This Sucks- Movie Recommendations
Written by Abby Wray on May 3, 2020
So. This sucks.
I don’t know about all of you but lately, when I’m not stressed or worried about the future I am very bored. Like soul-crushingly bored. This quarantine has left me with a lot of time for introspection and I have been able to go back through my Spotify, Youtube, and all video streaming platforms to find the best of the best that has been helping me survive- and I hope these recommendations could help you too. I’m going to break these up into smaller articles because it would get overwhelming as one. This is for people who need movie recommendations.
DISCLAIMER- I never said I had good taste.
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) – PG-13
A heartfelt, drama starring both Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp. You will probably cry your first watch through. Some interesting romance.
My Life as a Zucchini (2016) – PG-13
Originally in French, this stop motion drama story is dubbed beautifully. It’s an hour and 7 minutes of loss, learning about love, and friendship. There are definitely some shocking moments.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) – PG
The most important thing to remember is to not compare the original movie to this remake. It’s a fun film that is extremely strange. Another Johnny Depp film.
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) – R
It’s not as scary as you think, but absolutely beautiful cinematography. Guilermo del Toro’s directing style is unlike anyone else and adds so much to the story. Get ready for subtitles.
Her (2013) – R
One of my all time favorite films. Perfect casting, crazy plot, unique story line, and there is nothing else out there like this. Joaquin Phoenix is a blessing to this world.
Swiss Army Man (2016) – R
Do you want to watch something ABSOLUTELY STRANGE?? This is the movie for you. Some of the comedy is more childish but overall, crazy unique and a true survivor story.
The Lobster (2015) – R
This is my favorite movie I’ve ever seen. It was just recently added to Netflix and I let out a whoop when I found out. In a future world, single people are hunted and forced to find a partner in 45 days or they are turned into animals. Insanity.
Back to the Future 2 (1989) – PG
The best of the franchise; Marty and Doc are at it again. Even if you’ve seen it before, rewatch for the action and nostalgia.
Yes Man (2008) – PG-13
Probably the only true comedy on this section of the list, Jim Carrey is a comedic god.
Room (2015) – R
A terrifying and sad film about kidnapping and the pursuit of escaping and recovery. It feels so real every moment.
Zombieland (2009) – R
Comedy+Zombies= really good stuff. I’m not usually an action fan but the layers of comedy and romance make this not only bearable, but enjoyable.
16 Candles (1984) – PG
A 1980s classic with Molly Ringwald, a good story with a hot guy at the end.
Heathers (1989) – R
How was the casting so perfect for this film? An interesting look at a high school in the 80s with mean girls and a new guy in town that brings a new perspective. One of my favorites for sure.
The Truman Show (1998) – PG
Another Jim Carrey film, and perhaps his best work. Truly unique story that makes you think.
Forrest Gump (1994) – PG-13
If you have made it this far in your life without seeing this film, this is the sign for you to watch it. Tom Hanks is a storyteller and an absolutely wonderful actor in this. Very dramatic and a timeless film.
Coraline (2009) – PG
The most scary PG children’s movie ever created. The stop motion style fits the story line so perfectly, it’s a must watch.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) – G
An animated children’s film that involves fairies and nature. Especially prevalent messages and themes for the 21st century.
Midsommar (2019) – R
One of the scariest movies ever, but in a unique way. Watch very carefully because this director loves easter eggs. Heads up- very graphic so beware.
Ladybird (2017) – R
An interesting coming of age story with a realistic portrayal of kids and parents. There are comedic parts and it all comes together really nicely.
Hereditary (2018) – R
The scariest movie, and one of my favorites. Same director as Midsommar, so focus on the screen the whole time. My favorite part is the idea of a ‘crazy mom’ being portrayed in a unique way. You might have to watch youtube videos after for an explanation.
Pretty in Pink (1986) – PG-13
Another coming of age 80s movie with Molly Ringwald. I love the diversity of male characters. The costume designer really did something right.
The Big Sick (2017) – R
Unexpectedly good. This is an Amazon Original with a perfect male lead about culture clash based on real life. Almost kind of a rom-com plus drama.