Garbstore’s Assistant Store Manager and avid movie buff Jack Ashley reviews his top 5 films for long weekend viewing.

Garbstore’s Assistant Store Manager and avid movie buff Jack Ashley reviews his top 5 films for long weekend viewing.

Garbstore’s Assistant Store Manager and avid movie buff Jack Ashley reviews his top 5 films for long weekend viewing.

There’s something really special about Punch Drunk Love. Once you’ve watched it you’re part of this club of other Punch Drunker Love-rs, and you’ll meet them in public and have wide-eyed grins as you discuss. A very subtly beautiful film and at times throws you between quiet inward dialogue and then gripping emotional intensity.

Anomalisa is a simple but simultaneously complex movie. It’s written and directed by Charlie Kaufman (so expect Eternal Sunshine, Synecdoche New York, Adaptation kind of vibes), and is completely done with stop motion 3D printed puppets. There’s a charm in this film that’s nice to get lost with for an hour and a half.

For many people The Tree of Life is an introduction to the work of Terrance Malick. It’s a great starting point and the lighting alone is enough to sell it. So much golden hour sun, long winding shadows, slow but detailed domestic scenes combined with grandiose leaps in time through the cosmos. Insane. Watch it on the biggest screen you can find.

Boyhood is not an unknown film, many of you will have seen it already. But the greatness of this film reveals itself in a second and third watch. Each time you rewatch, focus on a few different things. The characters are maturing and changing, but the actors playing them are too - as it took twelve years to film. Each time you’ll latch onto a different character or two, and in turn, sympathise with their struggle and journey. None of the characters are perfect and rightly so, but you love them all the more for it.

Election is great. Matthew Broderick and a young Reese Witherspoon have this itchy and hilarious onscreen dynamic together. The name “Tracy Flick” will stay with you forever and have you throwing a milkshake all over someone’s car at some point in your life. It’s fun and easy, but not in a cheap way! Alexander Payne (writer and director) lives to torture his characters - and you’ll love it.