25 “Must-See” Biographical Films

In no particular order:

1.  Schindler’s List (1993)

2. The Aviator (2004)

3. Elizabeth (1998)

4. Gandhi (1982)

5. Milk (2008)  Read more of this post

10 “Must-See” Films about Cults

In no particular order:

1. The Master (2012)

2. The Wicker Man (1973)

3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

4. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

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20 Films with the Coolest Songs

The definition of “cool” is malleable and changeable. However, if there was one agreed definition, these films would have been real contestants in winning “The Coolest Songs in a Film” award. The list only includes movies with multiple “cool” vocal songs (with lyrics) and excludes animations. In no particular order:

  1. Pulp Fiction (1994) – “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry;Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon” by Urge Overkill; “Flowers on the Wall” by the Statler Brothers, etc.  
  1. Back to the Future (1985) – “Heaven is One Step Away” by Eric Clapton; “The Power Of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News; “Johnny B. Goode” by Mark Campbell (Chuck Berry), etc.
  1. Drive (2011) – “Nightcall” by Kavinsky; “A Real Hero” by College & Electric Youth; “Under Your Spell” by Desire, etc.
  1. Django Unchained (2012) – “Django” by Rocky Roberts & Luis Bacalov; “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton; “I Got A Name” by Jim Croce, etc.
  1. The Great Gatsby (2013)“Love Is Blindness” by Jack White; “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie feat. Q-Tip & GoonRock; “Over the Love” by Florence and the Machine, etc.  Read more of this post

Girl Power: 20 Great Book-to-Film Adaptations

This list features book-to-film adaptations where either the film director (8) or the original story[1]/book author (12) (or both) was female. This list excludes Jane Austen[2] & Bronte sisters[3] adaptations to draw attention to other novels/stories. In no particular order:

1)  To Kill a Mockingbird (1962): Harper Lee, author

2) The Virgin Suicides (1999): Sofia Coppola, director

3) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999): Patricia Highsmith, author

4) Chocolat (2000): Joanne Harris, author

5) American Psycho (2000): Mary Harron, director Read more of this post

10 “Must-See” Animated Films from 2010s

  1. Inside Out (2015)

inside-outThe winner of the Academy Award in the category of the Best Animated Picture of 2015, “Inside Out” is a film about a little girl who moves with her parents from suburban Minnesota to San Francisco. The movie is a little masterpiece, and it is a great injustice it was not nominated for an Academy Award in the general category. The main brilliance of the movie is its originality and intelligence – it teaches young children about psychology: the movie is divided into the “real world”, and the “world inside the mind” of a person. There are different emotions that govern the decision-making processes: joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust, each represented by an “entity”, as well as other processes such as short-term and long-term memories, personality-building, dream processes, etc. The movie is laugh-out-aloud funny, extremely entertaining, and flawless in its execution and content, even though very young kids may fail to grasp the meaning of everything that is going on. Overall, “Inside Out” is an instant classic, and, easily, one of best animated films I have ever seen. 10/10

  1. April and the Extraordinary World (2016)

april-in-the-extraordinary-worldApril and the Extraordinary World” is a French-Belgian-Canadian animated film co-directed by Christian Desmares (animator behind “Corto Maltese in Siberia” (2002) and “Persepolis” (2007)) and Franck Ekinci. It tells of a teenage girl, April (voiced by Marion Cotillard in a French version), who, together with her talking cat Darwin and her grandfather Pops, is looking for her long-lost scientist parents. The year is 1941, and it is an alternate reality: there are no scientists left who could have made the “progress”, such as electricity, possible. The world is “stuck” in a steam age, and the city’s scientists have been “witch-hunted” for decades. The final act of the film may be too brutal and “over-the top”, and the relationship between April and her love interest is reminding too much of that found in “Anastasia” (1997)[1].  Sometimes reminding in its setting and ideas of  Schuiten & Peeters’s comic Brüsel, sometimes reminiscing of some Tintin adventure, the movie is a great one overall: clever and very imaginative, full of exciting adventure. 9/10 Read more of this post

10 “Must-See” German-Language Films

These are good movies, worth watching. Note, the list is non-exhaustive and in no particular order.

1. The Lives of Others (2006)

2. Das Boot (1982)

3. Europa, Europa (1990)

4. Downfall (2004)

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20 “Must-See” Philosophical Films

In no particular order.

1) Rashomon (1950)

2) La Gran Belleza (2013)

3) Stalker (1979) 

4) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

5) Jacob’s Ladder (1990) Read more of this post

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