There’s nothing quite like settling down to watch a film, whether in the theatre or in the comfort of your own home. Regardless of the type, films have the ability to transport us to times and places beyond our own. If you’re ready to learn something new about yourself, give some of these visual treats a shot!
1. May I Be Frank
Frank Ferrante is a 54 year-old Sicilian from Brooklyn living in San Francisco. A lover of life, great food and a good laugh, Frank is also a drug addict, morbidly obese, pre-diabetic, and fighting Hepatitis C. Frank knows that life can be better than this, and is looking for a way out. Through following Frank on the journey of his transformation, witness the power of change and the human condition laid bare.
2. The Bucket List
Billionaire Edward Cole and mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to escape it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.
3. October Sky
October Sky is a great example of a film that’s an oldie but a goldie. In this film, Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son, takes up rocketry against his father's wishes after being inspired by the first Sputnik launch. Only one teacher in the high school understands Hickam and his friends’ efforts and lets them know that they could become contenders in the national science fair with college scholarships being the prize. Join these boys in their journey to shoot for the stars – literally!
4. A Ghost Story
A story of the afterlife like no other, A Ghost Story stars Casey Affleck as a friendly ghost, covered in a simple white sheet like a Halloween costume, who hangs around and haunts his wife (Rooney Mara), as she processes the crippling grief she feels over his death. Beyond simply being a ghost story, this film provides insight into love, loneliness and denial, and the ephemeral nature of the flesh.
5. Hidden Figures
Based on the true life stories of mathematician Katherine Johnson, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and her unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan, we follow these women as they rise through the ranks of NASA. They cross gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cements them in U.S. history as true American heroes. If you want to feel motivated, this is the film to watch!
No matter the sort of film you find yourself in the mood for, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to this month’s list. Don’t forget to grab some popcorn!