Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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A depiction of life of a theater director, who experiences his own life, and other lives around him. He starts a Play, to depict life, but is that easy to cast? There is no extra actor cause everybody is leading their own role in their lives.

Here is my favorite part:
“Stand up. Now it is waiting, and nobody cares. And when your wait is over, this room will still exist… and it will continue to hold shoes and dresses and boxes… and maybe someday another waiting person. And maybe not.
The room doesn’t care either.

What was once before you… an exciting and mysterious future… is now behind you, lived, understood, disappointing. You realize you are not special. You have struggled into existence and are now slipping silently out of it. This is everyone’s experience. Every single one. The specifics hardy matter. Everyone is everyone. So you are Adele, Hazel, Claire, Olive (the characters of the movie). You are Ellen. All her meager sadnesses are yours. All her loneliness, the grey straw-like hair. Her red, raw hands. It’s yours. It is time for you to understand this.

Walk. As the people who adore you stop adoring you… as they die, as they move on, as you shed them, as you shed your beauty, your youth… as the world forgets you, as you recognize your transience… as you begin to lose your characteristics one by one… as you learn there is no one watching you… and there never was. You think only about Driving. Not coming from anyplace, not arriving anyplace… just driving, counting off time. Now you are here. It’s 7:43. Now you are here. It’s 7:44. Now you are… ….Gone.”

Though it feels bitter, it is truthful. I personally highly recommend this movie.

IMDB rating: 7.5/10
My rating: 9/10

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Lion (2016)

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A lost boy, far from home, goes even further… spends more than 20 years without seeing the face of his mom… without seeing his siblings… and finally tries to find his Home, his Birthplace.

This movie was based on a real story. The main character is Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian businessman. Saroo Brierley wrote a book called A Long Way Home based on his pain-striking voyage, and that attracted the attention which lead the way to the movie. This film was nominated for Oscar in 6 categories, and won 2 BAFTA Awards, The film was also commercially successful making $140 million worldwide, becoming one of the highest-grossing Australian films of all-time.

Among all the portions of the story, one thing blew my mind especially when Nicole Kidman illuminated why she and her husband wanted to adopt kids instead of having children (actually I’m indicating John Brierley and Sue Brierley’s intention): “I could have kids,  we chose not to have kids. We wanted the two of you, that’s what we wanted, we wanted the two of you in our lives, that’s what we chose. That’s one of the reasons why I fell in love with your dad. Because, we both felt, as if… the world has enough people in it… Have a child, couldn’t guarantee it will make anything better BUT to take a child that’s suffering like you boys were… give you a chance in the world, that’s something.” This is super logical thinking and also a thought of great minds.
The main character (Saroo) was played by Dev Patel and he was amazing as well. If you want to watch other outstanding movies played by him, you can watch Slumdog Millionaire and The Man Who Knew The Infinity (saying from my experience). The child actor Sunny Pawar was amazing also.

Lastly, I have an urge to say that Bollywood has many things to learn from this movie. Nowadays, Bollywood film-makers are running after superficial romantic movies which are nothing but business products (as you can see, how much Item Songs they produce to attract audiences). They should think about it and stop selling Sex instead of Art. Movies are the mirrors of lives, let’s keep it that way, let’s make something that will be preserved.

IMDB- 8.1/10
My rating- 8/10

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An interesting Fact

Daniel Day-Lewis (as Bill Cutting) hates President Abraham Lincoln so much in the movie: Gangs of New York (2002), even he throws a knife to a picture of Lincoln. In the movie Lincoln (2012), Daniel Day-Lewis played the character Lincoln himself.

Crash (2004)

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One of the finest piece of Drama movies, just ties up all together nicely. This movie shows how every single action of our’s brings up consequences, and how fallible we are, how we are as a society.

I don’t wanna give any spoilers. This is such a good movie and I don’t wanna ruin it for anybody. Just watch it, you will thank me later.

IMDB- 7.8/10
My rating- 9/10

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