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8 Films to Unleash the Wanderer in You

Life has been a little stationary of late (read into that as you will). In between my bouts of itchy feet and jealous rage at everyone else’s happy snaps, I recharge my restless soul by pursuing my other (slightly more sedentary) passion: lapping up more of those happy snaps on the big screen.

For those of you that favour a lounge couch to the straightjacket-like devices otherwise known as an aircraft seat, being a vicarious vagabond is probably not half bad. That is, as long as you know what to watch and whom to follow. I have dug deep into recent memory to bring you my Top 8 travel flicks, especially curated to unleash the wanderer in you.

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Top 5 Picks for French Drama

I like my films subtitled; just as I prefer my literature foreign.

As a film fanatic (and a contrarian at that), it wasn’t long before the formulaic Hollywood trifecta of violence, drugs and sex drove me to the brink of distraction. (“What’s wrong with that?” I hear you say. Nothing! Well, nothing at all if that’s your cup of tea…) As for me, I could never quite comprehend how comic-book heroes have come to dominate the big screens, or how a bland enactment of popular erotica have come to define box office success.

Enter: French drama. Its characters breathed life into the mindlessness. Its quirkiness a timely reminder that Cinema and Emotion can once again rendezvous hand-in-hand in the dark. Its unconventional wisdom perhaps stemming from the knowledge that the French, above all else, are the uncontested masters of Romance…

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The Before Trilogy – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) & Before Midnight (2013)

The Art of Conversing & the Articulation of Love

I have always held a special fascination with the simple things in life; the confluence of unspoken companionship and quotidian quibbles which so often come to define personal relationships. In filmmaking, nowhere has it been manifested so starkly than in Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy. Whilst Linklater’s latest triumph – Boyhood – has generated widespread acclaim by adopting the same experimental technique of shooting a film over an extended period of time, its genesis lies in his quintessential love epic, the Before Trilogy (the first of which was released in 1995). Continue reading The Before Trilogy – Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004) & Before Midnight (2013)