1. The Darjeeling Limited Wes Anderson
I'm a huuuge Wes Anderson fan and needless to say, I had high expectations for this film. This 2007 indie drama was spectacular, and I could watch it again and again. The story is about three brothers (Francis, Peter and Jack) who board a train going across India in an attempt to bond and become closer. The three eccentric brothers are played by Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman, whose acting performances compliment each other perfectly. The film's quirky humor and sentimental message capture the audience from the start. I highly recommend this anything-but-traditional film because while entertaining, it also contains an important message about family and finding oneself.
If you want to find out more about Wes Anderson and his unique style, check out this article from ScreenRant.
2. Maleficent Robert Stromberg
This new take on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is truly magnificent. (Get it? Maleficent was magnificent?) The film offers a fresh perspective to a story you thought you knew. Angelina Jolie is cast perfectly as the dark and stunning villainess Maleficent. Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora also shines in this unexpected retelling of a Disney favorite. I don't want to reveal too much so if you haven't seen it, get to it! The movie's message of redemption and love truly wows.
The song from the trailer "Once Upon a Dream" (sung by my favorite- Lana Del Rey) can be found here. It captures the tone of the movie to a tee!
3. Submarine Richard Ayoade
A friend recommended this unique film to me, and I'm glad she did! Submarine is a coming-of-age story about fifteen year old Oliver Tate played by Craig Roberts. The movie is adapted from the novel by Joe Dunthorne, which I have yet to read but plan on it. I'm sure one of the reasons I liked this movie so much is because of it's Wes Anderson feel. The film's soundtrack is written by Alex Turner of the indie band Arctic Monkeys. The movie deals with serious issues despite its seemingly peculiar style. If you're up it, check out this original take on a teenager's life.