my most vital film recs

or, not the films i recommend the most, but the ones i want more people to seek out. i think these are all extremely special and worth seeing. some are slow and meaningful, others are offbeat and provide a more unique viewing experience. these are often on my mind when i really think about why i love film, and they might all have nothing in common except for my love and adoration

  • American Honey
  • Columbus
  • The Florida Project
  • Lovesong
  • Let the Right One In
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • Stoker
  • Breathe
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • The Fits
  • The Double
  • Lore
  • The Fall
  • Thelma
  • Private Life
  • Short Term 12
  • The Lobster
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Pariah
  • Wetlands
  • Incendies
  • Snowpiercer
  • Her Smell
  • Victoria
  • The Kindergarten Teacher
  • Mommy
  • Paterson
  • Blue Ruin
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Brick
  • Starlet
  • The Tribe
  • Sunset
  • The Lure
  • Duck Butter
  • Submarine
  • The Secret Garden
  • Mustang
  • The Truman Show
  • In the Fade
  • The Tale
  • Like Crazy
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Appropriate Behavior
  • Raw
  • Girlhood
  • Excision
  • Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
  • Take Shelter
  • Me and You and Everyone We Know
  • Junebug
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Skate Kitchen
  • A Fantastic Woman
  • Attack the Block
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Hanna
  • God's Own Country
  • Berlin Syndrome
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Lean on Pete
  • On Body and Soul
  • Another Earth
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Paint It Black
  • Blindspotting
  • Violet & Daisy
  • Possession
  • Heaven Knows What
  • Hunger
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Boy
  • Lost River
  • Revenge
  • Obvious Child
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)
  • Kate Plays Christine
  • Into the Forest
  • Side Effects
  • Rust and Bone
  • Weekend
  • Dogtooth
  • Water Lilies
  • 20th Century Women
  • I Think We're Alone Now
  • Rocket Science
  • Shirkers
  • Big Fish
  • The Chambermaid
  • Novitiate
  • Jumpman
  • The Brass Teapot
  • Pleasantville
  • The Chumscrubber
  • Coherence
  • Colossal
  • Always Shine
  • Comet
  • Woodshock