Summer has come upon us. And with it, an abundance of free time ensues. I have been quite a frequent victim of the crime of having nothing to watch. However, after a good look through all the films I have seen, I have managed to compile a list with some films that are sure to interest you in the boring, hot summer days. Most of these will be subtle comedies or dramas that will for sure make you laugh or just keep you on the edge of your seat. I truly hope you will enjoy the list as much as I enjoyed writing it.
1. The Art of Self-Defense
Director: Riley Stearns
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, Alessandro Nivola
This movie was definitely something else... I felt a bit dumb at the end, though, since I had been way to sucked into the movie to be able to guess it. Although for some it might be predictable, but for me personally, I found that it took a route I was not expecting. It is best to go in not knowing much, like I did, for to be able to enjoy it the best. All you need to know is that it follows Casey, as he gets mugged and severely beaten one night and he then decides to take up karate classes to get better at self-defense. The story was immaculate, the dark humour will maybe not be for everyone, but nonetheless, I still enjoyed it a lot. There is also a constant repetition of misogyny, but it gets knocked down nicely in the end. Overall, extremely worth the watch and I feel like it teaches lots of useful life lessons.
2. Emma. (2020)
Director: Autumn de Wilde
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Josh O'Connor, Mia Goth
The 2020 movie adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma... It is an amazing, chill film that you cannot help but admire each shot and enjoy the story. It is both entertaining and beautiful to look at. It is a period drama(that kind of resembles a rom-com) that deals with love, friendship and is an all-around easy film to watch. It follows Emma, who is a self-proclaimed match-maker to her friends, not realising that the love of her life has been beside her all this time. I was annoyed at times at Emma's thought process, but I was satisfied at the end, although it did manage to give Clueless vibes a bit. Also, I love Anya Taylor-Joy in this movie, she is basically a goddess and I am ready to watch everything she has already starred in and all her new releases.
3. Begin Again (2013)
Director: John Carney
Starring: Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld
104 minutes of pure joy. This film follows a long-lost music producer who finds a singer-songwriter, right when he is ready to give up all hope on life. It is a film mostly about hope and not losing it and the benefits that may come at the end if you are persistent. It was sweet at times, funny but all around - enjoyable. The songs, which are all sung by Keira Knightley, I personally did not expect to enjoy and love so much. But they are, unironically, quite amazing. The perofrmances by all of the actors were exquisite and I also must add that I enjoyed how love does not play that much of a big role in the main character's story in the end. She gets to be independent and focus on her music, which I found as quite an interesting and different aspect.
4. Sorry to Bother You
Director: Boots Riley
Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer
Once again, a film I could have never imagined the ending to. I watched it for the Frank Film Club with Maisie Williams(which is an extremely good film club and podcast and you should all check out), and I must say that I was very impressed. I was not really planning on watching the movie, but I am glad I did. All you need to know about this movie is that it follows Cassius "Cash" Green, who starts to work as a telemarketer. As much as I loved the story, I also could not help but admire the production design, the colours in this film and how well-crafted it is. Lakeith and Tessa were also quite outstanding, and I did not expect to see Steven Yeun in this film, but I was quite satisfied with his appearance. It was overall, such a cool film that I believe everyone should get the chance to see at least once.
5. Shrek (2001)
Director: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
It is never a bad time to rewatch Shrek... It was my childhood favourite film and rewatching it now with my mum, it made me realise how much I love it and how genuinely funny it is. All of the three movies are definitely worth your time. Although I am sure everyone is familiar with its premise, but if you are in the small portion of people who have never seen Shrek, it follows an ogre named Shrek, who goes on different adventures with Donkey, gets to save princess Fiona and a number of events unravel from there. It was amazing remembering some small details from when I had watched this film as a child and thinking about how I had perceived them back then, compared to now. It is truly a classic and one that will keep being mentioned and watched for years and years.
This was my list of some films that I believe everyone should see. What about you? Do you have some films that you believe everyone should see? Comment them down below!