How can you find a good movie for tonight?

When I started this blog I wanted to write about BIG things. Important, life altering decisions and solutions. By now I calmed down a bit.

When it comes to writing I’m trying to write something more practical and something I know about. I’m pretty good at find good movies.

SPOILER ALERT: Finding a good movie is a bit like finding a good travel destination: the more overview you have the more you know what you want. And the more attention you put into the movie the more you’ll be able to take out from it. If you start with a clear head, full of energy, dedicating your full attention, do some trivia reading and opinions after the movie, take the effort to get to know the background story, prequels and sequels, alternate endings and versions… …if you go deep down you can find diamonds.

If you have a slight idea what you want to watch (Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Matrix or your favourite Bulgarian movie) – go on IMDb.com (Internet Movie Database), type in the title and scroll down. There’s gonna be recommendations for 6 movies “People who liked this also liked…”. It works all right.

If you have no idea what movie you like or this version didn’t work then let’s presume you are not so special. Meaning: you’ll like movies that others rate the highest. Then your place is IMDb TOP 250: the 250 best movies based on regular audience’s votes. (If you decide to watch it all, get ready for the fact that the list is changing, new movies appear to be more popular than they end up in a couple weeks and that you’ll be introduced to cinemas from Hollywood in the 1920s through Bollywood and Japan to South America. I’ve seen all of the movies about 3 years ago and now I’m “down to” 235 movies watched. (My earlier article about this is here). TOP 10 movies: Shawshank redemption, The Godfather I & II, The Dark Knight, 12 Angry men, Schindler’s list, Pulp Fiction, The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King, The good, the bad and the ugly, Fight Club.

Or, if you are looking for critically acclaimed ones, the “1001 movies you must see before you die” is a pretty good one. (I’ve seen 351 out of them – IMDb shows this after you rate movies).

If you don’t care about regular voters, critics but are like the cinema-goer masses your list is the highest grossing blockbusters. Top 10: Star Wars: The force awakens, Avatar, Titanic, Jurassic World, The Avengers, The Dark knight, Rogue One, Beauty and the beast, Finding Dory, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

Then, you are reading my blog. If you think my opinion is relevant: my favourite movies (272), my war movies list (46) and all the movies I’ve seen with my ratings (1569).

To fall in love with movies you’ll need patience and energy – and a lot of different type of movies. I’d suggest the following ones for a wide perspective, without any specific order. Pick those that sound interesting:
Hearts and minds (US war documentary)
–  Bowling for Columbine (US social documentary / Michael Moore documentary)
Underground (Serbian cinema / Emir Kusturica)
Ringu (Japanese horror)
Waltz with Bashir (Israeli movie / animated movie / war movie)
Cashback (sexy American movie)
Tropa de elite (Brazilian action movie)
Los cronocrimenes (Spanish time traveling movie)
Rang De Basanti (serious Indian movie)
The act of killing (Indonesian documentary)
The Best years of our lives (1940s Hollywood)
Festen (Danish dogma film)
Arrival (new US cinema)
Whiplash (movie about music at its best)
– Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (Japanese anime / Studio Ghibli)
Das Leben der Anderen (German cinema / movies about communism)
In Bruges (UK cinema / black comedy)
Boyhood (a movie filmed for 11 years)
– Idi i smotri (Soviet cinema / war, as it is)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (spoof comedy)
Ikiru (Japanese cinema / Akira Kurosawa)
Inside Out (Pixar animation)
Zeitgeist (documentary based on false facts)
Kin-dza-dza! (Soviet cyberpunk)
Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog)
La Grande Illusion (1930s French cinema)
Amores Perros (Mexican cinema)
Paris, Texas (sui genere, US cinema)
Simon of the desert (surrealist cinema / Bunuel)
Brat (Russian cinema, 1990s)
This is Spinal Tap (false documentary / Rob Reiner)
I vitelloni (Italian cinema / Fellini)
Head-on (modern Turkish cinema)
Five broken cameras (Palestinian ultra low budget documentary)
District 9 (South African cinema)
The Blues Brothers (US, music, classic)
The Holy Mountain (ultra-surrealism / Jodorowsky)
A prophet (French prison movie)
Kukulka (sui genere, Russian cinema)
Mephisto (German cinema / István Szabó)
Amour (new French cinema)
Circles (Bosnian cinema)
Adams aebler (Danish cinema, dark)
Kolya (Czech cinema, 1990s)
Waking life (topic: dream)
Egészséges erotika (sui genere, Hungary 1980s)
Hedwig and the angry inch (gender)
La planete sauvage (sui genere, Czech-French animated)
Ostre sledovane vlaky (Czechoslovak cinema / Jiry Menzel)
Being John Malkovich (sui genere, US cinema)
Kontroll (new Hungarian cinema)
Delicatessen (sui genere, French cinema)
Victoria (movie shot in one take, new German cinema)
The passenger (slow movie / Antonioni)
Funny games (mindfucking movie / 1990s German cinema)
The man who wasn’t there (sui genere, US cinema)
Train to Busan (South Korean zombie movie)
Pi (sui genere, US cinema)

Don’t forget: being in motion (reading this article, downloading, checking cinema tickets, reading reviews) – these make no sense without watching the movies. Take some action: dedicate your full attention to a new movie tonight!

 

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