A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Life of Pi
Believe The Unbelievable
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Every year cinephiles struggle to find a film that reminds them exactly why they love cinema. The exact type of film differs from person to person, and what you look for can constantly change from year to year. But you know those films when you find them, because there's that feeling you get. You sit there with your heart and mind open. Nothing else matters. You begin to reflect on yourself and your life, and how the film relates to you. As the credits roll, you let go of your breath, as if you had been holding it in the entire time.
This year, I have found that film in Ang Lee's Life of Pi. It is the film…
A visual extravaganza from start to finish, Life of Pi is an enthralling journey of adventure, hope & triumph of the will to survive against all odds that is as rewarding an experience visually as it is emotionally. It tells the story of Piscine Patel aka Pi, who is left stranded on a lifeboat after a shipwreck as the only human survivor and is accompanied by a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena & a fearsome Bengal tiger with whom he forges an amazing connection later in the story.
Director Ang Lee has always captured the wonders of nature in an overwhelming manner but with this film, he takes the film's photography to an even higher level of cinematic art as Life of…
My attempts to see Ang Lee’s much lauded adaptation of Life of Pi at the cinema was constantly thwarted as if being tested by a divine force. Whilst my own troubled journey may have lacked genuine peril, spiritual crisis or a Bengal tiger it seems appropriate that it wasn’t plain sailing. Adapting Yann Martel’s supposedly unfilmable novel for the silver screen also proved problematic, and having now watched the film it is easy to see why numerous writers and directors failed where Lee succeeded, yet whilst its journey is not without its problems, the director smartly steers this story of spiritual survival through the cinematic choppy waters (I promise to refrain from water based puns from hereon in).
I am an atheist. I get totally pissed off when I see people using the name of God to indulge in their vices and hunt for power. I get angry when someone is overtly attached to God. I have gone the distance of even swearing at them. But I am also the one who yearns, the most for God.
The only thought which over powers my thinking of "There is no God" is the earnest wish that " Things would be different in the world had God really existed"
The people who believed in God's existence bothered me greatly. I never knew why I had spent such a lot of time trying to convince people why God does not exist.…
What is the greatest gift that children could inherit from their parents?
After my latest viewing of Life of Pi this was the first question that struck my mind. Instead of the innumerable, worthy, possible things that could qualify to be called as gifts, this was the one which came upfront and took centre stage as a profound notion. What if the child were a perfect mixture of his Mother and Father? A perfect combination of the Mother’s belief in all things beautiful, a follower of the way of Grace, a steadfast devotee of religion and a shining example of Love to all fellow beings, a studier of the Flora; and the Father’s realistic, rationalistic thoughts, the development of faith…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I cannot separate the book from the film. It is impossible. My appreciation of this film consists of several components I'll try to explain in what will probably be a far too long winded review below.
If I were pressed to sum it up in one sentence, I guess I'd say this is the collaborative effort of a visionary genius and a weak scriptwriter.
Yann Martel's novel is a stunning piece of fiction. It is the type of novel that slowly sucks you in, has you marvel at what unfolds before you and concludes by upending everything that went before it. The novel tackles three main themes:
1. Man's innate survival instinct.
2. The essence of religious belief.
How long have I been pretending that this isn't my favorite movie?
film 21, task 8: a film with one or more greek letters (alpha, beta, gamma etc...) in the title
absolutely beautiful. it deserves all the oscars it won. the score was simply divine and the effects and cinematography are like nothing i've ever seen. i'm a little upset that i didn't watch this on the big screen and in 3D. i do think it's one of the only movies which should be seen in 3D. suraj sharma is wonderful and i refuse to believe this is his debut role. he's just unbelievably good. it's definitely a film filled with meanings and metaphors and whatnot, and i look forward to reading more about it. just wonderful in every way possible.
Production (effects, stunt/choreo, set/costume): 4/4
Cinematography (staging, camerawork, colour): 4/4
Acting (technique, chemistry, believability): 3/4
Sound (score, soundtrack, design, mixing): 2/4
Writing (plot/story, screenplay, themes): 3/4
Direction (editing, form, style, finish): 4/4
First time round I hated it, watched it two years later and it was actually pretty decent. Maybe you have to watch it twice, maybe I wasn't really paying attention first time round.
This one gave me the feels.
Yet another movie I really liked and would really rather not have had to watch in 3D, I need to see this one again someday, flat this time.
A veces hay historias que no se pueden explicar ni aunque hayamos creído encontrar las palabras adecuadas. Hay historias que se tienen que vivir. Life of Pi es de esa clase de historias, tienes que verla para ver lo especial que es.
One of my top 10 movies. A pinnacle in beautiful film making. Spiritual, philosophical, emotional, and visually magnificient. A must watch for 'thinkers' like me.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.