Here is a list of ten movies I think you need to watch, SOON! (Expect more lists like this).
(These are in no particular order, all are equally awesome in their own way.)
Number one: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
This story follows the point of view of two side character’s in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The two find them selves in the middle of the forest without a clue about who they are. It was almost like just started EXISTING in one instant, as if they were characters in a story. The odd couple soon find themselves at Hamlet’s mansion, where some weird stuff is happenin’. A good percentage of the movie is witty and confusing banter between R. and G. while the scenes of Hamlet unfold in the background. I was in tears from laughing so hard the second time I watched it. It’s a movie you have to watch a few times in order to catch all the fast Shakespearean double meanings and jokes. But they are worth it.
If Shakespeare bores you, or you simply can’t understand it, fear not! There is some physical comedy as well. OR if that does not suit your taste you can watch it to see a young (rather dashing) Gary Oldman.
NUMBER TWO! The Truman Show
The Truman Show is probably one of the scariest movies I’ve seen. Not scary in the sense “Oh crap there’s a demon child on the basement we’re all going to die” or “There’s a woman coming out of my bathroom mirror hALP”. It’s scary in a sense that the world might come to this one day. With this being the reality TV and youtube generation that day might be in the near future. And it scares me.
The Truman Show is about an ordinary man. He shares a house with his wife on a small coastal town. He has a desk job, his only worries are whether or not to bring cole slaw or potato salad to the neighborhood BBQ. Yep, a pretty average, normal life…
Oh yeah, except one thing THERE ARE CAMERAS WATCHING HIS EVERY MOVE! ALL HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE FAKE AND HAVE BEEN HIS ENTIRE LIFE AND MY POOR LITTLE TRUMAN DOESN’T KNOW IT.
This movie has SOME Jim Carrey moments, but if you’re not a fan of him I’m sure you’ll still enjoy it (Although, why you wouldn’t be is beyond me). This movie is funny and colorful, but also serious at moments. It’ll have you wondering ‘How is it going to end?’
When I watch it, it usually ends with my heart breaking.
Number trois: Wing Chun
I’d been complaining of the lack of hella rad female marital artists. Then I discovered the lovely Michelle Yoeh, the star of this utterly ridiculous movie. Wing Chun is about a tomboy who lives in mountain village. The movie is basically her kicking everyone’s butts without breaking a sweat. While her aunt makes vulgar sarcastic comments at everyone. As fetus Donnie Yen stumbles around looking confused. IT’S GREAT.
I feel like the people who made this movie pokes fun at other martial arts movies. Because everything is so exaggerated. I suggest you watch it in both the original language and dubbed to get the full experience. Make sure you watch it with the Chinese audio FIRST. I don’t want the horrid English dub to ruin everything.
Number Four: The Fall
You might have heard of it and have been putting off watching it. DON’T DO THAT. The Fall is about a little girl who befriends an injured stunt man (Lee Pace) in the hospital. He begins telling her stories of a masked bandit. The audience gets to visually enjoy these stories as he narrates them. The imaginary land and costumes are so striking you have watch it on a big screen. I don’t want to give too much of the story away, but I will tell you that this is one of the best movies ever made.