Film Recommendations


Hey all,

So I was looking through the ‘Movie’ topic posts and thought it might be a good idea to start a recommendation thread - a place for us to recommend movies, old or new, to each other. With a recommendation, you’d need to post a brief synopsis and description of the movie and why you think others should watch it - aim for a short paragraph. I’ll start us off:

The Grand Budapest Hotel [Wes Anderson 2014]:
Set in the 1960s - 1970s in a fictional European alpine state called Zubrowka, this adventure/comedy follows the story of ‘Gustave H’ an employee of the Grand Budapest Hotel, and the hotel’s Lobby Boy ‘Zero’. The two form an unlikely friendship as the narrative unfolds in a quirky and entertaining manner as they escape death, steal paintings, break out of prison and more. Anderson’s unique style is something to truly admire; the colour, writing, camera movements and soundtrack are all amazing and contribute greatly to the overall experience.

This became one of my favourite films of 2014 the moment I watched it - it’s definitely a unique and entertaining experience which I’d recommend to anyone looking for an interesting film to watch. It’s a treat to watch!

I’m going to aim to do at least 1 recommendation a week, looking forward to it!


The Castle of Cagliostro [Hayao Miyazaki 1979]:
Following the adventures of Lupin the 3rd and his partner in crime Jigen, this is an amazing film to watch - directed by the one and only Hayao Miyazaki. The 2 master-thieves stumble upon a grand mystery in the peaceful country of Cagliostro and become deeply involved in its development and resolution.

They must rescue a young princess, put an end to a worldwide counterfeiting scandal and discover the secret treasure of the Cagliostro royal family. The film is upbeat, light, and entertaining, with a killer soundtrack and an overall interesting mix of characters.

This is one of my favourite Miyazaki films, and all Studio Ghibli fans are sure to appreciate the style and presentation of the film which mixes action, drama and comedy in a somewhat unique and engaging manner.


Yo TeeJones:

Sounds like a good idea - I’ll participate in this if you come back and keep posting more recommendations. :smiley:


Hey, sorry, but Grand Budapest Hotel is set during WWII, that’s why the socialists are after them. But the parts with Jude Law, old Zero and the girl are 70’s.


@TeeJones, you still around? I’m looking forward to hearing more recommendations from you if you ever come back!


To keep the ball rolling, one of my favourite films from this year: Ex Machina.

I definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t already seen it. I won’t say anything else about it, and you shouldn’t look it up. Just get it and watch it - it’s always better that way.


@Jay: Rad! I’m looking forward to seeing it!


Almost Famous

About a young journalist who follows his favorite 70s rock band around on tour. Nothing overly spectacular in the cinematography or vfx realm; but it has incredible story telling and use of soundtrack. It really surprised me. And it’s on Netflix.


If you want to get into some international cinema you can watch “3 idiots”. It’s a fantastic Bollywood masala film and is just a perfect example of 2000’s Bollywood cinema


@Sean_F Noted about 3 Idiots! Here’s a classic I recently watched: Robocop! For anyone who hasn’t seen it, Kurtwood Smith (the dad from That 70s Show is one totally badass villain). Entertaining as heck.

@ukilledkenny7 Maybe Netflix recommendations would be a good idea for another thread? I tried looking for what If? with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan on Netflix…couldn’t find it and paid four dollars for a rental. Almost Famous is a great movie. It seems like everyone involved kind of dropped off the face of the earth though. what the heck happened to Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and especially Cameron Crowe?


Cameron Crowe got even more nostalgic and sappy if you can believe it, his latest was ALOHA.


I completely forgot about that movie. Not sure what he was thinking with the whitewashing of Emma Stone’s character. He once made movies that were so attuned to certain segments of the modern population. Not sure what happened. Seems like when directors fall from grace, they fall really, really far.