Thursday, October 25, 2012

This is the way it should be . .


It's a silent night. It's a birthday party. But the girl whose birthday is getting celebrated inside the house, is mindlessly roaming outside. Her heart is filled with many thoughts, and she is obviously unhappy about something, which she cannot determine. Slowly the music begins from inside the house. The guitar. The melody. The night. The wind. 

'Hi'

She turns back to see a guy standing there. To her, he is just another visitor for the party - who hurriedly got invited by her boyfriend that afternoon. But to him?

She is the dream of his soulful nights. He has been waiting for this moment for a long number of months. He knows that if he misses this moment, it would again take him many more months to talk to his princess - standing right before him with a soulless face. So he says - 'Hi'.

Have you experienced the queer feeling of trying to talk to your most favorite girl in person for the first few times? The words wouldn't escape your throat. Your brain is drained. You don't know what to talk, and you would have usually messed up that situation. Our guy too is confused. 

'I . . . .ugh'. . . 

'You?'

'I just....um'

'What?'

(breathes heavily)...'You know the song?'

'Mhm... yea'

'Do you sing?'

'No. Nobody wants to hear me singin'. You don't want to hear me singin'

Now he feels happy to talk to her. He wants to talk more. and more. and more. His soul is standing before him. 

And then the unexpected happens. She says : 'But I can dance'. And she stretches her hands. That hits him hard in the head. The song reaches it's pinnacle moment. 

'This is the way it should be. . for lovers..
Come to me. . Now we can be what we want to be. . 
I love U and now I see...
This is the way it should be. . '

He slowly grabs her hands. They both look in to each other's face. They dance. This could be just two words here, but it's like a lifetime out there. They dance. 

She slowly smiles at him. He feels overwhelmed. They move close. He holds her shoulder. She too. He hugs her, while dancing. 'This never happened before'. Slowly he rests his head on her shoulder. 

Then they kiss. His soul is kissing him. They kiss. 

There ends a most memorable sequence in a most memorable film for me. The Lake House. Paul McCartney's unforgettable 'This never happened before'. See it here. 


Love. Something wonderful. Something painful. It's a complex thing, and unfathomable indeed. It could suddenly open up your heart even by just hearing a stupid song, seeing a bad movie, or just like that, out of nothing. The memories it brings in your heart at that exact point are countless, and the feel is something which had to be experienced. Love brings us maturity. It increases the taste in everything, and it makes us more civilized towards fellow humans. More than that, the way look at life broadens. It's a very unique feel, and is again something I would say every human being should undergo at least once. 

So, here is one more song - from Love Actually, pointed out by a friend of mine. According to her,  If you listen to the lyrics, she equates looking at clouds to looking at love and looking at life. I was blown away by the words, and when you combine them with the mellow melancholy of her voice, it's amazing. I too was drawn in to the song after hearing it, and it brought out many emotions. 


Enjoy dear friends, with these two songs, and I will see you  soon.


Saturday, June 09, 2012

Prometheus (2012) : 3D - English - Absolute crap !




Right from the day the trailer was released, 'Prometheus' had a hype among the movie goers. I was not an exception. I wanted to see this film, as, from the trailer and from the internet, I learned that Scott will be presenting his take on the incidents happening before his big hit 'Alien' (1979). Also, since Ridley Scott is venturing in to a very familiar territory, I was wanting to see this film first day first show. I did. 

What does this film say?

If you an alien expert, 'Claude Vorilhon' would ring a bell in your head. The Alien guru. Inventor of Raelism. The man who wrote the book called 'Intelligent Design', about how the alien master appeared in front of him and explained him the secrets of the creation. In short, the alien said: 'Listen. It was we who designed the humans, out of a scientific experiment. There is no god. I am the oldest of your creators'. 

The question about the origins of the humans has long haunted the minds of many people, and out of them, Ridley Scott decided to pursue his 'prequel' dreams. As a result, Prometheus. 

Before seeing this film, I had a huge respect for Ridley Scott. His films like 'Matchstick Men', 'A Good Year', 'Thelma & Louise', 'Body of Lies', 'Robinhood' were a few favorites of mine. 

