five films I adore. If you ask me my favorite movies, I generally default to Heathers, Romeo + Juliet, and A Goofy Movie. However, these are five that would make, like, my top twenty for sure.
(Mind, these particular stories are very heteronormative and pretty damn white, but beyond that…)
Comet (2014) – currently on Netflix US
Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship.
I will watch just about anything Justin Long is in (ie Tusk), but both he and Emmy Rossum really do shine in this. There is a hotel room scene that is *chef’s kiss*
Wind Chill (2007)
Two college students share a ride home for the holidays, but when they break down on a deserted stretch of road, they are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.
I watched this on pay-per-view, like, ten years ago when I was seventeen and I continue to think this is one of Emily Blunt’s best movies – and she’s fantastic in everything. (Content warning: a racist white male character uses the n-word and there are allusions to sexual assault.)
I Origins (2014)
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
Honestly, I watched this for Steven Yeun (who isn’t in it enough for my liking), but it managed to capture my heart strings. I do have a thing about elevators, though, and that’s that on that…
Night Owls (2015) – currently on Netflix US
After workaholic Kevin has a drunken one night stand with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline, he’s horrified to discover that she’s actually his boss’ jilted ex-mistress. When she takes a bottle of sleeping pills, Kevin is forced to keep her awake… and over the course of the night the two begin to fall for each other.
The roller coaster that is the night shared by these two characters is writing I envy so much! Rosa Salazar is a phenomenal young actress and I only knew Adam Pally from The Mindy Project so I loved him in this. It is like watching a stage play.
After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
Wentworth Miller of Prison Break wrote a himself a damn script and this film is iconique™. (Content warning: there is a scene of attempted sexual assault.)