Mumbai, 8 April, 2016: 5 Movies on a single binge-watching spree is the ultimate movie-buff dream, isn’t it? The thing is, there are certain cinematic gems that we keep pushing for future viewing sessions, but it usually doesn’t come to pass that easily. While their plots sound almost equally exciting, we keep procrastinating over a list of certain movies that are just not worth missing out on. These 5 Movies form the crux of such titles, at least in my head. Besides, it’s never too late to watch these 5 movies because they bring together an absolutely marvellous set of emotions, apart from generating the perfect amount of curiosity. And then there are titles that saw the light of air before we ever lived and breathed. There are movies that you might have missed out on just because you were born late, or because you were too young to comprehend what was going on with their multi-dimensional characters. Whatever be the case, these 5 movies should really be on your immediate must-watch list. Without further preamble, I’m presenting the list that I’ve compiled. If you agree with the list as one that depicts the greatest 5 movies ever made, share your love in comments.

If you don’t agree, and have a better list/title to recommend, please consider it an urgent task to provide this feedback, again in the comments section. (Or you can submit your own list and have it featured here – wouldn’t that be supercool?)

Top 5 Movies (Prerna Maynil’s Favorites)

1American Hustle (2013)

This film is a must-watch for those who love scathing scandals in a twisted plot. Battling complexity with the right influx of picture-perfect characterization, it serves a highly palatable combination of amazing, free-flowing dialogue and entertaining screenplay. The film scores high on employing very moving performances from its five leads, viz-a-viz Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Reiner.
Click here to check out American Hustle on the Internet Movie Database.

2Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

This just has to be Coen Brothers at their best. Oscar Isaac makes for a compelling Llewyn Davis, adding a few notches of reality to the character. The movie also features a hauntingly beautiful rendition of ‘Hang Me, Oh Hang Me!’ sung by Oscar Isaac.

Click here to check out Inside Llewyn Davis on the Internet Movie Database.

3Pulp Fiction (1994)

Samuel Jackson’s biblical quotations and a very moving threat that goes something like… ‘Say what again, I dare you, I double dare you motherf**cker…’ have spawned a cult following in itself. While Pulp Fiction is considered by many as Quentin Tarantino’s best work till date, I think it deserves a few neo-noir creds, thanks to the amazing performances by John Travolta, Jackson and Uma Thurman. Legend has it, that Tarantino included the basic plot premise of Kill Bill (the foxy women’s killing squad) narrated via Uma Thurman in the famous diner scene, where Thurman’s character (Mrs Marseilles) recalls her past affliction with acting. Spoiler Alert – You won’t feel smarter about life when the movie ends, but you’ll get a decent idea of what chaos tastes like, and that’s one of the greatest things that a movie can achieve.

Click here to check out Pulp Fiction on the Internet Movie Database.

4The Bollywood Shakespeare Trilogy (By Vishal Bhardwaj, ...

The first in the trilogy was Maqbool (2004) followed by Omkara (2006) & Haider (2014). It’s tought o find holes in either Vishal Bhardwaj’s story treatment, or in his perfect casting sense, which pulled out stellar performances out of Tabu,Ajay Devgn and Shahid Kapur. Captivating cinematography, brilliant dialogues and superb direction make it a must watch, not just for Shakespeare fans, but for awesome movie buffs in general.

5Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005)

This one qualifies as the one Sudhir Mishra film that I really enjoyed. It contained some truly power-packed performances by Shiney Ahuja, Kay Kay Menon & then-debutant Chitrangada Singh. The movie deals with the inherent concept of dreams and aspirations for each character, and never fails to engage the viewer in its cinematic journey. Watch this movie if you’ve been aching for some solid ‘connect’ lately. This one’s sure to help.

Click here to check it out on the Internet Movie Database.

My list doesn’t really end here; it merely makes up for a humble beginning to a rather long list of drool-worthy cinema. So, what’s your list? Share your thoughts here in comments, or on Facebook/Twitter with the hashtags #AlphaDigest and #MovieList.

Till then, toodles, boys and girls. Read better!