My recommended top 5 films

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By Yadan Sun

1. Life in a day (2011)

What happens on the other side of the world when you are laughing, crying, desperate for work, or just living like a coach-potato?

With the lead of famous Directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing website, invited people from around the world to record their lives on July 24, 2010. In all, nearly 4,500 hours of video from 190 countries and regions showed people’s daily lives around the world on the same day. Each person in the film does something different. Some people document the interesting lives of others, some people lead uneventful lives, while others are just in time for big, exciting events… but all of these form the real day on July 24, 2010, or any other day in your life.

What would it be like with such a complex piece of material, conceived and processed by Kevin Macdonald (the Chief Executive Director)?

2. Spirited away (2001)

Driving to their new home, ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino and her parents stumble into a mysterious tunnel. On the other side of the tunnel, it is another weird world, a medieval town and no one is there. Her parents were attracted by the delicious food there. even though fearful and anxious, Chihiro Ogino could only go around.With the sunset, night comes quickly, and everything becomes different. The town gradually becomes full of a lot of strange, translucent people. When she goes back, her parents have become pigs. With the help of Haku, an unusual boy who works there, she has to survive there to save her parents. After a period of time, she is no longer a timid and ignorant girl, but is more mature than before. She becomes confident, full of courage, independent and finally sets foot on her adventure to save her friend Haku…

As a classic artwork of Hayao Miyazaki , it seems there is a magic in the film. He is like a magician, not only telling the story in a fantasy world to express the most simple and sincere emotions of being a human being, but also building a healing world to cure people’s souls.  

3. Coherence (2013)

On a spooky quiet night, Emily (Emily Baldoni), a young woman, drives to a friend’s house for a party. She had been talking to her boyfriend on the phone while driving, when the conversation is cut short and her phone screen cracks for no apparent reason, which makes her feel upset- because she remembers that a comet has just come close to earth that night, and there may be a connection. At her friend’s home, they talk with each other, and tell each other the latest happenings. Though there are many strange clues in their conversation, they are all passed over. Suddenly, the lights go out. When the lights come back on, they find that only one house nearby is still lit up. They send someone to go to that house but horribly find the person who was sitting in the house was… The film won the 2014 Amsterdam Fantasy Film Festival Black Tulip Award.

4. Whiplash (2014)

Andrew (Miles Teller), a 19-year-old who grew up in a single-parent home, wants to be a top jazz drummer. By accident, he is discovered by the devil mentor Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) when practicing alone, then he gets into a regular band. After that, the nightmare begins… Under the strict supervision of Fletcher, Andrew pushes himself to the limits by unconventional means. He gradually loses his original intention of music,, which turns into a battle between teachers and students. What would happen in the end? Who will win the “game”?

The movie is not only about the pain of the musicians, but also about the cruel truth behind traditional encouragement. Whiplash won the highest honour Jury Award at the 30th Sundance Film Festival.

5. Sunny (2011)

25 years ago, high school student Im Na-mi (Yoo Ho-jeong) moved to Seoul. She was in a women’s high school. Because she was afraid to speak in dialect, she makes friends with Ha Chun-hwa(Kang So-ra), after that she meets Kim Jang-mi (Kim Min-young), a girl who is obsessed with her looks, and desires cosmetic surgery for her eyes; Hwang Jin-hee (Park Jin-joo), a rebellious girl with a rich family; Seo Geum-ok (Nam Bo-ra), who wants to be a writer; Ryu Bok-hee (Kim Bo-mi), who always carries a mirror and is careful about her looks, and is expected to be Miss Korea;, Jung Su-ji (Min Hyo-rin), a quiet and mysterious beauty, sometimes considered arrogant in the eyes of others. In a fight with a ‘bad’ girl group, they form a ‘Sunny’ group. Many years later, Ha Chun-hwa (Kang So-ra) suffers a terminal illness in hospital and would like to see the Sunny members at the end of her life. The familiar name is awakened again and a story about campus life and youth unfolds. Everyone has their youth. They might be naughty and rebellious, there might be hurt and penalties, but there are, always opportunities for youngsters to take steps to maturity. It turns out to be one of the most precious memories in life.