#10 GREY GARDENS
Grey Gardens is a TV movie about the lives of Edith Ewing Bouvier and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, who were the eccentric relatives of Jackie Kennedy. he Beale women were members of NYC high society, but in their later years, withdrew from the New York City life, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home/estate Grey Gardens. This movie is perfect in every way. Both of the actresses play they part so well and convincing, the movie is an emotional rollercoaster.
#9 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND
This is a romantic science-fiction comedy-drama movie about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories. I had heard about it a lot and it seemed very boring, until I actually saw it. It truly is wonderful and definitely a must-see.
#8 THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
This is a biographical romantic drama film adapted from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Wilde Hawking which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of motor neuron disease, and his success in physics. The film has received 5 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
#7 THE BOOK THIEF
The American-German war drama film is directed by Brian Percival, which tells the story of a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins “borrowing” books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. This is one of the saddest, most beautiful movie I have ever seen.
#6 THE IMITATION GAME
This is a historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing who was a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s naval Enigma code which helped the Allies win the WW2, only to later be criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality. The movie has been a critical and a commercial success, and has received 8 Oscars nominations.
The science fiction thriller film is about astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle and their subsequent attempt to return to Earth. Usually, I’d say movies that take place in outer space are very boring, but this one in particular always keeps you at the edge of your seat. Every minute of it is nerve wracking.
#4 THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
This romantic fantasy drama film is about a man who ages in reverse and falls in love. It is loosely based on the 1922 short story by Scott Fitzgerald. This movie has been called “moviemaking at its best” and “a magical and moving account of a man living his life resoundingly in reverse”. A story, which is beautifully told.
#3 MALMHAUS (METALHEAD)
An Icelandic drama film, the movie tells the story of a girl who is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Black Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star. The movie left me in a shock. As a fan of metal music, this movie just nails it.
#2 THE PIANIST
A film by one of my favorite directors Roman Polanski, it tells the story of a Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. It was very heartbreaking to watch, but definitely worth the time, as it is a true story. The film won 3 Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Allow me to stay this movie left me speechless. I was so amazed and surprised that I had to watch it twice to grasp my emotions. It is a drama film about a student jazz drummer who wants to earn the respect of a fearsome teacher. Words cannot describe how amazing J.K. Simmons portrayed the role of Terence Fletcher, the teacher. The movie has 5 Oscar nominations, and if J.K. Simmons doesn’t win it I might just lose my mind.