Give me some film recs!

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It’s dawned on me that there are an awful lot of films out there that I have yet to see. This dawned on me as the number of film blogs I’ve started reading and keeping up with me has just grown exponentially since the beginning of the year.

I keep making mental notes of these films I should have but I’m thinking I need to make more of a semi-permanent note of them. Where better than to keep a list of them on my blog? Least I’ll be able to sort of keep track of them. Not to mention get any more recommendations of what I need to watch.

I have a feeling this list will get long. Quickly. But I’m all for it. Got any more recommendations?


  1. La Haine, City of God and Schindler’s List are all in my top 10 films ever! You are SO in for a treat! I’ll just reel off a few I think you may well have seen but if not you absolutely must!!!

    Trainspotting, Die Hard, 28 Days Later, Memento, Requiem for a Dream, Point Break, United 93, Pulp fiction, Speed, the list could go on and on but I bet maybe you’ve seen most of these. All modern classics! Lots are a bit depressing though.

    • I’m all for a good, depressing film. Though, I’ll probably have to alternate with some light hearted/happy stuff to save myself from getting too depressed by them πŸ˜€

      I’m going to add a few of these to my list – cheers for the recs!

  2. Lots of recommendations for you. Can’t remember them all but will start with these:

    The Others
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Falling Down
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Phone Booth
    Jacob’s Ladder
    The Life of David Gale
    Match Point
    He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not
    Black Book
    Bitter Moon
    Before Sunrise
    Spider (with Ralph Fiennes)
    The Painted Veil
    Conversations with Other Women
    Photographing Fairies
    Life is Beautiful
    The Devil’s Advocate
    Under Suspicion
    Cinema Paradiso
    The Piano
    Abre los ojos (The original of Open Your Eyes, but much better)

    That should keep you busy for now. Do you like Spanish and Chinese films? I have lots of recommendations there if you do.

    • Ooo lots!

      I love Spanish films. I’ve not seen many Chinese ones so always open to seeing more of those that I haven’t heard of πŸ˜€ Bring it on πŸ˜€

      • How about The House of Flying Dagger? It looks absolutely beautiful that you as a designer would appreciate πŸ˜€

        Well, Schindler’s List, The French Connection and To Kill a Mockingbird are some of my recommendations that are on your list already, but have you seen Roman Holiday? That’s a must-see in my book πŸ™‚

        • Not seen Roman Holiday, will go on the list πŸ˜€ Or House of Flying Daggers. Wait… I’m pretty sure I’ve not seen it. I’m getting old and forgetting what I’ve seen and not! It’s stupid!

  3. This reminds me of that time in 2008 I made you all come up with films I need to watch and put the list on my LJ… I just went back to check and the Godfather movies, To Kill A Mockingbird and City of God are the only ones on your list that were on mine (and I still haven’t watched then).

    There were nearly 100 and I think I’ve watched about 10.

  4. Here’s my top ten movies, some of which you may have seen, but none of which you will regret seeing!
    In no particular order:
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Blade Runner
    Singing in the Rain
    Sense and Sensibility
    Avatar (I bet you’ve seen this one!)
    Die Hard (the first one)
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (really!)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (already on your list)
    Dances with Wolves

    • There’s a good handful in there I haven’t yet seen πŸ˜€ Will update the list soon!

      • You haven’t seen Gladiator AND Sense and Sensibility??! My goodness Jaina, those two are in my top five of ALL TIME. Get on ’em girl! πŸ˜€

        • Oh no no no! Gladiator’s one of my all time favourite films! If not THE!

          Though I will admit to not having seen Sense & Sensibility. There’s something about costume dramas that never draw me in.

  5. That’s a great list already, I suggest you check out all the movies I have given a 10 (at the top bar of my blog), all movies I recommend watching. Some you should definitely watch (if you haven’t already) are Black Swan and Mr.Nobody.

  6. Your list is off to a great start (I especially like Network and Cool Hand Luke), but a word of warning from someone who’s been there: These lists, they never get shorter. πŸ˜€ I started mine the year the AFI first put out their 100 years, 100 movies list. It was about 50 at the time (some of the AFI’s list didn’t sound appealing, so I didn’t add them… at least, not until other sources reaffirmed them). Today it’s at 744. And as often as I take something off, it seems like something else gets put on.

    If you haven’t seen them, my additions to your list are:

    Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, undoubtedly the greatest of all dark comedies.

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a very fun, very well done western with some comedic elements to it.

    • Will add them both – have seen neither.

      Oh I know the trouble with lists. I was given a book of 1000 movies to see before you die for my birthday one year. I was going to try and make my way through that, but my god it was hard!

