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How Many Of These Cult Movies Have You Seen?

Picture the scene: it’s a Friday night sofa date, about 8pm. Your only obligations between now and Saturday’s breakfast are occasionally peeing, and putting the Merlot bottle into the recycling after you finish it. Nothing is grabbing you as you flick between tabs (you’re millennial, no one owns a TV anymore) – what DO you want to watch?

Turning this sorry situation into a moment of discovery is #FridayFilmClub, our weekly movie recommendation series on Instagram @Refinery29UK. Sit back, scroll our feed and let each storyline teaser video (created by collage artist Pia Hakko) inspire your night’s entertainment – we’re even telling you what kind of person each movie is suited to, for faff-free decision making.

Scroll below and click to play for a look at #FridayFilmClub so far, and follow @refinery29uk for this week’s recommendation.

Precious, written by Lee Daniels, 2009.

*For Fans Of* sad movies. Powerfully sad movies which hold a mirror up to the dark corners of our world and reflect the unbearably difficult lives some lead.

*The Plot* Claireece ‘Precious Jones’ is 16-years-old, and pregnant with her second child – the result of being repeatedly raped by her father since she was a child. Physically and emotionally tormented by her unemployed mother at their home in Harlem, Precious escapes her painful life through glamorous daydreams. A glimmer of hope is offered when Precious is sent to a new school, and is guided by her teacher Blu Rain.

*Starring* Gabourey Sidibe @gabby3shabby as Precious, who auditioned with no prior acting experience. Mo’Nique @therealmoworldwide won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mary, Precious’ mother. Spot makeup-free @mariahcarey as social worker Ms. Weiss.

*You Should Also Know* that for #BlackHistoryMonth, we’re running a series of articles on black women in cinema – read ‘Where Are Our Black Female Leads In Cinema?’ through the link in our bio. We also encourage you to check out the fantastic work of the @britishfilminstitute and their ‘Black Star season’, @reelgoodfilmclub, and The New Black Film Collective @tnbfc.

Pretty In Pink, written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch, 1986.

*For Fans Of* 80s American high school movies, like #SixteenCandles and #Heathers. The movies you watched at girly sleepovers, and still shed a tear over when the good guy gets the girl...

*The Plot* Andie is a working-class girl from ‘the wrong side of the tracks’. Her best friend is Teddy Boy-styled Duckie, and the pair are bullied at school by the rich kids. Andie falls for the rich kid with a heart, Blane, oblivious to the fact that Duckie has loved her all along.

*Starring* @mollyringwald as Andie. Molly is a ‘member’ of the ‘Brat Pack’, the nickname for a group of young actors who often appeared together in 80s coming-of-age films. Demi Moore is another core Brat Pack member...

*You Should Also Know* that, just like in the movie, Andie’s pink prom dress was created from two dresses cut and reassembled together. Costume designer @marilynvance wanted to steer clear of the typical strapless, full-skirted look, because it was unrealistic for cash-strapped Andie. The shoulder-baring, lace insert creation wouldn’t look out of place on a teen today.

True Romance by #TonyScott, 1993

*For Fans Of* runaway road movies and#QuentinTarantino – the director penned the screenplay for #TrueRomance, and describes it as his most autobiographical effort.

*The Plot* Elvis-obsessed loner Clarence and call girl Alabama fall in love. An Elvis apparition convinces Clarence to kill Alabama’s pimp, a drug dealer called Drexl. The lovers escape the murder scene, accidentally taking a suitcase of cocaine belonging to the Sicilian Mafia with them. They decide to sell the drugs, but the Mafia are already hunting them down…

*Starring* @reachristianslater as Clarence, and @patriciaarquette as Alabama – in cow print skirts, pink leopard print leggings, and a turquoise bra. (Plus matching turquoise sunglasses, presumably because the rest of her outfit is so *blinding*). A slew of star cameos pepper the plot: #GaryOldman as sociopath Drexl, and #BradPitt as stoner Floyd.

*You Should Also Know* that Clarence and Alabama drive a pink Cadillac – which director Tony Scott gifted to Arquette after filming wrapped.

Kill Bill by #QuentinTarantino, 2003

*For Fans Of* blood. Lots of it. Over 450 gallons of fake blood were used in the filming of Kill Bill: Volume 1 and Kill Bill: Volume 2.

*The Plot* ‘The Bride’ attempts to escape her life as an assassin in the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, after falling pregnant by their leader, Bill. She flees to Texas and meets a young man, but on the day of their wedding dress rehearsal is gunned down by a jealous Bill and the Squad. Her groom and unborn child are murdered. Four years later The Bride wakes from a coma, and flings herself samurai-sword first into exacting revenge.

*Starring* OG #SquadGoals: Uma Thurman @ithurman as The Bride, @lucyliu, Vivica A Fox @msvfox and Daryl Hannah@dhlovelife as the bloodthirsty Squad.

*You Should Also Know* that Thurman and Tarantino came up with the idea for Kill Bill almost a decade earlier while filming Pulp Fiction. Tarantino offered the script and her role as The Bride to Thurman for her 30th birthday.

