Movies to see before you hit the nursing home

Brick is a 2005 American drama film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It was Johnson’s directorial debut and won the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Brick was distributed by Focus Features, opening in the United States on April 7, 2006, in New York and Los Angeles.

The film’s narrative centers on a hardboiled detective story that takes place in suburbia. Most of the main characters are high school students. The film draws heavily in plot, characterization, and dialogue from hardboiled classics, especially from Dashiell Hammett. The title refers to a block of heroin, compressed roughly to the size and shape of a brick.

Brick ranks 489th on Empire magazine‘s 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

Speaker gives this one 10/10

Waking Life is a digitally enhanced live action rotoscoped film, directed by Richard Linklater and released in 2001. The entire film was shot using digital video and then a team of artists using computers drew stylized lines and colors over each frame. This technique is similar in some respects to the rotoscope style of 1970s filmmaker Ralph Bakshi. Rotoscoping itself, however, was not Bakshi’s invention, but that of experimental silent film maker Max Fleischer, who patented the process in 1917.

The title is a reference to George Santayana‘s maxim that “[s]anity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.”

Waking Life won the National Society of Film Critics award for “Best Experimental Film,” the New York Film Critics Circle award for “Best Animated Film”, and the “CinemAvvenire” award at the Venice Film Festival for “Best Film”. It was also nominated for the Golden Lion, the festival’s main award.

Speaker gives this one 9/10

Final Fantasy VII Advent Children (ファイナルファンタジーVII アドベントチルドレン, Fainaru Fantajī Sebun Adobento Chirudoren ) is a 2005 CGI film directed by Tetsuya Nomura and Takeshi Nozue and produced by Yoshinori Kitase and Shinji Hashimoto. It was written by Kazushige Nojima and the music was composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Advent Children was the first announced title in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series.

The film is based on the highly successful 1997 console role-playing game Final Fantasy VII. It is set two years after the events of the game, and follows Cloud Strife as he unravels the cause of a mysterious plague called “Geostigma” that has beset the population.

The film received the Honorary Maria Award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya on October 15, 2005. The film was also awarded for “best anime feature” at the 2007 American Anime Awards.

Speaker gives this one 8/10

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