Hello gals and guys (why did I start like that though)! So this is my first “proper article” on this blog of mine and I thought I could make a short list of 5 movies that I really enjoy at the moment. Or at any given time in my life. Movies that I love. Anyway. Here’s the list (in no specific order).
Festen (or The Celebrtion in English) is a Danish film directed by Thomas Vinterberg. It is the first movie of the Dogme 95 movement, a movement created by Vinterberg and Lars von Trier in 1995. Without spoiling too much of the story, the movie is about Christian (Ulrich Thomsen), whose father is turning 60. To celebrate the birthday, the whole family reunites; brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins… everybody’s there. During supper, Christian decides to make a speech and… let’s just say that things go wrong from there. The movie is quite intense. You almost have the impression to be there with the characters. It is terribly realistic, and don’t be surprised if the movie looks like an old tape of a homemade video; it is part of the movement.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry, starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, is one of the most original movies I have ever seen. Honestly. Not only is the cinematography fantastic, Jim Carrey gives one of the best performances of his career. And this is not his usual comedy movie. The movie is about Joel (Carrey) and Clementine (Winslet), who after breaking up, get each other erased from their memories. The movie jumps back and forth in time, but is not too difficult to follow. It also mainly takes place in Joel’s subconscious, which takes us in a dream-like world in which everything seems possible, or impossible.
The Hateful Eight (2015)
Many people thought this movie was too long. It is not. The Hateful Eight is the latest movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, with amazing performances from every actor, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue. The story takes place after the Civil War (3 to 10 years? Maybe less? Maybe more?), in Wyoming. A bounty hunter (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner Daisy find shelter in a cabin, where they meet other colourful characters. Every single one of them is interesting and even though you don’t actually like any of them, you get attached, you love to dislike them. The cinematography is breathtaking and the score, by Ennio Morricone, is perfect. As I mentioned at the beginning, many people thought the movie was too long. I think it actually brings sooooooo much to the story! It reminds us of older Western movies directed by Sergio Leone. This movie is probably my favourite of Tarantino’s so far.
La piel que habito (2011)
This movie is definitely not for everyone. It is strange. It is disturbing. It speaks of delicate subjects. La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In in English) was directed by Pedro Almóvar and features Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon, haunted by his past. The first time I saw this movie, I was totally unaware of what the story would be, and that’s why I don’t want to say much more about it. It is the kind of movie that requires you to understand the story as it unfolds in front of you. I would also recommend watching it by yourself. I watched it with my parents and found it a bit awkward. Or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, it is definitely worth checking out.
Mommy, directed by the brilliant Xavier Dolan, is a very touching movie about the difficult relationship between Diane (Anne Dorval) and her son, Steve (Antoine-Olivier Pilon). A widowed mother and a son with ADHD. They fight, they scream, they cry, and they love each other unconditionally. The aspect ratio of 1:1 (if you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a square) is perfect for the movie. You feel as if you’re watching their story through the windows of their house, almost as an uninvited viewer. You also feel trapped as much as they do in their situation. One scene in particular really got to me; the one at the karaoke. The movie is also very beautiful aesthetically; the colours are astonishing. There are also a few references to other movies, such as Home Alone (1990), which is always fun.