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10 Great Movies for History Buffs

For the lovers of world history, collecting books is sometimes not enough. A retelling of past events through films is also a good way to reconnect with our past. Hollywood has no shortage of history and historical fiction films. Here are some that are considered classics in the genre.

1. Lawrence of Arabia (1959)

A classic film of the life of British lieutenant Thomas Edward Lawrence who was able to convince the various Arab tribes to come together to fight the Ottoman Turks. The uprising was called the Arab Revolt in 1916 to 1918.

2. Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Based on the events of the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, it tells of how Hotel des Mille Collines manager Paul Rusesabagina housed Tutsi refugees during the conflict against the Hutu militia.

3. Amistad (1997)

A slave ship, La Amistad, is traveling to North America in 1839 when the members of the Mende tribe successfully launched a mutiny. They were later captured and tried in the court.

4. Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The film tells of the historic Battle in Iwo Jima between the Japanese and the Americans during the Second World War II. It is unusual for chronicling the battle from the point of view of Japanese soldiers, most of whom were trapped and have no news of the war elsewhere.

5. Schindler’s List (1993)

Oskar Schindler started an enamelware business where most of his employees were Jewish. When he witnessed the execution of the Jews, he began to employ more Jewish workers in his factory to save them from Nazi Germans in World War II.

6. Braveheart (1995)

Scottish knight William Wallace’s wife Murron MacClannough was tried and executed when she fought off her assailants. His rampage at an English garrison was just the beginning of his role in the Wars of Scottish Independence.

7. Invictus (2009)

Newly-elected president of South Africa Nelson Mandela proposed to create a national rugby team to compete in the World Cup in 1995. The event is held in South Africa where there is still tension from the dismantling of the apartheid system.

8. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Balian of Ibelin is recruited by his father Baron Godfrey and becomes a leading figure in the defence of the Kingdom of Jerusalem against Sultan Saladin. An epic castle siege is one of the film’s best features.

9. Ben-Hur (1959)

The rich prince and merchant Judah Ben-Hur was betrayed by his childhood friend Messala who is a commander of a Roman garrison. Ben-Hur promises to return to take revenge.

10. The Last Emperor (1987)

Puyi ascends the throne as a young boy when the Empress Dowager Cixi passed away. His reign marked a tumultuous time in history. He went to Tientsin when he has exiled after the Beijing Coup. Later he was imprisoned by the Communist Party of China in the 1950s.

10 Movies with Weird Themes You Need to Watch

A film doesn’t have to show a lot of blood to be considered weird. Even science fiction thrillers like Inception is already weird by mainstream standards. If you really want to go down the rabbit hole, here are ten of the weirdest movies ever made to get you started.

1. Eraserhead (1977)

Henry Spencer has to take care of his sick child which looks like a reptile. It was already a struggle, but then he also experiences dream-like visions involving the Lady in the Radiator and the Man in the Planet.

2. Rubber (2010)

Forget zombies. Imagine what it’s like being chased by a malevolent tire. Don’t laugh just yet. The tire, called Robert, learned it possessed psychic powers after rolling over a plastic bottle and a scorpion.

3. Inland Empire (2006)

Nikkie Grace wants to have her career back so she applied for a role in a film. Just before her audition, a strange old neighbor told her about two folktales of an evil boy and a girl who saw a palace.

4. Black Moon (1975)
Set in a conflict between men and women, young Lily tries to escape the chaos to an estate in the countryside only to find that unusual events are taking place. Lily was later caught up in the madness—or is it a dream—when she chases a unicorn.

5. Gummo (1997)

When the town in Xenia, Ohio was destroyed by a tornado, its poor residents passed the time by amusing themselves in various ways. There’s a mute boy who wears pink bunny ears and boys who hunt cats.

6. Videodrome (1983)

A television station is planning to change its programming when they stumbled upon a broadcast from Malaysia depicting scenes of violence and depravity. Initially they though it was the future of television until their hallucinations became more vivid.

7. Dogtooth (2009)

What happens when a couple decides to shield their children from the world? One boy and two girls have no idea what’s outside their compound. The only way for them to leave is to loose a dogtooth.

8. The Fly (1986)

There have been movies of fauna gone wild after a mad scientist unleashes them on the public. But what if the scientist himself is the victim? Seth Brundle’s experiments on teleportation went wrong after a careless act.

9. The City of Lost Children (1995)

Krank cannot have dreams. His solution? Kidnap children so he can steal theirs. When One’s brother went missing, he enlisted the help of the young thief Miette to look for his brother Denree.

10. Interstate 60: Episodes on the Road (2002)

Two college students wished there was a character like the genie in America who can grant one’s desires. They were approached by men who claimed that such a being exists and that he can be found at Interstate 60.

How to Achieve a Fun Vacation in the Country

Expecting more about the place you are going to visit is somewhat exciting. However, the drawbacks of expecting a fun trip is that if it didn’t meet your expectations, you will not satisfied and it actually ends with a “not so amusing trip”. Really! You will not enjoy your vacation especially if you are expecting too much in the location.


It is really stressful especially when you start planning your vacation and no one is helping you. On the other hand, you feel excited because you are the only one who knows the place but wherever and whatever it is, for sure, it is a beautiful place. So, if your itinerary is only here inside the country, you can choose from the finest places here like Jurong Bird Park, Sentosa Island, Singapore Zoo and many more.


Tips for having a fun vacation:

  • Have a Huddle: Before you go, meet everyone who will join the vacation. Say and ask everything that you need to ask or say so that there will no problems once you arrive at the place.
  • Always Prepare: Checking all items you need to bring before leaving is important to achieve the fun you want. One of the reasons why we always forget things on our trip is excitement. We let our excitement lead without knowing that there is something more important than excitement.
  • Stay Positive: There will be times that you will experience terrible vacation. Whatever it is, be a positive thinker that instead of thinking bad things that may happen, think that you have given the chance to visit one of the beautiful places in Singapore.