The universe is not made of atoms, you see. It’s made of stories. And we are the heroes, the very fulcrum, around which ‘our’ story rotates.
A good movie is intriguing; it stirs our emotions, our thoughts, and the very perception, in a way that we’re left longing for more. Seeing a movie is a chance to experience the “what ifs” of life. Perhaps, some sort of an escape or perhaps, a window to the past. Truth is, we, as humans, always tend to empathize ourselves with the character. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that we live the movie and not just watch it.
So go get yourself a warm refreshing shower, shut those doors, turn off those blinding lights & grab some popcorn. You’re in for one hell of a treat. Here’s a list of 10 absolutely bewitching Hollywood flicks that will forever change the way you look at life and everything associated with it, in a way, that you’ll never be the same again.
1. Dead Poets Society (1989)
In “Dead Poets Society”, Peter Weir’s evocative private school requiem for free thinking, he is the English teacher. He’s come to shake the principles down, come to show ‘em that somewhere between the three Rs is an immensely pleasurable P for poetry. It is also one of the few movies where Robin is seen playing a rather serious character contrary to his “the comic next door” persona. The story switches gauchely from the joys of Keating’s classroom to focus on the theatrics of his students, seven boys who dare to “Carpe diem” as he’s taught them. This movie will arouse emotions you never knew you had. You will laugh, you will cry and you will laugh and cry in succession. But mostly, you will be inspired by the enticing English teacher, who unwittingly will teach you about life, about love. You will find yourself deeply touched and vulnerable, in a good way. And yes, you would want to read poetry or perhaps, even write.
2. Forrest Gump (1994)
It is a comedy, I reckon. Or maybe, a drama. Or, a dream. Any attempt to describe the movie will only be a mockery of its sheer brilliance. This is not a heartwarming story about a mentally unstable man. That cubbyhole is too limiting for Forrest. The movie is more of a penance or perhaps, introspective atonement, as seen through the eyes of a man who lacks the incredulity. Tom Hanks may be the only actor who could have played the role to such perfection. The performance is a mesmerising blend between comedy and sadness, in a story rich in big laughs and concealed truths.
The movie is described as ‘magical’, by many. But even that is an understatement.
3. Into the Wild (2007)
Narrating the true story of ill-fated adventurer Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild plays like a haunting postcard from the unknown. Sean Penn adapted the book by Jon Krakauer and directed the movie. This is a brooding, regretful, serious film about a young man swept away by his uncompromising decisions. Two of rather honest revelations in modern society are that we need a little help from our friends, and that sometimes we must depend on the compassion of strangers. If you don’t accept those two things, you will end up eventually in a bus of one kind or another. What can I say; it was delight to have watched this soulful movie. It made me cry. I felt moved in a way which happens very rarely. It didn’t feel calculated and synthetic, like so many other movies. It was very organic, natural and just upright prodigious. For the record, have a box of tissues nearby – just in case those eyes get moist towards the end. They will !
4. The Truman Show (1998)
I enjoyed “The Truman Show” on its levels of comedy and spectacle; I liked Truman in the same way I liked Forrest Gump– he was a simple man, honest, and easy to sympathize with. Jim Carrey stars as Truman Burbank, the ingenuous subject of a 24-hour live television program that records every second of his being — without his slightest cognition. From the day of his birth, Truman has been watched seamlessly by millions, while his family, friends and later his wife and co- workers, have all been played by actors. Fancy that ! “The Truman Show” is a satirical reality check—voyeurism, drill consumerism, media surveillance and dearth of privacy. We identify ourselves in Truman, who, like most of the leads in a Weir film, is struggling to find his standings in an alien world. And we also see ourselves in the TV fans that are all agog to watch him round the clock, stuffing the emptiness in their own miserable lives.
5. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
The opening credits are flashed against a billowing red background. Then the camera pulls back, and we realize that we’ve been looking all this time at a Nazi flag. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” is an uncanny Holocaust movie, but it’s one told from a different angle than any other Holocaust movie I’ve watched. Seen through the perspective of an 8-year-old boy, Bruno, the movie has the anatomy and aura of a fable, but it seeks no fable like distance in its emotions. Right from the beginning, the film evokes strong feelings and raging emotions.The boy hears from his tutor that Jews aren’t, in fact, humans. But Bruno doesn’t believe him. In that sense, he’s rather idiosyncratic, someone not susceptible to self-deceit, someone who, in germinal form, has a heightened perception that allows him to trust his intuition over what he’s told. Farmiga’s emotional purity and intensity have a rather cleansing quality – pristine, smooth and right. This role takes her abilities and her career to another dimension altogether.