I haven’t done one of these actor-specific movie ranking posts in a while but after delving deep into Hindi movies for the last couple of months it didn’t take long before I saw an SRK film. And once I started, I couldn’t stop.
I now understand why Shah Rukh Khan, a man I knew vaguely before beginning this adventure, is one of the most famous actors in the world. Not only are his looks and charm undeniably entrancing, which makes his wealth of romantic movies understandable, but his movies are honestly some of the most enjoyable I’ve ever seen. Each story is different from the last and each of his performances, no matter how similar, is uniquely nuanced and memorable. I’ve watched a lot of his movies in the past several weeks and while there were of course some I liked more than others I knew I had to share my movie ranking. Enjoy!
19. Main Hoon Na (I’m Always Here)
Synopsis: An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general’s daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother.
I like most, if not all, of Shah Rukh Khan’s movies but this was the only film I’ve seen of his that I couldn’t finish. The storyline was interesting enough.
And while the movie could’ve been likable it just wasn’t. Shah Rukh Khan was the only good thing about it and even he couldn’t save this movie for me.
When I watched Top Gun: Maverick in IMAX on Memorial Day a few months ago, I knew I had just seen an instant classic. The film was not only exhilarating with its incredibly made action scenes featuring the actors in real cockpits of real planes having to perform all of these mindblowing stunts but it was a very well-written sequel to the 80s’ classic Top Gun.
It was one of the most memorable movie theater experiences I’ve ever had, with the entire audience not only engaged but equally enthralled in a movie I don’t think anyone was expecting to be that good. When I walked out of that theater beaming with joy I knew that I didn’t want to see it again in theaters (even though I could’ve several times) but I was sure I would watch it again as soon as it was available digitally. Sure enough, now that its digital release is out, I watched it with all of the 4K capabilities that were available to me, and boy did I have a great time.
Sidney Poitier passed earlier this year at the age of 94 and that spurred me into finally getting around to watching In the Heat of the Night, a film so game-changing it still resonates to this day. I knew the film was a murder mystery. I did not realize that it was set in the deep South with Sidney Poitier’s Virgil Tibbs, a brilliant homicide detective from Philadelphia, having to solve a murder surrounded by bigoted cops and townsfolk who stare at him just for walking into a room.
The movie was striking in so many ways. To see a film in 1967 starring a dignified Black man, composed by legendary musician and producer, Quincy Jones, and highlighting an empowering story that confronts racism in the way that it did, and for that film to win Best Picture! It’s incredible.
As I watched the film I found myself absolutely enthralled by how poignant it still feels to this day. With so much unnecessary police brutality against African-American men and women, this movie, I feel, would still win Best Picture now in 2022. And then again, maybe I’m wrong.
All in all, I see why it’s considered a classic and a must-watch. It was phenomenal from start to finish.
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I love watching classic movies. There’s something fascinating about looking back through time and discovering a surprise gem with a profoundly compelling story unlike anything that’s made these days.
Movies these days have become so generic. Everything’s a sequel or a reboot and if it is something new it’s an unoriginal mashup of past great movies. Hence the reason why Parasite’s arrival a couple of years ago was such a breath of fresh air. Parasite was as original as they come and guess what? It was really good too. Even this year’s Best Picture, Nomadland, was surprisingly original.
So, last night, I watched two classics: Cool Hand Luke and In the Mood for Love. So, with no further delay, here are my thoughts about these two movies.
Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman is one of the most famous actors of all time and his most influential film just might be Cool Hand Luke. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but as I watched the film it became more and more clear that this movie was going to subvert every one of my expectations.
Was the movie great? I personally didn’t think so. At times it was hilarious and riveting…and then there were other times when the movie was as exacerbating as they come. When the movie concluded I was left staring straight ahead like, “What just happened?”
Yes, I know the movie is famous and I understand why but this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.
I like watching classic movies. They reveal quite a few of the less-than-subtle inspirations for famous movies nowadays while also shining in their own right, providing quite an enjoyable experience.
Today, I was almost about to watch the 1930s’ murder mystery The Thin Man and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps but I was sidetracked by The Shooting, a western made in 1966 which featured none other than Jack Nicholson. I had to see what it was about.
Turns out, The Shooting is the strangest Western I’ve ever seen, relying on a somewhat riveting storyline that never lets the viewer know what’s happening until the conclusion which was so shocking and unexpected that my mind was positively blown. It wasn’t the best Western I had ever seen and yet it’s one I’ll definitely remember for its unique qualities.
The other day I was bored, looking for a movie, and my sister and I ran into a list of 20th Century Essentials put together by TCM on HBO Max. On that list was Black Narcissus, a film I never thought of watching until I read the synopsis: A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.
Yes, there were some seriously racist tones in this movie (but duh, it was made in 1947) but besides that, I was riveted. This movie about a bunch of nuns trying to create this convent in what used to be essentially a brothal was fascinating and the darker material shocked me. They just didn’t make these types of movies back then and not only was it more mature than I expected but it was actually quite scary toward the end. I’m talking watch-through-the-slits-in-your-fingers scary (at least for me anyway considering that I’m an ultra scaredy-cat.)
I got to say, this movie really was an essential and now I’m going to have to revisit that list because there were plenty of other movies that I hadn’t seen before.
I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars (besides the fact that it was super racist at times though, of course.)
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