Movies to Add to Your Must-Watch List

By Bella Douglas

If I were asked to describe my taste in movies, I suppose I’d say that I don’t have one. I hate the idea of limiting myself to a single genre or style. I’m not trying to be pretentious in the way many film lovers would describe their artistic preferences.

Who am I kidding, maybe I’m sometimes guilty of sitting on my cultural high horse. But I came to this honestly — my mother (hi mom!) raised me with her own love of cinema, and it has undoubtedly influenced me in more ways than one. In honor of UP’s fall issue, Unconventional, I bring you an eclectic watchlist of movies that are each unique in their own right.

Eternal Sunshine
Courtesy of Ben Russell at The Movie Man
  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindEternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind gives a poignant and refreshingly honest look at relationships and the heartbreaks that come with them, as well as how far some of us will go to forget. It follows Clementine and Joel, an estranged couple who have voluntarily erased each other from their memories
  2. Cinema Paradiso — If you like foreign movies, or are willing to give one a try, I highly recommend this Italian drama about a boy and the projectionist that sparks his deep love of film. Both nostalgic and melancholy in the best ways, it gave me a new-found appreciation for movies and their impact on our world.
  3. The Shining — Easily one of the greatest horror films of all time, Stanley Kubrick presents a disturbing, albeit visually stunning depiction of Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel and its dark secrets.
  4. The Royal Tenenbaums — A portrait of family dysfunction at its finest, The Royal Tenenbaums details the triumphs and failures of three exceptional children, as well as their strained relationship with their eccentric / deeply misguided father.
  5. Spirited Away — With its breathtaking animation, Spirited Away tells the story of sulky ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino and her family’s move to a new neighborhood. After her father takes a wrong turn, Chihiro and her parents unknowingly become trapped in a spirit world.