Most of the films I’ve recommended before have been from major directors who are pretty well known.
The ones below are hidden gems that brought a lot of value to me after viewing them.
It is important to make sure that you curate what goes into your mind, there is so much bullshit and false-truth in the world, that if you don’t guard yourself, you can become a victim of invisible traps set up to weaken your spirit.
These movies are the antidote to Hollywood.
Truth wrapped up in stories, and presented in beautiful ways.
**I would like to thank a reader of the blog and filmmaker who recommended two of the movies below, I appreciate the suggestions…anyone else who wants to share, feel free to let me know.**
The Man Without a Past (2002, Aki Kaurismäki)
Simple, real, and effective.
This film has minimal plot: a man gets beaten, gets amnesia, and tries to make it anew in a world where he doesn’t remember his name or where he comes from.
Its a sad movie, but at the same time, it contains some hilarious and beautiful moments–just like life itself.
Kaurismäki trusts his audience is intelligent enough to find humor and meaning in the scenes without bashing you over the head with cheap jokes or stating each characters motives–its much more gratifying to figure it out yourself.
This is a film about human nature, existentialism, and the innovative/fucked up things we do just to survive.
It also portrays the vital importance of music in peoples lives.
Days of Being Wild (1991, Kar-Wai Wong)
Its not just the characters in the film that draw you in, but the way each scene is shot is incredibly hypnotic.
The main lead is a textbook narcissist, and you find out the reasons why as the film progresses, he does whatever he wants with women, and they love him for it to the point of obsession.
Its a universally captivating story that takes place in a totally different culture, but allows everyone to relate.
An excellent piece of work.
Wings of Desire (1987, Wim Wenders)
One of the most unique and visionary movies ever to be made.
The story begins by following two angels around the city of Berlin and observing them observe humans and maybe having an influence on their lives.
One of the angels gives in to his desire when he falls for a beautiful trapeze artist who is going through an existential crisis.
**The girl who plays the trapeze artist is exactly my ideal type: her face, hair, body, free spirit, introspection, look in the eyes…when I find a girl like this (usually from Paris), we continue seeing eachother for a while.**
This is also the film that introduce me to Nick Cave, who gives a great performance in a scene that takes place in an underground rock club…exactly the sort of place you would find me in the 90s/early 2000s.
Watch this one when you are ready for it, I guarantee you have never seen anything like it.
**Another film by Wim Wenders that I highly, highly recommend is Paris, Texas. The ending monologue in that one will tear through your soul.**
A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavettes)
I think Gena Rowlands is the best actress of all time.
She has such an incredible way of communicating complicated psychological traumas, and I’ve never witnessed anyone do it better.
This film revolves around her and her husband (Peter Falk), and their highly dysfunctional relationship.
You despise the characters as much as you want them to heal, and then realize that they are trapped in such a damaging cycle, that there is nothing you can do except observe the train wreck until the end.
It is a masterpiece in character study, and by doing so, you will be exposed to some very uncomfortable truths about human psychology.
Watch this one with a bottle of wine.
**Rowlands was also in one of my favorite Woody Allen movies, Another Woman, you can read more about that here.
And for the full list of recommended movies, go here.