20 Highly Intelligent, Complex & Thought-Provoking Films You Must See

In no particular order

1)   Fight Club (1999)

2)   The Machinist (2004)

3)   Inception (2010)

4)   Exam (2009)

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“Drive” Review

Drive (2011)

 ‘There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain’

Starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, ‘Drive’ may give the impression of being another cheap Hollywood crime thriller filled with pointless action scenes and meaningless dialogues. However, this first impression is false. Compared to other action films, ‘Drive’, is, in fact, gold itself found on top of some pile of garbage. With an amazing soundtrack, cast, performances, script and, above all, that nostalgic and unforgettable 80s feel to it, ‘Drive’ becomes an impressive movie, giving off brilliance of some kind of a cult movie, maybe only comparable to ‘Taxi Driver’ (1976).

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‘The Devil in the White City’ (2013)

Leonardo DiCaprio-Starring ‘The Devil in The White City’ Gets a Screenwriter – Graham Moore

Late last year, Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company, Appian Way (along with Double Features), picked up the rights to Erik Larson’s “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed The World.” Larson’s non-fiction work is told in a more traditionally novelistic way, and it chronicles the story of one of America’s first serial killers, Dr. HH Holmes. Holmes was a charmer who used the Fair and a so-called “murder castle” to draw in his prey. Once in his home, he would use a number of terrifying contraptions to murder people, only to turn around and sell their skeletons for medical and scientific study. He’s believed to be responsible for at least twenty-seven murders, and as many as two hundred. Larson’s book also makes use of time period’s backdrop – the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The book revolves around two men – Holmes and Daniel Burnham (the “chief architect” of the fair).

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“Black Swan” Review

Black Swan (2010)   

**SPOILER ALERT**

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, ‘Black Swan’ is an ambitious film promising to submerge one into the world of classical ballet, a game of sexual seduction, hallucinatory experiences and pure psychological delirium, but did it deliver?

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The Academy Awards 2011

With the Academy Awards 2012 nominations coming up in January 2012, I thought I would share my thoughts on the Academy Awards 2011. I will focus on the “Best Picture” and “Best Actress in a Leading Role” categories. 

As is well known, ‘The King’s Speech’ won the “Best Picture” Academy Award 2011, and other runner-ups were ‘Black Swan’, ‘The Fighter’, ‘The Kids Are All Right’, ‘True Grit’, ‘Inception’, ‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Winter’s Bone’, ‘The Social Network’ and ‘127 Hours’.

It could be argued that ‘The King’s Speech’ won the “Best Picture” Award not because it represents some exceptional cinematographic achievement, but simply because it had no real serious competitors in that year. To put it simply, ‘The King’s Speech’ won the “Best Picture” Award not because it was so good, but because other films in its category did not conform in any way to the Oscars’ ideas of what the “Best Picture” winner should look like. That “ideal” was set in the past. Though such a state of affairs happens at the Oscars every year, I would argue that the year of 2011 has seen some of the worst examples of cinematography compared to the past thirty years, with the Academy Awards’ standards falling the lowest since the early 80s.

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“A History of Violence” Review

A History of Violence (2005)

 **SPOILER ALERT**

Since David Cronenberg’s ‘A Dangerous Method(2011) is coming to the UK’s cinemas February 2012, I thought I would review one of my favourites of this director’s films – ‘A History of Violence’. Cronenberg excels himself in this film, portraying violence at its very raw. 

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“Melancholia” Review

Melancholia (2011)

 **SPOILER ALERT**

‘Melancholia‘ – you will either love it or hate it. The film is surely to awaken something in a viewer, be it some inexplicable feelings of unease or awe. However, given that the film is directed by no other than Lars Von Trier (a Danish director known for its controversially unusual films, e.g. ‘Antichrist (2009)), who once said that “a film should be like a rock in the shoe”, nothing less is expected.

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