Continuing the regular feature to my blog, here are some more movies I suggest you watch before it is too late!!
#99 – Babel
Tragedy strikes couple Richard (Brad Pitt) and Susan (Cate Blanchett) whilst on vacation in Morocco, when a farmers boy tests the range on a newly purchased rifle. This has repercussions across four interlocking stories around the world. The Mexican housekeeper left with the couples children comes into trouble on the return trip from her sons wedding in Mexico whilst a Japanese teenage deaf-mute struggles with the recent suicide of her mother.
This is an emotional ride which is credit to the seamless intercutting of stories across 3 different countries as they each unfold. You will not be disappointed.
Year Released: 2006
Directed By: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adrianna Barraza, Rinko Kikuchi
#98 – The Prestige
A story about two rival magicians with a friendly competition which turns into a deadly rivalry. When Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) produces a jaw dropping magic trick called the ‘Transported Man’, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) becomes determined to find out the secret. Set in London at the turn of the century, the duo’s obsession leads them to jeopardise the lives of those around them.
Like Christopher Nolan’s first feature film Memento, he misdirects the audience and leaves them with a pulsating climax when the final act eventually plays out. Bale and Jackman both give outstanding performances in this hugely engrossing thriller.
Although overlooked by many due to Nolan’s more recent work on Batman and Inception, this is still a great piece of film work in its own right.
Year Released: 2006
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine
#97 – District 9
Based upon the real life South African apartheid, District 9 tells the story of an alien race nicknamed “The Prawns” and their confinement to the squalid refugee camp named District 9. The spaceship arrived in 1982 and 28 years later a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) lead by Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is assigned to forcibly evict the race. Wikus is exposed to a biochemical which causes him to mutate and he becomes the key to unlocking the aliens technology. He must rely on the help of the very “prawns” he was tasked with removing from District 9.
This is a must for Sci-Fi fans, Blomkamp teaming up with Peter Jackson has created a masterpiece on a relatively low budget of $30m, with flawless CGI and a totally original concept that has been executed onto the screen with great results.
Year Released: 2009
Directed By: Neill Blomkamp
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope,
#96 – Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubricks directs this two segment story following a group of recruits in training for the Marine Corps to the real combat of the Vietnam War. The first part we follow two recruits ‘Joker’ and ‘Pyle’ as they and their fellow recruits are put through hell by foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman (outstanding performance by Lee Ermey), as we reach the climax the three decide their fates by their actions and inactions. As we move into the second part of the film we follow Joker, who as a war correspondent is thrust into combat when the Tet offensive interferes, he must decide if he really is a killer.
This is an excellent depiction of the nightmare soldiers go through not only on the frontline but also on home soil as recruits, war is not glorified and is shown for what it really is. Lee Emery really does steal the show as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman and you would be hard pressed not to despise this character.
Year Released: 1987
Directed By: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Lee Ermey, Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Baldwin
#95 – Ferris Buellers’ Day Off
Teenager Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) experiences every kids dream when he and his two best friends Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) skip school for the day, in pursuit of Ferris is dean of students Ed Rooney (Jeffrey Jones) who is determined to prove his “illness’ is fake and his sister also wants to catch him out. He persuades best friend Cameron to borrow his Dad’s Ferrari and they set off on an adventure around Chicago.
Arguably one of the best teen movies of all time (that has been referenced in various shows including The Simpsons and Family Guy), Broderick is charming and likeable as Ferris and you find yourself rooting for him to get away with his master plan.
This film teaches us to live each day to the full and in the words of Bueller himself – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Year Released: 1986
Directed By: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara, Jeffrey Jones