You’ll be the go-to person for film recommendations in no time

If the Oscar buzz and post Golden Globes high have you craving some must see movie options, but you’ve already seen all the top films of 2018 — and you’ve seen all the award show favourites and blockbuster darlings from the past ten years. Here are some of the cinematic gems you might have missed. A blend of all genres, these flicks will make you think like a film critic and recommend like one too. So put on your pjs, pop some popcorn, and set your socials to “away”. Then grab the best seat in the house and get your Netflix, Crave, Prime, blu ray, or VHS player going. Enjoy.

 

Electrick Children (2012)

A story of self-discovery, youth, and abuse of power, chaos ensues as main character Rachel, naive and unexpectedly pregnant, heads on a journey to Vegas to find the “father” of her miracle baby. She believes the baby to be the result of her listening to forbidden technology: a cassette tape with a singular rock song recorded on its ribbon. This quirky film starring Ozark and Maniac’s Julia Garner as she veers away from her sheltered Mormon youth and towards a life of love and rock and roll is a must watch if you are looking for a film with heart, depth, and gut wrenching reveals. Not to mention, a fantastic pair of red sunglasses.

Ruby Sparks (2012)

Ruby Sparks is Paul Dano at his charmingly awkward best. As a child prodigy turned writer’s blocked novelist, lead character Calvin is lonely, anxious, and stuck. At his lowest point, he creates Ruby, played by indie queen Zoe Kazan. She is a sweet, spontaneous woman who lives in the pages of his work in progress — until she doesn’t. Somehow written into real life, Ruby is Calvin’s perfect woman, because she does exactly what he writes her to do. A film about acknowledging your situation and learning to accept help, Ruby Sparks is funny, frustrating, and sad all at once. If you are looking for a love story that doesn’t just step outside the box, but breaks it entirely, this is the film for you.

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