Directed by: Michael Lehmann
Leads: Winona Ryder and Christian Slater
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
Black Swan. (2010)
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Actresses/Actors: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
The plot: The movie follows Natalie Portman's character Nina, a ballerina who gets awfully obsessed with achieving perfection in playing the Black Swan.
My thoughts: This psychological horror/thriller was pretty a fascinating story about an artist trying to reach the peak of perfection. As I have stated before for 'Whiplash' there is a fine line between passion and obsession, and this movie masterfully executes through Nina becoming obsessed enough to start hallucinating **spoiler alert** that finally leads to her death as she stabs herself thinking she accidentally stabbed Odile. By the time she realised she was injured it was too late, despite bleeding spontaneously she kept performing and achieve perfection she did. The ending was bittersweet with Nina passing away all while murmuring that she felt her performance was perfect. It was the earthly heaven that any artist can ask for and she died knowing that she did what she could and she succeeded. Although I don't romanticise her mental illness and anybody going through this should seek professional help but there is something about this movie that makes this so beautiful.
'The Royal Tenenbaums' (2001)
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson happens to be one of my all time favourite directors. The colour palette of this picture is so wonderfully in coordination with all the pastel-ish warm and bright colours with the tinge of gold here and there. And the thing that any film lover can relate to while talking about a Wes Anderson movie is the astonishingly well visualised symmetry in each and every scene, as you can see in the second slide, a picture of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. The camera is always at 90 degree angle making the whole composition flat which according to me and many others is very much pleasing to watch. --------------------------
Adrien Brody in 'The Pianist' (2002) as Waldyslaw Szpilman directed by Roman Polanski.
Schindler's List. (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Character development? 'Whiplash' (2014) directed by Damien Chazelle.
Robert De Niro as Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather II' (1974) directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Madam Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' (1961)
Ex Machina (2014)
Director: Alex Garland
Blade Runner (1982) Director: Ridley Scott
Director: Spike Jonze
Taxi Driver (1976)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. (2004)
Director: Michel Gondry
Actresses/Actors: Kate Winslet, Jim Carrey, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elija Wood.
The plot: The movie 'Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind' is a sci-fi indie movie based on a guy who wants to remove all his memories of his ex who did the same to him. Later he realises that he doesn't want to let go of her and the movie focuses on how someone deals with heartbreak and pain that comes along with it.
My thoughts: This movie has a well written plot that might seem tricky at first but makes a lot more sense once you've got hold of what it truly means. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet gave one of the best performances of their lives and had an undeniably loveable chemistry. Personally I feel what this movie means, someone close to you who might have left you, or has passed away can have huge impacts on your life and at some-point you might feel if you could forget that person just to ease out the pain you feel but the good memories however painful you always seem to cling to them. This movie is wholesome with it's unique cinematography and narrative pattern. Definitely one of my all time favourite movies.
Director Steven Spielberg on the set of 'Saving Private Ryan' with Matt Damon.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Actor: Miles Teller
The plot: The movie Whiplash is based on a jazz student named Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) in his pursuit of greatness but the biggest problem in his path is his mentally abusive Jazz teacher Terrance Fletcher (JK Simmons).
As the story progresses we see Neiman's obsession of being 'One of the Greats' worsen.
My thoughts: This movie wonderfully captures the essence of how it is like to be an artist in a world full of competition and how there is a significant difference between forgetting what is your passion and what is your obsession. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by anyone not requiring them to be specialised in jazz music and the narrative of the story is pretty simple and appealing.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
In the scene: Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Director: Gus Van Sant
In the scene: Robin Williams
"Bond, James Bond"
Movie: Dr No (1962)
Actor: Sean Connery
Director: Terence Young
Melanie Laurent in 'Inglourious Basterds' (2009). Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.