Surely, most of us would’ve spent our first few weeks of quarantine fixing up our sleep schedule, bingeing on TV shows, spending more time on our hobbies or even picking up some new ones. At some point, we would have even re-watched some movies that we haven’t watched in a long time.
We thought it would be great to take this chance to revisit some of the Academy award winning movies from the past.
Rising from the slums of Philadelphia, Rocky Balboa makes the perfect underdog that makes it against all the odds. Rocky is an example of sheer persistence and strength that would inspire anyone to “go the distance”.
He decides he doesn’t want to be a “bum” anymore, and even takes up the battle with heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, with great trepidation. Considered to be the best all-time athletic movie, with the perfect mix of sports, romance and drama, not to mention the iconic score “Eye of the Tiger”, Rocky makes an incredibly memorable movie for generations.
Forrest Gump (1994)
If anyone were to recommend feel-good movies, Forrest Gump would definitely be on the list. It follows the life of the simple-minded Forrest, who surprisingly lives quite a surreal life. With a remarkably supportive mother, he saw the world as it is.
Whether it was enlisting for the Vietnam War, or running a shrimp business, or even running a cross country marathon; Forrest had never forgotten the love of his life, Jenny.
The Sound of Music (1964)
If you haven’t watched this movie yet and you have nothing to do, watch it! Set in Austria, just before the second world war, The Von Trapp family is in desperate need of a governess for their seven children.
In comes Maria, a young free-spirited postulant who loves expressing her joy for the Lord’s creations with her singing. Believing this experience would suit her energy, Mother Abbess then assigns her this task.
Maria grows close to the once unruly children with her antics along with trying to understand their hearts. Watch her bringing new found love and music to the house of the Von Trapps as she finds love too.
Home Alone (1990)
Although considered a Christmas Classic, it never fails to warm your heart. Frustrated with being overlooked by his family, Kevin wishes for his family to disappear. Imagine his surprise, when he wakes up the next morning to find his wish come true. His joy doesn’t last too long as he finds out two thieves, “The Wet Bandits”, desire to rob his house. Watch as this 8-year-old tries to put up a fight against the Bandits with his insane imagination but innovative ideas.
The Silence of The Lambs (1991)
The chilling adaptation of the book, of the same name, has missed no marks when it comes to creating an eerie experience. The award winning film offers anything but warmth and comfort leaving you at the edge of your seat at all times. Follow Clarice Starling, as she hunts down a rampant serial killer and then unravel his motives.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Ever the opportunist, Oskar Schindler arrives in Krakow to make his fortune out of the ongoing World War II. With the help of Itzhak Stern, he hires the Jewish people thrown out of their homes during the holocaust with an eye on cheap labor. Unbeknownst to him, Schindler creates a safe sort of haven for the Jews. Having witnessed a brutal massacre, he takes it upon himself to safeguard the Jews. The movie expertly depicts the atmosphere of those horrible times- a chapter from history that humanity cannot forget.
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather is considered to be one of the greatest award winning movies of all times. With its excellent depiction of the happenings in organized crime, incredible performances, and also innovative storytelling, it will leave you immersed in the affairs of what is known as the ‘Underworld’. It revolves around the Italian-American mafia family of Don Vito Corleone, where his son Michael reluctantly joins the mafia after an assassination attempt at his father.
The Exorcist (1973)
It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that this award winning movie was the beginning of most main-stream horror films. It begins in Iraq where Lankester Merrin, a veteran catholic with experience in exorcism excavates an amulet that resembles an ancient demon. On the other side of the world, actress Chris MacNeil moves into a house in Georgetown for her latest film. Her daughter Regan imagines a friend who she calls Captain Howdy after playing around with an Ouija board. Later, there’s a significant shift in her behavior with the doctors unable to diagnose the problem. With no hope from modern medicine, they then turn to Merrin and Karras for an exorcism.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Adapted from Arthur Golden’s book of the same name, Memoirs of a Geisha is an award winning movie that narrates the bittersweet story of a young girl with pleasing aesthetics and incredible background scores. The film tastefully depicts the story while carefully building each character. Chiyo was sold to a Geisha house along with her sister Satsu by their father, hoping they’d have a better life than what he could have offered. She lost her chance of becoming a Geisha, when she was caught trying to leave the city with her sister. Life turns up for her when she gets a second shot at becoming one of the women adorning a painted face and exquisite kimono, which is until the second World War disrupts her life.
Considered to be the greatest Academy award winning movies of all time, it surely lives up to the hype. It revolves around a high-end cafe owner Rick Blaine, who’s ex-flame chances upon his cafe at Casablanca along with her husband. The movie is infused with suspense, romance, and comedy is a timeless classic that can still be enjoyed 7 decades after its creation. It flawlessly chronicles the climate of the war, which serves as an ideal backdrop for the romantic triangle. If you haven’t watched this movie yet, this is the perfect opportunity to do so.
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