1. ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (2015)
1H45MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Based on one of my favourite books with the screenplay written by the author, I love this film and have watched it multiple times. While the ending is a little different to the book, I think you’ll enjoy this if you like indie films and have a similar sense of humour to me. It’s both hilarious and a tearjerker so be prepared!
2. THE HANDMAIDEN (2016)
2H25MIN | DRAMA, ROMANCE, THRILLER
A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.
This film has been on my ‘to watch’ list for about 4 years so I was so glad that I finally got around to watching it. Sometimes I can be put off by films longer than two hours but I felt captivated throughout; the acting, plotline and cinematography is superb. Oh, and the sex scenes are really well done too.
3. MOANA (2016)
1H47MIN | ANIMATION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.
I’m not sure why but when I first watched this back in 2017, I didn’t massively enjoy Moana. However, James had never seen it before and wanted to give it a go so I decided to give it a second chance and really enjoyed it. Always up for Disney promoting badass women who aren’t just princesses waiting to be saved and I think that we can all agree that How Far I’ll Go is a banger.
4. PLUS ONE (2019)
1H38MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE
In order to survive a summer of wedding fever, long-time single friends, Ben and Alice, agree to be each other’s plus one at every wedding they’ve been invited to.
As romcoms go, this film is completely predictable but I really liked it nonetheless. There was great chemistry between the protagonists, I enjoyed the sharp dialogue and Alice’s outfits! And of course, you know I’m always here for Asian representation without her ethnicity being her defining feature.
5.BIG HERO 6 (2014)
1H42MIN | ANIMATION, ACTION, ADVENTURE
A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who together team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
I watched this a few years ago with my brother but James hadn’t seen it so I gave it a rewatch this year. It’s stood the test of time and I really enjoyed it; it’s funny, heartwarming and fast paced with some great characters. The film is set in San Fransokyo which, I’m sure you’ve already guessed, is a mix between San Fransisco and Tokyo so the architecture in the film is really interesting too.
6. PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2020)
1H53MIN | CRIME, DRAMA, THRILLER
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.
I’d seen this film mentioned on my Instagram quite a lot and it looked right up my street. I absolutely adored it and it’s my favourite so far this year – Carey Mulligan is incredible and I loved watching her chemistry with Bo Burnham’s character. The film does a brilliant job of discussing rape culture and the sad reality of why so many men manage to get away with it.
7. LATE NIGHT (2019)
1H42MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA
An acclaimed late-night show host is forced to hire a female writer because of her decline in popularity. Soon, things go haywire when her personal emails are leaked.
A nice easy watch but I expected it to be even better with Mindy Kaling and Emma Thompson at the helm.
8. THE ONE I LOVE (2014)
1H31MIN | THRILLER, ROMANCE
A couple whose marriage is crumbling have a surreal experience during a weekend getaway at a house recommended by their therapist.
My friend, Sally, recommended this to me and I really enjoyed it. I don’t often watch thrillers but loved the look of the trailer, the idea of alternate realities and I think Elisabeth Moss is a brilliant actress. An interesting film!
9. TO ALL THE BOYS: ALWAYS AND FOREVER (2021)
1H49MIN | COMEDY, DRAMA, ROMANCE
Senior year of high school takes centre stage as Lara Jean returns from a family trip to Korea and considers her college plans – with and without Peter.
The perfect light and easy watch. I’d say that it’s aimed towards a younger demographic but sometimes you just need to get away from adulting with a cute film and you all know I’m always here for the Asian representation!
10. JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (2017)
1H59MIN | ACTION, ADVENTURE, COMEDY
Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.
I’d never actually considered watching this as I don’t remember being a huge fan of the original Jumanji film but my friend, Em, recommended it and said that it was way better than she expected it to be and that Jack Black was really funny acting as a teenage girl, so I was sold. Having watched it, I completely agree!
Hope you’re all doing well and wishing everyone a lovely, relaxing weekend with a film or two 😉