So you want to watch some awesome movies, eh? Well, let me tell you where to start! Or at least, where I think you should start. In no particular order:
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
This is one of the most charming films I’ve ever seen! From the first scene it will steal your heart. Yes, it is in French, yes, you will have to listen to subtitles, but it is more than worth it!
Memorable quote: all of them! But looking at them, the things Hipolito (The Writer) says stick with me the most. “Without you, today’s emotions would be the scurf of yesterday’s.” And “We pass the time of day to forget how time passes.”
Here’s a trailer in English:
Ok, I can’t just pick one here. Wes Anderson’s films are some of my all time favorites and I can watch them over and over again. In my undergrad years I wrote papers on his work, and my fondness has only grown since then! His films are:
- The Royal Tenenbaums— Comedy Central plays this one pretty often, so you’ve probably caught at least a few snippets of it. It’s basically the story of a dysfunctional family (and who can’t relate to that!?)
- Fantastic Mr. Fox— Anderson’s most recent film, and his first attempt at making a film directed at children. It’s a charming and beautiful work, and definitely worth checking out!
- The Darjeeling Limited— Three brothers attempt to have a spiritual journey on a train through India.
- The Life Aquatic — WATCH THIS ONE FIRST! It has pretty much all the quintessential elements of a Wes Anderson film.
- Rushmore— Anderson’s first big film, and one of his best. Like I said, I really can’t pick one over all the others, but if I was forced to it would probably be a toss up between Rushmore and The Life Aquatic.
- Bottle Rocket — His first film. Worth seeing, but not my favorite of his. Fun fact: all three of the Wilson brothers are in it!
Herman Blume: What’s the secret, Max?
Max Fischer: The secret?
Herman Blume: Yeah, you seem to have it pretty figured out.
Max Fischer: The secret, I don’t know… I guess you’ve just gotta find something you love to do and then… do it for the rest of your life. For me, it’s going to Rushmore.
directed by Martin McDonagh
This film really surprised me the first time I watched it. It was nothing like I expected, and when it was over I cried for a while. It’s beautiful, and funny—however, if you don’t like swearing you might want to stay away.
Memorable quote: “Maybe that’s what hell is, the entire rest of eternity spent in fucking Bruges.”
directed by Orson Welles
People call it the best movie of all time for a REASON people. Watch it, love it. Watch it again. Don’t be afraid of the black and white!
Memorable quote: “Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything… I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a… piece in a jigsaw puzzle… a missing piece.”
directed by Roman Polanski
This is a great film for anyone who likes detective stories! It’s a throw back to the noir films of of the 40s and 50s and booooy do they ever do a good job with it! It’s entertaining, beautifully shot, and moving. It is a complicated film–not something you can just leave on in the background and give half your attention to.
Memorable quote: “You’re a very nosy fellow, kitty cat. Huh? You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.”
The Secret of Kells
directed by Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
I think when a lot of people think of animation they think of Saturday morning cartoons or Disney/Pixar. Now, I don’t know a lot about art or animation, but I know there are a lot of great animated movies out there that are worth watching that aren’t Disney. The Secret of Kells is pretty much everything I want in a movie. It’s an adorable childrens’ movie with amazing animation and voice acting. And AND! It’s about old books!!! They talk about making ink, and they show the vellum being stretched! Yeah, I’m pretty much in love with it.
Brendan: You can’t find out everything from books, you know.
Aidan: I think I read that once.
directed by Duncan Jones
This is an awesome, awesome movie. Cloning, space exploration, and a robot voiced by Kevin Spacey! The real question is WHY haven’t you started watching this yet?
Memorable quote: “I hope life on Earth is everything you remember it to be.”
Go, watch, enjoy!