1. After Fall, Winter
A failed novelist (Eric Schaeffer), who has a secret S&M fetish, is unaware that his new lover (Lizzie Brocheré) is a dominatrix.
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%
Meta Critic: 19%
My rating: 10/10 ( Obviously)
Yes, this movie received horrible reviews all around. While at some points in the movie it was a bit dull, but the overall message of the movie is really deep if you just watch it a few times. You can really draw parallels and symbolism from the characters and how their interpersonal struggles reveal themselves outwardly throughout the movie in each other. Yes, the ending is a tad William Shakespeare, but I believe the message of being authentic and not being afraid of love amidst possible betrayal can relate to all of us on some level, one way or another.
2. Rent The Movie
In this musical, set at the dawn of the 1990s, a group of New Yorkers struggle with their careers, love lives and the effects of the AIDS epidemic on their community. Mark (Anthony Rapp), an aspiring filmmaker, and Roger (Adam Pascal), an HIV-positive musician, scramble for money to pay rent to their landlord and former roommate, Benny (Taye Diggs). Meanwhile, their friend Tom (Jesse L. Martin), a professor, has fallen for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), who is slowly dying of AIDS.
Rotten Tomatoes: 46%
Meta Critic: 53%
I remember this movie when I first came out. I’m not a huge musical fan. I mean I did watch High School Musical and Glee, so I guess I am a little lol The songs and storyline really resonated with me back in high school, and still do today. I still cry whenever I watch this, and Only a couple movies can do this. I know all the songs to this movie, and even had a crush on Adam Pascal. The actor whole played Roger. I highly recommend this film. The overall message is living life to the fullest and cherishing everyone in it and around it in the 525,600 minutes we have this year, and Every year!
3. The Wolf On Wall Street
In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
Meta Critic: 75%
Any movie with Leonardo DiCaprio is a win for me! This movie has all the cheating, depravity and lack of moral compass you can expect from a Wall Street too big to fail type movie, but that is what made it all the while! You learn that going to fast in a game where you don’t hold all the cards is doomed for failure. Of course, fluffing your accounts and hiding money overseas, having multiple hookers and drunk associates in your office is a red flag, but hey that’s the Brokerage business right?
4. Revolutionary Road
Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) always see themselves as far-removed from the conventionality of suburbia. Yet that is exactly what creeps up on them when they buy a house in Connecticut. He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while she, as a 1950s homemaker, yearns for fulfillment and passion. Rebelling against the torpor of their lives, the couple plan an escape that may push them to their limits.
This movie spoke to me on so many levels regarding romantic relationships and relationship with self. April wanted more, she wanted adventure and excitement. She wanted to work and contribute to society in Paris where at the time, women were able to make a lot of money as a secretary. However, Frank, wanted to be promoted at his job and leave a legacy for his father who worked at the same company, but was just another number. Frank wanted to rise above. When April and Frank first met, they both wanted to “feel things” well in this movie, they feel a whole lot of emotions that questions societal expectations and their relationship that lead to their downfall. I believe in some ways they both contributed, and Wasn’t open to compromise and working with each other instead of against.
5. Fifty Shades of Grey Series
When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair — and learns that Christian’s true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.
Once again a movie critics said was harrowing, but One that I absolutely adored. I know the main premise was BDSM, Rich guy, “poor” girl they get involved, the whole cliché storyline about a girl getting rescued by some rich dude then abused. I feel Anastasia stood her own, and wasn’t a floor mat for Christian. She didn’t care about his riches; she demanded respect and that’s why He married her. I feel Christian’s past severely damaged the way he treated and thought about women, and that’s why he likes giving pain because that’s all he received. He needed to be the dominant and in control in order to in his own way, not feel the torment of being abused ever again.
5. The Dreamers
In May 1968, the student riots in Paris only exacerbate the isolation felt by three youths: an American exchange student named Matthew (Michael Pitt) and twins Théo (Louis Garrel) and Isabelle (Eva Green). Having bonded over their mutual love of cinema, Matthew is fascinated by the sense of intimacy shared by Isabelle and Theo, who were born conjoined. When the twins’ bohemian parents go away for a month, they ask Matthew to stay at their place, and the three lose themselves in fantasy.
Rotten Tomatoes: 61%
Roger Ebert: 4/4
This movie had 9 nominations and 2 wins, understandably. This movie had great music, lovely transitions and beautiful actors. This film is definitely one of fantasy and I was both in shock and intrigue when I first saw it. Bertolucci knows how to merge sexuality and politics in this masterpiece.
As you can probably tell, I don’t like cookie cutter, run of the mill type movies. I like somewhat controversial, unconventional flicks that make you uncomfortable. That make you think. To me, those are the best kind of movies.
6. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
The Lord of the Rings is a film series consisting of three high fantasy adventure films directed by Peter Jackson. They are based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Meta Critic: 91%
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
This was my go to movie back in Grade school. I even read the books. I so enjoyed the message of perseverance and strength. Despite all obstacles, and their size of the hobbits, they were honored before the King. In my favorite line,” You bow down to no one.” When Aragon was honoring the hobbits in front of the Kingdom.
7. Memoirs of a Geisha
In the 1920s, 9-year-old Chiyo (Suzuka Ohgo) gets sold to a geisha house. There, she is forced into servitude, receiving nothing in return until the house’s ruling hierarchy determines if she is of high enough quality to service the clientele — men who visit and pay for conversation, dance and song. After rigorous years of training, Chiyo becomes Sayuri (Ziyi Zhang), a geisha of incredible beauty and influence. Life is good for Sayuri, but World War II is about to disrupt the peace.
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Roger Ebert: 2.4/5
I really love this movie. To see Chiyo’s struggle of being sold off to a house not knowing where life will take her, and Her mother passing at a young age. She was in torment. After an unexpected opportunity, one life changing moment and after receiving a new name, she was on the road to being the best Geisha, but not without sacrifice and some compromises.
Teenage Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) journeys through a maze to recover her baby brother (Toby Froud) from a goblin king (David Bowie).
You just have to watch this! Bowie’s music in this film is spectacular. RIP in your moonlight Daydream!
It’s a bit weird, a bit odd the film as a whole but otherwise, it’s a pretty cool flick if you like fantasy. Never Ending story flair.
9. The Crow
The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar (Michael Wincott) to complete his macabre mission.
I remember first seeing this movie, and being amazed by the visuals. Absolutely stunning!
10. Kama Sutra – A Tale of Love
In 16th-century India, Princess Tara (Sarita Choudhury) is raised alongside her maid Maya (Indira Varma). The two best friends turn into enemies when Tara becomes engaged to King Raj Singh (Naveen Andrews). Embittered by Tara’s sudden poor treatment of her, Maya sleeps with Raj on his wedding night and is expelled from the palace. With her mastery of sexual technique, Maya continues to entice Raj, who is too distracted by hedonistic pursuits to realize his kingdom is in danger.
I love this movie. Trying to learn about my culture a bit I guess lol
Thanks for checking out my list! Were there some movies on my list you have seen or might see?
What do you think?