Inception: The Morality of Dreams and Reality*

*This is NOT a review

The film Inception (2010) directed by Christopher Nolan, follows the life of a man named Cobb who has the ability to enter people’s dreams. He uses this skill to extract secrets, which he uses for corporate espionage, something that immediately becomes a discussion about ethics. Yet, beyond that, Cobb is asked to use this skill to plant an idea in a man, Robert’s, head about dissolving his father’s company in return for clearing Cobb’s criminal record so he can be reunited with his children. Sacrificing someone else’s livelihood for one’s own happiness then adds another level of the questioning of morality. The idea in the film is that by manipulating somebody’s dreams, you are able to manipulate their actions in reality. The issue with this? At a certain point in the movie, it becomes increasingly difficult to tell what is dreaming and reality. By the end, we do not know if what we see is reality. There are a lot of issues with morality in this film, as the main characters are all corrupt corporate men, and most of them are thieves who are perfectly fine with tampering with somebody’s consciousness and subsequently, their reality. But, to go more in-depth about the morality and ethics of the characters’ behaviors in the film, there are two major theories to analyze their morality: relativism and utilitarianism. Is using dreams to control reality ethical? And even if it is, can any of Cobb’s actions really be justified?

Relativism is the idea that morality is relative to the culture or group a person belongs to. In this case, the culture that Cobb belongs to is the corporate world, and more specifically, the side that performs espionage. So, Cobb does not believe that what he is doing by entering dreams and stealing information is wrong, despite what the law says. He is surrounded by people who perform this same kind of action as him, so it creates a culture that is entirely okay with this type of behavior. The thing that becomes a concern is the idea of entering somebody’s consciousness to perform espionage, but even then Cobb does not inherently believe he is wrong. The only reason Cobb questions what he is doing is that it keeps him from his children, as he is legally not allowed in the country. Even then, it is not his own ideas of morality that make him feel this way, but rather the relative morality of the dominant societal group, from which he feels the consequences of his actions from. This is a clear example of how the morality of each character and their actions is completely relative to the groups and culture they belong to: Cobb does not think he is wrong in what he does and only wants to clear his name because he wants to see his children. He needs to clear his name because, in the eyes of a different culture, which is bigger and has more power, he is wrong and must be punished. 

Very different from relativism, utilitarianism focuses on the consequences of an action, and based on that one can decide whether something is right or wrong. Cobb seems to approach almost everything in his life from a very simplistic version of utilitarianism, one that applies to only himself. For example, in traditional utilitarianism, the only way that Cobb’s actions would be justifiable is if his implanting the idea in Robert’s dream to dissolve the company had an outcome that caused happiness in one way or another for a very large group of people. Unfortunately, the only happiness that could possibly have been caused by that was Cobb’s, and maybe a few other corporate executives. Still, whether we like it or not, Cobb’s approach to his decision-making and deciding whether something is wrong is based on its consequences. For Cobb, incepting Robert’s dreams would grant him access to his children, which greatly outweighed the risk of being caught. Even in general, committing espionage through dreams had a much greater reward for Cobb than consequence–or so he thought. 

This brings us to the last idea of the ethics of using dreams to control people, as well as using dreams as a proxy for reality. In reality, Cobb’s wife is dead, something he grapples with for the entire film. As well as that, he is separated from his children, who we can only assume are still alive–something else he struggles with for the entire film. Yet, instead of dealing with these things in the real world, Cobb uses dreams to communicate with a projection of his dead wife, and subsequently, to soothe his guilt about his family. The film closes out with a shot of Cobb hugging his children after finally being reunited, but the audience has to ask: is this real, or is he still living in a dream world? The character’s idea of what is objectively, subjectively, and relatively right and wrong is so skewed that we are easily able to believe that he would rather be trapped in a fantastical dream world rather than face the reality of his situation, and would sacrifice the happiness and healing of his family for his own delusions. 

Nolan does an amazing job throughout this film of creating a character that is so confident in his own actions that it causes the audience to lose a sense of reality and by proxy, a sense of what is right and wrong. In the end, we want to root for him and believe that he is actually with his children. But, if we think about it for even a little bit too long, we begin to realize that it’s almost impossible for that to happen, and it is infinitely more likely that he has created a fantasy world for himself to feel better. The film does a fantastic thing in that it not only blurs the lines between dreams and reality, but it also blurs the lines of morality, until the audience is just as conflicted as the characters.



