Films


This is a slightly tenuous link as I am no film critic. Occasionally I come across a film that I think is arty, inspiring, or moves me enough to include in my blog. I am going to include a list of them here with short-cuts to my blog posts. That way if you are at a loose end and want to watch something different, feel free to browse!

I am hoping to populate the list a bit more soon as I think I have a 6 month Lovefilm subscription coming for Christmas! Watch this Space!

(Images courtesy of Amazon, synopsis courtesy of IMDB)

Title: Man on Wire

Director: James Marsh

Synopsis: A look at tightrope walker Philippe Petit's daring, but illegal, high-wire routine performed between New York City's World Trade Centre's twin towers in 1974, what some consider, " the artistic crime of the century."

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Title: Lost in Translation

Director: Sofia Coppola

Synopsis: London: A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

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Title: London the Modern Babylon

Director: Julien Temple

Synopsis: London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - the Future is Unwritten) epic time-travelling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

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Title: The Selfish Giant

Director: Clio Barnard

Synopsis: A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year-old working class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences

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Title: The Machinist

Director: Brad Anderson

Synopsis: An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.


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Title: My Left Foot

Director: Jim Sheridan

Synopsis: The story of Christy Brown who was born with cerebral palsy. He learnt to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.


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Title: Mary & Max

Director: Adam Elliot

Synopsis: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals; Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a fourty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

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Title: Argo 

Director: Ben Afleck

Synopsis: Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting the location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980

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Title: Broken 

Director: Rufus Norris

Synopsis: The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.


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Title: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Director: Kerry Conran

Synopsis: After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter teams up with a pilot in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world

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Title: Bambi 

Director: Various

Synopsis: Animated film about a young deer, Bambi, growing up in the wild after his mother is shot by hunters.


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Title: Frida

Director: Julie Taymor

Synopsis: A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channelled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.


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Title: Modigliani

Director: Mick Davis

Synopsis: The story of Amedeo Modigliani's bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso, and his tragic romance with Jeanne Hebuterne
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Title: AngelA

Director: Luc Besson

Synopsis: A beautiful woman helps an inept scam artist get his game together.
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Title: Moonrise Kingdom

Director: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: A pair of young lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.


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Title: Oranges and Sunshine

Director: Jim Loach

Synopsis: Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved - now mostly adults living in Australia - with their parents in Britain.
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Title: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Synopsis: Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial, object buried beneath the lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.


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Title: Tyrannosaur

Director: Paddy Considine

Synopsis: Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction earns a chance at self redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

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Title: Edvard Munch

Director: Peter Watkins

Synopsis: Following a rough chronology from 1884 to 1894, when Norwegian artist Edvard Munch began expressionism and established himself as Northern Europe's most maligned and controversial artist.

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Title: Mulholland Drive

Director: David Lynch

Synopsis: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture across dreams and reality.
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Title: Little Miss Sunshine

Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Synopsis: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.


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Title: Submarine

Director: Richard Ayoade

Synopsis: 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

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Title: Another Earth

Director: Mike Cahill

Synopsis: On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.

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Title: Melancholia

Director: Lars Von Trier

Synopsis: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with the Earth. (I didn't actually mention this film in my blog - I watched it after I watched Tree of Life and wrote about that instead. It is worth a watch though!).
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Title: Persepolis

Director: Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi

Synopsis: Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.


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Title: The Tree of Life

Director: Terrence Malick

Synopsis: The story of a family in Waca, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting philosophies.


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Title: Donnie Darko

Director: Richard Kelly

Synopsis: A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.

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 Title: Fantastic Mr Fox

Director: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: An urbane fox cannot resist returning to his farm raiding ways and then must help his community survive the farmer's retaliation.


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Title: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Director: Wes Anderson

Synopsis: With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

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Title: Seraphin

Director: Martin Provost

Synopsis: Based on the life of French painter Seraphin de Senlis.



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Title: The Secret of Kells

Director: Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey

Synopsis: The animated story of the boy behind the famed Book of Kells.



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