Ten Movies You Should Watch

by Kyra Siano

    1. The Royal Tenenbaums: This 2001 film by director Wes Anderson tells the story of three siblings who are later reunited with their whole family. Anderson chose a slow-pace and simple plot for this movie, which enables him to put more emphasis on his cinematography. Vibrant colors, quiet still shots, and intricate costumes give us just a small glimpse of the work Anderson inserts to make it his own. Incorporating star power such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson in roles big and small in his movies is another element that Anderson is known for.
    2. The Way Way Back: This movie is a must-watch, especially those Massachusetts residents, because it was filmed and takes place close to home. Directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash put to life the story of a teenage boy who is spending the summer on Cape Cod and struggles to find friends and activities to keep him occupied. Many great themes are displayed in this film, such as the power of a true friendship and struggles accepting a new family. Although Steve Carell takes on an abnormal role as a father figure who is rude, hurtful, and borderline abusive to the protagonist, the plot is lightened up with Sam Rockwell’s lighthearted and sarcastic character, guaranteeing some laughs along the way.
    3. Inception: This film by Christopher Nolan is quite possibly the most mind-boggling movie in this generation, and maybe in the history of movies. Nolan’s immense use of special effects, props, and equipment helps portray this seemingly impossible concept.  Other movies by Nolan include Memento and Interstellar, deal with similar theories and concepts, but I personally think that Inception makes you believe things you never expected you would. This man has a more complex mind than most people do, and to be able to make these thoughts into a live-action film is mind-boggling as it is.  
    4. Unbroken: This 2014 film is no happy-time-family-movie-night kind of film. It is a serious rendition of a combat fighter who is taken in as a Prisoner of War in Japan. He also happens to have been an Olympic qualifying runner, and struggles with these two major life events. There is an abundance of heavy themes and scenes throughout, but the end credits inform us of the rest of Louis Zamperini’s real life story, since this movie is based on true events. The film was produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and displays her heavy-themed American history movie style well.  
    5. Good Will Hunting: This is another movie that hits home (literally) for those of us from Massachusetts. Born and raised Massachusetts residents Matt Damon and Ben Affleck co-starred in this film and won their first Academy Award together for writing this screenplay. Yes, most of us know the story of the local janitor who solves complex math problems and proves he is smarter than his stereotype. Of course this is a moving, emotional story that should be passed on for many generations, but I personally think its Boston references and local celebrities are something else to be passed on. What’s better than a heart-warming story filmed and written in our very own capital city?
    6. We Bought A Zoo: Cameron Crowe has done it again! This film is an all time favorite of mine, and never fails to impress me. It tells the story of a man (Matt Damon) and his two kids who are enduring the loss of their wife/mother and seeking a new start. They find themselves involved in buying a zoo, and befriending the zoo’s staff and family members. This movie is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes long, which is a bit lengthy, but with it’s fast paced and surprising plot twists it goes by faster than you’d think. Though this movie has some heavy themes displayed, there are scenes light and dark alike. The end of this movie offers a feel-good vibe, and will leave you wanting to re-watch it.  
    7. The Grand Budapest Hotel: This is another film by Wes Anderson, as well as his most recent project. It has a little more of a complicated story than The Royal Tenenbaums, but it is still visually beautiful. Anderson uses more of a color scheme in this film, which I find intriguing and original to his style. His uses of pinks, oranges, and purples gives us the feeling of a seemingly imaginary setting. It’s impressive cast of Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, and many others all help portray this slightly obscure yet mesmerizing movie. This film was nominated for nine Academy Awards and received four. If that doesn’t make you at least a little bit interested in giving it a watch, I don’t know what will.
    8. Wet Hot American Summer: This movie was filmed in 2001, but you’d never be able to tell. The actors and director carefully portrayed a 1980s summer camp plot that will leave you believing it was filmed in 1985.  Personally, I think summer camp movies are always some of the best because we all can relate to a summer camp memory or a specific place that it reminds us of. The storyline is a little more vulgar than what some of us may remember from camp, but it is a goofy comedy movie, so what more would you expect? Many actors such as Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper actually started their acting careers in this movie. If you loved this movie just as much as the next guy, you can watch the eight part prequel on Netflix, which was released early last summer. 
    9. Best in Show: Are you a fan of shows like The Office and Modern Family? Well, this “mockumentary” was what began that specific style of filming. Directed by Christopher Guest, actors were hired to play real people and portray a real life documentary, cutting to shots of just the actors offering their opinions, while fully aware of the camera. Obscure characters were created for this film and they embark on embarrassing and comedic journeys while competing in a national dog show. Guest has written and directed a few others, including This Is Spinal Tap and Mascots, which both offer similar concepts but are unique from each other.
    10. American Hustle: This 2013 film by David O’Russell has a stellar cast of Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner. This crime film takes place in the 1970s and includes costumes, cars, hair, music, and other aspects to help us believe it really takes place back then. The film and it’s actors were nominated for ten Academy Awards, yet somehow received a total of zero. The cast helps make it comedic while keeping the suspense of the plot conflict. I was more drawn to the actors in this movie, but ended up enjoying it overall.bradley-cooperPhoto: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2585488/Bradley-Coopers-career-proves-American-Hustle-star-Louis-C-K-s-joke-hed-never-famous-wrong.html 


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