The running joke of our time is that we all spend more time looking for a movie than actually watching it. I know I’ve killed many an hour browsing on movie night, only to end up not even finding anything worth watching.
Before I cancelled my account, I found out that there are actually some gems on there. Here, we at C&C have put together this nifty guide that will hopefully help other lost souls find solace on their next movie night.
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TOP WINNERS: Slice of Life movies that moved me to the core. These are films that stuck with me long after I watched them. There’s hype around each of these. Believe the hype (this time); it’s well deserved.
- Jiro Dreams of Sushi: Quest Love proclaimed to watch this film 10 times. Then, was so inspired by 80+ year old sushi chef shokunin he went to Tokyo with Anthony Bourdain and ate at Jiro’s famous $300 a plate restaurant. *BOOM.* What else do you need? (If you do: It’s a stunningly interesting documentary on Japanese work ethic and the heart of a craftsman).
- Blue Is The Warmest Color: This is a raw, emotional story about first love, in all its authentic and obsessive realness. This film’s been hugely controversial because of some graphic lesbian sex scenes and the notorious director’s working style. Despite the negative reviews, I found the film to be incredible. The acting is so natural that I felt so much for the main character, Adele, as she deals with falling into and losing her first love. This is a powerful story that I think is very well done. Cheers to capturing the realness.
- Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus: A). Michael Cera KILLS IT. He perfectly plays the annoying “ugly American” who cares too much about partying mindlessly to appreciate the stunning beauty of Chile. B). The director, Sebastian Silva, is what young, raw talent is all about. After I watched this, I couldn’t help but fall into a deep Google search about him and read several of his interviews. He and Cera have a lot of great creative chemistry, that comes across in the organic quality of their films. I’m really inspired by both their styles. Silva as a director has a beautiful way of seeing the world. He’s an insightful thinker, as all of his movies are essentially intricate character studies. Crystal Fairy, for example, studies the first time a young man feels compassion. He captures the awkwardness along with sentimental bliss. It’s never overly done or too campy. It’s just right.
- Comedy: The Improv
- Design: Helvetica
- Food: Forks Over Knives
- Life: Cutie and the Boxer
- Comedy: 2012 Nantucket Film Festival Comedy Roundtable hosted by Bill Hader
- Life: Happy
- The Egyptian Revolution: The Square
- Biology/uncovering the mystery of human attraction: The Science of Sex Appeal
MOOD: Inspiring + Travel + Extreme sports and/or food (it’s a thing.)
- David Chang: The Mind of a Chef
- First Love
- Blue Crush 2 (trust me.)
- Art of Flight: The Series
MOOD: Comedy Series to Get Addicted To
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- 30 Rock
- Parks & Recreation
- Louis C.K.
- Arrested Development
- Old seasons of SNL #throwbackcity
MOOD: Thought Provoking + Intense
- Orange Is The New Black
- Breaking Bad
- West Wing
- Pulp Fiction
MOOD: Romance me, baby
- Like Crazy
- Blue Valentine
- Drinking Buddies
- Tonight You’re Mine
- The Saphires
MOOD: Female Empowerment
- Thelma & Louise
- Y Tu Mama También
- Frances Ha