Arts & Entertainment

Fan-favorite films fill quarantine free time

As school has come to an end and quarantine has yet to be lifted, what better way to spend your free time than watching a few of these fan-favorite films?

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Written and directed by Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” follows a concierge named Gustave and a lobby-boy named Zero. 

This story is told from the perspective of an elderly Zero, who now owns the Grand Budapest hotel. Curious how a man can go from a poor lobby-boy to the owner of a once world-renowned hotel, a journalist listens to Zero’s story as he recalls his life working under the exceptional concierge, Gustave. Though funny, light-hearted and a little bit chaotic, this film is emotional, thoughtful and, simply put, beautiful. Wes Anderson’s cinematography, per usual, is unlike any other. Not only is the cinematography breathtaking, but the acting is incredible, and the plot is extraordinary. 

One of my favorites of all time, “The Grand Budapest” is a wonderful introduction to the world of Wes Anderson films and a must-see overall.

Little Women (2019)

Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” follows sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they face the trials and tribulations of being a woman in the second half of the nineteenth century. 

“Little Women” reminds us just how timeless Alcott’s story really is. Gerwig’s directing makes you feel like you’re there with the sisters, learning these essential lessons and transformative realizations about life, love, self and others. 

The perspective switches from the sisters’ childhood to adulthood frequently, which oftentimes would be a confusing feature in a two hour film. However, with Greta Gerwig’s genius, the time-warp only makes the film that much more enthralling. 

The casting for this film is unmatched — I firmly believe there is no better Jo March than Saoirse Ronan and no better Laurie Laurence than Timothée Chalamet (before you come for me, yes, I’ve seen the 1994 rendition). 

An emotional masterpiece with details celebrated to the very core, “Little Women” perfectly captures the essence of cheerful sincerity Louisa May Alcott intended for the March sisters. To sum up: thank you, Greta Gerwig. 

The Social Network (2010)

Directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network” is one of the most masterful films of the 2010s. Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard University undergrad, is a computer genius whose intelligence and arrogance leads him into severe legal trouble regarding his newfound and wildly popular creation — Facebook. 

The story is told mostly as a flashback from the two multi-million dollar lawsuits Zuckerberg faces — one with the Winklevoss twins, who claim Zuckerberg stole their idea, and another with Eduardo Saverin, the original CFO of Facebook who was allegedly cheated out of his role. 

“The Social Network” features A-list actors, including Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Dakota Johnson, Rashida Jones and Armie Hammer, all of who make the movie that much more thrilling to experience. 

Aaron Sorkin’s remarkable dialogue captivatingly tells the true tale of now-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg. The characters, Zuckerberg specifically, are witty and engaging, all while maintaining both the sobriety and significance of the legal issues and obvious wrongdoings at hand. 

“The Social Network”, both as a true story and a brilliantly written film, is a must-see picture. 

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