Class of 2021

Ten Memorable Movies Through 2017-2021

I’m one of those people who believe that a well-made film can leave the same impact as reading a 500-page novel or traveling a cultural city. To me, movies help reflect on my life and my surroundings, while also having fun. Here are some movies that brought me meaningful lessons and joy throughout high school. 

Lady Bird(2017)

Lady Bird portrays the growth of a teenager through big and small struggles of life involving family, relationships, and college. For many high schoolers, this film is a relatable stage of awkwardness, discomfort, and relief of discovering self. 

Okja(2017) 

Okja is a beautiful film that conveys the importance of animal rights and environmentalism. Like the outdated Korean name “Okja,” this movie talks about the drawbacks to futuristic aspects moving forward with globalization. 

Crazy Rich Asians(2018) 

Crazy Rich Asians has significance in that it is the first major studio film that deals with an Asian American story since Joy Luck Club(1993). The rom-com brings wins for both representation and fun.

A Star is Born(2018)

I remember hearing the soundtracks of A Star is Born everywhere. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper deliver intimate performances while discussing the idea of reputation, fame, and relationships.

Avengers: Endgame(2019)

For Marvel fans the Avengers: Endgame was a huge moment of closure to the 11-year saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was definitely worth the wait, as it delivered a thrill throughout both action and emotion.

Little Women(2019)

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of the Little Women carries the story of family and finding independence as a woman. Having read the novel as a child, it was pleasant to revisit the timeless classic with lively warmth and empowering performance. 

Extreme Job(2019)

This movie made me laugh for consecutive hours. The humor and satire set in the creative plot and characters make this film the best crime comedy. 

Parasite(2019)

The globally-recognized Korean film paints the global issue of economic class division in capitalist societies. The dramatic music, unexpected plot twists, and black comedy fully captivates the viewers. 

Minari(2020)

This film about Korean American immigrants struggling to pursue the American Dream ironically received spotlight during the surge of Asian Hate Crimes. Minari is a movie that truly shows what it means to be Asian American, while dismantling Asian immigrant stereotypes. 

Soul(2020) 

Soul is all about celebrating the everyday things in life. The animation is a heartwarming reminder to embrace individuality and live life to the fullest at every moment. 

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