Rushmore (1998)

CleverWhimsicalBrilliantDramatic

When a beautiful first-grade teacher arrives at a prep school, she soon attracts the attention of an ambitious teenager named Max, who quickly falls in love with her. Max turns to the father of two of his schoolmates for advice on how to woo the teacher. However, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

WhimsicalEnjoyableCharmingClever

Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ex-girlfriend has also ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Goran Dukic
CAST:  Patrick Fugit  •  Shannyn Sossamon  •  Will Arnett  •  Tom Waits
Garden State (2004)

WeirdWhimsicalRomanticUplifting

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Braff
CAST:  Zach Braff  •  Natalie Portman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Ian Holm
Penelope (2006)

CuteWhimsicalRomanticCharming

Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her company. This untraditional ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Palansky
Anastasia (1997)

MusicalCharmingWhimsicalEnjoyable

This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Bluth  •  Gary Goldman
CAST:  John Cusack  •  Meg Ryan  •  Kelsey Grammer  •  Christopher Lloyd
Chicken Run (2000)

FunCleverFunnyLighthearted

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Lord  •  Nick Park
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)

CuteHeartbreakingWhimsicalDramatic

Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself, finds herself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Abdellatif Kechiche
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

FunGoofyFantasticalAdventurous

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  George Clooney  •  John Turturro  •  Tim Blake Nelson  •  John Goodman
The Princess Bride (1987)

AdventurousBrilliantRomanticWhimsical

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size. But even death can't stop these ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Reiner
CAST:  Peter Falk  •  Cary Elwes  •  Robin Wright  •  Chris Sarandon
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

CuteWhimsicalFunAdventurous

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hayao Miyazaki
CAST:  Noriko Hidaka  •  Hitoshi Takagi  •  Chika Sakamoto  •  Shigesato Itoi
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

CharmingFunnyOriginalBrilliant

Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of betrayal, failure, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Anjelica Huston  •  Ben Stiller  •  Gwyneth Paltrow
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

CharmingWhimsicalAdventurousCute

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Bill Murray  •  Frances McDormand  •  Tilda Swinton
Amélie (2001)

CuteOriginalWhimsicalRomantic

At a tiny Parisian café, the adorable yet painfully shy Amélie (Audrey Tautou) accidentally discovers a gift for helping others. Soon Amelie is spending her days as a matchmaker, guardian angel, and all-around do-gooder. But when she bumps into a handsome stranger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Pierre Jeunet
CAST:  Audrey Tautou  •  Mathieu Kassovitz  •  Rufus  •  Jamel Debbouze
Big Fish (2003)

BeautifulCharmingFantasticalOriginal

Throughout his life Edward Bloom has always been a man of big appetites, enormous passions and tall tales. In his later years, he remains a huge mystery to his son, William. Now, to get to know the real man, Will begins piecing together a true picture of his father ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Ewan McGregor  •  Albert Finney  •  Billy Crudup  •  Jessica Lange
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

CharmingBeautifulFunnyBrilliant

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
Midnight in Paris (2011)

CharmingFantasticalBeautifulOriginal

A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Woody Allen
CAST:  Owen Wilson  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Kurt Fuller  •  Mimi Kennedy
Primer (2004)

Mind blowingBrainyComplexAction-packed

Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities - ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shane Carruth
CAST:  Shane Carruth  •  David Sullivan  •  Casey Gooden  •  Anand Upadhyaya
Frozen (2013)

CuteMusicalFunnyEnjoyable

Young princess Anna of Arendelle dreams about finding true love at her sister Elsa’s coronation. Fate takes her on a dangerous journey in an attempt to end the eternal winter that has fallen over the kingdom. She's accompanied by ice delivery man Kristoff, his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chris Buck  •  Jennifer Lee
CAST:  Kristen Bell  •  Idina Menzel  •  Jonathan Groff  •  Josh Gad
Shaun of the Dead (2004)

FunnyBrilliantCleverFun

Shaun lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend, his mother, and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edgar Wright
CAST:  Simon Pegg  •  Nick Frost  •  Kate Ashfield  •  Lucy Davis
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

BeautifulThought provokingBrilliantMind blowing

Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his mistake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Kate Winslet  •  Elijah Wood  •  Mark Ruffalo
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