Peter Kowalke

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Great Movies to Watch

By on January 23, 2024

Every Friday during my college years, I would watch two movies before starting my weekend studies. While I no longer have the luxury of watching movies on a Friday afternoon, I still love good cinema.

Here are some of the best recent films I’ve seen.

Asteroid City (2023)

World-changing events spectacularly disrupt the itinerary of a Junior Stargazer/Space Cadet convention in an American desert town circa 1955.

The Skin I Live In (2011)

A brilliant yet tortured plastic surgeon creates a type of synthetic skin which is resistant to any damage. But his guinea pig is a mysterious woman who holds the key to his past and obsessions.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023)

Henry Sugar, a wealthy man, decides to take on an extraordinary challenge – he wants to master an extraordinary skill in order to cheat at gambling games.

Borgen: Power & Glory (Netflix series, 2022)

Foreign Minister Birgitte Nyborg finds her career in jeopardy when a dispute over oil in Greenland threatens to become an international crisis.

John Adams (HBO series, 2008)

The series revolves around the life of the second President of the United States of America, John Adams and traces his formative years and the first fifty years of USA’s development.

Also Seen Recently (Honorable Mention)

These are some of the other movies I’ve seen recently that are worth a watch. While not quite as good as the films above, they still are well worth your viewing time. Consider these honorable mentions.

All Quiet on the Western Front (2022)

War breaks out in Germany in 1914. Paul Bäumer and his classmates quickly enlist in the army to serve their fatherland. No sooner are they drafted than the first images from the battlefield show them the reality of war.

Tetris (2022)

Henk Rogers discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by travelling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov to bring the game to the masses.

A Love Song (2022)

Faye is a lone traveller who bides her time fishing, birding and stargazing at a rural Colorado campground as she awaits the arrival of Lito, a figure from her past who’s navigating his own tentative and nomadic journey across the rugged West.

Argentina, 1985 (2022)

The true story of how a public prosecutor, a young lawyer, and their inexperienced legal team dared to prosecute the heads of Argentina’s bloody military dictatorship.

The Wrong Missy (2020)

Disaster strikes when a man invites his dream girl to an island resort, but a previous blind date with the same name shows up instead.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

Nelson Mandela, a black solicitor, jailed by the white segregationist government in South Africa in the 1960s, overcomes personal and political struggles en route to dismantling apartheid there.

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (2006)

A documentary film about Thomas Sankara, the former president of Burkina Faso. Often referred to as “the African Che,” Thomas Sankara became an eminent figure in Africa.

The Last King of Scotland (2006)

An Ugandan dictator befriends a Scottish doctor. When the doctor engages in an affair, it sets into motion a horrifying chain of events that open his eyes to the dictator’s cruel regime.

Lumumba (2000)

A gripping political thriller which tells the story of the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba.

Pedestrian

Films I’ve seen that were average. But I list them here to be a completist. Most aren’t bad. They just don’t stick with you the way that the above films do.

My All-Time Favorite Movies

For the full list of movies that get me excited, see my All Time Favorite Movies List:

See My Favorite Movies List.

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