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Grizzly Man, Parasite and Do the Right Thing among the top 10 films you need to watch right now on Amazon Prime Video




Indie film reviewer and Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes picks the top 10 films you need to watch and enjoy on Amazon Prime Video

10. Synecdoche, New York

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman gave one of his finest performances in this madly ambitious and frequently baffling story of a theatre director's life spiralling out of control. Being John Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's unique vision is a desperately sad deconstruction of the human mind, complete with absurdist humour and existential terror.

Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York

9. Parasite

Korean director Bong Joon-ho is at the top of his game in this genre-mashing, convention-defying, record-breaking triumph, constructing an intricate social satire about warring families.

To reveal more about the ingeniously twisty plot would be to ruin some of its many surprises - if you haven't already seen Parasite, what are you waiting for?

Parasite. Picture: PA Photo/Curzon Artificial Eye
Parasite. Picture: PA Photo/Curzon Artificial Eye

8. If Beale Street Could Talk

Barry Jenkins' follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight is a mesmeric love story set amid the racial injustice of 1970s Harlem, powered by an outstanding ensemble cast and a masterful score from Nicholas Britell.

The film was largely overlooked when it came to awards season, but is in fact one of the best of recent years.

If Beale Street Could Talk. Picture: PA Photo/Annapurna Releasing, LLC/Tatum Mangus
If Beale Street Could Talk. Picture: PA Photo/Annapurna Releasing, LLC/Tatum Mangus

7. His Girl Friday

A sharp Cary Grant and an even sharper Rosalind Russell star in this screwball comedy classic about a newspaper editor's attempt to win back the affection of his ace reporter and ex-wife.

The rapid dialogue, which has influenced filmmakers from Godard to Tarantino, is packed full of so many gags that you'll only notice a fraction of them on first viewing.

His Girl Friday (44465892)
His Girl Friday (44465892)

6. Let the Right One In

There are hints of The Addiction in director Tomas Alfredson's reinterpretation of the vampire mythology. Yet his film is more of a coming-of-age tale than a traditional horror story as it follows the developing friendship of two lonely children to hauntingly beautiful effect.

Although later remade in the US as Let Me In, the Swedish-language original remains the 21st century's best vampire film.

Let the Right One In (44465890)
Let the Right One In (44465890)

5. Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee's finest joint is a cinematic pressure cooker that simmers with anger as racial tensions flare on the hottest day of summer after a Brooklyn pizzeria becomes a symbol for community prejudice.

It's a vibrant concoction of music, humour and fury that has never been more relevant.

Do the Right Thing (44465888)
Do the Right Thing (44465888)

4. Grizzly Man

Few documentaries are as astonishing as this stranger-than-fiction offering from 2005. Maverick filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the life of Timothy Treadwell, who was killed after spending 13 summers living with bears in the Alaskan Wilderness.

Treadwell's remarkable footage and Herzog's own narration make for a heart-breaking and beautiful film.

Grizzly Man (44465886)
Grizzly Man (44465886)

3. La Dolce Vita

For a black and white film from 1960, Federico Fellini's Italian classic seems strikingly modern in its depiction of a tabloid journalist's hedonistic lifestyle and his quest for 'the sweet life'.

It's an intoxicating and ultimately melancholic exploration of self-worth that will have you hooked throughout its epic three-hour runtime.

Be sure to check out Fellini's other masterpieces on Prime Video.

La Dolce Vita (44465903)
La Dolce Vita (44465903)

2. Dancer in the Dark

Starring as a factory worker gradually losing her eyesight, Icelandic superstar Bjork made her feature film debut in this Palme d'Or-winning musical-tragedy from Danish provocateur Lars Von Trier.

Grim, brutal and unrelentingly bleak, Dancer in the Dark may not be your typical musical, but it will surely be one of the most overwhelmingly powerful films you'll ever see.

Dancer in the Dark (44465884)
Dancer in the Dark (44465884)

1. Pan's Labyrinth

The masterpiece in Guillermo Del Toro's unique brand of gothic fairy tales is Pan's Labyrinth, a part fantasy, part war film that finds a young girl confronting monsters both fantastical and human in the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War.

Del Toro's meditation on childhood is, for me, the pinnacle of modern fantasy cinema, a life-affirming gem full of nightmarish horror and dark, twisted beauty.

If you're only going to see one film on Prime Video, make sure it's this one!

Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth


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