*Week 16 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Tom Tykwer, 2006)

Smell… It is not a sense you can pass through the screen, but in this film you can smell the pictures. “Perfume: The Story of a Murderer” is adapted from the novel of the same name. Jean Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Wishaw), born with an extreme olfactory sense, makes it his life’s goal to seek the definitive scent, to create the world’s finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he gets closer to completing his task. Director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) has once again created a visually stunning, and unique kind of cinema. “Perfume” is a terrifying story of murder and obsession set in 18th-century France. Check it out if you want to see something unusual.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Merve Tekin

Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck, 2007)

A Boston detective (Casey Affleck) investigates a little girl’s kidnapping, which quickly turns into a crisis for him, both professionally and personally.

So I saw “Manchester by the Sea” last night and I see how Casey Affleck’s nuanced, reserved yet intense performance of a grief-stricken New Englander led to a Best Actor Oscar nomination (which he may very well win tomorrow). His acting style reminded me of “Gone Baby Gone,” the first time I took him for a serious actor for serious roles. And by happenstance, it also made a believer out of me in Ben Affleck’s directing skills. It didn’t take long because “Gone Baby Gone” is, in fact, Ben Affleck’s first foray into the world of film directing, which was met with loud applause. What starts off as a seemingly standard issue cop drama centered on a straight-shooting cop navigating a precinct ruled by corruption, “Gone Baby Gone” tantalizingly morphs into something darker and far-reaching. We should have seen this movie as a sign from the cinema gods that the Affleck brothers were destined to be a part of Hollywood’s most talented.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927)

Sunrise is the first oscar winning movie. I waited today to share this beautiful movie. It is about a man fighting the good and evil within him.

 

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Merve Tekin

The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance, 2016)

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A newly-wed lighthouse keeper (Michael Fassbender) and his wife (Alicia Vikander) living on an isolated island raise a baby they rescue from a drifting rowboat.

I’ve always been repulsed by romantic comedies for their insistence on sticking to a certain clubbed-to-death formula, but I’m actually very fond of love stories. In fact, “Punch-Drunk Love” and “Lost in Translation” are among my favorites precisely because they contain unconventional couples. “The Light Between Oceans” exhibits a romantic tone that strongly resonates by embracing simplicity, both in terms of plot and image. However, what makes this movie superb is the interloping Hitchcockian wrench that’s thrown in about midway through. Much like Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “A Reasonable Man,” the bond between the two main characters is tested by an unforeseen event. You’ll like “The Light Between Oceans” for its romantic aspect, but you’ll adore it for the way it rattles the cage and ruffles the feathers of the two love birds.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Colonia (Florian Gallenberger, 2015)

I just watched this film a week ago and I cannot get it out of my mind. The fact that it’s based on a true story impacted me so badly. Emma Watson portrays a woman in 1973 Chile visiting her boyfriend (Daniel Brühl), who is taken away by dictator Augusto Pincochet’s secret police during his protest of the dictator. Watson tracks him down and finds herself in Colonia Dignidad, a place where all kinds of crazy things happen. The characters and their story are fiction, but this place is real. In this place the inhabitants lived under an abnormal authoritarian system with minimal contact with the outside. In 2006, the founder and former leader of Colonia Dignidad, Pual Schäfer was imprisoned for sexually abusing children and torturing people. I want to recommend this movie especially for one reason: if I were one of the inhabitants of this horrible place, I would want people to know what is going on here. I would want someone to hear my voice. Finally after long years, this cruel truth is uncovered and I believe as a human being it is our responsibility to be aware of horrors such as this so we can prevent future ones from ever existing.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Merve Tekin

The Zero Theorem (Terry Gilliam, 2013)

A brilliant but socially awkward computer operator (Christoph Waltz) is tasked by a top management department to prove The Zero Theorem: that zero equals one hundred percent, that all is for nothing.

Upon seeing the teaser trailer for this movie for the first time, I immediately watched it again and again. I was absolutely intrigued by the premise and mesmerized by Gilliam’s visual style, particularly the production design that his movies are famous for. Upon seeing the actual movie, however, I developed a hunch that “The Zero Theorem” will mostly be embraced by Gilliam fans, while others will shrug it off and move on. It operates on a philosophical theme that blankets the universe. The central character, played by Christoph Waltz — a role that seems to have been tailor-made for him — wrestles with the idea that everything is for nothing. It ultimately leads to the timeless, but arguably rhetorical question of “What’s the meaning of life?” So yes, it’s that kind of big-thinking movie. I understand how some folks may see it as pretentious. But let’s face it, with Terry Gilliam at the helm, the story’s pretentiousness is easily alleviated by his visual mastery.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Age of Adaline (Lee Toland Krieger, 2015)

“A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.” It is a beautiful film. High premise makes this story great. Besides that, the cast is well suited. The cinematography, soundtrack, costumes, production design, they are all beautiful. It is a romance movie but the evocative story raises questions from the viewer about life, death, and love. I was impressed by Harrison Ford’s acting in the movie. I enjoyed “Age of Adaline” very much and I would consider this a good date movie.

@anotherdayanotherfim Recommended by Merve Tekin

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