Seven Movie Suggestions from My Favourites List – 1

Greetings! :)

This was originally posted on my Facebook as a note on Monday, 18 January 2010.

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I’ve been having way too much free time lately. Product #1 of perennial boredom was this Book Review, where I reviewed a Book I had not read. Product #2 is this, Seven Movie Suggestions from My Favourites List – 1.

Movies are something I love watching. I wouldn’t call myself a Movie Buff – technically defined as someone who is addicted to movies and actively goes to the cinema on a regular basis, and knows as much about the movies as they possibly can. I fail on all three counts – I’m not addicted to movies (My entire Brain Space devoted to Addiction is hijacked by Caffeine), I do not actively go to the Cinema (2009 saw me visiting the Theatres only for these Seven – Chandni Chowk to China, 2 Harihar Nagar, The Hangover, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Unnaipol Oruvan and 2012), and I do not know as much as I possibly can about Movies. So I’m not your average Movie Buff – pretty underqualified to suggest movies to others, but hey, advice is something that doesn’t cost much to give ;)

For List 1, I decided to Suggest Seven Movies that are non Hollywood and Non Bollywood movies – Films that in most of these cases, I watched on UTV World Movies, a channel I would pick if I had to be stuck with one for the rest of my life, unless of course, there’s a Michael Jackson or Madonna Channel ;) Also, I have not written much about the movie plot, almost nil. I love watching movies of which I have no idea what to expect, so if you do watch these movies sometime, you’ll not go I knew that ;)

Here they are, in Descending order of their rankings in my Flixster list

7. Manichithrathazhu

Language – Malayalam, Year of Release – 1993, IMDB Rating 8.9/10, My Flixster Rating 4/5, Rank on my List – #60
Director – Fazil

Movie Poster of Manichithrathazhu - Suresh Gopi, Shobana and Mohanlal
Movie Poster of Manichithrathazhu - Suresh Gopi, Shobana and Mohanlal

Chances are, you’ve already watched this film in Kannada (Aaptamitra), Tamil (Chandramukhi), Telugu (Chandramukhi), Bengali (Rajmohol) or Hindi (Bhool Bhulaiya). I’ve watched most of these versions, and the Malayalam Version is by far the best and scariest. Based on true events that occurred in Alummoottil tharavadu, this is a horror movie that will not make you Laugh, LOL, LMAO or ROFL. As in all versions of this movie, the songs are awesome. It won three National Awards – Best Actress, Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Singer.

6. Hors de Prix (Priceless)

Language – French, Year of Release – 2006, IMDB Rating 7.0/10, My Flixster Rating 4/5, Rank on my List – #31
Director – Pierre Salvadori

A Scene from 'Hors de Prix'
Gad Elmaleh, Audrey Tautou and an Awesome Chemistry. Some Serious Biology as well ;) :P

Hors de Prix or Priceless is indeed a Priceless film. Just the presence of Audrey Tautou would be sufficient for a film to get a high rating on my list, but this film is at #31 for brilliant acting and a very different storyline. I’d have said Unique Storyline but Hors de Prix is based on a 1961 film which was based on a 1958 book, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. After you watch the film, you might just have a career change plan. Good Luck with that ;)

5. Unnaipol Oruvan (Someone Like You)

Movie Poster of Unaipol Oruvan, the Tamil Remake of A Wednesday. Kamal Hassan and Mohanlal.
Movie Poster of Unaipol Oruvan, the Tamil Remake of A Wednesday. Kamal Hassan and Mohanlal.

Language – Tamil, Year of Release – 2009, IMDB Rating 8.8/10, My Flixster Rating 4.5/5, Rank on my List – #22
Director – Chakri Toleti

I had to think quite a lot before including this in this list. Unnaipol Oruvan is based on the 2008 Hindi film A Wednesday. So will that disqualify this flick from appearing on this list, I do not know. I decided to include this because I haven’t seen A Wednesday yet, and according to my friends I need not. This film is apparently a frame by frame replica of A Wednesday. Debate apart; this is a feel good film. Kamal Hassan reminds you why he is such a sought-after actor. And it stands apart from your typical Tamil Film – No Songs, No Protagonist capable of sending the Antagonist flying 1.5 miles with a punch, who is also capable of killing two left-over villains with a solitary bullet, using his hands to slice the bullet in half.

