*Week 6 – Movie Recommendations from #ADAF

Shaun the Sheep Movie (M. Burton and R. Starzak, 2015)

A day of fun and mischief gets out of hand, accidentally sending Shaun and his friends out of their small farm and into the big city. Shaun then attempts to right his wrong by looking for a way back home.

From Aardman Animations, the makers of “Wallace and Gromit” comes “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” a one of a kind animated feature. No, really. It is. The main reason why I love this movie can be explained in two words: no words. More accurately, no dialogue. Yup. For the entire 85 minutes, not a single character utters a single line of speech. Coming from an aspiring screenwriter, to pull off something like this is a daunting challenge, but — ironically — is actually the essence of screenwriting. To visually convey the plot elements, character intentions, inner goals, attitudes, emotions without the use of spoken language… it’s not only a great achievement, but it also underlines the best thing about the medium of film: its innate ability to tell a story visually. Other conventional sound elements (sound effects, music) are present, but in theory, you can watch it with all the sound muted and you’ll still perceive the filmmakers’ intended story. “Shaun the Sheep Movie” takes the narrative strategy of a Pixar short and applies it to a full-length movie. And man, do they succeed! Everything you need to know about the story and characters materialize effortlessly (but I’m sure there were a lot of brainstorming and planning involved in pre-production). Okay, it’s an animated movie intended mainly for kids… but given how fun, smart, and hilarious this unique animated movie is, it’s no wonder why people of all ages are smitten with glee after consuming its visual feast.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

Hector & the Search for Happiness (Peter Chelsom, 2014)

When a psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) realizes that he doesn’t really know the answer to the question his patients always ask him, “What is happiness?”, he decides to search the globe to find the answer.

This film has the perfect balance of genres: comedy, drama, and romance. Very entertaining! Personally, I can’t say this film changed my life as I’ve said in my other reviews, but I very much enjoyed watching it.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Merve

Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998)

An amnesiac man (Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a motel room with a murdered woman inside. Struggling to remember what happened, he receives a phone call from a psychiatrist (Kiefer Sutherland), warning him that a group of strange men are after him.

If you’ve seen both movies, you might say that “Dark City” is conceptually and thematically similar to “The Matrix.” But before you say the former ripped off the latter, we should fairly point out that “Dark City” was released in 1998, one year BEFORE “The Matrix.” But even though both of the movies’ plot-altering revelations are quite alike in their scope and their ability to make your jaw drop (I hope I’m not giving too much away), there are actually more things that set them apart. “Dark City,” as the title suggests, is significantly darker and pessimistic in tone. While the protagonist in “Dark City” is an unreliable “holder” of information, Neo and the audience are almost always on the same level. Then there’s the genre. “The Matrix” is a quintessential sci-fi action flick, but “Dark City” is an absolutely clever combination of sci-fi and film noir. That, alone, should be reason enough to recommend this dark and twisted movie. It amazed audiences at the cusp of the last century and gained a steady cult-following ever since.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009)

If you’re biased against Bollywood movies, you may change your mind after seeing this one. This movie is rated 8.4 on IMDb and got into the “IMDb’s Top 250 Movies” list. On top of that, it received 25 awards! I never thought this is a underrated movie, but I still know many people who haven’t seen it and maybe haven’t even given it a chance. “3 Idiots” is an amazing inspirational comedy. Although the length of the film is pretty long,

I can promise you that time will fly by quickly. It’s a strong comedy, but it can, at times, be so heart-warming that you won’t be able to hold back your tears. The title of the movie and the poster might mislead you. But don’t be fooled by the idiotic picture! You will finish this movie being glad you watched it. I promise! And by the way, the language is in English. ALLL IZZZ WELL!

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Merve

Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

Oskar, a detached and over-bullied kid, fantasizes about revenge and fighting back, but falls short of doing it. He finds a way to deal with his problems when he meets Eli, a girl with a dark history.

If the title sounds vaguely familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of (or seen) the 2010 American remake with the look-alike title of “Let Me In,” starring Chloe Grace Moretz. If you’ve seen the remake, believe me when I say, the original Swedish version is much superior. But I don’t mean to imply that the remake is bad in any way — it’s actually very good — it’s just that the first one set the bar way up there. The vampire genre is oversaturated in the same way that superhero movies have become a mainstay in Western cinema, which is why “Let the Right One In” is such a breath of fresh air. Yes, it’s a vampire movie, but it’s an aspect that creepily seeps itself into the story. It doesn’t call attention to itself in any gratuitous way, but that’s not to say that the movie pulls any of its punches. In fact, for a story that’s centered around two kids, it’s rather dense in disturbing images (vampires and blood, go figure). What stands in stark contrast to the brutal violence is the tender, brittle relationship between Oskar and Eli. Convention states that a veil of romance covers vampire stories. Well, “Let the Right One In” is no exception to the rule, but it stealthily presents it with both grit and grace. This is one of those movies that beckons your most intimate memories of growing up, in a “vampiric” kind of way.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Jeremy Yonzon

The Darjeeling Limited (Wes Anderson, 2007)

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Who loves Wes Anderson? But then again, who doesn’t? Right? Even though “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is still my favorite film of his, I love “The Darjeeling Limited.” It’s a vivid, great, random, happy, sad, funny, stupid, and wise journey to India. As in all Wes Anderson films, the cast is brilliant! This one has Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman in the center of it all. And Bill Murray joins the cast in the beginning! It’s about 3 brothers who go to India to seek spiritual enlightenment. “The Darjeeling Limited” is very well written, memorable and clever! If you know Anderson’s style, which is known for symmetrical angeles and particular color palettes, you’ll enjoy watching his distinct style of directing in a film that takes place in India, a place where everything is even more chaotic and colorful than a Wes Anderson film.

@anotherdayanotherfilm Recommended by Merve

 

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