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20 Best Movies to Watch On a Boring Day

December 15, 2018
12 min read

It is lazy Sunday afternoon. You just had a nice brunch and now are lying on your couch wondering how to spend your afternoon. You are in no mood to go shopping; you don’t want to go swimming; you don’t want to drive to the nearest movie theater. Basically, you are feeling bored not knowing how to utilize your free time. So, you open your TV and start browsing channels. You are in the mood for a good movie, but don’t know what to watch. You are confused because of the plenty of choices in front of you. Now, you are bored and confused. But worry not! Bookmark this article. Because this is the list of best movies to watch on a boring day. So, head over to Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime and remember to thank us later.

20. Primer (2004)

How would you describe someone who’s the director, lead actor, writer, cinematographer, editor, music composer, producer and distributor of the same movie? May be … super-human? That’s Shane Carruth for you. Arguably, the best time-travel movie ever made, ‘Primer’ may require several viewings before you get a complete hold of it. But that doesn’t take anything away from how ingenious and brilliant both the film and Carruth himself is. Read more ..

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19. Brokeback Mountain (2005)

A remarkably powerful and moving love story of two cowboys may not have won the Best Picture Oscar, but it surely did win hearts. Never bending down to cliches of a homosexual love story, ‘Brokeback Mountain’ plays more like romance of two humans. Its fable-like quality only adds to its charm so much so that it will linger onto your minds long after the film is over.

 

18. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

The best road trip movie ever made. Period. Having said that, ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ is also so much more. It is sexy and funny and hip and stylish, but above all, it is affecting and melancholic. In the end, you will be surprised by how a single film could manage to evoke so many emotions. But the ultimate shock will come when you will realize how can the guy who directed this can go on to direct an awe-inspiring space movie.

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17. Trainspotting (1996)

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A black comedy about heroin addicts in Scotland made stars of its cast and director, who gives us fast paced, pulse pounding work that makes no judgments on heroin, great when you are on it, hell when you are coming off. The film opens with motion and never seems to be still, the characters are always walking, running, shooting up, just moving all the time. There is a startling point of view shot inside the syringe filled with heroin which flushes into the veins like a toilet…unforgettable image. Danny Boyle directed the film and was incredibly snubbed for an Oscar nod, as was the film which deserved that and much more. Loved it, grime, filth and all.

 

16. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ is a coming-of-age tale of Adele, an introverted high-school girl who discovers and explores her sexuality through Emma, an aspiring artist whose hair is the warmest shade of blue. But this film takes a more tender yet raw, passionate but not-too schmaltzy approach at telling its story. But it isn’t an indulgent film bringing only a unique gay relationship to light nor is it an ode to “coming out” with stockpiled clichés of “being different.” It shows how an interaction with a person, any person. can have a truly provocative impact. ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ is a touching ode to blossoming love, fiery passion and lasting bonds.

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15. The Matrix (1999)

Way more than just a movie, ‘The Matrix’ has been nothing short of a phenomenon. It changed the way people looked at the world around them and even turned them cynical. Directed by the Wachowskis, the American-Australian movie could very well be described as a living nightmare. A film that virtually introduced the rather terrifying concept of simulated reality, it asked a number of vital philosophical questions about humanity and its actual purpose. Till today, not every question that the film asks has been answered.

 

14. The Big Lebowski (1998)

A box office bomb, Coen brothers’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ turned out to be a cult classic subject to its unconventional storyline, peculiar dialogues, uncanny characterizations and surreal sequences. The film could be categorized as a dark comedy with the primary plotline centering on mistaken identity and the hoopla around a suitcase carrying ransom for releasing the medal wife of a billionaire. Starring such acting bigwigs as Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Steve Buscemi; the movie could also be considered to be a parable for casual crime and unintentional misdeeds.

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13. The Tree of Life (2011)

There is an essence and a feeling that you associate with every memory of yours — I am talking about nostalgia. I can’t think of a single film that so effectively captures the feeling of nostalgia the way ‘The Tree of Life’ does. And that’s what is so special about the film — Malick doesn’t just try to capture memories, but the feelings evoked by the act of memory. It doesn’t just ask its audience to observe, but also, reflect and feel. At its simplest, ‘The Tree of Life’ is a story of the journey of finding oneself. At its most complex, it is a meditation on human life and our place in the grand scheme of things. In the end, ‘The Tree of Life’ might change the way you look at life; it changed me. How many films have the power to do that? Read More ..

 

12. The Godfather (1972)

‘The Godfather’ is a film that would teach you the true meaning of the art of cinema. It tells the story of an aging gangster who gets shot by his rivals as fate would have his most beloved, youngest son being pulled into the dark, tragic world of crime and violence for the sake of protecting his family. What follows is one of cinema’s most haunting and iconic character transformations of all time as the family’s pampered little boy goes on to become the most immoral, ruthless gangster. Although the film was bettered by its darker and more complex sequel, ‘The Godfather’ remains much more accessible film due to its simplicity and linearity.

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11. Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood’, more than just a film, is an observance. An observance of a 6 years old boy growing up to become an 18 years old adult. An observance of what a mother has to go through to raise children. An observance of what a father means to his children and vice-versa. An observance of a family and their struggles, their joys, their sorrows. ‘Boyhood’, in a way that very few films do, transcends the boundaries of cinema and becomes a tiny part of our own existence and experience. Linklater, again, shows why he is the best in business when it comes to telling simple stories about ordinary people. Read more ..

