5 Movies You Probably Haven't Watched, But Should:

5 Movies You Probably Haven't Watched, But Should:

Not Your Typical Hollywood Film List.
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Growing up, I was always the kid who watched a lot of movies. And that trend has only continued with time. I’ve grown to really appreciate and love film as I’ve gotten older. I’ve compiled a list of what I believe are five movies (some well-known, others not so much) that I think everyone should watch at some point in their lives. For some of these, it’s the message of the movie. For others, it’s the way it’s shot and the acting within it.

These are in no particular order, but if you are interested in film and are a bit of a movie buff like me I highly recommend checking them out! Warning: spoiler alert in some of these!

1. The Piano Teacher

A foreign film, it discusses the life of a 40-year-old piano teacher who has been both sexually and emotionally repressed her whole life thanks to her controlling and demeaning mother, who she still lives with. Due to her growing up in such a harrowing environment, she comes to associate control and humiliation with love and therefore sex. She develops severe sado-masochistic tendencies and believes suffering at the hands of others and pain are the only way love can be truly demonstrated. When she meets and begins an affair with a much younger student, Walter, she/we learn the true consequences of what emotional abuse can do to a person and how others can tend to take advantage of people in that situation. It is a truly harrowing and emotional movie that is difficult to watch in places but is truly a masterpiece in exploring the psychology of those who have been sheltered and abused for their whole life.

2. A Clockwork Orange

What I consider Stanley Kubrick’s magnum opus, this movie is a dystopian satire of the best kind. Set in a futuristic Britain, it explores the life of Alex, a sociopathic teenager who is the leader of a gang of friends who do drugs and commit violent crimes on an almost nightly basis. On one of their nightly outings, Alex is captured by the police while the rest of his men escape. He is convicted and sent to prison for murder. In order to reduce his time he agrees to be subjected to new and controversial behavioral therapy which is supposed to “cure” him of his desire to harm others. What follows can be described as nothing more than horrifying. The film comments on not only violence among young people but also the psychology and techniques used throughout the years by professionals attempting to “fix them.” It begs the important question: is it worth it to be turned into something else better through experimentation even if it hurts you, or is it better to remain the way one is with their own free will?”

3. Heat

One of the greatest crime thrillers of all time and loaded with an all-star cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer, this is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates cop movies. Exploring the relationship and chase between an LAPD detective and the leader of a gang of men who perform extensive robberies and heist. DeNiro’s character Neil is the head of the group of men and lives his life by one rule: don’t get attached to anything you can’t walk away from in 30 seconds. For him, it’s how he’s able to continue being successful at what he does. He leaves emotion out of it. When he meets a woman named Eady however, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to do this and in the end, his breaking of the one rule he’s followed his whole life, ultimately leads to his downfall. The dialogue as well as the amazingly coordinated heist scene in this movie make it a classic, and the emotionally charged ending shows the true importance of sticking to one’s values.

4. American History X

Starring Ed Norton, the movie explores the incredibly difficult subject matter of racism and Neo-Nazism in modern day America. Norton plays Derek Vinyard, who lives in Los Angeles and is a member of a white power group which targets minorities groups, specifically blacks, in the area. One night after realizing two black guys were trying to steal his car, he comes outside and shoots one and brutally murders the other by curb-stomping him. His younger brother Danny watched the entire thing unfold. Derek is hauled off to prison for murder and while he is gone Danny also becomes involved with the white power movement. In prison, Derek befriends a black man and comes to realize that the lifestyle he’s been living and perpetuating is wrong and harmful. When he’s released he attempts to show Danny this and make sure he doesn’t follow down the same path he did just years before. Although incredibly difficult to watch in some places, this movie is a true masterpiece in showing the harsh reality of racism and also in its portrayal of attempted redemption. It follows the story of a man who comes back trying to save his family from the path his very actions, years before, set them on.

5. When Harry Met Sally

My all-time favorite movie, I had to save the best for last. Starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, the film explores the relationship between two strangers who drive to New York together after college and their budding friendship throughout the years. It’s a classic romantic comedy with the universal story of two people who don’t realize they are meant to be together until much later than they should. What makes this version so different however is its innocence and its honesty. With the most realistic and relatable dialogue I have ever heard in a chick flick, it’s impossible not to fall in love with both Harry and Sally and root for their love from the very beginning. I always describe the movie by telling people that it’s how I think the perfect relationship would form. It’s love in its purest form.

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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