This past Tuesday, Zoe, Georgia, and I all went to a movie together for the first time ever. And let me tell you, it was a doozy of a film.

The only thing I had heard about this movie before seeing it was that it depicted “every bodily fluid”, which was not an over-exaggeration (I know you’re thinking it–and yes, including that one). But to be honest, that is not even the most graphic part of this movie.

The epic film follows five extremely different Hollywood dreamers through the rise and fall of their careers: Nillie LaRoy, the “Wild Child”; Manuel “Manny” Torres; hot-shot actor Jack Conrad; sultry performer and intertitle writer May Wong; and trumpeter Sidney Palmer.

The plot mainly follows the careers of Nellie and Manny, who we see go from nothing to everything, backed by the genius soundtrack from Justin Hurwitz. We watch Nellie battle her addictions to cocaine and gambling, while becoming the biggest star in Hollywood, using her crassness and lack of shame to get her where she wants to be. On the other hand, Manny uses his connections to work his way up to become an executive of MGM, and we watch as the five characters’ (who originally met at a wild, orgy-like party) lives interact and cross over and over again.

The entire film is about movies, as well as the people making them. We watch certain people (Nellie, Manny, Sidney) adapt and grow and even create new kinds of films, while others (May, Jack) fall behind and get buried in the past.

In this film, Chazelle does not want the audience to be comfortable. There is an innumerable amount of sex and nudity, that after the first few shots the viewer becomes almost immune to it. There is nothing sensual about the way these scenes are presented, yet at the same time everything about them is lust-filled–even the way the trumpets are played. There is a dirtiness to it, but a lack of shame as well. We are being shown that these Hollywood people are all so over-indulgent that they are completely immune to the acts going on around them. In fact, they are so immune that certain characters (Tobey Maguire’s James Mackay) goes so far as to seek out the insane and disgusting. I won’t get to graphic, but parts of it involve the ingestion of a rat. This film for sure is not for the weak-stomached.

The film desensitizes its viewer so much that we begin to feel nothing, or even laugh at, death and drug use. We sit in scenes for what feels like a little bit too long, beginning to feel unnerved for a reason we cannot place. Why is it that we feel an unexplainable dread when watching Nellie walk away into the darkness of the streets of LA? Why do we not feel that same thing when watching Jack go upstairs to shoot himself? How does Chazelle get us to feel exactly how he wants us to about these characters? And how is it that they are all bad people, yet we inevitably feel a deep connection with them by the end of the film?

Oh, and the end of the film. In true Damien Chazelle fashion, we are taken through a glorious montage of film through the ages, beginning with Nellie and Jack’s silent films, ending with modern films like Avatar, began and ended with a tearful Manny. As we sit there and watch movies evolve before our eyes, then slowly break down into film chemicals, then simply colors, we cannot help but understand the importance of film, as it was for the characters of the movie.

The film Babylon is not just a movie, but an epic depicting the cyclical rise and fall of Hollywood actors, the importance of film, and the almost-commonplace epidemic of over-consumption and insensitivity. And the most interesting part?

It’s based off of true events.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

(I don’t think I would ever watch this movie again)

Bella 🙂

Folklore/Evermore Songs as Little Women Characters

This Is Me Trying: Amy March

Amy March is seen as a simple, shallow, and annoying little girl, when in reality she is complex and important and interesting. People love to quickly call feminine girls annoying or weak, and they tend to overlook Amy’s dreams and aspirations. They praise Jo’s temper and complex emotions, but when Amy acts the same way, she is chastised. In reality, Amy is just trying.

I’ve been having a hard time adjusting/I had the shiniest wheels, now they’re rusting

Amy was once a very childish and immature girl, and all at once she must adjust to high society and the reality of her dreams. When she was young and naive, she thought she would be great—her wheels were shiny. Now, she realizes she cannot possibly be great, and she has to face that—she’s rusting.

I didn’t know if you’d care if I came back/I have a lot of regrets about that

Amy has a lot of fear about how Jo feels about her after she’s taken her place to go to Europe. She feels as maybe she has left for good, and that it might not matter to her family if she comes back, so she doesn’t. In the end, she misses Beth’s last days and comes back to a virtually empty house.

