Movie Selection 03 – Thrilling Quartet

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Thirsting for some intense suspense ? Let me introduce you to 4 movies that each has what it takes to quench your thirst for thrill in its own style. If you are looking for movies with a feel of uncertainty through the whole movie, these movies will do fine as in each of them you are always doubting about who’s the allies and who’s the villain. At some point in the movies you won’t be sure about who’s the bad guy anymore.

XIII : The Conspiracy (2008) :

Starts with the US president being assassinated, national security pursues the fleeing sniper-man. Somewhere else, a man is discovered by an old couple. That’s our protagonist which can’t recall a single thing about who he is or who he was. The only hint he is left with is a tattoo on his neck that reads “XIII”. Furthermore, he is somehow related to the assassination. Action-packed, the thrill develops around the main character’s crisis. On whose side was he ? Was he a villain or a hero ? What path will he choose to follow ?

The Game (1997) :

Wealthy but lonely Nicholas Van Orton is about to get surprised when his brother comes to him with a card for an entertainment service called “Consumer Recreation Services”. Gifting Nicholas with this, his brother promises him a life-changing experience. Thriller manifests itself in this Drama movie where simple curiosity slowly develops into a live-action game where Nicholas can’t be sure of what’s part of “The Game” and what’s not.

Shutter Island (2010) :

Produced by Martin Scorsese, this movie exploits Thriller through the mystery-genre as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels leads a case about a patient that disappeared from a hospital on an island. As the investigation goes on, doubt installs itself in Teddy’s mind. You will question sanity throughout the whole movie as it’s hard to distinguish whom the term can be related to.

Side Effects (2013) :

I discovered this movie on the plane without having ever heard about it before. I wish the same for you, the less you know the better the experience for this one. Here goes a few word to give you an idea of what you could be missing. The story revolves around a depressed woman who goes by the name of Emily Taylor. Her case becomes problematic as she tries an experimental drug that has special side effects. Seriously, I won’t tell you more about it, it’s killing me to say this less but I do really recommend it to you. The plot is rich, it makes sense and allows you to follow it. The suspense is built through ups and downs where events constantly change your convictions. Plus, the character development is interesting, you’ll take some time before acknowledging your main character.

So that was it for this third selection. I’d love to hear what you think about these movies after you watch it or if you already have, so feel free to leave a comment 🙂

Movie selection 02 – Cinema Delight

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This week’s theme for my selected movies will be “The passion for Cinema”. These two are definitely movies I consider my favorites.

Hugo (2011) tells the story of a young boy who runs the clocks in a 1931 Paris railway station. As we learn about the odd but interesting life of the boy called Hugo Cabret, he is also rediscovering the movies from the time of the brothers Lumieres, innovating the visual art now considered as cinema by projecting moving images.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) follows the life story of Salvatore Di Vita in a way a Bildungsroman would have done it. Since his childhood, Salvatore always admired a projectionist called Alfredo who works at the local movie house called “Cinema Paradiso”. He grew up with the ambition of becoming a projectionist like Alfredo, and we follow his ascending to manhood through his passion for movies.

Just a small note, if you happen to actually watch Cinema Paradiso, I’d recommend you pay attention to the story about the soldier and the 100 nights. It’s something I’ll never forget from that movie 🙂

Movie selection 01 – Robin Williams Golden Roles

I will post a selection of recommended movies I will not comment form time to time.

Here goes the first one, it will be a selection of my favorite Robin William roles :

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  • Awakenings (1990)

William in the role of Dr. Malcolm Sayer is dealing with comatose patients in an institute. He discovers a possible way to cure the patients through drug therapy. Accurate telling of the true events accounted in the novel Awakenings by Dr. Oliver Sacks.

  • Good Will Hunting (1997)

Robin William in the role of Sean Maguire, Will Hunter’s therapist. Will is a gifted genius working as a janitor at MIT. Thourough the movie he struggles to find his place in the world, torn between his desires and what people expect of him. And so, Sean makes Will realize, despite the fact he might possess an astonishing knowledge in various domains, that he still has a lot to learn about himself.

  • What Dreams May Come (1998)

The movie tells the story of love beyond death. Set in the unexpected after-life world beyond the realms of reality, fascinating and eery at the same time. Its impressive depiction of Heaven and Hell is beautiful and imaginative. The movie explores the themes of Love, Suicide, Death, Life, Folly and Happiness in a rather interesting way on the philosophical basis.

  • The Final Cut (2004)

Set in a near future where microships are implanted in people’s nervous system to record the whole life of an individual, the movie follows the story of Alan Hakman, played by Robin William. Alan is a professional cutter, whose job is to edit the memories of a departed in order to make a commemorative video destined to be played at the dead one’s funeral. The limits of ethic is questioned through this sci-fi tale as well as it questions the notion of Memory and Privacy.

So these are the four movies I wanted to suggest, they are, all four of them, worth watching. Of course, there are other good movies in which stars Robin William. I probably did not watch all of them. So this here, is a selection of my favorite movies with Robin William amongst the ones I’ve seen ^^