What is an essential movie? To me it is a movie that you give as a reason why you love movies. It’s a movie you wish to share with everyone you know and spend hours talking about it. It’s a movie that on some level changed your life. These are my essential movies.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Writers: Linda Woolverton (animation screenplay by), Brenda Chapman (story by)
Stars: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Jesse Corti
It’s hard to say if this is my favorite Disney animated film, but at times, usually after I have just watched it again, it often is.
It is not the best animation I’ve seen from the studio, it lacks a level of detail that their best work has, but it is some of the best character design and background work they’ve ever done. The capturing of the movement of the characters, especially Belle’s dresses and the Beast’s movements are some of the best in all of animation. It also has a wonderful story that combines the best Disney traditions of humor, adventure, romance, and a fair bit of the darkness that all good fairy tales bring. Plus the awesome awfulness that is Gaston, the paragon of the patriarchy and toxic masculinity. Rarely has there been a better villain.
It is a classic, and the music is some of the best they put out at a time when they could do absolutely nothing wrong in that department. You find something new every time, sometimes something wonderful like the painterly textures on some of the backgrounds that are reminiscent of impressionist brush strokes…and sometimes something that shocks you that you never noticed it, like the fact that the curse had lasted 10 years, and ended on the Beast’s 21st birthday.
He was 11 years old when he was cursed. Someone needs to do something about these out of control enchantresses! And his parents, did they just abandon him out of shame? It lends a whole different level of tragedy to the story, and explains much more about the Beast’s behavior…cursed as a child, abandoned, and raised by his staff who were also cursed for no good reason.
I love this movie, and I will never get tired of returning to it.
Gaston: It’s not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas and thinking.
Gaston: [rudely flipping through Belle’s book] How can you read this? There’s no pictures!
Belle: Well, some people use their imagination.
Cogsworth: Well, Your Highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you, ha ha!
Beast: [sadly] I let her go.
Cogsworth: Huh, huh, huh! Yes, yes, spled…
Cogsworth: You what? How could you do that?
Beast: I had to.
Cogsworth: Yes, but, but, but but why?
Beast: Because I love her.
Belle: [singing] I want adventure in the great wide somewhere. / I want it more than I can tell. / And for once it might be grand / To have someone understand / I want so much more than they’ve got planned.
Batman: The Dark Knight: Okay this movie changed my life forever. I memorized every line told by the Joker in Spanish and English lmao. This line helped me cope with some heavy stuff happening in my life: “You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with. Nothing to do with all your strength” (I know he says that because he’s a freaking sociopath but still haha). Also: “It’s not about the money, it’s about sending a message. Everything burns.” AMAZING. Also he’s an evil clown.
Heathers: You guys have no idea how much I love this movie. It hits home, like… a lOT, but it’s done in a way that I don’t feel offended hahah. Whenever I’m feeling sad I watch it because it’s so funny, and I’m always quoting it. Also 80’s in all its glory! And it has a musical which is also amazing, when I don’t have the time to watch it I can listen to the soundtrack.
Beauty and the Beast: The original one, the first movie I memorized completely (yeah I obsess pretty hard sometimes). All that is pure, it reminds me of my childhood optimism.
We need to talk about Kevin: This movie is amazing. I love Ezra Miller because of this movie. Kevin is so interesting, and the way they show it through his mother’s experience is just fantastic to me.
Donnie Darko: This movie is so strange and I love it so much. I can’t describe it but it’s such a ride! I always feel like I’m floating (hehe) in space after I watch it. And Jake does a wonderful job here!
IT: AAAAA MY FRIENDS , I LOVE IT WITH MY WHOLE HEART. When I was a kid I had a collection of clown figures because I loved creepy clowns so much, then I met Pennywise and it was so freaking cool. Then my life kind of went downhill so I left it aside, until the new movie came and now it makes me so happy again??? And not only pennywise, all my children too. I am so thankful this movie came out because I’m finally enjoying something like I used to when I was a kid. Am I being stupid and childish? Maybe… but oh well. I love IT and I love to love it.
me: yeah idk i dont really care for romance-centric movies, they tend to be boring and unrelatable
The Shape of Water (2017) by Guillermo del Toro: has sexey fishman, who looks like a cross between abe sapien and thane from mass effect. also protagonist is mute lady who teaches fishman asl and they fall in love and escape from a tropey research facility? doug jones plays fishman ?
Bill- Go. I’m the one who got you all into this. I’m s-s-sorry.. go!
Bev- Guys, we can’t.
Richie- I told you Bill. I fucking told you. I don’t wanna die. It’s your fault. You punched me in the face, you made me walk through shitty water, you brought me to a fucking crackhead house, and now… I’m gonna have to kill this fucking clown. WELCOME TO THE LOSERS CLUB ASSHOLE!
I always wondered what love would be like. I imagined it being like the movies. Kissing in the rain, both loving eachother just as much and a happy ever after. But in reality it’s kissing between the commercials and the popcorn eating. It’s arguing but knowing we will always figure it out. But it’s also realizing that the love we have now might not be there tomorrow
endless list of favorite movies:Brokeback Mountain (2005) dir. Ang Lee
We coulda had a good life together. Fuckin’ real good life. Had us a place of our own. But you didn’t want it, Ennis. So what we got now is Brokeback Mountain. Everything’s built on that. That’s all we got, boy, fuckin’ all. So I hope you know that, even if you don’t never know the rest…I wish I knew how to quit you.
Sorry I took your suit. I mean, you had it coming. Actually, it turns out it was the perfect sort of tough-love moment that you needed, right? To urge you on, right? Wouldn’t you think? Don’t you think? Let’s just say it was.