I just wanted you to know that this is me trying

She’s trying to be an adult and to make smart decisions, but she’s never known how and she doesn’t know how to be herself and still make others happy.

They told me all of my cages were mental/So I got wasted like all my potential

Amy’s dreams were always overlooked as childish or not important—at least not as important or successful as Jo’s. As a result, she resolved to waste her talents and her potential to be great because of the discouragement she always received—except from Laurie.

And my words shoot to kill when I’m mad/I have a lot of regrets about that

As Amy grows older she becomes less impulsive in her anger and more precise with it—like an assassin. She knows exactly what to say to hurt someone in such a calm way, even if she ends up regretting it later.

Fell behind all my classmates then I ended up here

Amy never fell behind academically, because Amy was always smart and had Jo’s help. But, she fell behind financially. She was never on the same level as them with trends or style, yet somehow she landed in a social position above any of them.

I just wanted you to know, that this is me trying/at least I’m trying

Amy is just trying to grow up and into her skin, and she feels as though others (Laurie, Jo) are not trying as hard as she is and that she’s suffering for them and they are not returning the effort.

And it’s hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound/It’s hard to be anywhere these days when all I want is you

At the New Year’s party, Amy feels forgotten by Laurie, and it’s hard for her because she is so confused about what she wants for her future and she doesn’t want those feelings for Laurie, despite them being strong. She finds it hard to live the life she expects when she just wants to be with him.

You’re a flashback and a film reel on the one screen in my town

Laurie is a reminder of Amy’s past, and him arriving randomly in Europe is a giant surprise to her. He is the one thing from her childhood that has come back, and he is the one thing in her childhood that she is willing to fight to keep.

At least I’m trying…



Set in a dystopian society run by a single emperor, this movie follows the young Paul, the heir of the House Atreides. Paul is the son of Leto Atreides and lady Jessica, and is the result of a concubine relationship.

Paul has inherited powers from his mother, a member of the Bene Gesserit, and begins seeing visions of the planet Arakis. His father has just been given control of the planet, which is the home to a valuable spice called Melange. This takeover causes conflicts both political and spiritual, and Paul must find himself while fighting for his life in the unfamiliar desert.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews for this movie. I have seen a lot of people saying it was slow or boring or confusing, and to that I would just like to say: it’s not confusing if you’re paying attention.

I can see why some people may think it’s boring. I myself started to get a little drowsy at times, but not because I was bored—it was just so dark at times. Some of the scenes also felt a little dragged on, but I think that so much needed to be included in the story that it was necessary.

Another complaint I noticed was that Zendaya was used as a marketing tool and was ”barely” in the movie. I would like to disagree with this and say that she was in as much of the movie that made sense for her to be in, and she will obviously be a big part of the sequel.

Personally, I think that the movie was great. The story was captivating and the script was amazingly written. Also, the casting choices were perfect. Of course, Timothee stood out to me, because he plays the main character, but also because his range and ability is so far beyond his age it’s amazing. I think that all of the actors were outstanding, and I have no complaints about that. To top it all off, the movie was genuinely just so visually pleasing. The cinematography was out of this world (literally!). Here are a few of my favorite shots (spoiler free!):

Overall, I loved this movie and I will be watching it again, as well as seeing every sequel that comes out. I 100% would recommend.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Folklore/Evermore Songs as Little Women Characters

My Tears Ricochet—Laurie (and Jo)

I know it seems like all of these are about Jo and Laurie—I promise the next one is not, it’s just how the first few songs on the albums fit the characters.

This song connects to the part of the story after Beth dies, when Jo is home alone with her mother. Meg is with John, Amy is in Paris, and Laurie has run away to Europe. I kind of think about it in the point of view of Laurie, because of what he comes home to. Jo is so far in her grief that she resolves to settle for marriage with Laurie, while Laurie has moved on from the hurt that she has caused him—hence the sadistic line, ”my tears ricochet”.

“We get back here, we line up, weeping in a sunlit room”

For a while, everyone had been away from the March house. Laurie and Amy in Europe, Jo in New York, Meg with her family. But, after Beth’s death, they all come back to the house for the funeral—“weeping in a sunlit room”.

“If I’m on fire, you’ll be made of ashes too”

I interpret this line to be describing the fact that two people are so close that they are almost connected emotionally, like if one is upset, the other is too. This is how close Laurie and Jo were, before they both left. They’re still very close now, but there’s a small rift between them. They are also both very all-or-nothing people—if one burns the other one burns too.

