Hey guys! Honestly, I don’t watch a lot of TV or movies–just because I’m busy, . But there are a few movies that are very close to my heart, which I’ve grown fond of over the years–so I thought I’d share them in a quick little post today. 🙂
I Kill Giants
This was one of the movies I binged during quarantine. It’s definitely a tearjerker, but it has a happy ending–and also is guaranteed to drop-kick you back into middle school without your permission.
It’s about this young teen girl, Barbara–I don’t remember if they say her age, but I’d guess about thirteen? Anyway, as per the title, she kills giants. (Or at least believes she does–it’s left very ambiguous whether it’s something she makes up as a coping mechanism, or a real thing in this world.) After school, she makes traps to catch these giants, and sees herself as the last person who can protect the world from them. Throughout the movie, she uses this perceived responsibility as an excuse to hurt those she loves, and push away the people trying to help her, until she reaches a breaking point. Also, while this is all happening, her mother is dying–so yeah, like I said, it’s a tearjerker.
Aesthetically speaking, this movie is just so pretty to look at, oh my god. The writing is absolutely god tier, and… I don’t know, it’s just one of those movies that just leaves you speechless, and/or makes you question your every life decision for a good day after watching it.
So, I was basically raised by Taylor Swift music–I’m pretty sure it was the only music I knew existed until I was eleven. It wasn’t a huge part of my childhood, but it influenced me for sure.
I’ve been getting really nostalgic of late, and going back to a lot of the things I used to like when I was younger–rereading my old favourite books, and making my favourite snacks from when I was a toddler–and it’s been really, really nice. Anyway, at some point, I decided to watch this documentary, and it almost made me cry.
It’s about Taylor Swift–but also, it’s about way more than that. It’s really intimate and real, and calming, and I think if you’re a girl, it’s pretty hard not to relate to this in some way or other. Like, god. (Also, if you were ever classified as a gifted kid from a young age, this pretty much captures that whole experience as well.) It’s about a celebrity, and it shouldn’t be relatable–but it just came into my house and completely called me out.
If it’s not clear in my poetry, I totally get the pressure to constantly achieve greater and greater things from mostly yourself, but also indirectly the people around you, as well as the constant social pressure to “be a good girl.” (There’s a reason I use that motif a lot in my poetry, in case you couldn’t tell.) That feeling, of anger, and insecurity, and all those other fun feelings is something I’ve been really struggling with of late–but watching this documentary really helped me sort through some of that, and it’s always nice to know you’re not the only one who struggles with this kind of stuff.
When Marnie Was There
This was the first studio ghibli movie I watched, so it has a special place in my heart–which is probably part of why I love it so much. My friend and I were hanging out together after school. We were going to go out, but we decided to just hang out, and eat chips. It had been a really stressful week, so honestly, just having a chance to unwind was really nice. We talked about our problems, and our lives, and for some reason, I remember it very clearly.
Anyway, that aside, it is a really beautiful movie!
It’s about this young girl named Anna, who struggles with a chronic illness (it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but I think she has asthma?) who gets sent away from the city, where she lives with her foster parents–to the country, to stay with some distant relatives. She explores the area, and ends up finding this ancient house scheduled for destruction, and befriends a ghost named Marnie.
A lot of the stuff this movie discusses definitely hits home for me as well–it definitely gets me a bit emotional. Oh, and the main character looks eerily like me, so I get to self-project on her, which is fun. Anyway, the art is really gorgeous too, I don’t know, I really like it. 🙂
The Queen of Versailles
So, in the area I live, there’s no real “rich neighbourhoods” and “poor neighbourhoods.” Everyone is just kind of lumped together–so you’ll see tiny family homes and mansions, literally on the same street. Which means, growing up, I’ve seen my fair share of dumb rich people–so laughing at them is always kind of fun. I watched this documentary for the first time in seventh grade, but recently rewatched it with a friend for the hell of it, and it’s really well-made, and thought-provoking, and also great if you just want to laugh at some dumb rich people.
It follows the Seigels, this insanely wealthy family who want to build the biggest house in America, modelled after the palace of Versailles–all during the 2008 financial crisis. It’s absolutely wild, think Tiger King meets, like, a Hallmark movie, in the absolute best way possible. Oh, if you’re a writer, this whole documentary is an absolute gold mine of inspiration, you have no idea how many of my characters were inspired by the Seigels.
It’s a really fascinating look into not just America, but capitalism as a whole, and always gets me in a contemplative mood.
Anyway, um, as usual, I hope you enjoyed reading me geek out about movies for 1000 words? These posts always seem to get a decent amount of views, so I assume you enjoy it. Um, yeah! I hope you’re staying sane, and taking care of yourselves–and I’ll see you next week.
Lots of love,