Movies You Should Watch By Yourself

Movies You Should Watch By Yourself


Movie-watching can be an enriching communal
experience, but some films are better enjoyed solo. Contemplative dramedies, slow-burning thrillers,
dialogue-free dramas — certain films are best absorbed all by yourself, with zero distractions. For example … All Is Lost Robert Redford’s ability to grip audiences
with a compelling performance has never waned throughout his long career. That gift is particularly evident in J.C.
Chandor’s All Is Lost, an acclaimed 2013 drama in which Redford’s unnamed sailor endures
a litany of increasingly life-threatening mishaps during a solo ocean voyage. Watching this film alone is a transformative
experience. There’s only one character and he hardly ever
speaks, which makes sounds that ordinarily might not be noticed all the more intriguing. With most of the sound coming from the main
character shuffling around, what would normally be an ordinary background detail becomes a
key factor in the film’s immersion. Every detail in All Is Lost requires your
full attention. Gravity Alfonso Cuarón’s hit 2013 space drama Gravity
is a film that filled theaters for weeks—but in order to truly exert its devastating impact,
it needs to be seen alone. For one, the filmmakers do an excellent job
of projecting panic onto the audience after Sandra Bullock’s character is marooned in
space. Fear is alleviated somewhat in a group setting,
so truly putting yourself in her position requires watching the film alone. Whether or not there’s sound in space is up
for debate, but Cuarón’s command of Gravity’s soundtrack is the second reason you should
watch it by yourself—and with the volume high. It’s the type of film in which the intensity
continuously builds, amplified by the skillful use of sound. Even the crescendo in the score allows audiences
to feel the emotional weight of Bullock’s character’s struggle to reach Earth—and
survive. It’s a thrillride best experienced alone,
with nothing to distract you. Into the Wild Based on the novel of the same name by Jon
Krakauer, Into the Wild tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a recent college
grad who braved the Alaskan wilderness in the early ’90s and sadly passed away a few
months into his trek. Into the Wild’s judgment-free dramatization
of McCandless’ doomed pilgrimage offers a perfectly introspective example of a movie
that makes the view think about what they would do in a similar situation. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to abandon
materialism and go on a solo adventure of your own in the Alaskan wilderness. It’s an incredibly dangerous proposition,
but you wouldn’t be the first. The Fountain Darren Aronofsky’s filmography is studded
with Biblical symbolism, and The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz as
star-crossed lovers, offers a particularly absorbing example. The film is a visual spectacle, to say the
least, but its three storylines are just as finely crafted—and easy to lose track of
if you aren’t paying close attention. Lose concentration and you could easily miss
details crucial to grasping the story as a whole. The Fountain is an exceptionally emotional
story, but watching it unfold with a group of friends might very well take you out of
the moment. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward
Robert Ford It may be slow at times—okay, most of the
time—but this dramatization of the titular infamous killing never stops building in intensity,
due in large part to the stylized directing style of Andrew Dominik and the masterful
eye of cinematographer Roger Deakins. The train robbery scene, in particular, is
an excellent example of just how hypnotic cinematography can be. Do yourself a favor and tune out chatter during
a masterpiece like The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Lost in Translation Featuring one of Bill Murray’s greatest performances,
along with exceptional work from Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation earned Sofia
Coppola the third Best Director nomination offered to a woman in Oscars history. It isn’t that taking in Lost in Translation
with a crowd will make you lose sight of the story—there isn’t much of a plot—but the
self-reflection the movie motivates stands to be lost in a group. Like Johansson’s character learns in that
unforgettable final scene, there are some secrets you only learn when you’re leaning
in close enough to hear a whisper. Any of Hayao Miyazaki’s films Legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki
has done more for animation than many casual filmgoers might realize. His movies may not be as well-known to the
general public as Disney’s library of hits, but from The Castle of Cagliostro to The Wind
Rises, Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli have expanded the animation genre to make room
for sophisticated storytelling and exceptionally beautiful visuals. They aren’t event movies, though, and they
aren’t made for watching with a group of friends. Tackling thought-provoking themes in their
own distinctive style, Miyazaki movies demand the type of emotional room you can only get
solo. No Country for Old Men Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the
same name, this modern Western thriller won Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars. It’s considered one of the greatest films
of the century, as well as the Coen brothers’ masterpiece…and that’s saying something. If you’re unfamiliar with the form, Westerns
can be slow, punctuated with intermittent bursts of heightened action, and No Country
for Old Men is a prime example. The tension, suspense, and thrills never stop
building, yet the film as a whole is eerily quiet. If you’re forced to deal with distractions
during the movie, you’ll be taken right out of the story—breaking its spell and ruining
the experience altogether. “Yes sir. I got it under control.” Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  1. Gravity was boring as. All the chick did was scream, sob and cry for about an hour. Should be replaced with Interstellar

