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5 MOVIES THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE

BY SIDDHARTHA MUKHERJEE

Some movies, when executed right, have the power to change your perception about anything. They have the remarkable ability to stay with us–not only on our dusty DVD shelves and hard-disks, but in our hearts and minds.

Here are five of such films that will indeed tend to stick around in you:

Taxi Driver (1976)

This Scorcese classic shows us the very thin, oftentimes amorphous line between good and evil where sexually repressed formalism drifts into the humidity of lurid, urban expressionism.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

The movie urges you to not be lazy in the pursuit of your aspirations; we see an unconventional young English teacher aiming to inspire his charges to challenge the confines of structure and seize the day, primarily through the lens of poetry.

Fight Club (1999)

A big lesson to take away from watching this film is to relise the emptiness that exists within consumerism and materialism.

Memento (2000)

This cautionary tale of Nolan is about the futility of revenge and the dangers of the scapegoat mechanism; it comments on the queasy uncertainties of the postmodern condition, in which history goes no further back than yesterday’s news.

Into the Wild (2007)

The movie builds to a climax of profound human pain and profound human connectedness without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings and desires of a tender heart.

Her (2013)

Her reveals an odd, sad love story and shows how technology is propelling loneliness and isolation to a frightening degree.

The films in this list can summon profound questions within you as they change the way you perceive life as you once knew it.

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  1. April 18, 2017

    […] Some films don’t try to oversimplify the contents of their messege into a single dogma; there are many other seeds of thought strewn along the path, each of which is the basis for a different struggle to transcend relative unconsciousness. In the mindless pursuit of a goal, the protagonists of such films are stuck within the deep dark secrets of life; their real challenge, however, is to find happiness through an unconventional courageous journey of self-discovery. […]

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