Sunday, March 05, 2017

Why you should watch a good movie (post 5)



One can learn a lot through Cinema. Correction---One can learn a lot through good cinema. A good movie contains such a lot. You see a whole new world that you never saw before. Just like  a good  book does , you immerse yourself in the microcosm of the experience, transporting yourself to a different dimension, through the characters.

How does one determine what is 'good' and what isn't? As movie tastes are very subjective.

For me, what usually works are the IMDB ratings. 
Occasionally  there have been times, when a movie is rated very low on IMDB, but I have liked it. Sometimes, I feel a movie hasn't got the rating it deserved. Since it is a user driven algorithm, it tends to cater to most people's tastes.

A good film can be a deeply moving experience. We learn to empathise. We travel to different cultures without leaving our seats. We get to see the situation from many perspectives. Above all, if you absorb the lessons that a good movie is trying to impart, it helps you grow.

Two really good movies that I saw  over this weekend were Lion (which is based on the true story of Saroo Bierly) and Magic of Belle Isle.

Do try and watch both. Both are powerful tales.

If you have any movie recommendations for me, which are rated above 7.5 on IMDB, please let me know in the comment box! (am always looking for good movies to watch. I have seen all the 'must see' ones like Shawshank, pursuit of happiness, bucket list, bridge to terabithia, life is beautiful, green mile, In Bruges etc. So don't tell me those ones. If you have others, please tell me. Would love to know).

That's it folks. I am off to read this lovely collection of short stories by Fredrick Forsyth a master story-teller. I am half way through the book and liking it very much.

Hope your Sunday was terrific and you are recharged and all set to face Monday!
See you tomorrow!
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29 comments:

  1. I believe that watching good movies is good for writing too - the expressions, setting, the way a character reacts, the dialogue delivery etc. I don't watch serials, but I watch good movies (However I seldom get uninterrupted time to watch a movie). Star Movies Select & MN+ are my favourite movie channels. They show unique movies. I have written a post on 'my best watch of 2016'. Sharing the link. You may find something interesting (Don't know about the ratings though)
    http://tarangsinha.blogspot.in/2017/02/best-movies-i-watched-in-2016.html

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    1. The Hundred-Foot Journey

      Good one.

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    2. Hey tarang. Thanks for sharing your list! I checked them out. Have seen the first three from that :)

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  2. Hii ma'am..very good post.movies and books take us to an entirely different world and that's the best thing about them.
    Ma'am i wanted to know how you decide on which books to read?
    As for me,i have a list of books which i wish to read in a month.. currently I'm reading -everything i never told you by Celeste Ng.Have you read it ma'am? It's a good book..and I've also added no comebacks to my list and i read tuesdays with morrie last month.Loved it!!
    Good night ma'am.Keep smiling.
    Eagerly waiting for your next book☺☺

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    1. You are so sweet! Will write a book post soon <3

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  3. Wow... Good one. I love movies a lot. Here some of my suggestions(in South Indian movies),

    1.Baasha(1995) (8.3)
    2.Anbe Sivam (2003) (8.9)
    3.Vaaranam Aayiram(2008) (8.0)
    4.Indru Netru Naalai(2015) (8.1)
    5.24(2016) (8.0)
    6.Aaranya Kaandam(2010) (8.6)
    7.Thani Oruvan(2015) (8.6)
    8.Eega(2012) (7.9)
    9.Thillu Mullu(1981) (8.7)
    10.Charlie(2015) (7.7)
    11.Ustad Hotel(2012) (8.3)
    12.Neram(2013) (7.5)

    sorry for lengthy list ;-)

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    1. wow! This is a TREASURE! Thank you..thank you. Thank you. I have seen only ustaad hotel from this list and i loved it.

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    2. Thillu Mullu is wonderful.. it is great movie..great comedy.. I can watch it anytime.. I cant appreciate the movie enough.

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  4. The week is getting more special by new post everyday! Thank you maam

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    1. Lots of love Dimpy and thank you for reading!

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    1. Oh yes--that has been on my list. Thanks :)

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  6. Forrest Gump,
    War Horse,
    We Bought a Zoo,
    Australia,
    Road To Perdition,
    The Intern,
    Leap Year,
    Heat,
    Milk,
    12 Angry Men,
    Capote,
    To Kill a Mocking Bird (also the book),
    Argo,
    Saving Mr Banks,
    Law Abiding Citizen,
    Larry Crowne,
    The Monuments' Men.

    Hello Ms Shenoy,
    Suggesting the best from the movies i watched. Have a good time.
    Regards,
    Bhargav G.

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    1. Thanks so much for such a long and nice list! Yes, have seen some from this. Much appreciate you sharing with me.

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  7. Cant agree more about good movies. I grew a lot from watching good movies :). Understood perspectives which would have never opened up to me if not for many good movies.

    A few of the non main stream movies which I liked.

    The secret in their eyes (Spanish version)
    An eye in the sky
    Colonia

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    1. If you haven't already watched, 'Sully' is a good movie from 2016.

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    2. If you haven't already watched, 'Sully' is a good movie from 2016.

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    3. Yes--Have watched sully. It was great! Will definitely check out the other three. Thank you!

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  8. Cant agree more about good movies. I grew a lot from watching good movies :). Understood perspectives which would have never opened up to me if not for many good movies.

    A few of the non main stream movies which I liked.

    The secret in their eyes (Spanish version)
    An eye in the sky
    Colonia

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  9. Gòod morning..mam l have a movie for you. Hunt for Wilderpeople is a comedy-drama-adventure movie,you should watch.
    It's a really nice movie. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much. Will definitely check it out.

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  10. Madam thanks for the blog! "Open your eyes" is a fantastic movie. A man finds his love. However he suffers an accident and has to undergo face rebuilding by surgery as it gets badly disfigured. Its a story about how his life changes.

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  11. I rarely watch movies.
    I would like to suggest just one Tamil movie that I watched quite recently that I liked.
    Thani Oruvan. (IMDB - 8.6)
    Give it a shot! You may like it. Quite different from the usual Tamil movie formulas.
    Have a great day!

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    1. Oh, One gentleman has already mentioned "Thani Oruvan"
      I just saw from the list above.
      Sorry for the repeat!
      But Preeti, do try to watch this Tamil movie and let us know if you liked it (*_*)

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  12. Nothing beats the joy of watching a good movie, or a movie for that matter. Sometimes, a bad movie can teach us what not to do and there are ideas that we can take forward to better our lives.

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  13. Hi maam,

    I am a great fan of your writing. I loved all your novels. Some years back I started reading your blog, and still continue reading it. Your articles are very inspiring.

    Here are the list of movies which I liked the most, I guess you have watched most of them:

    Julie & Julia, The blindside, Cast away, The Fault in Our Stars, 12 Years a Slave.

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  14. Kaththi
    Indru netru naalai
    7am Arivu

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  15. When it comes to movies, I am a big fan of Malayalam ones. The comedy and romance is something different when you compare it to the other regional languages. As far as locations are concerned, the beautiful backwaters are just remarkable. However, I love to watch Hinglish films and the other day, I happened to watch English Vinglish after about 3 years. It's such a cute movie and shows how the main character travels to a foreign land, enrolls in English class and picks up the language within 4 weeks. She really surprises her family when she gives a speech at her niece's wedding. I love movies like this - You watch it once and it makes a difference in your life. If you have not watched it, I suggest you do, Preeti. Thank you.

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  16. little manhattan, you might have already watched..

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