Classic: Brazil (Amazon – Trailer)
How do I explain this movie?! It’d be completely futile to try to summarize the plot because it’s a dark dystopian satire that takes place in a hyper-bureaucratic future, but it’s so fun! In a really nutty, unbelievable way. Jonathan Pryce is a hero in his dreams but wakes up each day to the monotony that is his living nightmare. He’s led down a spiral of crazy while investigating a case for work involving Robert De Niro.
Comedy: Booksmart (Hulu – Trailer)
I am personally giving you permission to stop what you’re doing (“working” from home) and watch this movie. Booksmart is an inclusive and progressive high school comedy about two academic overachievers, Amy and Molly, who realize months before graduation that they have completely missed out on the “special” moments of their teenage years. From its stellar cast and witty dialogue to the danceable soundtrack, you’ll want to watch again and again.
Romance: Beyond the Lights (Amazon – Trailer)
I’m surprised how few people have seen this movie, especially all my fellow Love and Basketball fans. Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the world’s latest music superstar. When her fame pushes her to the edge, she meets Kaz, a young cop and aspiring politician. You won’t be able to take your eyes off their chemistry as they navigate their steamy romance through their extremely different lifestyles. Still not convinced? It stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker with Minnie Driver and Donald Glover. Let me know when you watch, I need someone to discuss it with!
Drama/Romance: Romeo + Juliet (Amazon – Trailer)
So it has come to my attention that some people (cough Jacqueline, cough my mom) have never seen Baz Luhrmann’s R + J, which is quite frankly borderline offensive. I’m a Shakespeare nerd, because of this movie (which probably makes my 12th grade English teacher horrified). It has everything: epic fight scenes, incredibly specific, yet timeless locations and costumes, a flawless soundtrack, the most perfect Queen Mab speech, and of course Leo as Romeo. When I was 13 and saw this for the first time, I was absolutely devastated that he was too old for me. However, at 25, it’s safe to say I’m now officially too old for Leo, which might be more devastating.
Dramedy: Secondhand Lions (Starz – Trailer)
There isn’t a single time where my brother and I reunite and don’t quote this movie. Haley Joel Osment is trapped for the summer with two distant uncles, Michael Caine and Robert Duvall. Sent by his mother with the mission to uncover the whereabouts of their secret great fortune, the two men consider Osment a giant nuisance and burden on their lifestyle. Over time, everybody warms up to each other, creating an unexpected bond that lasts a lifetime. One of my great joys is watching the bar fight scene where Caine narrates Duvall beating up 4 greasers.