If I were asked 2 months ago about the possibilities of me writing a post like this, I most likely will give an unsure answer because I belong to that WhatsApp group of folks who doze off barely 10 minutes into a movie. Any movie at all.
However, everything changed in January when I decided to try the free version of Nextflix with the plan to
JP once the free plan expires but it seemed Netflix had a better plan as they charged me immediately I signed on for the plan- leading me in my own game by 1 goal to nothing. So I decided I was going to enjoy my money in the last naira by watching any and every film I think would be fun.
From then till now, I’ve watched over 20 movies including the entire seasons 1-5 of Breaking bad which to date remains my favorite series of all time. I also watched a couple of films which, as a travel content creator think will resonate well with every travel enthusiast anywhere around the world.
Here are the top 5 of those movies according to how much I enjoyed them:
5. The Red Sea Diving Resort
The Red Sea Diving Resort (also known as Operation Brothers) is a 2019 spy thriller film written and directed by Gideon Raff. The film had Chris Evans as an Israeli Mossad agent who runs a covert operation that helps Ethiopian-Jewish refugees escape to safe haven in Israel using an abandoned resort as a decoy.
This film teaches the power behind having a strong will and purpose. It touched on how much can be achieved by humans if we allow love to lead.
4. The Minimalists
“OWN ONLY WHAT YOU CAN ALWAYS CARRY WITH YOU: KNOWN LANGUAGES, KNOWN COUNTRIES, KNOWN PEOPLE. LET YOUR MEMORY BE YOUR TRAVEL BAG” – ALEXANDR SOLZHENITSYN
This is a documentary based on the life of two childhood friends: Millburn and Nicodemus who both grew up in poor families but would later achieve financial success in their early 20s. And as they both approached 30, they realized material success wasn’t making them any happier, and they eventually disposed of most of their belongings and moved to a cabin in Montana.
If I didn’t learn anything from this documentary, I surely figured that there’s a limit to how much the accumulation of material wealth can make one happy in life.
3. Seven years in Tibet
Based on the book by Heinrich Harrer
Pitt’s wife was pregnant when he went on behalf of Germany to climb the Himilayas mountain. Ideally, he wasn’t supposed to spend more than 4 months but he ended up spending 7 years before returning home to his wife who had divorced him while in prison in India.
Pitt escaped Prison after his fifth attempt and found his way into Tibet where he is introduced to the 14th Dalai Lama, who is still a boy and becomes one of his tutors.
The movie teaches about cultural differences and how to cope with them, no matter what our culture teaches.
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2. Holiday in the Wild
Kate wanted to surprise Drew, her husband by setting up a second honeymoon to Africa when he dropped the bombshell. He said he wasn’t in love with her anymore so he wanted a divorce. Imagine how destabilizing that news was.
Now a newly divorced lady had to enjoy Africa all alone and Zambia was her destination. There was where she met Derek, a resort pilot who added more meaning to her life by filling the hole Drew had dug.
The movie taught about Human cruelty and its effects on wildlife decline (especially for elephants depleting population by 62%). Yes, I learned to also bounce back as soon as life knocks me.
1. The Bucket List
It’s a story about Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman- 2 terminally ill men on their road trip with a wish list of things to do before they “kick the bucket”.
I still find it difficult picking the most fascinating thing about this movie but it’s on the number 1 spot for that exact reason.
I’m really interested in knowing which of these movies you’ve seen and which is your favourite?