We’re half way through 2020 and I am claiming that some of you are dreaming about travelling off to a foreign land, or perhaps revisiting old favourites. Even if you weren’t even thinking about it, maybe some visual narratives will help to remind ourselves, travelling teaches tolerance, educates the mind, and feeds the soul. So here, I made a list of personal film favourites, to satiate your need for travel. Oh, if you don’t want any spoilers skip the descriptions under the gifs.
Maybe you could also comment your personal favourites, looking forward to your responses.
10. Cinema Paradiso
Cinema Paradiso is a 1989 Academy Awards winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Its story is about a young boy obsessed with the local Film house, who grows up to be a successful Film Director from a small town in Italy. The rest you’ll have to watch. If you’ve been watching a lot of online tv lately, it’s texture and render reminds me of HBO’s new “My Brilliant Friend”.
9. Chungking Express
Have you seen or heard the movie, Amelie? Well, let’s say this is the Hong-Kong version. Not to be interpreted as a copy- Amelie was made in 2001, Chungking Express was ahead in 1994. The Comedy-Drama that integrates two stories into one film, will keep your attention from the pathetic-like characters, who are rescued by their iconic female counterparts. Ok, no more. Time to download, because why wouldn’t you?! Specially if it’s a part of the Criterion Collection.
8. The Hundred Foot Journey
If you have ever migrated to another country, this may resonate with the struggles of starting anew. Set in the province of France, an Indian family flees their politically torn hometown to set a new life. They purchase an abandon building and open an Indian restaurant, neighbouring a Michelin starred establishment. Paths cross and intertwine, and the rest you’ll have to watch. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, you know it’s gotta be good.
7. Before Sunrise Trilogy
Sigh, young love. Elusive? Ideal? Everlong? Watching the “Before Sunrise” makes you feel it so. Nothing but a conversation packed movie where they are just meandering the best of Europe’s cities with nothing but their thoughts unfiltered. And if you thought it ended there, it continues to “Before Sunset” then to “Before Midnight”. Your weekend is set, find your copies and marvel at the beautiful cityscapes.
6. Eat Pray Love
As it has been said “If something good happens, travel to celebrate it. If something wrong happens, travel to forget. If nothing happens, travel to make it happen“. This movie definitely just wants me to check-out of reality and order a plate of Puttanesca in Rome. Based on the novel Eat Pray Love, this movie explores the concept of finding balance within yourself. Now, only if it were that easy…
5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
A well aesthetically crafted piece of film by Wes Anderson. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a recount of an old man sharing his experiences as a lobby boy in this elite hotel, and the world wars in between. The Mendl baked goods will have you googling for recipes.
4. Whale Rider
The Whale Rider is a coming of age movie about a young girl overcoming traditional outlooks on leadership and women. As the movie title implies, she does ride a whale and you should definitely hold your breath when it takes her under water, because…you’ll need to download the movie to see what happens.
3. The Darjeeling Limited
A comedy hyphen drama set in India. Directed by Wes Anderson, this film instills bright coloured frames as each scene changes. It entails a story of 3 brothers who promised to meet up in India a year after their father’s death. I tell you, if travelling doesn’t solve some of your problems, it distracts you and that can be the same thing.
2. 50 first Date
One of my favourite films, no matter what list. The restaurant alone in the film, made me want to go to Hawaii (so I too, can build my own waffle house), how disappointed I was to find out that this restaurant was a set. Oh yes, the story goes as- Adam Sandler being a womanising marine veterinarian who takes interest in Drew Barrymore, learning that she has anterograde amnesia, he seeks to win her heart differently each day. Watching what he does each day, will keep you amused.
1. Lost in Translation
One of Sofia Coppola’s more famous films “Lost in Translation” is about an American movie star and Yale philosophy graduate whose paths cross in Tokyo, Japan. In an environment where language is a barrier, their inner worlds also communicate a sense of longing and connection, they are missing from their own family. Don’t be turned off by the silent editing of the film, it can actually draw you in.
So there you have it, my top 10 movies that will incite travel in your blood. Do you have your own top 10? Share with us in the comment section below, or make your own post and share the link.
Disclaimer: Please note I have not been paid or sponsored to do this review. This write-up is based on my own opinions, research and experience. Pictures used are personally taken, unless stated otherwise. I hope you find it helpful.