Why three films, and not more? Well, in between friends to catch up with, naps to take, assignments to do and Avengers: Endgame to watch at the cinema, it is rather unlikely that you’ll find the time to watch as many movies as you like during this long-awaited semester break. Fret not, here are three films that will be worth your while.

  1. Whiplash (2014)

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The plot in a sentence: Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity.

Quote: “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job.”

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s ode to mentors, musicians, and motivation, is a controversial yet thrilling piece of filmmaking that explores the fine line between passion and obsession. With emotionally resonant writing and impeccable performances, Whiplash will keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you speechless. Guaranteed.

If you like this film, you’ll enjoy: First Reformed (2017), La La Land (2016)

  1. The Social Network (2010)

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The plot in a sentence: The invention of Facebook, and how it leads to both personal and legal complications for Mark Zuckerberg when he ends up on the receiving end of two lawsuits.

Quote: “If you were the inventors of Facebook. you would’ve invented Facebook.”

Like it or not, Facebook (and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook) is such an integral part of social relationships today. David Fincher’s The Social Network is a thought-provoking, enthralling character study that delves into power, capitalism, friendship, and betrayal with clashing narratives that come together perfectly like puzzle pieces. This film might be an exaggeration of events, but it will keep you rooting for the possibilities of a sequel based on Facebook’s ongoing data abuse scandals.

Interesting fact: The drama goes on. Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake in the film) recently wrote about the hard choices facing the Facebook CEO for TIME’s 100 Most Influential People 2019.

If you like this film, you’ll enjoy: Prisoners (2013), The Imitation Game (2014)

  1. Trainspotting (1996)

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The plot in a sentence: A heroin addict tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of drugs and influence of friends.

Quote: “Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?”

Living is a choice. Escapism is an illusion. Trainspotting shows viewers the ups and downs of drug addiction; what makes it mesmerizing, and terrifying much like life itself. Simply put, Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting is a wildly unique film about social realism with an anti-drug message. However, at any point, the film can go from oddly entertaining to downright disturbing. Not for the fainthearted. You’ve been warned.

If you like this film, you’ll enjoy: Fight Club (1999), Drive (2011)

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