A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Run Lola Run
Every second of every day you're faced with a decision that can change your life.
Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend Manny. He lost 100,000 DM in a subway train that belongs to a very bad guy. She has 20 minutes to raise this amount and meet Manny. Otherwise, he will rob a store to get the money. Three different alternatives may happen depending on some minor event along Lola's run.
Decades Project: 2/9 of the 90's
"The ball is round, a game lasts 90 minutes, everything else is pure theory. Off we go!"
Manni, a small-time criminal, finally gets the big-time job that means he's beginning to gain his boss's trust. This is the test to see if he's worthy. And he screwed it up. He lost the money. So now it's up to his loyal girlfriend Lola to get him out of the mess he's created. And she just might be badass enough to pull it off. But when her first attempt fails and she finds herself shot and bleeding to death, she pulls herself back through time to try again. And this time she won't give up so…
How this film plays itself is the same way how you play a video game. You have to reach a goal point in a limited time. You start the game, overcome each n every obstacle, almost make it to the final mark but either the time is over or you're dead. So what do you do when it's already game-over? You restart. And continue doing that until you finally make it through. And that's exactly how the events depicted in Run Lola Run unfold.
Presenting 3 different alternatives of a single event, Run Lola Run begins with Lola receiving a phone call from her boyfriend Manny who lost 100,000 Deutschmark which belongs to a mobster he was working for. Lola…
Video game existentialism set to a pumping house soundtrack, would be one way to describe this non-stop adrenalin rush. Music videos in the 90's became increasingly influential in the style used by directors aiming at a younger audience. Run Lola Run is one of the few films that packaged together visual inventiveness with some food for thought.
Everyone has their own take on fate and pre-determined outcomes and Lola definitely has hers. Her self-belief stands out as fiercely as the red flame hair that holds our attention on the screen, a female Sonic the Hedgehog burning through the streets of Berlin controlling multiple lives.
The interesting thing is that we leave the film knowing very little about her life outside…
Chaos Theory stipulates that all dynamic systems are deterministic, which means that a system can be significantly affected by small changes in its component variables. However, these deterministic systems are, as the name implies, already determined by the nature of their initial conditions. That is, a system has an infinite number of theoretical possible conclusions, but the same origin. These drastic repercussions caused by small variables in a dynamic system is also known as Butterfly Effect.
The Butterfly Effect is reminiscent of Chaos Theory. The assumption is given with a theoretical example where the physical patterns involved in a butterfly flapping its wings can subsequently cause a hurricane in another geographical location several weeks later. How? The "initial conditions" are…
Run Lola Run is just like playing a videogame. It was only a matter of time until someone decided to make a film like this, a videogame-esque film where the protagonist of the picture is the main character of an eletronic game and, as in a videogame, she'll often face defeat and her game will be over, but she'll always have the chance to try again, and Lola just takes advantage of that chance, even if she only has twenty minutes to complete her task.
The reason why this film plays out so well is because, even though it's obviously repetitive, the idea of turning it off never comes to your mind, it's really like if you're playing a videogame…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Run Lola Run directed by Tom Tykwer is a stunning film that manipulates common ideas of time and fate. The premise of the film is actually quite simple: Lola is somewhat responsible for getting her boyfriend into trouble with his mob boss, so she has to get him 100,000 marks in 20 minutes to avoid his death. There are three different realities that surround this same story throughout the film, each one beginning in relatively the same way. What makes this film so incredible is how Tykwer tweaks very small things in each of the three realities, which leads to radically different outcomes in each case. It may be difficult to pin down a single theme, but if there were…
This is OK. Enjoyable.
I'm not quite sure what to think of this film. It's either a film that I merely enjoyed (3-star worthy) or a truly groundbreaking film for me (4.5 or 5-star worthy.) I decided to meet in the middle for now, hence the four star rating. The editing and music/sound of this film drive the picture and set the tone and rhythm throughout. The result is a thrilling ride with a strong, independent woman as the main character.
film 17, task 30: a film that you encountered while doing this scavenger hunt that you'd like to watch but that just did not fit the requirements well enough. (task 18)
very interesting concept which was done in a great manner. while i loved all the runs, i think my favorite was the third one because of the casino bit. as much as i enjoyed this, though, something felt missing, but i don't really know what exactly. also, the plots about lola's dad were boring and i could have lived without them. i know that the character was needed, but other ideas would have probably worked better. also, did moritz bleibtreu look a lot like theo james or am i just really tired?
This movie felt like the kind of thing a college freshman would write after taking a Philosophy 101 class.
And I loved every second of it.
I can see this being the kind of movie a lot of people would hate, or dismiss as being all style with no substance.
And while those people would probably be right... I don't care.
I thought this movie was awesome.
The soundtrack and the whole frantic energy of the film is amazing.
The cinematography and editing are weird but fascinating, and the lead actress kicks ass.
If nothing else makes the movie... What perfects it - the cherry on the top, if you will - is the final moment of the film.
I'd take a rough-hewn yet full of personality movie like this over a polished assembly line blockbuster any day of the week.
Definitely an instant favorite.
With the flair of Kinetic energy comes a film whose point is seemingly that there is no point - to anything. Including itself. Watching the unfolding scenarios is not without its joys, though it is ultimately unsatisfying.
saw this when I was like 13 and I don't really remember it at all
Technically accomplished but often vacillates between fascinating and utterly silly. Fascinating mostly wins out in the end.
Lola sure did run. No false advertising. That's cool.
Films where their style fills the screen so absolutely, substance is but an afterthought.
Only added some that I've seen,…
Movies that are slightly off.