Film Selections 11: Hoping
The actions of hope is a common story, found in every living soul, in spite of all the nihilism and obvious references to the world’s slow march into death. However, most of the time people pay, people hope, and people wish for a utopia where everything is inevitably good. Ask and you shall receive, or something in that equation.
To hope is a privilege, one that only a select few possess. This is because it requires a certain humility – an inherent modesty in ourselves. I have yet to have that kind of feeling where I could ask for anything and won’t feel like I’m taking advantage of it. There’s something truly cruel about hoping. I don’t know. Maybe I’m feeling blue, I don’t know myself.
Here are the films in which I perceive what hope looks like in my spectacles.
HIDDEN FIGURES (Dir: Theodore Melfi, 2016)
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Jim Parsons
There’s nothing more freeing than seeing black women prosper in a white man’s world.
JULIE & JULIA (Dir: Nora Ephron, 2009)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Stanley Tucci, Chris Messina, Jane Lynch
Have you ever had a warm, buttery feeling melting ‘round in your tummy? This film is the equivalent of that.
20TH CENTURY WOMEN (Dir: Mike Mills, 2016)
Starring: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Lucas Jade Zumann
In a perfect world, toxic masculinity wouldn’t even exist because women would rule the world.
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Dir: Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
Starring: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Valerie Chow
I wish for a dreamlike confusion that invests and reflects such hope.
MY LEFT FOOT (Dir: Jim Sheridan, 1989)
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Hugh O’Conor, Ray McAnally, Fiona Shaw
Daniel Day-Lewis as a painter with cerebral palsy. Inspiring cinema!