“Even on my worst day, did I deserve, babe, all the hell you gave me?”

Jo broke Laurie’s heart, plain and simple. He was definitely angry about it when he went to Europe, as well as just hurt. He was definitely running away when he left, and that’s why he seemed like such a mess.

“Cause I loved you, I swear I loved you, ‘till my dying day”

When Laurie proposed to Jo, he swore she was the only person he’d ever loved. In that moment, he was very all-or-nothing, naive, and immature. He was young and truly believed he would love only her forever. Of course, he does still love her when they reunite, but he acknowledges it’s a different love.

“I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace”

Laurie left and made a mess. He went to Europe and acted a fool. Even Amy pointed out that he needed to mature and stop moping, and when Amy tells you to stop moping you know you’ve done something wrong.

“And if I’m dead to you why are you at the wake?”

This line fits in with the theme of death and funerals, since when Laurie and Amy come home it is for Beth’s funeral. But, it is also when Jo is grieving, which makes her dig up feelings for Laurie in order to cope. Laurie doesn’t know this of course, but if he did he would be appalled.

“Cursing my name, wishing I’d stayed, look at how my tears ricochet”

At first, both Jo and Laurie thought they’d lost each other. Laurie figured Jo hated him—that’s why she left. For those fleeting days, she’s ready to take him back. He would never agree to it, not after Paris.

We gather stones, never knowing what they’ll mean, some to throw, some to make a diamond ring.”

This line shows how the two characters have grown apart from each other, and how Laurie found love with another.

“You know I didn’t want to have to haunt you, but what a ghostly scene.”

Neither of them wanted what happened between them to end the way it did. But, because both of them left the way they did, there was never any closure. Now, they haunt each others’ memories, and they long for the friendship they once had.

“You wear the same jewels that I gave you as you bury me.”

Here we see the ring again. For some reason, Laurie still wears the ring that Jo gave him, despite her breaking his heart and leaving him in the dust. He seems to have set her behind him (“buried” her), yet he still wears that ring.

“And I can go anywhere I want, anywhere I want, just not home.”

Both Jo and Laurie ran away. Jo felt as if she was losing everyone—Meg to marriage, Laurie to love—and she left home because she felt it was her only option. Laurie went to Europe and went everywhere but back home to see the March family. As we see when he reunites with Amy, none of them had seen much, if any, of him since Jo broke his heart.

“And you can aim for my heart, go for blood, but you would still miss me in your bones.”

No matter how badly Jo hurt Laurie, she always missed him and wanted him back. In the end, she even tried to save that relationship, willing to settle for a marriage she didn’t want because she didn’t want to lose everyone from her childhood.

And I still talk to you, when I’m screaming at the sky. And when you can’t sleep at night, you hear my stolen lullaby.”

Laurie and Jo will always love each other, but they were not meant to end up together. Their love is deep but it’s immature and romantically one-sided. It hurt both of them to leave, and they will always remember that hurt.

“I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace, and so the battleships will sink beneath the waves.”

Back in strictly Laurie’s POV, we are referencing his running away to Europe again. He left the fight, or whatever we want to call it, up in the air, and now all of the hurt and damage is buried instead of dealt with.

“You had to kill me but it killed you just the same. Cursing my name, wishing I stayed, you turned into your worst fears.”

Jo broke Laurie’s heart, making it clear she never wanted to get married, and would never love him that way. Now, she’s regretting it. She wishes he stayed and she claims that she will marry him, because she’s lonely and she craves being loved. She’s become the very thing she swore she would never be.

“Drunk on this pain, crossing out the good years.”

Jo is grieving, and everyone sees it. Her pain is so bad that she’s making claims she never would have before, making rash decisions about love, and trying to grasp the tiny fragments of her past that she has left. By doing this, she’s simultaneously destroying the person she was during her ”good years”.

“Cursing my name, wishing I’d stay, look at how my tears ricochet”


Sense and Sensibility (1995)

* Spoilers *

Guys…it’s time. Our first Jane Austen post. This is a very special occasion.

Today I’ll be reviewing the 1995 movie Sense and Sensibility, based on Jane Austen’s book of the same name. The story features two sisters Elinor (Emma Thompson) and Marianne Dashwood (Kate Winslet). Elinor is the oldest of three girls and the most responsible sister; she doesn’t give into her emotions (sense). Marianne, on the other hand, wears her heart on her sleeve (sensibility) and can’t understand her sister’s “coldness”.

