5 of My Favorite Films

My list is subject to change but for right now, in no particular order, here it is:

1. Beyond The Lights (2014)

Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights tells the story of popbeyond-the-lights-movie-poster sensation Noni  as reaches her breaking point due to the high demands of her career-controlling mother. She feels trapped and misunderstood until Kaz, a cop, enters her life at the perfect moment. With the help of Kaz, Noni begins to recognize the amazing woman she is and writes the music that truly show who she is. Although it may seem like a typical love story, it’s truly a story about Noni learning to love herself. I’ve been a huge fan of Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Noni, since her leading debut in another fantastic film, Belle. If she continues to make great character choices, she will become one of the best actresses of this generation.

I also love the movie because of what the casting represents. This script could have easily been portrayed by any race, and it was refreshing to see a universal story told by actors who aren’t white.

Where you can watch: Netflix

2. Spotlight (2015)

If this film sounds a little familiar, it’s because it won Best Picture at this year’s 67VvDpxcMOtpt8WkzfETJ59vXw5Oscars. Spotlight tells the true story of a group of journalists at the Boston Globe uncovering the disturbing amount of child molesting priests in the Catholic Church. Being that Boston is one of the most Catholic cities in America, it is a tough case for the journalists to crack; however, they courageously do the victims justice by doing their jobs–exposing the truth. Because of the plot, there is not much room for mediocrity. The cast and crew of this breathtaking film had a huge task at hand, and they execute this important story perfectly.

Where you can watch: iTunes, Amazon

3. Crazy Stupid Love (2011)

Crazy, Stupid, Love tells the story of Cal, played by the hilarious Steve Carrell, as he is lost crazy_stupid_love_keyartwhile going through a divorce. Noticing how obviously broken and pathetic Cal is, Jacob, a sharp, young bachelor played by Ryan Gosling, helps Cal get back into the dating game and find his identity again. Of course, like most romantic comedies, drama and hilarity ensues throughout the film, but this movie seems to have a soul. The essence of the film is something that most can relate to and enjoy, but it also doesn’t rely on it’s common themes to be successful. With the likes of Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, the acting is great. The script is real but still well-written, and the music and score adds to the heart of the film. This is what romantic comedies should be.

Where you can watch: Amazon, iTunes

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

As Yoda would advise me, I did not try to put this movie on my list. I did. I love this film soMV5BOTAzODEzNDAzMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDU1MTgzNzE@._V1_SX640_SY720_ much that I saw in the theater four times. So, I’m guessing you all can tell how excited I am to write about it. (I won’t give any spoilers just in case) Star Wars VII follows a new generation of characters that include, Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron taking on the evil First Order. Rey, a scavenger from Jakku, joins the fight against Kylo Ren and the First Order with the help of Finn, a rogue stormtrooper, and a droid named BB-8. J.J. Abrams, the director and co-writer, had a huge responsibility in making sure this was not only a great film but keeping the essence of the classic Star Wars franchise as well. Although there are a few little flaws along the way, Abrams and the cast, which includes the amazing newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, do a phenomenal job of continuing the legendary franchise.

Where you can watch: Amazon, iTunes

5. Clueless (1995)

This very quotable movie is a must-see for everyone. Clueless follows Cher, a rich high MPW-61265 (500×742)school student who lives in Beverly Hills, as she tries to recreate Tai, a weird transfer student, into the most popular girl in school. Eventually, Cher realizes that Tai is perfect the way she is and also finds love in the end. Cher, although starting as a shallow airhead, learns that she is actually a very smart young woman and begins to believe in herself. The friendship between Cher and Dionne is amazing. The costumes are amazing. It’s a cult classic, and I love it. Could I really not include it on my list of favorite movies? As if!

Where you can watch: Netflix

Through my eyes,

Sydney ❤

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