QJBlogs Movie Recommendations: Part One

By Trilby Goouch
Blogs Editor

We’re bringing you some of our favourite movie picks and recommendations based on what we've been watching over the past few weeks; whether you’re into white collar crime, romcoms or court-room thrillers, we’ve got 10 recommendations (both old and new) to see you through the next few weeks (Reading Week midday movie marathon, anyone?)

1. Margin Call- A Wall Street drama centred around the infamous 24 hours before the 2008 financial crisis; the slick characters (Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany and Kevin Spacey to name a few) are entertaining, while the movie does a great job at incorporating some black humour into the tense, cut-throat plot.

2. Layer Cake- For those of you who love British gangster movies like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, or if you have a thing for Daniel Craig.

3. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps- Michael Douglas is as badass as ever, and Shia LaBeouf does a great job at portraying a smart kid trying to keep his conscience clear while surrounded by a lot of money-hungry suits.

4. An Education- If you love Europe or dream of living in Paris, you’re sure to enjoy the glamorous lifestyle portrayed in the film, which features the innocent school-girl Carey Mulligan and her much older suitor.

5. He’s Just Not That Into You- If you’ve already seen it (and we’re confident you already have), re-watch it for the 10th time and we promise it’ll be just as good as the first time around.

6. The Girl Next Door- Though we could go on about the good-looking Elisha Cuthbert, the young Emile Hirsch is endearing and innocent opposite her fiery character; perfect if you’re looking for a classic high school movie setting and loved 10 Things I Hate About You.

7. Primal Fear- One of my favourite Ed Norton movies with a gripping plot and a chills-inducing twist; one of the best court room whodunit films out there.

8. Julie & Julia- Great for all you foodies or Meryl Streep fans. A light flick for a girl’s night in or Sunday morning moviefest.

9. A Single Man- A moving performance by Colin Firth and Nicholas Hoult (he was just as captivating in About A Boy). Tom Ford’s directorial debut is artistically shot and filled with great fashion.

10. The Last King of Scotland- Forest Whitaker gives one of the best performances we’ve ever seen as the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who reined during the 1970s. His character is bone-chillingly evil; get ready to be left in a pretty intense headspace.

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