1. Your Name (2016), Makoto Shinkai
The only thing that does last when I wake up is a sense of loss. – Mitsuha Miyamizu
Synopsis: Two teenagers’ lives take a magical turn when they discover they have swapped bodies. Things escalate and become complicated when they decide to meet.
Your Name is an extremely moving film, full of beautiful scenery, heart throbbing moments, and sheer beauty. Your Name explores themes of longing, loss, love, and nostalgia. As I have written about Studio Ghibli films, Makoto Shinkai also has the ability to take the viewer to a new realm through this magical and extraordinary animation.
2. In the Mood for Love (2000), Wong Kar-Wai
I didn’t expect it to hurt that much. – Su
Synopsis: The year is 1962 in a small apartment in Hong Kong where Chow Mo Wang (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) suspects his wife is cheating, whilst also the enchanting Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) begins to suspect her husband of having an affair with all his business trips. Both individuals begin to fall in love, however they refuse to stoop to the level of having an affair like both their partners have done
In the Mood for Love is romantic in a nonconventional way, never having a kiss or any form of sexual intimacy. It is romantic in gestures, in the way someone looks, through body language and facial expression. Truly a masterpiece. The use of vibrant and stunning colour choices from the lighting to the colour of their surroundings to the colour of Su Li-zhen’s dress amounts to a film that is romantic in its entire being.
3. Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Denis Villeneuve
Dying For The Right Cause. It’s The Most Human Thing We Can Do. – Freysa
Synopsis: An officer named K has discovered secrets which have taken him on the journey to find a former blade runner who has been missing for three decades.
An utterly visually breathtaking experience, a film that will go down as a future classic as did the first Blade Runner. Blade Runner 2049 explores the anxieties of K in his search for meaning and identity. For the first time in K’s life he is finally doing something he wants and we as the audience get to be there on his journey through existential crisis.
4. Demon Slayer-Kimetsu no Yaiba-The Movie: Mugen Train (2020), Haruo Sotozaki
Fight me forever and get stronger together with me. – Akaza
Synopsis: A sequel to the first season of Demon Slayer, this film takes us aboard a train in which Tanjiro and his friends must defeat a powerful demon threatening the lives of everyone on the train, including themselves.
Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba takes animation to new levels with some extremely impressive scenes in which it may be some of the cleanest visuals that flow immaculately and flawlessly. If you are a fan of anime, definitely watch both season 1 and then this film.
5. Nostalghia (1983), Andrey Tarkovsky
Unspoken feelings are unforgettable. – Andrei Gorchakov
Synopsis: Andrei Gorchakov, a poet, sets out on his journey to research about the life of Russian composer Pavel Sosnovsky. Andrei goes to Italy where Sosnovsky resided before his suicide. His translator Eugenia begins to develop an unprofessional interest in Andrei but he is unable to respond in the way she wants as he is tremendously homesick from his travels.
Nostalghia is an extremely bleak film, depressing, and grey, yet stunning. This opaque masterpiece demonstrates how even whilst being away from Russia, Trakovsky could still demonstrate his unwavering love and nostalgia for his home. Nostalghia takes art in cinematic form to new levels which is ultimately why he will go down as one of the greatest to ever do it.