Thursday, September 11, 2014

15 Movies That Will Always Stay With Me

1. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

- Why? because Johnny Depp was in it. But seriously, because it was a very good story about somebody being different from everyone else.
- Most memorable scene: that part where [Winona Ryder] was under the ice flakes from Edward's ice sculpture
- How the movie influenced me: the song With These Hands by Tom Jones became my personal anthem:

2. My Girl (1991)

- Most memorable scene : when Vada broke down seeing Thomas' dead body, saying "Where's his glasses? He needs his glasses!"
- How the movie influenced me : I began to like the music of the 1960's.
- Lesson: Don't mess with beehives.

3. The Godfather (Trilogy: 1972, 1974, 1990)

Why? And why not? This is one of the finest movies of all time. The trilogy features Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and the great Al Pacino.
Most memorable scene: That part where Don Veto Corleone (Marlon Brando) was crying over the death of his son.

4. Annie (1982)

Why? Because it was the first musical I've seen. And I just love Carol Burnett.
Most memorable scene : Annie's excitement as they entered the Radio City Music Hall to see a movie.
How the movie influenced me : It made me want to be alive and bubbly all the time, and suddenly burst into a song in the middle of a conversation.

5. A League of Their Own (1992)

Why? Because any sports enthusiast like me can relate to the scary feeling during the last crucial minutes of a game.
Most memorable scene : the last part, where the real life All American Girls Professional Baseball League alumni, all elderly, played in the field, it was so emotional and nostalgic to me.
How the movie influenced me: it introduced me to Carole King's Now and Forever, which became one of my favorite songs of all time.

6. Schindler's List (1993)

Why?  Because it opened my eyes to the horror that was the Holocaust during WWII.
Most memorable scene : the final scene where the Jewish survivors gathered to thank Oskar Schindler, it made my eyes swell.
How the movie influenced me : I began to read more about history.

7. The English Patient (1996)

Why? Because it's a very well-crafted film about love during a chaotic time. The story-telling is excellent.
Most memorable scene: The part where [Ralph Fiennes] was carrying the dead body of [Kristin Scott Thomas] from the cave.

8. The Hours (2002)

Why? Because the music by Philip Glass was so depressing yet beautiful, it actually added life to the breakdown scenes for Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
Most memorable scene : that part where the little boy was trying to run to catch up as his mother went away in a taxi.

9. Kill Bill 1 & 2 (2003, 2004)

Why? Because it could be the best example of revenge, and of ending an "unfinished business". And hey, it's a Quentin Tarantino film.
Most memorable scene: that scene at the Japanese restaurant where [Uma Thurman] sliced every appendage of Oren Ishii's army like she was slicing watermelons, it was crazy and ridiculous but awesome.
How the movie influenced me : I mastered the art of the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, and I will use it against my enemies someday.

10. Life Of Pi (2012)

Why? Because it's a different take on a ship incident, with incredible cinematography, effects, music, script, and the rest of the package.
Most memorable scene : that part where Pi and the tiger were staring into each other's eyes,  both knowing how helpless and hopeless they have become.
How it influenced me : It gave me a deeper sense of understanding about my faith and existence. And no sir, you can't make me ride a ship with wild animals in it,  no no no.

11. Ghost (1990)

Why? Because, I mean, come on! You got Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore at their sexiest, doing that pottery thing, then making love while Unchained Melody plays on the jukebox. And Whoopi Goldberg was simply at her best.
Most memorable scene : That part where Oda Mae Brown signed the wrong name when she closed her bank account.
Lessons: 1. Don't take what's not yours; 2. You can't take money to your grave; and 3. Your dead grandma could be watching you right now.

12. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Why? Because it was insanely funny with Roberto Benigni's antics, for the first half, at least, then emotionally disturbing onwards, and enlightening at the end.
Most memorable scene: That part where Guido sneaked to play the song Barcarolle over loud speakers as a form of communication with his wife.
How it influenced me: Buongiorno Principessa became one of my favorite songs from a film.

13. Babe, and Babe: Pig In The City (1995, 1998)

Why? Because Babe is the most adorable pig there has ever been on film (well, that is if we are not thinking of Miss Piggy or Wilbur (from Charlotte's Web). He is naive, gentle,  honest, and he has the kindest heart.
Most memorable scene : that part where Babe was running from the bull terrier in slow motion while The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly was playing as background music.
Lesson: Be kind, not because you have to, but because you are.

14. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Why? Because it perfectly shows the personalities of each character in this beautiful story about a dysfunctional family. Very good story-telling technique.
Most memorable scene: That part where Richie tried to kill himself.

15. The Sound of Music (1965)

Why? Because this movie became the basic foundation of my knowledge in music.
Most memorable scene: That lively part where Maria and the children were having fun as they visited places in and around Austria, while singing Do-re-mi.

John Emmanuel T. Manalo, MD

Thanks to the following for sharing their videos: : Edward Scissorhands, trailer : Tom Jones, With These Hands : My Girl, trailer : The Godfather, trailer : Annie, trailer : A League Of Their Own, trailer : Carole King, Now And Forever : Schindler's List. trailer : The English Patient, trailer : The Hours, trailer; Babe, trailer : Kill Bill, trailer : Life of Pi, trailer : Ghost, trailer : Life Is Beautiful, trailer : Mario Frangoulis, Buongiorno Principessa : The Royal Tenenbaums, trailer : The Sound Of Music, trailer

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