TOP 10 FILMS


People from the internet...it's Monday!
And it sucks, but here I am with a new entry. I know that only like three people read this blog (and two of them don't really have a choice since they're my friends), but I've deleted so many blogs when I actually LOVE doing this...that I don't even care if I'm writing to thin air.

So...as the tittle says, top 10 movies.
I don't mean my top 10 movies of all the time because HOW DO YOU DO THAT ?!?! Believe me, I tried. I honestly thought I had ten favourite movies...I thought it'd be easy. I started to write down some of my favourites and then I realised I had written like twenty different masterpieces. I couldn't choose just ten of them, so I'm recommending those that I think are a MUST. I'm leaving my number one recommendation for number ten.

Here we go!



1. The Basketball Diaries.
























Did I watch this film a few years ago because Leonardo DiCaprio is the main character? The answer is yes. What can I say, I watch every single thing this man does...I'm horrible. But it's a really good movie, I wouldn't recommend it just because of him, promise.

Anyway, The Basketball Diaries is about a promising teenager who plays basketball (Leo) but develops an addiction to heroin with his friends (one of them is Mark Wahlberg, another reason to watch it) that turns his life upside down. It's pretty intense shit, let's be honest.

Jim's life (Leo's character) centers on the basketball court and that court becomes a metaphor for his own world. There's a lot of drama but I don't wanna say too much because you need to watch it. Trust me, you won't regret it. It truly is amazing to see how a talented young boy with dreams becomes a drug addict who would do anything to get heroin. It's too freakin' real.

I don't even know what to write in case of spoilers...so watch it.
I'm pretty sure you all have seen at least one of Leo's movies, so you know the kind of actor he is, he won't disappoint you. If you are sensible to this stuff (drugs, alcohol, fights...), don't even think about it. Don't watch it because you see the whole process and it could be triggering.

P.S. Imagine Leo describing masturbating at night on his rooftop like this: "it's just me and my own naked self and the stars breathing down. And it's beautiful." Just saying.

2. The Theory of Everything.
























Dude, this movie...fuckin' masterpiece.

If you are one of those people that get easily bored when there's not "action" on movies, don't watch it. As you may know, it's about the life of Stephen Hawking, how everything changes when he is told about his disease but he keeps fighting...and it's truly amazing, but as I said, if you don't like this kind of movies, you'll get bored.

I'm not gonna tell you the whole thing (even though I'm pretty sure you know this man's story pretty well, it's remarkable), but keep this in mind: Eddie Redmayne does such an incredible job that I genuinely thought I was watching the real Stephen Hawking himself. Stunning performance, he deserves every award he's won and more.

I could write about it forever, but it's better if you watch it.
His performance is everything you could expect: his pain is credible, his physicality is truly convincing and the way he stays fighting for his life is beautiful. As I told you, he's so good at it that you temporarily forget he's actually acting...you forget the fact that you're watching a movie with Eddie Redmayne as an actor because it feels like it's his life, his story.

The end hits home, the whole movie hits home.

3. Kill Your Darlings.
























There's no reason to look as stupid as I do, sorry.

This is probably one of my favourite movies EVER. I watched it because of Dane DeHaan (leave me alone, I've got a huge crush on him and he's a great actor) and I fell in love.

The story is about how a very anti-establishment and rebel student (Dane DeHaan) takes the new innocent poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) under his wing and exposes him to a new world. Intoxicating world, that one; full of drugs, sex and jazz.

I'm gonna be honest, when I read about the kind of character Daniel was playing (a gay Jewish poet that faces tons of complications), I wasn't sure about it. Don't get me wrong, he's a sensational actor, but a character like that is a big challenge. Anyway, he didn't disappoint me at all. But I gotta say that Dane DeHaan steals the show with the way he captivates you. His character is unpredictable and full of smoldering sexuality, which he beautifully portrays.

Also, the chemistry between these two is spectacular. They have some intense scenes that will take your breath away. Bless.

One last thing I wanted to mention about this movie is how absolutely everything is romanticized. These two writers are obviously plagued with self-destructive instincts that inspire their work, and even that is romanticized. Not gonna lie, it makes everything more powerful.

4. Seven Pounds.
























Yes, I know, I'm into really dramatic movies.

If you haven't seen this one...who are you?! Stop whatever you're doing right now and watch it. Oh, and grab tissues, because it's a harsh one.

Okay, so, this amazing motion picture is starred by Will Smith, which gives you all the reasons to press play and watch it. Tim Thomas, his character, sends a message while driving and causes a multi-car crash in which seven people die; one of them being his fiancée.

Two years later, he's still tormented by what he did and decides to do something that I don't wanna tell you to the lives of seven good people. All I can say is that in each case, he kind of interviews them first to make sure that they are "good" people. A lot of things happen in the process and well, you just gotta watch to know what he does and how it ends. It's an excellent piece of art.

Also, I got a weird obsession with jellyfish thanks to this movie. I've always found them fascinating, but there's something about the way they're described there...I don't know. I love it.

5. Nowhere Boy.
























HEY, THIS ONE IS A HAPPY ONE.
Drama-free. Kind of. There's always drama involved.

It's a biographical musical drama movie about John Lennon's adolescence and is based on a biography written by his half-sister. It tells the story of his teenage years, all about his relationships with his guardian aunt and his mother, the creation of his first band and its evolution into The Beatles. So, if you like good music, give it a try.