  2. I definitely agree with watching any Hayao Miyazaki films alone. I only watch those alone, as the storylines are so beautiful and pronounced. The sound tracks are always magnificent as well, so being alone and in a quiet place whole watching his movies is really a whole new experience

  3. whether or not there's sound in space is up for debate what smh I gotta wonder where they get you people from because you tend to say the most stupid shit

  4. …there are are quite a few movies " I watch by myself…" .. am I right guys- huh, huh ???? ( ah, never mind )

  5. If you enjoy Thrillers, and havent yet seen No Country For Old Men, do yourself a favor, and watch it. Its one of the best. I didnt quite like the ending, but it does make you think a little.

  6. This actually makes me better understand why so many movies that I like best aren't the most popular films. It might be that my tastes are not so unique after all… it may just be that I don't prefer the kinds of movies that people love to watch in groups as much as the ones that are better suited for self-introspection. Why weren't more of my favorite films blockbusters? Possibly it's just because people don't like grabbing a bunch of their friends, buying multiple movie tickets together, and crowding into theaters for movies that actually make you think.

  7. No Bladerunner? Really? Either the first or 2049 has a deep discussion of the meaning of being human and the visual is one of the best in 2049.

  8. As an engineer, the inaccuracies in the movie "Gravity" were too much and distracted at such a severe level that it was impossible for me to enjoy the movie. Despite what the majority thinks, I genuinely dislike this movie severely and I was looking forward to watching this movie.

  9. Whoever this narrator is, he should think about doing voiceovers for everything. Most announcer types have something off-putting or completely repugnant about their voice. I find nothing to fault with this person – no lisp, no disgusting excess saliva sounds, no mispronounced words, etc. – which is unusual and refreshing.

  10. Personally, I like watching certain movies alone because it makes me more comfortable than in the theater. After all, I gave up on going to the movies because of occasional noises from a bunch of rowdy young people and that's my opinion.

  11. I randomly watched No Country For Old Men alone, on tv. It traumatised me in some way I did not expect but I loved the movie!

    My brain stored this dark memory in a mystery box until one day, when I was watching Eat Pray Love… I just couldn't shake this inexplicable baaaad feeling about that guuuy lol!

    I didn't know Javier Bardem at all, so I had to google him and my heart just sank when I read the words "2007 : No Country For Old Men"

    Whew!

    It hit me like a brick!

    Aannnd now I need to watch it again. Cool.

  12. i watched gravity alone and i'm afraid of heights… lets just say i had anxiety threw out the entire movie but i enjoyed it lol

  13. I have two best friends that like to watch movies like me, but because of various issues, it's always hard to find time to watch movies with them. That is until we become roommates last year. I had always talked about Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli movies to them and was excited to show some to them starting with Spirited Away. Biggest regret in my life. ok, that's an exaggeration lol. But damn they don't appreciate the movie at all… it's too weird, too creepy, it's cartoonish…sigh. I stopped watching Ghibli movies with them after that. We still watched other movies but I now hesitate to share any 'weird' movies with them anymore

  14. Cast Away, The Shawshank Redemption, ‎I Am Legend, The Book of Eli, the road, Drive, Blade Runner (All), The Silence of the Lambs, Seven, Little Big Man, Unforgiven, The Green Mile, Macbeth (2015), Interstellar, Valhalla Rising, Interview With The Vampire, Equilibrium (2002), Ravenous, Hara-Kiri Death of a Samurai, V for Vendetta, Hitcher (1986), Mad Max (All), The Grey, The Happening, Knowing, Planet of the Apes, Conan the Barbarian (1982), Dune and Dune miniseries…. etc.

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