So beautiful and absorbing; makes you feel like you're lost in another world even though everything is familiar. Really thoughtful portrayal of America through the eyes of a British director!
Somehow simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking, and terrifying. I didn't expect the ending scene to hit me as hard as it did.
So intensely and beautifully choreographed! You absolutely feel the release in the last scene.
One of the best uses of a Rihanna song in a film!
Daughters of the Dust
1991 United Kingdom, USA
Such a beautiful reclamation of culture and re-imagining of how we tell our histories! Period pieces should take more inspiration from this.
My Summer of Love
2005 United Kingdom
A haunting exploration of female sexuality and relationships with incredible early 2000s fashion.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer
2017 United Kingdom, Ireland, USA
Terrifying and grotesquely absurd, but so masterfully done that I never once questioned it
Every time you think you know what will happen next, Park Chan-Wook proves you wrong and it's incredible. Also a rare example of a psychological lesbian thriller with a happy ending!
2019 Canada, USA
An essential quarantine watch, much funnier than I thought it would be and gripping from start to finish.
2018 Mexico, USA
This is so meticulously crafted, every shot feels carefully thought out. A beautiful intertwining of art and memory!
2018 Kenya, South Africa, Germany
Such a dreamy and tender love story, so much is conveyed in the eye contact!
Such an engrossing and accurate portrayal of adolescent female queerness, feels like the viewer is being let into a secret world.
Blue My Mind
Adding surreal and visceral elements to a classic coming of age story makes the emotions even more palpable.
2009 Netherlands, United Kingdom
Really interesting to watch this film before American Honey. Arnold provides an unflinching look at class divides, without trying to ascribe a moral narrative; each shot is treated with the same thoughtful and meticulous care.
2017 Norway, France, Denmark
Using the paranormal as an avenue to express the pain of repression is so masterfully done here. And the triumphant ending makes it essential queer coming-of-age viewing!
2019 Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
Walking out of the theater, my friend almost threw up because the film, and the complexities of the relationships were so depraved. But somehow we all understood it completely.
My Neighbor Totoro
Perfect thing to come back to during quarantine. Such a cozy and beautiful watch!
Y Tu Mamá También
Watching this feels like slipping underwater; it's lulling, memorizing, and funny, and then you reach the end and realize it's broken your heart just a bit.
1993 New Zealand, Australia, France
Everything about this movie, the costumes, the settings, and the actors work together so seamlessly to create this emotional drama.
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Truly a story told through facial expressions. A really exciting moment in film history showing the realized power of the human expressions and how they carry a narrative.
2011 Denmark, Sweden, France
A devastatingly slow build up towards apocalypse. The viewer is forced to imagine their own reaction to these circumstances without distraction.
2016 United Kingdom, Canada, USA
Watching this feels like you are being pulled straight into a ghost story, but the unrelenting dread is all worth it when you reach the exhilaration of the ending.
2016 France, Belgium, Italy
One of the few horror movies I've ever had to close my eyes for! But everything about this is a triumph and a feral, building nightmare.
2009 United Kingdom, Australia, France
Bright Star adds a level of tenderness and detail often absent from period pieces. Even if the romance does not initially draw you in, the visual storytelling will. I probably think about the scene with Fanny lying in her bedroom surrounded by live butterflies once a week.
2016 Ireland, United Kingdom, USA
So exuberant and joyful, you really feel Conor falling into his creative process. The music from this movie was the soundtrack to my junior year of high school.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
2013 France, Belgium, Spain
For better or for worse, this film has an established place in the queer film canon. For many, it was the first exposure to a lesbian relationship portrayed on screen. But, moving forward, it is important that we as viewers grasp the distinction between representation and fetishization. The treatment the lead actresses endured on set, especially during sex scenes is entirely unacceptable and we must express that in what kind of art we choose to consume. Anyone curious about this should read about the staging of sex scenes in Park Chan-Wook's, The Handmaiden, and the care and respect the actresses were given.
2006 Mexico, Spain
I love the way fantasy is approached from a more artistic lens in this film, especially when the fairytale conflict combines with the political turmoil. Truly feels like entering a Surrealist dreamscape or a myth someone would put on a stained glassed window.
2015 Turkey, France, Germany
One of the most realistic and magical depictions of sisterhood I've seen in film. The tension between the adolescent awakening of the sisters and their family's forceful containment of it is impossible to look away from.
Let the Right One In
A tender love story, blanketed in horror. For lovers of horror, definitely a sort of comfort film in the quiet way it unfolds.
Howl's Moving Castle
I've seen this more times than I can count but am consistently transfixed all the way through! The world building is absolutely incredible.
An incredibly important portrayal of the emotional abuse often present in female friendships. A disturbing but essential queer coming-of-age film.