5 Dramas – The Collection #5

50-50 Collection

  • (500) Days of Summer – Directed by Marc Webb.
  • 50/50 – Directed by Jonathan Levine.
  • Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater.
  • Lost in Translation – Directed by Sofia Coppola.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Directed by Stephen Chbosky.

As you may have noticed, The Collection has been re-scheduled and reformatted. I’ll try to add up to a handful of films at the end of every month, and this is the first time I’m following the new format. This month I’m adding five of my favorite dramas to The Collection. These are all must-watch films.

The two first films on the list both include the talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or JGL as some call him. What’s interesting about these films is that both of them have gotten better each time I watch them. (500) Days of Summer didn’t work extremely well for me the first time I saw it, but something happened as I rewatched it. I think I was in a better mood for that type of film the second time around, and I really do love that film now.

On the other hand, I always loved 50/50, but every time I watch the film I get more upset that this film isn’t as well-known as it deserves to be. JGL and Rogen are both brilliant in the film, and I do think it is a dramedy masterpiece. Speaking of masterpieces, Boyhood is another amazing film worthy of praise. I’m still annoyed by the fact that the Academy Awards didn’t give it as much love as it deserved.

I’m also adding The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a tremendous coming-of-age drama starring Logan Lerman. I actually ended up reading the book that it is based on after having seen the film. I’d probably say the film is as good as the book, but the book definitely feels more intimate, as is to be expected.

Other than Boyhood, Lost in Translation may be the most famous of the films I’m adding to The Collection this month. I, sort of, just watched this film with zero expectations. I knew that Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray were in it, but I didn’t really know what it was all about. Lost in Translation is a really nice but bittersweet experience, please check this one out as well.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex

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