What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

Had written this post on Quora as the answer to the question,”What are 10 movies that everyone needs to watch at least once in life?

You can read the Quora post here .

I’ll be listing one film each from 10 major genres-action, comedy,crime, drama,horror,romance,science-fiction,thriller, war,western.

Action

Die Hard

One of the most badass heroes of all time, New York Police officer John McLane, is up against 12 terrorists who have taken a Los Angeles skyscraper hostage. Epic action sequences, memorable dialogues and sheer thrill makes this one of the greatest action movies ever.

Comedy

The Big Lebowski

A slightly offbeat movie from Oscar-winning auteurs, the Coen Brothers, this hilarious, quirky and entertaining film inspired a whole new religion(Dudeism) and an annual convention.

The Dude abides.

Crime

GoodFellas

One of the best films ever made by Martin Scorsese, this gripping gangster film delves into the inner workings of the mafia, and draws out memorable performances from the cast.

Drama

Dead Poets Society

The legendary Robin Williams delivered one of his most memorable performances as the inspiring English teacher John Keating. A movie that will inspire you and tug at your heartstrings. Keating’s mantra of ‘Carpe Diem!'(Seize the Day) still reverberates through time.

Horror

The Silence of the Lambs

One of only three movies to win the Big Five Academy Awards(Best Picture, Director,Actor, Actress and Screenplay), The Silence of the Lambs follows a young FBI trainee who is assigned to catch a brutal serial killer with the help of the cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter. One of the greatest films of all time, it combines police procedural work with a psychological examination of the lead characters.

Romance

Midnight in Paris

Beautifully shot and brilliantly written, this film brings out the beauty and charm of Paris, and explores the themes of post-modernism and romance through the eyes of Gil Pender, a burnt-out screenwriter on a visit to Paris with his grumpy fiancee.

Science-Fiction

Interstellar

Christopher Nolan’s magnum opus takes us on a beautifully haunting journey through outer space. Stunning visuals, Hans Zimmer’s awe-inspiring background score and the core theme of love make Interstellar one of the greatest movies in the sci-fi genre.

Thriller

The Machinist

A dark multi-layered psychological thriller which explores the themes of paranoia and delusion. This film grows on your mind. Christian Bale took method acting to a whole new level by shedding 60 pounds for his role as an insomniac.

War

Saving Private Ryan

Legendary director Steven Spielberg won the Oscar for Best Director for his realistic, graphic and masterful World War II drama which takes you directly into the heat of battle. The opening sequence depicting the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach, Normandy, is a masterclass in direction and cinematography.

Western

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Clint Eastwood’s iconic portrayal of ‘The Man With No Name’ features in this epic western, the last in Sergio Leone’s Dollars trilogy. Revenge and buried treasure lead the three main characters into a high-octane adventure featuring epic gunfights ,beautiful terrain and memorable dialogues.

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What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?

Had originally written this post on Quora as the answer to the question ,”What is the best closing line of a movie or TV series?”

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Edit:

Breaking Bad

Season 5 Episode 16

After the carnage unleashed by Walter White, resulting in the destruction of the  supremacist gang, we see Walt handing the power to Jesse, who refuses to kill him. When Lydia calls Todd’s phone, Walter answers, telling her that she has been poisoned with ricin.

We then see Jesse head towards Jack’s car. Before getting into the car, he looks at Walt for one last time. Walt nods towards him. Jesse, contemplating for a moment, nods back.

Although this particular exchange didn’t contain any dialogue, it seemed as if the characters were nodding in acknowledgement of the ordeal, the drama, the hatred, and other unsaid emotions they had shared, all of which made Breaking Bad one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Definitely one of the deepest and most gut-wrenching moments of Breaking Bad.

Here are some great closing lines from films:

Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still here. Do I believe the world’s still here? Is it still out there?…Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.Now…where was I?

Rocky Balboa(2006)

“Yo Adrian!We did it.”

The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)

“Sell me this pen.”

Dead Poets Society(1989)

“O Captain!My Captain!”

Mr Keating:”Thank you boys.Thank you.”

Ghosts

PART ONE

THE HUNTER

Greater Noida, NCR Region

February 13, 2016

9:00 PM

The sky, a thin veil separating life from the infinite expanse, was giving way to the unbounded darkness that lay beyond. The setting sun was casting long shadows, engulfing the world in a reddish glow.

The Assassin was lying on his stomach and gazing with his right eye into the scope of his rifle, trying to focus on The Target, which was in its apartment in the opposite building. The Assassin had a lithe, muscular figure, his arms slowly directing his rifle, his index finger on the trigger.

