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100 films to see before you die

Pulp Fiction
The Shining
The Big Lebowski
American Psycho
Drive
Requiem for a Dream
Sightseers
Trainspotting
Girl, Interrupted
Shutter Island
On the Waterfront
Black Swan
Se7en
Sixth Sense
A Clockwork Orange
Harold and Maude
Psycho
Whiplash
Ex Machina
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Alien
Fight Club
Filth
Heathers
Let The Right One In
Edward Scissorhands
Sleepy Hollow
The Goonies
The Fundamentals of Caring
Submarine
Like Crazy
Raging Bull
The Godfather
Goodfellas
To Kill a Mockingbird
Amistad
Roman Holiday
Cleopatra (1963)
Vertigo
Kill Bill Vol 1
An Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2001: A Space Odyssey
Taxi Driver
Casablanca
Adventureland
The Grand Budapest Hotel
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Withnail and I
One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest
The Usual Suspects
7 Psychopaths
Scarface
Silence of the Lambs
Donnie Darko
Snatch
Fargo
The Beach
Jaws
Inception
Oceans 11
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Breakfast Club
Under The Skin
The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover
La Haine
Amelie
The Scarlet Letter
The Piano
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Green Mile
It’s a Wonderful Life
The Great Gatsby
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Django Unchained
The Exorcist
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Gaslight
Reservoir Dogs
The Art of Getting By
The Others
Léon
City Lights
The Imitation Game
American Beauty
Million Dollar Baby
Rocky
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Prisoners
Scream
Birdman
Jackie Brown
Wayne’s World
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Danish Girl
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Dogma
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
Bugsy Malone
Citizen Kane

10 movies to watch when you’re broken

1. Her (2013) dir Spike Jonze

This movie is so great and it’s soooooo tumblr. Spike Jonze is a really fabulous director and his movies are always so beautiful. This movie takes place in a somewhat futuristic version of LA and it is about Theodore, a greeting card writer who falls in love with his operating system. It is silly. Silly movies rule.
You’ve totally seen these pics on tumblr.

2. Lost in Translation (2003) Dir. Sophia Coppola

Lost in Translation is a movie that, if you haven’t seen already, you have to watch like directly after Her because the directors were married and divorced in 2004. This movie is said to be reminiscent of their crumbling relationship, Spike Jonze being Bill Murray’s character and Sophia being Scarlet’s. Her is said to be Spike Jonze’s reaction to this film. ScarJo is such a bae.
“A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.”

3. Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Dir. Craig Gillespie

This movie is VERY important because it has Ryan Gosling in his chubbiest, dorkiest form and that’s something everyone has to see. It follows a similar premise to Her, except instead of being in love with an OS he’s in love with a sex doll. Exciting. 

4. Blue Valentine (2010) Dir. Derek Cianfrance

This film also has Ryan Gosling in it so clearly it’s fab. This is the type of movie that leaves you thinking about every relationship in your life forever. It inter-cuts between the beginning of a marriage and the end. “You said for better or for worse. You said that. You said it. It was a promise. Now, this is my worst, okay?”

5. The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) Dir. Derek Cianfrance

OKAY! IT’S ANOTHER RYAN GOSLING FILM! I still don’t really know how I feel about this movie as a whole, but it’s really beautiful and Ryan Gosling is in his prime in this film. It’s essentially a three part movie. It also has Bradley Cooper and Dean DeHaan in it so that’s three reasons you should watch it. The cinematography is A+ also. 


6. Palo Alto (2014) Dir. Gia Coppola

Palo Alto is the type of movie that’s honestly about nothing, but I found that it’s the only film about adolescence that actually captures how it feels to be so heartbroken, confused and lost for no real reason. The cast is stunning! It has that ‘first film’ vibe as well which I think aids the film. 

7. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) Dir. Benh Zeitlin

Another first film for the director. Beasts of the Southern Wild is a stunning film. It’s very very emotional as well. Be prepared to cry. 

8. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Dir Wes Anderson aka King of film

You either love Wes Anderson or you hate him. I personally love him. Moonrise Kingdom is so perfectly awkward. It’s great to watch when you’re sad because it’s funny in a way that’s not too in your face. It’s the perfect relief to your sadness.

9. Clueless (1995) Dir Amy Heckerling

After you’ve watched Moonrise, you’re ready for something light. That something light is Clueless. You can use Cher’s “as if!” attitude to get over whatever has led you to this list or to this blog. 

10. Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Dir Wes Anderson

Another movie by king Wes. It’s the perfect quirk fest and it features Ralph Fiennes in a really quirky role which is surprising. It’s funny but not a comedy and I love it. Again, Cinematography rules.

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I think that’s true of all cinema, that’s why cinema is the great humanistic art form. Whatever the film is, it doesn’t matter what the film is about, or even whether it’s a narrative or figurative film at all, it’s an invitation to step into somebody else’s shoes. Even if it’s the filmmaker’s shoes filming a landscape, you go into somebody else’s shoes and you look out of their lens, you look out of their eyes and their imagination. That’s what going to the pictures is all about.

Happy 56th birthday Tilda Swinton (November 5, 1960)