Film has an unmatched ability to transport its audience to another place and time, and it can inspire them to think and act in new ways. From everyday issues to existential matters of fate, the following ten films will change the way you see the world. Fasten your seat belts; it’s going to be a bumpy but exciting ride.
Based on a true story, Into the Wild is the journey of Christopher McCandless, who gave up all of his possessions in 1990 and embarked on the adventure of his life. Searching for something more to life than what he saw as empty materialism, McCandless encounters a series of characters and environmental challenges that are instrumental in shaping his life. McCandless’ pioneering spirit will inspire you to embark on the greatest adventure of your life.
This feature-length documentary will revolutionise the way you understand business corporations. After narrating the fascinating history of the rise of corporations and their legal privileges, the film examines the behaviour of several international corporations through case studies. Subsequently, the film diagnoses the corporations’ behaviour as similar to a dangerous psychopath without a conscience. The documentary is filled with incredible facts that will make you think about corporate life and how you can make a difference.
Crash will make you think twice about clinging to stereotypes. Set in Los Angeles, this film tells several interwoven stories of multicultural citizens, their lives, problems and their complicated relationships with race and identity. The film breathes complexity into the essential nature of human beings, with several characters shifting between good-guy and bad-guy roles.
When everything goes wrong for good-doer George Bailey, he contemplates suicide. An angel appears and shows George what the world would have been like had he not been born; and George realises how his life has positively affected his community and loved ones. Not only will this film will help you believe in a divine purpose and enjoy life for what it’s worth, this classic will melt any coldness in anyone’s heart.
5. Food, Inc.
Let’s just say that you might never look at a plate of food the same way again. This documentary examines how food production has changed dramatically in response to the demand of the fast food and mass production industries. It further explores how this demand affects farmers; and what the health and safety conditions are for the food itself and the animals that produce it.
Pills, both addictive medicinal pills and illegal substances, can corrupt every avenue of a person’s life and rid them of any sense of joy and hope. Requiem For a Dream is the story of a young man, his mother, best friend and girlfriend and how their addictions destroy their dreams of greatness. After watching this film, it may be difficult to swallow a pill without thinking about how it affects your mind, body and soul.
Joel Barish discovers that his girlfriend Clementine has undergone a memory erasure procedure that deleted any memory she ever had of him. Desperately heartbroken, Joel spontaneously decides to also have the procedure done. While reliving the memories in his head, he realises he wants to keep them. This film will help you treasure every moment with loved ones– the good and the bad– and to cherish it all.
This documentary is a must-watch for all those interested in art and design. It uncovers how good design is a way of living and how good design can change the way we live. Objectified discusses the consumer’s relationship to manufactured products and by extension, the designers behind these products. The functional aspects and creative process behind industrial design are discussed by some of the world’s most famous designers, including Karim Rashid, Dieter Rams and Jonathan Ive.
Based on a ten-issue comic strip by Alan Moore, V for Vendetta takes place in a futuristic, fascist British state. A superhero and freedom fighter called V is set on starting a revolution to give the state back to the people. This film inspires its audience to have faith in the strength of people, numbers and justice. It’s a winning film that will excite anyone who believes that ideas are bulletproof.
10. Run Lola Run
At the start of the film, Lola receives a phone call from her boyfriend, Manny, who has just misplaced a very large sum of money that belonged to a drug lord. Lola has twenty minutes to find this amount of money and give it to Manny or else he’s a dead man. The premise follows with three alternatives of those twenty minutes, where minor events and coincidences having a huge effect on everyone’s fate. Run Lola Run makes you appreciate how a little something on an average day in your life can change it dramatically.