Sometimes I go through phases when I can’t sit down and properly watch a movie. It feels like a waste time and I’d rather be outside, living my own life instead of staring at a screen watching other people’s fairy tales.
But then come those times when setting up to watch a movie feels like the coziest of activities and I’m left feeling inspired, emotional and charmed. Maybe it’s the chilly weather outside, maybe it’s the short, dark days, but I’ve been treating myself to a lot of nice movies lately. Thank you Netflix!
Since living in Germany means not getting to go to movie theaters, because movies here are shown dubbed in German, I make lists of movies I can’t wait to watch whenever I can get a hold of them.
Currently I have these on my list – and on my mind.
Marion McPherson, a California nurse, works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her — loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.
This is exactly the kind of movie that makes me incredibly inspired and touched. I’ve been reading great reviews and the trailer gives me all the fuzzy feelings. I can already relate so much to the story, in terms of my messy, loving and strong relationship with my own mother.
The Florida Project
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
Oh, this one is gonna make me cry! Those sassy, lovable, imaginative kids melt my hear away… they make this delicate subject feel so personal, extraordinary, sad and real.
In Los Angeles, two millennials navigating a social media-driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.
I came across this trailer on YouTube and sadly, I could see so much of myself and past relationships in it. I’ve become fascinated with love stories, couples finding each other and breaking apart that the story attracts me very much as a viewer. From the director of Like Crazy – we can see the connection, there’s even a little cameo appearance by the extraordinary couple therapist Esther Perel, and that’s certainly a bonus in my opinion.
Have you seen any of them? I would also love to hear some suggestions!
Pictured: artwork by the amazingly talented Paul Fuentes