Sunday, September 18, 2016


Movies are churned out every day; good, bad, annoying, horrifying, exhilarating, moving, and humorous others give you a deep sigh. If you are a sucker for good classics with excitingly interesting scripts like me then you should probably watch these 5 movies that are simply unforgettable. I will minimize spoilers, I promise!

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

194…What! Okay let me refresh your historic memory (if you have one); this was produced during the Second World War by Orson Welles. It is one of the best movies of all time. It is a rivetingly interesting movie about Charles Foster Kane (citizen Kane) upon his death after uttering one word “Rosebud”. A reporter is tasked to find out what/who/where the word stands for and its meaning and connection to the departed wealthy Publisher. He interviews some of his friends, wife and business associates to make sense of the word.
It is comical, musical and intriguing, so much for the first-time director and producer Orson Welles in the midst of WWII. You may not find it with the movie vendor (I streamed it online from

2. Citade de Deus (City of God) 2002

It nostalgically begins with a chicken racing through the slum area of City of God, one of the largest in Rio de Janeiro chased by a gang carrying machetes. The fast moving every day hassle in the gang-infested favela (slum) that is impenetrable to law enforcers, thriving drug trade, the functionality of gangs in maintaining peace, the small invaluable joys, sibling feuds, young love, trounced dreams and rise and fall and the rise of gangster. Although you will have to follow the subtitles, it is action packed, unpredictable and leaves you ecstatically breathing in the end. There is a lot to take in the ending.
It is set in Brazil where Portuguese is the lingua-franca.

3. Ground Hog day (1993)

What would you do if you had unlimited time? Phil Connors a meteorologist openly expresses contempt of covering the Groundhog Day, an assignment he has been doing for the past four years. He goes through the motions of the day with a news producer and cameraman only to wake up to the same day next morning. When he realizes, he is depressed that he is stuck in his least favorite day and no one believes he is reliving one day. He has to learn the valuable lesson of making the most of one day; to touch lives, appreciate others, find love and become selfless.
You will laugh.

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2005)

This movie that portrays the intriguing life of Benjamin Button, the son of a button-maker born in 1918 with an inexplicable malady, who is abandoned by his father outside a nursing home when his mother died giving birth. He is taken in by a nurse who adopts him as he start growing among the old folks in the home. He bears the appearance of an elderly man and queerly fits in with the old people who treat him so. He makes friends with a Daisy, a young girl, who had accompanied her grandmother. His adventure begins when he moves out the nursing homes, travels the world, discovers his roots, and finds love (as always…).

The upside-downess of life.
John Kalya
John Kalya

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