A 1992 classic American movie by Martin Brest, got legendary Al Pacino, his Oscar Award for Best Actor. Also starring my crush Chris O'Donell.
The movie is about a retired American Army Colonel Frank Slade, blind and frustrated with his disabled life. How young Charles on weekend service to him, helps him realize the value of his life and how Colonel makes Charles realize the value of sticking to values is so moving, it definitely takes more than an Oscar for best performance.
“If you get all tangled up, just tango on.”
2. THE BEFORE TRILOGY
The Before trilogy consists of three films directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy as lovers Jesse and Céline at three different parts of their lives. The trilogy consists of the films Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. 1995, 2004, 2013.
A romantic movie so philosophical and slice-of-life, it made me think about it since the time I watched it, and it's been months. The chemistry, the conversations, the locales, the feelings there is not one thing that I love about it but everything, every little smile, every little frown. No doubt it is cult.
The way the lead pair unravels the conundrums in their lives, is what I always wanted to know, left with so many answers and an interest in life and love. Cheers to this epic and I am a stan. Take a Bow!
3. THE PIANIST
This 2002 Roman Polanski movie is based on the traumatic episode from the horrendous holocaust of WWII.
An amazing movie capturing the darkest of humanity, got Adrien Brody his Oscar for Best performance in a Leading Role. Based on the life of acclaimed Polish musician Wladyslaw it traces the trials and tribulations of several Polish people facing German Nazi atrocities, and facing death or disease.
How he survives the gruesome period is definitely a worth-watch cinematic experience, very few movies can provide. Sensitive, moving, and with a lesson on kindness-a perfect movie for a lifetime.
4. THE FLORIDA PROJECT
A 2017 Sean Baker movie, that still disturbs me as I think of it, especially the heart wrenching end scenes.
I get goosebumps thinking about it, the reality of so many people like the lead characters portrayed, homeless, helpless, jobless and still hanging in there. The trauma, the hopes are so well captured, it seems surreal.
5. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
An Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Performance in Supporting Role, says enough about the craft of the film.
Self-confidence, power of a family, the vicissitudes of life, you name it and the story packs a bittersweet comment of the same. Through the eyes of a child and through the lives of a troubled family, the story takes us on a road trip into our own minds maze, hilarious and touching, a masterpiece.
PS. BG painting by my lil sis.
Edit May 2021. Also adding to this list recently watched amazing flicks...
A. WHIPLASH (for those who like music.)
B. SECRET LIFE of WALTER MITTY (for some breezy motivation.)
C. A BEAUTIFUL MIND (for those who wish to expand knowledge of and sensitivity towards mental health and understand the value of family support.)