Lists by erdenesuren
A wellspring collection of the earlier more lesser and better known titles from master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa's all time cinematic debuts. List assembled in accordance with the Criterion Collection.
A wellspring collection of the earlier more lesser and better known titles from master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman's all time cinematic debuts. List assembled in accordance with the Criterion Collection.
A personally juried list of enjoyable and intriguing albeit disturbing and depraved films, not for the meek.
While there are much more titles I can add, I only chose to put the few explicit ones that contain gruesome graphics, innovative cinematography, disturbing subject matter with a level of morality that surpasses the initial layer of annihilation for me.
For nearly the entire history of film production, certain films have been banned by film censorship or review organizations for political or moral reasons. Typically, a banned film goes through editing to remove explicit scenes, and is then re-released.
The following entries include films that have, at some point, been disallowed for public viewing. I have ranked entries based on a combination of the nature of the ban and the critical reception and overall popularity of the film.
These films are unapologetic in their frank look at sexuality and combined stylistic elements. They eschew positive images and happy endings in favor of more complexly queer musings on the nature of gender and sexuality.
There is no manifesto, no rules and no particular canon, making it in essence not a movement or a genre but, perhaps more accurately, a trend. Most of the New Queer Cinema films come from the independent scene, making them less answerable to corporate or mainstream interests, thus ever more curious for the film enthusiast.
A general overview of the most notable and essential films from France through the years.
“In order to understand, I destroyed myself.”
― Fernando Pessoa
Films on this list show the doomed lives of our favorite protagonists displaying self destructive behavior; savouring the ambivalent pleasure of self-imposed martyrdom. But every now and then, the fates grant those who flagrantly disregard their own well-being with a second chance.
she /used to/ walk(s) on the path of self destruction
We have here the cynical narrator, the rebel of optimism, the self-aware protagonist. Their lives are chosen for them, their actions lead them to it, their fates are sealed irrevocably. These films end and the link to the audience, namely the main character, ends as well. Many things may bring about such a conclusion … self-destruction is the most tragic of human devices, and it is certainly a common way. There is no action as persistently acted upon, no dream that could not distract one from, no solace to cower toward – the conflict is from within the character, a parasite, a self-induced prison of anarchy. These are these characters; they are doomed and they create their doom, some through drugs, some through obsession, some through love, some through greed.
A serious list of contemplative films for the suicidally apt. If you’re going through hell, keep going. Just you wait and watch~
What does it feels like to be deeply depressed instead of making it go away. Have you ever been legitimately or chronically depressed, numb, extremely sad, melancholy or even on the verge of being suicidal and watched a film that helped bring you back? It’s usually hard to do anything in such a serious state, but the films on this list will offer you catharsis powerful enough to help you cope and bring you out of your head.
Whatever your troubles are in life, consider some of the titles from this list and find the lust to live. Cant say im not prone to the occasional bouts of despair and extremely hopeless, but at dark and depraved times, I often find myself searching for films so deeply immersive to counteract the emotions. Sad films allow me to explore the richness of the experience, somehow making it more clear while comedies seem difficult to relate to.
Every film on this list have offered me solace in different ways; they all share bleak, structurally complex and cynical themes. I've abstained from listing overly 'visually' gruesome films that lack in plot and focused more on ones that even if disturbing in subject, pertain a fair deed of moral nuance.
Life is hopeful, it can be. Dont give up just yet~
A serious list of contemplative films to prevent suicide and offer you positive injection~
Have you ever been legitimately or chronically depressed, numb, extremely sad, melancholy or even on the verge of being suicidal and watched a film that helped bring you back? It’s usually hard to do anything in such a serious state, but the films on this list will offer you catharsis powerful enough to help you cope and bring you out of your head.
Whatever your troubles are in life, consider some of the titles from this list and find the lust to live. Cant say im not prone to the occasional bouts of despair and extremely hopeless, but at dark and depraved times, I often find myself searching for films so deeply immersive. Sad films allow me to explore the richness of the experience, somehow making it more clear while comedies seem difficult to relate to.
Every film on this list have offered me solace in different ways; they all share themes of hope, triumph and inspiration against even the most arbitrary odds of life.
Life is hopeful, it can be. Gain a new outlook on life~
The ultimate medley of /most of which are/ critically acclaimed classic and modern fairy tale films, with some that are loosely based adaptions. I did not include the few, far too grimm, modern adaptations.
more amazing titles without proper IMDB images: (in order by year of release)
-The Magical Clock (The Little Girl Who Wanted to Be a Princess) (1928)
-Alenkiy tsvetochek (1952)
-Proud Princess (1952)
-Cesta do praveku (1955)
-Vecher nakanune Ivana Kupala (1968)
-The Woman Who Powders Herself (1972)
-Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
-Some Call It Loving (1973)
-Krabat: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1978)
-Tale of Tales (1979)
-In the Shadow of the Sun (1980)
-Lesnaya pesnya: Mavka (1983)
-Grass Labyrinth (1983)
-Farewell to the Ark (1984)
-Child of Peach (1984)
-On the Silver Globe (1988)
-On the Silver Globe (1988)
-Pinocchio ovvero lo spettacolo della provvidenza (1999)
-Wild Flowers (2000)
-Hansel & Gretel (2007)
I am spinning the silk threads of my story, weaving the fabric of my world...I spun out of control. Eating was hard. Living was hardest.
