“On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Princess Mononoke.”
All Studio Ghibli movies are incredible. (It’s like the Disney of Japan.) Many have strong, independent, and intelligent female leads. All are visually pleasing with interesting plots. They’re all must-sees!
“Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.”
I consider this one of the most underrated animated films. Merida truly earns the movie title of “Brave.”
“When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.”
Elsa isn’t a Disney princess, she’s a Disney queen. Strong, independent, and powerful, yet still anxious and insecure. Personally, I find her extremely relatable.
“The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.”
This movie is surprisingly interesting. Jess is strong-willed, and the happy conclusion makes it a very feel-good movie. (Although, it made me feel extremely lazy to be sitting on a couch while the whole movie is about soccer.)
“Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.”
A French film about young love, and a girl discovering her sexuality. Highly recommend if you love LGBTQ+ movies.
“Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.”
This movie revolves around a surfer attacked by a shark, resulting in the loss of one arm, yet she stays strong and works to get back to what she loves to do: surf. She doesn’t let her disability stand in her way. If you need a dose of motivation, watch this one!
“Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school’s all-girls singing group. Injecting some much-needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.
Catchy songs, diversity, and cool girls kicking butt. I dare you not to get goosebumps (the good kind) when watching this movie.
“Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.”
I stand by my belief that the books are usually better, but this movie does the book justice. I volunteer as tribute to watch this on a rainy day!