Movies have improved in leaps and bounds over the years. In fact, it’s hard to imagine going back to the bygone era of films where quality was denoted by top-notch acting rather than computer generated special effects. However, a lack of unbelievable special effects does not mean that a film is boring. In fact, we believe quite the opposite!
Like movies, television sets have also benefitted from new technology over the years. For example, just a few years ago it would have been hard to comprehend the existence of smart TVs or Ultra HD 4K models such as the ones made by Toshiba.
So if you’re lucky enough to own a state of the art UHD TV, what films should you be lining up to play on it? Here are 10 of our best UHD worthy picks:
10. Fight Club
Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this truly fantastic movie about an insomniac office worker (Norton) who discovers a new best friend in local soap maker (Pitt). The pair discover that channelling male aggression through fighting acts as a form of therapy. The concept explodes and underground ‘fight clubs’ start popping up everywhere. Be prepared for a lot of twists in this knockout movie.
9. The Lord of the Rings : The Return of the King
Frodo, Gandalf and the rest of the chums are back in this sequel to the acclaimed Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring film. Based on the epic Tolkien book, The Return of the King sees Frodo and Sam following the ever shifty Gollum towards Mordor, unaware of his divided loyalties and lust for the one ring that rules them all. Meanwhile, Frodo’s other companions find themselves in a great battle against Sauron’s newest ally, Saruman.
8. 12 Angry Men
This black and white movie is a classic, despite the fact that almost the entire film takes place in one room. Based on the play, 12 Angry Men tells the story of 12 jurors chosen to consider the verdict in the murder trial of a young Spanish-American. What starts off as an open and shut decision soon unfolds into an enthralling mini drama with each juror having his own part to play.
7. Schindler’s List
The second black and white movie in our line up, Schindler’s List is a harsh reminder of the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. The main character, Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) is a greedy German businessman who becomes the unlikely saviour of hundreds of Jews when he turns his factory into a refuge and halts their inevitable journey to Auschwitz.
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Clint Eastwood plays Blondie (the good), a gunslinger who teams up with a guy named Tuco (the ugly) to make money off of the latter’s bounty reward. The pair soon learn that a significant amount of gold has been buried in a cemetery, each having his own piece of vital information relating to its exact location. As such, the duo need to keep each other alive in order to get their hands on the stash. Meanwhile, Angel Eyes (the bad) discovers that the pair is searching for gold and follows them closely.
5. Pulp Fiction
Quentin Tarantino makes great movies and Pulp Fiction is no exception. The film sees the lives of several seemingly unrelated people intertwine with devastating, funny and downright entertaining results. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Tim Roth all star in this cult classic.
4. The Dark Knight
There have been numerous Batman films over the years but The Dark Knight is definitely the best of the bunch. Aided by Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman ups the tempo on his war against crime and goes head-to-head with a super villain known as The Joker.
3. The Silence of the Lambs
This chilling film focuses on a young FBI cadet played by Jodie Foster who is designated to solve the case of a missing woman. Foster’s character soon realises that the victim is most likely being held by a psychopath serial killer. To gain a better insight into the killer’s life, the young cadet seeks the advice of another serial killer, Dr Hannibal Lecter, played brilliantly by Anthony Hopkins.
2. The Godfather
Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo’s classic gangster movie tells the story of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), an aging patriarch who heads up one of New York’s most respected mafia families. Corleone’s son Michael has just returned from war but makes it clear that he doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. That is until a series of events ultimately alter his way of thinking…
1. The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins come together in this prison-based movie that sees them both serving lengthy sentences. Despite being from very different backgrounds, the pair become firm friends and Robbins’s character soon surprises everyone in the prison with an ingenious plan he hatches and successfully pulls off. The Shawshank Redemption seeks to remind us that no matter how bad the situation, our self-worth should always be maintained.
Movies, movies, movies!