Yeah it’s late I know. I was going to post it earlier but, life you know. So if you asked me this question for the previous decade, I would have answered with books only. But alas, this is what happens when life happens. Book transforms from life to luxury as time becomes premium.
So below are the movies I’ve watched and loved over the last decade. There is little explanation. I don’t think they need much. Please ask if you like or disagree. These movies are my favourites.
- Moonlight — I watched this on a long flight. It’s a small, intimate movie in terms of characters, setting and story, but nothing moved me like this. As the credit rolled, I sat working out what I’d seen, processing the story. The story is simple but engrossing. The acting is phenomenal. So much is left unsaid. It’s unbearable but stunning.
- Get Out — I never read film review or watch trailers. But I’ll glance at the rating to get an idea. I want an immersive story. Get Out has it all; it’s funny, its social commentary is revealing and the twists are unseen. You walk out smiling with amazement.
- The Social Network — a brilliant character study of a smart coward which he continues to be.
- Departures — while this Japanese movie is from 2008, I saw it in 2011/12 and it elucidates a confused area in Japan. Ancestors are revered there with little shrines on the mantelpiece, but those who deal with death, undertakers and morticians, are considered to be practising a dark art. Their actions are respected, but not envied. Undertakers are part of the burakumin in Japan, an underclass that is still discriminated against. Working as one is considered unclean. The movie which is hilarious, wondrous and sad in equal measure, is a must watch if you want to understand Japan beyond Hello Kitty.
- The Act of Killing — an award winning documentary about the pogroms in Indonesia in the mid 1960s’. Like Departures, the silences tell you more about Indonesia than is possible from the brusque and delusional interviews with the perpetrators. It’s dark history but fascinating to watch telling you much about the complex Indonesia.