Movie A to Z Challenge - Letter I

The alphabetical journey through the magical world of cinema continues and today's Movie A to Z Challenge post is dedicated to the letter I and maybe you haven't seen a couple of the movies below :)

Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino


Quentin Tarantino is a bloody genius and I had absolutely no idea how he would prove himself in war movie territory and was just blown away by how he handled it in Inglourious Basterds.

Great characters (Christoph Waltz as the charismatic sadist Hans Landa alone!), enjoyable dialogue that ends in a fierce shoot-out, references to 70's Italian classics, plus an incomparable, infinitely distant ending that is pure delightful and proclaims the triumph of true art.

I doubt that anyone but Quentin could have directed such an emotionally powerful movie and "reinvented" the war thriller genre.

I Come with the Rain, Anh Hung Tran


I love Asian thrillers because of the unusual plots, the depth of the characters and the very peculiar attitude towards violence and for a long time one of my favorites was I Come with the Rain directed by the French director of Vietnamese origin Anh Hung Tran.

The story of a young but shitty cop (played fantastically by Josh Hartnett) who comes to Hong Kong to help his colleague in a complicated investigation and search for a missing girl who seems to be in a strange sect, is gripping from the very first minutes and steadily moves towards a frighteningly realistic violent art house where Biblical quotations are replaced by ultra-violence or urban landscapes to Radiohead music.

The complex characters, the unparalleled plot, the heavy weight of the subject matter - the director is brilliant in keeping the tension and the ruthless finale makes you think about how safe real art should be.

La isla mínima, Alberto Rodríguez


Many of my friends are crazy about the True Detective series, so I was very pleased to recommend them the film "La isla mínima", released the same year by the Spanish filmmakers and very similar to it in spirit.

A couple of girls go missing in the Spanish countryside and the police send two detectives from the capital to look for them, who have fallen out of favor with the authorities. There's no point in telling you more - as the plot delights with a host of interesting twists and turns, and the visceral, Andalusian-style narrative and local scenery are literally mesmerizing.

I'm not surprised that Guillermo Del Toro called this story perfect and one of the top Spanish films of the 2000s.

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