My Favorite Films

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I love to escape reality. Sometimes when life gets hard, I hide away and watch films. I’ve always loved watching movies. I didn’t watch them just for entertainment, though. Oh no, to me, movies reflect reality and give an insight on my life. I’ve lived vicariously through movies; I’ve fallen in love, gone on great adventures, experienced heartbreak, and watched people grow up and come of age. And although I live vicariously though movies, I still have my own adventures, but sometimes I need to escape. Films give me a new perspective on my life and show me the type of person I want to be and what I want in my life. I love stories – it’s part of the reason I want to be a writer, and I love watching stories unfold in movies. I love analyzing films, admiring the cinematography and watching people interact.

My friends call me indie trash for a variety of reasons, but one of the reasons is because of my movie tastes. I love indie films because they reveal something about the world we live in. They are honest – they don’t have happy endings because life isn’t always blissful.  I thought I’d round up my favorite movies to inspire you. Maybe you just experienced heartbreak, are falling in love, have been on a daring adventure, or just want to feel something, and these movies do all of those things.

God Help the Girl
“I don’t mind people, I just can’t stand collective idiocy.” This charming musical was directed by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of Belle and Sebastian, who also composed the music. This film is quirky, the music is catchy, and follows three friends who form a band together. I’m obsessed with the soundtrack and the odd characters, as well as the cinematography of Glasgow.

Like, Crazy
“What have you been doing?” “Waiting for you.” I’m in love with cities, and this film takes place in my two favorites: Los Angeles and London. The plot focuses on the lives of two college students, Anna and Jacob, who fall in love while Anna studies abroad in Los Angeles. There’s young love, heartbreak, and a long-distance relationship, plus a bed and airport montage. I love the overall mood of the film and how real the love story is.

One Day
“Whatever happens, at least we had today.” After meeting on July 15, Dexter and Emma are shown on the same day every year as their lives change and their lives grow together and apart. The film deals with friendship-turned-love and the harsh realities of life. It’s my favorite romance movie because the feelings and characters are so relatable and heart wrenching.

Across the Universe
“If everybody is nobody, then somebody could be anybody.” Across the Universe is a psychedelic indie Beatles musical set in the Vietnam War Era. I love the music and the storyline because it’s creative in how it incorporates 34 Beatles songs that help move the plot forward.

10 Things I Hate About You
“I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.” This may be a big blockbuster cheesy teen movie, but it’s my favorite cheesy teen movie. 10 Things I Hate About You is based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and the plot revolves around a guy being paid to take out a bitchy girl so that another guy can date her sister. It has a cute musical number, Heath Ledger, and feminism.

Stuck in Love
“There are two types of people in this world; hopeless romantics and realists.” This film focuses on a family of writers and I don’t want to give much away but it’s one of my favorite films so just watch it please. It’s a coming of age film that deals with three love stories and what happens when life interferes. It’s an independent romantic comedy with Beatles references, Logan Lerman adorableness, and a sense of rawness and realness.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“We accept the love we think we deserve.” Words cannot describe the beauty of this film, or the book, which the film was based on. Stephen Chbosky wrote the novel in 1999 and directed the film in 2012. This coming of age movie deals with serious issues, such as mental illness, and has well-developed characters. It explains what high school is really like, and feels original. Personally, it’s my favorite book, and also one of my favorite films.

What's your favorite film?

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  • Pillow Thoughts
  • Milk & Honey
  • This Modern Love
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Looking for Alaska
  • One Day
  • Me Before You

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