The Weekend List: What to Watch

Our art director, Aditya Putra, shares his Weekend Watchlist.

Consisting of six movies, you surely can pick one for a date night in, or settle on the whole list, for an entire weekend of blissfully doing nothing.

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Beginners (2011) | dir. Mike Mills, 1h 45mins

It was a rainy afternoon at a small coffee shop when a friend recommend me this film. “I have a feeling that you’re going to like this film”.

and it turned out that “like” doesn’t even begin to explain my adoration towards the film.

Beginners is an exploration of hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the eyes of Oliver (Ewan McGregor) who meets Anna (Mélanie Laurent),

only a few months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away.

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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007) | dir. Goran Dukic, 1h 31mins

A pretty normal indie flick about a boy meets a girl.

Boy gets separated from the girl. And boy have to go on a road trip to find the girl while gaining new perspective in life.

Except everything’s happen in the afterlife. How often do you find a dark comedy about suicide that’s pretty cheerful?

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While We’re Young (2015) | dir. Noah Baumbach, 1h 37mins

Probably regarded as one of Noah Baumbach’s less recognizable film. While We’re Young is a charmingly witty, poignant, and piercingly honest exercise in finding our place in this world.

While We’re Young tells a story of Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia (Naomi Watts), a childless New York married couple in their mid-forties.

As their other friends all start having children, the couple gravitates toward a young hipster couple named Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried),

who fills their life with energy — and problems — that they’ve never been prepared for.

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Medicine for Melancholy (2008) | dir. Barry Jenkins, 1h 28mins

“Everything about being indie is tied to not being black”, proclaims Micah (Wyatt Cenac).

Blessed with clever dialogue and poignant observations of class and race, Medicine for Melancholy follows a story of one-night stand between

African American hipsters in San Francisco, who are both acutely aware of their status as a minority within a minority.

The actors are effortlessly engaging and this film also marks the first film written by Barry Jenkins.

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American Splendor (2003) | dir. Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman, 1h 41mins

Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti) is a file clerk at the local VA hostpital. He fills his days with reading, writing, and listening to jazz.

His apartment is filled with thousands of books, LPs, and thrift stores rarities, and with his strange relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner (played by Hope Davis and also appearing as herself).

American Splendor is a very enjoyable and very clever autobiography of the real life Harvey Pekar that successfully melding together documentary and narrative and comic book-style film-making,

that managed to showcase that ordinary (and sometimes dull) life is actually a pretty complex stuff.

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Funny Ha Ha (2003) | dir. Andrew Bujalski, 1h 29mins

A modest and unpretentious character study astutely captures the emotional states 23-year-old Marnie — a confused and bemused young woman,

as she travels through her alcohol fuelled daze known as post college graduation.

Funny Ha Ha is the first film debut by Andrew Bujalski, who’s in my opinion shaped the early prototype of mumblecore.