Sunday, February 9, 2014

Top 25 Films You Must See

I just took a look at my IMDb Watchlist and realised that some of those movies are an absolutely MUST! They are lifechanging and definitely worth seeing. So if you haven't seen  them, don't waste any more time. Skipping the boring introduction,  there you go:

1.    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

 Crime | Drama | Thriller

The main reason I like this one is the incredible sensation of tension and mystery. A young F.B.I. cadet has to discuss with an incarcerated dangerous killer in order to get information about another serial killer, who made a habit of skinning his victims... 
The 90s atmosphere is superb, and the cast completes beautifully the amazing script. Anthony Hopkins is so credible in the role of doctor Hannibal Lecter, making an interesting contrast with apparently innocent Jodie Foster, who plays Clarice Starling.

     2.  American Beauty (1999)


Although some people find it extreme and going in the wrong direction (at least that was my friend's reaction, don't judge her) , "American Beauty" has not only a dreamy, eye catching title, but also a disturbing story. Everything centres on Lester Burnham's depression, a mid-aged man who lives a personal crisis. Hence, he develops a weird obsession for his daughter's attractive friend, the thing that will bring about further consequences.

    3. The Breakfast Club (1985)

 Comedy | Drama
      Continuing with the 90s movies (even though this is 5 years earlier), I could not forget about Breakfast Club. It presents the very captivating adventures of 5 high school students who meet by chance in detention. Although the atmosphere at the beginning seems boring, static and so on, gradually you discover the interesting mixture of characters, so different but yet essentially similar. Detention is not a very appealing way of spending the weekend morning, but these teenagers break through the boundaries, making you laugh out loud. 
      Not to mention the unavoidable love stories, and Andrew Clark, for whom I had fallen...

            4. Blue Valentine (2010)

 Drama | Romance

      This modern couple was a thrill to me! Fascinating and heart-breaking, sweet and dark at the same time. So basically the movie follows the evolution of a young married couple, highlighting the causes and consequences of their actions. My favorite part is the beginning of their relationships, so authentic and intense. I have to confess, the end made me silently cry my heart out in the middle of the night...

    If the description wasn't convincing, you have to know that Ryan Gosling is the main character!

            5. Lolita (1962)

 Drama | Romance
     Kubrik's version of Nabokov's tale of a middle-aged professor's (James Mason as Prof. Humbert Humbert) self-destructive obsession with a young schoolgirl (Sue Lyon as Lolita). Making a film that dealt with underage sex was considered impossible in 1962 due to the strict censorship regulations, but Kubrik managed to get round this, with the aid of subtle wordplay and symbolism. A riveting transposition from page to screen, which will fascinate you due to the black and white color scheme, controversial topic, an surprising appearences!

6. Black Swan (2010)
Drama | Mystery |Thriller

A ballet dancer whose self-discovery is shown in an unusual, bewitching manner. The performances of Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and French Vincent Cassel are the recipe to success.

7.Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
 Drama | Romance 

The warm, bohemian and vivid atmosphere of the Spanish city, Barcelona. Summer holiday and a complicated love twist. Totally worth seeing.

8. Vertigo (1958)
Mystery | Romance | Thriller 

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. Hitchcock is a genius!

9. Scent of a Woman (1992)

A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnell are a bonus pack.

10.Strangers on  a Train (1951)

 Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller

Oh how I love this movie, one of my first immersions in the world of film-noir. Exactly the type of movie you'd like to see if you want something attractive, twisted, based on a very intelligent script.

11.Psycho (1960)

 Horror | Mystery | Thriller 

Nominated for numerous awards, "Psycho" is probably Hitchcock's best movie. The major  difference from the others consists of the horror side, which keeps you on the edge of your seat...

12.Hannibal (2001)

 Crime | Drama | Thriller

The movie following "The Silence of the Lambs". Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.

13.Red Dragon (2002)
 Crime | Thriller

The 3rd film of Hannibal Lecter's series, when a retired FBI agent with psychological gifts is assigned to help track down "The Tooth Fairy", a mysterious serial killer;  everything, with Hannibal's help, of course.

14. Despicable me 1&2 (2010&2013)
 Animation | Comedy | Crime 

One of the best animations I could say! Despite my initial reticence, I fell in love with the minions, with funny Gru and the three little girls - the movies got me completely absorbed in the gripping plot.

15. Rear Window (1954)
 Mystery | Thriller

Starring  James Stewart and Grace Kelly, the movie could be nothing else but a total success. Although everything happens in an appartment room, it has a little bit of everything. A fine suspense story combined with romantic tension in the main plot,  numerous sub-plots, some humorous and some moving, all with many psychological overtones.

16. Requirem for a Dream (2000)

Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. To my mind, the most striking part is Sara Goldfarb's transition, who becomes almost unconsciously caught up in the fatal trap.

17. American Psycho (2000)
 Crime | Drama

Patrick is a troubled guy. On the surface, he appears to be normal – he's a Wall Street broker with a secretary, an expensive apartment suite, his own limo and a fancy business card. But on the inside, he's a monster – complete with an insatiable blood lust and lack of empathy for fellow human beings.
The rest is mystery.

18. The Machinist (2004)
Drama | Thriller 

A man who hasn't slept in a year starts to question his own sanity, blurring the lines between reality and dream.

19. The Dreamers (2003)
 Drama | Romance

One of the most fascinating and bizarre distillation of the 60s mentality, with three bold, venturesome teenagers and a suitable background- beautiful Paris.

20. Shutter Island (2010)
 Drama | Mystery | Thriller

Shutter Island. A film that will leave many upset, and hating it. A movie that messes with you. And no one likes to be messed with. And that is exactly where it exceeds. Think I'm contradicting myself? 

21. The Shining (1980)
 Horror | Mystery

Ok, maybe I developed a strong liking for this kind of movies. But seriously, how could you resist the story of an isolated family during winter, in a hotel that proves to be haunted by evil and spiritual presences?
One of the creepiest parts about the movie is the feeling of isolation that Kubrick makes. The hotel is very silent, and the rooms are huge, yet always empty.

22.  It's a wonderful life (1946)
 Drama | Family | Fantasy

This film has become a Christmas tradition for me. I watch it every year and never tire of it. Frank Capra is a master of creating films with a message that reinforce strong values. This is probably his greatest film in that regard. Both he and Stewart have publicly stated that this is their favorite film.

23. The Book Thief (2013)
 Drama | War 

This is without a doubt one of the most riveting, thought-provoking, and utterly powerful movies for young people (or any people, for that matter), as it promotes such qualities as self-sacrifice, courage in the face of unspeakable difficulties, and using your life to make a difference for others.

24.  Tangled (2010)
 Animation | Comedy | Family

One of the few movies that I watched with my whole family. We were all charmed by dainty Pascal and the royal horse, but also compelled by Rapunzel and funny Flinn Ryder.

25. The Wold of Wall Street (2013)
Biography | Comedy | Crime

I postponed as much as I could seeing this, probably because of the 180 minutes that scared me. Surprisingly, the movie proved to be more than a plain, stupid comedy, as it containded a very large pallette of characters, events and turnarounds. Leo, you did well! 

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