*Week 2 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF

THE HUNT (2012)
THE HUNT (2012)

To whoever out there who’s not familiar with Danish Cinema, take your seat! We’ll be sharing a lot of Danish films in the future. You’re very welcome! We just love them! “The Hunt” is just one example. A masterpiece! I’ve seen many movies of Mikkelsen, but this one is different. He’s amazing in this. Not only the acting, but the writing, directing, cinematography… it’s all great. “The Hunt” is a truly accomplished film! The story is a simple one: a teacher (Mads Mikkelsen) is accused of sexual misconduct with a kindergartener and his community, filled with close friends and acquaintances, turn on him and make his life a living hell. It’s engaging, natural, simple, cruel, human… it’s all of these at once.

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)
KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)

 

Posing as an actor, a small-time crook visits Los Angeles and finds himself stuck in the middle of a murder investigation. Things get more complicated when he runs into his high school sweetheart and tries to find out how exactly she fits into the craziness.

Funny title, an even funnier story. When I first saw “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” back in 2005, I immediately put Shane Black on my “writers/directors to watch” list. It’s now 2016 and while his body of work is high profile, it’s sparse (he went on to write/direct “Iron Man 3” and recently, “The Nice Guys”). If you’ve seen one of his movies, it’s clear that the guy’s sense of humor is wildly inventive and witty. The laughs are mostly dialogue-based, but he creatively takes advantage of characters’ situations to facilitate the jokes. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” plays out like a neo-noir (albeit a hilarious one), complete with a first-person voiceover narration by the main character. I’m usually not a fan of voiceovers, but Shane Black knows how to pull it off to great effect. “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” pays homage to past LA detective movies and stands out amongst the large comedy crowd with its unique brand of hilarity.

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

DETACHMENT (2011)
DETACHMENT (2011)

This is one of the movies stuck in my mind! I think it has the best performance from Adrien Brody after “The Pianist”. “Detachment” portrays a gloomy view of the current education system, where Adrian Brody plays a substitute English teacher who is emotionally detached. I don’t really know how can I write about this movie without spoiling it, but I can say that this one is totally different from all the other “teacher-student” films out there. It is affecting, deeply emotional, and real! Definitely worth checking out!

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)
CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)

In, 2027, a time in which all women have become infertile, a wayward activist agrees to safeguard a miraculously pregnant woman as they travel to a sanctuary at sea.

Lotsa end-of-the-world movies out there, right? “Armageddon” and “Deep Impact” have a meteor hurtling toward Earth. The “Terminator” and “Matrix” series showed how all robots eventually turn against their creators. And of course, there’s a myriad of films and TV shows concerned with some kind of virus and/or zombies that push out species to the brink of extinction. All in all, we’ve pretty much gotten accustomed to the usual suspects. And that’s exactly why “Children of Men” is my favorite “end of humanity” movie of all time. The story’s agent of doom is refreshingly novel: human infertility. If we can’t reproduce, we’re done. To make things more grim, there’s neither an explanation to its origin, nor a cure. The movie paints a cynical, but vivid picture of what society looks like when society foresees its inevitable end. Devastating, indeed. “Children of Men” excels both as a drama and as an action sequences in “Children of Men,” you’ll immediately notice how similar they are to the cinematography of the recent space-disaster movie “Gravity.” You’d be right to make the connection because “Children of Men” and “Gravity” share the same director and director of photography. Expertly done, gentlemen! It’s hard to stop saying good things about “Children of Men.” But I’ll go ahead and stop now so you can see its greatness for yourself. With its clever “end of days” premise, somber tone, and distinct visual style… there’s simply nothing else like it!

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

MR. NOBODY (2009)
MR. NOBODY (2009)

Mr. Nobody is about the choices we make in life, big or small, and how they  can affect the way things turn out. We presume that more options we have, the greater our happiness. The other day at the supermarket I counted 46 different types of salad dressing on the shelves. That may sound trivial, but we should beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make us question the decisions we’ve made. “Mr. Nobody” deals specifically with the paradox of choice and it is one of my favorite films. We follow the story of Nemo Nobody, played by Jared Leto, who is 118 years old man, the last mortal on Earth. A great quote from a 9-year-old Nemo summarizes the film: “You have to make the right choice. As long as you don’t choose, everything remains possible.”

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

The Orphanage (2007)
The Orphanage (2007)

A woman and her family move into her childhood home, a former orphanage for handicapped children. Shortly after their arrival, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend.

It has all the horror tropes we’ve come to expect: scary old house, a family moves in, supernatural experiences, jump scares, plot twists… it’s all there. What makes this movie special is the odd combination of emotions you’ll have while watching it. Scary movies scare you, that’s what they do. But this one will transcend your expectations by giving the story a melodramatic undertone. So by the time you reach the ending, I’d bet there’ll be a smile on your face and maybe even a tear on your cheek. In other words, “The Orphanage” is not just about the frights, but also the feels.

Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

BRONSON (2008)
BRONSON (2008)

 

Based on a true story, this film is a part biography, part action, part crime drama, and all TOM HARDY! “Bronson” is a character-driven movie in which Hardy has outdone himself with his performance! He is such an amazing actor! Hardy, in one of this earliest roles, plays Britain’s most violent prisoner, Charles Bronson. Director Nicholas Winding Refn takes us into Bronson’s world and mindset in a very artistic, creative and interesting way. A lot of the action sequences and the humor fave me the vibe of a Guys Ritchie film. And also a Kubrick vibe! As it is written on the poster: “A ‘Clockwork Orange’ for the 21st Century.”

Recommended by Merve Tekin @anotherdayanotherfilm

 

 

 

 

 

One Reply to “*Week 2 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF”

  1. Wow, really like the film selection, Merve.

    I’ve watched most of them, love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Bronson.

    Looking forward to hear more suggests for Danish cinema., I’ll definitely check out “The Hunt”!

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