It has been a while since I last posted. I guess, I have just been busy or just plain out lazy. But either ways, I am back, atleast for now and today I am going to write about something I love doing when I am not travelling.

Watching movies.

I have made a list of 15 awesome movies that I have seen in the last few years which have inspired me not only to travel but also to soak in as much as I can when I am travelling.

Here goes (in no particular order)…

1.  Babel:

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The movie is shot in countries like Mexico, USA, Japan, and Morocco and shows the lives of several characters across these countries. Soon we realise how all these lives are interconnected and how a gift given to a Moroccan local by a Japanese traveller changes the lives of so many people.

2.  Little Miss Sunshine

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We see what happens when a dysfunctional family decides to go on a road trip to attend a beauty pageant. The trip somehow brings the family together. Quite enjoyable.

3.  Zindagi na Milegi Dobara

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Three friends go to Spain on a three week vacation to participate in different adventure sports. Not only adventure sports, this movie also showcases Spanish festivals/events like the Tomatina and the Running of the Bulls.

 4.The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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The best performance by Dev Patel by far, extremely funny. This story revolves around a group of “elderly” from the UK who come to Jaipur. Many of them struggle to cope with the Indian customs, practices and way of life whereas a few of them seem to adapt quickly. The manager of the hotel, played by Dev Patel really makes you think whether outsourcing old age is possible.

5.  Hangover 2

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One of my favourite movies for sure mostly because I have a lot of happy memories associated with it. We see the wolf pack travel to some exotic island in Thailand to attend Stu’s wedding and somehow they end up in Bangkok. Ed Helms is awesome in this one.

 6.  Blood Diamond

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I have seen this movie atleast ten times and I just can’t seem to have enough of this one. An American print journalist goes to Sierra Leone to write a piece on blood diamonds where she meets a diamond smuggler.  This movie could have easily turned into a documentary about blood diamonds but awesome performances by Leonardo and Jennifer Connelly take the movie to a whole different level. It is impossible to not love this movie.

 7.  Eat Pray Love

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You will either love this movie or hate it. Even though the movie can get a little too high ended at times, the awesome locations will make you want to keep watching. I actually got inspired to go to Bali after watching Julia Roberts cycling around in the rice fields. Too bad, I didn’t feel like cycling when I actually reached there.

 8.  The Motorcycle diaries

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 People say this movie is a classic but I say it is much more than that. The journey around Latin America on a fucked up bike is inspiring to say the least. Even though the movie is in Spanish, you can watch it with English subtitles. This is a historical movie in a sense because in this we see the larger than life Che Guevara before he was Che Guevara. However, if you had to choose between the movie and the book, choose the book.

  9.  Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

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This movie is hilarious and disgusting all at the same time. A Kazakh goes to the “US and A” to learn stuff that will “improve” his glorious country.Soon he falls in love with Pamela Anderson and travels from New York City to California to marry her. Do not miss the Kazakh National Anthem at the end of this movie. Wish it was real!

 10.                   The Beach

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I do not think I need to tell you how inspiring (and clichéd) this movie is. A solo American backpacker lands in Bangkok hoping that he will do/see something that the other travellers do not get to experience. While staying in Khao San Road, he is blessed with a map to a secret beach from a deranged man.This movie made me book tickets to Thailand and follow his trail.

 11.                   The Terminal

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Although most of this movie takes place inside an airport it will make you wonder what will happen if something goes horribly wrong in your mother land when you are travelling. One of Tom Hanks’s best.

12.                   The Darjeeling Limited

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Three brothers go on a spiritual journey. Filled with funny incidents, this movie is a nice insight into train travel in India. In one scene, the train takes a wrong train and gets lost. Yes, a train gets lost! How stupid and funny is that?

 

13.                    Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.

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Okay, this may not be a classic travel movie (some might even say it is not a travel movie at all) but this movie will definitely make you want to go on a road trip even if it is for something as trivial as a burger. Kumar and Harold meet all sorts of people on their trip to the White Castle, including Neil Patrick Harris who steals their car!

 14.                   127 hours

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 Based on a true story, this movie effectively shows the struggle of a mountain climber who gets stuck between a boulder and is in the end forced to cut his wrist off to get free. James Franco is amazing in this movie, you can really feel his pain, frustration and desperation.

15.                    Seven Years in Tibet

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Kinda old, but good. Like really good. A group of mountaineers get taken as POW by the British during WW-2. Two of them manage to escape to the forbidden city of Lhasa, Tibet. One of them gets married and settles down whereas the other one becomes friends with the Dalai Lama. All seemed well till the Chinese invade Tibet. Brad Pitt is just brilliant in this one. Kill yourself if you do not like this one.

 Honourable mentions:

i) English Vinglish

ii) Swades

iii) Outsourced

iv) Into the Wild

v) Cast Away

 

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