I've got a huge variation of movies that I like. I usually create different kind of criteries by myself for different kind of movies and I just wanted to share what I've been doing today by looking for some inspiration.
By picking up random videos I've just watched "made in britain" - a movie from a fact-based screenplay by David Leland and directed by master film-maker Alan Clarke. I've already seen those like "This is England", "The Firm" or the most popular "green street hooligans" and right now I actually could'nt even compare it to those. It was just another simple story about a bit crazy/maniakish and irrepairable skinhead. This film is giving something to learn about the things that can not be corrected, but between all of those other similar movies it just fades out. While watching it I was allways telling for myself something like: "ok, I've already seen this somewhere". Prabably holywoodish and entertainment movies has spoiled me, but it realy did'nt surprised me, I expected something more...
The Other one was a bit more touching story "Good Bye Lenin" (a 2003 German tragicomedy film, released internationally in 2003. Directed by Wolfgang Becker, the cast includes Daniel Brühl, Katrin Sass, Chulpan Khamatova, and Maria Simon.) and I loved it. The story is about a great young guy which loves his mother and tries to protect her from another heart attack in a pretty funny way. The soundtrack was created by a great composer Yann Tiersen made everything even better (In the "Made in England" move was used a music of "the Exploited" which I like much more than Yann's, but in this case in my opinion it just did'nt worked out). Again a mixture of documentary and entertainment movie has done it's work (In "District 9" ofcourse it was'nt based on real facts and even did not suposed to/couldn't, but again thats the thing why I liked "Good Bye Lenin" more. Talking from another side "district 9" was much more useful for my project and a very good example of high quality cg effects). A great concern for details like food names, cultural activitys of that time, correctly reality based timeline events and personalitys also was a great thing. My rating for that type of movies would be 8/10 just because sometimes I was bored. :D
When it goes more to fantasy I often take some anime movies. I have nothing with this style of movies and I'm not about doing something just like that, but what I like about it is the most impressive and perishing to the screen storylines and visualisations. Phill has offered me to watch "Akira" which I have to agree that had a pretty effective ending, but again there was something in my mind telling me that I've allready seen it somewhere.
And finaly... I was just amazed by the last one. It was an anime called "Paprica" - a 2006 Japanese animated science fiction film, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that permits therapists to help patients by entering their dreams. It was one of the last works of a great director Satoshi Kon who has also worked with movies like "paranoya agents" or "tokyo godfathers". If you would look at this movie watchfuly, you could notice some snippets of "Tokyo Godfathers". Since we just had a lecture telling us about animal mash-ups in greek mythology i just couldn't not to notice Odipus with the sphinx painting action in one of the scenes. It is definitely worth to see movie, I would give it a rating of 10/10 for so much action, good story and fantasy elements.
By the way, I just remembered an old gory anime called Devilman full of metamorphosis. It reminded me some examples that we were given during our lectures. Enjoy: