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portrait    Name: Ruth
   Location: Finland, at the moment Pietarsaari
   Occupation: former English major at the University of Vaasa. Minoring in communication studies, terminology and technical communication & intercultural communication. Recently graduated. Now in transition from the humanities to tourism business and studying at COU
   Bithday: 25 July
   Age: Twenty-something
   Interests: photography, painting & drawing, good books (including novels, short storys, poetry or drama), movies, cultures & traveling & outdoor sports
   Favourite music: Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, John Mayer, The White Stripes, Jamie Cullum, Craig David, Kayne West, Shirley Bassey, Dusty Springfield, Eagels, Simon & Garfunkel, The Queen, Nancy Williams, Abba, Smilers, Blacky, Nas, Cat Stewens, John Legend, and the list goes on...

In what follows, I have a tiny little list over my favourite movies (in which I have relied on The Internet Movie Database for release dates). Although I would recommend each and every one of these movies, that would be a very subjective recommendation indeed, and without a doubt all these films won't be liked by everybody. Bergman's films, for instance, are the kind of films that, in my opinion, require you to shut up for a couple of hours, forget the reality around you and really get into the reality of the film (this means forgetting about running to the fridge every now and then). Otherwise his films will unavoidably seem simply bizarre, hard (or impossible) to grasp, and generating comments such as 'wtf?'.
Anyhow, if the list looks too short, it's probably because I've forgotten something.

Ingmar Bergman's

Summer with Monika (1953)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
The Silence (1963)
Winter Light (1963)
Persona (1966)
A Passion (1969)
Scenes from a Marriage (1973)
Autumn Sonata (1978)
Saraband (2003)

Hayao Miyazaki's

Laputa-Castle in the sky (1986)
Grave of the fireflies (1988)
Kiki's delivery service (1989)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
Sprited Away (2001)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Alfred Hitchcock's

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Notorious (1946)
Rope (1948)
Rear Window (1954)
Vertigo (1958)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
The Birds (1963)

1930s films

Queen Christina (1933)
Anna Karenina (1935)
Gone with the Wind (1939)

1940s films

The Great Dictator (1940)
Casablanca (1942)
Brief Encounter (1945)

1950s films

A Place in the Sun (1951)
East of Eden (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Giant (1956)
Mon oncle (1958)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

1960s films

The Apartment (1960)
A bout de souffle [Breathless] (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg [The Umbrellas of Cherbourg] (1964)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Graduate (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)

1970s films

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Klute (1971)
Solyaris (1972)
The Godfather I (1972), II (1974)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
One Flew Over the Cockoo's Nest (1975)
Sagan on Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton [animation] (1975)
Coming Home (1978)
Tess (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Rocky 1 (1976), II (1979)

1980s films

Blade Runner (1982)
Scarface (1983)
Out of Africa (1985)
Rocky III (1982), IV (1985)
Stand by Me (1986)

1990s films

The Godfather III (1990)
Goodfellas (1990)
Thelma and Louis (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Home Alone (1990), II (1992)
Trois couleurs: Bleu [Three Colors: Blue] (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Heat (1995)
The Net (1995)
Bridges of Madison Country (1995)
The English Patient (1996)
Trainspotting (1996)
Titanic (1997)
Rounders (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
The Matrix (1999)

2000s films

Memento (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Moulin Rouge (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Ice Age I (2002), IA: The Meltdown (2006)
The Hours (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Spider (2002)
8 Mile (2002)
24 Hour Party People (2002)
The Man Without a Past (Finnish) (2002)
Sylvia (2003)
Evil [Ondskan] (2003)
Chicago (2002)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Ray (2004)
The Aviator (2004)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Super Size Me (2004)
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Äideistä parhain [Mother of Mine] (2005)
Les Amants du Flore (2006)
Laitakaupungin valot [Lights in the Dusk] (2006)
Marie Antoinette (2006)
The Queen (2006)
Persepolis [animation] (2007)

I was rather hoping that my 'older' movies (the 1930s to about 1970s) list would have been longer, and the 'newer' movies list, conversely, much shorter. This is because I much prefer and enjoy watching older movies... Then again, looking at the list, many of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s films on my list are set, partly or in their entirety, in the 1920s (The Aviator, Out of Africa), 1940s (The Hours, Äideistä parhain, Schindler's List, The English Patient), 1950s (Ray, A Beautiful Mind), 1960s (The Hours, Goodfellas, Bridges of Madison Country), as well as 1970s (24 Hour Party People).

Got any recommendations to make?
Since I then especially like old movies (old AND black&white is even better), I'd particularly appreciate hints about movies of this type. The easiest way for you to send me your hints is through my simple and straight forward contact form image
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