Top 10 movies way ahead of their time

You watch some movies and wonder how they could capture something which is still advanced according to current standards. These are the movies that help you transcend time and take you to a free, futuristic territory where you would feel fresh and revived.

2001: A Space Odyssey



2001 is still advanced according to current standards, just imagine how enigmatic, mysterious and beautiful it would have been in 1968 when man had still not landed on the moon and space was just another fantasy that bewildered many. While I add this one to the list there is a debate going on somewhere as to what a particular scene of this movie signifies and what the overall message of the story is.


Blade Runner (1982)



After making a blockbuster movie Alien, Ridley Scott made a terribly beautiful mistake of making this artistic gem of a movie that talks about emotions and the desire for longevity in androids. The tagline of the movie going as "Man has made his match... Now it's his problem". Blade Runner is shot in one of the most beautiful sets ever and lights have been employed intelligently to give the film correct feel. A lot is left up to the viewer to make out while, "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain".



A Clockwork Orange (1971)



Most of us wouldn't have got 2001 completely in the first time, but then what about this one? We rarely see movies of the likes of Clockwork Orange and even after decades there is hardly any movie matching its genre, which indeed is yet to be defined. Criticized for its vulgarity, violence and nudity, A Clockwork Orange, is still one of the most baffling films to current standards.



Fight Club (1999)



Fight Club is a 21st century cough syrup that it essentially a mixture of nihilism, narcissism, violence with bits of enlightenment and trust me you can't feel better until you have it. Fight Club does question the futility of our materialistic lives and desire to bring forth something that is more experiential and  liberating. Each and every line of this movie is a gem. Obviously, nobody "got it" when it was initially released which makes it a commercially failed classic cult.




Memento (2000)


Memento is arguably the most important breakthrough movie of this time that brought the fashion of starting from end and going to the beginning. With the subtle transitions of black-and-white turning to colored, a thoroughly written script and a puzzling story line, Memento is essentially food for thought. The movie is a living proof that you don't need big budget to make a hell of a movie.




The Fountain (2006)




The Fountain starts in space, comes back to earth in present time, goes back to the time of conquistadors and again ends in space. It's a treasure of ideas that still needs much to be pondered over. The least appreciated Arronofsky's work is also the most mystical one. A hymn about love, life and death it's a work to meditate upon and reflect.



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind talks about love in a scientific way. If you argue that love is just a piece of information hidden deep down the network of your neurons, a memory that can be erased to rid you of all the pain, then you got to see Eternal Sunshine. Not that it will completely change the way you think but you certainly will be shaken to a certain extent. A movie that combines sub-conscious with the conscious and talks about their conflicting each other's territory, Eternal is one of the most important psychological works of recent times.



Last Tango in Paris (1972)



Bernardo Bertolucci took the world with surprise with his Last Tango in Paris (I'm sure it must not have been his last!). Marlon Brando, a middle-aged widower who was madly in love with his wife  starts a anonymous sexual relationship with Maria Schneider, a soon to be married Parisian young girl. It's sheer genius of Bertolucci how he portrays intimacy without a tangle and pulls it off magnificently.




Blue Velvet (1986)



Blue Velvet is one of the rare partially comprehensible David Lynch movie that talks about a psychopath, played by Denis Hopper, a beautiful nightclub singer, played by Isabella Rossellini and a voyeur young man, played by Kyle McLachlan. Shot in the Lynchian aura, Blue Velvet is striking, enigmatic and enticing. It leaves behind sensations in the subtle parts of the brain.



Videodrome (1983)


You will have a thought or two about watching excess of television after viewing Videodrome. It is one of those thrillers that make you feel snug and surprised, both at the same time. One of the most original concepts never done before, Cronenberg will make you uneasy but will also impress you with his originality and brilliance.