Movies and Series

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The lives we don’t experience are as good as myths to us.

നാം അനുഭവിക്കാത്ത ജീവിതങ്ങളെല്ലാം നമുക്ക് വെറും കെട്ടുകഥകള്‍ മാത്രമാണ്.

I’m borrowing this quote by Benyamin from his book Aadujeevitham (ആടുജീവിതം). Life has taught me the truth of these words. My experiences taught me the possibilities of life. But alas, life is short, and so are my experiences. To tear down my misconceptions of lives I’ve missed out on, I used to be an avid reader. And then life got busy, and books consume a lot of time. I found a better alternative - motion pictures.

The extra visual and auditory dimensions brought to the table by movies, web series, and documentaries give a much richer experience when compared to text alone. Ever since, I’ve watched a lot and critically analyzed the lives of people each story tells. After I opened my mind to languages I couldn’t speak, I’m awed by how similar and diverse our cultures are. I will list out every title I watch from now onwards and the ones I’ve already watched. I do not know how to articulate the politics, ideologies, and fantasies these titles showcase and their technical marvels. Hence I will just include one or two liners on what I think about them.

I’ve tried my best to avoid commercial flicks, which do not bring anything new for me; hence each title stands good on its own, making order in this list of no particular significance.
No. Title Year Language Type Comment
1 The Man from Earth 2007 English Movie The movie let’s our imagination fly, all the while confined to a cabin.
2 Malik 2021 Malayalam Movie Detailed narrative of how a community is manipulated by the people within and beyond for exploitation. Also reminds us of a brutal police shooting from the recent past of kerala.
3 Going by the Book 2007 Korean Movie What happens when a straight cop is asked to do his best at being a robber for a day?
4 Karnan 2021 Tamil Movie “Why can’t Maadasami’s son be named Duryodhanan?”
5 Kala 2021 Malayalam Movie A bloody weeding of a patriarch’s character!
6 The Rocket 2013 Lao Movie Lovely Ahlo
7 Sense8 2015 English Series When you are mentally connected to 7 other people across the world.
8 Arthdal Chronicles 2019 Korean Series What I hoped GOT would be!
9 God’s Own Country 2017 English Movie Two men falling in love. A beautifully potrayed love story!
10 Attack the Gas Station 1999 Korean Movie A very funny crime comedy
11 Attack the Gas Station 2 2010 Korean Movie Made me laugh out loud better than the prequel!
12 Andhadhun 2018 Hindi Movie A normal crime movie. But the single last scene blows our mind confused.
13 Crash Landing On You 2019 Korean Series What happens when a South Korean accedently crash lands on North Korea.
14 Promising Young Woman 2020 English Movie The best revenge story over a traumatic past!
15 Sancharam 2004 Malayalam Movie The first ever lesbian love story I’ve watched in Malayalam. Way ahead of it’s times.
16 Sir 2018 Hindi Movie When class comes between love, is love enough?
17 The Brand New Testament (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) 2015 French Movie If god was a narcissistic asshole.
18 The Great Indian Kitchen 2021 Malayalam Movie How a patriarchial society is unfair? A great many visuals focussing on kitchen. Hearwhelming
19 The Green Mile 1999 English Movie Magical. Shows the unfairness of capital punishment.
20 Trance 2020 Malayalam Movie Religion is just a fucked up show.
21 Mucize (The Miracle) 2015 Turkish Movie The mountaneous terrain and visual and the relationship between the Mahir and his student Aziz makes this movies beautiful.
22 Dark 2017 German Series Time travel. I liked how the lives of people are entangled across time and parallel universe in a small town.
23 Sex Education 2019 English Series When teens try to acquire the sex education schools are unwilling to teach.
24 Unbelievable 2019 English Series Some stories are unbelievable, yet true. The series goes through a series of rapes. The very first victim is charged of lying. A must watch.
25 Wadjda 2012 Arabic Movie A Riyadhi girl’s attempts to own her dream green bicycle. First film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia.
26 Capernaum 2018 Lebanese Movie A boy sues his parents to stop conceiving any more siblings!
27 Miracle in Cell No. 7 2019 Turkish Movie An autistic father and his daughter’s life is turned upside down when he is sentenced for captial punishment on a false charge of murdering a girl. A remake of Korean film but the film didn’t even give a slightest hint. Original on it’s own accord
28 Train to Busan 2016 Korean Movie Basically a zombie movie. But it was good
29 303 2018 German Movie A really good road movie. One get’s a new perspective about relationships. Loved the music
30 Paava Kadhaigal 2020 Tamil Series Unique stories discussing the still prelevant honor killings. I felt really bad coz it hit mark. Exceptionally good.
31 Kaithi 2019 Tamil Movie Damn hollywood level thriller! Can’t beliieve it transpired in the tamil industry. Raises the bar soo high!!
32 The Shape of Water 2017 English Movie A beautiful fantasy. There’s a monster, but it’s not obvious who that is.
33 3 Iron 2004 Korean Movie The protogontists doesn’t speak among themselves. Yet their chemistry is really in sync.
34 Hidden Figures 2016 English Movie We remember the firsts on space. But what about the so called computers who made the calculations to make it possible? A truely inspiring story of the black women at NASA who fought against racisim and sexism to make the space missions possible.
35 Before Sunrise 1995 English Movie A few wonderful hours between two strangers.
36 Anatomy of a Murder 1959 English Movie Courtroom drama. How to make a murderer get away with murder and abuse?
37 Never Rarely Sometimes Always 2020 English Movie Abortion, the ‘A’ word! The difficulties a young teen has to endure to make a choice for herself. If a women chooses to not have a baby after conceiving, that’s her choice. Period! Arguments of taking a life doesn’t hold.
38 Orange is the New Black 2013 English Series The lives of women in prison. Gave me an entirely new perspective on life. There’s no black and white just a millon shades of grey. And it keeps on changing. (I’m refering to good and bad.)
39 The Florida Project 2017 English Movie Changed my perspective on the dream America. I doubt the children really acted, it felt like they were living the characters, especially Moonee.
40 Perfetti sconosciuti 2016 Italian Movie Do we really know the people in our lives?
41 Catch Me If You Can 2002 English Movie A teen conning all over America and a detective trying to catch him. Keeps you on your nerves
42 Zero 2010 English Short Film Is zero really zero?
43 Schindler’s List 1993 English Movie Can a Nazi industrialist be the saviour of jews? A must watch holocaust movie
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Bevan Stanely
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An accidental biologist for the time being. I love to fantasize about duplicating complex biological systems outside of biology.