2023, teen, black comedy, directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson; starring Camila Mendes (Drea), Maya Hawke (Eleanor), and Austin Abrams (Max) with a hilarious and amazing appearance by Sophie Turner (Erica)
Private school Queen Bee Drea enters senior year feeling isolated and betrayed after a sexy video intended for her boyfriend gets leaked to the whole school. Seemingly innocent Eleanor befriends Drea and confides in Drea with details of her own trauma. Determined to get back at the people who wronged them, the two decide to team up and do each other's revenge. This film has lots of nostalgia value reminiscent of Clueless, Mean Girls, Heathers, and more.
2006 romantic drama directed by Darren Aronofsky; starring Hugh Jackman (Tom), Rachel Weisz (Izzy), and Ellen Burstyn (Dr. Lillian).
Three separate story lines show two lovers experiencing themes of death, love, and rebirth with very different perspectives. Tommy is a doctor whose practice focuses on reducing brain tumors and treating the aging process as a disease, while Tommy's wife, currently battling terminal cancer, has chosen to embrace death as "the road to awe" and to not only accept her fate but embrace the beauty in each moment. This film has been regarded by Aronofsky to be open to interpretation.
2022 psychological horror film directed by Parker Finn; starring Sosie Bacon (Rose), Kyle Gallner (Joel), Gillian Zinser (Holly), and Kal Penn (Jackson)
Smile is a creepy and unsettling story following a therapist's (Rose) struggle after witnessing a patient's violent suicide. Rose becomes haunted by trauma from her past and loses sense of what is real. This film explores themes of cyclical trauma but takes it one step further by turning the trauma into a type of demon that can be passed person to person through the witnessing of a suicide.
2016 mystery, psychological thriller directed by Tate Taylor (based on the novel by Paula Hawkins), starring Emily Blunt (Rachel), Haley Bennett (Megan), Rebecca Ferguson (Anna), Justin Theroux (Tom), Luke Evans (Scott), and Edgar Ramirez (Dr. Abdic)
Rachel takes the train into New York City every day, passing her old house and reliving painful memories of infidelity and infertility. Visible from her seat on the train, she becomes fixated on a young couple's relationship and gets further entangled in their lives when the wife, Megan, goes missing. This thriller explores addiction, gaslighting, abusive relationships, and the fear and confusion when your mind starts playing tricks on you.
1985 teen drama directed and written by John Hughes starring Molly Ringwald (Claire), Ally Sheedy (Allison), Emilio Estevez (Andrew), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian), Judd Nelson (Bender), and Paul Gleason (Principal Vernon)
Different personalities collide when 5 high school students end up in detention together on a Saturday for various offenses. Over the course of their day together, they come to discover that the prejudices and judgments they held against each other were unfair and misunderstood. This teen classic is one of those, there's more than meets the eye, kind of stories as we dive into their lives, struggles, insecurities, and strengths.
2022 drama written and directed by Sarah Polley (based on the novel by Miriam Toews) starring Rooney Mara (Ona), Claire Foy (Salome), Jessie Buckley (Mariche), Judith Ivey (Agata), Ben Wishaw (August), and Frances McDormand (Janz)
In an isolated Mennonite colony, the women are continually plagued by a group of men drugging them in the night and committing horrific acts of rape until finally one of the men is caught and names the other perpetrators. The attackers are sent to jail and the rest of the men in the colony set out to bail them out leaving the women two days to decide amongst themselves to do nothing, stay and fight, or leave the colony forever.
2021 Horror drama series on Showtime created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson starring Melanie Lynskey (Shauna), Tawny Cypress (Taissa), Christina Ricci (Misty), Juliette Lewis (Natalie), Simone Kessell (Lottie), Lauren Ambrose (Van) and more!
A high school girls soccer team is on their way to nationals when their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness where they are not found for 19 months. Battling the elements and starvation they must find a way to not only survive but stay sane. This show splits into two timelines: the teenage wilderness years and the survivors' struggles as adults.
2015 fantasy television series based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman, created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara starring Jason Ralph (Quentin), Stella Maeve (Julia), Hale Appleman (Eliot), Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice), Summer Bishil (Margo), and Arjun Gupta (Penny)
Imagine that a magical world you read about as a child is actually real. This is the situation our main character Quentin steps into as he begins attending Brakebills College, a school of magic. This series released on Syfy Network is loosely based on the Magicians trilogy.
2023 horror/adventure film written and directed by Ari Aster (who brought us Hereditary and Midsommar) starring Joaquin Phoenix (Beau), Patti LuPone (Mona), Amy Ryan (Grace), Nathan Lane (Roger), Parker Posey (Elaine) and many others!
In a word: nightmarish. This movie was 3 hours of high anxiety scenes reminiscent of a series of unfortunate events plaguing our main character Beau with an overbearing and rather manipulative mother, Mona never far from his mind.
2022 romance/drama/fantasy film directed by George Miller (based on the story The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye by A.S. Byatt), starring Tilda Swinton (Alithea) and Idris Elba (Djinn)
This vibrant and shimmery fairy-tale like film follows Alithea's discovery that a Djinn has been trapped inside a bottle for centuries. She quickly learns this is not his first experience of being captured and he transports us through time as he describes the past 3,000 years and his longing for freedom. Only 3 wishes from one's deepest heart's desire can set him free.
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