Top30 Favorite Film Discoveries of 2015
5. Once Upon a Time in America
I’m not generally a gangster film type of person, especially since Sergio Leone is famous for his Spaghetti Western films and I’m not a western film type of person either. LOL But, I was most impressed~~~ It’s a long ass movie, but crafted so well and delivered so perfectly, that it’s barely noticeable.
I did end up watching quite a FEW “Once Upon a Time” films (#22), as well as Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West… followed by Anatolia and Mexico that add to the list that includes Vietnam, India and Shanghai.
4. Sunset Boulevard
If you’re into celebrity culture, get your fix with the ups and downs of stardom. Well, Billy Wilder’s backhanded compliment to the Hollywood of yore is amazing. Despite its setting –Gloria Swanson just slays and slays in here– it’s atemporal. Celebrity (and non-celebrity) stardom seems to be more important than ever before.
For non-filmy people that know of Swanson (probably through crosswords– aka. my mom), she became this larger than life Norma Desmond character through myth. My mom actually told me Swanson disappeared, like in the film, tragically with the introduction of sound. I’m just glad nothing truly tragic became of her, as she was able to move on with the times.
3. Hard Boiled (辣手神探)
It’s 2hrs long, and though it has many shoot-em-up scenes throughout; the hospital hostage crisis (which may be the worst rescue mission EVER) is the most amazing 30min. of pure shoot’em up beauty. Here’s that long take.
Literally, last watch of the year.
I had been looking forward to catching up with Lukas Moodisson’s films since I saw Fucking Amal years ago. Is it only me or does Michael Nyqvist looks awfully like Gael Garcia Bernal in this movie, and Lisa Lindgren looks similar to Michelle Williams. xD
Anyway~ how can you beat ABBA (twice in this list!!), children pretending to be Pinochet playing the torture game (!!!), discussions on socialism and communism in 70s Sweden, sausages-craving (no puns intended) in communal veggie diet, sexual fluidity, secret porn stashes, and fun family football time!
1. Chinese Odyssey 2002 (天下無雙)
Is it possible to write a nonsensical story with a purpose? Jeffrey Lau’s early millennium period comedy -sometimes wuxia sometimes musical- of “imprisoned” Imperial siblings that meet their destined lovers in the outcasts of a tiny village during the Ming dynasty seems to prove it.
Well, Letterboxd changed my film count before the 31st was over, so I didn’t take note of how many I saw. However, according to unofficial count, it was 507. And only 23 were rated +7.
Any recommendation that you haven’t already recommended I watch?
What did you all watch all year long besides new movies?