He could see The Target now. It was playing with a small Expendable, which could not have been more than 6 years old. It was laughing aloud, making the action figures enact various fantasies, as the Target looked on in amusement.

“Patience,” thought the Assassin.

Just then, another Expendable came into the room, brandishing a notebook. The smaller Expendable began to cry, and after a lot of struggle, quietly took the notebook and went into the other room.

The Assassin knew this was his moment. He drew a deep breath, his hands now holding the rifle steady, the crosshairs focused on the Target’s forehead. Holding his breath, he pulled the trigger. The Target collapsed, its blood splattering on the wall behind. The Expendable began to scream.

The Assassin allowed himself a rare smile. It had been a perfect shot, and for a moment he thought whether he could make two perfect shots in a row. His trigger finger was itching, his scope now focused on the Expendable. However, he would be paid only for one kill anyway. He relaxed his arms and stood up. Pulling out a cellphone from his pocket, he typed a message.

“1/4. Wire payment. Update on No.2 tomorrow”

Chandigarh, Punjab

February 14, 2016

8:00 am

He didn’t need a rifle to eliminate this Target. It lived alone, so there would be no collateral damage. His disguise was that of delivery man, and he had added a dense moustache and beard to make sure there were no loose ends. The nameplate read ‘Rohit Singh’.

He rang the bell.

“Who is it?” asked a loud voice from inside the apartment.

“Courier, sir. Carrying your phone bill.”

“Be there in a minute!” came the reply.

This was almost too easy. This Target had let his guard down, something that the Assassin never did himself. He pulled out the silencer-equipped Berretta .32 caliber from its holster, and waited. He heard the sound of footsteps, and saw a shadow fall over the peephole. Raising his gun to the peephole, he pulled the trigger, and heard a scream. He stepped back and emptied the entire magazine on the door. He then slipped away and hailed a taxi, and typed another message on his cellphone.

“2/4. Wire payment. Update on No.3 at evening today.”

Mumbai

February 14, 2016

4:00 pm

The flights from Delhi to Amritsar,  and Amritsar to Mumbai would have tired out a normal person, but the Assassin was anything but normal.

This Target was similar to the previous one. It lived alone in one of the several high rises in the city suburbs. He had been warned about this one. It was the best of the lot, as dangerous as the Assassin himself.

The nameplate read ‘Ranjit Gill’.His disguise this time was that of a pizza delivery guy. He would take special care of this one. He rang the bell.

“Who is it?” asked a deep voice.

“Pizza, sir.”

“Didn’t order any pizza, mate.”

“I’m sorry sir. My bad. Could you please help me locate the address given?”

“And get my eye shot off? No, thanks. Your game is up, asshole!”

The Assassin felt a chill that had nothing to do with the wintry air.

“Sir, what are you-”

“Shut the fuck up and listen to me very carefully. See the peephole in front of you? You can’t shoot me from there, because yours truly is always aware of what assholes like you are capable of. It’s a security camera that focused on you, newbie. I currently have a very beautiful shotgun in my hand pointed at the door, so take out your gun and set it down in the floor if you don’t want me to blow a large hole in your body. You have five seconds. I assume you can count.”

This was an unprecedented hindrance for the Assassin. His brain was racing, calculating the possible permutations. He could take out his gun and set it on the floor, accepting defeat. Or he could take a shot at outwitting the Target.

He had never accepted defeat before in his career. It was a point of pride. He could not accept it now. There was only one way.

He took out the gun and feinted downward motion, changing track at the last moment and firing at the door.

He could fire only one bullet before he heard a loud bang. His shoulder was on fire and his shirt was now turning red. The pain was excruciating, one that he had never felt before.

He did something he had never done before. He ran.

Mumbai

8 hours ago

Ranjit was woken up from his deep sleep by the ringing of his cell phone. The caller ID displayed the name of a person he had thought he would never contact again.

He hesitated for a moment. Why would Rohit be calling him? Had he forgotten the pact? Had he forgotten what had happened that had made them agree to the pact? Or had the ghosts of their past finally caught up with them?

Curiosity got the better of him, and he picked the call.

“Roh-”

“Listen to me, Ranjit. They got me. I don’t have much time, so listen to me very carefully. ” The voice was strained, as if coming from the wrong end of a speaker.

“God damn, Rohit. What do you mea-”

“Shut up and listen. They’re coming for us. I tried to call Vikram. He’s dead. Call up Karan and warn him as well. They are coming.

