10 Movies = 10 Points, And Why

Movies, of course…

It’s strange with humans. If we like something we want to save the whole world so they also can see the light (…not in the biblical sense, of course). I’m no exception. I also have an urge to share with you 10 movies that stands out of the thousands, and hopefully you’ll get something out of it too.

Adams Æbler (Anders Thomas Jensen)

How is it possible to make something from the bible actually making sense like this? Amazing… Danish drama at it’s best with the best actors in the business. Tells a story of how a non-believing misanthropic neo-nazi becomes a believer and philanthropic. (Sounds yucky, I know).

WHY WATCH IT? After watching this movie, I understood that it’s possible to achieve the impossible, if you let go of yourself and stop being afraid. Now I have to watch it at least once a month, just as a reminder of achievement.

A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick)

A shivering goody goody post-apocalyptic classic, and one of the few films I ever saw more than 20 times.

WHY WATCH IT? Sometimes it good to watch a movie that’s 100% cold and cynical, and ends up with a conclusion like “there’s no hope for mankind”, just to remember what lies in the other end of happiness and joy. The heartwarming-kind of happiness and joy, not the ultraviolent kind.
The City of Lost Children (Jean Pierre Jeunet)

The combination of pure old-school dark adventure blended with science-fiction-cartoonish-nightmare and the oddest hero-couple of cinema’s history, makes this to a gem.

WHY WATCH IT? To laugh, cry and be stunned by amazing graphics and characters, and the strangest helmet ever created with an insect man inside it.

Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)

Drama and suspense in a shocking, heartbreaking story of two brothers. Simple, deep, sometimes gory and also somewhat shocking, even for an old geezer like myself.

WHY WATCH IT? So we all can learn that Nemesis is living, just to comtrol us if we break the basic rules of humanity.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas (Terry Gilliam)

This movie portrays the adventures of a journalist and his manager, who lives in this universe, and a strange parallell one, that seems to collide together. As a viewer, you get intoxicated by the strange point-of-view of the camera, horribly fantastic characters and perfect casting. You can actually smell this movie.

WHY WATCH IT? The carpets in the hotel, Johnny Depp sky-high at the policeman’s congress, in this, the most remarkable unfilmable film of the century.

Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jean Pierre Jeunet)

This movie is an intravenous overdose of magic-potion shot straight into the nerves, and it makes you fly high for hours and days after viewing.

WHY WATCH IT? If you’re feeling down, you can’t go wrong with this marvellous masterpiece. It’s actually a medicine, disguised as a movie.

Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese)

Mafia hasn’t looked this good since Godfather I and II or Once Upon A Time in America.

WHY WATCH IT? To hear Ray Liotta say “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be gangster”.

Riget (Lars Von Trier)

If you wonder if you should watch Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital, the american re-make of this Danish horror/comedy drama, Don’t. Please. If you have seen it, you have my sympathies. Because this is Kingdom Hospital, the original master-piece.

WHY WATCH IT? Von Trier fools you into laughing hard at the awkward situations that this wonderful gallery of characters get into, and just at that point, when you laugh and feel safe and are at your most vulnerable, he stabs you in the heart with simple, shock-horror ghost-images. Fantastic combination.

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)

A post-Vietnam-drama that let’s you see into the twisted mind of a lonely cab-driver in New York.

WHY WATCH IT? Bernhard Herrmanns staggering music, New York, Travis Bickle, guns, drugs and tons of misanthropic monologues.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick and Tim Burton)

Jack Skellington, the ruler of Halloween Town, is bored and needs inspiration. He then kidnaps Santa Claws and hijacks Christmas, in this awesome, wonderful animation classic that will stand out as the most breathtaking stop-motion feature film ever made.

WHY WATCH IT? If you hate musicals, maybe this will make you change your mind. It did for me. Not that I love musicals, but I love this one.

Published on January 22, 2007 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

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