Here is the greatest list that no one ever asked for!! The list of films that I really love. Just to start, there are spoilers so be careful. Also, while I am a graduate in Film, I am not the most professional when it comes to writing about film. Enjoy!!!
CLUELESS (1995, Amy Heckerling)
Clueless is one of the best movies of all time. Don’t @ me. A modern twist on Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless follows the life of poor little rich girl Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone). Clueless is a film you could watch in any mood and it will make you feel better. If you are sad, then it makes you happy. If you are already happy, it makes you feel euphoric. It has the winning mixture of a superb and very quotable script, iconic costumes, and young Paul Rudd. Also, Cher is a good role model for kids growing up. While she does seem like a vapid person at first, we learn that she is a kind person who has good intentions and is ambitious enough to see her plans through. 90’s kid or not, Clueless is a film that everyone should see at least once.
GONE GIRL (2014, David Fincher)
Gone girl is a great first date film, in my honest opinion. You can tell a lot about a person by whose side they are on. If they are on Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) side, then they are people you can trust. If they are on Nick’s (Ben Affleck), then kick them to the curb. In all seriousness, Gone Girl is as insightful as it is creepy. On the surface, it is about the (epic) revenge of a scorned woman. However, the themes of marriage, gender relations, and power are what makes the film as engaging as it is.
FIGHT CLUB (1999, David Fincher)
Another Fincher film because I am a stereotypical film student at heart. Fight Club is one of those films I did not expect to become attached to, but it is such a clever critique on white masculinity which speaks to me as I love to talk about gender in film. The film can also be read in different ways, including the emphasis on fractured masculinity, or the infiltration of consumerism in everyday life, or even as a twisted romance.
MOONLIGHT (2016, Barry Jenkins)
This is a new addition to my top films, but it has thoroughly earned its place. I am not normally one for very artistic films, but Moonlight is honestly one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. The look, the story, the acting, every aspect of this film is beautiful. The life of Chiron is not an easy one. We see Chiron deal with having an mother who is an addict, bullying, his sexuality but the final segment of the film does leave us with hope for him. I don’t think my words can bring Moonlight to justice, so I urge everyone to watch it for themselves. Also, Moonlight winning the Oscar over La La Land was legit the best moment of my life.
MATILDA (1996, Danny DeVito)
Everyone wanted to get telepathic powers in order to eat Cheerio’s when they were little because of this film. She is a child wonder who is mistreated by her family and her head teacher. She finds solace in books and later, the kindness of Ms Honey who becomes the positive parental figure that she never had. It is a funny and heart warming film which has given many a person (including myself) a great role model to look up to . Side note though, as I got older I have realised that Lavender sounds like Whoopi Goldberg which has made for amazing re-watching with friends.
BELLE (2013, Amma Asante)
I studied History alongside Film at University so I am picky about my period dramas. Belle is probably one of the best ones I have watched. Amma Asante gives light to a historical enigma. Not too much is known about Dido, but in this film we are given an insight to the significance of her and her social standing. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an amazing and under-rated actress whose talent really shines in this film. Also, there is a scene in a carriage which I replay endlessly as I am a sucker for a impassioned romantic speech.