WEEKEND – SUGGESTED MOVIE – Jan 31, 2015:
'THE GUNS OF NAVARONE' – 1961
Starring: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle
FILM REVIEW: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054953/
Entertainment and fun are important in life also. A refreshed mind can be more productive but the only thing is to live a balanced life. It is also a fact that some people need little fun in life while some others want to have fun all the time - Alarm bells!!
In 1980, our father took the whole family to a cinema in Lahore for the movie “The Guns of Navarone” which he had himself watched before. Though I have seen this movie afterwards also in the early 1990s on television but I decided to go for it again recently and bought a DVD.
This movie is not being recommended because it is a war-movie or because you think I want to create a war-frenzy :) The reason is that it is a good action/adventure movie with sequences close to life compared to the trends today. The movie about World War II is based on the novel of the same name by Scottish Writer, Alistair MacLean. Whether Americans were really the heroes in that great war, is a separate topic!
About late actor Gregory Peck – they used to say he was as dignified as the roles he played on screen, particularly in “To Kill A Mocking Bird” and “Roman Holiday”. Still, we need not copy the lifestyles of Hollywood heroes and heroines forgetting our own heritage!
The bygone era of Hollywood used to convey a good value-system when decent language and moral values were still upheld compared to today. Today, being ‘funky’ has become a fad amongst youth due to the current Western media trends. Porn industry has further corrupted the world though thankfully Pakistan Telecom is continuously blocking such sites. We just need to guard our faith by carrying a greater concern for afterlife!
Mr. Raja Mujtaba, the founder of Think-Tank ‘OPINION-MAKER’ - http://www.opinion-maker.org/ who passed away recently verified my concern in a meeting in early 2013 that with time Hollywood has been slowly taken over by the Zionists, with the agenda of indoctrinating human minds with subtle messages that serve their own purpose.
Once in a while there is no harm in watching a clean ‘old’ Hollywood movie rather than Bollywood movies or Indian Plays. It cannot be denied though that good movies are still being made today but we just need to be careful as we are living in End Times. Good Pakistani and Iranian movies without unnatural song sequences could be recommended too like the Pakistani movie “Khaak Aur Khoon”. My knowledge and perception ends here!
Lastly, the best forms of entertainment are activities like visits to nature spots with your family, friends, relatives or groups. Today, we try to draw solace from computer/TV screens and cell-phones. Prolonged exposure to technological devices can affect our quality of life and health according to experts. But it is bad that we have not created sufficient nature spots, recreation parks etc. Also, many times our fixation with these technological devices hinders us from actively pursuing healthy forms of recreation not to mention ‘runs’ to Masjid for regular prayers!
HAVE A GOOD TIME!
- S Roman Ahsan.