A month’s worth of movies

Entertainment editor Jenna Preston writes about what she's been watching under quarantine.

Little Women is a beautiful film and a beautiful tale about family, love, and womanhood.

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Little Women is a beautiful film and a beautiful tale about family, love, and womanhood.

Entertainment during quarantine has consisted of a lot of eating and binge-watching movies and television shows. Considering there is not much to do, I figured I could take this time to finally watch movies that I haven’t had time to watch, plus I’m very bored. 

I even went as far as making a note on my phone to create a list of how many movies I have watched during this quarantine. Currently, the list stands at 24 movies, not quite sure if that’s impressive or a little bit insane. The list ranges from movies such as Ladybird, Hereditary, Baby Driver, and Mid 90s. Yet, I’ll tell you more about the movies that I’ve enjoyed the most. 

Little Women is a beautiful film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it so much that I even watched it a second time with my mom. It’s such a beautiful tale about family, love, and womanhood. The three elements are woven so wonderfully together and all played equal importance, while still keeping the essence of a coming of age movie. I loved the different strengths and characters of the March sisters Meg, Amy Beth, and Jo, especially how they all wanted something out of life so different from one another. Honesty, in a couple more months I could rewatch this movie again. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming, tragic, and inspiring, and all told with love and truth. Definitely a 5 star movie. 

I have to admit, I’m not usually the type of person who suggests watching a horror movie. Yet, I found myself in this strange mood for a couple days where all I wanted to watch was scary movies. Of course, the first one I watched was by far the scariest movie I’ve ever watched, Hereditary. This was truly a haunting movie, but the basis of the terror is found in the crazy, psychological aspects of the film. It begins with the death of Annie’s mother, Leigh.

Annie reveals that her mother, her father, and her brother all died from complications of severe mental illness- and some odd things start happening around the house after her death. However it’s not until Annie’s son, Peter, has a car accident that ends up beheading his sister, and things start going off the rails. The movie explores a terrifying cult, more death, getting haunting threats from family members, and plenty of twists and turns that I never expected out of a horror movie. Although I was scared for about 90% of the movie, I have to admit, it was really good. 

I wanted to start my “Watch all of the Oscar-nominated best picture nominees” watching. So I moved onto Lady Bird. This was one of the movies I knew I’ve been wanting to watch. I was expecting major teen angst- don’t get me wrong, this film is full of teen angst but not in the way I imagined based on the hype it receives on social media. This movie is perfect for any teenager, because who hasn’t fought with their parents, or had the feeling of not knowing yourself, or where you belong. It also made me realize that even though I had some dreams, hopes, and disappointments in my teenage years so far, everything eventually works out once you start to grow up.

The film was beautiful, the shots made me want to go and visit Sacramento. The ending was exactly what an artistic film ending should be. One in which the audience gets to decide what happens, it gives just enough closure for there to be a sense of an ending, but not enough so that it spoils everything that happens in Lady Bird’s life. 

Moonlight by far one of the most simple yet complex and beautiful movies I’ve ever watched. It’s set in three parts. The first is called Little and features Chiron as a little boy, the second part is called Chiron and features him as a teenage version of the character, and lastly, the third part is called Black and features him playing a grown up version of himself. The 3 actors play this one character perfectly. The mannerisms are done so well and it honestly felt like the same person in each part. The film is not full of action but I didn’t find myself bored once.

The entire movie is so beautiful and comes together in such a powerful and moving way. The fact that it was a big film about being gay in a black neighborhood and nominated for Best Picture is so important and it’s presented exactly as it should be, in a way that’s natural and isn’t all jazz hands and musicals. 

Beautiful boy, it’s a masterpiece. not in the sense that it is necessarily the greatest movie I’ve ever seen in my life, considering I think the dual narrative and time skips made it quite a subpar film, but what really elevates this film beyond anything I have ever seen, is the performance of both Carell and Chalamet. It’s so raw and honest, it doesn’t gloss over anything, all the nasty sides to addiction are depicted accurately.

I hope that anyone who watches this movie opens their minds and educates themselves, and will realize that addiction is a disease- and a very real, very scary one at that. Timothee Chalamet’s moments of pure rage were so convincing, his moments of reflection were compelling, and his moments of taking drugs and dealing with the consequences were so believable. I am glad they chose someone so capable to give all those struggles a voice and face to bring this problem to the surface and I’m glad I watched this movie as it honestly changed my perspective on a lot of things in life. 

My list will hopefully continue to grow and by the time we return to our normal lives I will be able to say I’ve watched way too many movies, know too many actors, eat too many snacks while watching, and perhaps even finish some television show series if I decide to switch it up.