My October links post included a variety of things I’d been looking into at the start of the month that I recommended to you all for viewing & reading pleasure. I thought I’d do a full fledged update to share some of my favorite things to watch and read in the fall season (don’t worry: no spoilers).
PS: Happy full moon everyone! Full moons always play with my emotions & life decisions. Hope you survived!
Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010)
This movie is an emotional rollercoaster in the best way. Based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro (which is incredible by the way), the film follows three friends who attend the same boarding school in rural England, and discover a disturbing truth during their time there. A conversation with a good friend prompted me to revisit this gem, and as usual, I sobbed for a solid twenty minutes after the film finished. It’s best not to know what you’re getting into if you haven’t read the book, so don’t do any googling. The cinematography is beautiful as is the acting done by leading youngsters Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Kiera Knightley. The score is another of the film’s highlights, and the devastating “We All Complete” will take on even more (horribly devastating) meaning once you finish the film.
Breathe In (Drake Doremus, 2014)
Drake Doremus is one of my favorite contemporary directors, if not my favorite. His storytelling is subtle but powerful, and the details are really what bring his films together. You may have seen Like Crazy, which took the Internet by storm after being available on Netflix a few years back, but here’s another one to tickle your dramatic fancy. The story follows young pianist Sophie (Felicity Jones), a British exchange student living with an American family in suburban New York. The family’s patriarch, played by Guy Pearce, becomes disillusioned with his life as a suburban music teacher, and starts to long for something more. The film also has an amazing score (maybe I’m just into that), by Dustin O’Halloran, who scores all of Doremus’ films and is wonderful.
The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2015)
This is a really interesting new thriller from Japanese director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Aeon Flux). When a man is invited to a dinner party at his former home in Los Angeles by his ex-wife, he starts to think that the awkward reunion might have darker intentions. I won’t say any more about it, as it’s best seen with little plot knowledge, but it’s a chilling play on the awkwardness of relationships and our deepest human fears.
Black Mirror (Charlie Brooker, 2011)
If you haven’t seen Black Mirror, it’s one of the greatest series’ out today. Described as a Twilight Zone for the modern age, the show’s episodes often tell satirical and suspenseful stories of technological terror. The episodes are are not correlated, but the common themes of the paranoia-ridden tales are perfect for lovers of moderately creepy, incredibly amusing thrills. Charlie Brooker, the show’s creator, writes most of the episodes, and guest directors infuse each story with a unique flavor.
Gilmore Girls (2000)
This is certainly my most lighthearted suggestion, but it’s one I didn’t want to forget. The series, which I think literally everyone but me has seen, follows feisty mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory in the small Connecticut town, Stars Hollow. The show is funny, charming, and surprisingly good. The show isn’t at all what I expected to be, and with every episode I fall more in love with the amazing, well-rounded characters. Plus, who doesn’t love the New England small town aesthetic…
What are the things you can’t stop watching right now?