Hipster Movies to Add to Your Watch List
By Kyzia Maramara
What on earth does the word ‘hipster’ mean? Why is it imbued with a slightly bad connotation, as if being called a hipster automatically gets you labelled as a person who dresses weird and likes weird things?
Hipsters are people who have a taste for things obscure or alternative, things that the mainstream public would lose interest in. These underground ‘things’ that hipsters love are more often than not hidden gems. The movies delve into the world of amazing cinematography and color grading, conversations, and plots with depth made by intellectuals, oftentimes on a low budget.
Hipster films almost always equate to good films. We’ve rounded up 8 movies ranked in no particular order, for you to get in touch with your inner hipster. Go ahead and savor the goodness of these movies!
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this movie tells the story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior, who befriends his classmate Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who is dying from leukemia. Greg introduces his ‘workmate’ Earl (RJ Cyler) to Rachel whom he creates short films with, parodying famous titles. The more he spends time with her and the worse her condition got, the more he discovers how worthwhile the bonds of friendship can be.
2. Submarine (2010)
Submarine is based on a book of the same name by Joe Dunthorne. Fifteen-year-old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) narrates his life and his two biggest problems: how to fix his parents’ seemingly crumbling marriage and how to lose his virginity before his birthday. This is one of the most hipster films out there, from the cinematography to the soundtrack, which was written and sung by none other than Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner. Its beauty and its comedic charm will catch you off guard more often than you expected.
3. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
No hipster list will be complete without including at least one Wes Anderson film. That said, Wes Anderson should be considered the Father of Hipster films, with his perfect visuals and stellar characters. Moonrise Kingdom is a charming masterpiece that would surely evoke an indescribable feeling of nostalgia in you. You have to watch it to know what I mean by that!
The film features the adventures of a young couple who runs away from home and retreated to an isolated beach they call Moonrise Kingdom. It might not be for everyone, as some would find Anderson’s movies to be boring and weird, but those who love it, well, you have great taste in films!
4. Across the Universe (2007)
Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy’s (Evan Rachel Wood) love story could’ve been normal, but life has a habit of getting in the way. With music from The Beatles and the Vietnam War as the backdrop of their love story, Jude and Lucy wade through the hardships in life, leaving us with aching hearts and last song syndromes to last a week.