Movie Recommendations: 101

Here are movies which address things that are so important that one would hope them to be common knowledge, self-explanatory or a given, though that may not always be the case.

This is just a small list of movies which represent that, or include such aspects, for me. I consider each one of these eight a must-see.

I didn’t want to include any trailers, they mostly ruin the fun of discovering a movie, and reveal too much, too soon. If you are interested in the storylines, follow the imdb links, provided with each recommendation. I’ve tried to keep my descriptions to a minimum.

Gattaca (1997)

A movie about faith, in oneself, one’s dreams and goals, against any and all odds. Determination and spirit. As above, so below.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119177/

The Matrix (1999)

Impossible to choose any one quote or any one part. The Matrix is deliciously stuffed with wisdom and life-altering advice. It has everything, and it is a movie for eternity.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/

Instinct (1999)

– Is that all you want ?

– No, l want to finish this.

– Finish what ?

– Telling you what l know.

– What makes you think what you know is any different than what other people know ?

– l had different teachers.

Primarily a dialogue movie. On control. On freedom. Magnificent. 

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0128278/

The Man from Earth (2007)

Another dialogue movie. Slow. Beautiful.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0756683/

The Wave / Die Welle (2008)

What good are the lessons of the past? The story of an experiment.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1063669/

American History X (1998)

“Has anything you’ve done made your life better?”

An incredibly powerful movie.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586/

The Last Supper (1995)

How far would you go for your convictions? A group of friends explores this topic, in depth. Surreal. Twisted. 

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113613/

The Mosquito Coast (1986)

The fine line between genius/creator and madman/destroyer. Also on trust and love.

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091557/

Into the Wild (2007)

 “I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth.”

imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/