Dear 100 Hour Board,
Finals is killing my brain. Can you share with me a movie you feel like everyone should watch sometime in their life?
-dead poets society
Dear Farewell Mr. Bunting,
A Town Called Panic.
Expiration Date. It's a great quirky independent movie that not enough people know about.
While You Were Sleeping. Good quotable lines, and sweetest, pre-hype Sandra Bullock role.
Good luck and don't die during finals. Das not gud.
Belle - Inspired by a true story, a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic family in 1780s England struggles to find her place in society while her uncle, the Lord Chief Justice, must make an important ruling on a case involving slavery. The film came out in 2013, but it was a bit of a sleeper and it's well worth your time if you like costume dramas or films about social issues.
A Beautiful Mind. For maximum effect you have to watch it without knowing anything about it beforehand, because it is SO GOOD, and not knowing anything about the ending until you see it makes it THAT MUCH BETTER.
I very rarely encounter a movie that I'm willing to re-watch multiple times because I love it so much. The three that come to mind for me right now are as follows:
I consider the movie to be a better overall story than the somewhat odd and disappointing novel of the same name that was the source of the movie's overall plot. Phenomenal story telling and directing by Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight, Memento, Inception, etc.). I won't say too much to avoid spoilers in case you haven't seen it, but there is no detail out of place in this movie. The deeper you look, the more you find that the movie has been explaining itself to you the entire time.
I love this movie for reasons I don't understand. It's a great underdog story coupled with a futuristic plot coupled with a commentary on the ethics of genetic engineering of humans. I get a hankering for this movie every few years and I never get sick of it.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
A beautiful Chinese film about a (too) optimistic master fighter who only wants peace. Do yourself a favor and watch it with subtitles instead of dubbing (apply to all foreign films) to get the beauty and quality of the language itself along with the excellent story.
The Man with a Mustache
How has nobody said The Sandlot yet. The Sandlot is the only correct answer to this question.
Power Rangers is all you need in life right now.
Harold and Maude. Do yourself a favor and don't read the plot beforehand, or Google it, or do anything but rent it on Amazon to watch.
If you've already seen that, I'd recommend Samsara, but mostly so you can end up in an hour-long fight with your friends who you watch it with over whether a movie with NO WORDS was too heavy-handed and judgmental. Not that I've done that or anything.
-Yog in Neverland
I watched Phoenix for a German class, and it is fantastic. It's not your typical Holocaust film, but it does a very good job of exploring the issue with how we often have unrealistic or unhealthy expectations for survivors of trauma. It also does a good job of confronting the issue of how the friends and even relatives of Jewish people in Europe could have betrayed them. It's also subtle, beautifully paced, and full of good music.
Life is Beautiful and Labyrinth. For vastly different reasons.
-Van Goff who is DONE WITH FINALS AHAHAHA FIGHT ME HUMAN DEVELOPMENT YOU'RE DONE! DONE!
Dear Dead Poets Society,
My Neighbor Totoro.
Dear Perdita X,
I love the movie Little Big Soldier. Netflix used to have it at one point, but I'm not sure if it's still available. Watch it in Chinese; its better that way. there are probably others, but I'm too tired to think.