I breathe in slowly. Food is life. I exhale, take another breath. Food is life. And that's the problem. When you're alive, people can hurt you. It's easier to crawl into a bone cage or a snowdrift of confusion. It's easier to lock everybody out.
But it's a lie.”
These are the inspiring and thought-provoking films, TV movies and documentaries that mention/insinuate/throw light on the various eating disorders (weight issues/bulimia/anorexia nervosa/obesity/binging), its complexities and the oft-fraught issue of body image; from the physical symptoms/causes of eating disorders, its medical complications and the devastating psychological effects of the disease on the individual/family lives of the patients/sufferers.
The art of the moving image was first introduced to Mongolia in 1910. Better referred to as the 'Shadow Show' by the public, Mongolian cinema acquired much of its roots from Soviet influence following the revolution of 1921. Over a century later, the first national cinema theatre "Ard" was built and under the decision of the Council of Ministers, the first movie production company called "Mongol Kino" was created with Soviet assistance. In 1936, the first feature movie was directed with the technical aid from the Soviet "Lenfilm".
Throughout 1938-1939, Mongolia independently produced films such as "Norjmaa's Way" and "Wolves", establishing an influential nomadic image and essential grounds for future directors. During what is considered the Golden Age of Mongolian Cinema from the 1940's to late 60's, films directed by the famous Mongolian film director D.Jigjid, such as "Tsogt taij" (1945), "People's messenger" (1959), "Flood," "Son-in-law," and others became poignant classics in Mongolian cinema.
Film directors of a younger generation, such as H.Damdin, Ts.Navaan, Ch.Gombo, B.Baljinnyam, B.Sumhuu, and O.Urtnasan have also added their unique contributions to further the development of contemporary and classic Mongolian cinema.
The 1990s became a more dynamic period in the history of Mongolian cinema with around twenty private film studios that emerged between 1992 and 1997 producing more than one hundred feature films. Foreign relations with film companies have also continued to expand following in the footsteps of Mongolia's rapid globalization. Joint productions of both documentary and feature films with French, Japanese, Chinese, German and Mongolian film producers have successfully participated in various international film festivals with a select few that have gone to acquire universally prestigious acclaims.
The list below chronicles the most essential and noteworthy titles in Mongolian cinema directed by Mongolian directors, and feature/documentary films by foreign directors about/depicting the Mongolian culture dating from 1928-present.
Not Listed on IMDb: (in order by year of release)
-The Mongolian Boy (Монгол хүү) 1936 by Ilya Trauberg
-Norjmaa's Destiny (Норжмаагийн зам) 1938 by Temet Natsagdorj
-Wolf Pack (Сүрэг чоно) 1939 by T. Natsagdorj
-The Plague (Тарваган тахал) 1940 by Nachindorj
-Enemy of Line (Амьдралын дайсан) 1941 by Temet Natsagdorj
-The Incident on the Border (Хил дээр гарсан хэрэг) 1942 by M.Bold
-The Fearless Patriot (Аймшиггүй эх оронч) 1942 by M. Luvsanjamts
-Sukhbaatar (Сүхбаатар) 1942 by A. Zarhi, I. Hyoipits, Temet Natsagdorj, M. Bold
-Awakening (Сэрэлт) 1957 by S. Genden
-One of the People (Түмний нэг) 1962 by G. Jigjid
-Нүгэл буян 1963 by D. Chimed-Osor
-Хүний мөр 1965 by G. Jigjid
-Khurgen khuu (Хүргэн хүү) 1971 by G. Jigjid
-Анхны хайрын дууль 1975 by B. Sumhuu
-Хүний сайхан сэтгэл 1980 by B. Narnaidorj
-Говийн зэрэглээ 1980 by R. Dorjpalam
-Таньруу нүүж явна 1984 by B. Baljinyam
-Би Чамд Хайртай 1985 by B. Baljinyam
-Сүүдэр 1986 by B. Baljinyam
-Iluu Sartai Zun (Extended Summer) 1987 by S. Jargalsaikhan
-Амьдралын нахиа 1988 by Kh. Damdin
-Mandukhai The Wise Queen (Мандухай Цэцэн Хатан) 1989 by B. Baljinnyam
-Мартагдсан дууль 1989 by J. Selengesuren
-Сэрүүн дуганы мөхөл 1989 by B. Damcha
-Хүн чулууны нулимс 1990 by G. Jigjid
-Бүлээн нурам 1990 by G. Jigjid
-Амин мөр 1991 by G. Jigjid
-Аргамжаа 1992 by N. Uranchimeg
-Чи нэг нь 1992 by P. Tsogzol
-Kheltgii Zaya (Хэлтгий заяа) 1993 by N. Gankhuyag
-Warm Ashes (Бүлээн нурам) 1993 by G. Jigjid
-Гал хам 1993 by Ts. Navaan
-City of the Steppes (Талын хот) 1993 by Peter Bronsens, D. Tormunkh
-Цахилж яваа гөрөөс 1993 by Ich. Nyamgavaa
-Домог жаргах цаг 1993 by N. Nyamdavaa
-Naran Urgakhiig Khuleekhgui (Наран ургахыг хүлээхгүй) 1997 by N. Gankhuyag
-Poets of Mongolia МОНГОЛЫН ДУУ 1999 by Peter Bronsens, Peter Kruger, S. Byamba
-Aлганы Xээ 2000 by J. Biinder
-My Beautiful Jinjiimaa (Жинжиймаа) 2008 by O. Mashbat
-Намираа (short film) 2011 by T. Munkh-Orgil
-Deja Vu (short film) 2011 by S. Myagmar
A general overview of the most notable and essential films from China and Taiwan through the years.
