My favorite movies are changing all the time (they have turned over completely in the last few years), but here are some of my current favorites.
Disclaimer: this post may contain spoilers.
Across the Universe (2007): I will often cite this as my all-time favorite movie. It is a musical movie with Beatles music that takes you on a journey of a young British man who falls in love with an American girl and their trials and tribulations as the Vietnam War breaks out. Available to stream on U.S. Netflix.
Oldboy (2003): This has come to be my favorite action movie. I hope you don’t mind reading because it’s a Korean film, but don’t let that deter you from its amazing plot: a man gets held captive for fifteen years and must figure out why as he plans his revenge on his captor. Available to stream on U.S. Netflix.
Dumb and Dumber (1994): A classic slapstick comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels where two (for lack of a better word) idiots venture across the country to return a mysterious briefcase to its rightful owner.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994): Young banker Andy Dufrense adjusts to life in prison with his inmates, violent guards and sketchy warden.
Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003): Because who could pick just one? Unassuming Frodo ventures to destroy the all-powerful One Ring while all of Middle Earth wages war to inherit it.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004): In the middle of a procedure to erase an ex-girlfriend (Kate Winslet) from his memory, Joel Barish fights to keep the memories of their relationship.
Memento (2000): “Have I told you about my condition?” Leonard (Guy Pearce) tries to find his wife’s murderer while suffering from short-term memory loss. “One story line moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards revealing more each time.” I’ve seen it about a dozen times and I’m still not sure if I understand it. Available to stream on U.S. Netflix.
The Princess Bride (1987): Another classic comedy that it the epitome of my dry humor. Princess Buttercup dreads her arranged marriage to Prince Humperdink while her true love, Wesley, fights to get her back.
Donnie Darko (2001): Misfit Donnie struggles with a mental illness that causes his life to spiral into a series of events that defy space and time. (Those who have seen it know it’s impossible to describe the plot, just watch it.)
Legally Blonde (2001): ‘It’ girl Elle finds her life turned upside down when she follows her ex-boyfriend to Harvard to win him back. Elle must navigate the nuances of law school, new friends (or lack thereof) and her romantic troubles. This is a fun, empowering comedy for a girl’s night in.
Honorable mentions: Forrest Gump, Changeling, The Truman Show (if you haven’t guessed, I love Jim Carrey), Whiplash, Vacation and The Grand Budapest Hotel