Artwork by Hallie Anderson
I think it’s safe to say that all of us have, at least once in our lives, sat in front of the TV on a Sunday night, scrolling through Netflix or iTunes with absolutely no idea what to watch. Two long hours later, you still haven’t clicked on a movie and begin to realize that you’ve wasted your night.
To prevent another evening like this, the new Cinema Club presidents have a few recommendations. Here is a list from Mary Caldwell Williams (11) and Lily Cloud (11) of their all-time favorite movies:
1. Jojo Rabbit - Jojo Rabbit is a comedy-drama about a boy in Hitler Youth who discovers his mom is harboring a young Jewish girl in the attic. His entire worldview is turned upside-down, and the boy must then figure out what he truly believes. “The movie sheds light on what happened during the Holocaust in a satirical way. You can watch it and find parallels to what’s happening currently in the world,” said Williams.
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Based off the popular children’s book by Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a claymation directed by Wes Anderson about a fox and his family who steal chickens from farmers. In a claymation film, every single frame is sculpted from clay; to put this in perspective, there are twenty-four frames per second, and the movie is approximately an hour and a half. The movie showcases a very intricate picture, which is a reflection of the time and effort put into the animation. “The voice acting in Fantastic Mr. Fox is incredible. I grew up with this movie, and it’s so funny no matter how old you are,” said Cloud.
3. Shaun of the Dead - This horror-comedy directed by Edgar Wright follows a man named Shaun through a zombie outbreak. “The movie has an overall message about the dangers of complacency and what happens when you let society push you around,” said Williams. People in society can end up in a pattern of doing the same things over and over again, becoming essentially like zombies; the movie comments on that idea in a very literal, straightforward way as the plot is centered around a zombie outbreak. “Also, I just love [Wright’s] style; he does really dramatic montages for really mundane things and he likes editing to music,” said Williams.
4. Lady Bird - Starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird tells the story of a high school girl as she navigates her rocky relationship with her mother. “The movie’s very coming-of-age. It’s a little weird, and it doesn’t end the way you want it to, but that’s how most things happen in real life,” said Cloud, “Timotheé Chalamet is in it, too, and I love him.”
If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Cinema Club, talk to Mary Caldwell Williams and/or Lily Cloud.
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