Midnight in Paris (2011)
Not my favorite of Woody Allen’s, but this film is quirky and charming enough, with the scenes of the City of Lights in a more glamorous era through time travelling Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) who enjoys his time with F.Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. The scenery will absolutely astonish you because well, it is Paris : it’s romantic, it’s beautiful, it’s simple.
“Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnight” Trilogy (From 1995 to 2013)
It’s Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke’s longest love story ever. At a time where most romantic films follow a predictable path with plot elements that we’ve seen again and again, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight are absolutely refreshing, and with no doubt it’s my favorite trilogy ever.
The three movies consist almost entirely of dialogue between Celine and Jesse, so those who are into action/thriller movies, this might be pretty “boring” for you, but you might as well try it out, who knows you will be just as drawn into the characters and their conversation as in a Star Wars movie!
In the first film the two meet on a train for Vienna and spend a whole day together. In the second, they meet again 9 years later, for an afternoon in Paris. In the third film, it is once again nine years later, in Greece. And all they do is talk, about literally everything : men, women, love and relationships, God, reincarnation, aging, technology and so on…
Finally, all these three films have beautiful European scenery, which will make you want to pack your bags for a romantic encounter with a total stranger. However, there are no typical happy endings here including an unrealistic fairytale story…but that’s the uniqueness : it couldn’t be more real.
Not only do the characters grow at the same pace as the audience, their lives also enter different stages with new problems to face. It realistically portrays life and love, the way it really is.
A great and creative work about the unfortunate painful events in Frida Kahlo’s life. Frida is a 2002 biographical film which depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera. If you love Mexico and art, then don’t miss this one!
Into the wild (2007)
Freedom is one of the larger themes in this movie. Many will associate and dream of the characters needs to break free from society. To let go of everything and do what you want to do. This is a film about that : the 22 year-old Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and went into the wild in search of adventure. He along with his understanding of life will be shaped by the characters he meets on he road, and will become a heroic adventurer who wrestled with the balance between man and nature.
I personally didn’t find Into the wild that fascinating, it may at times seem a bit overrated but his adventurous spirit definitely inspires curiosity to discover new places.
Lost in Translation (2003)
This film is about two lost souls in a foreign country. Bill Muray plays a fading actor who now does Japanese commercials. While in Tokyo, he meets a bored housewife played by Scarlett Johansson, with whom he develops a strange friendship. There is no European romance in this film, it is more about meeting someone who will make you find yourself. And it doesn’t show the typical happy adventurous side of travel either, it will more likely explicit what happens when things don’t go as well as you hoped because of the cultural and linguistic differences. A film with beautiful shots and a great original story.