Forrest Gump

First time I watched that movie was with my older brothers in the basement of the house I grew up in. I love that movie because Forrest goes through every major historical event in his time and is a part of it simply because he goes through life with optimism and never negativity. The cinematography and music in the film is also incredible. I've got "run Forrest run" on the front license plate of my car. - Katie Henderson

20th Century Women

The first time we saw this movie was in Brooklyn, NY in an amazing theatre called Nighthawk Cinemas. We walked out of that movie completely in love with it. From the feminism, humor, and endless wit, this is a movie that will be a classic to us forever. A must see! - Cristal Rimarez

Les Misérables

It is so hard for me to pick favourites, but Les Misérables is definitely high up on my list of movies. I remember seeing it on Christmas the night it came out with my whole family. That might be why it holds a special place in my heart. We didn't fully know what to expect going into it but I remember looking over as it ended and everyone was sobbing. I love the cinematography and the music so much. I think it's amazing how all of the vocals were recorded live on set. The set design is insane and makes you feel like you're there. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman do such an incredible job. Overall I just love the messages of life, death, love, and forgiveness that the movie sends. - Mckaenna Petty

American Beauty

One of my all time favorite movies is American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes). I love this film for a lot of reasons and if you haven't seen it you definitely should. The story is pretty dark and creepy, but it's shot with such vibrant, oversaturated colours that completely contradict the happenings in the story, giving it an eerie edge. Almost like pretending everything is okay when it's totally not. I love all the different feelings this movie made me feel when I watched it, and the realistic/ slightly brutal take it has on the American dream and being stuck in a dull routine/cookie-cutter life; at the same time breaking out of routine, reinventing and finding yourself all over again, even at midlife.

Kevin Spacey is always amazing but I especially love his performance in this movie. He's so believable and even likeable despite the fact he is totally losing his mind and going full creepo on his daughter's friend. The movie is twisted and slightly disturbing, while also being funny and enjoyable. Besides the story, I'm so obsessed with the cinematography in this movie. I mentioned earlier the over saturated colours and tones, as well as the choice awkward and uncomfortable angles the story is told through at specific times during the film. I could go on and on, just know that I'm a fan, and let's not forget about that iconic rose petal scene. - Alisa Ramirez

The Notebook

Call it a cliche, call me cheesy, but The Notebook is one of my all-time favorite movies. I remember seeing the DVD cover laying around my house when I was 13. Being a hopeless romantic I had to watch it, and kept asking my mom where the actual DVD was! (we were always losing them....). The cinematography, the chemistry between Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the whole thing had pre-teen me entranced. I still don't go too long without watching it over again.


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