Hello all, Emma here, ready to share with you some films that I think are absolutely worth watching.
I am starting this post without any plan, so it is certain that I will forget many that I think are also my “favorite”. (Mind you that basically every movie I enjoy is my “favorite”.)
I am going to try to keep this a reasonable length, but I’m not going restrict myself!
Amélie [R] (2001) dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Emma’s Score: 9.5/10
(Can you be a French Director without being named Jean-______?)
This movie is absolute brilliance. The stunning colors in every scene along with the array of jump cuts keeps this movie quirky and intriguing.
Amélie is in French, but is very easy to follow along with the subtitles; I forget that they are even there. The movie follows around a young girl named, you guessed it, Amélie, who finds an old box of toys in her house and becomes determined to find its original owner. The plot is adventurous and interesting and there is, of course, some love involved too.
For me, the entire 2h 9m of watching this movie is spent in awe of how gorgeous this movie is. But the best part? It is on Netflix.
Whiplash [R] (2014) dir. Damien Chazelle
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Emma’s Score: 10/10
This movie is great because you can feel it. You can feel the pain in Andrews hands from beating the drum so hard, and you can feel the pain caused by Terence Fletcher screaming in his face.
Of course, this movie is stunning. What else could you expect from La La Landdirector Damien Chazelle? Every angle the shots are using is the perfect one, and every sound gets you feeling exactly what Chazelle wanted you to feel. However to me, it is surprisingly not the pleasing film style that makes this movie so great. No. To me, it is almost solely the acting.
The character Andrew, played by Miles Teller, is a jazz drummer whose dream in life it to be “one of the greats”. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) is the head instructor at the college and gives every band member absolute hell in order to “help them get better”. In this movie, there are many scenes where Andrew is playing the drums so hard, with such precision, and for so long, that his skin begins to break and blood gets everywhere.
This scene sticks out to me so much because I am sitting there thinking first, “wow, I can’t believe what it would be like to be the passionate about drumming” and then later thinking “wow, I can’t imagine what it’s like to be that passionate about acting.” Teller was actually playing the drums in several of the scenes which, after seeing the movie, is amazing on it’s own.
J.K. Simmons also does an incredible job in this movie–he even won the Oscar for it– so I’m sure I don’t have to say much else about him. Just watch this movie.
I know it was available on HBO Go, but as of now, I’m not 100% sure if it is! It is also available on Crackle.
Across The Universe [PG-13] (2007) dir. Julie Taymor
Rotten Tomatoes: 53% (Rude)
Emma’s Score: 10/10!!!!
Let me start by saying that the first time I finished this movie, amidst my tears, I refreshed my laptop screen and started it back from the beginning almost immediately. This is not something I ever do or had ever done, but I watched this movie 3 times back to back. It was worth it.
If you don’t already know, Across The Universe is a musical that revolves around The Beatles and only plays songs by The Beatles, and surprisingly, the cast does not butcher the songs by any means (and if I’m being honest, some of the songs are made to be even better i.e. Girl).
What makes this movie so great is that the songs follow along with story so well; it does not feel like they’re just jumping out and singing about their day at work. It tells a story of a young British Lad, Jude (ha-ha), who falls in love with a young American girl, Lucy (ha-ha). And honestly the entire movie just makes my heat beat
faster. Just watch it. Plus it is on Netflix!
Nightcrawler [R] (2014) dir. Dan Gilroy
Drama film/Crime Thriller
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Emma’s Score: 9/10
There is something about crazy Jake Gyllenhaal that really gets me. I love it. He can be comedic while still portraying complete inner struggle and I think that is what makes him an incredible actor. Plus, he is sexy.
In this film, Jake portrays Louis Bloom, a guy doing any strange thing he can to make money. Eventually, he becomes obsessed with filming crimes and accidents and selling them to a news station. Amidst all of this, it is revealed how deranged Lou is, which only adds to the excitement of the movie.
This is a must watch!
I am not sure where this is available to stream for free, however I rented it on amazon for $4.99.
Ladybird [R] (2017) dir. Greta Gerwig
Rotten Tomatoes: 99%
Emma’s Score: 11/10
I can't even stand how much I love this movie. Literally everyone should see it, especially girls in their teens and twenties. I have never been so sad and so happy and so fulfilled after watching a movie before this. Ever.
Ladybird is the story of a rebellious highschool girl and her relationships with her best friend, boys, and mother; all put together so harmoniously and in such a relatable way. This movie is not easy to explain aside from what I've already said, but my heart is fluttering just thinking about it. This one is a MUST-SEE.
Since this movie is still relatively new, I don't think it is available on any streaming services yet. However, it is available to rent on Amazon.
Let me know how you feel about these movies!