Monday, 16 May 2011

5 Films To See

Right today's list is a top 5 of the films that i am most looking forward to seeing once exams are over and i have the time and money to go to HMV and go on a long overdue DVD spree.

5. Shutter Island (Scorsese, 2010)

I saw this film a while ago, but i definitely want to own it. It's a detective-thriller that takes place within an insane asylum for dangerous criminals and the sheer number of twists and turns that unfold mean that i reckon this is a film that will benefit from a few repeat viewings (in the Memento/Sixth Sense/Pulp Fiction mould).

4. Blue Valentine (Cianfrance, 2010)

This Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams drama got a lot of critical acclaim for the quality of the central performances and the at times brutally honest portrayal of falling in and out of love. The plot apparently intersperses scenes of the beginning of their relationship within the main narrative, the painful end. It's a concept which could be cheesy or could be really powerful and the majority of reviews seemed to side with the latter.

3. Monsters (Edwards, 2010)

I saw this at the cinema last autumn and i can't wait to see it again. I wrote about it in my review of 2010's cinema, describing it as my best cinema-going experience of the year and i'd stick by that. It manages to be subtle and intense, not something that's always easily achieved and the characterisation is so far beyond what is typical of an alien based sci-fi film. The only reason this isn't in first place is that, unlike the two following films, i have seen it once already.

2. Black Swan (Aronofsky, 2010)

This dark ballet based drama got a lot of attention on it's release and i'm yet to hear a bad review from any friends who've been to see it. Some of them wouldn't see it again; claiming the twisted intensity of some of the scenes is such that they're not desperate to watch it again, but they've all advised me that i need to see it at least once. Like the film that is number 1 in this list, i really wanted to see this at the cinema but it didn't quite pan out, so DVD is a decent fall back.

1. The King's Speech (Hooper, 2010)

Now i needn't write much about why i want to see it, i want to see whether it deserved all the hype that it got. Plus, like a large majority of the British public, i love Colin Firth, so that's another good reason.

So to finish today's blog i'm going to post a song that i've listened to several times today, ever since i woke up with it in my head for some reason.

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