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‘This movie taught me how to be a bitch'

Angel Haze's favourite flicks, from girl-power classics to essential weepies

To celebrate this month's Girls Rule issue, Dazed is running a series of takeovers. To follow on from last week's Stacy Martin special, today celebrates Angel Haze with a day curated by the genre-spanning NYC-based rapper. This includes a DA-Zed of Female Rap, a Selects piece on her favourite new R&B artist Maxine Ashley, an incisive journey through her visual and literary inspirations, and an extensive Q&A with Angel. Keep checking our Angel Haze Day page for more throughout the day.

Back to the Future and Back to the Future 2 (1985, 1989)

"These are the most epic movies in the world. Marty McFly has to change his life – I feel like everyone knows these movies. Don’t watch the third one, the third one is trash. It should have never happened. It’s basically a time travel movie, about getting to change how you lived and what you did... If I could go back and change anything, I probably wouldn’t, because it made me exactly who I am, and who I’m meant to be in the moment."

Here on Earth (2000)

"This is a tragic love story where a rich guy falls for a poor girl and she dies, and he learns a lot about himself in the process: you know, love has no boundaries, there’s no such thing as conventional love or just pairing people based on successes or genetics or whatever – you can fall in love with anyone."

A Walk to Remember (2002)

"Oh man, romance. This is actually one of my favourite movies not because of the story – because it’s just like Here On Earth – but actually it’s because when I was a kid I wasn’t allowed to listen to music, so this movie introduced me to my favourite band in life, The New Radicals. And Mandy Moore was amazing back then in the 90s. But this was just my very own introduction into music."

Pleasantville (1998)

"This is a black and white movie where Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon go into the television and live in an alternate universe. I wish that I could live a world that was black-and-white because everything would be a lot prettier, but it’s just one of those stories that teaches you, you know, nothing is as perfect as it seems, the grass isn’t greener on the other side. You should be happy with the side that you’re on."

Blast from the Past (1999)

"This old couple thinks that they’re being nuclear bombed in the 60s, and they build this bomb shelter underneath their house and basically don’t come out for 30 years. They have a son down there, so when they come out he has to come out into the world (for the first time). Basically it’s like a time-travelling-esque movie where the kid is so far behind he doesn’t even know that you have sex with girls. It’s just a really cute movie… (and) it’s something that I identify with, being overly sheltered and not really being subjected to what most people are throughout their lives, then coming out into the world and seeing it for what it is. I just think it’s interesting to watch (that) from several different angles."

Bring It On (2000)

"Cult classic. This is the best movie ever, it just taught me how to be a bitch when I was a kid. It’s empowering, and it teaches you to not drop the spirit stick."

The Sound Of Music (1965)

"I only recently saw this movie in the past year. I watched it on Air New Zealand on my way to London and I thought it was the cutest thing. I’m a nerd, I like musicals – sometimes. When people aren’t doing a lot of runs. When they do vocal runs it’s just annoying."

Maid in Manhattan (2002)

"Maid in Manhattan, though, that was cute because she was a maid, like bottom of the barrel, and then she found this guy and got married and owned her own hotel. It’s good to see people do well for themselves."

Enough (2002)

"J.Lo is really hot, for one. And Enough was fucking massive. The fact that she found some dream guy, then he turned out to be an asshole – which is usually how it happens – and then she kicked his ass at the end of the movie. It was so empowering – he thought he was stronger than her, but then she beat his ass."

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

"Ashton Kutcher basically has some sort of hemorrhaging in his brain where he gains the ability to time travel. All he has to do is sit down and recount his memories in a journal, and as he’s writing, his whole life starts to shake and he’s in these moments again, and he has the chance to change how things happened. I always try to do that when I write – I try to do what he did in the movie, where he’s in those moments and he can change things. Only it doesn’t really work that way."