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The Bhoy Goes To Hollywood

Or: 15 movies you should probably see, otherwise consider yourself an invalid person.

Danny Boyle's 2007 masterwork is perhaps his most unheralded. Visually spectacular, this film holds perhaps one of the most breathtaking shots of the decade as the crew aboard Icarus II watch Mercury's silhouette eclipse past the Sun. Detractors who note the jarring third act clearly weren't paying attention; the entire film is about languid, cabin fever vs. chaos, so the switch to horror "slasher" finale makes total sense. Throw in great casting and a stellar score from John Murphy and Underworld, and you have one hell of a movie.
2La Grande Illusion

An anti-war film that's smart enough to trust the audience. We don't have to be slapped in the face with "war is horror" or "Iraq occupation is wrong" to get the point. Subtlety is best, take note modern film makers, Jean Renoir knows what's what.
3Boy A

The plot has holes, some of the dialogue is a little clunky. But for all of its flaws, this interesting little film does one thing spectacularly: mood. Few films come to mind that create such a dense and enveloping mood. It may not be perfect, but it is awesome.
4Waltz With Bashir

In my books, Israel is the best hope for the Middle East. Say what you will about the conflict between them and Palestine, I would much rather see Israel out on top. So Waltz With Bashir may seem like something I'd be against politically. Fortunately, unlike most critics or media, I can differentiate between politics and art. So when the last moments of the film move from surreal cartoon to real life archival news footage, it's a crushing moment. Oh and hey, Max Richter did the score, win some more please.
5Trois Coleurs: Bleu

lol feminism.. but seriously, this may be Laura Mulvey's favourite film to discuss, outside of Rear Window, but you don't have to be in Women's Studies to get that this is a great film.
6Tell No One

So lets make Fugitive French, put in a killer post-rockish score and create some truly stirring cinematography. Sounds good? I thought so.

Guy Maddin's ode to his home town is an odd film. It's eclectic and tied together not through narrative, but through themes and images. At one point he discusses the tunnel like entrapment of heavy snowfall on the city. That's a fitting deion of the film.
8The Proposition

If you liked The Road, or the Assassination of Jesse James.... or if you like Australian westerns... or if you like Nick Cave. Then this gritty piece of celluloid is for you.
9Amorres Porres

Life's a bitch, eh? This movie ain't. It's like sex on a washing machine... oh hey there's a scene of that in here.
10City of God

Apparently Rio de Janeiro isn't all beaches and good looking woman. Who knew? Graphic and disturbing in a realistic way, one particular scene has a newly recruited gang member being forced to choose which of the two little boys he should kill. Chilling but oddly breathtaking
11The Lives of Others

Before you could creep Facebook, the East Germans knew how shit went down. Absolutely stellar acting and an entrancing story make this a great film.

Hitler wasn't a good person, that's for sure. This film gives the character a human persona instead of the typical evil caricature. The results are obviously still condemning of the truly heinous man, but it does give an interesting angle of approach.
13The Host

Korean monster movie about an amphibious beast? Cue overdub jokes is what may be your first thought. But this film takes itself seriously and so should you. Layered like an onion, this film isn't really about a monster at all, it's about family dynamics... and Monsters so that's cool too bro.

Terry Gilliam at the top of his game. Take that as you will.

So it's a music site and I kinda needed some music stuff, so here's Sigur Ros boner inducing ode to Iceland. Despite my growing displeasure for the band (outside of Agaetis Byrjun), this remains a vision of beauty. If you don't smile when you see the red balloons during Hoppipolla, you may want to check your vital signs.
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