My taste in movies

Lost in Translation

Recently I talked about what I like in a good book and I thought it was about time I talked about my taste in film, although if you’ve read any of my monthly film round-ups you might have guessed it’s quite varied…

Ultimately though, the films I love most can be summed up by this shot of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation. I like them slow, I like them moody, and I like them to be filled with meaningful glances (and whispers).

I’ll nearly always pick fiction over documentary and I tend to prefer more subdued stories to loud-out-loud comedy. If it’s about women I’m probably interested, unless her sole intention is finding a man and she has no female friends.

And if it has Julianne Moore crying in (SafeFar From HeavenThe HoursThe Kids Are All Right…) it’s already on my favourites list.

With all that in mind, here are a few things that will get me interested in a film no matter what…

  • Films about teenage girls
  • Films set in American high-schools
  • Character-driven plots that don’t really go anywhere big (but not when a manic-pixie-dream-girl is involved)
  • Films about women set in the 1950s, or made in the 1950s
  • Misunderstood/lonely/lost women
  • Films about gender and sexuality, roles and stereotypes, masculinity and femininity (and films that lead to discussion about these things)
  • Female friendships and sister stories
  • Dialogue-driven films or films with barely any dialogue at all
  • Anything directed by the Coen brothers
  • or Lynn Shelton
  • or with a screenplay by Joss Whedon
  • Neo-noir
  • Dystopian cities