Pat’s Ten Diamonds in the Rough

This is a list of ten diamonds in the rough, movies that I’m glad I found and actually watched (NOT a list of underrated movies). This list is numbered but isn’t in any particular order. Note that a very unknown movie that I find good is about as likely to be on this list as a movie that I find to be fantastic and only a little less popular than average.

1. Mr. Nobody

It’s awesomeness/popularity ratio is huge.

2. Never Let Me Go

3. The Man From Earth

Watching this is like reading a great book. You just want it to be true…really fun.

4. The Fall

The little girl is annoying but I enjoyed this movie. If you don’t watch it in HD then you’re ruining it (I’m a huge quality snob).

5. Days of Heaven

The cinematography here is phenomenal.

6. Glengarry Glen Ross

7. Enter The Void

This movie is crazy weird—way off the deep end. I’m still not sure if I like it or if I’d ever watch it again but it’s very original and has content.

8. Mullholland Dr.

I know it’s a decently popular movie but I put it here under the justification that I think just about everyone who actually watches it is at least fairly into film.

9, 10. I couldn’t decide between The Virgin Suicides, Memories of Murder, Solaris (1972), and The Painted Veil for the final spots (probably because none of them are good enough).

Pat’s Top Ten Movies

This list is not numbered from my favorite to least favorite, but is numbered to provide organization and to make it easier to read.

1. Black Swan (Aronofsky, 2010)

The thing I like most about this film is that it’s closed. There’s something to be enjoyed about movies that leave questions up to the viewer to answer but I wouldn’t classify this one as such. It beautifully connects the end to the rest of the story and it is very conclusive. That being said, I do believe that it leaves plenty to be explored, allowing one to fall into the movie and experience new emotions. For me, that makes a movie great.

2. Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

Along with just being a great tale, Blade Runner is a brilliant expression of what it means to be. I love it when a movie doesn’t smack the viewer in the face with ideas and philosphical questions but instead subtly paves a trail down which the viewer can walk themselves and start asking themselves the deeper questions. There are very obvious overtones of the what-it-means-to-exist theme but the aforementioned trail goes much deeper than what the viewer is presented with at face value. It’s a fun journey and I think everyone can learn something along the way.

3. The Fountain (Aronofsky, 2006)

I feel as though Aronofsky’s films have an underlying presence of hopeless desperation. I sometimes ask myself why I enjoy his films so much if they’re rooted on such a depressing base and I’m still not sure of the answer…..that’s all I have to say.

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

5. Mr. Nobody (Dormael, 2009)

This movie explores chaos, the impact of choices (or, perhaps the meaninglessness of them), and the nature of all. Given that I think it’s a crime to ruin a movie, I’ll just have to recommend this one strongly and write no more.

6–21 Grams (Inarritu, 2003)

This one makes you think and will probably leave you in a mood very different than the one you went in with; that usually means there’s some content.

7. The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994)

8. Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)

I considered the following movies for the last two spots.

Lost In Translation; Shutter Island; Into the Wild; Mulholland Dr.; There Will Be Blood, Requiem For A Dream, No Country For Old Men