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The Beginner’s Guide to The Silver Screen

Good morning, and in case I don't see ya: Good afternoon, good evening, and good night! I hope you enjoyed reading about our execs’ favorite flicks in our last post. This post is the promised sister post to the list of best-loved movies. Are you a new film enthusiast? Have you been wanting to dive into the discourse on what stands out on the silver screen? Well, The B-roll has got you covered! FilmSoc's execs have curated a list of films they think would be an excellent suit for new film aficionados.

If you’re looking for the visual appeal and the aesthetic, how about Saniya or Jin’s picks? Saniya has chosen La La Land (2016), and The Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013) as her recommendations. She “love[s] the cinematography and score in La La Land and the simple yet intricate storytelling in the movies in The Before Trilogy” All true classics in their own right.

Jin Lee suggested Spike Jonze’s 2014 film, Her. Being another one of her favorites, Jin emphasizes that “this movie has perfected almost every single aspect of what makes a film amazing.” A perfectly crafted film for the cinema studies major and average viewer, Her is notable for its score, cinematography, writing, and performances. “Everything is seamlessly put together yet just as wonderful on their own.”

If you want that adrenaline rush, Simon says (pun intended) Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) is the perfect action movie!

If you want a classic to brush up on some background knowledge, Taylor recommends Sunset Boulevard (1950). “As a Golden Age film, it's not tough to watch like some of the more art-house cinema films. Also, pop culture makes more references to it than you might think, and it's amusing to be able to recognize them after you've seen the film.”

On the other hand, if you’re actually looking for a “great gateway into art-house cinema,” Aaron’s pick will be the one for you. “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) can be appreciated on so many levels. It’s a great romance, sci-fi, and time-travel movie, while at the same time feeling like its own genre.” Like Jin’s suggestion, this is a film that will be stimulating for the avid film buff but also has enough “visuals, characters and story to chew on for people who want a casual experience.”

If you don’t just want one film to start you off and you’re looking to learn some names in the industry and get acquainted with some notable directors, Juliette and Michael have the recommendations for you. Juliette named Anthony Chen’s unbelievable first feature, Ilo Ilo (2013). A beautiful film that has not only our own Co-chairperson’s approval but a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes! A great director to start with if you’re looking to find some international works.

Michael gushed about Agnes Varda’s The Gleaners and I (2000). This film enraptured Michael for its creativity and tapped into his thoughts about “the unspoken rules or conventions what makes a film 'technically' great.” A political documentary with a strong narrative voice, Michael complimented Varda’s work for how “it shows how we are all similar and our strategies of survival may not all be so different.” A fascinating fact about the film is that even though Varda has been an established director since the 1950s, she decided to use a hand-held digital camera instead of high-tech equipment, which allowed her to shoot on the go.

Once again, I have made a shortlist of the recommended films so that you can come back at any time to find something for your movie night! Here are the top picks from our team for our new members trying to build upon their motion picture knowledge:

La La Land (2016)

The Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)

Her (1997)

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Ilo Ilo (2013)

The Gleaners and I (2000)

I hope you’ll find a new favorite amongst these recommendations! Thanks for tuning in and I’ll see you in the next cut of the B-roll!

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