Just in case any of you were wondering or haven’t figured it out yet, I gave up on that 365 movie challenge because it was too difficult to multitask with having a life and all. Just thought I’d post this just in case someone actually cared even though the last time I updated that challenge was months ago. I’d like to try again next year, but I don’t think that’ll happen.
22. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) ★★★★★★★★★☆
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
This movie was perfect. Then again, all of Hayao Miyazaki’s films are perfect, but this one is considerably so. Definitely one of my favorite Ghibli and Miyazaki films
21. Garden State (2004) ★★★★★★★★ 1/2 (out of 10)
“Good luck exploring the infinite abyss.”
A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother’s funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade.
20. Gattaca (1997) ★★★★★★★★★☆
“It’s funny, you work so hard, you do everything you can to get away from a place, and when you finally get your chance to leave, you find a reason to stay.”
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel
19. Closer (2004) ★★★★★★★★☆☆
The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
18. Blue Velvet (1986) ★★★★★★★★☆☆
“It’s a strange world.”
After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town.
This movie started out really weird and I didn’t know if I’d end up liking it, but it got good pretty quickly and now I love it. It’s kinda messed up, but definitely worth watching.
17. Heathers (1988) ★★★★☆
“If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn’t be a human being. You’d be a game-show host.”
A girl who half-heartedly tries to be part of the “in crowd” of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics.
16. Almost Famous (2000) ★★★★☆
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.
Watched this in English Class. Such a good movie. I just love how it shows both sides of the rock & roll lifestyle of the 70s and tells an amazing story and still manages to be hilarious at times. Definitely a movie you should watch. Great cast, great acting, and great writing.
15. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) ★★★★☆
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.
This movie is one of the saddest I’ve ever seen, if not the saddest film I’ve ever seen. Goes all the way up there with Dancer in the Dark…probably surpasses it…never cried that much to a film before. It makes you think about war differently. I thought one reviewer summed it all up quite nicely: “Seeing a movie like this really changes attitudes about war - about who really suffers, and that the honor and glory is shallow comfort when you contemplate what has been lost in the struggle.”
14. Amelie (2001) ★★★★☆
Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
13. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) ★★★★ 1/2 (out of 5)
Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
12. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) ★★★★★
“You turnip head, that’s Howl’s castle!”
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
11. Moneyball (2011) ★★★☆☆
The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
10. The Artist (2011) ★★★★ 1/2 (out of 5)
Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
8. Inception (2010) ★★★★★
In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a highly skilled thief is given a final chance at redemption which involves executing his toughest job to date: Inception.