You need to see "I'm Still Here", the documentary/mockumentary of the spectacular fall from grace of actor Joaquin Phoenix, directed by his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck. The central question posed by this film concerns the nature of this dividing line and how it gets drawn by contemporary culture and media. Its skill lies in the way it blocks us from drawing this line in the ways to which we are accustomed.
Think about the person closest to you and the connection that you have. Feel the sense of familiarity and trust. Think of the wonderful experiences your intimacy has enabled. But now imagine this intimacy is torn away. Their eyes intimate indifference. You’re just one of the billions of people to whom they could possibly [...]
If there was an award for the most under appreciated movie of the last decade, 25th Hour would certainly be its winner. Directed by Spike Lee, it tells the tale of Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) who has been sentenced to a seven year prison term for drug dealing. He has one day left to say goodbye to his friends and family, as well as confront the people who led him down his sorry path. It is an incredibly moving film - a story of failure not just of the protagonist, but of all those around him. Its about true friendship and the collective responsibility it entails. If you don't shed a tear at the end of this movie you most likely have psychopathic tendencies that you should certainly get checked out.
Into the Wild (2007) is a movie directed by Sean Penn about the life of Christopher McCandless - a Thoreau like adventurer who lost his life seeking an authentic experience of life and the natural world. It is based on the book by Jon Krakauer and is quite simply one of the most extraordinarily beautiful movies I've ever seen. It's a must see for anyone that has sought beyond the mundane immediacy of their own existence, for anyone that has yearned for something authentic, something true. But it also serves as a warning to anyone who might naively idealize such yearnings. This film is no mere romantic idealization, but a sophisticated portrait of the tensions and contradictions of romantic thought.