7 movies that have marked me

I felt very connected to these storylines

I’m making a short list of movies that have marked me, from the story to the ambience and the acting… everything in the movies down below really kept my focus deeply interested from beginning to end, and they definitevely left something with me after watching them.

1. Black Swan, 2010

It’s about this wannabe “prima ballerina” who is obsessed with becoming so perfect in order to reach her almost impossible goal, that she’s actually losing her mind trying to achieve it. It gets darker and more intense as the movie unfolds, and it targets mental issues that I believe are more common than we’d like to admit.

2. Lovelace, 2013

I used to live in the Valley of Los Angeles for quite a while, and I adored it there, it has a reputation though and it’s nicknamed “Porn Valley” so obviously seeing pornstars casually getting Starbucks was not something I was unfamiliar with, although it was not as shady as it sounds… but I’ve always been interested in the behind the scenes of the porn industry, that’s why I checked this movie out. It’s really harsh and unpleasant what happens to Linda Lovelace, but it’s probably something everyone should watch.

3. The Wrestler, 2008

I’m a Mickey Rourke fan, and I was really excited when it was announced he would be the lead in this indie movie because it felt like for a while we didn’t get much of him on screen and he’s such a talented actor that he deserved something to measure up to his talent. This was a perfect fit for him in my opinion, he plays this washed out wrestler that has a couple of health and money issues, coupled with untraditional relations & breakdowns. It’s just a great movie, and it’s different from most.

4. Thirteen, 2003

I was actually thirteen years old when I saw this movie for the first time… so totally relatable, to a point. Evan Rachel Wood plays this Californian girl who’s got complicated issues to deal with for her young age, and obviously she starts acting out because she’s not able to handle things like an adult especially because the adults in her life are not the greatest example.

5. Monster, 2003

I think it’s after seeing this movie that my obsession with serial killers started… I was just so confused and scared of what a person can endure, act like, and come to be, that it was the beginning for me of trying to understand the minds of these so called people. I reckon that it’s unhealthy since it gives me nightmares, but somehow I can’t stop wondering why they are being so glamorized and have become such addictive topics to society.

6. The Virgin Suicides, 1999

This movie should be subtitled “the teenagehood depression”; Sofia Coppola is a mastermind at discerning teen angst and their feelings and accurately representing them. The Lisbon sisters are having what seems like at first, as quite a normal suburban life but in reality, behind the curtains it’s all kinds of wrong and it leads them to the ultimate sacrifice, which they prefer to keeping up any other way. It’s quite a shocking ending.

7. Into the Wild, 2007

I’m sure almost all of us at some point in our lives can relate to Emile Hirsch’s character. He’s fed up with society and its stubborn unbendable rules, he just wants to be free and exist for himself, and discover what life is really about. He goes on this road trip he’ll never be able to come back from, but at the end, even if it isn’t what he could have expected, he finally finds his answer.

MADISON KENNEDY
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Get to know me by watching these movies

These are the movies I’ve identified with the most

I picked six movies that I relate to a certain level, sometimes it’s just about the atmosphere not necesseraly the story, sometimes it’s more about the character’s feelings rather than what’s happening to them, but in all cases I’ve really felt close to what was depicted in my own way.

1. Martha Marcy May Marlene, 2011

I think everyone gets to have an interesting childhood to some degree; mine was weird mostly because there’s a whole bunch I just can’t seem to remember. It’s like I blacked out for most of it, and there’s this uneasy feeling about what actually happened to my life then. Which is why I relate to Martha in this movie, even her hallucinations and bursts.


2. Blue is the Warmest Color, 2013

I was a teenager going to high school when I fell in love for the first time, on sight… a bit like Adèle in the movie did. It was unexpected and definitevely not what I had imagined. It was something really special, and it changed what I thought of myself & the world forever.


3. Welcome to the Rileys, 2010

Mallory is kind of a runaway, we don’t know where she comes from and why she’s the way she is; which is the type of person I became after I left my first love. I couldn’t handle certain things so I just packed and left everything, even though I was still way too young for a life like that on the road. I was secretive, but I met great people who ultimately lead me back home.

4. To the Bone, 2017

This was the worst peak of my life – back home, I had to deal with my eating disorder. I looked like a ghost of myself, my parents in an attempt to help me get through it gave me the one thing they knew would make me happy : they sent me away to study abroad in Los Angeles, it had always been a dream of mine. I met my best friend there and we became like family to each other, stranded across the world in the strangest of cities together.

