A very fun and delightfully odd 1966 Czechoslovak film (titled Sedmikrásky in czech) featuring two girls drinking spirits, annoying men, and destroying stuff. It is like, the best thing I've ever seen. The cinematography kinda makes it feel like you're watching a moving collage, and some scenes feel like dream sequences in the best possible way. I also feel like this film has the perfect blend of things that make sense and things that do not make sense.
2. Restless Natives
This is one of the Scottish films with so much heart that I have fallen in love with (amongst others like Soft Top Hard Shoulder and Local Hero, which both star Peter Capaldi). Set in Edinburgh, it tells the story of two guys who take up highway robbery and accidentally become a tourist attraction. It's just the funniest and I have a big soft spot for these particular types of Scottish films. The soundtrack by Big Country is also incredible and makes all the feelings happen.
3. Harold and Maude
Maude acts as an aloof and excitable guide for Harold, who enjoys faking his death and attending funerals. I love this story with all its personality and morbid humour. I love the rebellious adventures they get up to as a team. I see myself in both Harold and Maude and I'm consistently inspired by all the fun and wise aspects of Maude.
4. I'm A Cyborg, But That's Okay
This film is beautifully shot and creates a wonderful, playful world (and a little mystery). It also has one of the best romantic plots I've ever seen, which makes me very happy indeed. Special mention also goes out to Rain (the guy pictured above) for his album RAINISM, which might actually have been my first introduction to kpop.
5. Brief Encounter
This one is a huge tearjerker but apparently I'm a sucker for a particular kind of pain. I love the story and the style and the bittersweetness of watching it. The audible thoughts of Laura are a great device for pacing the story. That's one facet that makes it compelling. Just catch me over here sobbing into a handkerchief.
6. The Eye
The cutest horror movie I've ever seen. I feel like a lot of horror movies fall flat because I'm just not endeared enough to the characters to be all that invested in their problems or deaths. The Eye, however (the Hong Kong/Singapore original, mind, not the remake with Jessica Alba), has characters and relationships that are touching, as well as an element of mystery and suspense that is actually really interesting and exists within quite a substantial turn inside the movie.
7. Drop Dead Fred
Drop Dead Fred is probably the reason bright green was my favourite colour for years as a teenager. A woman's childhood imaginary friend returns when she is having marriage trouble. I mean, Rik Mayall is the star here. His facial expressions and excellent lines make this film really, really fun. The occasional Beetlejuice-esque physical jokes are enthralling too.
8. A Bug's Life
This was my favourite film ever as a kid. I loved the scenarios and physics and jokes about being tiny insects and all, and I related so hard with Flik when I was a pre-teen. I hoped it would eventually become clear that, like him, I had secretly been a smart and helpful creative all along, hiding behind unfortunate dorky awkwardness and bad decisions. The PS1 game of the film was also brilliant.Your weapons in the game were berries, which is uncannily similar to my real life.
Yeah, I know, it's Dragonheart. Shut up please because I could literally watch this every waking moment of my life. Sean Connery as a surly dragon? Annoying warrior type who has to learn to be less annoying? David Thewlis being incredibly evil as a snotty king? Yes please.
10. Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
This film, as its title suggests, involves time travel, which is something that immediately attracts me to a film (along with body swap narratives). It reveals information cleverly throughout and has a sweet depth as Akari explores the 1970s in a quest to carry out an errand for her mother. It hurts my heart and always reminds me of the smell of lavender.