1. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
Championing Nerds everywhere. Napoleon Dynamite raises a smirk in nearly every scene with it's school kid nostalgia and quirky script. It's references are upto the minute and yet draw on references to a 70's/80's childhood where everyone is more than a little uncomfortable with themselves. The language is innocent and the characters though appearing more than a little naive have an indisputable charm sweetness and resolve that is adorable. The final scene makes it seem everything is possible for anyone and we can all have a life full of little victories.
Double Strawberry for the sweet fruity memory of ice cream in hot summers when you were young
2. Inside Out (2015)
This really is Pixar at it's finest. Psychedelic, bizarre and yet with a great narrative structure - Inside Out play out the conflict between the five key emotions Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger as characters in a little girls heads who operate her mind from a spaceship like console. It's such a wonderful film for young children as gives them a tool to express themselves as well as taking them on an exciting emotional rollercoaster as they view it ultimately teaching us all that sorrow is as important emotion as happiness.
Belgian Chocolate - is loved by kids and adults.
3. Guardians of The Galaxy (2014)
I think a lot of people missed this film when it came out and for a sci-fi comic book movie it's very good indeed. It has great special effects, lots and lots of funny moments, weird and wonderful characters and terrific action scenes. The dialogue is witty and snappy and the final scene has a great payoff. I wouldn't say this about a lot of Sci-fi films but this is one I would return to with a different tub of ice cream each time. Thoroughly entertaining.
There's a freshness to it's otherworldly looks so hit yourself up with some Mint Choc Chip
4. Another Stakeout (1993)
I could have selected a number of films that feature the late great Dennis Farina in one of his funniest supporting performances. (Midnight Run for example remains one of my favourite movies) but i've selected this because unlike many of his mafia inspired roles he appears as an average guy next door and is highly entertaining. Rosie O'Donnell also weaves her magic as testified in the scene below. Whilst the Cop-buddy relationship throughout between Emilio Estevez and Richard Dreyfuss is also very enjoyable. This film is uncomplicated comedy - perfect ice cream fodder and whilst dividing critical opinion - there is enough charms, and not too many explosive scenes to make it easy nostalgic viewing
Almond Toffee Crunch is the perfect match for this sticky mess.
5. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Directed by Edgar Wright, master of movie parody, Hot Fuzz is the follow up to zombie movie Shaun ofThe Dead. and cements the onscreen chemistry between best buddies, British comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In this version Pegg plays the straight role and Frost the village idiot. Wright/Pegg/Frost clash the minutiae of British village life with Hollywood action effects to hilarious effect, gentle mocking the Buddy movie genre whilst making one of the best british comedies of the decade.
Pastiche deserves Pistachio (we have a Limited Edition version of this coming soon)
6. The Notebook (2004)
One of Ryan Gosling's early leading man performances - demonstrating his early prowess which has seen him becoming one of the most important actors of his generation. Oscillating between two defining times of a couple's lives, it's a sure gone weepy but manages to stay the right side of sentimentality with the directorial touch of Nick Cassavetes, son of the wonderful US independent film maker John Cassavetes. A study in finding some hope and history as Alzheimer's threatens to erode our sense of self.
This bittersweet romance needs Blueberries and Cream
7. Ghost Dog (1993)
The first of the Jim Jarmusch titles in this compilation Ghost Dog features a magnificently cool performance by Forest Whitaker as a hitman living his life by the code of ethics of a Samurai Warrior in gangland New York.
The soundtrack is by Wu Tang Clan - the humour is deadpan and one of the relationships at the heart of the movie between Ghost Dog and Raymond a french speaking ice cream salesman's highly amusing. Jarmusch achieves a sadness, black comedy and beguling poetry in the high rise world of brutality.
Salted Peanut Butter
8. Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of The Black Pearl (2003)
Johnny Depp's performance as Jack Sparrow is an absolute must see - he appears to be walking a plank between supreme control and utter drunkeness throughout the whole film which makes for very entertaining viewing. Often overlooked is the strength of the other performances here that give Depp the space for foppish anarchy. Orlando Bloom is the clean cut hero hopelessly in love but unable to cross class lines but still able to the hero role a degree of depth and Kiera Knightley is feisty in the face of father, suitors and the wonderfully macabre Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush).
Whilst the CGI is genuinely amazing at times it can ring a little hollow in some of the movies Battle scenes which it should be noted are pretty scary for it's target audience!
Get the Tropical swashbuckling feel with either our Jamaican Rum and Raisin or Coconut and Cream flavours
9. Gone Girl (2014)
At 149 minutes long- and with plot twists around every corner this is a movie that maintains your interest and excitement throughout. Though reminiscent of some of the 180's and 90's classic femme fatale movies such as Basic Instinct, the award winning central performance by RosalindPike is amazing. Shape shifting - but always with an atmosphere of distance or hollowness - she really is the 'Gone Girl' despite being totally in each and every moment. Ben Affleck is also extremely likeable but hiding an element of rottenness. Get yourself buckled in for a Rollercoaster
Financial woes force our romantic leads to leave Manhattan for Suburbia, so our New York Coffee will give you right adrenalin hit.
10. Down by Law (1986)
Another totally weird but life affirming film this plays with all your emotions. It's like Beckett with even more jokes and features a wonderful ensemble of John Lurie, Roberto Benigni and Tom Waits. Though an 80's classic, it's setting in New Orleans and stunning cinematography make it feel as if it was shot in the thirties or fifties - giving it a timeless quality. Benigni is the traditional clown of the piece and a lot of the humour comes from his misunderstandings of English - reminiscent of Manuel in Fawlty Towers but with a occasional philosophical twist.
As this film is such a mixture of joy, pain, futility and humour you probably need something simple and classic to keep it all together so we'd recommend our French Vanilla