Watching films on Netflix is not one of my most favorite hobbies. But I love visual arts, performance arts. They’re so visceral.
I binge-watch my favorite TV shows on Netflix: Mad Men, The Wonder Years, Friends, House of Cards. I appreciate Netflix for giving me instant access to amazing films that make some of my days much brighter.
I grew up in an art film loving house. My parents loved black and white films, silent films, films based on great books. Then I was introduced to Bollywood, the Hindi film industry of India, by my friends. I liked Bollywood films for those colorful backgrounds, loud laughter, twists, clichéd endings, songs and dances. Who doesn’t love fun and happy endings? But as I grew up, I started liking the other kinds of films more. Films that said something meaningful. Films that I could watch again. Just like books that I wanted to re-read. During that time I found ten of my most favorite films on Netflix. It’s been a great journey since then.
“I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floatin’ around accidental-like on a breeze. But I, I think maybe it’s both. “
There’s no other film that I love more than Forrest Gump. The story is about Forrest Gump’s journey through thirty five important years of American history. It is a fable for the future. It is full of simple metaphors that truly inspires. I can watch it on my happy days to feel happier. I can watch it on a bad day to feel positive.
Into The Wild
Into The Wild is the story of Christopher McCandless and his journey to Alaska. One of my wildest dreams was hiking in Alaska. This film made me think about my choices and true happiness. It also calmed me down. Well, aging helped too.
Like me, if you’re a fan of Tarantino films, then Pulp Fiction is going to be your most favorite film. It is brilliant, stylish, and it changed the history of film making.
“I don’t know, Peter. When I think of your mother, I will always remember how happy she looked, sitting there in the parlor watching a play about her family, about her boys that never grew up. She went to Neverland. And you can visit her any time you like if you just go there yourself.”
Every now and then I watch a brilliant film and I say, “It’s my most favorite.” Sooner another film changes that statement. Finding Neverland is one exception. Johny Depp is magnificent as J. M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. This film makes me fall in love with the concept of a neverland. You’ve to watch it to know why!
Life is made of experiences. It’s our responsibility to paint our life based on what we perceive. Castaway is another brilliant film in which Tom Hanks shines. There’s a character named Wilson in the film and I loved him the most. Sometimes our hope is disillusioned, but that does not mean an end. There are too many new beginnings in one life. Castaway shows that.
Nebraska is a black and white film, made in 2013. It’s a landscape of love, pain, duties and a slice of America; and it’s also about what wins in the end. My most favorite black and white film of this decade was The Artist, until I watched Nebraska.
Good Will Hunting
This film is about Good Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius. But I can watch it again for the timeless performance of Robin Williams and this monologue.
Ankho Dekhi is one of the best films from India in this decade. Not many people spoke about it, but it won many awards. It’s a must watch if we want to see something different, entertaining and thought-provoking. The film is about a man who lives with his extended family. One day he decides to only believe in what he can see. And the journey begins.
The World Before Her
I saw this brilliant documentary film only after reading good reviews. It is about dilemmas and culture clashes in India. It is about a section of Indian women who are victims of two extreme worlds. It is about easily available modern world vs sexism of the traditional world.
A decade ago, I told my best friend why I didn’t like many mainstream Indian films. “The female protagonist never has anything good to do.” Finally my prayer/complaint has been heard. In recent years, mainstream Indian films have changed. Finally there’re female protagonists who dream, aspire. Queen is one such pioneer. It’s a story of self-discovery of a small town girl. She goes for her honeymoon alone and comes to know her true self. It’s a fun watch.
16th Day on A to Z Challenge, 14th Alphabet “N” is for Netflix today. What are your most favorite films?