The About-7 Movie List


A few days back, a friend asked me to suggest him some movies to watch. Absolutely. But what kind? Whichever you like, he said. I was about to do that but then I thought maybe it was not such a great idea. I can safely say that I watch more movies than him and that is not even condescending. He has better things to do in life. So the movies I come to like the most, though not bad, do not always make for an ideal casual weekend-evening watch. Sometimes you just want movies that tell a good happy story, which, when they end, make you happily ask your partner to order a generously loaded pizza and she agrees, momentarily forgetting about your belly !! You know the kind I am talking about. They do good business but not always are blockbusters. They never really wow you but they always register their good intelligent work. The kind which when you come across while flipping movie channels, while having dinner, make you stop (not the dinner, the browsing), happily. Here is the list of my kind of that kind of movies. Hope you like it. And about the title, well, its an allusion to how such  movies almost invariably rate just around 7 on IMDb. And yeah, they always have some cool songs playing in their background 🙂 .

Here it goes.

The Devil Wears Prada

The devil wears Prada (2006): This comedy drama revolves around a powerful fashion magazine Editor and a young college graduate who gets a job as her co-assistant. It does not help that the young lady does not share the same enthusiasm for fashion as her boss does. The best thing about the movie is, of course, Meryl Streep, supported very ably by the beautiful Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci. An urban comedy with interesting situations, this movie is smart but not too overtly so, which is a good thing really.

The rock

The Rock (1996): 90s was the decade of some of the most fabulous action movies ever. The rock is one of them. It is directed by Michael Bay (Transformers, Armageddon, Bad Boys) who, with all his corniness, does has an aptitude for telling gripping stories in a visually grand way. He is like a action version of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. So the Army General will have to say things like “Identify yourself”, to a person who he does not know, over a telephonic conversation, because Army generals compulsively talk that way isn’t it !! But it is a lots of fun anyway. The cast is indeed rock solid too: Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris and the great Sean Connery (who could not, for his life, pronounce the S sound, its always Sh. “I think I heard Shomeone”. “Shtupid Ashshhole”. I am sure his parents named him Sean with an ‘S’ initially. LOL). A great old action movie with a dab of humour.

The 40 yr ols virgn

The 40 year old virgin (2005): Steve Carell (The Office, Little Miss Sunshine, Get Smart) is such a masterclass at playing a likeable loser that its amazing. And he is funny as hell. He plays the guy the film’s title refers to. It is directed by Judd Apatow and has all the characteristics of the type of movies he is associated with: amazing buddy humour, lots of cultural references and hilarious support characters. The movie also features, of course, Seth Rogen (Knocked up, funny people), Paul Rudd (I love you Man, Role Models) and Romany Malco. One of my favourite movies.

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American reunion (2012): Who isn’t a fan of the original American Pie (1999). It spawned many sequels but this 2012 sequel was something else. For one, it managed to bring the whole cast back, including both of the MILF guys. It was really nostalgic to see all of them back in the original setting. It was like watching some of your friends after a decade and everybody is grown up and all. If you are fond of the original movie, as i am, do watch this, even if, for just the nostalgic value.

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Invincible

Invincible (2006): Invincible tells the (real life) story of Vince Papale, who went from being a 30 year old bartender to playing pro American Football for Philadelphia Eagles. For comparison, it is like if a Big Bazar bill desk employee got to play for the Delhi Daredevils in IPL, for two seasons. Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, The Italian Job) plays Papale. Like all good sports movies, it inspires and makes you feel like going for a run the next morning. And that awesome song which plays during one of those match scenes is Ted Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold’, download that too, super good guitar song.

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Knocked up (2007): The second Judd Apatow movie on this list, this movie is a romantic comedy about a slacker who gets a career oriented girl pregnant after a drunken one night stand. The movie features Seth Rogen and the beautiful Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, 27 Dresses) who are excellent. This was the first time i saw Rogen and I am a fan since. As always, there is a superb support cast, Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill (Superbad), Jason Segel (How I met Your Mother).
This movie is smart, super funny and very endearing.

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A Few Good Men

A few good men (1992):  One of my all time favourites, this movie is a court martial drama featuring Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, both of whom received Best Actor nominations for this movie. Because that’s what they did, acted brilliantly. I can’t stress enough how good Jack Nicholson is. It has a riveting story and is extremely well made courtroom drama. But the best part is, how this movie takes you along with the case it depicts, makes you understand the various characters and the believability of an improbable end. Brilliant.

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Match Point (2005): Match Point is a Woody Allen movie but is unlike any of his typical movies. It is a thriller, for one. It is also a movie where, as Roger Ebert observed, every character is rotten. That’s a brilliant analysis for this movie and the reason why this movie is brilliant too. This movie deals with the themes of deceit, infidelity, money and luck. It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend it like Beckham) and Scarlett Johansson, who is tailor made to play girls who betray. Meyers is well cast too. This movie is brilliantly dark and its interesting to see which rotten character you side with.

