I’ve been watching so many movies these past few months. I used to hoard(?) movies, like I would download a ton of movies and then never watch it. I was just content in having them in my collections. Sort of like how many people buy books and never read them but still feel happy about it being on the bookshelf. But after my A-levels exams ended (tbh I started watching them before my last exam ended..), I felt the need to fill up the space. Thus, I finally started to make my way down my ‘to watch’ list. So here are some recommendations from the movies I’ve watched in the last 3 months.
1. Frances Ha (2012) directed by Noah Baumbach
This film was in black and white but without that certain ‘putting off’ feeling (?) I get from most b&w films. I felt like it went by really fast. To be fair the movie was pretty short, an hour and 20 minutes. I loved the story and the how the movie flowed and was narrated. The acting was so real and it was really just a very sweet and bitter and sad and real and funny and awkward film on life. By the way, I’m no film critic so really, don’t take anything too seriously.
2. Mr. Nobody (2009) directed by Jaco Van Dormael
I don’t have much I can say about this film because I need to watch it again. It’s a film about the different lives the guy lives following a point in his life where he has to make an impossible choice. The film alternates between the 3 lives he lives following the choices of this or that, and of neither. It’s very interesting, and very confusing. Worth a watch. And a re-watch.
3. The talented Mr. Ripley (1999) directed by Anthony Minghella
I first watched this movie because of the last 2 photos. Also because Matt Damon.. and Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law?? But this film was so disturbing. To be exact, Matt Damon’s character was so disturbing to me. I couldn’t fathom what his character had going on in his head in the slightest degree. But nonetheless a great mystery/crime film.
4. The Virgin Suicides (1999) directed by Sophia Coppola
Such a pretty movie. Like all of Sophia Coppola’s films. To be honest, films on american teens never really related to me. I couldn’t finish Dazed and Confused. So this was similar in that terms but I still liked it. I like movies that aren’t like movies? Like I like films that seem to record a period of someone’s lives, just like that. Not like something with a definite plot like a beginning, story, climax, and a definite closure. But it really depends, for crime movies or thrillers I do love a good plot. I love plot twists and detailed build ups and all that. I love love endings that I could never have imagined/ thought of. But for movies like this I love their strange, indefinite endings.
5. Your Name (2016) directed by Makoto Shinkai
Insanely beautiful animation.
5. Pulp fiction (1994) directed by Quentin Tarantino
I’ve actually never watched his movies until this. Expected from such a famous movie and director. Cool and quotable, just like what the critics say. I love his dialogues.
6. Marie Antoinette (2006) directed by Sophia Coppola
Another beautiful movie by Sophia Coppola.. I’m not quite sure what I think of this movie?? I think it really depends on what you’re viewing this film as. Whether you’re viewing this as a historical reference or just some entertainment for the night or because you’re a fan of her work. I think the story was okay.. I don’t know whether you can comment on the story of something based on a real life story. But yes, it was beautiful. And most of the times, I don’t mind beautiful movies with mediocre stories (really couldn’t like Darjeeling Limited though..)
This was written a few months ago, actually, and haven’t been watching any movies since. I have a terrible tendency to lose my flow/interest after a short while (one of my worst flaws). But I hope you like these movies if you have time to spare! Have a great month of October and I’ll be back, probably, with film pictures from September-October. Though I still have a long list to go through and will probably take more than a few months to get back to watching movies, leave me some recommendations! :-)