Top 5 Movies I’ve Always Wanted To See – The da Silva Edition

Written by Matthew da Silva August 12, 2012

With an extensive to-watch list in the range of around 100 movies, it was not an easy task narrowing the list down to a mere 5. So, to narrow it down, I excluded all those pre-60’s classics I inevitably haven’t had the chance to watch and opted for films, new and old, that presented a story that was different from any other film I had seen before. Even with that criteria they didn’t all fit in, but read on for the few that made it.

5. Network (1976, Sidney Lumet)

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, I have yet to see one film by the recently deceased Sidney Lumet. With the recent wire tapping scandal revolving around News Of The World owner Rupert Murdoch, I felt that “Network” would be a good place to start. The story revolves around a fictional television network and its struggles with poor ratings, and specifically the news anchor that will be forced to leave the air after two more weeks as a result of the ratings. The films content may not hold the air of severity that the Murdoch case did, but still holds relevance today after being released in 1976.

4. Mr. Nobody (2009, Jaco van Dormael)

I received a recommendation to see this film from a friend who likened it to Darren Aronofsky’s “The Fountain”, a surrealist journey through three points in time commenting on matters life and death. “Mr. Nobody” revolves around Nemo (Jared Leto), a 186-year-old mortal man near death recounting life stories to an interviewer in the year 2092, at a time where humanity has conquered mortality through cell regeneration. Written and directed by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael, the film’s fresh storyline, as well as the not-seen-enough Jared Leto in the lead role (who should just drop the music and pursue more acting) definitely drew me in.

3. Ichi The Killer (2001, Takashi Miike)

I have always had an interest in Japanese culture, and as a result the films that the Japanese produce. From Kurosawa’s samurai films to Beat Takeshi’s yakuza inspired roles, the values of respect and dignity so ingrained in the culture are always present, along with a hearty portion of brutal violence. “Ichi The Killer” is Takashi Miike’s foray into the yakuza film genre, following the weak but easily manipulated Ichi in his job to protect his boss from a rival yakuza syndicate. Miike’s background in the horror genre is sure to make the violence and visuals cut deeper into your psyche then a regular shoot-em-up film.

2. Brazil (1985, Terry Gilliam)

Most know Terry Gilliam from the classic Monty Python series of films, notably the Holy Grail and Life of Brian, where he wrote, acted and directed the films with other members of the Monty Python crew. “Brazil”, released in 1985, was a film Gilliam wrote and directed after the breakup of the Monty Python troupe, and is set in a dystopian world where humans over-rely on machines and a totalitarian government is in place. Sound familiar? Think Nineteen Eighty-Four being invaded by the Knights who say Ni.

1. The Graduate (1967, Mike Nichols)

Being a film student, it seems to be a major sin against the deity of the moving picture that I haven’t seen this film. It’s been on my list for a while now, but every time I’d like to watch it there is someone who always opposes as they have either already seen it, don’t want to watch an old movie, or simply don’t want to listen to Simon & Garfunkel. Seeing as I’m nearing graduation, though, I feel like the time has finally come to hit play and never rewind.

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