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Shoot ’em up

Shoot ’em up (2007): This movie is sick funny. This movie is audaciously violent and stupendous fun. This movie is like from Mercury, always hot and going too fast. I don’t really know how to describe it really. Let me try nonetheless. Suppose Mithun of old, approached Tarantino to create a movie for South Indian audience, this is what he would get. It stars Clive Owen(Closer, King Arthur) and Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and both are brilliant beyond words. Shoot em up is a super violent action movie with a wicked sense of humour. Its so outrageously improbable that you cannot help but wonder at its genius. I love this movie. Watch it with an open mind, and you shall be rewarded. And that guy in the picture above has a carrot in hand: not accidental.

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Horrible Bosses (2011) : When a movie has such a brilliant cast as Kevin Spacey (American Beauty), Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Jamie Foxx (Ray, Django Unchained), Colin Farrell (Minority Report, Alexander) and Jason Bateman (Hancock, Arrested Development), it is reason enough to give it a watch. But when someone else outshines these guys in the same movie, well, then it becomes a must watch. Charlie Day is that guy. Very earnestly funny. The movie is comedy about three friends who are fed up with their respective bosses and want some revenge and hire a hitman to do the job. Brilliantly comic due to its talented actors, this movie is very entertaining.

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13 thoughts on “The About-7 Movie List

  1. I started reading and sooner I was restless (for Commenting). I was nostalgic, increasing after each line (first 8 lines). Not for movies but, I was reminded of Mr. Napoleon of 94-01 (our old pal, literally old). When juvenile some of HMI (Homo Sapiens Intellegentica) (SSR)used to visit him to get psychopathic consultations after watching a movie with a feeling to watch again (Sounds and Reminds Hatimtai’s “Ek baar dekha hai, dooji baar dekhne ki tamanna hai”) to move on (I wish DD National could have thought of and aired Fastrack ads back in 90-00’s).

    And after those 8 lines, I was there visualizing and recounting movies I like. Out of 7 mentioned here, except match point, I finished all mostly with a feel good and as mentioned “chal pizza pelte hain” (In this case no partner I can mention as she). some of them I still have in my enormous sized hard disk (at the time of purchase) reduced to meagerly accommodating drive (have to consider, and requires discussion on what to delete, of course movies). I don’t feel that I can actually mention few good movies (alike few good men. at least sound alike). Being a “Baaghi from The Basti” I have a list of good movies, that can be arranged in languages, genres, and acting skills. Yes acting skills, as I have found after watching movies that sometimes actors not great acting really great, and vice-versa.

    And suddenly I realize that what kind of comments I am writing, might be due to intoxication of Sunday end, and Monday beginning. All I can say when movie is played, I have to watch. Alike books, It should not be left amid.

    There was a time when we seriously liked and could have watched all movies (not to forget the classic kabristaani bhoot and shamshaani bhoot, barsaat ki ek raat and all). Recommended it to all friends, and punishments followed later, that changed movie atheist (Munna, Napoleon) into one of strongest follower of movies (cast, creed, language no barrier) in current times, watching literally World Movies channel at leisure (seriously !!!!).

    Now for epilogue, I must write something serious and so here it is: This is the darkest period of cinema critics, most of movie lovers are influenced by foreign power, and have been found criticizing (negative) movies. I want to remind them, that movies are made to entertain you, and what everyone of “HMI” did earlier when we found movie slow, etc.etc, was to sleep. Sleeping is again a kind of entertainment, and when you come out and person walking next to you talking about movie you have a luxury to exclaim “When did this happened in the movie”, letting him/her into tormentation again.

    1. That was one of the purest intoxicated outpour Bison..and my blog is proud to have it here…tabaahidar…let me ping you to understand what it actually meant though 😛

    1. Oh that would be coming in the ‘Great Movies’ list 🙂
      But really, this list was more of an ‘easy’ list, if you know what i mean, more like CBSE 10th board. Pulp Fiction is more advanced mechanics. Goddamn JEE.

  2. Thanks Sin-Saw…much appreciated.

    Of course Top Gun is in this list. I just thought everybody had already seen it, so didn’t include.

    And you did not subscribe. You need click the Follow button below.

  3. I have watched just two movies from your list- Devil wears prada and invincible. Got to watch the rest. Watched ‘Listed’ recently.It might qualify to be in your list.(pun intended) ;D

      1. *sheepish grin* .Sorry. It was ‘Lifted’ and not ‘Listed’. Me and my wise cracks!*tries to drown in a glass of water*:/

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