*Week 14 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF

Temple Grandin (Mick Jackson, 2010)

“Temple Grandin” is a biographical movie. Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. Claire Danes plays the title character in this movie and she does a fantastic job playing an autistic person. I found it wonderful and motivational; she takes you into her world. The film just pulls you into her mind, makes you discover her thinking, and also makes you wish you could help her. A superb movie of a really inspiring woman.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Merve Tekin

Hardcore Henry (Ilya Naishuller, 2015)

Henry, a newly resurrected cyborg, must rescue his wife from the clutches of a telekinetic tyrant who plans to raise an army of bio-engineered soldiers.

I have to say this right off the bat: if you’re prone to motion sickness, stay away from this movie at all costs. My dad, an action movie fan, couldn’t make it past the first 15 minutes. So if you find the shaky cam motions of found footage movies like “The Blair Witch Project” or “Cloverfield” to have a negative effect on you, there’s a good chance that “Hardcore Henry” made me too hardcore for you (in terms of cinematography, anyway). But it’s is far from being a found footage movie. The cinematic gimmick being employed here is the first-person perspective. The entire movie is seen through the eyes — literally — of the title character. You ARE Henry. I have to admit that I avoided watching “Hardcore Henry” for a long time because I figured that it would only amount to its first-person selling point. And in a way, I was right. But what I didn’t expect was the quality and quantity of the action. Goodness gracious! “Hardcore Henry” is relentless, unforgiving, well choreographed, and has just the right amount of over-the-topness. And it wasn’t just the action that impressed me. The casting of Sharlto Copley was perfect; the producers benefitted from his acting range to fill several roles in a clever way (I won’t spoil it here). I don’t consider myself an action film junkie, but if I were, “Hardcore Henry” would easily take a place somewhere in my top five favorites of all time.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Filth (Jon S. Baird, 2013)

The title completely decribes the movie, shows you how filthy this world can be. There are no boundaries in this film at all! Sadism, sexism, racism, homophobia, obsession, they all show you how brutal the world can be. Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) is bi-polar, a drug addict, sex-obsessed, self-obsessed, and manipulative cop. He attempts to manipulate his way through a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter while also fighting his own inner demons that he himself fuels. If you love thrilling and bizarre movies, you’re gonna love this one!

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Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan, 2000)

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An emotionally desensitized man (Bruce Willis) learns something extraordinary about himself after surviving a horrific train crash and is met shortly thereafter by a mysterious comic book enthusiast (Samuel L. Jackson).

Do you remember how M. Night Shyamalan broke out as the new Hollywood sensation with the critical and commercial uber-success of his debut “The Sixth Sense?” Do you remember when he followed it up with the even better (in my opinion), but not so widely seen “Unbreakable?” And do you remember how “Signs” signaled the start of his descent from cinematic grace? Well, now with the unexpected success of his newest movie, “Split,” it seems as though Shyamalan has once again found his filmmaker’s footing. I haven’t seen “Split” but it’s nice run in theaters reminded me of Shyamalan’s engrossing storytelling talent. And personally, “Unbreakable” is my favorite of his — yes, more than “The Sixth Sense” — and it’s my impression that not too many people have given it a go. I’m not going to talk about it further, because it’s one of those movies that proves to be better when seen without prior knowledge of the plot. Just consider this post as a reminder to see that “one movie” that all your friends have recommended for you to see, but just never got to doing.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Under The Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016)

This film is different from any other horror film. I didn’t sense horror when I first saw it, but then I talked to an Iranian friend about “Under the Shadow” and my perspective completely changed. It wasn’t just a ghost story. We were watching inside the mind of a child and all the children who had to live through the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s. My friend remembers those days quite clearly. He remembers how it was a regular occurrence for them to hear exploding bombs and to hurry down the basement of the apartment shortly after. “Under the Shadow” is about a mother and daughter who struggle to cope with terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, as a mysterious evil entity begins to haunt their home.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Merve Tekin

Following (Christopher Nolan, 1998)

A young writer who follows strangers to get material for his work meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

“Following” is Christopher Nolan’s first movie. Nuff said. But I’ll go ahead and say more anyway. Once you see it, it’ll be even more evident that Nolan had a deep infatuation with the concept of time from the very start (and we’re lucky he did). His movies manipulate time to their advantage, but not so much in the cosmic or time traveling sense, but rather, in terms of plot and the non-linear storytelling. “Memento” would be the prime example, but even the plot of “Batman Begins” jumps back and forth from present time to flashbacks. You see the same narrative device in “Following,” an intriguing black and white treat of a thriller from one of cinema’s modern titans. If you haven’t seen it, this would be a good time to grab a blu-ray copy of “Following,” because the Criterion Collection version of it was released just last year. And as a post script: “Dunkirk” will be in theaters this summer; it’s one of the many movies I’m sure to see in 2017.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Love Me If You Dare (Yann Samuell, 2003)

Two children start an odd game of outdoing each other with limitless dares, but as they grow into adulthood their games become more dangerous and risky. Soon enough they realize the fact that they were meant for each other. “Love Me If You Dare” is the western title of “Jeux d’enfants.” A direct translation would be “Games of Children.” This French film is one of my favorite romantic films. In many ways it reminds me of “Amelie” and “Micmacs” by Jean Pierre Jeunet. If you like being pleasantly surprised, delighted and haunted by a unique film and wonderful soundtrack, “Love Me You Dare” is a good choice for today.

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