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10 Great Movies That Will Make You Question Life

By German Torres Ascencio

Film is a extremely varied medium; there are films that entertain us with such effectiveness that we forget about the real world and we are left without a single moment to think.

Other films have other intentions and are crafted in such a way that we constantly think about the consequences of what we are seeing. The interest of these films is in making the viewer question life.

Here is a list of 10 films that do this with various techniques and styles, and manage fill our heads with questions on our own lives.

1. Stalker

Released in 1979, this film was the last that Andrei Tarkovsky shot in his country (the following two films were shot in Italy and Sweden). Acclaimed by some critics and fans as his greatest film, it displays the journey of three men through a post-apocalyptic land with the purpose to get to the Zone, where they intend to find a room that allows the one who visits fulfill their soul’s deepest wish.

None of the men have names; they are just referred as the Stalker, the Writer, and the Professor. Played by Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, the Stalker is the one who knows the way through the Zone and is in charge of leading the other two men to the room.

Through the journey of the three men, we see them have conversations that question the nature of the Zone and of life itself. In coherence with the characteristic style of Tarkovsky, the film is full of long takes, poems, and philosophical references delivered by the existentially anguished characters.

As the men get closer to the room, they begin to question whether what they think they wish is their truest deepest wish and at the same time, the oneiric mise-en-scene of Tarkovsky makes us → continue…

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The 10 Most Beautiful Romantic Movies of All Time

By Dilair Singh

When Call Me By Your Name was released last year, it very quickly became one of 2017‘s best films, winning an Oscar and earning a couple nominations along the way. It’s essentially a film about a brief romantic affair, but one of the most notable aspects about the film is its beautiful scenery.

It’s arguable that if the film were shot anywhere other than Italy it wouldn’t have had the same effect. The romantic storyline is one thing, but the aesthetics of the film add another layer to the overdone “romance” genre.

This list will take a look at films that have a similar strength going for them: they’re romantic films that also happen to have a strong visual component. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean an exotic setting, but for the purpose of this list it means something “beautiful” other than the featured relationship/romance of the film in question. In other words, the relationship can’t be the only thing romantic about the film.

10. Metropolitan (1990)

Metropolitan (1990)

Whit Stillman has said that when making his first feature, Metropolitan, his budget was so low it affected his choices as a writer and director. That meant he had to do certain things creatively that would not show the audience just how low the budget was ($225,000).

Stillman ended up setting the film in the world of the young upper-class, Ivy League elite New Yorkers. The film takes place during an important time for its characters: the debutante ball season. These are characters who speak entertainingly well, and always dress nicely.

Stillman, who went to Harvard, knows the world he’s portraying intimately. However, he goes a step further and throws an outsider in the mix, Tom. Tom acts as our avatar, and he becomes enchanted with the world of his new → continue…

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10 Great Movies That Will Teach You Lessons of Love

By Jason Zuriff

Paris, Texas (1984)

Film can be one of the most effective artistic mediums when it comes to teaching lessons about any given writer’s morals or beliefs. The art form is often used to send messages and teachings about a specific topic, and perhaps no topic is more commonly explored than that of love.

Love is a theme that can be found scattered throughout the entire history of practically any form or style, and many artists have used their work to teach lessons of love to their audiences. The idea of love can be explored and portrayed in so many unique and extraordinary ways, and this list is meant to highlight films that explore the theme creatively and exceptionally.

The following films are ones that are not only great on their own, but they also provide the viewer with a lesson of love that can be taken away and interpreted during and after their viewing.

1. Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name was one of the most acclaimed and celebrated films of the past year. A primary reason for this is the fantastic lesson of love it teaches. The film follows a teenager, Elio, spending a summer in Italy with his parents. He then forms a relationship with one of his father’s students.

The film takes its time showing the slow progression of the relationship from a friendship to a romance, and this allows for both the happiness and sadness experienced by the characters to be significant and impactful.

One of the most powerful scenes of the film comes towards the end, when Elio’s father delivers a monologue about the power and importance of love. It is here where one of the → continue…

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The 10 Best Travel Movies of All Time

By Conor Lochrie

All cinema is a journey, when the viewer travels into a world separate from their own. We want to be transposed, transformed, changed. Some films are more literal in this form and travel films have been popular for many decades. The opportunity to travel with characters we care about on their travels is welcomed and the best travel films make us care about the journey and the people on it.

There have been wonderful travel novels that just haven’t transferred successfully to the big screen: Jack Kerouac’s generation-defining On the Road led only to a distinctly middling adaptation from Walter Salles (who did better with another effort which features on this list). When done right, though, travel films are intoxicating, immersive, and powerful. This list offers the 10 best examples of the genre, spanning continents and eras.

10. The Trip to Italy

Based on a British TV Series, Michael Winterbottom’s film stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves. Brydon has been asked by a newspaper to tour the country, from Piedmont to Capri, partly following the footsteps of the great Romantic poets. Coogan joins him on his trip and the film follows their engrossing conversations as they journey through the majestic Italian countryside.

This is a film that revels in the innate comedic ability of its actors, for Coogan and Brydon natural conversations ilicit genuine uproarious moments consistently; it’s an improvisational masterclass, just as the films of Christopher Guest are, and the film is better for it. Coogan is more well-known internationally than Brydon but having The Trip to Italy (2014) focus more on the latter means the fictional comedy narrative feel more enjoyable and convincing.

The humour is very British, of course, often dry → continue…

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