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Sunday Film Club (A Collection of Indie Movies, Cult Classics, and Foreign Films For Those Who Appreciate Good Cinema)

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This is a list of movies for people who actually love movies. Yeah, you know what we mean. GOOD movies.

Sunday Film Club is for the movie buff, film major, or hangover hero who dedicates their Sundays to watching movies. The hardest part of keeping up with this tradition is, of course, picking the movies. Each week, two films will be added to this list on the basis that they feel right for that Sunday.

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Run Lola Run

(Tom Tykwer, 1999, German)

An action-thriller following a girl who gets involved in a criminal deal with her boyfriend in Berlin.

Exhilarating, offbeat, powerful.


Requiem for a Dream

(Darren Aronofsky, 2000, English) 

A psychological thriller following a son and his mother, both battling with addiction.

Intense, dark, powerful cinematography.


Inherent Vice

(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014, English)

A psychedelic stab at modern America. Impressively spun mystery meets dark comedy narrative.

Joaquin Phoenix is spectacular.


Y Tu Mamá También

(Alfonso Cuarón, 2001, Spanish)

A raunchy, hilarious art film. It will leave you grinning ear to ear and falling in love with the sound of Spanish.

Downright spectacular, incredibly sexy.


City of God

(Fernando Meirelles, 2003, Portuguese)

A coming of age narrative that showcases the youth, corruption/drug trade, and beauty seen in 1970’s Rio de Janeiro.

As far as movies go, few will ever be this “cool.”


Heathers

(Michael Lehmann, 1989, English)

A young Winona Ryder and Christian Slater fluctuate between love and insanity in this feel good cult thriller.

Imagine Mean Girls but meaner and cooler.


Babyteeth

(Shannon Murphy, 2020, English)

A cathartic look at life and death powered by lovable characters and a beautiful glimpse of wasted youth.

Sad, to say the least, but equal parts beautiful and happy.


Breathless

(Jean-Luc Godard, 1961, French)

A soave petty thug and an aspiring American journalist go on a crime spree of sorts and nobody has ever looked so cool.

Romantic, witty, and will be loved by anyone who can appreciate a foreign language film.


Minding The Gap

(Bing Liu, 2018, English)

A documentary that leverages 12 years of footage centered around 3 unique humans who are bound by friendship and skateboarding in their Rust Belt home town.

Humbling, gripping, and eye opening.


Under The Silver Lake

(David Robert Mitchell, 2018, English)

A surreal tale that mystifies LA’s hippest neighborhood through a neo-noir dark comedy.

Trippy, easy on the eyes, and sexy.


Queen & Slim

(Melina Matsoukas, 2019, English)

A minor traffic stop turns into a modern Bonnie & Clyde narrative in which style, confidence, and love are power.

Relevant, gripping, and innovative.


The Miseducation of Cameron Post

(Desiree Akhavan, 2018, English)

The story of the youth sent to God’s Promise, a 90’s gay conversion therapy center, and their joint will to retain a sense of self.

Empowering, harrowing, and youthful.


Gook

(Justin Chon, 2017, English)

The largely unspoken tale of LA’s Korean community during the 92 riots.

Thought provoking, dark humor, and historically eye opening.


Moonlight

(Barry Jenkins, 2016, English)

A 3 chapter narrative that will shake your understanding of culture, sexuality, and identity.

Powerful, deserving of the Oscar for best picture over La La Land, and important.


Waking Life

(Richard Linkater, 2001, English)

An exploration of contemporary and modern philosophy through palatable and inspiring animation.

Trippy, mind blowing, and a stoner cult classic.


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

(Wes Anderson, 2004, English)

The ridiculous tale of a washed up ocean explorer that seeks revenge on one final adventure.

Easy to watch, incredible cast, lovable music.


Pan’s Labyrinth

(Guillermo del Toro, 2006, Spanish)

An eerie yet endearing tale of a magical world and the girl who discovers it amidst 1944 Nazi held Europe.

Imaginative, spooky, visually gripping.


Frank

(Lenny Abrahamson, 2014, English)


A brilliant depiction of the damaged genius and hopeless romantic of the music industry.

Hilarious, thought provoking, emotionally engaging.


La Haine

(Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995, French)

A documentary like film about three young men from immigrant families who experience the aftermath of a large police riot in a Parisian suburb.

Powerful, gritty, and a raw expression of class and racial disparities.


Waves

(Trey Edward Shults, 2019, English)

An experimental narrative structure breaks down the structure of an American household.

