Television may not be an idiot box, after all. Although, some of the content in it may be. I won’t argue on that. Ever since I have been on a sabbatical, which is about a few weeks now, I have very constructively spent my time watching some “good television”. Oh yeah, to everyone’s surprise, I find this extremely “constructive”. For once, you could travel to different parts of the world, see the lives of varied kind of people and how they choose to live it and much more……all sitting in the comforts of your home.
Having mentioned “good television, I am not really taking about turning unfathomable bahus into “naagins”. Or still better, propagating child marriages and dancing around minors like shit head poppers. I think the ultimate one is really when the most vulnerable family member takes baffling avatars and turns into a possessed being who can only be cured by black clothed, unshaven, rudraksha decorated, trishul laden babajee; the guy who never bats an eyelid. The “babajee”, I must confess, looks way scarier than the possessed being, in almost all of them. No, not that stuff, for heaven’s sake! Spare your souls and stay away from it, I’d say.
So I picked up some recommended content from Netflix and amazon. Well, frankly, not everything I saw was fantastic. But yes, I did manage to come across few masterpieces. To my delight, they were bizarre, life changing, thought provoking and some of them even tasted better than my coffee! Now, you must know there are very little things that taste better than my coffee…and as much as you may want to read about it, I am not naming any of them here.
In this blog, I intend to share some of the “must watch” flicks. And don’t worry, I will come back to you with more ones, before you can extinguish these. Well, don’t watch them too quickly. Not one after the other. Each one of them needs a breathing space, just like many of us do. And that must be given. It’s just like smelling different perfumes. You need to take a break before you smell the next one, to really understand the notes. Or you may just smell some coffee in between. And there, I start about coffee once again….
Coming back to the point, so here are my top three recommendations:
- The Crown (TV Series): a historical drama television series, written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix, has grown on to become one of my favourite television series. The show is a biographical story about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. What I probably like the best about the show is that it an unapologetic depiction of the greyness in each of its characters. The unabashed portrayal of the so very apparent dichotomy between what prevails and what is showcased, is clearly very fascinating. Two of the seasons are already out. I am done with watching them both, can’t wait for the next one!
- Revolutionary Road: a 2008 British-American romantic drama film directed by Sam Mendes. This is the second on-screen collaboration among Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates, who previously co-starred in Titanic. Besides the fact that it stars my favourite lead pair and that it has already earned various accolades, what really sets this movie apart is the “depth” of the story. A seemingly casual livelihood turns into a complex situation fuelled by invigorating desire to shake out of one’s routine. The intensity of the story may leave the viewers almost numb by the end of it, just as it did to me. This is a movie that one should watch alone. Everyone may have their own version of righteousness. Choose yours wisely 🙂
- Gone with the wind: Well, need I say more? a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell‘s 1936 novel of the same name. I really don’t want to talk about this epic. Its almost like trying to summarise a Mahabharata or a Ramayana in a couple of lines….not sure if I can do any justice to that. So, go ahead and watch it. I strongly recommend. The movie is lengthy but crazily addictive. It is one of the rarest beauties which is even better than the book that it is based on!
Happy tele-visioning, friends 😛