With the Oscars happening on March 4, we took a look at some of the past winners and curated a must-watch list just for you. Happy bingeing!
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The story in a nutshell: he has bipolar disorder, she has depression. The two meet and fall in love. Yes, it’s a rom-com where you can smell the plot from a mile away, but the real story here is about two people’s struggles with their mental illnesses, and how their families deal with it.
Guy falls in love with his talking operating system, and then learns he’s not the only one who’s grown attached to it. It’s a film that will get you thinking about modern relationships, and the increasing loneliness in a time where we’re more connected than ever. It’s a sci-fi film, but considering we’re living in an era where people get attached to inanimate objects, the plot feels extremely true to life.
Widely considered one of the most influential films in pop culture history, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is a joyride from start to finish. Every other line is quotable, and the film serves up some serious aesthetics. Plus, everybody needs to see Samuel L. Jackson’s infamous monologue – an epic recitation of Ezekiel 25:17.
This critically-acclaimed film follows Joel and Clementine, a couple who decided to literally erase all memories of each other after their breakup. Which, to be honest, doesn’t sound like a bad idea. But then you realise that, sometimes, the most painful memories are tied to your happiest moments, and you would willingly go through all that pain again if it means you get a shot at happiness. Because if you’re grieving a loss, it means you had something worth remembering, right?
Because, duh. We bet you know at least two people who had (have?) that iconic poster of Audrey Hepburn in character up on their bedroom wall. Also, watch this because Holly Golightly was the OG “manic pixie dream girl”, George Peppard was a babe, and Mickey Rooney’s portrayal of the Japanese Mr Yunioshi was wildly racist, and would never go down today. Thank goodness for that.
Dreams! Love! Jazzy musical numbers! And, of course, the amazing chemistry between three-time collaborators, Emma Stone and Internet Boyfriend Ryan Gosling. The world fell in love with La La Land, which, FYI, received a whopping 14 nominations at the Oscar’s last year, and we’re sure you’d be charmed by this cinematic work of art too.
Just let the fact that this film took 12 years to shoot sink in. 12 years! So that means you’re literally watching everyone acting in this film – and we’re not just talking about the child actors here – grow older right before your very eyes. You may also be compelled to hug your parents after this.
It’s a story we all know so well. It centres around Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the world’s youngest self-made billionaire and how he started Facebook. But the creation of Facebook is not the main point here.
As screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has said, it’s ultimately about friendship, loyalty, and jealousy. The people portrayed in the film have come out to say that the events of the film are not entirely accurate, but can you really blame David Fincher for doing some creative storytelling as the director?
How many life lessons can you fit into one charmingly-scripted indie flick? A family takes a road trip on a Volkswagen minibus, and along the way, find the key to happiness. The titular Little Miss Sunshine, played by then-nine-year-old Abigail Breslin, is the perfect embodiment of joie de vivre and will inspire you to live your best life.
About an interracial couple, written by IRL interracial couple Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani.
A horror film that’s actually about racism. It’s written and directed by Jordan Peele, you know, from the Key & Peele series?
How 26-year-old Molly Bloom came to run high-stakes underground poker games that count the rich and famous as her patrons.
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl and her relationship with her parents, her friends, and boys.