This is an emotional film about a troubled ballerina who wins the lead in ‘Swan Lake', and in her quest for perfection, goes to great lengths to capture the seductive and dark nuances of the character she must portray. Natalie Portman, in her career-best performance, pulls you into the film and urges you to experience her life through her eyes, be it her obsessions, her overbearing mother, or her twisted friendship with Kunis. Cassel and Kunis are excellent, but it is Aronofsky's direction, Portman's acting and the fluid camera movements in the movie that carry it together. A delightfully haunting film with an excellent soundtrack. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
One of the finest landmarks in cinema, this film's almost flawless and packs a punch with remarkable performances. Jack Nicholson's performance as the rowdy misfit who ends up in a mental asylum after pleading insanity for a crime, seizes your heart. His character is rather paradoxical and got me thinking if he was really insane, or just an indolent criminal. Louise Fletcher as the hardened nurse and the other stellar performances from the rest of the cast were as poignant.
A Clockwork Orange
This film has had its share of controversies regarding content. This is a British dystopian sci-fi drama revolving around Alex, a student-by-day and delinquent-by-night (played by Malcolm McDowell) who volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy offered by the government in order to lower crime rates. A disturbing film it leaves you thinking about the central idea of the film — a human denied the choice to choose between good and evil and hence, his transformation into a clockwork; and how it provides a reality check for society today, even after 43 years. The film lets you think for yourself, just like a Kubrick masterpiece.
Requiem For A Dream
Requiem for a Dream is one of the few films today that present an unflinching portrayal of human nature, with an excellent screenplay that is fuelled by Aronofsky's vision of moving story-telling. Through breath-taking hip-hop montages, the performances of Leto, Connelly and Wayans are amazing, but it's Ellen Burstyn's acting that is a revelation. This film challenges, affects and involves you.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
An honest film, it is the story of Joel, who after breaking up with his impulsive girlfriend Clementine, realises that she has had her memory of him wiped clean from her mind, and he goes on to do the same. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are brilliant. A heart-wrenching take on relationships, it's intelligent, witty, passionate and has real characters anyone can relate too.
Those that almost made it
A Streetcar Named Desire: Elia Kazan
Inception: Christopher Nolan
Amelie: Jean Pierre Jeunet
Memento: Christopher Nolan
Rashomon: Akira Kurosawa
(Divya Karthikeyan is a student who loves to unwind by watching films. She lives in Chennai.)