There are some movies that have not only impressed me, they also surprised me. The endings are usually not what I would expect and yet they do not disappoint because they make the whole movie experience better.
They are the movies that I would watch more than once and they inspire me to be a better person.
Top 10 Movies With Twists
My Top 10 personal favourites (not in any particular order) are:
Directed by the multi-talented and highly respected Clint Eastwood, Mystic River is set in an Irish neighborhood in Boston where three childhood friends, Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn), Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (Tim Robbins) are reunited after a brutal murder takes place. The murder involved the teenage daughter (Emmy Rossum) of reformed convict Jimmy. Sean is the detective in charge of the case, together with his partner, Whitey Powers (Laurence Fishburne).
Not impressed with the detective’s pace, Jimmy also ‘assigned’ the investigation on his relatives and their main suspect was Dave, who seems to harbour some disturbing secrets.
This mysterious drama/thriller is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by screenwriter Brian Helgeland.
Set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century London, this story is about rival magicians (Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman) who tried to out-do each other and sacrificed so much in order to be acknowledged as the best in their field.
They started off as friends but a fatal accident during a performance turned them into life-long enemies.
The tricks are very interesting to watch but not as interesting as their efforts at unravelling each other’s trade secrets.
In the Line of Fire
I have a thing for stories about charismatic old people – as I grow older. I don’t want to talk much about this movie because it’s so touching, especially when Clint Eastwood lose his breath while running beside the President’s car. For that reason, I also like to watch ‘Red’ and ‘The Expendables’- but there’s not much twist there. Movies about aging heroes… 😀
A US Army helicopter pilot, Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose last memory is flying in Afghanistan, wakes up on a commuter train with the consciousness and identity of another person. 8 minutes later, the train explodes and Stevens finds himself in an enclosed space, alone. The train trip and the explosion repeats for Stevens until he finds information on the identity of the bomber and whether there are any other targets. His only connection to the real world is Coleen Goodwin (Vera Farmiga), who is under the order of Rutledge (Jeffrey Wright), the scientist in charge.
He is told that he is part of a project that can put someone in another person’s consciousness during the last 8 minutes of their life. Each time he is on the train, he finds himself falling more and more for Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan), a woman traveling with him. Though he is informed that he cannot change the past (everyone on the train is supposed to be dead) and can only gather information, his love for Christina spurred him to test that theory.
The Sixth Sense
Who hasn’t watched this? This movie by M. Night Shyamalan is about a boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is able to see the dead and learns the purpose of his gift/curse with the help of a psychiatrist (Bruce Willis) who had a similarly-gifted patient. That patient committed suicide in front of him and he hopes that by helping the boy, he could redeem his past failure.
Be prepared for goosebumps and mysteries.
‘Who wants to be a millionaire’ used to be one of my favourite show. In this movie, Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, becomes the focus of the nation as he ponders over the last question that could win him 20 million rupees on India’s “Kaun Banega Crorepati?” (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?)
As the story unfolds, we will learn of how Jamal, a not-highly educated person, gets to answer all the previous questions and at the same time, we will also get to know his past.
This is the story of the life of those who live in the slum – their happiness, their sadness, the wicked and cruel, and most of all the perseverance and bravery of the kids that suffered it all.
In 1858, a dentist-turned-bounty hunter named Schultz (Christoph Waltz) seeks out a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx) and buys him because he needs him to find some ‘wanted’ men. They made a deal – Django helps him to collect some bounty as his partner and in return, he’ll help Django to find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Django and Broomhilda were slaves in a plantation and got married in secret but were sold separately by their former owner when they tried to escape.
After some time, they discovered that she was sold to a ruthless plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Samuel L. Jackson is perfect as the wicked but loyal butler who also yields the power of life and death of the slaves in the plantation.
The Karate Kid
Sand the floor…. These movie is so charming that even my fussy teenage son would watch it, despite it being an ‘old movie’ (his words, not mine). He loves this movie more than the recent remake featuring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Pat Morita is perfect as Mr Miyagi, the wise ‘Yoda’, while Ralph Macchio excels as Daniel – the young, impatient, and often bullied, trainee.
This is a classic that our kids should watch, at least they wouldn’t complain as much when you ask them to wash the car…
Remember, “Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don’t forget to breathe, very important…”
Seniman Bujang Lapok
Gosh…. Sudin, Aziz (Ajis) and Ramlee are truly the best of buds on the Malay screen during those times and even until now. The depictions of the realities of kampong life in the 50’s and 60’s, laced with hilarious moments, are a joy to watch.
Of all the Bujang Lapok hilarious movies, this is my favourite.
There’s not much twists, but well, there are many embarrassing and funny incidents to keep us smiling long after the movie has ended.
Another Clint Eastwood movie. Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can’t get along with either his kids or his neighbors. With the death of his wife and with none of his kids interested in him, he is left alone in his house surrounded by Southeast Asian families.
But like most grumpy old men, he has something that he values above most things – his 1972 Gran Torino which he keeps in mint condition.
When his neighbor Thao (Bee Vang), a young Hmong (an ethnic group originally from China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Southeast Asia) teenager tries to steal his Gran Torino at the instigation of his gang member cousin, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will and embraced into the colourful life of Thao’s family, Kowalski soon becomes their protector against the gangs that was bent upon ruining Thao’s life.
Clint Eastwood’s son is also present in this movie, see if you can spot him.
There are many impressive movies other than the above and as you can see, I really favour Clint Eastwood’s movies (and there are more of his movies out there). What are your Top 10 inspiring movies – care to share?