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The last day of the sexiest film challenge ever (aka day 31)

So here we are (again), it’s the last day of the challenge, and I must say I’m really, really looking forward to the next one (and i’m hopefully not the only one), which should be the Book Challenge. I also have this evil plan for yet another one, but we’ll see… *creepy chuckle* Gotta say I also enjoyed this challenge much more than the Music one, maybe because I now had three blogs to check, instead of just one, maybe because it’s easier to find similar opinions when it comes to films than when it comes to music, maybe because some posts and some films led to some great talks… whatever the reason, I really liked it.

Day 31 – A film that changed your Life

A film that everyone knows, I guess; in case anyone doesn’t, go watch it. right. now. Most would argue this movie is about books, about reading, writing, acting, teaching etc. but I think it’s more about freedom, uniqueness, open-mindness and being true to yourself, all of which I value a lot. You could say it’s a motivational film, I’d say it’s just the kind of film to watch when you’re feeling insecure or uncertain, because it puts you on (what I consider to be) the right track. And it’s yet another one of those films that I had the luck to watch at the right moment in my life… at least I think so.

Oh, and it has Walt Whitman.
(and young Ethan Hawke. I had initially put him in the same sentence with Whitman, but it felt a bit wrong. :P)

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

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Day 30

A film with a smart plot

As far as I know, this is based on a book, so the plot is smart because the book is smart, but that still means the plot is smart (lol) so here it is.
I’m not sure what to say about it, I think this is one of those films that shouldn’t be summed up, because they just lose their magic. Twisted and original, underrated and very witty, masterfully building tension around a story that few would think of and even fewer would take into consideration.

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Day 29

A film with good acting

Because I just cannot ignore Heath Ledger in this. I don’t really pay attention to acting, I just need it to be decent, not to hamper the plot and the artistry as a whole. But this role was just impossible to overlook and you can see just how much heart he put into it. It’s pure torture watching those last interviews of his, and I’m saying this from the point of view of someone who just happens to like Ledger, without being a fan or anything. It’s obvious he was really, really into it and that’s what made his performance an incredible one

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Day 28

A film that destroys you

I borrowed this film with no expectations whatsoever, simply because I wanted to see something new and I knew its title was that of a 19th century Irish poem which I had read, and liked. It’s now in my top five films ever and it was just pure luck that I picked it up that day.
I’ve spoken about my love for and connection to all things Irish and Scottish on countless occasions, so I’ll skip that part. I’ll just say this film had a huge impact on me, probably greater than any Romanian film on a similar subject could possibly have. I may have finally understood patriotism, the only ‘logical’ form of patriotism, not as this irrational love for your country, god knows why one would have that, but as this irrational love for your dear ones, for your freedom and their freedom.
A film that had me in tears by the end (and that happens very rarely), something beautiful and raw, stripped of all that glitter, and very emotional. Warning: Do not watch it if you’re not into this kind of stuff (i.e. history, Ireland etc.) If you are, though, it’s going to be unforgettable.

No link because I couldn’t find one that I liked.

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Day 27

A film that gives you hope

A great film, and one that reaches out to that 5 year old inside you; makes you want to close your eyes, and clap, and find that there’s still a tiny part inside you that thinks you might just fly this time.

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Day 26

A film you’ve watched a ridiculous number of times

My choice would certainly be The Village. It’s not a film that I’ve watched obsessively, like every evening or something, just one that I watch every month or two, especially when I’m feeling down. Does wonders.
BUT as I’m not supposed to pick that again, I’ll have to go for yet another one of my childish obsessions:

Beauty and the Beast. Probably the best Disney film ever, the first full animation feature to be nominated for a Best Movie Oscar and, well, a heartbreaking fairytale about love, patience, understanding, and (obviously) not judging people by appearance. I don’t even know where to begin, to be honest. It’s just a tremendous achievement, technically, emotionally, whatever. I know I’m silly and childish to like this as much as I do (and to be the major Disney fangirl that I am), but I’ve known this film for years and somehow it hasn’t lost one bit of its freshness and honesty and that sort of positive, acceptable cheesiness 😀
What can I say… I LOVE the beginning to death (but I’ve said that before), I think the characters are amazing (Belle being the only Disney princess who’s not very pretty but very stupid, while the Beast is the most adorable thing ever…), I think the songs are great, despite them being very Hollywoodish, and the story… I know everyone thinks ‘same old, same old’, but no, really, just no. This one’s special.

Maybe the best scene of the film

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Day 25

Most undeserved Oscar (for best film)

I just read some wiki pages on Oscars and, before I choose my film, I would like to ask:
How the hell did something get an AA instead of Dead Poets Society?
How on earth did Forrest Gump even get nominated? Moreover, how does it win over Pulp Fiction and Shawshank?
Chicago, better than LotR and The Pianist?
And also, how did The Village soundtrack not win in 2004? 😦

Now, I’d probably choose Forrest Gump for today, but I’m trying not to be repetitive; I could also go for Braveheart (I thought it was AWESOME, but really bad at the same time), but there’s another one…

This film has received incredible critical acclaim (“The film appeared on more critics’ top ten lists (354) than any other film of 2007, and was more critics’ #1 film (90) than any other”) and everyone talks about it as if it were this complex and breathtaking work of art. Well, I thought it wasn’t. I thought it was way too long, boring as hell, failing blatantly in its attempt to be scary, or deep, and with a messy and rather dumb plot.
Basically, this tough guy with his thick pseudo-Texan accent (which dispels any illusion of the toughness as he first opens his mouth) stumbles upon a crime scene and, instead of calling the police, has this brilliant idea of taking the two million dollars he finds there. A psychopath with a weird name comes after him with his magic cattle gun, which manages to kill absolutely everyone in dramatic pools of blood (somehow without being heard/seen), to open any sort of lock and, well, it probably cooked for him as well or something. The Texan genius thinks it’s wiser not to give in the money and walk away unscathed, but instead to keep running from the freak who will so obviously find him at some point. (and kill him, with the cattle gun, in a massive pool of blood :D). Tension and terror ensue, mainly from the weirdo’s I KILLZ YOU look, and from how he supernaturally seems to be everywhere. Point is, you can’t cheat your fate (here starring as the cattle gun, although they might trick you into thinking it’s the coin big dude keeps tossing). Dead scary, and soooo deep.

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