1. The Shawshank Redemption
Well, there is not much to introduce this movie. Top 1 IMDB is the phrase I always think of when mentioning to The Shawshank Redemption. Standing 1st position in the list of greatest movies of all time in IMDB, it's obviously a must-watch movie for everyone. Telling the story in jail of Andy Dufresne (Time Robbins) after being wrongly sentenced for the death of his wife. This movie has described an astonishing painting of life in jail with many unforgettable characters, each one has their own stories and ways they manage to handle situations. There are too many things to talk about The Shawshank Redemption, each character, each scene is depicted and handled very well and thoroughly. I cannot remember how many times I have been watching this movie. Although the experience is slightly different each time, the common feelings are satisfaction, relief, and totally relax.
The moment when prisoners and guards drink beer together in the roof of the prison. One of the best scenes, in my opinion. Seems there is no distance of hierarchy, class, or power, it's just simply human beings, people with other people. Who can imagine that prisoners, comfortably sitting on the roof, enjoying beers with the rudest guards? As the narrative of Ellis Boyd Redding (Morgan Freeman):
It lasted twenty minutes, that beer-break, and for those twenty minutes we felt like free men. We could have been drinking beer and tarring the roof of one of our own houses.
Let's take a peaceful night, ideally with the rain falling softly outside, watching the adventure of a rat with passion for cooking. After nearly 2 hours of gentle story-telling, seductive picture frames, and fascinating french music, no matter you watch it for the first time or n times, you will always end up with a fully relaxed mind. Yeah, I could assure you that.
3. The Martian
I believe with technology and knowledge, human can do such marvelous things and take over even impossible challenges. Although this is a sci-fi movie, its detailed and reasonable content has encouraged that idea in me. The Martian starts with a crew doing their mission on Mars then an incident suddenly intervenes, force them to leave the planet. Unfortunately, Mark Watney (Matt Damon), our main character is left behind, he has to manage to survive a long time and plan getting back to Earth, sounds impossible but interesting, right? Besides great intellectual, Mark has a huge help from advanced technologies which even though The Martian is a sci-fi movie, I have a strong belief that mankind can totally achieve in the future.
Another aspect I like in The Martian is the way it depicts the kindness of people. Despite what does it cost, we always have the motivation to help others.
Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception. Yes, there are assholes who just don't care, but they're massively outnumbered by the people who do.- Mark Watney -
4. A Separation
I intended to write about 12 Angry Men then this movie came to my mind. Basically, they tell different stories, not even close in the context or situation, but they both teach me to carefully consider before making decision on anything, try to learn from other perspectives, put yourself in someone's shoes, as they say.
A Separation represents a young family live in Iran. With conflicts that anyone has ever heard or been through, what would happen if they decided to separate? At the same time, other troubles come up, how they manage to solve domestic issues when busy to handle exterior trouble on the other hand? This movie has successfully described the difficulty of adults, or young married couples especially.