Boy: This is one of my top films. So funny and so sad at the same time. It’s stylised and yet feels really raw and has such authenticity to it. I love this film and can’t recommend it highly enough.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: GOTG is just good entertainment. It’s funny and engaging, has a good soundtrack and graphics as well as some nice performances.
The Cat in the Hat: This film gets a bad wrap but I think it is incredibly hilarious, and weird. Hilariously weird.
Nacho Libre: See previous.
Big Hero 6: What a beautiful film this is. Sad and sweet and wonderfully animated.
Men In Black 3: A surprisingly good film. With an unexpected twist, great pop culture references and performances, I really liked it
Lord of the Rings Trilogy: It surprises me how many people still haven’t seen this. A really great series of films – they’re epic and enthralling and well worth a watch or re-watch.
The Way Way Back: This one has been overlooked – it’s great! Steve Carrell in a serious role, Sam Rockwell as one of the most charismatic characters ever. And I really liked how teenagers behave like actual awkward teenagers, not just immature adults (I think there’s a difference). This film has an appreciation for every day people and it’s so refreshing.
To Kill a Mockingbird: A classic, worth seeing and seeing again by everyone.
True Grit: I love good westerns and this one is creepy and funny and just good. I highly recommend it.
Michael Clayton: This is another one that’s been overlooked. It’s disturbing and slow moving – a very quiet film; but it’s also really poignant and impacting.
The Hurt Locker: I’m not a fan of war movies generally but this is one of the few that I found to be outstanding. It’s slow but tense and doesn’t glorify war – it’s well worth a watch.
Beasts of the Southern Wild: What a unique film this is. Beautifully shot and the visuals are accompanied by a great soundtrack. It will make you cry though!
Rabbit-Proof Fence: A must see, particularly for Australians. This is a gripping, sad and uplifting story, really well told.
Rain Man: Another classic that a lot of people haven’t seen. Tom Cruise is good and Dustin Hoffman is incredible, it’s a great story.
Shutter Island: Not everybody likes this film, but I do. It’s dark and super scary. I didn’t see the twist coming, I think the performances were good and it’s got a very eery feel achieved partly through the amazing setting and weather.
Shotgun Stories: I am yet to find anyone else who has even heard of this film – but I thought it was brilliant. By Jeff Nichols who also directed Mud and Take Shelter, this is a slow moving, tense and sad film. It’s tough to watch but also really gripping and masterfully told – definitely worth watching (and leave a comment with your thoughts if you see it!)
Gravity: The first time I watched this film I was completely enthralled. The second time I watched it I was hoping to disconnect a bit so that I could think about the editing techniques they had used – I was so enthralled the second time that I couldn’t disconnect and dissect the film! It’s really good.
Wall-E: This is such a charming film, with some good social commentary too. The characters are endearing, the animation is good and again, great pop culture references.
Big Fish: Tim Burton at his finest. This is a unique and interesting story – great integration of fantasy and reality and it’s really beautiful to watch.
Metropolis: It is a very long, silent, foreign, old film – but trust me you have to see it! It’s so engaging and absolutely incredible to look at, the story is great and you’ll find that you connect with the characters despite the afore mentioned aspects. Definitely watch this film.
Up: This film has possibly the best piece of exposition I’ve ever seen. The first few minutes are this emotional and endearing backstory that literally brought tears to my eyes. The rest of the film that follows doesn’t disappoint, it’s really cute and unique.
Bee Movie: This film is another one that gets a bad wrap but I really liked it. I love clever pop culture references (as you may have observed) and this has got heaps, plus good puns and Jerry Seinfeld.
Quick list of other ones to watch: Fair Game, Prisoners, Sideways, RED, The Dark Knight, I am Legend, Minority Report, The Terminator, Rush Hour, Argo, Surrogates, Megamind, Harry Potter Series, Robocop (re-make), The Hobbit, Inception, Interstellar, The Matrix, The Princess Bride, Space Cowboys, Bicentennial Man, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Monsters Inc, Cars, Hercules, Space Jam, Lilo and Stitch, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Who!, The Emperor’s New Groove, Jumanji, Monsters vs Aliens, Coraline, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Adventures of TinTin, Slumdog Millionaire, Get Smart, Mean Girls, Blended, As Good as it Gets.
My quick list of ones to avoid: The Notebook, The Romantics, Tammy, Meet Joe Black, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Mr & Mrs Smith, Jumper, Out of Time, Armageddon, 17 Again, Life As We Know It, Dodgeball.