Terminator 1 & 2 (dir. Jame Cameron)

Sorry, I can't pick one. I was obsessed with the terminator as a kid. I still am! I have a fascination with dystopian movies. Terminator is a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor whose son is supposed to become the saviour in the post-apocalyptic future in the war against the machines.

I love that Terminator is cold and lacks emotion. I had a crush on bb John Connor (young Edward Furlong) when I was younger. Sarah Connor was my hero. She goes from being a damsel in distress to becoming G.I. Jane, a warrior who's been so hardened, she's almost lost touch with her own humanity. She's just such a a badass. I don't think Skynet becoming self-aware and the machines taking over is too far fetched at this point. I love everything about these two. I could honestly go on forever about this.

Eyes Without a Face (dir. Georges Franju)

Horror is one of my favourite genres. Eyes Without a Face isn't today's gorey scary movie or anything but it's definitely one of the earlier representations of gore films. A surgeon goes to extremes to fix his daughter's disfigured face which was caused by an accident that he was responsible for. She lives hidden away while he searches for the perfect face transplant, meanwhile a detective is trying to figure out the mystery of all these missing girls who kind of resemble each other. It kind of reminds me a bit of Frankenstein. I find the main girl so creepy and beautiful even with her mask on. My favourite thing about this film is the ending. I love dark, twisted endings.

Soylent Green (dir. Richard Fleischer)

Another dystopian movie that takes place in New York in the future, where it's so overpopulated that food and water has to be rationed. Society is barbaric and Soylent Green is their main resource to survival. Through out the movie, what is Soylent Green is a mystery until detective who's played by Charlton Heston who's in a few other favorites of mine (Planet of the Apes & Ben Hur) investigates a murder of an executive at Soylent Green corp. That's when he finds out what Soylent Green really is. I love the aesthetic of this film. The colours in this film play a huge part of the symbolism. My favourite scene is where the detective's mentor, Sol chooses a suicidal death through an anaesthesia process after discovering the truth about Soylent Green. He sees wildlife and nature and sunset on a big screen while a symphony plays. It's bittersweet. To me, this film symbolises how disposable our society has become. I think the green kinda stands for greed and capitalism, but could also be the colour of life.

Papillon (dir. Franklin J Schaffner)

First of all, I love Steve McQueen! Secondly, jail escape and mafia gangster movies are my second favourite genre. Hard to pick between Papillon, Escape from Alcatraz and Midnight Express. But I think this is one of the first that I watched. Steve McQueen is wrongly convicted of murder and is sentenced to life in this hardcore prison on a jungle island. He befriends Dustin Hoffman, this nerdy type embezzler and total opposite of McQueen. Basically, the film is about them trying to escape this gnarly prison. They do a lot of suffering including years of solitary confinement. But Papillon eventually escapes to his freedom. I love the end scene when he jumps off the cliff to his freedom and gets carried out by the ocean.

Medea (dir. Pierre Paolo Pasolini)

It's hard to pick a favourite Pasolini film. I'd say Teorema and Salò are up there with his best films. I think what makes his films even more interesting is his story and the fact that it's possible that they are what got him so brutally murdered. Medea is played by Maria Callas - a beautiful opera singer. Basically, it's a story of a woman- a witch, a woman of power, a leader - who makes sacrifices and looses her power for love only to be disowned by the man she loves after he leaves her for another woman. In vengeance, she murders the sons they have together along with his new love. There are few lines in this movie and yet I've never felt such a powerful performance. Maria Callas tells so much in her eyes and body language. I think every woman can relate to Medea somehow. In a way, it shows the oppression of being a woman. But it also shows the powers of her too. Such an original and underrated film and great music. Here's another film I can go on about.

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