The movie begins with the scene of an alien, descending down on an uninhabited Earth, and disintegrating down to create the one celled organism, and from then on, life flourished.

We subsequently see Prometheus, a space craft, in search of a distant planet in the year 2089. How did they find this planet? Well, there are numerous 'evidences' from the pre historic days -the cave paintings - which we get to see in different parts of the world, with a similar pattern - the reference of six planets in the sky. By 'analyzing' these paintings, the scientists have found out about the distant galaxy and the sun there, with a planet resembling the earth and it's moon !!!

The members of the space craft are quite similar to the members from a mental asylum. Each one has specialized in his particular area of pissing off the others. 

I'm giving out certain points, which, if considered the plot points, would provide the premise for any movie about the aliens.

1. The captain of the spacecraft would be a black guy. His only duty would be to keep shouting 'Oh my God!' or 'Hurry Up. They are coming' or 'America! Here we come !'

2. The crew of the spacecraft, as I said, are a bunch of clowns.

3. There is definitely a person among them who ridicules everybody else, and gets to die first in the hands (or rather, in the fangs of) the alien.

4. There has got to be a big cave in the alien planet.

5. There is most definitely a snake shaped alien, who drills down the body of the victims and emerges out from the stomach of the dead person.

6. The lone survivor at the end, would be the female lead.

7. The alien aircraft is hidden somewhere in that planet, whose controls are known very easily to an android robot with the humans.

8. The alien aircraft would start from the planet at the end.

There are some more. But, these would suffice. 

Ridley Scott has miserably failed in trying to come out a yet another alien attempt. Every scene is known to the viewers, and they create nausea in the minds of a fan, who believed in Scott and who wanted to get a good experience out of this film. The climax is pathetic, to say the least. I didn't find even a single scene, worth watching. 

Overall, this is a huge let down. I would suggest the movie goers of this weekend to see 'Madagascar 3' instead, as I am sure, it would never be - for that matter, no other film would ever be - as uninteresting as 'Prometheus'.

A sincere advice to the senior director Ridley Scott - please rest for a while. Please spare us from your outrageous ideas of making an alien film, and please take rest. The days of Ridley Scott as a director are over. Let's cherish his older movies, and let's bid him farewell. 



Monday, November 28, 2011

Midnight in Paris (2011) - English




It's been a very long time since I last saw a Woody Allen flick, and this time too, he didn't disappoint me. 'Midnight in Paris' is about a writer, and his emotional responses towards the things he love the most in his life, and about the choices he decides upon.

Gil Pender, is a famous screenplay writer in Hollywood. After writing a few successful scripts, his mind is entangled towards writing a novel. He is on a vacation trip, enjoying his days in Paris, with his girlfriend Inez. The trip is also to complete his novel. The novel is all about a guy working in a nostalgia shop. We meet Inez's college sweetheart Paul. Paul too is on a vacation with his wife Carol. Now, Paul is like the modern day Tamil pseudo - intellectuals, who, just after glancing the blurb of a book, can talk in volumes about the work. Hence, he constantly irritates Gil, during the trips to the famous places in France. Gil totally loathes the pseudo - intellectual Paul, whereas Gil's girlfriend Inez, is awestruck by the so-called 'erudition' of  Paul.

Gradually, Gil feels alienated from this false crowd, and decides to roam around on his own. On one such strolls around Paris, after heavily consuming wine, he loses his way, and ponders about the route to his hotel, when we see a car - a model belonging to the 1920s - approaching Gil, and the passengers insist on Gil accompanying them. The intoxicated Gil gets in to the car, and lo - the adventure begins !

The car stops in a bar, which totally is decorated in the retro style - of the 1920s. A guy is singing a song of Cole Porter, one of Gil's favorite singers. To his amusement, the singer is none other than Cole Porter himself ! Gil then understands that he is in the 1920's, the period, which according to Gil, is the golden age of Paris. An awestruck Gil then meets F. Scott Fitzgerald, the insanely talented writer, who tried his hand in screenplays and later on, committed suicide (check out the Screenplay series in karundhel.com, where I have written about this genius). Gil meets Zelda Fitzgerald too. Zelda feels bored in the bar, and so they go to a different bar, with Gil. Gil meets an angry man there, named Ernest Hemingway !

