Mell Strode films to watchby broadcastmediauk | created - 03 Jul 2012 | updated - 11 May 2013 | Public
These are films that I recomend to watch either for their style, editing, genre, historical media significance, use of sound/music or techniques
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1. Waking Life (2001)
R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.
Votes: 53,922 | Gross: $2.89M
Life as one big animation? Great example of Rotascoping. Dreams. What are they? An escape from reality or reality itself? Waking Life follows the dream(s) of one man and his attempt to find and discern the absolute difference between waking life and the dreamworld.
2. Sin City (2005)
R | 124 min | Crime, Thriller
A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.
Votes: 694,681 | Gross: $74.10M
Frank Miller's Sin City, is a 2005 crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez also known for the film 'Once upon a Time in Mexico'
3. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
Votes: 949,089 | Gross: $25.54M
Excellent example of linear and non linear storytelling using editing techniques
4. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,368,820 | Gross: $171.48M
Modern day classic, by far the best of the series
5. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 781,037 | Gross: $293.51M
Once you know how it ends it great to watch and look out for the clues on the second watch listen out for the classic line "I see dead people".
6. Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)
R | 102 min | Action, Thriller
Hitman "El Mariachi" becomes involved in international espionage involving a psychotic CIA agent and a corrupt Mexican general.
Votes: 138,801 | Gross: $56.36M
One of the first fiilms that used digital filming techniques instead of 35mm demonstrating what you can do digitally and still show on a big screen.
7. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Not Rated | 66 min | Drama, History
In the midst of the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel's officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.
Votes: 44,570 | Gross: $0.05M
B/W often referenced in film history directed by Sergei Eisenstein Eisenstein wrote the film as a revolutionary propaganda film, but also used it to test his theories of "montage". The revolutionary Soviet filmmakers of the Kuleshov school of filmmaking were experimenting with the effect of film editing on audiences, and Eisenstein attempted to edit the film in such a way as to produce the greatest emotional response, so that the viewer would feel sympathy for the rebellious sailors of the Battleship Potemkin and hatred for their cruel overlords.
8. Blade Runner (1982)
R | 117 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.
Votes: 560,225 | Gross: $27.00M
Another classic Sci-fi (the directors cut version has no voice over) which completly changes the film of the narrative
9. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 485,812 | Gross: $56.95M
The screenplay was co-written by director Stanley Kubrick (he of Clockwork Orange fame) and Arthur C. Clarke. The first director to use front projection with retroreflective matting in a mainstream movie, Kubrick chose the technique to produce the backdrops for the African scenes showing ape-men against vast natural-terrain backgrounds, as traditional techniques such as painted backdrops or rear-projection did not produce the realistic look Kubrick demanded. In addition to the "Dawn of Man" sequence, the front-projection system was used to depict astronauts walking on the lunar surface with the Moon base in the background. The technique has been used widely in the film industry since 2001 pioneered its use, although starting in the 1990s it has been increasingly replaced by green screen systems.
10. Network (1976)
R | 121 min | Drama
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.
Is TV all about the ratings could this really happen? Makes you question the power of the media and the questions it raises are still relevant even more so in todays media landscape.
11. Groundhog Day (1993)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
Votes: 494,832 | Gross: $70.91M
Another great example of how editing can create a complex narrative from various angles telling the same narrative A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.
12. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 273,661 | Gross: $22.86M
Directed by Spike Jonz (famous for music Vidoes) great surreal way of exploring an alterantive world. A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich
13. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 64,126 | Gross: $4.66M
Directed by Michel Gondry, the visually creative giant behind some of MTV's most stylistically innovative music videos, and more recently the driving force behind his and script writer extraordinare Charlie Kaufman's brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, finally makes his solitary debut, choosing to write and direct this surrealist tale of dreams, reality, and the lines some people walk between them.
14. JFK (1991)
R | 189 min | Drama, History, Thriller
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Votes: 123,568 | Gross: $70.41M
Director Oliver Stone gives the JFK assassination the royal treatment, over three hours worth of running time,in his blockbuster 1991 shocker of a movie "JFK" in it getting to the bottom to who in fact not only shot the president but who was both behind and planned the assassination and cover up that followed it. It brings togther many of the conspiracy theories and puts then into one film
15. Thirteen Days (2000)
PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Votes: 48,277 | Gross: $34.59M
An excellent dramatization of President Kennedy's administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962. In Psychology studies this period is referred to as the Bay of Pigs fiasco this film looks at the fall out and how close we came to world war three
16. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 83,281 | Gross: $70.60M
Corruption in politics in the USA leads all the way to the White House, the story of great investigative reporting to uncover a huge story.
17. The Untouchables (1987)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.
Votes: 237,985 | Gross: $76.27M
Federal agent Elliot Ness (Keven Costner) assembles a personal team of mob fighters to bring Chicago crime boss Al Capone to justice using unconventional means during the mob wars of the 1920s. This fictionalized account of the arrest of Al Capone is heavy on style and gunfire. The end shootout combines a baby carriage and stairs with a nod to Eisenstein's -The Battleship Potemkin
18. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Votes: 509,144 | Gross: $57.14M
Directed by Terry Gilliam also known for his work with the Monty Python team.
Somewhere in the distant future all people live underground because an unknown and lethal virus wiped out five billion people in 1996, leaving only 1 percent of the population alive. James Cole is one of them. He's a prisoner who lives in a small cage and who is chosen as a 'volunteer' to be sent back to in time to gather information about the origin of the epidemic.
A reviwer wrote "What I like so much about this movie is the fact that it is never clear whether all what you are seeing is real or not. Is this just an illusion, created in the mind of a mentally ill man or is it real?"
19. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 165,323 | Gross: $9.93M
Another film directed by Terry Gilliam. A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. As a reviwer once wrote "This movie is less about the story than it is about the atmosphere in my opinion." So enjoy the set design, the dressing of the set and the mise-en- scène to create the atmosphere
20. What Dreams May Come (1998)
PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife.
Votes: 89,939 | Gross: $55.49M
Brilliant set and special effects to create another world after we die
21. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (1970)
R | 100 min | Comedy
Fresh-faced young Michael Rimmer worms his way into an opinion poll company and is soon running the place. He uses this as a springboard to get into politics, and in the mini-skirted ... See full summary »
23. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 979,571 | Gross: $96.07M