Wednesday, 29 December 2010
07:18:49 PM (GMT)
... Just because I felt like imparting my opinion onto you, Kupikans.
1. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Okay, there are films you should see, and then there are films there is no point in
not seeing. This is a cult classic, there's no doubt about that. It's a "science
fiction gothic romance rock opera", but that doesn't define the film in the
slightest. This is probably the oldest film on the list, but easily the greatest -
whether it be through comedy value or doing the Time Warp. Whatever takes your fancy.
So anyway, this film is basically about a couple, Brad and Janet, who stumble across
the castle of a mad, transexual scientist, Dr. Frank-n-Furter, who has just finished
making a man "in just seven days". Hmm, I'll leave the rest as a pleasant surprise...
I hope you like musicals.
2. Kamikaze Girls
I just watched this film the other day, but it's easily one of the greatest things
I've seen - it's Japanese, and also quite cult, it's main themes being those of
Japanese subculture and fashion. Primarily, it's a comedy, about a lolita meeting a
yanki, but the underlying message of their friendship is really emotive and makes for
both a hilariously funny and heart-warming film. My favourite scene has to be the
ending where Momoko defends Ichigo against the gang ♥ Definitely a film for
foreign language enthusiasts and Japanese wanabees.
3. Into the Wild
Again, another film I watched recent, though this one had a more profound effect on
me as a person - the story is based on the true adventure of a man, dubbed as
"Alexander Supertramp", who decides he doesn't want to live in a material world and
so sets out on the search for "spiritual enlightenment", resulting in him ending up
in Alaska to live off the wilderness in an abandoned bus. At first, his adventure is
enticing, and he meets an aray of extraordinary people and discovers various walks of
life - one encounter, with an elderly man who wished to adopt Alex, left me crying
orz. Eventually, he gets to Alaska, as I said, and stays there for 113 days -
however, when he wishes to return to civilisation, the river has flooded, and he
realizes he is trapped. Mistakenly, he eats a posionous plant, and the last twenty
minutes of the film capture his last days as he slowly starves to death. "It's not
about being strong, it's about feeling strong." Never has a film made me question my
own purpose before.
4. Pan's Labyrinth
I do love my foreign language movies, and this is one of my favourite - a Spanish
ghothic fairytale about a girl who meets a Faun in a maze, who insists that she is
the missing Princess of the Underworld. She undergoes various tests to regain her
memories, some of which are very nausiating (or full of LOL), including my personal
favourite, the Pale Man. Underlying in this film is the war, and the impact on the
girl's family and her evil stepdad (such a jerk he is)... and also the ongoing fight
between the army base and some rebels in the woods. Also open to discussion is the
symbolism that Pan in actually the Devil... which makes the film a lot more
interesting to watch, if you consider it that way.
5. Donnie Darko
Sadly, the end of this film was spoiled for me by my dad, but it's really, really
bizarre... so much so that you really have to watch this beast. At least watch it for
Frank. Because he truely is a beast. It's actually a really interesting insight into
the main characters tormented mind, once you look on it with hindsight, but the
slightly science-fictiony feel to the end is weird, but almost fitting, I guess.
Again, this is another cult classic. (y)
6. The Lord of the Rings
All three of these films are amazing in their own right, as is the book, but together
they are something else; something justifiable as the greatest adventure tale ever
written (okay, so Tolkien is an idol of mine). The cinematography is great, as are
the battle scenes (fangasm right here) and the costumes (so I like the leather?). You
need a spare 9 hours to watch them all from start to finish, but hey, it's worth it!
For those not familiar with this story of all stories, it's about a legendary ring
that, when restored to the dark lord Sauron, will result in the end of Middle Earth.
Thus, this ring falls into the hands of a little fellow named Frodo, who, along with
a bunch of other kickass people, venture to destory this ring in the "fires of Mount
7. Brotherhood of the Wolf
Yet another foreign language movie, except this time it's a French one! There are two
reasons this is such an awesome film - firstly, the actually plot is amazing, it
keeps you guessing (except I had the twist spolied by a certain father orz), and has
great characters and costumery. It echoes the Sherlock Holmes' "Hound of the
Baskervilles", as it's about a giant "wolf" that terrorizes a rural French village
during the revolution - and so, two hunters are sent out to slay it, only discovering
some pretty horrific things. This is where the movie is great for a second reason,
particularly in it's portrayal of the Catholic church during that period, which is of
interest to someone in my stead religiously. It's honestly fascinating. Oh, and the
twist is just fantastic, might I stress again.
8. House of Flying Daggers
Chinese martial arts cinema... where do I start? This is but one of the many
breath-taking movies I've seen of this genre, but I forced myself to pick just this
one (but Hero and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are worth the watch too). The
location and cinematography are simply awe-inspiring, and I easily lost myself in the
colours the first time I watched this film, despite the powerful, emotive plot and
the really amazing actors - Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro are really in their
element in this film - the final fight scene, in particular, is fantastic. Oh, and
the bamboo forest... all that greenery makes me
9. The Wicker Man
If ever there was a classic horror movie... then this would not be it. Sure, it's an
old one, cult if you will, but by no means does it stick to the genre defined by its
predeccesors and successors. From the opening, you're uneasy - the music as the
police man flies into the village gave me instant creeps, which was rather unnerving
for a horror veteran like myself (who laughs in the face of Saw and such). Everything
is a little off kilter as the cop searches for a missing girl - who everyone insists
never existed. There is no violence or gore, but there are some horrific scenes and a
couple of surprises. Also, the "psychosexual" nature of this film is really bizarre,
as it is something never before done, and never repeated to the same effect in horror
cinema. Obviously, the film gets its title from the last scene, one that is most
iconic in the horror genre now...
10. Spirited Away
I dig animation, there's no doubt about that, so I had to choose at least one.
Miyazaki is a master of his craft, and one of the only studios that still creates its
anime films through hand drawn animation, which is an incredible feat when you
rewatch these films and marvel at the backgrounds of each scene. Spirited Away is
probably his most well known film, gaining media attention in the west after it one
an Oscar, which was rightly deserved. The story is pleasant, compelling, and a little
dark in places, about a girl who ends up working in the spirit realm after her
parents are turned into pigs. Oh, and the artwork is stunning as usual.
11. Saving Private Ryan
I'm not usually one for war films, but this one is incredible. The first twenty four
minutes are so realistic, my dad said, that he was crying the first time he watched
this film (he has served in the Middle East for those who don't know). They even used
real amputees on the beach to ensure realism! The soldiers' perseverance to find Ryan
is compelling and you;re corssing your fingers all the way, shouting at the Germans,
jumping just a little when the first man is killed... and then, after eventually
finding Ryan in a field somewhere, a small band of soldiers have to hold off the
enslaught in a tiny town... the first time I saw it, I ended with two hours of sleep
that night (not good at school the next day), because I couldn't stop thinking about
Another film I watched recently after reading about it online and then finding it in
a bargain DVD shop - a great find! So, the plot is mind-destroying. You've really got
to watch the film a few times through (or Wikpedia it as we did) to actually
understand what's happening, but the subplot - the exploration into the alienation
and loneliness caused by modern technology - is food for a lot of deep thought. Oh,
but it is a horror movie beyond all that, and does deliver most of the goods, even if
the plot is a bit slap dash for viewers not of the film's native language (Japanese).
But, if you're prepared just to watch on the fly and not think about what the fuck is
happening too much, it's really worth it. Oh yeah, it's about ghosts.
13.The Last Unicorn
DERPDERP 8D This film caused me to become to troll I am today. I am scarred for life,
so I must therefore inflict this pain upon you too.
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