This year, summer blockbusters have packed on the thrills without featuring Big Sean or Maddie Ziegler. Although Finding Dory and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates had me tweeting a few “lol” GIFs, no summer flick made my ultimate FILM list this year. If it’s rainy or way too hot to hit the pool, pop some popcorn and turn on one of my favorite films:
Marina Abramovíc: The Artist Is Present // I’m always down for a good documentary, especially if it’s about my favorite artist.
Spring Breakers // A satire that feels a little too honest at times. Harmony Korine captures the experience-crazed, millennial dream in its neon glory.
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King // I’m still trying to speak Elvish.
Juno // Heartfelt, hilarious, and the soundtrack RULES. Yo Yo Yiggity Yo.
Wall-e // The story of a little robot that loved musicals, fell in love and saved the planet. My favorite animated movie since Snow White and those seven Tyrion Lannisters.
The Sound of Music // Can we just talk about the greatness that is the Lonely Goatherd puppet scene?!
Spotlight // If you haven’t seen it, make it number one on your list.
Black Swan // Forever scared to cut my finger nails or be told I have to put on pointe shoes.
Almost Famous // Penny Lane, that guy from the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, and Penny Lane.
Never Let Me Go // Pure cinematic magic.