Watching a movie is no longer a rare, celebratory phenomenon like it used to be. Gone are the days when they would be restricted to the upper classes of the society only for viewing. With the advancement of technology, movies releasing anywhere can be viewed by anyone today. They have now become readily available for everyone to watch and experience.
Movies are not defined by language, but by the usage and exploitation of it. But when words fall short, moments should make up for them. Some episodes demand a certain silence, and it is the filmmaker's vision as an artist to portray that on celluloid. Having said that, sometimes it can become a difficult task to specifically figure out why one liked or disliked a movie. It could be the execution, the editing, the story or that something, somewhere that made you feel absolutely nothing as you left the cinema.
So the following is a list of five films that have quite honestly left me with a post-movie hangover! I have gone back to them time and again, on several occasions when I needed a sense of comfort and they have never failed me.
Easily one of the most widely quoted movies of all time, Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather is still regarded to be at the top of its game when it comes to depicting the Mafia world. The trilogy swirls on the murky, yet enticing journey of the Coppola family amidst other mob feuds, life threatening situations and the changing face of the gangster scene. With an enchanting background score by Nino Rota, Godfather is the thrilling underlying story of saving one's family from the bloody claws of one's business.
This moving narration of the undeniable bond between a teacher and his students will have the power to overwhelm you like nothing else. Preaching the eternal message of carpe diem meaning seize the day, Robin Williams' Professor John Keating manages to capture the very essence of knowledge and life: being in the present. He emphasizes the need of love, friendship, and courage to successfully create a life that is not just commendable but also extraordinary. Ah tears, every time.
Chuck Palahniuk's bestseller turned movie, Fight Club portrays the relationship shared between men and their fears. The story progresses with the disturbing life of a man trying to cope with his public image and the private, latent schizophrenia playing internally and how he eventually comes to terms with it .
This narrative is the quest of an emotionally introvert man, Joel to preserve the fading memory of his former lover, Clementine. It is also depicted that most of the scenes of the two of them together, happen in Joel's head. The movie keeps flitting backward and forwards between the past memories inside his head and the present as her final vision appears saying Meet me in Montauk.
This is a beautiful portrayal of a true story of a star student who left everything behind to experience a world of adventure in the lap of nature. Christopher McCandless donates all his savings after graduating and hitchhikes to the Alaskan wilderness to live amidst the truth and raw beauty of nature.
Also a few others worth mentioning would be Pulp Fiction (1994), Amélie (2001), Midnight in Paris (2011), Frances Ha (2012) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). Though some are not as conventional as people would like it to be, I do hope when you are done watching them, you will be left with a feeling similar to the kind I experience every time.