10 Films List

Sunday, 23 September 2012


 (1) The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
Based on the travel memoirs of a young Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, this film is beautifully shot across much of Latin America and the parts in Peru especially, are absolutely breathtaking.  You don't have to be a Marxist buff to enjoy this as the politics associated with Che aren't the main theme here.  Instead you get an insight into how travel and meeting people from different cultures can shape a person's humanity and outlook on life instead.  This is one of those films I could watch again and again.



(2) Get Him To The Greek (2010)
Comedy starring Russell Brand as a stereotypical difficult rock star who needs to be saved from his failing career by playing a come back show at the Greek Theatre.  One to watch when you want a laugh!


(3) The Devil's Double (2011)
Chilling biographical depiction of Latif Yahia, the Iraqi soldier who was forced to become the body double of Uday Hussein, the sadistic playboy son of Saddam.  Absolutely gripping viewing that will make you squirm in your seat.


(4) Water For Elephants (2011)
Romance starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, based on the best selling novel by Sara Gruen.   Set in 1930s Depression hit America, a travelling circus courts crowds wherever it can to make money, but with the ups come the inevitable downs.  You kinda guess the ending, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless.


(5) The Pillow Book (1996)
Arty film based around a Japanese model who seeks to explore pleasure from the art of body painting.  Stars a young Ewan McGregor as the main love interest.


(6) The Rum Diary (2011)
 Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp plays Paul Kemp, a writer who is struggling to find his voice and takes a job at a Puerto Rican newspaper.  It's full of offbeat scenarios and bouts of crazy randomness as you'd expect from anything written by Thompson.


(7) Office Space (1999)
Satirical comedy written and directed by Mike Judge (the guy behind Beavis and Butthead) which quickly became a cult classic among everyone who has ever worked in an office environment and thinks it sucks.  You are bound to have heard some of the phrases from this film at some point in your life.  


(8) The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Historical fiction drama centered around the by-chance friendship of two eight year old boys; one a German whose father is a Nazi, and the other a Jew who is imprisoned at Auschwitz concentration camp.  I'm reading the book at the moment and have to say that so far, the film is a lot more dramatic and tear-jerking. 


(9) Submarine (2010)
British coming of age comedy following the tried and tested concept of a 15 year old boy falling in love with a girl at his school.  


(10) The Trial (1962)
This is the Orson Welles directed adaptation of Kafka's most famous book of the same name, which sees a man having to deal with the circumstances of being accused of a crime he has not committed.  The film is shot in an abstract and stark fashion which plays upon the tension felt by Josef K (the man accused) and is a brilliant piece of cinema in itself.

What was the last film that you watched?  Any recommendations? 

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16 comments

  1. Lastly I watched The Bucket List :)
    My fav films: Bucket list, Stephen King films ( Shining, Rose red, Cujo, Thinner, etc ), The Notebook, Curious case of Benjamin Button, Shindler's list, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Inception, etc... :D I love watching films!

    I think I'm going to see The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas :)

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    1. Thanks for those! I loved The Shining, The Notebook and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, need to watch the others :)

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  2. I haven't seen any of these films! I haven't actually watched a film for a while, I've been going through a DVD Box set phase lately :) Currently watching Deadwood which is OK but a little slow at times, hoping to get Game of Thrones for my birthday x

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    1. Game of Thrones is amazing, so addictive! :)

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  3. Boy in the stripped pyjamas such a sad story, enjoyed both the book and the film. And I didn't see it coming x

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    1. Me either, I thought the ending was very well done x

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  4. Great list, I can't believe I've only seen, The Boy With The Striped Pyjamas (may have shed a few tears). Right need to order the other films from Love Film asap! xx

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    1. Let me know what you think if you watch any! :) xx

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  5. Great selection; I also love the motorcycle diaries (anything with Gael GArcia Bernal, really ;)) and the boy in the striped pijama.
    I got to find The Trial... sounds just up my street! xx

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    1. He's an incredible actor and GORGEOUS ;) - I need to put his other films on my Lovefilm list :)
      The Trial is really interesting, I love how they shot it - one of my fav b&w movies I think. Definitely read the novel if you haven't already xx

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  6. i love submarine! i think the last film i watched was the matrix (3rd one). i need to see get him to the greek :)
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    1. It was such a cute film, I haven't seen a good coming of age flick like that in ages :)

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  7. Ooh some of these are my favourite films; The Motorcycle Diaries, The Boy in the striped Pyjamas, The Rum Diary and Submarine.
    I've never heard of The Trial before, I'll look that one up.
    I'd say some of my other favourites are; Into the Wild, The English patient, Amelie, Pulp Fiction, The Beach and City of God :)
    Daniella x

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    1. You have AWESOME taste - Into The Wild is in my top 3 favourite films of all time and I love Amelie and The Beach too :) Will check out other two as well :) x

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  8. Oooh The Boy in the striped Pyjamas I love that movie, it's sad but brilliantly acted. One of the films I recently watched was The Help and it was amazing and also of course The Huger Games :-)

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    1. It is, I thought the acting of the two young boys was fantastic. Loved those two films :)

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