current film favourites

Over the past two months or so, I've been collecting a fairly long list of my favourite recently watched films, with the intention of setting aside some time on my blog to discuss them.  I've never really done a post like this, but film is something that is such a big part of my life that I thought I would give it a go.  I've been watching a lot more of my favourite directors and trying to pick up on some of their stylized trademarks and genre specific skills, etc., so that I can improve my own work.  I've also been trying to work my way down the list of Best Picture nominees before the Academy Awards on March 2nd.  As of when I'm writing this, I've so far seen 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena, Captain Phillips, and American Hustle.  I enjoyed them all except for the latter.

The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson) 
Three brothers go to India on a "spiritual journey" to reignite their relationship and find their mother who abandoned them.  In classic Wes Anderson fashion, it's beautifully shot with his side-splitting, dry sense of humour that I personally love.  A brilliant picture.

Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)
A middle-aged actor caught up in the lavish Hollywood lifestyle has to take care of his daughter for a few weeks while his ex-wife is out of town, and learns a lot from their time together.  It's my favourite film of Sofia's and I love how she is able to convey so much with so little dialouge.

Like Crazy (Drake Doremus)
I usually can't stand romantic films, but this one is very different to others that I've seen.  Beautifully shot, it follows the story of two college students who fall in love but are separated by their Visa expiring.  Love the screenwriting and the characters.

Winter's Bone (Debra Granik)
Jennifer Lawrence's best performance, in my opinion.  So well shot, such a gripping story, and surprisingly, a hauntingly stellar soundtrack.  Gritty, raw, and emotional.

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
This film chronicles the story of Soloman Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the United States.  It really hones in on how awful life was for slaves, in a way that I've never seen another film do.  Kudos to McQueen for telling this very important story, and to Lupita Nyong'o for an incredible performance in her first feature ever.

  I seriously loved all of these - great storylines, screenwriting, cinematography, acting, etc., and I hope that Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress next month.  Note to anyone interested in these films - 12 Years a Slave, as well as parts of Winter's Bone and Somewhere, can be a bit graphic or mature, so use discretion when deciding if it's something you can handle or not - when in doubt, check the Parent Content Advisory on IMDb (it's very helpful!)  What great films have you guys seen recently?

1 comment:

  1. im so glad you made this post bc im obsessed with films and always looking for more to watch x also i loved "like crazy" and have been wanting to watch "winters bone" for such a long time xx


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