 

10. Blade Runner (1982)

Ridley Scott in the form of ‘Blade Runner’ directed one of the most iconic science fiction movies of all time. The film is a visual poetry that also has a grace — it has to be seen to be believed. The opening cuts between and eye and the haunting hellworld of Los Angeles circa 2019 (give Trump time); spilling into noir-esque interrogations, stunning chases through neon-drenched streets and a beautiful, genuinely frightening finale that sees rouge replicants Roy Beatty cement himself among the highest criterion of cinematic villains.

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9. Lost in Translation (2003)

‘Lost in Translation’ is the single greatest movie ever made about what it feels to feel nothing — or what we commonly refer to as “ennui”. Based on an exquisitely rich screenplay by Sofia Coppola, the film is a deft balance of humor, poignancy and melancholy. Rarely, will you see film that rests with you for days. In ‘Lost in Translation’s’ case, it has never left me since I first watched it — and later re-watched it several more times. Every once in a while, a moment or an expression or a line from the film crops up in my head, just like that, out of nowhere, mostly, in my own moments of … ennui.

 

8. Memento (2000)

‘Memento’, in ways more than one, is a landmark film. It re-shaped the concept of story-telling in cinema. It teased, tested and challenged its viewers like very few films manage to do. Though, the ultimate strength of ‘Memento’ may not actually lie in its jigsaw narration, but rather on how surprisingly affecting it is — a quality that Nolan always tries to bring in all his films, even though with not as much success. ‘Memento’ is also a template of filmmaking that proves big doesn’t always mean better; small can be great too. And if you don’t to look like a loser in front of your Nolan-loving friends, you should watch this as early as possible.

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7. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

If you don’t want to a butt of jokes in front of your cinephile friends, then you better watch this. The reason of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’s popularity lies in how much and how well  conveys about life in the most simple but effective way. It is a film that you can learn so much from that if not a movie it could easily have been a “guide to life” book. And the most important lesson that you learn from the film is that in your darkest and most difficult moments, it is important that you stay true to yourselves; because in the end, even if everything is taken away from you, you still will have your “will” and “courage” that you can hang on to and fight back. Therefore, never forget “you” are your biggest strength.

 

6. Mulholland Drive (2001)

How can you not watch what BBC declared as the best movie of the 21st century? A film that is discussed even today, around 16 years after its release, ‘Mulholland Drive’, quite simply, offers the greatest cinematic mystery of all time. David Lynch’s best work till date, ‘Mulholland Dr.’ lingers, fascinates and feels like a hypnotic narration of an extended mood opera. It is one of those films which hugely benefits from multiple viewings, when the underlying themes of identity, delusion and the nature of fame become all the more apparent. Featuring one of the all-time great female performances, by Naomi Watts, ‘Mulholland Dr.’ is truly an unforgettable experience. Read more ..

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5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1967)

Stanley Kubrick, through his non-verbal style in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, manages to break any barrier there is in art; the movie connects directly with your subconscious, both metaphysically and philosophically. There is no pretense, no artistic flourishes; everything is stripped down, displaying art at its purest. When ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ released, nobody had ever seen anything like it before. 48 years have passed; and we are yet to see anything like it since.

 

4. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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There are very few directors in the history of Hollywood that have had as staggering impact as Quentin Tarantino. The self professed movie geek exploded into American cinema with this extraordinarily confident second film, a crime picture that merges several stories together, taking its time with a broken narrative, bolstered by brilliant performances from the entire cast but most notably John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. You can feel the explosion of energy in the film with its opening credit sequence and it just never lets up. The movie all but vibrates with a giddy joy in the pure pleasure of filmmaking.

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3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

The dizzying, surreal epiphany of love and heartbreak has never been explored in the manner and to the degree of success with which this film does. Penning a compelling spin on an unconventional love story with a stroke of ingenious madness and an emotional payoff, the real star of the show is the screenwriter, Charlie Kaufman.  He and director Michel Gondry have created a film that is not only unique in its own way but also endlessly re-watchable with something new to be found within every viewing. See, live and experience, arguably, the finest film of this century.

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2. Fight Club (1999)

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David Fincher directs the film with aggressive power, challenging his actors to take a journey with him, inviting the audience to experience a film, not merely see it. Tyler Durdan is an anarchist, refusing to accept all things that we would call normal, despising anything fake, believing in the ultimate truth at all times. He takes our unnamed hero along with him, the two of them defying life with their every move. A stunning seething wth anger, and dark comedy as black as Tyler’s soul. You would commit a crime if you don’t watch this film before you turn 30.

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1. The Before Trilogy (1995, 2004, 2013)

There can be an argument made that since the films deal in not just love but also marriage and break-up why watch them before 30. My counter-argument is .. well, you should watch them because of exactly that. Why make the same mistakes that Jesse and Celine made in the film? There is beautiful line in ‘Before Sunset’ that goes “when you’re young, you just believe there’ll be many people with whom you’ll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times”. That perfectly sums up why you should watch all the three films of the Before Trilogy before you turn 30.

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