I’m a pretty big movie buff so I’ve seen a lot of stuff with a decent range. Though haven’t gotten into as many non-US films as I’d like. Here are a list of movies that have affected the way that I think and view the world. Please leave comments on suggestions…always want to see more!
Food, Inc. – 2008
An exploration of the current state of the agricultural industry in the United States. It made me happy to be a vegetarian, but also demonstrates the need for people to lead their lives intentionally. Living the routine day-to-day can make us forget both what we’re actually doing and why. Robert Kenner (and his interviewed experts) shine light on the dangers of this when it comes to food.
Love Actually – 2003
People are capable of anything, but more often than not that anything is good. My favorite line comes at the beginning: “Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that…When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
Schindler’s List – 1993
My favorite movie of all time, but can be hard to watch for obvious reasons. Overall, I come back to the story of Oskar Schindler because he is a prime historical example of the many faces of humanity. Everything that I have read and seen about his life show a range from a womanizer, drunk and greedy man to the selfless savior of many during the Holocaust.
The Social Network – 2010
Great quality in writing and acting. Perhaps not a timeless picture, but worth seeing given that it depicts (albeit, not accurately) the rise of a company that seems to be defining the current generation.
P.S. I Love You – 2007
Out of left field for this list comes P.S. I Love You. I may be the only person in the world that liked this movie. What I took from it was the fact that the answer is always simple and always lies within ourselves. When we ask for advice, we are really asking someone else to prompt us to realize the answer on our own. That’s basically what this movie is about. All Gerry really does is have Holly continue living her life. No special sauce, just a push out the door.
Seven Pounds – 2008
I won’t say what this movie was about, but I know that one day I’ll look back at say that it changed my life’s course. Powerful, inspiring, and a must see.