I thought I’d take a little break from the travel posts to talk a bit about another great love of mine: watching movies.
I wrote a post like this almost exactly 2 years ago. Looks like February is my peak time for snuggling in bed or on a sofa full of cushions with a cup of fruit tea and a good film.
So, in chronological order of when I watched them:
1. The Lobster (2015)
In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
I’ve wanted to watch this film for ages and so glad I finally got round to it. I found the plot really interesting and have never seen anything like it. It’s very bizarre, dark and quiet and I enjoyed it.
2) The Nice Guys (2016)
In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.
I found it absolutely hilarious. Definitely one of my favourite Ryan Gosling films.
3) Synedoche, New York (2008)
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
You have to be really focused for this long, complex film. Again, I’ve never seen anything like it; really clever and original.
4) Train to Busan (2016)
While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.
I really wanted to see this in the cinema while I was in Melbourne last year but I never got round to it. I absolutely loved this film and it’s easily bumped its way up into my top 10 favourites. The cinematography is beautiful and the little girl in it is super talented. Get ready for waterworks!
5) Seoul Station (2016)
Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.
This animation is meant to be a prequel to Train to Busan but I didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like the animation style or any of the characters. I wouldn’t recommend anyone watching this, tbh.
6) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)
High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his co-worker Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.
Based on my favourite book, the film did a really good job of staying close to the book seeing as the author wrote the screenplay. The little clips and movie covers of the parodies were awesome and the whole film was a beautiful mix of being hilarious and a real tearjerker.
7) Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.
I didn’t like the animation style of this film and wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. When I watch a film and feel no real connection with any of the characters, I just can’t get into it.
8) Battle Royale (2000)
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.
I remember dressing as a bloody schoolgirl one Halloween and my friend told me that I looked like a character from Battle Royale. Ever since then, I’ve been meaning to watch this film and about 5 years later, I’ve gotten round to it! I really liked it and can definitely see where the Hunger Games got its inspiration from.
9) Reservoir Dogs (1992)
After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
Reservoir Dogs is one of the only Tarantino films that I haven’t watched and I’m so glad I finally did! I thought the whole film would be much more action-packed but it was surprisingly quiet with lots of classic Tarantino dialogue which I really enjoyed. Not one of my favourites but still a great watch.
10) Fight Club (1999)
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
This was my third time watching Fight Club as Ant really wanted to watch it. It’s definitely one of those films where you notice so many hints to the ending after watching it a few times. Although it’s really clever, I find it quite difficult to watch due to the fact that there’s not much natural light in the film and I found it a tad too long.
Have you watched any of these films? If so, what did you think?
Let me know if you have any film recommendations for me as I’m all ears 😉