Five film recommendations from FilmFella Henry – Part 2

‘Man, you really have to check this out…’

Another month goes by, marking another batch of great films watched. So I guess it’s time to present another five films that are definitely worth seeing.

As always, feel free to comment and let me know of any others you highly recommend!

The Princess And The Warrior (2000)

Director:  Tom Tykwer

Staring:  Franka Potente, Benno Furman, Joachim Krol

Why you should check this out: Tom Tykwer may be best known for Run Lola Run and Perfume, however this film easily stands alongside them as one of his best. Fundamentally a character drama between a mental health nurse and an ex soldier, Tykwer combines fantasy, mental disorder and poetic beauty to create a thoroughly engaging story.

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Director: Mike Nichols

Staring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal

Why you should check this out: If you’re a fan of films like Closer, then this will be right up your street. Taylor and Burton suffer a bitter and vitriolic marriage, fuelled by drink and constant backbiting. When an innocent couple are drawn into their lives one evening, they quickly fall victim to the devious machinations and twisted mind games Taylor and Burton love to indulge in. Absolute classic.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Staring: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura

Why you should check this out: This really is an Anime not to be missed. A teenage girl discovers a device that lets her jump through time, allowing her to relive great moments and correct past errors. But as her indulgent usage spirals out of control, the consequences of her actions begin to pile up.

Come And See (1985)

Director: Elem Klimov

Staring: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius

Why you should check this out: Although an often hard-wearing watch, Come And See nevertheless presents a striking and important depiction of Byelorussia under the Nazis. Following the story of a young boy’s travels with a group of guerrilla partisans, Come And See pulls no punches, showing the gradual decay of innocence and sanity.

Hiruko The Goblin (1991)

Director: Shinya Tsukamoto

Staring: Kenji Sawada, Masaki Kudou, Hideo Murota

Why you should check this out: An archaeology professor and his student team up to nix the demon Hiruko, a goblin bent on expanding his collection of human heads. From the Japanese director famed for the Tetsuo series, Hiruko The Goblin is funny, fantastical and creepy, making it a surprising gem.

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About filmfellahenry
Film reviewer, script writer and occasional painter. Fan of Lumet, Aronofsky and Kubrick, with a good measure of early John Carpenter thrown in. Particularly like post-apocalyptic sci-fi, horror and fantasy film genres.

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