11 Films I Always Recommend

Du Levande (2007)

Best! Is this what’s best for me? Enduring this damned existance… with all the shit and deceit and wickedness and staying sober? How can you expect or even want a single poor bugger to put up with it without being drunk? It’s inhuman. Only a sadist would demand that.

Quirky, cool in a way that only something Swedish can be, Roy Anderson’s Du Levande (You The Living) is a series of brilliant scenes ranging from the odd to the moving and the hilarious. A very particular type of humour graces this film, and it’s not for everyone but for those who ‘get it’ it’s a massive hit.

This Is England (2006)

Some people say we’re racists.We’re not racists. We’re realists.Some people call us Nazis.We’re not Nazis.No, what we are, we are nationalists and there’s a reason people try to pigeonhole us like this.And that is because of one word, gentlemen.- Fear.

A phenomenal look into nationalism by directing talent Shane Meadows, a man with such a grip on being English that many have been affected by his insights. A great ensemble cast with talented youngsters giving such believable performances you feel like you’re watching a documentary.

La Haine (1995)

Heard about the guy who fell off a skyscraper? On his way down past each floor, he kept saying to reassure himself: So far so good… so far so good… so far so good. How you fall doesn’t matter. It’s how you land!

One of the most gruesome and realistic depictions of racism, gangs and violence in France. Now even more current than ever, La Haine introduced me to the young Vincent Cassel, who soon became one of my favourite actors of all time. Raw talent in an extremely raw film.


In Bruges (2008)

Harry, let’s face it. And I’m not being funny. I mean no disrespect, but you’re a cunt. You’re a cunt now, and you’ve always been a cunt. And the only thing that’s going to change is that you’re going to be an even bigger cunt. Maybe have some more cunt kids.

One of those brilliant exceptions to the rule, a film that defines all odds by making a random cast with a very simple premise and a medieval city as a backdrop work like no other. Brendan Gleeson has a lot of exciting stuff coming out in the near future!

Lars and the Real Girl (2008)

No, that’s okay. It’s just, and I think it’s because she’s insecure, it’s just, she’s just always trying to hug everybody. You know, some people don’t like that. Some people don’t like to be hugged. But she doesn’t realize that. She takes it personally, and, it hurts her feelings. I don’t know what to do about that. Do you?

Heartwarming, sympathetic, smart, funny, calming; words to describe a film many cast aside due to the ‘man-dating-blow-up-doll’ premise. No room for the obvious low grade comedy, Gosling brings out the good stuff yet again as a man longing to belong.

Happiness (1998)

You think I don’t appreciate art? You think I don’t understand fashion? You think I’m not hip? You think I’m pathetic? A nerd? A lard-ass fat-so? You think I’m shit? Well, you’re wrong, ’cause i’m champagne, and you’re shit. Until the day you die, you, not me, will always be shit.

An extreme opposite of its title, this is not for the viewer looking for a happy ending. An interesting, multifaceted plot with some of the best actors out there playing dark, twisted, real characters.

Jamón, Jamón (1992)

Sexy as fuck.

The Verdict (1982)

You know you guys are all the same. You don’t care who gets hurt. You’re a bunch of whores. You’d do anything for a dollar. You got no loyalty… No nothing… You’re a bunch of whores.

Mr. Newman working his charm once again, The Verdict is a classic court room drama of the highest quality. For a fan of the genre, this is one of the most solid picks out there.

Clockers (1995)

My old man… was a preacher. And when I started messin’ with this shit, he said, “you gonna pay for that. You gonna pay for that shit, boy.” He was right. You can’t cheat this shit no… mo’.

Not enough people love Spike Lee joints. I love Spike Lee joints. Do you love Spike Lee joints?

Crash (1996)

The car crash is a fertilizing rather than a destructive event.

I’ve been watching way too much Boston Legal lately to not pick a James Spader film. Throw Cronenberg in the mix and you got yourself a split reel favourite.

Die Fälscher (2007)

Ich bin ich. Die anderen sind die anderen.

FINALLY a ‘concentration camp’- depiction to stand out. A tough subject matter, but The Counterfeiters brings in a new, very interesting and entertaining point of view to keep me coming back to this film both as a personal favourite and as a film that I think more people should’ve seen.

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9 responses to “11 Films I Always Recommend

  1. Some of these I’ve seen, some not, some are on my watch-list (like In Bruges).

    I saw This Is England a while ago, really loved it! Although it’s tough and rough and even horrible at times.

  2. Oh someone who recommends Die Fälscher! I thought it was a really underrated and underseen Holocaust movie. Lars and the Real Girl is a gem. It could have been so crude and ridiculous but instead, it just works.

    • You’re so right about L a t R G it could’ve been a disaster, but it’s got a great balance, a great cast and something really heartfelt about it.

  3. Quite a lot I haven’t seen yet. Some of them are movies I haven’t even heard of, so always nice to see these type of lists.

    Think I saw about 4 of them. Will try to checkout The Verdict. That looks very interesting.

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