It's like a dream come true to Gil, to roam around in a period he considers worth living, and with his idols. Hemingway introduces Gil to Gertrude Stein, another genius from the '20s, so that she can edit Gil's novel. 

The night ends. 

Next day. Observing a restless Gil, Inez thinks he is uninterested to meet her parents that night. Even after the party, when Gil tries to bring Inez to the rendezvous point, she, after waiting for a long time, leaves Gil and goes to the hotel, while, the pick up car comes. This time, Gil meets a painter named Pablo Picasso, and his girlfriend Adriana. Picasso is busy painting  Adriana's painting. 

The next day, when the pseudo - intellect Paul, after seeing Adriana's painting in a museum, starts to blabber something, Gil interferes, and cites all the details behind the painting, which irritates Paul. 

Again, on  that night, Gil meets Adriana, who starts to love Gil. Gil too, is intoxicated by this new found love. Adriana finds out that Gil is engaged, and becomes sad. During that time, Gil meets three people, who gets introduced to Gil as Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel and Man Ray. Gil tells them about his predicament, that he is from the future and he has fallen in love with a girl from the past, but the three completely approve his situation, as they are ardent Surrealists and they don't feel that things are awry here.

From then on, the movie becomes more intrigued. 

Watch the end, and find out what has happened to Gil.

I found the film totally enjoyable, with the names of a few litterateurs I myself am interested in. And, Paris ! My dream city ! Together with the litterateurs and the beauty of Paris, I was totally engrossed. 

Owen Wilson has given a subtle performance as Gil Pender, a person who gets caught between the beauty of the past and the reality of the present. He portrays a dreamy litterateur, who thinks that the past is great and idolizes the writers of the past. One of my favorite actors,  Marion Cotillard (A Good Year, Inception), has donned the role of  the beautiful, romantic Adriana.

Overall, this is a joy ride in to the lost glory of Paris, and is worthwhile to watch. 

See the trailer of 'Midnight in Paris' here.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My gaming addiction



'Assassin's Creed: Revelations' is slated to be released on Nov 29th. I am a die hard of fan of the game franchise, and I am waiting to grab the PS3 version. At this juncture, let me write about a few of my favorite games. 

The first ever game I played in a computer, is Age of Empires. This happened during my college days, and from then on, I became a computer game addict. During my school days, I had a Nintendo with me, and enjoyed playing simple games like Contra, Super Mario, Pacman, golf, baseball, Tennis etc. But as I joined college, AOE was installed in the college lab by my seniors, and it was a practice in CIT during those days that the MCA lab will be available throughout the night for the students. Hence, we will go there, grab a system and start playing AOE in LAN. That was real fun ! four of us will be playing in the network, with a huge map, picking a civilization each, and attacking each other. We thoroughly enjoyed our night lab sessions in CIT.

It was during my CIT days that I started playing Max Payne. One of my roommates installed it in his system, and I started to play it all the time till I completed it. Once Max Payne was over, we turned our attention to Brian Lara Cricket. Again, we bunked our P.G sessions and played this game, where each person will choose a country (I always chose Pakistan, just to tease my friends), and start playing the World Cup. We used to invent new shots - I can remember a particular shot clearly - the straight drive sixer - which was very difficult to master. We did that too. Also, during Brian Lara, we were playing a game named 'Rally'. All the four computers in the room were connected in Lan, and hence, we were able to play games in the network. This Rally is a car race. We also played Roadrash to the full extent. 

Once I completed my P.G, my attention turned towards 'Project IGI'. I completed the first part and the subsequent sequel too. Then came 'Max Payne 2' and I completed that game too. 'Mummy' followed. It was at this point of time that I started playing one of my most favorite games till date, and I continued it for the whole of the next year.

Tomb Raider. 

I started playing the first ever part, and was immediately hooked by the sheer fun and adventure the game has in-store. I played all the parts one by one, and it took me a whole year to complete all the parts (as I was playing that game in my cousin's house). 

By this time I had a job to manage, and hence, my gaming addiction withered out for a while. 

It started again when I moved to Bangalore, and I started playing the final part of the Tomb Raider series named 'