Bloody Brilliant Films #1
I love films. They’re a huge part of my life and I will often put aside days to just sit alone in my room and watch films. Old, new, stupid, intelligent, happy, sad, whatever. I love films.
I wanted to do a Top 5 Favourite Films type thing but my favourites change so often that a week after posting it I would want to edit it and change to my new current favourites, and plus I don’t think I could narrow it down to only five. So I decided to just every so often talk about a few films I absolutely love, starting today. Each of my favourite films posts will only consist of five short film reviews, no more and no less. I won’t be describing the plots of the film because I don’t want to give anything away – if a film I’ve listed sounds good to you and you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to ruin the plot for you and prevent you from enjoying it if you watch it.
I know this blog is typically about music, but I will keep posting about music, just with some posts about films interspersed. So here we go.
- Submarine (2010)
I’m not going to lie; the main reason I watched Submarine in the first place was because of the soundtrack, written and performed by Alex Turner. But Submarine is more than just a brilliant soundtrack. It is beautifully put together, from the script to the camera work to the colour scheming to the characters. Everything in it is so fluid and well put together but at the same time is not predictable or easy. This film is so uniquely put together that it resonates in your mind for a long time. It’s funny, yet heartbreakingly sad, and when it’s over, well it’s hard to decipher exactly how you feel. It’s absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t recommend Submarine enough.
- Palo Alto (2013)
Palo Alto is based on a short story collection by James Franco, and my God, it’s a work of art. Without giving too much away, it is a stunning portrayal of the lives of misunderstood adolescents finding themselves and trying to discover who they are. The use of silence in this film is what really makes me love it so much and what makes it so powerful to me. In its dialogue and scripting it’s captivating and interesting, but the silence is what really makes the lines hit in my opinion. It’s angsty and hormonal, but it’s also beautiful and intelligent, and definitely worth watching. (Plus the soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous).
- The Breakfast Club (1985)
I’d be surprised if you’re reading this and you’ve never seen The Breakfast Club; but if you indeed haven’t, or if you have and just want to hear someone’s thoughts on it, then here you go. The Breakfast Club is a real classic, and whilst part of this is probably due to the storyline and the scripture, the thing that I’ve always found most incredible about this film is the performances from the actors. The performances are so raw and hard-hitting that it makes you feel like these actors really had gone through everything these characters had.
- The Virgin Suicides (1999)
What I like most about The Virgin Suicides as a film is definitely 100% the air of mystery. It works with the topic of teen suicide, of sex, of relationships, or heartbreak, but it doesn’t hammer those topics into the audience making it cliche and boring. It keeps the tone of intensity but through the tinges of sadness in the air and in the way the narrative speaks. The director, Sofia Coppola, makes no attempt to persuade the audience to feel any particular way about the characters, the film entirely lets the audience make their own unique thoughts, feelings and opinions on the character.
- Nowhere Boy (2009)
Nowhere Boy explores the early years of the life of John Lennon, and as a huge Beatles fan, I felt the need to watch it, and my God I’m glad I did. This film has such a incredible and heartbreaking storyline that is John Lennon’s life, but it’s not just that that makes it a brilliant film. There’s the amazing performances from the actors (in particular Aaron Johnson who plays John Lennon) and there’s the innovative camera-work and the way that it does justice to Lennon’s tough start to life and focuses on a part of his life we don’t always hear too much about.
So those are some films I truly love. I’m not sure when my next film-related post will be, but they will definitely be dispersed within music posts.