Favorite Films

My Top Films of All Time

(In no particular order)

Like music, I think a person's taste in film says a lot about them. I compiled this list on my website for two primary reasons: I wanted a space to share the films I am most passionate about, and I thought that it could give those that might want to collaborate with me a better sense of who I am outside of music, especially since film is one of my favorite hobbies.

This list is not final, and it is not objective. I will update this list as I see more films that I enjoy!

(Updated September 2020)

The Tree of Life (2011)

Terrence Malick

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"The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings."

Synecdoche, New York (2008)

Charlie Kaufman

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"A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play."

Violent (2014)

Andrew Huculiak

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"A young woman, and her last memories of the five people who loved her most, recalled while experiencing a catastrophic event."

City of God (2002)

Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund

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"In the slums of Rio, two kids' paths diverge as one struggles to become a photographer and the other a kingpin."

A Separation (2011)

Asghar Farhadi

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"A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease."

Incendies (2010)

Denis Villeneuve

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"Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes."

Elle (2016)

Paul Verhoeven

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"A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her."

The Square (2017)

Ruben Östlund

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"A prestigious Stockholm museum's chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit."

Fargo (1996)

Ethan Coen and Joel Coen

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"Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson."

Loveless (2017)

Andrey Zvyagintsev

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"A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments."

American Beauty (1999)

Sam Mendes

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"A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend."

Burning (2018)

Chang-dong Lee

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"Jong-su bumps into a girl who used to live in the same neighborhood as him, who asks him to look after her cat while on a trip to Africa. When back, she introduces Ben, a mysterious guy she met there, who confesses his secret hobby."

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Lynne Ramsay

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"Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined."

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz

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"After a lukewarm marriage of over twenty years, a woman appeals to her husband's compassion to obtain the desirable divorce document in front of a court, which proves to be more challenging than she would expect."

Krisha (2015)

Trey Edward Shults

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"Krisha returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities."

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Darren Aronofsky

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"The drug-induced utopias of four Coney Island people are shattered when their addictions run deep."

The VVitch (2015)

Robert Eggers

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"New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another."

The Celebration (1998)

Thomas Vinterberg

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"At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed."

Birds of Passage (2018)

Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra

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"The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion and honour collide, a fratricidal war breaks out and puts their lives, culture and ancestral traditions at stake."

Marriage Story (2019)

Noah Baumbach

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"A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling, coast-to-coast divorce that pushes them to their personal and creative extremes."

Parasite (2019)

Bong Joon-Ho

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"Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan."

Shiva Baby (2020)

Emma Seligman

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At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.