Movie List: 33 Movies that are Just Fucking Fantastic (Part 2)

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Hello, hello! Welcome back – part 2, movies that are fucking awesome… let’s rock.


Perfect Sense (2011); Directed by David Mackenzie; Starring Ewan McGreggor and Eva Green. Everyone is losing their senses – literally. It’s kind of crazy to think about what the world would come to if the population slowly lost their ability to taste, smell, hear, speak, see, and feel…

Garden State (2004); Directed by Zach Braff; Starring Zach Braff, Peter Sarsgaard, and Natalie Portman. This is possibly one of the most pretentious movies ever made (second, of course, to Tree of Life – no film is as pretentious as that one, it’s freaking impossible), but damn does it capture a time in my life so perfectly, it hold up over time. I got really into this movie a few years after it came out – so I was about 22-23, and then I didn’t see it for more than a decade.
I really didn’t think it would hold up, I figured a modern viewing would result in my eyes rolling back in their head but I was wrong – it gets better with time. It doesn’t come off as being nearly as pretentious now because it’s so much more meaningful to me – and shit, college-aged kids are pretentious as hell. Let me tell ya. LOL, come on, disagree with me.

Cinema Paradiso (1988); Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore; Starring Philippe Noiret, Enzo Cannavale, Antonella Attili. First, I’d like to say that the original version of this movie is far superior to the director’s cut. Second, I want to point out that Giuseppe Tornatore is one of those directors that needs to be physically restrained from being allowed to alter their films – especially doing so decades after the fact, and altering the film to such an extreme degree that the ending changes completely. Tornatore also directed The Legend of Nineteen Hundred and then spit out a director’s cut that was an hour longer twenty years later, I haven’t seen his cut of thatmovie but now I’m terrified. The three-hour long director’s cut of Cinema Paradiso is a completely different movie with a different ending and a different tone throughout the entirety of it than the original cut that won a bunch of Oscars and is one of the most beloved films of all time. The point to all this? WATCH THE ORIGINAL, the director’s cut it AWFUL.

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Fame (1980): Directed by Alan Parker; Starring Eddie Barth, Irene Cara, and Lee Curreri. Let me be specific, I am referring to the 1980 film, not the television series, not the remakes in the late 80s and 90s, not the remakes of the television series, not the various versions of the stage musical – the ORIGINAL MOVIE alright?

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Her (2013): Directed by Spike Jonze; Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson. The first time I saw this movie, it made me really uncomfortable. Like… REALLY weirdly unsettled and uncomfortable. But it stuck in my head. Now I’ve seen it a bunch of times, it doesn’t make me uncomfortable anymore at all, I love it. This movie is absolutely beautiful once you get the past the ridiculous premise… heh, aren’t they all.

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Lost in Translation (2003): Directed by Sofia Coppola; Starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Giovanni Ribisi. This is one that gets better with age, at least for me. The first time I saw it I didn’t get it, I was 20 years old and it just didn’t do anything for me. Now, I’m almost 35 and damn is it meaningful. And hilarious… freaking hilarious.

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About Time (2013): Directed by Richard Curtis; Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Nighy. Don’t worry, it’s not another accent fiasco like Anne Hathaway in One Day, she speaks in her regular American accent… so, you can breathe now. Seriously – this movie is amazing. I hate romantic comedies – this one is definitely what you would put in the romantic comedy genre – but it’s so much more. SO GOOD!
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This concludes my first random movie list. There will be many, many, many more of these. Groovy.*

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