If you do one thing today, make sure it's pressing play on this jam:


Almost Famous (2000)

Starring three of my favourite women (Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson and Zooey Deschanel) and it’s set in the '70s. What more could you want? From the bus scene where everyone sings 'Tiny Dancer' as an extension of the olive branch to one another (tensions were high) to Billy Crudup’s character Russell tripping LSD at a high school party, proclaiming “I AM A GOLDEN GOD". I’ve been sitting here for 20 minutes trying to pin down what exactly I love so much about this movie but I can’t. I love every single bit of it. It’ll never get old.

Spirited Away (2001)

It’s hard choosing my favourite Miyazaki film because they’re all fantastic but this I really love this one. I saw it for the first time as a child and I’ve never tired of it. The older I get the more I realize how deep the material goes and take away something special each time I watch it. Full of symbolism and fascinating concepts reaching far beyond the average animated film, the grownup-ish child in me will treasure it forever.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey are two of my favourite people on this planet, and this movie only deepens that love. Clementine is by far the most interesting human I’ve ever met, fictionally or otherwise. Her hair colours change with her mood and the love between her and Joel is too real. A testament to true love, and the realities of loving someone. Once the glow fades, and you realize you’re left with a flawed human, shit tends to get real. Retracing Joel and Clementine’s steps as his memories are being wiped away feels intrusive but familiar as we witness the demise of their relationship. Spoiler alert: They find each other again. Because #love.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

THIS MOVIE. It makes me sob. It is a work of art. Sufjan Stevens is one of my favourite musicians and his work on this film was other-worldly. Set in the '80s in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, you watch two people fall in love, frequently forgetting it’s a movie. And then you watch two people reluctantly say goodbye to said love. The last scene of the film paired with 'Visions of Gideon' is a sucker punch to the heart. Conjuring up memories and feelings you’d rather stay dormant. Everything about this film is perfect to me.

The Waking Life (2001)

I thoroughly enjoy all of the movies I’ve listed, but this one is particularly special to me. It requires me to think more than most films do and introduced me to concepts and ideas I had never immersed myself in prior to watching. I also really love how Richard Linklater tied an impossible scene with Jesse and Celine from another one of my favourite films Before Sunrise into the lead character’s lucid dream, leading the viewer to ponder. A parallel universe? Linklater’s own lucid dream? Who knows. The beauty of the film is that nothing is laid out for you, though the dialogue can be dense, there are no answers.