  7. GIRRRL, I got a list for you, but maybe you already seen some of these. LOL

    Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz (both are good)
    Old Boy (Korean Movie…gory and life changing, which I think we’ve already talked about this)
    Office Space (It’s fitting for anyone who has ever worked in a office)
    Dazed and Confused (A good high school stoner movie)
    Audition (Another twisted Japanese Movie)
    The Host (Not the Twilight one, but the Korean Action movie)
    Eat Drink Man Woman (A light hearted Chinese movie)
    Strictly Ballroom (More entertaining than Dancing with the Stars)
    Shutter (the original Thailand movie, NOT the bad American remake)
    The Endless Summer (Fitting since I’m Hawai’i AND it’s summer)

    Here are some….LOL I won’t be offended if you don’t watch any of my picks.

  8. Lots of great recommendations. These may be repeats but how about some Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard, The Apartment), Hitchcock (Rear Window, Vertigo), or Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange, 2001 A Space Odyssey).

      • …a lot of people don’t like Eyes Wide Shut, his final film, but that’s another worth seeing in my mind.

  9. I’d recommend Amelie and Before Sunrise/Sunset, those are really lovely movies and I don’t think I know anyone who dislikes them.

    • Those are among my favourite films – love Amelie so much! Before Sunrise/Sunset are just brilliant. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are fantastic!

  10. hi Jaina,

    i sent you an email a while back and wasn’t sure if it went into the “spam” folder.

    i so want you to review. lol

    let me know if i should re-send.


  11. Wow, you picked some great ones already! 12 Angry Men, Schindler’s List, City of God, Taxi Driver, The Godfather 1 & 2, Cool Hand Luke… all of them are fantastic.

    I know you have already received a bunch of recommendations, but I would like to suggest anything from the top 25 in my movie project last year:

    Pretty much all of them on there are 9s or 10s in my book. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about any of these classics!

    • Will add those that I haven’t seen πŸ˜€ Cheers Eric! Looking forward to watching some classics I need to be catching up on.

  12. I’m not gonna add any. You have plenty.

    Hopefully you picked up some of those over at FMR anyways. LOL πŸ˜€

    I WOULD say, get on The Godfather, would you? One of the greatest movies ever, and my personal favorite. πŸ˜€

    • I did indeed πŸ˜€ My first stop to find films to add to my growing list πŸ˜€

      I will see what I can do about The Godfather. I’m now up to speed with “new” episodes of The Sopranos and not having a “new” Soprano to watch every day will likely kill me! I need mafia in my life.

      • Well, then, The Godfather will MORE than fill that need.

        Probably good you watched The Sopranos first. πŸ™‚ Now you can see the King of Mafia entertainment.

  13. Out of the list that you posted, you have to see Cape Fear (the original) and City of God.

    I’d also include:
    Malcolm X
    The Usual Suspects
    12 Monkeys
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the original)

    Those are a few that I can remember right now.

    • I think I remember seeing the remake of invasion of the body snatchers. Wow, it just wasn’t worth it.

  14. Out of the one’s you’ve listed I’ve seen:

    12 Angry Men
    Schindler’s List
    To Kill a Mockingbird
    City of God [Good movie, but felt like the longest two hours of my life]
    Citizen Kane
    Taxi Driver
    The Godfather
    The Godfather: Part II
    Breakfast at Tiffany’s

    I’ve seen those films and I love them, I love wholeheartedly.

    Some of my personal favorites:

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Lost in Translation
    Double Life of Veronique
    Anatomy of a Murder
    The Third Man
    Cinema Paradiso
    All About Eve
    Double Indemnity
    Apocalypse Now
    Singin’ in the Rain

    • Thanks Max. I’ve heard so many good things about City of God. I’ve had it on my Sky Box recorded for such a long time, but not felt in the right “mood” to watch it.

  15. Wow, you’ve got some great films on your watch-list there.

    If you are into prison movies like Cool Hand Luke, then you’ve gotta see Shawshank Redemption(if you haven’t already)
    Papillon (1973) is another unforgettable classic(also a prison drama)

    • Shawshank’s one of my all time favourites – excellent film.

      Not seen Papillon though, will add that one!

  16. I love this call for recommendations. I am sort of doing the same thing at my house. Every Thursday is now a meeting place for a film club I started where I and about 4-6 other people sit and watch/discuss a movie that most/some of us have never seen.

    It’s fun because we watch it together, pause and speculate/theorize, and enjoy the surprises of expectations vs. reality. Trying to narrow that gap between movies I have and haven’t seen. Look forward to some of these reviews from you.

    • I’d love to have a mini film club down my end of things – sounds like fun! Nothing beats watching some awesome films with fellow film geeks.

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