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Ten Movies My Dad Should Watch

So, I spoke to my father yesterday and I tried to tell him about this movie I watched. He stopped me after about a sentence and he was like, you know what you should do, you should make a blog post about all the movies you want me to watch. Incredible, Dad. Thank you for giving me a reason for talking about unappreciated movies that more people should see.

The main difference with my Dad and I is that he won't bail on something in the middle. He will watch the entire movie or series all the way through just because he needs to know how it ends. You'd think, as some who is trying to make a career out of writing books, I'd also be in that same mindset. However, if something is truly trash, I will turn it off. My dad has sat through all of Curb Your Enthusiasm and all of Bad Grandpa, so I think he can sit through these movies that have his daughter's stamp of approval.

I'm also really gonna try my best to talk about the movies without giving too much away because I know how much you hate spoilers. IT'S HARD TO TALK ABOUT MOVIES, DAD, WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY.

Movies That I've Told You To Watch, But You've Probably Forgotten About

  1. Miss Sloane - This is movie that started this all. For some ridiculous reason (AKA me trusting straight, white, male movie reviewers), I didn't see this movie in theatres when it came out. And what a mistake that was. Y'know how people describe actors as a "tour du force?" Well, I don't think anyone has truly deserved that adjective more than Jessica Chastain. I love Jessica Chastain in everything she does. This movie's no different. It's like a West Wing-Aaron Sorkin take on politcal lobbyists. She's daring and tough and takes no shit. She's a strong female character. I've said time and again that being a "strong female character" does not always refer to the muscular strength, but to the degree that the woman is written like a real woman. That's important. Elizabeth Sloane is tough. She's really tough, but she gets to exist outside of that as well. It's really, really rare to get to see a well-rounded woman at the center of a movie like this.
  2. Okja - Honestly, Dad, I don't know how you're going to feel about this movie, but I think it's going to be Netflix's first real foray into Oscar territory, so you should check it out. It's about the meat/food industry in America and somehow did a better job at convincing me to be a vegetarian than any documentary I've ever seen. Basically, there's this company that thinks its solved the world's food crisis by breeding these "super pigs." They've sent out these "super pigs" to different family farms around the world as a competition of sorts to see who can raise the best "super pig." The movie focuses on Mia and Okja (that's the pig) and Mia's fight to keep Okja safe from the food industry.
  3. 20th Century Women - I put this one on the list because I feel like you know what it's like to be a guy growing up around a whole bunch of women. I mean, even as an adult, you were mostly surrounded by women. You have a wife, two daughters, and female dogs. You've just always been around women. The main character of this movie, Jamie, is growing up without a father in a home that's almost like an artists' colony. Annette Benning, his mom, doesn't think she needs a man to raise a man and enlists the help of a girl Jamie's age and my girl, Greta Gerwig, to help her raise her son. It's a very sweet love letter to women and moms. (Also, he's got another movie called Beginners. It's about Ewan McGregor's relationship with his aging father who has also decided to come out as gay as like a seventy-year-old man. If 20th Century Women is a love letter to moms and women, Beginners is a love letter to fathers.)
  4. Colossal - This is the movie I told you about a little while ago about with Anne Hathaway. It's a little bit Japanese monster movie mixed with interpersonal drama. It's about Anne Hathaway's character who gets dumped in the beginning of the movie and decides to move back to her hometown. She runs into Jason Sudekis who owns a bar and offers her a job for as long as she's in town. Weirdly enough, as soon as she moved back to her hometown, these strange Godzilla-type attacks start happening in Japan and Anne Hathaway thinks she may somehow be related. But how could that be?! (Plus, this movie's also about misogyny and how "nice guys" aren't really that nice." Any movie that deals with misogyny head-on is an A+ in my book.)
  5. Pan's Labyrinth - I know you're not super into horror movies and this movie will probably come up as a horror movie, but I don't think that's really fair. People don't usually equate horror movies with good movies, but I assure you this is the real deal. It's half-historical (that's for you, Mom!), half-twisted fairy-tale. It takes place a few years after the Spanish Civil War and mixes the beginning of the Francoist period with a little girl coming of age and going on this mystical journey.
  6. Get Out - Speaking of horror movies that are incredible, this one is one of the best movies I saw in theatres this year. It's a movie about a black man going home to meet his white girlfriend's family for the very first time. I really don't want to give anything away because it truly is one of the best movies I've ever seen in my entire life, but basically, like all horror movies, things aren't always what they seem.
  7. Mistress America - This is purely me just trying to spread the gospel of Greta Gerwig. The movie's about a college freshman, Tracy, who moves to NYC to go to school at NYU and she's having trouble fitting in. Her mom suggests she call Brooke, Tracy's soon-to-be stepsister. Brooke takes Tracy through the perfect New York night of her life. I know you don't like watching movies with young protagonists, but I just want somebody to watch this movie. Please. I have so many feelings about it.
  8. Catfight - I really don't know how you're going to feel about this movie. I think it'll depend on your mood because it's a weird one. It's a very dark comedy about two college roommates that grew apart. One ended up a struggling artist whose political, anti-war pieces can't find traction. The other ended up married to a man who stands to profit immensely off the U.S.'s involvement in the war. The two end up meeting again at a party and proceed to have a knock-down drag-out fight that changes both of their lives.
  9. Kingsmen: The Secret Service - You may already seen this movie, but I don't know. It's based on a graphic novel or comic book about this elite organization of very classy, well-dressed spies. I guess they're spies? Whatever. One of their own gets murdered in the beginning and the movie's basically about a boy named Eggsy and his journey to try and become the new member of the Kingsmen. It's a good action movie, Dad, trust me. (Could they have treated Roxy's character a little better and given her a bigger role in the finale sequence? Yes. That's my only complaint.)
  10. Power Rangers - SOMEBODY JUST LISTEN TO ME AND TRUST ME THAT THIS MOVIE IS A REALLY GOOD TIME. BILLY CRANSTON, I LOVE YOU.

That's the end. There are more, I'm sure of it, but I'm too sleepy right now to think of more. (Sorry, Mom, about this post. Maybe you'll like at least one of the movies. Also, I'm sure the grammar is atrocious because I cannot emphasize how sleepy I am.)