huge film rec list
  • films about teenagers and coming of age: ghost world, a bronx tale, the breakfast club, girl interrupted, perks of being a wallflower, blue is the warmest color, rushmore, the last picture show, the virgin suicides, submarine, stand by me.
  • films about running away from home to find yourself: frances ha, spirited away, moonrise kingdom, 127 hours.
  • films about transgression, nihilism, and altering reality: fight club, american psycho, donnie darko, naked, the matrix, the piano teacher, martyrs.
  • films about finding your passion: kiki’s delivery service, american beauty, reality bites, school of rock, harold and maude.
  • films about drugs and existentialism: requiem for a dream, enter the void, trainspotting, spun, fear and loathing in las vegas, the trip, christiane f. 
  • films about deconstructing the manic pixie dream girl trope: scott pilgrim vs. the world, amelie, fucking amal, paper towns, shame, annie hall.,  500 days of summer.
  • films about punk rock: sid and nancy, we are the best!, jubilee, rock n roll high school, suburbia, the runaways, rocky horror picture show, ladies and gentlemen the fabulous stains. 
  • films about lesbians: fucking amal, bound, saving face, blue is the warmest color, heavenly creatures, the kids are all right, high art
  • films about unconventional love: eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, adventureland, silver linings playbook, amelie, lars and the real girl, when harry met sally, lost in translation.
  • films about art & artists: the antics roadshow, ai weiwei: never sorry, fame high, just like being there, woodmans, who the fuck Is jackson pollock, jean-michel basquiat: the radiant child, my kid could paint that, mona lisa smile
  • films about girl best friends: thelma & louise, spring breakers, thirteen, pitch perfect, dreamgirls, mystic pizza, the last days of disco, frances ha

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Added 52 Women to Their Director’s Branch Today

Why does this matter? AMPAS is the awards body responsible for the Oscars. Voters nominate by branch i.e. actors vote on the acting nominations and directors vote on the directing nominations etc. After the nominations are set ALL AMPAS members are able to vote on the winners. 

The directing branch, made up of around 600 industry professionals has notoriously been mostly white and male and that’s shown in their nomination choices: only 4 women, all white, (Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola and Kathryn Bigelow) have been nominated for Best Director and only one (Bigelow) has won. 

This represents a seismic shift in the director’s branch that will hopefully bring about a shift in the nomination process. 

Will women always vote for women’s work? Probably not. But unlike their male peers a lot of these women are more aware of their female contemporaries and have spent time supporting them and watching their films. And that can only be a good thing.

Click to read the names of the 52 women who are now part of AMPAS:

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