BY KENDALL ERICKSON
With the release of his new film Trance, a movie about an art auctioneer who gets involved with a gang and later teams up with a hypnotherapist to get back a stolen painting, it is clear that describing Danny Boyle as eccentric is an understatement.
From drug addicts to zombies, this man has directed some of the greatest and most bizarre films of his time.
5) 28 Days Later…
This thriller centers on the character of Jim (Cillian Murphy) who wakes up from a coma 28 days after a catostrophic event to find that he is all alone in a London hospital. When he leaves and begins to search for people, he quickly realizes that London has been deserted. Rescued by fellow survivors Selena and Mark, Jim soon learns that a horrible virus has spread through London, effectively destroying the city and causing those infected to become murderous and rabid.
4) 127 Hours
This movie is based on the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston. While hiking through Utah, a bolder falls on him, crushing his arm and leaving him trapped within a canyon for five days. As Aron tries to do everything he can to save himself, including some things that may make the feint of heart a little bit squeamish, he reflects on his life. Realizing that he is willing to do anything to free himself, Aron undergoes the impossible as he awaits rescue.
3) The Beach
Because who doesn’t want to watch a young Leonardo DiCaprio bask in the sunshine while shirtless on a beach? A boy named Richard (DiCaprio) gains possession of an unusual map that is said to lead to an isolated island paradise. However, things are not all as they appear, and soon Richard and his friends find themselves fighting for their lives in the very place they worked so hard to find.
2) Slumdog Millionaire
Nearly everyone knows about this one. It was nominated for 10 Oscars and won 8 at the 2009 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Teenager Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) wins the ultimate prize on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. But when people begin to speculate how he managed to win, the audience is taken on a journey, learning about Jamal’s past and his destiny. This is a beautiful cinematic achievement paired with a love story that is enough to make even the toughest of moviegoers reach for the tissues.
Who could ever forget about this classic British film? Trainspotting centres around Renton (Ewan McGregor) and four other unforgettable characters (who could ever forget about Begbie?!). Heavily addicted to heroin and a slur of other drugs, Renton tries desperately to clean up his act and escape the Edinburgh drug scene, but finds that doing so has an effect on his relationship with family and friends. This one is not one anyone should pass up. Not only was it nominated at the 1997 Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, but it is also ranked 10 out of 100 on the British Film Institute of best British films of all time.