Old / Black and White Movies
The Day of the Jackal – Flawless thriller aesthetically presented and brilliantly executed. I was falling asleep and I wanted any old movie b/w or old song that would put me in deep sleep but as things turned out, I was wide awake, refreshed at the end of the film. I have not seen any thriller that has covered so much of minute details that even a layman can understand the sophistication carried out during the investigation without any hiccups, slow movements or flaws in between, the day of the jackal is one of the perfect thriller that keeps you engrossed or at the edge of the seat till the very end. A Classical Gold Mine!!!
Modern Times 1936 – Another Charlie Chaplin movie that I Laughed like a hell right from the beginning. It was just fantastic and best of the three movies which I have seen recently of him. The factory scene is one hell of a laugh riot and so till the first half. Then it takes a romantic angle but still it keeps you smiling & laughing till the end.
M 1931 – If bollywood came up with Special 26 in 2013 let me remind you that there was a film with Special secrete agents (you will be surprised) in 1931 which is 1000 times better than the so called S26. It is a short film compared to other white and black movies but the idea behind the movie makes it a Classic. A serial child killer has created a havoc in the city and police couldn’t even find a single clue about the culprit. Due to continuous harassment and raids by police, criminals take the task of finding and killing the serial killer in their own hand.
Double Indemnity 1944 – Another brilliant movie with brilliant narration by the actor presented as an anecdote of an Insurance Sales man who obliges to surrender himself for the crime he committed with regret. It is totally engrossing and keeps your mind engaged with “what will happen next” type of worries. The boss of the Insurance sales man has done one hell of an incredible job, his body language, conversations, high pitched arguments, his tactical deduction skills are some of the highlights of this movie that makes a must watch.
The Gold Rush 1925 – These few silent films of Charlie Chaplin is pure Gems. I am making sure that I preserve these films for long enough to watch even after my kids grow up. It still brings natural laugh out of you so much so that your stomach starts aching and it also makes you emotional with some touchy story in second half. The expressions, body language of Charli Chaplin is unbeatable.
Chinatown – Another fantastic flick that deserves every accolade it received. Jack Nicolson was perfect in the role of a private detective and his body language added up to his one of the finest performance. He is hired by an impostor to keep an eye on her husband that leads him into more lies, deception and the dark secretes of the murderer of the man he once used to spy.
Tropa de elite – Elite Squad 2007 – Brilliant and must watch movie about the Elite Squad of Rio De Jaeniro called BOPE (Special Police Operations Squad of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police) and is the first installment of the series which is based more specifically on BOPE, its fight against Drug dealers, scumbags, corrupt officers etc… This Installment starts with the recruitment and training of BOPE squad and also to find a perfect replacement of its Captain Nascimento, that is narrated by Nacimento himself.
Elite Squad 2 2010 The Enemy within – Fantastic and Mind-blowing stuff from the director Jose Padhila and excellent narration, acting and performance by Wagner Moura in an Epic of its own kind. Nacimento – A Lieutenant Colonel in BOPE (Special Police Operations Squad of the Rio de Janeiro Military Police) is promoted to Undersecretary of Public Safety for Intelligence after quite a showdown in one of the Prison Riot unwillingly in order to gather support of public which embraced Nacimento and his operation. However he soon realizes that his system that helped eradicate drug peddlers, dealer etc…. from the state is not the bigger problem but the system itself is the bigger problem. One of the best movies of last decade and Highly Recommended!!!
New World 2013 – Brilliant movie and though it looks inspired from Internal affairs/the departed it has its own uniqueness. Even if there isn’t much of real action, the movie pumps up the flow of adrenaline in your body. Excellent performance from the lead, his friend and police chief Kang. The attitude of the movie, the psychological game played by the police, the loyalty and betrayal is executed brilliantly with excellent editing & special thanks to Nirjhar.
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