I just live for movies that take place during this time period! I personally think we should go back to holding balls and riding horse-drawn carriages. Beyond the beautiful setting and overall aesthetic, I was really impressed by the actors’ performances. I thought Emma Thompson, especially, was a standout. She actually wrote the screenplay, as well. Her ability to capture Elinor’s controlled emotions was incredible; you could feel how agonizing it was for her character to hide her love for Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant). And that scene when he proposes, and she finally releases all that pent-up emotion!! I actually burst into tears with her – it really came out of nowhere and I’m still not sure what happened to me. Then, I cried all the way through to the happy ending : )

(P.S. Those scenes made it to my favorite movie scenes playlist on YouTube!! I update it all the time, so please boost my ego and check it out every once in a while 🥲)

Finally, I just want to comment on how well the movie stays true to Austen’s book. I read Sense and Sensibility last year and, thought it took me a while to finish, I loved it for its subtle humor and excellent characterization. Every aspect that makes the book so great is present in the movie. Plus, it’s easier to understand the language with visual cues (an added bonus)!

Highly recommend to fans of Austen’s books, bonnets, and happy endings.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

– Zoe

Fear Street Trilogy


      When I first heard about these movies, I was pretty excited to see Maya Hawke and Sadie Sink. Unfortunately, after five minutes into the first movie, I realized that Maya’s screen time was over, and I was contemplating whether I should finish the film or not. Despite the struggle I pursued, and I am delighted that I did. 

      Part One was very engaging. I liked how the movies regressed in time, keeping the audience waiting for more. The first film was an excellent introduction to the recurring characters. I loved Deena and Sam, but I thought Josh was so innocent, and I’m thrilled that he was not killed off! Although R.I.P Kate and Simon… yikes. I thought the writing was very clever because almost every character is meaningful. For example, Kate’s neighbor that watches the kids explains that she was a nurse, aka Nurse Lane from the second movie. Part One was entertaining, this one is my least favorite out of the three, but I’ve still seen it about six times.

      My favorite from the trilogy is Part Two. I think Sadie Sink killed her role… pun intended. It was exciting to see her apart from Stranger Things, but Ziggy and Max are similar, so her acting was not too different. This movie is my favorite because I liked the summer camp vibes. It was interesting to see a whole new set of actors, but I think they were all perfectly cast. When watching the second movie, the director Leigh Janiak did a great job of still making the movie suspenseful when the audience already knew a lot of information about the curse of Sarah Fier. I thought that Cindy was C Berman, but I was surprised to learn that C Berman is Ziggy. The ending to this part was crazy, and I had to rewatch it so many times while I waited for the last movie to come out the following week. 

      Part Three can be my favorite depending on the day; it changes all the time. It made me happy to see the previous actors incorporated into this movie. Although I could not stand to look at the men in this part, THEY WERE ALL SO ANNOYING!!! Anyways, throughout the film, I was waiting to see Sarah’s bad upbringing or whatever made her evil, and I was utterly shocked when everything unraveled, and we learned that Sarah was a good person this whole time. But it was pretty cliche that Sheriff Goode was evil. I should have seen it coming. In 1994: Part Two, I loved Marvin, and I was glad to see that everything else came full circle. The ending was phenomenal. Part Three answered all my questions, and nothing was left unsolved. We finally got to see the QueenOfAirAndDarkness, and Sam and Deena got to go on their date! The ending credits were terrific and everything I needed. I need to know who took the book. I have some suspects. I think it could be the QueenOfAirAndDarkness because she was thrown into the end of the movie, but that could be for closure. It almost looks like a man’s hands when playing the ending slowly, so maybe Goode’s brother knows about the tradition. I wondered if Goode has a son, or perhaps a pregnant wife, and Leigh Janiak could bring that up in more Fear Street movies???

      I thought the music selection throughout the trilogy was a 10/10. I even made a playlist; it’s so good. My favorite songs from the movies are “Hey” and “Mr. Grieves” by the Pixies! Overall, I think this trilogy of films that were released weekly was a great idea, and I hope to see more people do this. Also, I am excited to see what else Leigh Janiak has in mind with more Fear Street movies! 



