We here at Cinema Paradiso are, without a doubt, proper film buffs and we certainly have no shortage of good films to watch. In fact, you could binge nonstop and never crack the surface. We’ve searched through all the titles, bringing you a list of great films to see.
We’re proud to present our carefully-selected, feel-good films to watch as well as some intense pieces – we’re pretty sure we’ve picked out the wheat from the film chaff. Amongst our top films to watch list, you’ll discover a real treasure trove, from predictable action flicks to breath-taking thrillers and other exciting genre types. Hopefully, our film guide will help you dig up some great titles this month...
The Best Films to Watch
So, what are the top films to watch, exactly? The greatest films of all time? The real trailblazers? Our pick of top-rated films to watch includes an extensive range, from horror and adrenaline-pumping action to highly-regarded classics produced by the best writers and film directors in the industry.
What Makes a Good Film Good?
It’s a huge, million-pound question that can’t possibly be answered. Judgement comes down to personal taste – there’s a whole lot more to a good film than meets the eye. Why do some stand the test of time whilst others swiftly lose their worth? Here are some ideas on what we think makes a good film.
Pleasant/engaging characters. Characters are crucial in any storyline. At the end of the day, you’re giving a whole two hours of your time – that’s precious in today’s rat race, right? The protagonist (or hero) needs to elicit the response, “I understand them” or “that could be me.” If we don't like the central character of the film, then it won't stand up very well.
A clear theme. Top films to watch need to tell the audience something, whether it’s that you need to love yourself and others, that killing is bad and lying is wrong.
Simple plot. An over-elaborate plot doesn’t make for a good film to watch at all. Plot can make or break today’s cinema and while it doesn't have to be stripped to the bone, some plot points and twists tend to get messy.
Likeable ending. The finale is vital. Countless films have been ruined because of a dreadful ending. It needs to put a good lid on the rest of the film.
That said, there are a few films that are popular with almost everyone…
Universally Great Films to Watch
Most of us have experienced walking into the cinema, then walking out feeling like a different person. Films have the potential to inspire and shape our decisions about life. Let’s look at some universally nice films to watch...
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