, if that helps.
12 Years a Slave – Nominated for every award possible, this critically-acclaimed movie portrays the journey of a man from New York thrust into a world of slavery.
Divergent – In a dystopian world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she does not fit in. She must defeat a rumoured plot to destroy her fellow Divergents.
Downton Abbey – Basically the most British thing to ever exist in the world. Catch up on all of the classic episodes before Downton Abbey takes its final bow this Christmas.
Parks and Recreation – Follows the frankly bonkers antics of an Indiana town’s public officials as they pursue sundry projects to improve their city. Starring Amy Poehler.
The Walking Dead – In a dystopian world overrun by zombies, Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes leads a group of survivors in a battle against time (and zombies).
The Great Gatsby – Wall Street trader Nick finds himself drawn to the lifestyle of his millionaire neighbour, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). Stunningly filmed and beautifully set in 1920s affleunt America.
Gravity – A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after an incident leave them adrift in space and the audience on an emotional roller-coaster.
The Imitation Game – During WWII, Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code in this stunning movie starring Benedict Cucumberpatch and Keira Knightley.
Aladdin – The classic Disney animation pursues a street urchin who vies for the love of a beautiful princess… with a bit of help from genie played by the legendary Robin Williams.
Up – An elderly man abducts a small child, attaches balloons to his house, flies to South America and meets a talking dog. No, this is not a film about crack, it's a genuine plot to a children's film.
Monsters University – The fun and colourful prequel to the iconic Monster’s Inc. – back in the days where Mike and Sulley weren’t necessarily besties or #squadgoals. I hate me too.
New Year’s Eve – Starring every famous to possibly exist ever, this movie presents a chaotically perfect New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple. It's like Madam Tussauds but a MOVIE.
Bedtime Stories – Not necessarily Christmassy but very happy and fun nonetheless. The lavish bedtimes tales Adam Sandler tells suddenly begin to come true.
A Christmas Carol – An animated re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, starring Jim Carrey.
Submarine – Oliver Tate has two objectives: to lose his virginity before his next birthday and to extinguish the flame between his mother and her ex-lover. A film by Richard Ayoade (my idol)
The Double – An agency clerk finds his uneviable life turned upside down when a new co-worker arrives who is both his exact physical double and his emotional opposite.
The Bling Ring – Inspired by real events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers track the whereabouts of celebrities in order to rob their lavish homes.
Also: Emma Watson.
And there we have it, I hope you enjoyed my run-down of the top 24 films available on Amazon Prime Video! I tried to present a variety of different genres and taste, however if none of these are quite your cup of tea then there’s a whole forest of coffee trees to explore on Amazon.com. Anyway, I’m off to settle down and have a massive binge-watching session of my favourite movies, so thank you very much for reading and, until next time, goodbye!
DISCLAIMER: This is a paid-for advertorial, kindly sponsored by Amazon.com, though all opinions are my own
By Jack Edwards
The Man in the High Castle: Definitely one on my wish list, a fascinating glimpse into an alternate North America had the Nazis won the Second World War. Amazon recommends!
Mr Robot - A young computer programmer suffers social anxiety and forms connections through hacking. His life takes a dramatic change when he's recruited by an anarchist.
Transparent - The Amazon original series is exclusive to Prime and releases its new series on December 11th. A dramatic admission causes an LA family's secrets to spill.