Ever avoided watching a film because of its genre or length?
Well you might be missing out as we go through our five favourite films from the past decade that deserve to be given a chance by just about everyone.
Straight Outta Compton
Run Time: 2hrs 27mins
Straight Outta Compton follows the story of notorious rap group N.W.A. (Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella) as they make their way to fame until their tragic demise in the 90s. The film follows in depth the life of all the rap stars, mainly Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy-E. The film includes everything about the band you’d expect to learn in a movie about a band such as how the group formed, the making of their first record and how they began to split apart.
The movie isn’t just about the group though, it showcases the harsh life of being black in the USA during the 1980s presenting to us many cases of police brutality and racism etc.
The film is an interesting watch for everyone, even people who haven’t heard of the group, and a must see for any major fan of the rap genre or music in general. That’s as long as you can tolerate the use of the “F word” 392 times.
Run Time: 1hr 35mins
Inside out, is probably one of the best animated films to be released in the past ten years. It follows the story of Joy, Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness. They are what controls Riley. Sound weird? I get you on that one. Anyway, Riley is relocated to the city of San Francisco, where she has to overcome things such as joining a new school and joining a new ice hockey team.
The main characters mentioned earlier also control Riley’s memories, however, it appears that everytime Sadness gets close to a memory, the memory starts to become sad, so in order to protect certain memories from Sadness, she accidentally gets taken to outside where she should be and needs to get back in time to save Riley.
Despite this being a Disney film, which instantly makes most males/adults not want to watch it, it is surprisingly good and deserves a chance as I believe it is superb and a fun film to kill and hour and a half.
Run Time: 1hr 47mins
Let me just start this of by saying Whiplash is personally my favourite indie film of all time. It follows the story of young Andrew (played by upcoming actor Miles Teller) as he tries to make his way into the best orchestra in his music school that is run by acclaimed, yet extremely strict conductor Mr Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons who is playing Detective Gordon in the newly formed DC cinematic universe).
To get to where he wants to be, Andrew has to cross a few barriers and make a few sacrifices, but is it all worth it? I guess you’ll have to find out when you watch it for yourselves.
Dallas Buyers Club
Run Time: 1hr 57mins
Following the life of Ron Woodroof (played by Matthew McConaughey), electrician, bull rider and hustler, Dallas Buyers Club is the true story of a man who gets the devastating AIDS disease and starts to sell drugs he believes works instead of the ones supplied to AIDS patients by the government.
Along the way, he meets Rayon (played by Jared Leto), who is also an AIDS patient. After a while, they decide to create a buyers club, where people have a membership and can have as many drugs as they like to keep them comfortable.
Run Time: 2hrs 33mins
Inglorious Basterds is probably up there with the greatest films ever made, if not it should be. The film is definitely one of Quentin Tarantino’s best. With the story following Shosanna, a Jewish girl who witnesses the killing of her parents whilst seeking refuge from the Nazi regime. As time progresses, Shosanna takes the reigns of her Uncle’s cinema, where notorious Nazi officer Fredrick Zola starts to develop an eye for her in Nazi occupied France, this then leads to a biographical film that has been created, showcasing his triumphs, being premiered at her cinema where all the big members of the Nazi party will watch the film, including Adolf Hitler.
That’s where the “Basterds” come in, they are a group of Jewish-American soldiers who have a fetish for collecting Nazi scalps and will stop at nothing to kill Hitler and take down the Nazi Party. But when Shosanna’s and the “Basterds” plans intertwine, will it all go as expected?