Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday: 10 Movies to See Before You Die

Here is a list of 10 movies to see before you die. Why? Because they are not JUST pure entertainment sludge. While you WILL enjoy them and be glad you saw them, they also inspire and uplift, make you think, and will help you have a broader perspective on life. I wanted to make up this list because, as you should know, just because a movie is a huge box office hit or makes billions of dollars, it is not necessarily anything more than pure entertainment. If you are sensitive in your movie choices, some of these may best be viewed in an edited format. So here it is. 10 movies to see before you die, but not necessarily in any order.

These movies were chosen for
*Helping you understand a different world
*Showcasing the good in mankind when in opposition
*Inspiring you against weakness, evil, and small mindedness

The Pursuit of Happyness
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Schindler's List
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Hotel Rwanda
The true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.

Seven Pounds
An aerospace engineer with a fateful secret embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers.

Life is Beautiful
A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humour, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.

Amazing Grace
The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade.

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Anna and the King
The story of the romance between the King of Siam and the widowed British schoolteacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860's.

The Last Samurai
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Movie descriptions courtesy of IMDb

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