Blongsha’s Top 10 Movie List

This month we are featuring Top 10 Movie Lists from our interns and instructors! Our second list comes from our intern, Blongsha (in no particular order).

Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
(original title)
Giuseppe Tornatore

Countries: ITA | FRA
Languages: Italian | English | Portuguese | Sicilian
R | 2h 35min | Drama

Synopsis
A filmmaker recalls his friendship with the home village cinema projectionist and how his love for cinema.

Image Description
Above the movie screen is the movie theatre’s name, Cinema Paradiso. On the movie screen, an audience is watching a movie that shows a young woman and a young man kissing in the rain. A young boy gleefully smiling and an older man are above the movie screen with stars in the background.


Princess Mononoke (1997)
もののけ姫
| Mononoke-hime (original title)
Hayao Miyazaki

Country: JAP
Language: Japanese
PG-13 | 2h 14 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Synopsis
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatrigami’s curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Image Description
A young teenager wears a light blue top with a darker blue arm sleeve underneath. He is also wearing a bow case bag with arrows. On his left cheek below his eye, there is a scar. He defends himself with a sword from someone who is out of the image/poster. There is a group of Kodama, a Japanese folklore spirits that inhabit trees, in front of a village.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Denis Villeneuve

Country: USA
Language: English
R | 2h 44min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis
Young Blade Runner K’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years
.

Image Description
Four characters are in the top/middle of the image/poster: Two men have a gun-a young man (on the left) is wearing a trench coat, and an older man (on the right) is wearing a t-shirt; A woman has her hair in a ponytail; Another man is wearing a kimono. Beneath them is the dystopian, punk futuristic cities. Two futuristic digital-out-of-home (DOOH) screens are on the side of the four characters. Aan orange-colored on the left and blue-colored on the right.

Blind Chance (1987)
Przypadek
(original title)
Krzysztof Kielślowski

Country: POL
Language: Polish
NR | 1h 54min | Drama

Synopsis
Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek’s life.

Image Description
An illustration of a person, in gray clothing, has a die as their head. They are holding a bigger die against their chest. On the opposite side of the die, it is open.

Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
ワンダフルライフ (original title)
Ang Lee

Countries: TWN | USA
Language: Mandarin Chinese
NR | 2h 4min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

Image Description
Three various age Asian women with long black hair are wearing white (semi-)formal clothes. There is colorful food in a traditional Taiwanese bowl.

Give Me Liberty (2019)
Kirill Mikhanovsky

Country: USA
Languages: English | Russian
NR | 1h 50min | Comedy, Drama

Synopsis
In this freewheeling comedy, medical transport driver Vic risks his job to shuttle a group of rowdy seniors and a Russian boxer to a funeral, dragging clients like Tracy, a young woman with ALS, along for the ride.

Image Description
Two men, one of them in a gray jack is slouching while the other is sitting upright wears a reflective vest over his black jacket and gray sweater, are smoking on a vintage orange, brown, green, and white floral print couch. Next to them is a young brown woman in a wheelchair. She wearings a fur dark green coat with a red sweater underneath, blue jeans, long white socks, and black shoes. Behind the couch are four elderly people standing in front of a white van and a “Do Not Enter” sign.

After Life (1998)
ワンダフルライフ | Wandafuru raifu
(original title)
Hirokazu Koreeda

Country: JAP
Language: Japanese
R | 1h 59min | Drama, Fantasy

Synopsis
After death, people have a week to choose only one memory to keep for eternity.

Image Description
Two people with short black hair are wearing black clothes. A blue/purple cloud-like sky is projected in the background.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jonathan Demme

Country: USA
Language: English
R | 1h 58min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Synopsis
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Image Description
In a black and white washed-out image/poster, a woman’s eyes are brown and a colored moth covering her mouth. The moth has a death skull on its upper abdominal, and its lower abdominal is gold and black. Its upper wings are in a fall-like color scheme: gold, brown, and black; while its lower wings are in a washed-out yellow and brown-ish/black.

PlayTime (1967)
Jacques Tati

Countries: France | Italy
Language: French | German | English
NR | 2h 35min | Comedy

Synopsis
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it’s still under construction.

Image Description
An abstract illustration of a modern building has colorful squares and people inside/outside of the building. The word “play” is in black and “time” is in red.


Up Series (1964-Present)
Paul Almond (Seven Up!) and Michael Apted (all subsequent films)

Countries: UK | BUL | FRA | AUS | USA
Language: English
NR | 40-145 mins | Documentary, Biography

Up Series:
Seven Up! (1964)
7 Plus Seven (1970)
21 Up (1977)
28 Up (1984)
35 Up (1991)
42 Up (1998)
49 Up (2005)
56 Up (2012)
63 Up (2019)

Synopsis
This TV documentary movie series follows a group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds into their adult lives. The Jesuit motto: “Give me a child until [they are] seven and I will give you the [person].”

Image Description
Various colored and white and black photos are laid out depicting moments of the group from the age of seven years-old to sixty-three years-old in the Up series.

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