A few years back, little did I know that I’d look forward to Thursdays and Fridays, waiting in anticipation, to see what was new at the Box Office. If you had then told me that I’d someday get hooked to the big screen, I’d have laughed at you so wildly and rolled on the floor laughing and guffawing at you so weirdly that I’d have scared you off. I viewed movies as enemies of books. I disliked theatres. I liked the few movies I watched on our TV at home. I felt that nothing and absolutely nothing could move me like books, paintings and music. I felt that spending time in front of the TV at home with family, ma-made hot pakoras and a piping hot coffee was the way it should be. My idea of a movie was like that. Or watching Pardes the night before my ENT exam, spreading all my notes on the living room sofa, for example.
And then I met my better half – K.
For the past one year, I have watched so many movies, eaten so many tubs of pop-corn and gaffed down a great number of ice lemon teas and most importanty, learnt a big lesson. Movies can move you, inspire you and touch you in the most beautiful of ways. While books let you imagine and create and delve into a world of your own, movies create the world and take you on a jaunty ride all around it. They make you scream in glee when a book turns out just the way you expected, when a protagonist grimaces just the way you do and inspires you through his life and actions. A great movie on a weekend makes you wait for a Monday just so that you can walk to your workplace or start a new week with gusto. It happens to us always. We catch an awesome movie over the weend, sometimes even midnight shows on Sunday nights (No, we don’t prefer to sleep early and rest before Monday) and it has amazing effects on us. It is so majorly therapeutic that we long for a Monday to act like the protagonist. Like, the last time, when we saw this movie North Country, I can’t tell you how inspired I was. Or even Morning Glory made me long for a Monday coz’ the leading lady juggles so much at work and manages to come out successful. I like such movies. Cheesy, mushy, inspiring, happy endings, inspiring thought provoking journeys, effective body language, war movies, movies relating to disability, movies where someone makes an unconventional choice and fights for it, movies involving courtrooms and justice – give them all to me for they excite me equally and I have grown to love them abundantly in the past one year!
Since my better half and I are so into movies, we both are saving all our movie tickets in a small albumn as well. Ah, to cut a long movie short, I will use this space to save the movies I have watched and some snap-shots of our ticket albumn. What I will NOT do is to rate them. I think that’s an experience that my better half and I will live with and will not destroy the experience for you by rating it. Some movies are really very superficial, some are a must-watch, some are so inspiring that you are just so thankful to be alive, some are so romantic that you will want to cuddle up with a special someone (even yourself) and some depict amazing travels that you will long for one to a distant land. But what movie falls under what category is for you to opine, right?
Whom am I kidding? I am bad at rating. That’s all.
Here, I will save some movies we have watched and constantly update them whenever I can. Would love to know your recommendations and experiences!
If you are interested to know more about the movie, please click on the respective image.
“Remember the Titans” was something I got to know of through K. It is one of his favourites and this was one of the first movies he recommended to me. I remember downloading the torrent and waiting eagerly to watch it. It left me with goosebumps. This was THE movie that made me love movies related to sports.
Gangs of Wasseypur I and II
Wow i got some of our favorites there !!! And sure would check out others asap ‘coz we seem to have a same taste here too 🙂 And both of us are always in the lookout for of a good movie…anytime 😀 Would keep checking this page !!!!
Really? Really happy to know about shared tastes – just when I thought we can’t get more similarities 😛
Please come by often and also will look forward to your recommendations 🙂
You don’t have enough room here to fill my recommendations 😦
I don’t know about other things, I’m sure you’re as lucky – but in this matter (movies), you’ve gotta be the luckiest person alive to have someone in your life who loves movies as much as you do ( I know, I know..it’s the other way round ‘cuz it’s him who inspired you to develop this interest). I know how important it is, how very valuable it is..
I’ve been watching movies since I was a year ‘n a half (no kidding; my dad still recalls this. He says ‘you watched the whole damn thing sitting on my lap, not a wink!’) – yeah that’s how crazy I was about the ‘moving’ picture on a big screen.
And then there’s this entry, my love for movies which I’m sure will say it all:
Till date I must’ve watched thousands of movies. I just soaked it all in, never bothered to organize my collection or retain memories of it the way you guys are so beautifully doing, because these things mean a lot when done together. That’s why I said you guys are so lucky. God bless. 🙂
Loved this post absolutely 🙂
I loved what you said so much! I know and truly understand what you mean a well. I wish, I really wish we go on to do this for a long long time, by God’s Grace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You have watched thousands? From 1.5 years of age? ! I don’t know anyone like you then!
I have read your blog almost twice (Promise) but I don’t know how I missed that post on cinema. will read it right away! I could do with a few recos to start off. and language no barrier as long as there are sub-titles.
That meant a lot – thanks a lot, really! 🙂
Thanks. Yeah, I’ve actually watched thousands – in all languages. For me, movies are not just about entertainment, movies are almost like meditation. In fact, I even attribute my passion for story-telling to movies; maybe that’s why you see a lot of dialogue in my stories. I’ve always believed that a picture speaks a thousand words. That said, my love for books is equally deep. But movies have always moved me. If books transported me to another world, movies transported several different worlds to me, in front of my eyes.
I believe I should’ve been in the movies – every department inspires me, kindles that fire in me – be it cinematography, screenplay, direction – you name it. But sadly, destiny had something else in store for me. So I’m trying to make inroads back to that world in my own way – by writing. And who knows, some day I might make a movie and live to tell the tale. 🙂
It always warms my heart to speak with a movie enthusiast.
God bless. And yeah..may you and K continue living your passion for eternity; my fond wishes are with you.
I copy all that.
I really really wish you a grand journey and really pray that you get what you want. I am sure you will. having said that, the end no matter how consummate in itself can never overshadow the journey. I wish you all the very best Sri. I really do!
I could sense the passion in your words and hope to see your dreams realize on the big screen and beyond, someday.
Oh, and yeah..give me some time – I’ll get back with some recommendations. You and K will really love those. Take care. 🙂
Oh whee! I will really wait for that 🙂 thanks tumba 🙂
A partial list ready 😛 – Lemme know when you want it (my email ID’s on my profile page) . There are many many more…but these are the ones I could think of top of the head. They are of all genres (mixed). You may like some, may not like some – some you might’ve already watched…so, it’s a mixed bag.
Am preparing the next list..
The OH and I have religiously embraced our passion of watching movies… all over again. It is fun – we try and watch a movie every day. All thanks to you! 🙂
Just hope this passion stays on for a while. 🙂
I am so so happy to hear this TGND 🙂 Really! And yes, I do really hope you always get to do this as long as you want to and enjoy it! 🙂 I have a huge list to be updated. I will, soon !
“..Movies can move you, inspire you and touch you in the most beautiful of ways…” how I loved that line, especially the set of words!
I have been such a movie buff that probably if someone asked me where does most of my money go then movie tickets would be second on the list and I totally agree with your ‘no rating’ view! There’s something in every movie, even a bad movie has a message saying ‘how not to make a movie’! 😉
I am taking down the list above and looking for the ones that I have not watched yet! thanks!
Welcome fellow movie buff! I am yet to update so many here. Also, look forward to getting recos from you as well! 🙂