Being a film student, I’ve studied cinema from the silent era all the way to the Italian slashers of the 70s. And although I enjoyed my time in film theory, I also never felt the need to deny my love for the following:
- 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Anyone who knows me at all understands that this movie is what I call the pinnacle of cinema. Besides being my favourite flick of all time, it also holds a special place in the hearts of those who only briefly experienced what the 90s had to offer. With platform sandals, indie ballads, and a curly-haired Heath Ledger, what’s not to be nostalgic about?
2. Sliding Doors (1998)
You know those times where life seems to throw every bad and slightly traumatic event at you in this space of 2 weeks? This movie sums up exactly how it feels to be kicked when you’re down yet makes it somewhat light-hearted (in the way only British humour can).
3. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
This cringeworthy tale of events show us how not to navigate a potential relationship. While some might question how a character like Andie fell in love with Matthew McConaughey in a mere week and a half, I for one completely understand.
4. Reality Bites (1994)
Featuring a young Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, this story perfectly illustrates the awkwardness and confusion that only your early 20s could manifest. Bonus points for the occasional 90s angst.
5. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Although Paul’s love for Holly might be seen as a tad possessive in today’s day and age, I do respect the 60s for their fancy cigarette holders.
6. Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Speaking of old-fashioned romance, you didn’t think I’d leave out this classic, did you? Although I’m a hardcore fan of the 1995 BBC miniseries (Colin Firth is the only acceptable Mr. Darcy), Dario Marianelli’s gorgeous compositions simply can’t be ignored here.
7. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
Along with Reality Bites, I feel people are totally sleeping on this Julia Roberts film (and yes – pun intended). I also can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t want a teacher who looked like Kevin Anderson.
Are there any films you’d defend the chick-flick genre for? Feel free to comment down below so I can check them out!