As a fellow retrogamer, I have pretty much the opposite approach toward movies. I usually try to watch as many motion pictures that I missed in the theaters or that I missed during my youth but I’m not obsessed with those as I am with games.
Over the past year, I’ve watched so many of them that listing them all would be pointless. Instead I’ve chose three that I found to be mind-blowing.
1. The Theory of Everything by James Marsh starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones – 2014
Earlier in 2016, I watched Jupiter Ascending that was also starring Eddie Redmayne but was a piece of garbage. So I didn’t really know what to expect. Boy was I blown away! I knew a little bit about Stephen Hawking but definitely not to that extent. The movie is pure gold. It begins in 1963 when Stephen is 21 and a student at Cambridge. We follow him to a party where he meets his wife-to-be Jane. Then we see him gradually becoming ill until he falls and passes out to learn, once awake, that he has a motor neurone disease known as ALS or known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famous baseball player. This gradually degenerative illness is well depicted and Eddie Redmayne perfectly act the affected real life scientist. It’s a touching love story between a man and a woman. It’s a beautiful story of a fight against a deadly disease and the creative solutions they found to overcome it. Finally it is the wonderful struggle of a woman who has to face the illness of her husband, the upbringing of their kids, her studies and her declining feelings to her lover because of her exhaustion.
Favorite quote: “Look what we made.”
2. Rocky V by John G. Avildsen featuring Sylvester Stallone and Talia Shire – 1990
I already talked long enough about this underrated piece of movie history and why I think this is one of the best in the series. I felt for him and completely understood what the character was going through.
Favorite quote: “My ring’s outside.”
3. Non-stop by Jaume Collet-Serra featuring Liam Neeson and Julian Moore – 2014
I love planes, and Liam Neeson is one of my favorite actors. I loved him in the Taken series (especially the first) and I also loved his portrayal of the Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace (yes I’m one of those people). So give me a movie with the Irish man taking place in a place and I’m sold. Non-stop is fast paced investigation led by a broken alcoholic air marshal who has to discover a potential killer in his flight while proving his innocence as the thing quickly escalates to become a set up against the sky cop. I loved how Liam Neeson’s character turns to be a Cassandra as nothing he will say will be taken seriously (I know this feeling all too well sadly) and how he will let his acts speak for himself.
Favorite quote: “You should just have handed out pamphlets. It would have been a lot easier.”
I also read a lot (for my standards in 2016 and I’ll share my best finds or even the ones that changed my life.