Shocking, cool and modern soundtrack, relatable.


David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

(Jonathan Hughes, 2020, English)

David Attenborough’s biggest flex in the long form documentary field.

Important, visually stimulating, worthwhile.


Blow the Man Down

(Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy, 2019, English)

A dark humored thriller where two girls dig deep into the criminal underbelly of their hometown’s deepest secrets

Thrilling, moody, and whimsical.


Climax

(Gaspar Noé, 2019, French)

A party hosted by a dance troop in an abandoned school goes horribly wrong.

Powerful soundtrack, bold cinematography, and chaotic energy.


I’m Still Here

(Casey Affleck, 2010, English) 

Casey Affleck follows Joaquin Phoenix as he carries out a plan to retire from acting and concentrate on a new career as a hip-hop musician.

Ridiculous, clever, creative.


Spirited Away

(Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, Japanese)

A girl enters an abandoned park and enters a mystical journey among many spirits.

Iconic animation, magical, imaginative.


Good Time

(Benny and Josh Safdie, 2017, English)

A bank robber does all he can to help free his brother from jail while getting involved in even more criminal activity.

Tense, gritty, incredible use of lighting.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer

(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2017, English)

A doctor from an idyllic family befriends a teenage boy who becomes gradually and horribly unsettling, based on a Greek tragedy.

Disturbing, thought provoking, profound performances.


Happiest Season

(Clea DuVall, 2020, English)

A young woman plans to propose to her girlfriend while going home to her conservative parents.

Holiday themed, romantic, challenges gender roles and family structure.


Quadrophenia

(Franc Roddam, 1979, English) 

Based on The Who’s 1973 rock album, two groups called the mods and rockers go head to head in Brighton.

Nostalgic, great soundtrack, excellent cinematography.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

(Michel Gondry, 2004, English)

After a painful breakup, a girl undergoes a procedure to erase all memories of her former boyfriend.

Strong acting, unpredictably tender, touching.


Blade Runner

(Ridley Scott, 1982, English) 

A man continues his job as a Replicant Hunter and is assigned to embark on an action-packed mission.

Gorgeous visuals, intelligent, imaginative.


Love Actually

(Richard Curtis, 2003, English)

Nine interconnected stories tell the tale of love and the complexities that come along with the holiday season.

Romantic, feel good, heart-warming.


The Wicker Man

(Robin Hardy, 1973, English) 

A sergeant appears on a Scottish island to investigate a missing child case but uncovers something more haunting

Suspenseful, unique, beautiful soundtrack.


Drive

(Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011, English)

A nameless driver finds himself in a criminally charged situation and meets a woman on the way.

Thrilling, stylish, action packed.


I Was There When House Took Over the World

(Alex Bennett, 2017, English)

A documentary about the social and cultural environment that give rise to the iconic genre of house music.

Illuminating, unique, musically engaging.


Sorry to Bother You

(Boots Riley, 2018, English) 

Set in an alternate reality, a telemarketer finds the key that leads to material glory.

Refreshing, satirical, brilliant.


Chemical Hearts

(Richard Tanne, 2020, English) 

Two high school seniors meet and fall in love, while one hides a heartbreaking secret.

Romantic, raw, melancholic drama.


Under the Skin

(Jonathan Glazer, 2014, English) 

An extraterrestrial being, disguising as a human, lures men to join her in another dimension.

Otherworldly, mesmerizing, haunting.


Studio 54

(Matt Tyrnauer, 2019, English)

A documentary about the 1970s New York City night club, underneath all its glitz and glamour.

Fascinating, eye-opening, fun.


Salt

(Phillip Noyce, 2010, English)

A CIA officer is accused of being a spy. Putting her oath to the test, the more she proves her innocence the guiltier she seems.

Thrilling, action packed, suspenseful.


Victoria

(Sebastian Schipper, 2015, German)

Shot in one camera take with an improvised script, a runaway girl is asked out by a group of men. A wild night of partying turns into a night of crime.

Brilliant cinematography, unexpectedly wild, intense.


The Talented Mr. Ripley

(Anthony Minghella, 1999, English) 

A psychological thriller about a man who develops an obsession with another young man.

Dark, complex, intense.


Moonrise Kingdom

(Wes Anderson, 2012, English)

Two twelve year olds fall in love and decide to runaway. A quirky search team sets out to find them.

Heart-warming, clever, great powerful visuals.


CHECK BACK EACH AND EVERY SUNDAY FOR TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO SUNDAY FILM CLUB!

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