My Best Friend’s Wedding

Happy 4th of July! Speaking of, what’s more American than Julia Roberts?

Today I’ll be reviewing the classic 1997 rom-com My Best Friend’s Wedding. I’ve been on a serious “chick flick” kick lately. Mainly 90s and 2000s rom-coms. And honestly I’m not ashamed to admit how much I love them. They make you happy, and that’s all that matters. 

My Best Friend’s Wedding follows Jules (Julia Roberts), a food critic with a tough exterior, who learns her college boyfriend and close friend (Dermot Mulroney) is getting married. She realizes her strong feelings for him and decides to do everything in her power to derail the wedding. 

My Best Friend’s Wedding is essentially the perfect rom-com. A little bit unrealistic, a little bit cheesy, but full of fun. The movie is also full of iconic scenes that no doubt have cemented it as one of the most memorable films of the 90s. The “Say a Little Prayer” singalong! George showing up at the wedding! One standout scene for me was when Michael talks about telling someone you love them before the moment passes you by. You can see Jules grapple with whether or not to declare her love for him. And then…their boat passes under a bridge, and you can actually sense the moment passing her by. Ok symbolism! 

Of course, a major contributor to the success of this movie is its fantastic cast. Just amazing performances from every single actor. Rupert Everett, who played Jules’ best friend George, is my personal favorite. He stole every scene he was in. I need him to star in a spin-off. Julia Roberts is charming, as always, but she was actually a horrible person throughout the entire movie. The fact she was still invited to the wedding and then she has the nerve to play her and Michael’s “song”. I watched this with my mom, and we agreed she got away with too much, but it’s ok because she’s Julia Roberts. She somehow makes you root for her, despite her terrible judgement. 

There was truly never a dull moment, and that’s all you’re really looking for when you sit down to watch a cheesy movie. Just something light-hearted that can entertain you for 90 minutes or so. I would argue that My Best Friend’s Wedding is a step above the average rom-com, though, and I’m looking forward to watching more Julia Roberts classics soon! 

I will seriously defend chick flicks (which should NOT be an insulting term) until the day I die. This is the first review in my new chick flick series!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.


Georgia’s Favorite Movie Scenes

Zoe was such an inspiration, so I also created a YouTube Playlist with all of my favorite movie scenes. Thank you Miss Zoe!

Spoiler Alert! 🙂

  1. Legally Blonde – Court Scene

What is not to love about this scene! It is so iconic and hilarious. I trust Elle more than my family.

  1. Whiplash Ending
Sorry the ending was so long, I needed two videos

This ending gives me chills every time I watch it. I could not believe the one and only Terence Fletcher would do that to Andrew 😦 The music is fabulous and each shot is amazing. What a splendid final scene.

  1. Parasite – Ending

There is so much to unravel in this scene. It was an ending I would have never expected. The movie took a turn and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, reflecting on my thoughts before watching the movie, not even imagining that this party massacre would occur. The most shocking part to me was when Mr. Park asks Mr.Kim for the car keys, while Mr. Kim is standing over his dying daughter. One of the craziest movie endings I have ever seen. All I have to say is that I think Parasite is a masterpiece.

  1. Ocean’s 8 – These Boots are Made for Walkin’

This movie is phenomenal, literally any scene is my favorite. I chose this scene as one of my favorites because it is so glamorous. I mean all the women in this film are iconic and I loved seeing them leave the Met Gala dressed in their beautiful outfits. All I can think of when I watch this movie is how John Mulaney thought that an Ocean’s 11 with women would be awful, but I guess the past is in the past. Also, the song is a 10/10. 

  1. Lemonade Mouth – Determinate

Arguably one of the best scenes in cinematic history. Such an amazing song, I will watch the movie at absolutely any time. This performance just makes me want to hop on stage with the one and only Lemonade Mouth. The best part is definitely Wen’s rap… wow.

  1. Little Women – You Love Him!

This is a spectacular ending to Little Women. I personally always wanted Jo and Laurie to end up together, but this scene makes that pain go away a little bit. Everyone just comes together in the end to help Jo and I find it so wholesome.

