And I find it kind of funny I find it kind of sad The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take When people run in circles it’s a very, very Mad world…
“In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.”
Seriously, nothing screams girl power like this movie. Frankly I’d like to call it one of the best feminist movies out there. I love everything about it. The scenography, the soundtrack, the cast, the message - simply flawless. One of few movies that I can watch over and over again and never get tired of.
The To Do List (2013) dir. Maggie Carey
“Feeling pressured to become more sexually experienced before she goes to college, Brandy Klark makes a list of things to accomplish before hitting campus in the fall.”
Oh, Aubrey Plaza. Another amazing performance. It’s like the role she’s playing (Brandy Klark) was made just for her. I think this is a super funny and charming teenage movie. Yes, it is a movie about virginity, but what I like about it so much is that Brandy Klark chooses to loose her virginity to this guy that neither know her nor love her - and that challenges the idea that a girl has to ‘save it’ for the right one.
Submarine (2010) dir. Richard Ayoade
“15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.”
Okay, I know what you think. Another virginity movie. Bur damn the scenography in this is spectacular. Some might think the director tried too hard to make it stand out (let’s be honest, no real people are like Oliver and Jordana), but I’m in love with it. Teenage anxiety, growing up, falling in love, dealing with your awkward parents and yeah, losing your virginity - that’s how I’d like to summarize it. It’s a quirky indie movie, you either hate it or love it.
Her (2013) dir. Spike Jonze
“A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.”
Wow. This is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. That’s all I can say. Watch it if you haven’t already.
Blue Is The Warmest Color/La vie d'Adèle (2013) dir. Abdellatif Kechiche
“Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.”
Probably the best romantic movie that’s not about a hetero couple. Some think it’s a movie for lesbians, but gee, no. Anyone can watch this. This one is far better than all the stereotypical-heteronormative-love-tringle movies out there (in my opinion). Adele’s and Emma’s romance is based on lust to the most extent, but that doesn’t make it any less heart-breaking. I cried my heart out to this one.
Donnie Darko (2001) dir. Richard Kelly
“A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.”
Honestly, I didn’t understand at all what was going on in this movie until I read an explanation. But after I did that, I realized what I just had seen. The plot is kinda complex and hard to understand, but it really is a masterpiece of a movie.
Might make another list like this some other time, I hope you enjoyed it!