Classic: Life is Beautiful (Hulu)
I get it, you are probably thinking a Holocaust movie is the last thing you need right now: COVID, the murder hornet, and the re-emergence of low-rise jeans. But this film is more than just another WWII film. It’s about love, dreams, and humor in the midst of inhumanity. Roberto Benigni directed, co-wrote and starred as Guido, a hotel waiter in Italy in the 1930s. Through his Chaplin-like adventures, we can’t help but smile through the tears.
Comedy: I Love You, Man (Amazon)
When I first saw this movie, I couldn’t decide if I could ever possibly watch it again. I get terrible second hand embarrassment and Paul Rudd is a walking tongue-twister that tries desperately to make guy friends. He’s wonderful with the ladies and even scored his wife-to-be Rashida Jones. With his wedding fast approaching, Paul Rudd embarks on a journey to find a best man and meets Jason Segel, a dude’s dude. This is the duo I never thought I needed and will never stop watching. Laters on the menjay.
Sci-Fi: Star Wars: A New Hope (Disney+)
In honor of May the 4th, during which I hope the force was with you, we had to shout out the best one of them all. You can argue all you want, but my feet are planted on this hill. It’s got Luke, Leia, R2D2, Darth (Vader), all your OG faves that got the whole franchise up and running. If you want to pretend you’re at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge, like I am, take this one for a ride.
Coming of Age: The Half of It (Netflix)
I’m pretty sure there have been more Cyrano de Bergerac adaptations than Romeo & Juliet ones. But, Alice Wu’s The Half of It might be the best one to date. It’s smart, tender, witty, and just so enjoyable to watch. While it’s based off of Cyrano, it ultimately isn’t your typical romance. It’s a love story, don’t get me wrong, but Wu ultimately shows us that love comes in all sorts of forms.