While we have one last month to bid farewell to Autumn, we are starting to prepare the list of movies we will watch in the winter season and accompany us on cold winter days. We recommend five different films on different subjects, with which we can reconcile what we think when we look at the screen with the feeling that awakens inside us when we look out of the window.
- The Thing (1982)
The Thing is a 1982 film directed by John Carpenter and written by Bill Lancaster. The movie is in the science fiction-horror genre and features adapted from John W. Campbell Jr.’s Who Goes There? Novel. The film begins with a US research station in Antarctica having to destroy a Norwegian helicopter due to a notification from a Norwegian base. When they arrive at the Norwegian bottom to find out what’s going on, they find that the entire bottom is dead or missing. Based on the remains of a creature burned by the Norwegians at this base, they encountered the “Thing,” an extraterrestrial form that assimilated and imitated organisms. They discovered that this “Thing” could spread like a virus to all life forms, breaking the trust of the group members in each other; tensions rise in the film, which is about them starting to suspect that they are ‘the things.’ “The Thing,” which John Carpenter stated as his favorite movie among his films, brings a psychological and social atmosphere to the screen that will make you shudder on cold winter days.
- The Hateful Eight (2015)
The Hateful Thing, an American Western movie written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is a legendary movie that won great acclaim for its plot and soundtrack. The plot begins after the Civil War when bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) accompanies Daisy Domergue (Leigh) to Red Rock to meet justice for her crime. On their way out, they encounter other bounty hunter, Marquis Warren (Jackson) and Chris Mannix (Goggins). Due to the snowstorm in the following process, a group of foreigners takes shelter in Minnie’s Haberdashery. Among these outsiders are Red Rock’s executioner Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), Bob (Bichir), Joe Gage (Madsen), and Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the blizzard continues, these eight learn that they cannot reach Red Rock due to their intrigue.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth, stars Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, and Tom Wilkinson. The movie’s plot is about Joel Barish and Clementine, whose paths collide, become the love of each other’s lives, and live in the process. One day, the two fight among themselves and learn that Clementine has gone to a center in New York to have her memories erased. Knowing this, Joel decides to involve the same process to himself and goes to the exact center. The duo, whose memories of each other are gradually being erased and are now more soulless than they used to be, enter the stage of thinking about each other again. Combining the genres of romance, sci-fi, and drama, this movie also combines love, life, trust, and devotion and comes to life in the characters.
- The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson, inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. The film is about M. Gustave H. (Fiennes), the famous porter of a twentieth-century mountain resort in the fictional former Eastern European country of Zubrowka and accused of the murder of a wealthy dowager (Swinton). M. Gustave H. and her trusted close friend, the lobby boy Zero Moustafa (Revolori), visit Madame’s Schoss Lutz mansion after the mysterious death of Madame D., where the lawyer reading Madame’s will presents Gustave with a Renaissance painting. They learn that he left the Apple Boy. All of Madame’s living relatives are suspicious and angry that this priceless artifact has been left to Gustave. After the events heat up, various adventures await Gustave and Zero, and everyone is somehow harmed in the combat for this family fortune.
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)
Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things is an adaptation of Iain Reid’s 2016 book. Starring Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis, this movie chronicles the plot of a young woman (Buckley) on a trip to their farm to meet her boyfriend (Plemons) and her boyfriend’s family. In this film, which includes drama and thriller genres, the character’s inner conflicts, sudden mood swings, questioning of their worlds and experiences, and uncertainty throughout the process come to the fore. Throughout the film, the narrative is interrupted from time to time, and the image of a janitor going to work appears on the screen, and two separate stories intersect at a common point at the end of the film. In this gripping film, you can observe people who have nothing left to lose and are not afraid to fail.