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Taxi Driver

Director: Martin Scorcese (1976, English, 113 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (98%), IMDB (8.4), Wikipedia, Amazon, Roger Ebert.

Similar movies: city life, loneliness.

Summary: Good reviews: Stanley Allen explains the significance of the ending shots. Roger Ebert explains the overall movie very well.

 

The Lunchbox (Dabba)

Director: Ritesh Batra (2013, Hindi, 104 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (94%), IMDB (8.0), Wikipedia, Amazon.

Similar movies: city life, loneliness, old age, romance, separation.

Summary: Nicely done! A good review at Boston Globe.

 

The Conversation

Director: Francis Ford Coppola (1974, English, 113 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (98%), IMDB (8.0), Wikipedia, Amazon, Roger Ebert.

Watch online: NetFlix.

Similar movies: loneliness, suspense.

Summary: A pretty good suspense movie. Harry Caul is a middle-aged surveillance expert records a conversation between a couple. Based on his recording, he feels that the couple is about to be harmed. His conscience tugs at him. In his private and professional life, Harry Caul is a solitary man who operates alone and does not share hsi secrets with anybody. The movie is interesting for its twists and turns. Gene Hackman is the surveillance expert. His acting is awesome.

 

There Will Be Blood

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (2007, English, 158 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (91%), IMDB (8.1), Amazon.

Similar movies: loneliness, western.

Summary: A slow, intense movie: character study of an oil baron. Not a positive movie. Not a movie that I could connect with. But it is artistic, well made. Acting is superb.

 

The Station Agent

Director: Tom McCarthy (2003, English, 90 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (95%), IMDB (7.7), Wikipedia, Amazon.

Similar movies: loneliness.

Summary: A slow paced movie that blossoms as it progresses.

 

Hello, My Name Is Doris

Director: Michael Showalter (2016, English, 95 mins)

Reviews: RottenTomatoes (N/A), IMDB (6.7), Wikipedia, Amazon, Roger Ebert.

Similar movies: comedy, loneliness, romance.

Summary: My Name is Doris is a comic, half-serious movie about old age, loneliness, romance, letting go and moving on. The movie revolves around a 69-year old woman named Doris whose mom just passed away. She lived with her mom almost all of her life, taking care of her. Doris has a habit of hoarding, just like her mom. After her mom's death, she has to come to terms with her loneliness and establish a new life. Most of the movie revolves around her attempts to woo a much younger colleague that she has a crush on.

The movie is relatively fast paced and engaging. The story keeps ticking, scene after scene. Acting by Doris (played by Sally Field) is awesome! On the whole, an enjoyable movie.

 

2 Nov 2013
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