Lost In Translation by #SofiaCoppola, 2003

*For Fans Of* the soft lighting, pastel colour palettes and dreamlike atmosphere of Sofia Coppola’s films, like her debut The Virgin Suicides, and Marie Antoinette. .

*The Plot* Past-it movie star Bob Harris and college graduate Charlotte meet in a hotel in Tokyo, both ‘lost’ in an unfamiliar city, and ‘lost’ at that moment in their lives. With no complex plot, the film instead captures a brief encounter and chance connection between two people.

*Starring* Bill Murray as Bob, and Scarlett Johansson as Charlotte. Coppola wasn’t sure Murray would actually show up for filming until the first day, going by a verbal confirmation. Johansson was only 17.

*You Should Also Know* that Coppola wrote a lot of the film based on her own life. Charlotte’s husband John, who has left her alone in Tokyo while he completes an assignment, is loosely based on Coppola’s then husband, fellow director Spike Jonze. Coppola and Jonze filed for divorce at the end of 2003 after the film’s release, citing irreconcilable differences.

Some Like It Hot by #BillyWilder, 1959

*For Fans Of* #MarilynMonroe and smart, harmless, vintage comedy. Some Like It Hot is considered to be one of the greatest film comedies of all time.

*The Plot* Jazz musicians Joe and Jerry witness a mob murder, and dress in drag disguise while in hiding. They join an all-female band headed to Miami, meeting and falling in love with lead singer Sugar Kane. Further disguises and deceptions are needed as the pair compete for Sugar’s affections. Cross dressing and suggestions of homosexuality meant the film was produced without approval from Hollywood’s outdated moral codes.

*Starring* Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane, searching for a sweet millionaire to marry. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon play Joe and Jerry.

*You Should Also Know* that director Billy Wilder said of making another movie with Monroe: “I have discussed this with my doctor and psychiatrist and they tell me I’m too old and too rich to go through this again.” Monroe struggled to memorise her lines and needed many takes for each scene. She was suffering an addiction to pills, and lacked concentration. However, Wilder still insisted Monroe played Sugar “wonderfully”. Film artwork by @piahakko#R29Collabs

Blue Valentine by #DerekCianfrance, 2010

*For Fans Of* confronting the dark shadow that love casts over our lives: it hurts, it doesn’t last, it doesn’t fix us. Sorry. Fortunately, 112 minutes of Ryan Gosling’s face will blind you into blissful ignorance. What heartache? .

*The Plot* Man and woman fall in love. Woman finds out she is pregnant by ex. Man marries woman and raises child to prove his love. This is essentially a marriage built on sand, in a desert resting on tectonic plates. We discover this fact as the film lurches between past and present, unravelling the passionate but ultimately doomed pairing

*Starring* Gosling and Michelle Williams as the married couple, Dean and Cindy. The pair also served as co-executive producers, while Gosling wrote and performed some of the soundtrack

*You Should Also Know* that the film was initially given an ‘NC-17’ rating (equivalent to a UK ‘18’ rating) in the US, because of a scene where Dean performs oral sex on Cindy. Gosling accused the ratings authority of sexism and misogyny, arguing that if it was a girl on guy blowjob, it would be A-OK. They appealed, and the rating was reduced to an ‘R’. Feminist Ryan Gosling isn’t a meme for nothing, y’know.

Her by#SpikeJonze, 2014

*For Fans Of* staring at Joaquin Phoenix’s face and losing all sense of time in his deep-sea eyes…. where were we? If you were equal parts awed and disturbed by Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’, you’re going to like this.

*The Plot* Theodore Twombly exists in a future LA. Lonely and going through a divorce, he buys a talking operating system with artificial intelligence, designed to learn and evolve around its human owner. The OS names herself Samantha. As man and voice spend more and more time together the vulnerable Theodore falls in love, smitten by her curiosity, emotional support and constant availability.

*Starring* the aforementioned Phoenix, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with that voice?! Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Amy Adams also star. As humans.

*You Should Also Know* that Samantha Morton was originally cast as the voice of Samantha. She was present for every scene filmed, and recorded all the dialogue…until Jonze decided during editing that something was amiss. Gutted for Sam.

City Of God by #FernandoMeirelles and#KatiaLund, 2003

*For Fans Of* the Rio Olympics. Witness a true, if brutal, glimpse of life inside Rio de Janeiro’s favelas during some of their most violent decades. A shot of reality between the heats and medal ceremonies.

*The Plot* Loosely based on real events, the film depicts the dark descent into drugs, gang warfare and senseless murder which gripped Rio’s real life City Of God favela ‘Cidade de Deus’, between the 1960s and the 1980s. An image of one boy forced to choose and shoot another boy by drug lord Li’l Ze sears the mind early on in the movie. If this isn’t for you, you might want to switch back to the athletics.

*Starring* All of the amateur actors were cast from the favelas themselves, with some even from Cidade de Deus. Almost one hundred children attended workshops, where they simulated street war scenes through improvisation – lending a terrifying naturalness to the film’s violence.

