Monday Movie Marathon: When I Grow up, I Wanna be Just Like You


This week’s movie marathon features films with characters you can look up to. They make you re-think the way you see the world and give you that push you need to be confident in yourself. Like a good friend, these characters have helped me reflect on the things that really matter.

1. PLEASANTVILLE (Gary Ross, 1998)

I love this film’s take on the concept of perfection. Not only do the characters literally change the way they see the world, but they open their minds to ideas that challenge the status quo.


Obviously this was making the cut. I didn’t cut my bangs short for nothing! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching this movie. It fills me with so much inspiration, from the music to the details in every scene.

3. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, 2006)

If you ever need a pick-me-up, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll fall in love with all these characters and want them to reach their final goal.

4. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (Colin Trevorrow, 2012)

Watch this movie and you might just start believing in time travel, or at least believe in some magic in this world. Let your inner child run free!

5. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)

The timeless story of growing up and figuring out who you want to be. I still feel like I’m trying to work that out, so it’s nice to know I’m not alone.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope these movies put a huge smile on your face, and don’t make you re-question everything. Crap.

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Monday Movie Marathon: Fireside Flicks


This week’s movie marathon features films you can cozy up with. Last month, I was housesitting for my mom. I enjoyed spending evenings in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot (spiked) coco, snuggling with the cat. During the grey winter, it’s nice to watch films that wake up your senses and inspire you.

1. THE BIG CHILL (Lawrence Kasdan, 1983)

It’s the film that reminds you to make plans with the friends you don’t see during the winter. It’s also really fun to recognize these successful actors in the film that kick-started their careers.

2. THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (Clint Eastwood, 1995)

Despite the continuous debate that Clint Eastwood may or may not have been too old to play this part, it’s still a wonderful and lovely movie. The perfect cozy-up movie on a cold night.

3. I AM LOVE (Luca Guadagnino, 2009)

A tragic and beautiful story. With it’s vibrant shots and captivating characters, this movie will definitely inject some life into this winter’s blues. And who doesn’t love Tilda Swinton?

4. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (Malik Bendjelloul, 2012)

This film is amazing and the story of Rodriguez will stay with you forever. His music played in my head for days after watching this documentary. You will love this story of a long-lost musician whose lyrics changed a nation; without him knowing anything about it.

5. THE KINGS OF SUMMER (Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2013)

Cruel. I know. I’ve been daydreaming of the summer all month, and this is what I want it to look like. This movie reminds me of Stand By Me, and makes me want to go on crazy adventures.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope these movies keep you warm this evening!

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Monday Movie Marathon: Good Weird

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This week’s movie marathon features films that are enchantingly quirky and fun. Watching films is all about suspending your disbelief and just going with it. These movies really push that envelope; and it works.

1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)

You’re never sure if you should be laughing or feeling a sense of guilt; it’s brilliant. The main character’s innocence, despite his important role, fits perfectly in this satire-filled story.

2. Living in Oblivion (Tom DiCillo, 1995)

I admit, this might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s a film about filmmaking; breaking down that third wall and seeing how low budget films are really done. We actually watched this in film school, and it demystified the glamour of making movies with the budget we had. I appreciated it’s honesty; a real ode to independent filmmaking.

3. I Heart Huckabees (David O. Russell, 2004)

A movie that truly gets you thinking. Everything, from “did they just do that?” to “what is the meaning of the universe?”; this film really makes you question. But it’s one of those movies that you are so happy to re-watch, and you’ll see it a different way every time.

4. Micmacs à tire-larigot (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2009)

If you liked Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, you’ll like this film. The same fun and fast-passed story that, in the end, makes you really happy. You’ll be guaranteed to fall in love with one of these silly characters.

5. Submarine (Richard Ayoade, 2010)

A coming-of-age story with a twist; but who really came of age in a traditional way? This quirky love story will definitely delight you.

6. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

Of course a Wes Anderson film would make this list, and it was hard to choose which one. He is a master at creating complete environment, from the smallest detail like the symmetrical frames decorating a house on a set. This movie just made me smile, it’s such a lovely story of adventure and friendship.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Movie Marathon. I hope these movies make you smile as much as they do for me; and perhaps spike some inspiration from an unusual angle.

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