“Tell me what happened, goddamit!”

“Rookie mistake on my part. Let my guard down. Son of a bitch shot me through the peephole and then emptied an entire magazine on me.”

“Fuck! I’ll call an ambu-”

“No. My time has come. Run.Save yourself. Save Karan. It’s them.”

“Who’s them?”

“You know who. I’ve held on for long as I could. Goodbye, Ranjit.”

“Talk to me, Rohit! Goddamn!”

“They…they are coming,” said Rohit, as the last vestiges of his life left him.

“Rohit? Rohit? Answer, damn you! Rohit!!”

There was no reply.

Ranjit’s fingers were numb. The wall between his past and present had disappeared. His old colleagues were dead. He was next in line.

Rohit had told him to run and save himself and Karan. However, running away went against his every instinct. There was something going on that he simply couldn’t escape from. He wouldn’t rest until he got to the bottom of this.

It’s them,” Rohit had said. Ranjit knew perfectly well who he meant.

TO BE CONTINUED….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Movie Recommendations: #85

Jaws(1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Roy Schneider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, and an extremely angry shark.

jaws

The original summer blockbuster, Jaws is a pathbreaking and trendsetting film which caused a massive paradigm shift in cinema, and also announced Steven Spielberg  to the world.

Jaws follows a police chief, a professional shark hunter and a marine biologist who head out to open sea to kill a great white shark that has been terrorising the waters of the local tourist town. The film is exemplary of Steven Spielberg’s masterful storytelling. The story moves a tantalising and thrilling pace, and will definitely keep you hooked. The shark is unseen for most of the film, making a physical appearance only at the end, with Spielberg relying on camera effects and an Academy  Award-winning background score to create the shark’s presence.

Jaws is fantastic , visually stunning, and would convince you to never venture out into the sea again.It was the highest-grossing film of all time until Star Wars,and is one of the most culturally significant films of all time.

 

Movie Recommendations: #84

The Truman Show(1998)

Director: Peter Weir

Starring: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris,Laura Linney.the truman show

 

The Truman Show is a science-fiction comedy-drama film starring Jim Carrey in one of his career-defining roles as Truman Burbank, a young man unaware that his life is the subject of a popular reality show, and that he is living in an artificial reality where every aspect of his life is being filmed by hidden cameras.Truman’s life is controlled by the show’s executive producer Christof(Ed Harris), who subjects him to numerous adversities and emotional trauma.

After becoming suspicious of his surroundings, Truman embarks on a quest of self-discovery.Jim Carrey’s marvellous performance in the titular role shows his versatility and brilliance.The film discusses the concepts of freedom, existentialism and morality, and at the same time offers a satirical take on reality television.It was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Director, Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Ed Harris.

Movie Recommendations: #83

Fight Club(1999)

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter.

fight club

Fight Club is a psychological thriller drama film which explores the philosophies of materialism, morality,consumerism and liberty through the eyes of an unnamed narrator(Edward Norton).

The narrator, dissatisfied with his dead-end corporate job, forms a “fight club” with his friend Tyler Durden(Brad Pitt), a gathering where men fight as a means of recreation. Both the narrator and Tyler are polar opposites of each other, with the narrator being a depressed and nihilistic person , and Tyler being a really cool(there’s no other word for it) guy.David Fincher draws out terrific performances from the lead actors.

Dark, engrossing and brilliantly written and directed, Fight Club is a fantastic film which offers a disturbing and thought-provoking take on the life of an ordinary individual.

 

Movie Recommendations: #82

Foxcatcher(2014)

Director: Bennett Miller

Starring: Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo.

foxcatcher

 

Foxcatcher is a biographical crime drama film based on the true story of John E.Dupont, a mentally disturbed eccentric billionaire, who enlisted Olympic Gold medallist brothers Mark and his older brother David Schultz to train U.S. wrestlers for international championships.

The film rests on its three main characters, and performs a psycho-analysis on their distinctive personalities- the ambitious Mark determined to step out of his elder brother’s shadow;the calm and composed Dave, the supportive elder brother who struggles to prioritize between work and family;and John E.Dupont, a powerful and intimidating billionaire with serious emotional and psychological issues.

Foxcatcher is a brilliantly written and  gripping  movie. It received 5 Oscar nominations for Bennett Miller, Steve Carrell,Mark Ruffalo, its Screenplay and Makeup,and also won the award for Best Director at Cannes.