- Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
- The Secret World of Arrietty (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 2010)
- East of Eden (Elia Kazan, 1955)
- EO (Jerzy Skolimowski, 2022)
- Bridge to Terabithia (Gábor Csupó, 2007)
- 21 Jump Street (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, 2012)
- 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, 2014)
- Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
- Flavors of Youth (Yoshitaka Takeuchi/Xiaoxing Yi/Li Haoling, 2018)
There were three that particularly stood out for me (as I express in my Letterboxd reviews):
1. Spirited Away: embodies children's innocent, amusing, and optimistic attitude towards the world
2. The Secret World of Arrietty: reflects on the beauty of kindness and empathy
3. East of Eden: explores the consequences of kindless righteousness and the power of forgiveness
There were some terrible ones as well, but the biggest disappointment was Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation. It was a film with a promising plot, interesting characters, and the perfect setting. Unfortunately, it tends to place itself in a pedestal of intellectual elitism, with a we know better than them type of tone that completely undermines its message.
In all, while I wish I had been able to watch more movies, I think most of the ones I got to see were worth my time, and particularly memorable. The corners of film that I'm yet to explore are countless, so all I can hope for is to be pleasantly surpirsed by March.