To watch Kore-eda Hirokazu’s After Life (1998) is to watch countless people telling and retelling countless life stories, and we could all relate to them despite knowing that they are all fiction, because we could easily find ourselves in those stories.
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.
Watching Modern Times was like watching a satirical take on the current age we live in. This 1936 Charlie Chaplin film is a must watch for cinefiles and lovers of comedy alike. It’s an old film, but is meant to be viewed in modern times.