My birthday has been very hit and miss. From everyone being a no show for my 13th birthday party, to my father refusing to wish me happy birthday. Yep, there have been years that have SUCKED beyond belief and there have even been a good handful where I have sobbed myself to sleep the night before because I’d not want the day to arrive.
However, there’s one thing I have always loved, and that’s a trip to the cinema and a happy meal on the way home. Keep it simple and I’m happy.
1989- All Dogs Go to Heaven
1990- Little Mermaid
1991- Beauty and the Beast
Interestingly, I was offered the chance to see this just before Christmas and I said no. Logic should have shouted ‘oi idiot; go and you get to see two films’ … alas, my sentimental heart won and it was saved until my birthday.
1993- Adams Family Values
1994- Miracle on 34th Street
1995- Indian in the Cupboard
1996- 101 Dalmations
This one breaks my heart. In my attempt to grow up, I would not let my mum come and watch with me and my friend. Back before the mass ownership of mobile phones; my mum spent the time in the McDonalds.
I’m sure she wasn’t cut up about missing the Spice Girls run around London.
I sacrificed my love of movies for a home-based parties.
2001- The Princess Diaries
2002- Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
2003- Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
2004- Without a Paddle
My mum actually suggested this one. I’d wanted to see Ella Enchanted, but she was too ill to get ready for it as it had been out a while and there were very few showings. Worked out brilliantly; I love this film.
2005- The Producers/ Just Like Heaven/ Narnia
I’m not sure any of these were on my actual birthday. I sulked massively because my mum wouldn’t go with me. I didn’t appreciate how unwell she was… so, yeah, I sulked.
2007- Enchanted/ The Golden Compass
2009- Sherlock Holmes(January 2010)
I was in Ankara, Turkey in 2009. It was not a very good birthday seeing as my then-boyfriend was actually there to meet up with a potential new girlfriend. It wasn’t fun. The cinema trip was meant to be 10 people+, however it was snowed out so there was about four of us.
2010- Tron Legacy
2011- Sherlock Holmes, Game of Shadows
I don’t remember ANY of this movie past the first 20 minutes. I’d been for a meal before hand and had wine and I’d smuggled in some premixed cans. To this day? I’ve attempted to watch this film about 4 times and I STILL don’t know the plot.
2012 – The Hobbit/ Pitch Perfect
2013- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
It counts… sort of. I got very drunk the night before, so a 3D screening was not the best idea.
2014- Exodus: Gods and Kings
2015- Snoopy Movie
My 30th birthday film. Such a good, and childish, call.
2016- Rogue One
2017- Back to the Future
This took place in my brother’s cinema room. He even selected a few trailers that would have most likely been on before it in the cinema. Quite possibly my favourite birthday to date.
No movie. Quite possibly the worst birthday I’ve ever had.