No one could have ever been as ingenious as Orson Welles at that time. Going from scaring a small town with stories from H.G. Wells’ War of The Worlds to directing this amazing debut film in his 20’s (!). I actually showed the film to a friend on blu-ray without ever revealing the date of production or story behind it, and she couldn’t tell if it was made in the 40’s or the 80’s. Isn’t that amazing? And that’s only cinematography and script-wise. This film is the ultimate translation of “thinking outside of the box” at that time.
4. The Dark Knight
Christopher Nolan understood very well the whole concept of Batman. This is one of the few comic-based films that doesn’t have stereotypes as characters or is comedy-flick induced. The script is amazingly well-written and tied up, and the acting and directing is superb. Just forget everything you (think) know about the Batman universe and whatch this over and over. I know I do.
3. The Exorcist
This is probably the most misunderstood film ever made. And let’s not blame William Friedkin(director) nor William Peter Blatty(novel and screenplay). If you say the name “Exorcist” today people think about demons, a girl throwing up pea soup, and masturbating with a crucifix. But if you do the same as I said for Batman, if you forget about what people (think) they know about this film, you’ll be thrilled by the intense drama of a helpless mother, a father losing his faith, and an exorcist trying to end a fight with evil itself. I recommend reading the book as well.
2. Requiem For A Dream
Talk about intense dramas. There is no way you can watch this film and walk out the same, so be ready. It’s about four people with four different addictions and their struggle and sacrifices in trying to achieve their dreams. In-depth acting, a frenetic editing and a daydreaming cinematography is all there is to say of this masterpiece by one of my favorite directors, Darren Aronofsky.
1. Donnie Darko
The most amazing thing about Donnie Darko is that it looks and feels like a teen drama, and yet it has to do with even more profound aspects of human existence. I can say that Lost was very much influenced by this film, and the film itself was influenced by Stephen Hawking’s and Albert Einstein’s theories on time-travel. Also, the 80’s soundtrack is just awesome. Definitely a MUST-SEE.