5. La La Land, 2016

Then I think I fell in love again… but who could say really. It was such a short-lived romance if I can call it that way, but in the midst & glamour of the city of angels it felt like magic. I had never felt so light and safe before, it didn’t need words. That’s when I realized that my heart belonged forever to LA, and that it had chosen this place because of that moment in time, as the only place that I could ever consider as my real home.

6. Paper Towns, 2015

Then the real life struggles hit me, which I wasn’t prepared for and did not want to take responsibility of. I realized that maybe I could never make my dreams come true, but I did not want to just give up and become the cliché that is anyone else I knew. I didn’t want to fit in, and be part of society the way it was demanded of me, I wanted to be free so I ran… and I’m still on the run. Like Margo, and my best friends are supporting me & they mean the world.

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7 fashion movies that belong on your must-see list

Fashion follows life, life follows fashion : it’s just the way it goes.

For these seven movie picks, it’s not just that the wardrobes are covet-worthy; they’re decade defining. From 1960s stylish mod to power suits of the 1980s, these fashion movies are must-sees for me and, in my opinion, any fashion lover !

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1. Working Girl, 1988

Puffed hair and power suits rejoice ! Working Girl was the eponymous movie that had one of the best heroine transformations since My Fair Lady. Melanie Griffith’s early fashion choices of outrageous jewelry and big hair pulled inspiration from Staten Island, and her later wardrobe picks (and killer haircut) were upper-class Manhattan boardroom. From sleek power suits to glitterati little black dresses, this movie’s girl-power angle wasn’t the only thing that inspired its viewers; it’s always a good time to revisit the larger than life wardrobes of the ’80s.

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2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961

Audrey Hepburn’s turn as Holly Golightly of Truman Capote’s design has been one of the greatest fashion films of all time since it debuted in the early ’60s. Despite the role originally being offered to Marilyn Monroe, Hepburn’s grace and Givenchy wardrobe hit the ball out of the park and cemented pearls, LBDs and opera gloves into the world of classic style for all time. From her tuxedo shirt to her tortoise shell sunnies, it’s nearly impossible not to see traces of her style in the pages of every magazine, in the window of every store and on stylish women everywhere even now.

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3. In Vogue : The Editor’s Eye, 2012

The pages of Vogue have changed the way an entire century has approached fashion, but this movie takes us behind the scenes to show us how the editors put together the hottest styles before the trends are even trends. From Grace Coddington to Tonne Goodman, (at the editorial board of Vogue US) they hand out the ammo for style gurus to learn the secrets to styling and make it their own. If you haven’t seen it, catch up by viewing it ASAP. It’s a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a fashion insider.

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4. The Devil Wears Prada, 2006

From Dress-Barn shopper to Chanel-Boot wearer, Andrea Sachs is the embodiment of what every girl in the mid-2000s wanted from life : to be plucked from obscurity and given a voice. While The Devil Wears Prada does it as fashionably as possible — who wouldn’t want to be made over from the Runway fashion closet ? — it’s the very idea that it could be any one of us that makes it such a favorite. For “the job a million girls would kill for,” it’s easy to see why the fashion, power and beauty of this movie are the epitome of 2000s style.

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5. Annie Hall, 1977

After Annie Hall, it was the end of the feathered hair and platform boots. Instead, Woody Allen’s wacky indie brought slouchy menswear and stylish androgyny to the forefront of the style scene, and though his ditzy-minded heroine was early to the party, the ’80s followed in gender-bending ensembles for women that gave way to the Power-Woman icon. From tweed to billowy white oxfords, Annie Hall is a style icon that hipsters and fashion lovers alike love as much as the New York City wit she’s so well known for.

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6. Basic Instinct, 1992

Sharon Stone’s turn as Catherine Tramell, the crazed ex-turned-stalker, is one not only of fashion history but cinematic history as well. Though “that scene” is the one that gets all the buzz for something other than clothes, from a closet perspective, the movie is a lesson in ’90s minimalism meets decadence. From Catherine’s monotone separates (that slick white-on-white outfit !) to the low-heeled sling backs on her feet, the heroine’s closet is the real MVP of this film and a telling compass for the style choices of the upper echelons for the decade to follow. There’s no whiff of grunge here !

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7. Rear Window, 1954

We can debate about which of Hitchcock’s thrillers is his best, but it’s an undeniable fact that Grace Kelly became a style star in the movie starring opposite Jimmy Stewart. Rear Window cemented the classic look of post-war America. The attention to detail throughout the movie mirrors the intense crime buildup and leaves no one wondering how the beautiful actress became the princess of Monaco. While her everyday outfits are beyond compare, the real scene stealer is the black and white cocktail gown with yards and yards of tulle.