*You Should Also Know* that City Of God director Fernando Meirelles masterminded @Rio2016’s light and colour filled opening ceremony, with a budget of £5million. (In comparison, London cost £25million, and Beijing £50million). Brazil’s first gold medallist of the games, judo champion Rafaela Silva, grew up in the Cidade de Deus favela.

Moulin Rouge by #BazLuhrmann, 2001

*For Fans Of* Emotional rollercoasters which lurch from dramatic outpourings of love and secret affairs to death, set to the heart-swelling crescendo and face-splitting grins of a brash musical soundtrack. (You’ve got to like that sort of thing.)

*The Plot* This story is about love’, our poet protagonist taps out on a typewriter. It’s 1900; Christian (the poet) has moved to Paris, and writes a cabaret to sell to the Moulin Rouge. He falls for the star dancer Satine, who is also being pursued by the cabaret investor, a wealthy evil Duke. Satine is caught in a deadly tug-of-war between true love and the stage. The show must go on, after all.

*Starring* Nicole Kidman and @mcgregor_ewan as Satine and Christian. Kidman was nominated for an Oscar, but really all awards should go to McGregor and his puppy eyes during the duets. They seared through our teen souls. Brilliantly, @kylieminogue plays the role of The Green Fairy (they had fairies in the 1900s who knew), with @ozzyosbourne voicing her laugh. LOL.

*You Should Also Know* that the soundtrack will have you wistfully starring out of the bus window and singing under your breath FOR DAYS. Luhrmann wanted to recreate the thrill of a 1900s cabaret, but for a present-day audience. Which means… pop music 👯 @xtina, @lilkimthequeenbee, @kissmya and @pink covered Lady Marmalade especially, for which we are eternally grateful.
#FRIDAYFILMCLUB The Virgin Suicides by #SofiaCoppola, 1999

*For Fans Of* Rookie Mag, feverishly spilling secrets into diaries, and daydreaming. Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut puts teen girl angst and awkwardness through a hazy lens, with dark results.

*The Plot* It’s 1974 in suburban Detroit. The five Lisbon sisters find their impending womanhood stifled by their devout Catholic mother and overbearing father. Imprisoned by strict house rules and dowdy clothing, they become an irresistible mystery to four neighbourhood boys. They watch in horror as the unbearable weight of being a teenage girl, the tension of sexuality, and their upbringing drives the doomed girls to a tragic end. “Obviously, Doctor, you’ve never been a thirteen-year-old girl”, declares 13-year-old Cecilia after her first suicide attempt.

*Starring* Kirsten Dunst as 14-year-old sister Lux Lisbon, and Josh Hartnett as her heartthrob in flares, Trip Fontaine. Did we mention the character names are divine?

*You Should Also Know* that the film is a feast of screengrab-able scenes. Hit cmd-shift-3 when the camera x-rays through Lux’s sack-like prom dress to reveal Trip’s name scrawled onto her underwear, or when Lux is left lying in the mist after sex on a football field. Your Tumblr will thank you.
#FRIDAYFILMCLUB This Is England by #ShaneMeadows, 2006

*For Fans Of* British style subcultures, a killer ska soundtrack and makeover movies with a tad more bite than everything Anne Hathaway has been in. If you’ve seen the TV series (’86 ’88 and ’90) and haven’t watched the film, cancel your Friday plans right now and beg/borrow/but not steal a copy of the original movie.

*The Plot* It’s 1983 in the Midlands. A boy called Shaun befriends a gang of older skinheads, who take him under their stick’n’poke tattooed wings and make him one of their own with the help of a buzzcut, a Ben Sherman shirt and some child-size burgundy Dr Martens. Things go awry when an older skinhead called Combo violently tears apart the group with his far right politics and racist views.

*Starring* #ThomasTurgoose, plucked from a youth club in Grimsby to play Shaun, with no acting experience. #StephenGraham is terrifying as Combo, and @vicky.mcclure might just tempt you into shaving your head like her character Lol, the leader of the girls in the gang. Oh, and don’t miss #JackOConnell (the bad boy everyone fancied in Skins) as Pukey.

*You Should Also Know* that director Shane Meadows has hinted at a final film, taking our beloved mates-on-screen to the cinema for one last farewell. F**kin’ ‘ell, Lol we’re coming back!
#FRIDAYFILMCLUB The Royal Tenenbaums by #WesAnderson, 2001

*For Fans Of* quirky, Tumblr-ready movies with dysfunctional yet lovable families. Think Little Miss Sunshine, with the dusty, multi-layered tweeness of your Nan’s living room.

*The Plot* A family of former child prodigies are reunited when their father announces he has stomach cancer. Semi-incestuous romance, attempted suicide, unearthed checkered pasts and psychiatric turmoil ensues (trust us, it’s not nearly as depressing as it sounds.)

*Starring* Wes Anderson favourites Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Luke and Owen Wilson. And Gwyneth Paltrow as Margot, with a wooden finger.

*You Should Also Know* that the fashion is A-class. From Margot’s vintage furs and @Lacoste dress, to Chas’s @adidas tracksuits – you’ll recognise these characters from every Halloween party you’ve been to.

Artwork by @piahakko #R29Collabs