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Spotlight: Fashion Week

For the past 100 years, we have taken our fashion cues from the chic and stylish characters in film (and the costume designers who dress them). In honor of Fashion Week, enjoy these films known for their iconic costumes, and dream of changing out of your quarantine sweats.

French movie from 1961: Last Year at Marienbad

Last Year at Marienbad

Alain Resnais
1961 France, Italy

Spotlight: Love Hurts

Not all love stories have happy endings. Many are plagued with endless pining, longing, heartache, and heartbreak. Be it forbidden love, unrequited love, unconfessed love, or missed connections, this collection has it all (sad stories make great movies). All hail the lonely hearts!

Spotlight: Lunar New Year Films

February 12th marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox, a symbol of hard work and positivity. It’s also the time to dive into Lunar New Year films, an integral part of Chinese culture, and look forward to a prosperous year.

Chinese movie from 2018: Operation Red Sea

Operation Red Sea

Dante Lam
2018 China, Morocco, Hong Kong
Chinese movie from 2008: CJ7


Stephen Chow
2008 Hong Kong, China

Spotlight: Girls and Women in Sports

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day being celebrated in the United States this week, we are spotlighting films about the experiences of women athletes and spectators in the historically male-dominated world of sports. From documentaries to biopics and coming of age dramas, these films call attention to the history and representation of these athletes and the work still left to do to support equity in sports.

French movie from 2007: Water Lilies

Water Lilies

Céline Sciamma
2007 France
English movie from 2002: Bend It Like Beckham

Bend It Like Beckham

Gurinder Chadha
2002 United Kingdom, Germany, USA
English movie from 2017: Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

Valerie Faris
2017 United Kingdom, USA

Spotlight: British Crime Dramas (2010s Edition)

When it comes to crime dramas, few countries are as known for their shows about police officers, detectives, and criminal investigations as the British. The past decade in particular was a spectacular period for British crime dramas, so we present here a selection of our favorites from the 2010s.

English series from 2012-2019: Line of Duty

Line of Duty

Jed Mercurio
2012 United Kingdom

Spotlight: Welcome, Madam Vice President!

On January 20th, the United States will admit to office the first female Vice President in the country's history. To commemorate this historic moment, we present these stories -- both fiction and non-fiction -- of other women who have made their mark on the political landscape.

French movie from 2012: Farewell, My Queen

Farewell, My Queen

Benoît Jacquot
2012 France, Spain

Spotlight: Happy 80th, Hayao Miyazaki!

Happy 80th birthday to Hayao Miyazaki! A co-founder of the famed animation studio, Studio Ghibli, he is the screenwriter, animator, director, and producer behind several of the most acclaimed and beloved animation films ever made.

Japanese movie from 1979: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

Hayao Miyazaki
1979 Japan

Spotlight: 2021, Here We Come!

After the tumultuous events of 2020, we’re all looking forward to new beginnings in 2021. From fresh starts to second chances, these films will inspire you with stories of redemption, rebirth, renewal, and a sense of hope toward the prospect of starting anew.

English movie from 2008: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire

Danny Boyle
2008 United Kingdom, USA, France

Spotlight: Surviving the Apocalypse

The coronavirus pandemic made 2020 a year like no other, but the end is finally in sight. With this apocalyptic period coming to a close, we now enter the “post-apocalypse” — a chance to reunite, rebuild, and relish the fact that things didn’t get quite as bad as they did in these movies.