During Week One we visited movies about whether, “Man Deserved His Comeuppance.” Week Two we looked over, “The Good Guys Always Win in the End.” Week Three we took a look at smart and inspiring leadership. Week Four…No Seriously, let’s go back a little bit and talk Dystopia. Week Four we asked Julia, “Can’t you just recommend some interesting movies I’ve never heard of? “
No, what I meant was, can’t you recommend something that actually is phenomenal and leaves me feeling peaceful after it’s over?
Of course, we all need some eye bleach sometimes. Here’s some variety to fit your mood.
The Iron Giant – One for the whole family, still surprisingly unknown, and leaves you feeling like everything is right in the world again. A young boy discovers the friendship of a giant robot against the backdrop of the Red Scare, but the focus remains on good friendships and the essential truths that lie in the heart of a young boy. One of the top ten films of all time.
The Incredibles– The best superhero movie ever created, hands down. Excellent characters, a fast plot, and a satisfying ending.
Amelie – A foreign language film, not for children, with lots of adult themes, but endlessly joyful. A young French woman roams through over 80 different Parisian settings, pulling the strings in the lives of others. Light-hearted, kind, with a warmth and love for all of humanity that shines through.
Crazy Rich Asians – You can watch it 10 times and still feel satisfied in the end. A very standard light-hearted American plot, but with the richness that a different culture brings to the table.
Won’t You be My Neighbor – documentary – Because we all need to remember the helpers. This one will bring tears, but in the end a satisfying feeling about the good that is in the world. We are all in the day to day together, and our neighbors and their small kindnesses are a daily and profound triumph.
ABOUT JULIA FAIR. Julia moved to Bainbridge Island three years ago with her husband and two children, and has found her work home at IslandWood. An original native of Mississippi, Julia started her career working on the successful independent film, The Blair Witch Project. Her first produced feature length scripts, Believers and Alien Raiders, were released on DVD by Warner Brothers home video, and she strongly encourages you to rent them as she does still receive residuals on them. Quentin Tarantino counts Alien Raiders as one of his personal favorites, just saying. Outside of writing, Julia has been heavily involved in research as well as viral marketing for a variety of science fiction and paranormal movies and shows, such as In Search Of and Hellboy. Her experience as an intensive and detailed researcher, as well as a horror and fantasy/sci-fi maven led her to be tapped by Paramount Pictures and Universal Studios where she worked behind the scenes in the Brain Trust for both Stephen King’s The Dark Tower and Michael Bay’s Transformers. She recently spoke at the Library of Congress, discussing the making of modern myths and how Blair Witch, like War of the Worlds, reveals the way humans can seek out and even forcefully choose to believe misinformation. She enjoys long walks, nature, white papers from the National Institute of Health, the companionship of good friends, and dystopian sci-fi.