Forrest Gump

Robert Zemeckis

This film focuses on the life of Forrest Gump, who lives through some of the great events of the 20th Century. The director beautifully blends the rise of Elvis Presley as the king of rock and roll with the horrors of the Vietnam war. It also beautifully portrays the eternal love between Jenny and Forrest. This movie fetched Tom Hanks an Academy award for his brilliant portrayal and also won Best Picture of the year.

Fight Club

David Fincher

This film revolves around the life of an insomniac (played by Edward Norton) who forms fight clubs with a soapmaker named Tyler Durden (played by Brad Pitt). Though Pitt plays second fiddle to Norton, his character takes the film to a different level. The brilliant dialogues, excellent cinematography and some breathtaking twists in the story make this movie a must watch.

Memento

Christopher Nolan

This psychological thriller directed by Nolan has Guy Peace starring as Leonard Shelby, a man with short-term memory loss. The movie is narrated in two sequences — one which moves forward (in black and white) and the other in reverse ( a colour sequence). The protagonist is in search of the criminals who killed his wife. This film challenges the viewer’s mind and from beginning to end its a Nolan game.

Thoovanathumbikal

Padmarajan

The film is about love. The protagonist Jayakrishnan is confused when at a point in his life he falls in love with two women, one of whom is a sex worker. The role of Jayakrishnan is one of Mohanlal’s best in which he plays a Thrissur lad to perfection. But it is the script by Padmarajan that really towers above all this.

Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal

Padmarajan

This film is another beautiful depiction of love by Padmarajan. The story explores the romance between Solomon and Sofia and is popular for its beautiful locations, soothing music, fine acting and beautiful script with Thilakan’s unforgettable performance as the cruel stepfather.

Those that almost made it

Inception: Christopher Nolan

Devasuram: I.V. Sasi

Titanic: James Cameron

Varanam Aayiram: Gautham Menon

Prestige: Christopher Nolan

Shutter Island: Martin Scorsese

The Departed: Martin Scorsese

Scent Of A Woman: Martin Brest

Ananthakrishnan S. from Ernakulam holds a B. Tech degree. He is a fan of Hollywood and Malayalam cinema.