This was my first full year in the U.S. It started off on a sour note as I received the news of my grandfather’s passing in January. While he had led an incredible life – 92 years – what really devastated me was not taking up the opportunity to visit him the previous summer before I left to the U.S. for my education. I wish I did that. Since the new term had already begun, and I was already in the States, there was no way for me to attend the funeral in India either. I did make it down to India that summer but that family trip only made me regret things even more. Among the highlights of that summer was the Soccer World Cup. I think I must have watched almost every game that summer with my uncle and brother. And even though Portugal bombed in the first round, it was fantastic to see Brazil (and especially Ronaldo) make up for chocking in the 1998 final by winning the cup.
MINORITY REPORT was the movie I had most anticipated in 2002. In fact, I don’t think there’s been a Spielberg movie I have anticipated more. I’d been waiting for it ever since I caught the movie bug with Saving Private Ryan back in 1998. Although Spielberg bumped the film in favor of A.I. after Kubrick’s death in 1999, the extra year’s wait only built my anticipation. Its June U.S. release date meant I would have to see it in the U.A.E. during my summer vacation and that wasn’t a big deal… until I found out via a theater official in Abu Dhabi that it would only hit cinemas that Fall. Faced with the possibility of not getting to watch my most anticipated movie of EVER on the big screen, I had a mini movie nerd freak out. Luckily, the film was still scheduled for a summer release in India that July which was just the month I was visiting there. When my uncle told me the movie would only be playing on the other side of town (which in Mumbai meant a 2 hour train ride), I didn’t bat an eyelid! If it were playing in the city, I was going to watch it. Three trains, and two hours later, I finally watched it. And you know what… shocker, I loved it! Minority Report remains one of Spielberg’s best and probably, most underrated movies. Not just a great science fiction but a fantastic neo-noir as well, it also showcased one of Cruise’s very best performances. And as I found out a couple of months ago when I introduced the film to Monica, it’s immensely rewatchable too!
Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.