Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, and an extremely angry shark.
The original summer blockbuster, Jaws is a pathbreaking and trendsetting film which caused a massive paradigm shift in cinema, and also announced Steven Spielberg to the world.
Jaws follows a police chief, a professional shark hunter and a marine biologist who head out to open sea to kill a great white shark that has been terrorising the waters of the local tourist town. The film is exemplary of Steven Spielberg’s masterful storytelling. The story moves a tantalising and thrilling pace, and will definitely keep you hooked. The shark is unseen for most of the film, making a physical appearance only at the end, with Spielberg relying on camera effects and an Academy Award-winning background score to create the shark’s presence.
Jaws is fantastic , visually stunning, and would convince you to never venture out into the sea again.It was the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars,and is one of the most culturally significant films of all time.
The Truman Show(1998)
Director: Peter Weir
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris,Laura Linney.
The Truman Show is a science-fiction comedy-drama film starring Jim Carrey in one of his career-defining roles as Truman Burbank, a young man unaware that his life is the subject of a popular reality show, and that he is living in an artificial reality where every aspect of his life is being filmed by hidden cameras.Truman’s life is controlled by the show’s executive producer Christof(Ed Harris), who subjects him to numerous adversities and emotional trauma.
After becoming suspicious of his surroundings, Truman embarks on a quest of self-discovery.Jim Carrey’s marvellous performance in the titular role shows his versatility and brilliance.The film discusses the concepts of freedom, existentialism and morality, and at the same time offers a satirical take on reality television.It was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Director, Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris.
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter.
Fight Club is a psychological thriller drama film which explores the philosophies of materialism, morality,consumerism and liberty through the eyes of an unnamed narrator(Edward Norton).
The narrator, dissatisfied with his dead-end corporate job, forms a “fight club” with his friend Tyler Durden(Brad Pitt), a gathering where men fight as a means of recreation. Both the narrator and Tyler are polar opposites of each other, with the narrator being a depressed and nihilistic person , and Tyler being a really cool(there’s no other word for it) guy.David Fincher draws out terrific performances from the lead actors.
Dark, engrossing and brilliantly written and directed, Fight Club is a fantastic film which offers a disturbing and thought-provoking take on the life of an ordinary individual.
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.
Foxcatcher is a biographical crime drama film based on the true story of John E.Dupont, a mentally disturbed eccentric billionaire, who enlisted Olympic Gold medallist brothers Mark and his older brother David Schultz to train U.S. wrestlers for international championships.
The film rests on its three main characters, and performs a psycho-analysis on their distinctive personalities- the ambitious Mark determined to step out of his elder brother’s shadow;the calm and composed Dave, the supportive elder brother who struggles to prioritize between work and family;and John E.Dupont, a powerful and intimidating billionaire with serious emotional and psychological issues.
Foxcatcher is a brilliantly written and gripping movie. It received 5 Oscar nominations for Bennett Miller, Steve Carrell,Mark Ruffalo, its Screenplay and Makeup,and also won the award for Best Director at Cannes.
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo di Caprio, Kerry Washington,Samuel Jackson.
Gun violence,revenge fantasies, non-linear storylines, dark humour,witty dialogue, complex and memorable characters,disturbing imagery and the fusion of all these facets to make a thoroughly entertaining film is something that Quentin Tarantino has mastered.
The film follows a former slave named Django(Jamie Foxx), who is freed by Dr. King Schultz(Christoph Waltz) in exchange for information about three brothers who have a price on their heads. After noting that Django is gifted when it comes to pulling the trigger, Schultz takes him under his wing and both eventually set out rescue Django’s wife Broomhilda(Kerry Washington) from the ownership of the francophile, sadistic, and extremely racist plantation owner Calvin Candie(Leonardo di Caprio).
Django Unchained is a film in the mould of previous Tarantino gems such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Basterds. Jamie Foxx was thoroughly convincing as the conflicted titular character, while Christoph Waltz’s wonderful portrayal of the soft-spoken,eccentric and bold Dr.Schultz earned him an Academy Award.The film won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Dallas Buyers Club(2013)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto,Jennifer Garner.
Dallas Buyers Club is a biographical drama film based on the inspiring story of Ron Woodruf, an AIDS patient during the 1980’s, who despite FDA restrictions, smuggled illegal pharmaceutical drugs into Texas for his treatment and also distributed them to fellow AIDS patients,forming the Dallas Buyers Club.
The film brings to light the social stigma and hostilty faced by AIDS patients during the 70s and 80s. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto underwent massive physical transformations for their roles, both losing 40 pounds. Matthew McConaughey delivered a career-best performance as the cold, alcoholic and drug-addict protagonist Ron Woodruf who fights against the profit-oriented pharmaceutical companies, while Jared Leto was equally marvellous as the sweet transsexual Rayon.
Dallas Buyers Club is a thought-provoking and compassionate film that will tug on your heartstrings through excellent direction and memorable performances. Both McConaughey and Leto won the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
Director: Curtis Hanson
Starring: Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe,Kevin Spacey, Kim Basinger.
L.A. Confidential is a neo-noir crime film based on James Ellroy’s eponymous novel. Set in Los Angeles the year 1953, the film follows a group of police officers investigating the murder of six people that took place at a local restaurant.A brilliantly crafted plot, complex characters and wonderful acting make L.A. Confidential one of the greatest crime movies of all time,
The intricately woven story revolves around three characters- Edmund Exley(Guy Pearce), a young ,ambitious and disciplined detective;Officer Bud White(Russell Crowe), a seasoned and strong-willed officer ; and Jack Vincennes(Kevin Spacey),a narcotics detective who regularly tips off the editor of tabloid magazine “Hush-Hush”, in exchange for money, while making celebrity arrests in order to increase the popularity of the magazine.
The movie was nominated for nine Academy Awards, and won Best Supporting Actress for Kim Basinger, and Best Adapted Screenplay.