What Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, is about is not only the loss of war, but also about how war is loss. War is a lost cause, and no matter whose side you’re on there’s no going back. By depicting an African child being dragged into a civil war, everything he once knew taken away from him, Fukunaga paints a poignant and uncomfortable picture of war’s human cost.
More than just a feel-good film, CODA revolves around Ruby, a CODA (child of deaf adults), and her deaf fishermen family. Having a great passion for music and singing, something her parents know next to nothing about, Ruby has to choose where her values lie the most.
Millennium Actress (2001) by Japanese director Satoshi Kon is a beautifully animated love story that spans across millennia, yet is also confined within the small screen that is cinema and serves to demonstrate the ultimate power of movies as a narrative device.
Colorful (2010) might not be the perfect anime movie, but it tackles some intriguing matters, and show how life can really be worth living.
Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s additions to the lexicon of cinema are countless, and his well of influence is deeper than possibly imaginable. The 1950 film Rashomon was the first of his many masterpieces. Without it cinema would not look the same as it does today.