From classic silhouettes to shoulder pads, these movies aren’t just beautifully costumed and cinematic masterpieces, but serve as style inspiration and offer style-defining moments.

About the Author : Cassie is a pop culture junkie and digital nomad who writes about entertainment, fashion and books for Culture Coverage. She hopes you enjoyed this movie adventure down the historic halls of style. Check her website : click here.

MADISON KENNEDY
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Books I’d like to read

My own book club ?

I used to be an avid reader when I was younger & had time for it… but since I grew up into “adulthood” it’s become almost impossible for me to find the time to read. Recently I’ve tried myself to writing. I’m lacking a lot of things and am aware of that, but I am willing to practice it every day in hope to get better, because I’d really enjoy if I was able to share the stories I make up in my mind. I also believe that reading other authors could help me improve; here’s a list of books I’d like to read in the near future & I’m gonna try my hardest to do so !

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
I, Justine by Justine Ezarik, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, Paper Towns by John Green
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Looking for Alaska by John Green

6 movies you must see before a trip to Los Angeles

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Yesterday I went to pick up my sister Dakota at the airport, and every time I think about planes and flying I can’t help but picture L.A. 🙂 It’s my favorite destination in the world, and I thought about some movies that from my personal experience, represent the essence of that place the best, and got the idea of sharing that on The Blog !

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The Bling Ring & Somewhere – Both directed by Sofia Coppola, who has an eye for showing the washed out glorified parts of Los Angeles. These two movies are just it; fame is a lonely word and probably isn’t worth running after when it rhymes with trouble.
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Drive & Nightcrawler – Excellent cinematography, good scenario and amazing actors. One is a kind of poetic and violent ode to the most notable thing in L.A. which is driving. The second depicts the ugly behind the scenes of news people and to what extents some will go to achieve their dreams, even if their behavior is wrong.
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Sunset Boulevard & The CanyonsSunset Blvd is a classic black and white must watch ! Portraying a silent era actress gone mad, living in her Hollywood Golden Age mansion, it’s a film noir that is like a history book of that period in time. The Canyons is a very cringe-worthy movie, it might have gotten negative reviews but trust me, there’s more truth to it on Los Angeles, than any other.

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MY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE

These are ten of my most favorite movies set in France.
Most of them are french movies, but there are some
american too. If you’re going on a trip to Paris, I’d
recommend you watching either one of those.
They all capture a particular french touch.


MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, directed by Woody Allen
MARIE ANTOINETTE, directed by Sofia CoppolaMY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE
QU’EST-CE QU’ON A FAIT AU BON DIEU ? directed by Philippe de Chauveron
LOL (Laughing Out Loud), directed by Lisa AzuelosMY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, from Walt Disney
TOUT CE QUI BRILLE, directed by Géraldine Nakache & Hervé MimranMY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE
LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMÉLIE POULAIN, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
LA MÔME, directed by Olivier DahanMY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE
BELPHÉGOR, Le Fantôme du Louvre, directed by Jean-Paul Salomé
DANGEROUS LIAISONS, directed by Stephen FrearsMY FAVE MOVIES SET IN FRANCE

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MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES

These are the movies that gave me the best chills, and got me into liking the horror genre. I am not a fan of gore at all, I just like good old fashioned 90’s / 00’s, scary type. The kind after you see it, you’re still creeped out in the real life… at least, for me it’s how it feels. I can never get enough of the list below, they are my absolute faves.MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIESScream & Paranormal Activity

I watch these two series marathon style, every time ! I am an absolute fan of Scream, so much that I even bought his costume and use it from time to time to scare my friends and family : and that face still works its magic and provokes good screams; I love the idea of Paranormal Activity so much, especially the way it’s filmed, it’s like close to what I have in mind for my short films in general.

MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIESThe Blair Witch Project & Final Destination

The first time I saw Blair Witch, I was like “oh yes !” as if I was having an orgasm. It was just perfect, the idea, the filming of it all, everything… Final Destination is one of those movies that got me real creeped out in real life, so much that I became paranoid after watching it, checking out stuff and screaming to myself for no goddamn reason because I thought “that’s it, Death is coming for me !”MY FAVORITE HORROR MOVIESI Know What You Did Last Summer & Urban Legend

The reason I started watching I Know What You Did Last Summer was obviously for Sarah Michelle Gellar, but that movie made me scream so high pitched that I scared my own parents. They wondered what was happening to me, and I was just like “well, you know… nothing, just watching a horror”. Urban Legend‘s great, the idea of some crazy murderer using urban legends as an inspiration to kill victims… super cool ! I adore it !

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