4. La Femme Nikita (Nikita)

Anne Parillaud as Nikita Taylor - Former Drug Addict and Current Unwilling Assasin
Anne Parillaud as Nikita Taylor - Former Drug Addict and Current Unwilling Assasin

Language – French, Year of Release – 1990, IMDB Rating 7.5/10, My Flixster Rating 4.5/5, Rank on my List – #20
Director – Luc Besson

I was flipping through the channels when I saw the title – A Luc Besson Film. Those four words are powerful enough to stop my channel flipping session. After watching films such as Léon and The Fifth Element, any Besson film is worth watching. It’s one of those movies with an abrupt end, where you get to decide on what could possibly have happened next. And after watching quite a few French films, I have concluded that no one does it like the French ;)

3. Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band’s Visit)

Language – English, Arabic and Hebrew, Year of Release – 2007, IMDB Rating 7.7/10, My Flixster Rating 4.5/5, Rank on my List – #11
Director – Eran Kolirin

This is, according to me, aesthetically, the best movie ever made (that I’ve watched, of course). Barely missing out on an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Film category because more than 50% of the dialogue was in English, which is a shame really because 50% of the movie is silent, this Israeli film should be on your Movies to watch before I Die list if you have one. I have one ;) Watch the movie, and if you do not agree with me that the Post-Roller-Skating Scene in the movie is the most romantic, sweet, comedic and aww-able scene all rolled into one, I might just kill you. This movie could be at #11 also due to the fact that Michael Jackson was mentioned. Once ;) :P

The Post-Roller-Skating Scene, the most romantic, sweet, comedic and aww-able scene all rolled into one
The Post-Roller-Skating Scene, the most romantic, sweet, comedic and aww-able scene all rolled into one

2. Léon (The Professional)

Movie Poster of Léon - Natalie Portman and Jean Reno
Movie Poster of Léon - Natalie Portman and Jean Reno

Language – French, Year of Release – 1994, IMDB Rating 8.6/10 (#34), My Flixster Rating 5/5, Rank on my List – #03
Director – Luc Besson

Léon is a Hitman movie like no other. Gary Oldman (Sirius Black for Harry Potter Fanatics) is at his best, and together with Jean Reno, Natalie Portman (on debut) and Luc Besson put up a thrilling must-watch. Some scenes in this film might remind you of the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks. After watching this film, Luc Besson became my favourite director and Jean Reno and Natalie Portman joined Audrey Tautou as my favourite Actors. You will remember this movie for two reasons – “EEVVEEERRRRYYYOONNEEEE” and “This is from Mathilda

And, the #1 Non-Bollywood Non-Hollywood Movie I recommend is –

1. Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (Amelie)

Language – French, Year of Release – 2001, IMDB Rating 8.6/10 (#45), My Flixster Rating 5/5, Rank on my List – #02
Director – Jean-Pierre Jeunet

One of only eight films in my list so far to recieve a 5/5 rating (the other seven being Shawshank Redemption, Léon, Dog Day Afternoon, The Prestige, The Departed, The Kite Runner, and Heavenly Creatures), this is like no other Romantic Comedy movie you may have seen. Voted Australia’s favourite film and receiving Five Oscar Nominations, Audrey Tautou leaves you mesmerized long after you’ve finished watching the film. The movie did receive its fair share of criticism for portraying an unrealistic view of Paris (No ethnic minorities and an exceptionally clean city), but hey, Creative Freedom ;) {Wouldn’t the critic who criticized the films unrealisticity (not a real word ;) ) die of a massive heart attack if he saw a Rajnikanth or Vijay Film ;) }

Audrey Tautou and the rest of the cast leave you spellbound.
Audrey Tautou and the rest of the cast leave you spellbound.

With that, the list is complete. Yes, I love stating the obvious :P

Links –

1. The Band’s Visit Roller Skating Scene YouTube Video
2. The Band’s Visit Trailer YouTube Video
3. Léon Trailer YouTube Video
4. Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain Trailer YouTube Video

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing ~ Edmund Burke

Last Edited: 13 March 2012 MAAN

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