Hey there, film enthusiasts! It’s been months since I’ve posted a review of some movies which I recently watched. For this part, I will recommend the following roster of films. If you haven’t watched these films yet, I encourage you to do so. You only live once, so you might as well start watching these awesome flicks right now. 🙂
1. Life is Beautiful (1997)
Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella, 1997) is an Italian tragicomedy which tells the story of Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) and how he used his creative imagination to conceal from his son Joshua the horrors of staying in a Nazi concentration camp. The film won the 71st Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film, with Benigni winning the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. It’s good to hear Jacques Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” again. The musical scoring is a treat for those who are fond of listening to classical music. Roberto Benigni deserves much praises for this film, both for his acting and directing. I cried. Holocaust-themed movies will always make me cry.
2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
This film is impeccable in all aspects (I’m not exaggerating). With the musical scoring aptly done, art direction superbly accomplished, screenplay well written, and production design ingeniously conceptualized, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a film that one should watch in his/her lifetime. Aside from being aesthetically significant, it is culturally relevant (I got a stupendous glimpse of the US in the early 60s). Needless to say, Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard make a beautiful pair. 5 out of 5 stars.
3. Ruby Sparks (2012)
The film is a two-hour break from the usual, overused plots of love stories. With Zoe Kazan’s well-written screenplay and enchanting line of story, ‘Ruby Sparks’ (2012) is a picturesque of the circumlocutions of life; complexities of loving and being loved; relationships and the intricacies thereof; romance and the bitterness juxtaposing within it; and the challenges underlying happiness. One does not simply ignore Kazan’s portrayal as the fictional (yet real) product of a struggling writer’s imagination.
4. The Sea Inside (2004)
One does not simply miss this film. Javier Bardem plays his role with sufficient dash of melodrama and finesse. Alejandro Amenábar’s artsy direction captures the entirety of the storyline. Yes, it brings much focus to the protagonist but it does not left the other characters to the sidelines. Well-written screenplay. Exceptional performances from Lola Dueñas and Tamar Novas. It is a bit disappointing that Bardem wasn’t nominated for the Best Actor tilt in the Academy Awards. Winning 14 Goya Awards and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Sea Inside is not only a heart-wrenching story of life and the lack thereof. More so, it is a story of how life should be lived despite one’s unfaltering decision to willfully die (*insert classic arguments on euthanasia here*) Beyond doubt, a must-watch. 🙂
5. Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dead Poets Society is an American drama film which narrates the story of an English teacher who inspired his students through his passion in poetry. For its exceptionally-written screenplay, the film garnered the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Also, it has notably won the 1989 British Academy Film Awards’ Best Film. Aside from receiving and being nominated to various industry awards, Dead Poets Society is best remembered for its quotes and scenes. The film’s line “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” was voted as the 95th greatest movie quote by the American Film Institute. The scene where Todd and the rest of the gang stood on their desks as Mr Keating is about to exit the room is just profoundly moving.