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#1 The Neon Demon
The Neon Demon directed by Nicolas Winding Refn was definitely the most slept on film of 2016.
Doe-eyed and aspiring model Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to LA, and finds herself being absorbed into the dark side of the industry. The film was thought to be too kitschy and abstract, however the Refn intended for the film to play out as a twisted, dark fairy tale. The striking cinematography, criticised for being 'pretentious', and indifferent acting, criticised for being 'wooden', were actually the film's greatest assets and pulled you into the exclusive and highly stylised 'fairy tale gone wrong' world.
The Neon Demon is iconic, beautiful, party neon sign, and far more complex than most critics thought.
#2 Chumscrubber may have done better with a simpler title!
Written by Posin and Zac Stanford, this severely underrated film is about the aftermath of a teen suicide -- it's a commentary on how fake suburbia has become. The Chumscrubber is a fictional video game character that becomes a shorthand for this superficial town.
Perhaps America was not ready in 2005 to be so self-critical as to take a good, hard look at itself.
The Chumscrubber did terribly at the box office, but tons of people would be truly grateful to be able to see it.
#3 V for Vendetta (2005)
#4 Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
#5 Brazil (1985)
Brazil is, in my opinion, Terry Gilliam's first masterpiece.
This movie features an amazing cast of talented actors such as Robert De Niro, Jonathan Pryce, and Katherine Helmond.
Brazil is a cinematographic extravaganza, oscillating between black and white photographic bleakness and stunning visual effects. Add to that a captivating soundtrack and we have here a feast for the senses.
This film depicts with cynicism but also humor and tenderness, a futuristic society completely controlled by a bleak bureaucracy, in which all people are "robotic" and where dreaming is the only escape.
Jonathan Pryce is perfect in his role as a shy, average man, subjected to this dystopian society who will gradually emancipate himself and find redemption through his imagination and through his love for the woman of his dreams (very well played by Kim Greist).
De Niro played his part as Harry Tuttle, the libertarian heating engineer with brilliant gusto as do all the many secondary characters (from Ian Holm to Katherine Helmond to Michael Chapman).
The ending is dark yet hopeful at the same time and as intense as a fireworks show.
Brazil is one of my favorite movies and in my opinion one of the underrated gems of Science Fiction.
#6 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
One genius book, which, unlike it's TV series version being shown at the moment (Shadowhunters), is shown in the first movie so good that I even like the actors playing the characters.
And it's so rare not to shout: "HIS HAIR IS BROWN!!!!" in the middle of the movie... Even being in the cinema.
Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's first collaboration is in my opinion their most memorable. This post-apocalyptic adventure is absolutley fantastic. Focusing on the ex-clown Louison, his blooming love affair with Julie, and her father, the butcher and landlord; Clapet, who is found to be murdering his tenants and selling their meat to his customers. The main theme for this movie are war, famine, apocalypse as well as philosophical questions such as 'what is right and what is wrong?'
Darkness, absurdity and horror all tied up with a bow of slapstick and visual gags make this masterpiece a must watch.
#8 Blue Valentine
This complicated portrait of a contemporary American marriage is rarely talked about. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling paint a beautifully mundane story about how love can fade, but some memories last a lifetime. The narrative is one that is built on two flawed, relatable 30-somethings and a simple plot line, making this film a refreshing twist from sappy romance dramas.
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