If you’re in the middle of the holiday season, it’s rainy or snowy outside, and you’ve got some time to kill, this is the perfect lineup of films for you. These beautifully shot, moody, and visually stunning feature dramas will leave you breathless, excited, teary-eyed, and maybe a little confused… here are my top five for you:
“When a stranger comes to town 16-year-old Verity must confront the secrets surrounding her father’s time in Iraq… secrets which may tear her family apart.”
Verity’s Summer is my first choice, as soon as this film appeared on site I new we’d be compatible. This 2013 drama is an amazing “coming of age” narrative from Ben Crowe, and is his debut feature as Director/Writer/Producer/Editor – a promising entry for the next British Director ‘to look out for’. Verity’s Summer is somber and tense, with an amazing performance from Indea Barbe-Willson as Verity.
Please Subscribe is an intimate look into the lives of YouTubers and answers the question that many family members and friends love to ask you: What is a YouTuber?
Please Subscribe is not a movie about YouTube, it is an incredibly enlightening documentary that follows eight of the site’s most influential and popular personalities, exposing them in a different light and showing us what it takes to be a successful YouTuber. Accompanied with great subjects, Please Subscribe is captivating, the soundtrack is great, and the filming very smooth, I enjoyed this very much!
Living behind the shadow of her mother, Kristin falls in love with Shane, an aspiring musician, whom she soon discovers to have something innately in common with her.
Chasing Fire is a great watch from the Philippines. Focusing on a taboo subject made the film even more captivating with it’s unlucky characters. The cinematography was great, with contrasting camera work that beautifully complimented each scene. The emotion that came through was gritty yet phenomenal, not a film for the weak hearted, but one that I highly recommend.
The mostly untrue true story of a young mayor in the 1970s whose ambition is only matched by his corruption… A wild, surreal ride through an era when cities were in trouble, Syracuse was on the rise, and one man had to choose between lining his own pockets and the future of the city he loves.
A teenage girl is hiding a criminal inside her bedroom closet. At first they have an innocent relationship: trading stories, making up rules, and goofing around, but slowly the man becomes bored with her girly ways and begins to spy on her lonely mother.
Pinprick is a great 2009 psychological suspense, with a twisted tale that takes a lot of unravelling for the viewer. I enjoyed attempting to work out the twists of the tale with a character’s confusing agenda and figuring out who was manipulating who… if I say anymore I might give away the plot, but if you’re into mind games, watch Pinprick for a bit of that accompanied with very convincing actors. Well played, Daniel Young (Writer/Director).
Dimitris, a 23 year-old swimmer, dives into the water of a dark pool after achieving success in the European Championships. He has fulfilled the dream of a lifetime, but feels emptier than ever. As his body floats in the water, memories from the past come flooding into his mind, reminding him about his relationship with Elsa, an environmental activist who has mysteriously disappeared.
Aptly named, the Greek drama, Apnea, focuses on Dimitris, a swimmer who can hold his breath underwater for more than four minutes, and him piecing together the mystery of his missing former girlfriend, Elsa. Elsa breathed life into Dimitris, who followed her on a mission to discover the cause of the pollution killing marine life, a subject I feel passionate about myself. This is a heavy thriller, but beautifully shot, with amazing widescreen lensing.
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