It's an interesting method to learn a little bit more about Lennon and his life back then, things that probably contributed to the complexity of his lyrics. Aaron Johnson, who plays John Lennon, captures his vulnerability and his rebellious spirit in a perfect way. Oh, and Thomas Sangster plays Paul McCartney, that's pretty important too.

Something that I really like about this movie, is the photography. It shows the drabness of that "star world", without making it look unduly depressing. That's great. I'm also in love with the soundtrack, but how can you not.

6. Into The Wild.
























One of the friends that read this blog highly recommended me this one and thanks god I watched it. She begged me, let's be real.

The movie is presented in a nonlinear narrative, which means that it cuts back and forth between Christopher McCandless's time spent in the wild and his two-year travels leading up to his journey to Alaska. Then it's told in a more chronological order.

The main character is a romantic idealist, who also happens to be selfish and stubborn. Quite complex, I'd say. He graduates from university and a little after that, he rejects that life by destroying his credit cards and identification documents. He feels the need to punish his parents, I guess? For the lies and all the shit he went through as a child, so he inmmerses himself in nature. Literally.

This lets nature simply be, which is something that I really liked. It doesn't insist on a dramatic storyline (hey, I love drama but sometimes it's too much), it's something that happens and at the end of the day, it is desperately sad; how he lives all alone and with nothing...but it also is about what it is to be human. About what happens when we admire nature and ignore humanity. It's breathtaking.

7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
























Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. That's it, that's all you need to know about this movie.

Joel Barish is an emotionally withdrawn men who one day bumps into a free spirit young women, Clementine Kruczynski, on a train and they are immediately drawn to each other despite their radically different personalities. They fall hopelessly in love with each other and start a lovely relationship until shit happens. I can't tell you the actual plot because then I'll tell you the whole movie.

All I'm gonna say about it is that their story is delicate and too real, maybe that's why I love it so much. Plus, these two actos make a remarkable job, they can coax a smile about making the same mistakes while being in love and then bam!, they quietly break your heart.

8. Suicide Room.
























Back to sad movies...I'm sorry, I suck.

I can't even start to tell you how I felt when I first watched this movie. It gave me this huge pain in my chest and I was sobbing at the end because...wow, just wow. I promise it's a really worthy movie. Not only because of the amazing performance of Jakub Gierszal, who plays Dominik Santorski, but also because of the special effects together with well-written dialogs. Everything fits perfectly well into the picture.

The original name is "Sala Samobójców", and the main character, Dominik, is a sensitive and lost teenager whose parents are really successful and in my opinion, careless. They know nothing about his son.

After a serie of humiliating events (and a REALLY hot scene), his classmates accuse him of homosexuality and they start mocking him on social sites. That causes him anxiety and he refuses to go to school, stops preparing for his exams...he falls into a deep depression and secludes himself in his room. That's when he meets a suicidal girl on the internet, and they make an emotional bond that ends up being dangerous. He loses contact with the real world and becomes engrossed in a virtual world...and things happen.

It's astonishing, believe me.
And also kinda scary if you think about how present internet is nowadays. Most of our parents don't even know what we do when we are in front of our computers...sometimes we don't even know what we're doing. It's crazy.

9. Whiplash.
























WHIPLASH IS PRETTY RECENT AND I WATCHED IT LIKE TWO HOURS AGO BUT I NEEDED TO INCLUDE IT HERE BECAUSE HOLY MOLLY. CHILLS EVERYWHERE.

Okay, let's start saying...Miles Teller, marry me.
Listen, his performance here is phenomenal. Incredible, amazing, extraordinary, awe-inspiring, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I cannot even describe what he made me feel, you have to watch it.

Andrew Neiman (Miles' character) is a first-year jazz student at the Shaffer Conservatory. He's been playing drums since he was a child and he wants to become of the greats like his idol Buddy Rich. Fletcher, a conductor, accepts Andrew into his studio band as the alternate for core drummer Carl. This man is abusive towards his students, he insults them, humiliates them and he even slaps Andrew in a scene. Really intense shit.

Miles Teller shows us a strong young boy who responds to the pressure and works so hard to the point of playing the drums with bloody hands.

I'm not gonna tell you more, just wanna say that the movie has an electrified final act. Believe me, that ending is glorious, probably one of the most satisfying finales I've seen. It's genious, and whether you're into this kind of movies or not, you'll love it.

10. The Dreamers.
























Finally, my favourite of the list.

The Dreamers is an international co-production by companies from France, UK and Italy, and it tells the story of Matthew (Michael Pitt), an American uni student in Paris. He is a cinema enthusiast, and while at the Cinémathèque Française protesting the firing of Henri Langlois, he meets a peculiar brother and sister; Théo (Louis Garrel) and Isabelle (Eva Green). They instantly have this strange bond and the whole movie is a work of outstanding art.

This movie is based on three things: sex, politics and the cinema. What else could you ask for? I genuinely think this is one of the best films I've seen and I could watch it over and over again. I fucking love it.
The primary language spoken is English, but French is spoken sometimes too.

I'd spent hours talking about this one but I really want you to watch it and feel overwhelmed with how magnificent it is. If you don't like it...nah, it's impossible. It's elegant, real and erotic. And one of the best things is that it makes several references to various movie of classical and New Wave cinema, incorporating clips from films that are often imitated by the actors. It's perfect.

Watching this movie is like drinking a bottle of red wine and taking a bubble bath. Lovely.



That's it, folks.

Have a nice week!!!


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