Dino F. Avdibegović

Top 10 movies

Categories: [english], [film]

I was once asked to answer a question, which are the top ten movies that every man should watch in his lifetime? Here's my answer:

Mirror/Зеркало (1975, Tarkovsky)
Andrei Tarkovsky's masterpiece. The only film which can actually get me crying. But that is not important. What is important is how Tarkovsky actually managed sculpting in time. The film shows us what is time and what it means to humans. Are our lives short or eternal?


The Thin Red Line (1998, Malick)
The Thin Red Line is a beautiful masterpiece that shows us the meaninglessness of human non-tolerant and aggressive nature. What touched me the most was Malick's poetic interpretation of human ignorance on beauty, nature and peace/tranquility. I wrote about this film previously.


The New World (2005, Malick)
Malick’s another poetic take on a philosophical (existential) exploration of human understanding of the meaning of life. This work inspired me to write a poem seven years ago about, well, what I always write about.


Annie Hall (1977, Allen)
Woody Allen’s best work. It is clever, it is charming, it is everything.


Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others (2005, von Donnersmarck)
What a beautiful film with some excellent performances, but the true hero is Herr Wiesler and the story of the film. It is a story of how surveillance and state terror almost destroyed individuals and the whole nation. I've talked about the film in of the Film Magistery episodes.


The Big Lebowski (1998, Joel Coen)
One of the best comedies that are actually much more than the laughs. It is multilayered and full of critique of the society.


The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, Minghella)
It is been really a long time ago since I watched this film, but I remember how I loved its atmosphere, mise-en-scène and all the characters. And the story, oh boy, what a story.


Nuovo Cinema Paradiso/Cinema Paradiso (1988, Tornatore)
A beautiful film on childhood and the cinema as a medium.


A torinói ló/The Turin Horse (2011, Tarr)
The horse won't eat, won't drink, won't work. It can feel bad times coming. The Death approaching. The Turin Horse is a slow, really slow (but not indolent) study of deterioration of the firm and stable perception of reality. Permanence is only in our minds. Entropy is inevitable.


House of Sand and Fog (2003, Perelman)
A beautiful (and sad) story of human misery and the societal mechanics that are responsible for the agony.


More than a decade ago, I produced a more extensive list over notable films that people should watch.