Its due for me to continue with my offbeat movies list. Actually I love so many of these kind of movies that the sequels will be endless. Like any blockbuster movie the sequel of which is made and milked until in the end it flops big time :D. I have compiled a list of 10 movies, which altogether can be considered a bit dark movies, even the so called comic ones. In short "dark movie" edition, talking in movie terms :D.
1. 1408 (Director's Cut) (English)
2. Ek Chalis Ki Last Local (Hindi)
An utter flop movie and I had no intention of watching this movie until a friend of mine recommended it to me. And boy I was impressed. A completely unexpected movie staring Abhay Deol (the flagship actor of Indian Offbeat movies) and Neha Dhupia. The character of Abhay misses the last train to his home and is forced to take odd means to get back. He meets a hooker (Dhupia) whom he takes to be a damsel in distress.And his journey back home is through corrupt cops, underworld dons, gambling and finally 2.5 crores :P. Dont miss the "Laree Choote" song. Simply superb :).
3. The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (French)
4. Groundhog Day (English)
How would you feel if you have to relive the same day again and again possibly thousands of time. That is what this movie is all about. Starring Bill Murray a weather guy of a news channel, who is sent to a remote town to cover Groundhog day (where a Beaver is made to predict how long the winter will last :D :D ). He plays a selfish person who doesn't care a damn for others. But when he is made to relive the same day again and again he changes to good. Arguably Bill Murray's best performance.
5. The Hunting Party (English)
Based on the Bosnian war , this movie is loosely based on true events. Starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard this can be termed as a total entertainer. Movie starts with Gere, a failed reporter and Terrence his buddy planning to chase the most wanted war criminal of the Bosnian war. Also a son of the Network vice president joins them in the search of this prized possession. Their total lack of experience in capturing a criminal in his own backyard leads to some hilarious situations.
6. No Mans Land (Bosnian)
A hard hitting movie about the Bosnian war.Three soldiers of the opposite side(2 Bosnians and 1 Serb) are caught in the No Mans land while on a routine patrol duty.Even though they are enemies they are put up in a situation where they are not able to kill the other with one Bosnian booby trapped with a deadly personnel mine. This leads to full scale media coverage and also brings in the peacekeepers, the UN. Has a pretty tragic ending , a bitter truth whenever humans fight among themselves for reasons which makes no sense to others. Winner of the 2001 Oscar Best Film in Foreign Language.
7. Cloverfield (English)
8. Butterfly Effect (English)
9. Black Book (Dutch/German)
10. Howls Moving Castle (Japanese)
Hayao Miyazaki to come up with such sort of movies. The movie starts with Sophie who is a down to earth girl and works in her hat shop. But her life changes when she meets a handsome wizard(Howl) and takes a liking to him. This does not go down well with the a witch who curses Sophie to become a old woman. So she runs away and ends up in Howls castle, hopeful of ending her curse.Was nominated for the best animation movie in the 2006 oscars.
To be contd....