Sunday, September 16, 2007


Here comes the top-ten list of movies of mine; I am not that die-hard Hollywood or Bollywood movies crawler, but friends are pushing me to announce so here goes. This movies have been watched by me over the years and somewhere down the lane I have tried to use them in my life; Please note this is not a review of the movie-it's just to tell you why I watch these movies over and over again.

1) PULP FICTION: What a classic movie from the chambers of cinema moghuls Quentin Tarantino. Everything of the movie- right from the characters' names- Marcellus Wallace, Vincent, Pitt to the cinematography stood out. The dialogue delivery was simple and easy to hold, but what sets it drastic appart is the way Tarantino makes simple dialogues like 'I solve problems', 'A please would be nice', "What kind burger is this?" "Ezekel" stands apart.
Critics opined that the stellar of PULP FICTION was Samuel Jackson,which I agree to an great extent. It would however, be an insult of I don't value the importance of a John Travolta or a Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis or Tarantino?

An interesting aspect was how Tarantino uses his music to cause an impact-scenario be it JACKIE BROWN, KILL BILL, RESERVOIR DOGS etc. I loved the song 'Girl! you'll be a woman someday'. PULP FICTION is such a classic that certain Australian university asked their students to write papers on it. I have watched it more than 20 times and I recommend you to watch-with a pinch of lemon, vodka,dry finger chips. say what again, i dare you, i double dare you motherfucker... say what one more goddamn time!

2)GOLMAAL- This is one of the finest Indian comedies that have hit the theatres. It came from the house of Hrishikesh Mukhherjee and as usual it had simple real-life chracters in Utpal Dutta, Amol palekar, Bindya Goswami, Dina Pathak etc. A story of double-identity to befool the boss and a series of sequences that follows to a never-been-seen climax makes it to the collector's gallery. The songs especially Aanne Waala Paal still ranks in the top of the charts.

3) GOODFELLAS- This is undoubtedly one of the best story-telling movies that has come from Hollwood. Nicholas Pileggi & Martin Scorsese screenplays are always a subject of interest and this 90's film based on the book WISEGUY had wonderful actors and an excellent script to bank upon.

Any kid born on the streets of Italy would say this is my story.The opening line whered Ray Liotta says SO FAR I REMEMBER I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A GANGSTER immediately takes you on hold. Added to the extra-bonanza were Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, Lorraine Bracco, and Paul Sorvino performances. Watch out for the classic scene, which is titled "HOW DO I LOOK FUNNY TO YOU?"

4)FORREST GUMP: I am sure much like me, folks feel Tom Hanks is a purist for he not only enacts the character of a physical challenged wonderfully, but he seems to challenge the normal human beings with a thought "Can we dare to compete like them?" It won an Oscar and undoubtedly one of the rare collections in my library.

There were certain instances in the movie that has remained with me and has played a part in my growing years; I always treasure this lines "MY MOM ALWAYS SAYS, LIFE IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOCLATES, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU WILL GET". To me it says, always be ready and competent enough to face the life's odd challenges and enjoy the moments that comes by. A must watch for everyone!

5) DIL CHAHTA HAI- Farhaan Akhtar changes the cinema-making with his trendy and classic debutant movie; it gave us Sid, Akaash and Sameer- three characters that were like "ah-we saw them somewhere" and it moved us so much that right from Aamir's Goatee to Akashaye's sketches, everything became a hit. It suddenly changed the cult of movie-making in Bollywood and ushered a season of uncoventional movies that seem to be somehow make a move in Bollywood. My personal favorite if you are watching it with your girl!

6) TAXI DRIVER-- He remains as one of the iconic of my growing years. Robert De Niro like Al Pachino has played some immortal characters and this character of Travis Bickle, a Marine who fought in the Vietnam War, is a distant and unstable young man of 26 from the Midwest. As a chronic insomniac, he becomes a nighttime taxi driver in New York City.Travis spends his restless days in seedy porn theaters and driving around Manhattan.The film was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best films of all time. Watch out De Niro, Jodie Foster etc.

7) AMERICAN BEAUTY- Another classic movie that didn't get released in India. Reasons, unknown or for some sexual explicit content. This movie is very close to mine for two obvious reasons- one was obviously Mina Suvari and the second it reminded me of my ex-girl.

I still remember it watching it with my ex-girl, and when we just walked out she looked at me and said, "Would you still love me if I were dead?" I could realise how much relationships meant to her, and this Sam Mendes movie did more wonders than possibly ever could imagine. We broke up but I still feel some relationships are hold in the sweet chambers of heart and treasured always. Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch,Wes Bentley and Mena Suvari makes the movie to get into the classic room. Kevin Spacey won the Oscar and I salute the entire group for its stellar performances!

8) SCENT OF A WOMAN- The man who comes next to Robert De Niro in acting is Al Pacino. Right from the GODFATHER days, Al has always enacted each and every character with such perfection and class, that it is tough for me to single out the best AL Pacino movie, but I would say this movie comes very close.

A 1992 classic. which tells the story of a preparatory school student who takes a job as an assistant to an irascible blind, medically retired Army officer. It stars Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The climax in which Al gives a speech is considered in the management books as the very best. Also,doesn't ever miss out to watch out his Tango. Interestingly, after the making of the movie, when Chris O' Donnel asked Al about what he had to say on his performance, Al wrote a short note saying that he didnt even notice him Chris O'Donnel in the movie. Now, that just proves his Pacino's dedication to the character. Also, we got one of the immortal signature tune--HU HA HU HA

9) ANAND: How many of you have wached Tapan Sinha's classic BAWARCHI? Robi's It's just touching to watch Rajesh Khanna trying to enact a Robi Ghosh role in ANAND; Babusmoshai and his Amitabh's performance-unbelieveage. What I learnt-- don't be scared of death, smile and death will look wonderful to you.

10) DEEWAR- This is one of Mr. Bachchan's movies that I chose to keep it ahead of SHOLAY and AGNEEPATH only becuase of i felt its screenplay by Javed Akhtar was the best of the lots. Amitabh fights and gives his career-0riented performance as an angry young man who never goes to the temple, bows only before his mother and who says "aaj bhi pheke paisa nahin uithata"

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