Skip to main content

Some Life Changing Movie Recommendations

Some movies you watch because you're a miserable sucker who likes to torture themselves and then you hope to never have to watch them again - ever - as long as you live. That's most of the movies I review.

Some movies you watch because they are "classics" and bring something amazing to the table: great acting or writing or cinematography or some combination thereof and you feel like a better, more well-rounded connoisseur of the arts for having seen them.

Some movies you watch over and over again because they speak so loudly to you that they have literally changed your life in some way.

Since I rarely take the time to write about movies I truly love, today I'll share with you some movies that I consider life changing and should be on your "must watch" list, even if you've seen them before. Enjoy.

Fight Club

The story: An every day guy's life is turned upside down by a crazy man and a seductress.
The lesson: What other people think about you is irrelevant. Stop trying so hard to be what society tells you to be. The status quo is stupid. Challenge expectations. Challenge yourself.
Your movie mantra: "Just let go."

Whenever I find myself obsessing over trivial details, things that you might see hashtagged as #firstworldproblems, I hear Ed Norton and Brad Pitt discussing duvet covers over beers. Then I think to myself, "What kind of dining set defines me as a person?"

This is my personal reality check - my self-imposed blast of perspective - that we all need sometimes. Try it. It works.

Auntie Mame

The story: A conservative young man is raised by his eclectic aunt. Her wild ways teach him what's truly important in life.
The lesson: Do what you love. Family is of the utmost importance. Always be yourself. Enjoy life to it's fullest. Never be afraid to try new things. Never stop learning.
Your movie mantra: "Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving."

Any time I have a second of self-doubt or a moment of melancholy in which I think, "what the hell am I doing with my life?" I think of the glamorous, beautiful, snarky Rosalind Russell and her joyous insistence, "You've gotta live!"

Who cares what I'm doing? Am I enjoying myself? Am I learning new things? Then that's a win and I need to not worry about anything else.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The story: A young girl and a band of misfits come together to end a war. Many glorious adventures ensue.
The lesson: Some stories are so fantastic, they can become reality. Everyone can do something great if they believe in themselves and try their best. Something doesn't have to be true to be right.
Your movie mantra: "Your reality, sir, is lies and balderdash and I'm delighted to say that I have no grasp of it whatsoever."

I watch this movie any time I'm feeling artistically blocked; it helps remind me of the power of imagination. It also reminds me that doing nothing will get me nothing and that I need to try, if I want to get somewhere.

Harold And Maude

The story: A misanthropic young man defies his mother's wishes and falls in love with an artistic older woman. She teaches him to love life and himself.
The lesson: Be yourself and love who you love. Have fun, no matter what you're doing. Treat others with respect but, don't compromise yourself.
Your movie mantra: "Everyone has the right to make an ass out of themselves."

Any time I feel like I'm getting depressed, I think about all of Bud Cort's faux suicides and their hilarious effect on his mother and I just laugh. Harold and Maude also reminds me to appreciate my friends for their eccentricities and the subtle ways they shape my life for the better.


Popular posts from this blog

Rebuttal: 17 Disturbing Horror Movies You Will Never Watch Again

When I'm not watching movies, I'm reading about movies. I stumble across all kinds of articles, blog posts, book excerpts, etc. in my quest to absorb as much movie knowledge as possible. Now, I'm snotty and loud-mouthed and opinionated but I'd never begrudge another human their opinion. Seriously. You're absolutely welcome to have any opinion about any thing you want. However, I must warn you, if I think your opinion is stupid, I'm absolutely going to say so. I've recently stumbled on an article completely  brimming with so many idiotic opinions that I'm actually compelled to craft a response. Here's the gist of the original article: there are some horror movies out there that are so disturbing , you'll only ever want to watch them once. I've have taken her original list and refuted her claims without pulling her entire article over. You can read the original article here . Let's start at the beginning, with her opening statement

Escape From Tomorrow

I love creative people who are willing to take risks with their art. I appreciate the refusal to do things by the rules. I'm also terribly impatient with mediocrity. Enter  Escape From Tomorrow . Created by a team of rogue filmmakers, the movie was shot in the video mode of high-end still cameras. Actors shared scripts and shooting locations across their smartphones. Shot on location at Disney World, the parks were completely unaware this was all going on right under their mouse ears. I wanted to love Escape From Tomorrow. More than that, I wanted to be completely taken with its ingenuity and creativity and - oh yes - its originality. And there is really a simple brilliance to their covert plan; all families are roaming around the parks, taking videos and chatting on their phones. Just blend the fuck in, act like you belong, and you won't get caught. Too bad the movie can be summed up as: ambitious but Rubbish. As you can imagine (or possibly know), there was a ton of con

The Witch (2015)

You know the drill - there's ALWAYS spoilers. Don't want the movie ruined for you, come back after you've seen it. Also - I'm still without an editor - typos and bad grammar await you! I keep hoping that the cultural obsession with zombies will end; literally every other damn movie that comes 'round seems to feature some sort of shambling, undead being bent on devouring the weak flesh of regular humans. Once upon a time, zombies have have been used as a metaphor for the blind consumerism created by our capitalist society, or the perceived depletion of resources by immigrants, or even the ravages of time and disease on our frail bodies. Now it seems that the deeper social commentary has been lost as audiences mindlessly consume "zombie fiction" in an attempt to keep up with trends. ( How very meta - a film buddy of mine commented on this assessment! ) All of this is just a sideways rant, leading up to my actual point: it seems that zombie may actually