Great films to watch for the seeker on the path who dwindle between lost and found.
If not for the entire run of the plot, films in this list show:
- parts/scenes set in mental institution
- people released from mental institution
- someone being treated by a psychiatrist (or psychotherapist)
- psychopharmacological medication(s)
- how alienation, loneliness, and depression tend to work in real life and in stories
Inspiration can come from anywhere. The next time you’re feeling lost on creativity take a night off and consider checking out a biopic from below - a mix of drama, biographies, documentaries and fictions about or which show the influence of visual artists.
consumed by darkness, she lives in a box
how many days have I lost,
how can i get back to the place where i started
i'm outside a house trying to find my way in
but its locked and the blinds are down,
and i've lost the key
i cant remember what the rooms look like or where i put anything
if i dare go inside,
i wonder, would i ever be able to find my way out
A few meager but mostly f'd up and deliciously dark trashy films
i like trash.
if even for the moment,
to counteract inner turmoil through visual perversity
"She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the images of hell. She desperately clings to the image of her freedom, to the hope that one day she can trust again, stand on her two feet with independence and love intimately without barriers. But burdened by major impairments in self-care, cognition, memory, and in identity, she lacks the ability to escape from the void within."
- selection criteria for films on this list were as follows:
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- selection criteria for films on this list were as follows:
100+ IMDB user votes with 4.0+ ratings
A general overview of the cinema of South Korea and a few from North Korea.
Through working to express that even the minutest moments are sacred. With visual techniques which stress impressions of realism at all costs, life as it goes…
Emotions laid bare, in real time
These directors’ works are akin…
By taking cinematic minimalism to an utmost
By providing characters & moments so human they transcend the experience of the film itself
By giving us films with a genuine sense of synergy.
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey'd monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
(Othello Act 3, scene 3, 165–171)
infidelity and betrayal are but an exchange in a moment of stealing pleasure
that transcend beyond the physical
a deprivation of the mind
with both characters who allow their existence to center on their genitals
fill the hole in your heart
a hole thats been dug by fathers and mothers before them
so whats really important?
the love that unites a family?
like that of a kinetic energy from an ice storm
when everyone can feel whole
dont speak, i see that you understand
as long as we are together
I often find myself waiting for a hug that never comes
but they care
Documentary films are such a particular brand of delicacy for me, below are a few of my all-time personal favorites.
The films and directors in this list are lethal. These are the visionary stories that have changed me, films that made me aware of the machine inside the skin and to which I continually ruminate back to for clues into the universe. Most have undoubtedly left lasting imprints on my life, opening the pathways to a celluloid solace that has kept me alive.
If you expect something innate out of the majestic art of cinema, something real and grainy, then I highly recommend each and every one of these masterpieces for viewing. I have excluded animated and documentary films from this list which are listed separately.
and their journey to self discovery
so often beaten off the track
moving but without direction
and dealing with the many problems of the quarter life crisis
a blissful age which feels so eternal
tomorrow never matters
- For Lost in Translation: Forever In Your Teens, refer to HiLiteHead: Your Complete Guide to Coming of Age Films since 1929-present
Gone are the sweet stories of innocent teenagers.
No, in your 20s you’re part of a bigger scheme, beyond John Huges, and those microcosmic tales of the doe-eyed ugly duckling story no longer seem as relatable. You may still be the young prodigy destined for greatness or maybe its is a pipe dream you’ve outgrown. As you change, so do the films about you. This list best reflects the emotional, financial, and bodily changes of the 20’s forever lost in translation.
Growing up these iconic coming of age films became my place of refuge and solace, each in its own way guiding me through my adolescent years of angst and endless curiosities.
This list contains both international and iconic American films that are either greatly loved by the generation they represent, or illustrate the issues that affect their generation.
Film reel for the Soul. Dedicate to my beloved sister, you are my world. May you enjoy each film in your times of need~
- Be sure to check out Lost in Translation: Forever In Your 20s