Zoe’s Favorite Movie Moments

Recently, I decided to make a Youtube playlist for all my favorite movie scenes, so I can easily watch them whenever I want. I ended up with 51 (and counting) clips. As an extremely indecisive person, it was actually painful to narrow down this list to just the 8 scenes below. I’ve inserted the full playlist at the end of this post because I feel bad for the ones I didn’t pick 🙂 Without further ado…here are the scenes that stood out to me, in no particular order:

Warning: Spoilers!!!


So technically this is probably two scenes, but I’m counting it as one because they happen back-to-back in the movie. I think this scene works well on so many levels: Olivia Wilde’s directing, the genuine emotions from both Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, the MUSIC and how perfectly it fits, the choice to mute their voices mid-argument. I could go on. I also love how Amy comes into her own here and establishes herself as independent from her best friend Molly, which continues into the next scenes with Diana Silvers and when the cops show up to the party. I saw a great video of Wilde explaining her choices in this scene, which I would highly recommend. It’s always interesting to hear the director’s thought process on a scene you already love; it makes you appreciate it even more.


I get chills every single time I watch this scene. SO GOOD. While historically inaccurate, this is such a satisfying scene to watch, and Taraji P. Henson’s delivery is perfection. I honestly don’t remember anything about Hidden Figures, except for this singular scene. I did, in fact, watch it at school and cry. All I have left to say is girl boss moment.


Now for a more light-hearted scene, Heath Ledger singing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” in 10 Things I Hate About You. His fabulous singing and dancing almost make up for the fact he was being paid to date Kat…an analysis of how problematic yet iconic this movie is may come at a later date. Nevertheless, I love this scene for reasons I can’t really explain. I could watch this movie forever.


You don’t understand how much of a struggle it was to narrow down my favorite scene from Little Women. That’s why I chose two! First, this scene where Laurie sort-of proposes to Amy after being rejected by Jo. As much as I love Timothée Chalamet, Florence Pugh (my queen) definitely steals this scene. “I will not be the person you settle for just because you cannot have her…not when I’ve spent my entire life loving you.” Such a mic drop moment. Makes me wish they didn’t end up getting married.


YES SAOIRSE RONAN!!! I love this scene because Jo finally confronts and releases her deepest, guarded feelings about love, being a woman, and loneliness. Her monologue comes after some major changes in her life. Everyone else is moving on, and she’s still clinging to the comfort of her childhood with Laurie and her sisters. This scene also solidifies that Jo and Laurie were never meant to be together, even though I was a little mad at Jo for not saying yes up to this point. She clearly doesn’t love him romantically but would be willing to get married, which shows the extent of her loneliness and fear of all the change in her world. Overall an excellent script by Greta Gerwig and amazing acting by Saoirse.


This is such a great dance movie. I love this scene, specifically, because Billy finally stands up to his dad and makes him realize how wrong he was for not letting Billy dance. It’s an obvious turning point in the movie. Anyone can see that Billy lacks technique, but his clear passion for dance really shines through here. Can we talk about that spot though? The mirror practice really paid off.


Another movie with countless memorable and incredible scenes. I will never get over the fact that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck wrote this screenplay. Please watch the bench scene and fight between Will and Skylar because I’m so guilty about not featuring them here. Anyway, once again we have a character here who bottles up their emotions and finally releases them in this scene. Will has such a tough exterior, but it only takes the simplest words (“It’s not your fault.”) to break that open. You can tell he really needed to hear someone say that. Matt Damon and Robin Williams have excellent chemistry, and this moment is a heartbreaking display of the development of their relationship throughout the film.


Last but CERTAINLY not least. I will never be able to put my love for this scene into the right words. There’s no dialogue, just a single uninterrupted shot of Adèle Haenel acting. You have to watch the entire movie and understand the context in order to appreciate this scene, but, once you do, it leaves you speechless and completely devastated. I’m going to just list everything that makes this scene so spectacular. The moment Marianne spots Héloïse in the crowd. The fact that they’re listening to the song Marianne played her earlier in the film. The way Héloïse switches between laughter and sobs remembering their romance. The parallels between their relationship and the story of Eurydice and Orpheus, a myth discussed in the film. How we’re seeing Héloïse through Marianne’s eyes once again, but she JUST WON’T TURN AROUND AHHH. This movie is a perfect example of how unappreciated foreign films are in the US. Why wasn’t this acknowledged at the Oscars? It’s not that hard to use subtitles guys…

Thanks for watching and reading about some of my favorite movie moments. Watch out for Georgia and Bella’s lists in the next two weeks!


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