Classic: Casablanca (Amazon)
This is one of those movies that you’ve claimed you’ve seen but haven’t. Casablanca is a perfect example of classical Hollywood style. The film is set during WWII before Pearl Harbor and prior to America’s decision to enter the war. Humphrey Borgart, a lonely bar owner and ex-patriot, reconnects with the love of his life, but ultimately must choose whether to be with her or to do what’s best for humanity. And remember, whenever you’re feeling down, we’ll always have Paris.
Comedy: What a Girl Wants(Amazon or I have the DVD and I can lend it to you)
Whether you’ve seen it a million times like us, or you’ve never seen it (??), What a Girl Wants is a time portal to the early 2000s with its fashion, soundtrack, and unforgettable one-liners. Amanda Bynes, a free spirited 17-year-old New Yorker, travels to London to find her long-lost father, Colin Firth. Undaunted, Amanda dives into Colin’s proper political lifestyle. If anyone reading this happens to know where/what heartthrob Oliver James (Ian) is up to, I have a lot of questions but mostly, why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Romance: Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging (Amazon)
In honor of Georgia Groome’s pregnancy announcement, it’s time to watch her greatest film to date. Based on the novels, the film follows Georgia Nicholson as she navigates friendships, boys, and growing up. Not only is the film one of the more authentic teen-coms, but the soundtrack is absolutely killer. Directed by Bend it like Beckham’s Gurinder Chadaha, precocious teens, hilarious lines, and a heartwarming story about a girl figuring out who she is.