Bored in self-isolation? Fear not! The stars have aligned to bring you the perfect pick for movie night. Here’s a list of films you should watch according to your zodiac.
Capricorn: I Lost My Body (J’ai perdu mon corps)
French animated perfection. I Lost My Body is a journey unlike any I’ve experienced before. Accompanied by musical compositions by Dan Levy, this movie follows the journey of a cut-off hand trying to return to its body and is sure to make the viewer uncomfortable in the best way possible. It’s a beautiful film that sits inside the audience’s subconscious for a few days, and hits at different points. Sure to make you contemplate, Capricorn, I Lost My Body really flew under the radar this past year, and even for it’s animation alone, should be widely recognized as a work of art. I Lost My Body is available to stream on Netflix with a paid subscription.
Aquarius: Pain & Glory (Dolor y Gloria)
From director Pedro Almodóvar and starring Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory was one of the most wonderfully surprising movie experiences I’ve ever had. It focuses around a film director reflecting on his past choices and how they’ve shaped him all the way through to the present day. This movie tore down and surpassed all my expectations, making me cry at some of the most beautifully written and meticulously delivered monologues I’ve ever experienced. I’m certain it’ll do the same for you, Aquarius. Pain & Glory can be rented and bought on most streaming platforms.
Pisces: The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl, based on a true story, follows the life and love of Danish painter Lili Elbe (portrayed by Eddie Redmayne), as she and her partner navigate her journey as a transgender woman undergoing one of the first sex-change operations. As a wildly inspiring and visually stunning film and story, you’ll be sure to learn a lot from the performances of these phenomenal actors, and more importantly, the stories of those whom they are portraying. Sit back and let yourself be consumed by the beauty of these stories, Pisces. The Danish Girl is available to stream on Netflix with a paid subscription.
Aries: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Take a journey into Edgar Wright’s wonderfully chaotic world of video games, heartbreak, brighter than life hair colors, and manic pixie dream girls, Aries! Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim will have you thrust right in the middle of jam packed action, romance, and adventure, as he fights his way through the toughest contenders of them all- ex-boyfriends, in order to hopefully win over the eccentric and mysterious Ramona Flowers. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is available to stream on Netflix with a paid subscription.
Taurus: When Harry Met Sally
Who doesn’t love a good rom-com? Nora Ephron teaches a master class in writing the romantic comedy with this classic film, navigating the intricacies of friendship, relationships, sex, growing older, and whether or not men and women can truly only be friends. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud and rooting for every single one of these characters, in almost a painfully relatable way, Taurus. Also… there’s that diner scene. I’ll have what she’s having. When Harry Met Sally can be rented and bought on most streaming platforms.
Gather up your courage, Gemini, and let Ari Aster lead you into his horrific world of pastel colors, trippy hallucinations, flowers, and pagan cults. Along with the visuals, which are somehow both terrifying and gorgeous, performances like Florence Pugh’s are sure to have you spellbound and captivated for every uncomfortably wonderful second of this film. You won’t be able to peel your eyes away from the screen for a single second. It’ll be awful and you’ll absolutely love it. Midsommar can be rented and bought on most streaming platforms.
Cancer: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
With Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet at the front of this bittersweet and nostalgic film, you’ll both hesitantly and gladly be brought into their meticulously crafted world and held there for the entire duration. This film is beautiful in that it examines the tenderness and eventual downfall of a relationship in impossible, yet far too familiar, conditions of loss. Not only is this extremely visually captivating, but it also strikes a very particular chord in audiences that very few films are able to achieve. Don’t forget your box of tissues for this one, Cancer. It’s a tearjerker. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is available to stream on Hulu with a paid subscription.
Leo: The Social Network
Experience Facebook in a way unlike any other. The Social Network is a near-perfect bit of filmmaking, that checks all the boxes of what it means to perfectly and artfully tell and transmit a story. Directed by David Fincher and led by Jesse Eisenberg, this film takes a seemingly simple story about the creation of a website and enhances it by a million points. You won’t be able to look away from the drama, Leo. While the storytelling itself is reason enough to watch it, there’s a long list of other valuable details that really tie this film together. Also, Armie Hammer as preppy twins. The Social Network is available to stream on Netflix with a paid subscription.
Virgo: Honey Boy
As a relatively new film, Honey Boy is Shia LeBeouf’s personal exploration of his relationship with his father and growing up a child actor, fictionalized as 12-year-old television star Otis. Every single acting choice, cinematic visual element, piece of background music, and shot position is honest and personal. Having Shia LeBeouf be a part of the film itself adds an additional layer of intimacy and healing to the film that’s rare to come by in such a sensationalized art form. You’ll be preparing for a rewatch the second the credits roll, Virgo. Honey Boy is available to stream on Amazon Prime with a paid subscription.
Libra: Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence bring together their brilliance as actors to bring you this book-turned-film gem called Silver Linings Playbook, Libra! Follow Pat’s journey out of time in a mental institution as he tries to get over his ex-wife, and rebuild his life, all while navigating his newfound friendship with Tiffany, who’s equally as scattered. There will be dancing, screaming, football, and against all odds, love. This isn’t a rom-com just as much as it is. You’ll love every second. You’ll want to watch it over and over again, and never get sick of it. Silver Linings Playbook is available to stream on Netflix with a paid subscription.
Scorpio: Requiem For A Dream
Personally, Requiem For A Dream has been one of the few films that have followed me for years after my original viewing of it, haunting me at every corner. That’s part of its genius, Scorpio! This film tackles topics of addiction, human connection, the struggle for happiness, love, and longing. Not only are its scenes and soundtrack incredibly iconic, but the dialogue will surely work its way into your brain and leave you staring blankly and in awe of your screen for minutes after the credits roll. This isn’t a light watch, but it’s one that’s definitely worth it. Requiem For A Dream is available to stream on Hulu with a paid subscription.
Sagittarius: The Favourite
From one of my favorite directors of all time, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite is a hilarious and hard-hitting drama focused around betrayal, lust, jealousy, and power. Find out why Olivia Colman won her well deserved Oscar for her role in this film, Sagittarius. Treat yourself to one of the most genuinely captivating film experiences as you discover the rarely told story of Queen Anne and the two women who both win her heart and manipulate it endlessly. I cannot stress enough how much you need to watch this film. Just do it! The Favourite can be rented or bought on most streaming services.