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I'm looking for a film that's good on [narrative, setting, and/or character] depth (so romance, adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, drama. or coming-of-age would be some of the likely genres) but without getting too technical or overbearing (so no crime films or war films or thrillers or horror or tragedies) or shallow (so probably not too many offerings from the comedy, rom-com, or action genres).
I know that's a bit vague, but I'm hoping you all've got a few pocket gems that come to mind- films that you treasure or recall fondly that seem to fit the criteria above, but that others aren't too likely to know about.
There's no prize here other than my gratitude, but I figure I can't be the only one looking for a distraction today. ^.^
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Off the top of my head I'd like to throw "The King's Speech" into the ring, even though I really can't decide wheather it fits what you're looking for or not^^
Thanks for reminding me that that movie exists; I know what I'm rewatching this weekend. Thank you!
You're very welcome - ever since I wrote about it here, I have a real hankering for a rewatch but I haven't found the time yet :D
try "The last emperor"
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Session 9 is a decent horror movie
Grow up, Tony Phillips
Legends of the Fall...enjoy
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I don't know, have you ever heard of "Room"? It's a touching story really, though I feel like it's best watched without knowing anything about the movie and figuring stuff out by yourself while watching.
Is that a sequel to "The room"? :-D
I do appreaciate the effort that went into this! <3
Lots of good suggestions. Only one i don't see that may fit your criteria is "Stranger than fiction". If you liked Truman show you may enjoy this too. And Will Ferrell actually demonstrates a bit of restraint to give probably one of his best performances.
From Paul Thomas Anderson
From Coen Brothers
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Machine 2013 (similar topic but better and much less known than Ex Machina).
The Wolf Of Wall Street?
I would recommend:
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And some funny third thing I can't think of... I dunno... Orgazmo?
Iron Sky series (it's a political sattire, not just sci-fi war film)
I don't see it recommended yet, but "Children of Men"? It's one of my favorites. It's a dystopian future, sci-fi-ish drama.
Your criteria states something not overly bleak, and while this kind of is a downer for much of the movie, by the end that's not necessarily the case. Can't say more without spoilers.
Guest House Paradiso (1999) .. xD
Not sure if it's been mentioned but Seven Pounds is worth a watch. Then there's John Q, and I am Sam. Both are spectacular in their own right.
EDIT: Eh, my suggestions are probably pretty bleak, but they're some of my favorite movies of all time.
John Q is quite good!
Neorealismo: Rossellini (Rome Open City, Germany Year Zero), De Sica (Bycycle Thieves), Lattuada (Without Pity), Fellini (La Strada), Lizzani (Chronicle of Poor Lovers).. =)
Stephen Kings one's e.g. Shawshank Redemption and, the one I've recently watched with my friends, The Green Mile.
We've also watched The Usual Suspects but I'm not sure if it's a crime one or not (I don't think it isn't a "Enhance, enhance, zoom in, etc" thing)
You could also try Predestination, based on Robert A. Heinlein's 'All You Zombies'. (Definitely no recurring themes with my suggestions)
He Was a Quite Man should fall into one of your categories (hopefully).
It was a thought provoking film, for sure. Christian Slater played a super part, along with co-star Elisha Cuthbert. It's a movie based on relationships so expect a talky type of movie. It's slightly dark, but the subject matter is pretty real. I get chills just thinking about some scenes in the movie; not in a bad way. Particularly one where Slater and Cuthbert are exiting a building for the first time; that's all I will say.
Brilliantly chilling. Of course, I also thought Hobo With a Shotgun was full of wit, humour, depth and foreshadowing (fuck, it was so awesome).
Seriously though, go watch He Was a Quite Man!
Always and forever staying behind Saving Private Ryan. Love WWII themed movies and history :D