2013年1月7日星期一

Movie Recommendations (Part I)

I rarely mention movies and films in my blog. In fact, I consider myself a movie goer (those who knows me well might agree with this claim). In my opinion, movies are just as good as food and music, and just like food, I had watch a lot of movies throughout the years. And because of that, it's very difficult to tell people what is my favourite movie of all time. I watched a lot of movies, and to be frank, most of the movies I choose to watch are good (I choose movies to watch so that I can avoid wasting time on low-end parodies and some garbage-grade comedies). If you are curious, this is the list of my all- time favourite movies (In my top 20 at least). To be frank, I am very sure there are more than just these, but I couldn't remember all the movies that I had watch, the ones that listed here are the ones that caught my attention the most. And these few are the ones that I always recommend to my friends whenever they ask. This is the first 10 of my favourite, more to come (if I have the time to write them down).

*Disclaimer: The list is not sorted according to ranking.


1. Shakespeare In Love


The great things about this movie are the casts, the screenplay, and the story. A romantic comedy (not really a comedy, but it's definitely a romance movie) that had 13 Academy Award nominations and it won 7 out of them. This movie is about an affair between Shakespeare and Viola while Shakespeare was attempting to save a theater and write Romeo And Juliet. This is quite a bittersweet tragic story and it is totally worth watching.

2. Pulp Fiction


No doubt, this is one of the best movies that I ever watched. You know what? Most of the movie geeks will say so. Quentin Tarantino is a genius, the story is so original, not to mention the screenplay and the unique flow of the story. Tarantino is specialized in non-linear story flow, which is the highlight of this movie. The story is simple, yet original. In my opinion, the movies of Quentin Tarantino is like a surprised birthday party - you don't have to expect, it will come.

3. The Lord of The Ring Trilogy


I don't really enjoy medieval fantasies but this is a rare exception in my list. Thanks to the author J.R.R Tolkien, the story was never bored. A epic fantasy like this requires good cast, good visual effects and good directory to be produced, and they did produce what the audiences want. That is why this epic trilogy had 30 Academy Award nominations in which they won 17 of them.

4. The Fountain


This movie is definitely in my all-time favourite list. I think I had watched it for at least 4 times, and I am still wanting to watch it. This story of the movie is very original. It is narrated in a non-linear way (which I really like personally), crossing three different time and era, involving three different couples that portrayed by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. This story is about love, life and death and it shows how fragile we human are. Another highlight about this movie is the music. This movie also shows the versatility of Hugh Jackman. He's more than an action star.

5. The Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind


A romantic science fiction film (rare and definitely my favourite). First of, can you imagine the possibility between Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet? You might think that the chemistry might be a little bit weird (Or plain wrong), but I tell you, you are wrong. It has 2 nominations of Academy Award and it won the Best Original Screenplay award. The story is too complicated to be told here and it requires some concentration while watching it but if you are used to watch movies with non-linear storylines, this movie is not difficult to be understood. The thing I like about this movie is the irreplaceable originality of the story, not to mention how good Kate Winslet performed in this movie. This is definitely a go.

6. Les Misérables


I watched it on the New Year Day of 2013. It doesn't take long for me to include this movie into my all-time list. The story is based on Hugo's work and it is truly a 'miserable' story. The right casts were choose, not to mention the hard works the directors and the casts put on to make this movie possible. Since it is still fresh on screen, I wouldn't want to discuss much about this movie to prevent spoilers. Nevertheless, beyond doubt, this is definitely a good watch.

7. Big Fish



At first I thought that it is an overrated movie. I was wrong. In my opinion, the highlight of this movie is the endless possibility of how far a story can go. The themes of the movie are very clear and firm throughout the movie. It sticks to the main branch of the theme yet it explores many other minor themes as well throughout the story. Love, hatred, family, friendship, and many many more. Another highlight of this movie is Ewan McGregor, enough said.


8. Mr Nobody


All of my friends who watched this movie told me that the story is very confusing. In fact, it is. But if you concentrate enough, understand this movie wouldn't be a hard task. This movie has quite some similarity with The Eternal Sunshine of A Spotless Mind and The Fountain, but the story is very original though. The casts in the movie might not be very famous (well not all, you might know Jared Leto and Diane Kruger). The story of this movie is about a young boy who is in the nick of time to make his ultimate choice that can possibly change his life forever. Again, the director and writer explored various possibility of the story, which is the main reason why I love this movie so much.

9. Sin City


Another splendid work from Quentin Tarantino. I seriously wonder what is inside this man's mind. This is a crime-thriller movie but it is slightly immersed in a slight touch of black humour. The movie successfully presented the characters, thanks to the awesome performance of the casts. The highlight of the movie is the cinematography and colour processing in which this movie is in black and white and colours are added into specific objects only. This is the first Tarantino movie that I ever watch, and this reminds me of another filming style of his - he tells stories part by part (just like the one he did in Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volume I and II and Reservoir Dogs).

10. The Notebook


This is, in my opinion, a very sad and very touching romance movie. It's like the story of a modern day Romeo and Juliet between Noah and Allison in which they love each other so much yet they can't be together due to the difference in social status. In the mean time, in a modern day hospital, an old man is telling the story to an elderly woman who is suffering from Alzheimer's and hoping that the story can trigger the comeback of the old sweet memories of theirs. Oh, by the way, did I mentioned how pretty Rachel McAdams was in this movie?
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30 Days Photo Challenge - Day 3 - Something You Love


I can't see the need for me to elaborate this. Guitars are my love.

From left: My second classical guitar Yamaha C80, Tanglewood TW28 SSN, Epiphone Casino Cherry.