This Week On Our Film Podcast ‘Just To Be Nominated,’ We’re Talking About The Best Movie Year(s) Of The Past Twenty Years!
Gil Pender, performed by Owen Wilson, is a wide-eyed screenwriter and aspiring novelist on a visit to Paris with his fiancée (Rachel McAdams). Sure it is time travel, but past or present, Paris at all times enchants. Lost in Translation chronicles the budding friendship of two Americans in Tokyo (performed with the proper quantity of resignation by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson), shot in typically stunning Sofia Coppola style.
As evidenced by his previous function “Shame,” a no-holds-barred portrayal of sexual addiction in New York City, director Steve McQueen just isn’t afraid of tackling challenging topics with honesty and compassion. “12 Years a Slave” isn’t any exception, and McQueen’s fearlessness is shared by commanding lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, a terrifying Michael Fassbender and the revelatory Lupita Nyong’o—whose shattering performance gained her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Set in Spain throughout Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy film masterfully weaves historic drama with fairy tales, forging an ingenious commentary on the destruction of innocence in the face of inexorable violence. Each of the trials younger Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) is given by the enigmatic faun (Doug Jones) in the overgrown, eponymous labyrinth functions as a parable for the turbulence of adolescence and the real world traumas inflicted by struggle. There are some truly terrifying moments in Ofelia’s quest—the Pale Man scene could have you squirming in your seat—however the real horror in “Pan’s Labyrinth” stems from man’s ability to dehumanize his enemy and follow orders with out query.
Reese Witherspoon donned a pair of unwell-fitting climbing boots and a giant backpack for her role as Cheryl Strayed, a writer who trekked 1,one hundred miles on the Pacific Crest Trail after the devastating lack of her mother. (The film is based on Strayed’s best-promoting 2012 guide of the identical name.) Strayed crosses the dusty Mojave, loopy forests, snowy fields, and muddy trails, dropping toenails but gaining psychological clarity—or no less than self-acceptance—alongside the best way. Facing widowhood, and the realities of growing older, a handful of Brits determine to flip retirement on its head. Rather than succumb to creaking stairlifts and hospital-grade linens that come with retirement at home, they follow advertisements for the Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India, which promises grandiose accommodations at a cut price—and an exhilarating second act. Cue tangled love stories, easy laughs, and endearing fish-out-of-water moments delivered by a crowd-pleasing ensemble forged (including Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, and Bill Nighy), who prove how deeply journey can stir us, at any age.
Poirot agrees to investigate the murder, along with the prepare’s first-class compartment full of characters, ranging from a Russian princess to a gorgeous younger countess. Throw in the snowy Yugoslavian countryside, and prepare travel has by no means looked so glamorous. This gallery was originally printed in 2015 and has been up to date.
- Based on the YA trilogy by Jenny Han, it turned one of Netflix’s most successful original movies in 2018.
- Largely touted as probably the greatest movies of 2018 – and applauded by critics globally – it also scooped two Golden Globes, for best director and best foreign language movie.
- The director, known for Gravity and Children of Men, brings this stunning story to life as we follow housekeeper Cleo as she, and her family, face societal and political points.
- Based on the extremely acclaimed novel by Nigerian writer Uzodinma Iweala, the movie brings to life the gripping tale of Agu, a toddler soldier torn from his household to fight in the civil war of an African country.
With its smart, snappy dialogue, crisp comedy and steady one-shot sequences, “Birdman” is probably the closest cinema will get to resembling a stage play. This snappy, sweet-colored dramedy from Wes Anderson packs innumerable plot twists and a star-studded 17-particular person ensemble into its breathless 100 minutes. Relentlessly funny and endlessly quotable, the film provides as a lot stylistic and narrative genius because it does the aesthetic and cinematographic innovations for which it’s so often praised. Based on the 1853 memoir by abolitionist Solomon Northup, “12 Years a Slave” offers a brutal retelling of Northup’s enslavement within the antebellum American South.
From the upmarket Park Hyatt lodge to the neon-crammed karaoke bars and streets, the movie is sort of a tourism ad for Tokyo. But extra importantly, it’s a melancholy portrayal of loneliness—even in a city filled with hundreds of thousands of people. For anybody who’s ever studied or lived abroad, discovering L’Auberge Espagnole (i.e. “the Spanish Inn”) is like discovering the Rosetta Stone. The film follows a French scholar, Xavier, who travels to Barcelona looking for himself.
Co-starring Reagan Era sex-symbols Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, the adventure begins when novelist Joan Wilder (Turner) travels to Colombia looking for her kidnapped sister. While the 2017 remake of Murder on the Orient Express was fairly to take a look at, you merely can’t beat the 1974 unique. The thriller boasts an excellent ensemble cast led by Albert Finney as Agatha Christie’s iconic Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. He’s minding his own business on the long-distance practice when a fellow passenger is murdered in the midst of the night time.
Cooped up in a large condo with six different contemporaries—all from different countries—Xavier wades through the muddy waters of cohabitation with men and women who don’t share his customs or language. The ’80s have been the period of the action movie, however Romancing the Stone took that concept and blew it out, mixing in pinches of Indiana Jones and pulpy romance novel.