The Devil Wears Prada
Good Will Hunting

Even newer films like Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse are all favored films that are known and loved by many teenagers and adults alike. 

Most people have a comfort film, or a film that just really sticks with them because of the message, the characters, or the story. It’s hard to pick a favorite, especially when nowadays the availability of platforms like Netflix, Disney+, and HBO give us such a wide variety and collection of movies. This allows us to rediscover classic shows and movies such as Pulp Fiction or Stand By Me, but also can be overwhelming to us when we’re presented with so many trailers and titles. The evolution of classic genres like Horror and Sci-fi  have allowed for so many subgenres to emerge, like cyberpunk sci-fi or found-footage horror, presenting us with so many cool new films.  

As we anticipate the usual Hollywood remakes and sequels of films like The Crow and Twisters this summer, let’s take a look at what the AISB community has to say about their favorite films. If you don’t know what to watch next, with family, friends, or by yourself—read on.

Carmen M.: The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, 2012. 

IMDb Rating: 7.2/10

Certificate: 15+

The Maze Runner, 2014.

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Certificate: 15+

12th grader Carmen M. shares her two favorite dystopian films: The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games.

Can you tell me your favorite film? 

“The Maze Runner, or The Hunger Games.” 

[The Hunger Games is a dystopian book series made into a hit franchise, about a nation that’s divided into 12 sectors, when every year, one representative from each sector is selected to fight in a barbarian game of survival called: The Hunger Games. The games are a gladiator-style killing tournament that goes until there is a last representative standing. ]

[The Maze Runner is another dystopian sci-fi series made into a movie. Thomas wakes up in “the box” , a metal crate that opens to a field, where he is surrounded by other boys. The first thing he notices is the massive walls keeping them in, and he learns that beyond those walls in The Maze. He can’t remember where he came from or who he is.]

Why are those your favorite films? Is there something about the message that you feel really resonates with you? 

“Both of them have young people (around my age) who are incredibly brave leaders that have the responsibility of facing insane situations whilst others are entirely relying on them. They also have the greater portion of the population against them, to which they have to withstand self-doubt and follow-through with their ideologies regardless of the support they get.” 

Why do you think people should watch this film? 

“They’re amazing. They motivate the viewer, but not to the unattainable extent as superhero movies, for example. They keep you on edge, but not to the uncomfortable extreme like horror movies. They explore various genres such as romance, but not an overwhelming amount. I just adore them so much.”

Pietro G.: Ratatouille

Ratatouille, 2007.

IMDb rating: 8.1/10

Certificate: PG

11th grader Pietro. G shares his favorite childhood Disney film: Ratatouille.

Can you tell me your favorite film?

“My favorite movie is Ratatouille.”

“[Ratatouille] starts off with [a rat named] Remy, as  he enters a house to look for food and he tries—if I remember right—cheese and strawberries. There’s this scene that I vividly remember because it’s one of the scenes that I remember from my childhood, and he tastes all these flavors. From then on, he fell in love with the kitchen and cooking in general, and then later on he tries to get into the kitchen world, in the cooking industry. He meets a fellow [human] friend, who’s name is Linguini, and from then on they kind of build a friendship.”

Why is Ratatouille your favorite film, is there something about the message that you think is important?

“I feel that the message behind Ratatouille is about Remy, the rat, while rats are considered dirty, not sanitary, while his (Remy’s) dreams are to become a chef, so obviously these two things don’t really fit well with each other. The message behind the film is to not have to go with the system and to not live up to everyone’s expectations, because otherwise you can’t reach your dreams.” 

Why do you think people should watch this film?

“It’s a funny film; it’s for kids; it has a strong meaning behind it; and I think everyone would enjoy it.” 

Luca P.: The Creator 

The Creator, 2023.

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Certificate: 13+

9th grader Luca. P shares his favorite sci-fi film: The Creator.

Can you tell me your favorite film?

“The Creator.”

[The Creator is a sci-fi dystopian set in the future, where AI has reached a human level of intelligence, and corrupted the world, causing humans to go near extinction. The western military tries to seek out and assassinate the infamous “Nirmata,” supposedly the mastermind behind the advancement of AI. Joshua, a US Army sergeant is recruited to destroy a secret weapon related to Nirmata, but finds something much different than what he thought.]

Why is The Creator your favorite film, is there something about the message that you think is important?

“In this movie I enjoy the shift in perspective [that the audience is able to view through the characters] from the ‘good side’ to the ‘bad side’, and this shift is not common in many movies.”

Why do you think people should watch this film?

“I believe people should watch this movie as it has a compelling plot and allows us to see a switch of perspective which is unavailable in most movies.”

Tim Emmons: Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, 2023.

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Certificate: 15+

MYP/DP English teacher Tim Emmons shares his favorite film: Oppenheimer.

Can you tell me your favorite film?

“That is an impossibly difficult question. I can’t possibly give my favorite film of all time. Instead, I guess I’ll give my favorite recent film. That would have to be Oppenheimer.”

[Oppenheimer is a retelling of the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a physicist who ended WW2 by helping in the development of the atomic bomb.]

Why is Oppenheimer your favorite film, is there something about the message that you think is important?

“Oppenheimer is a film that is both entertaining and has important things to say about the world we live in. The film does a nice job of exploring a complex man and a complex moment in history.”

Why do you think people should watch this film?

“Christopher Nolan is a brilliant director who always puts together a film that has you on the edge of your seat and challenges viewers to think critically. Both these elements can be experienced in the scene when they test the first atomic bomb. Cinema at its finest.”

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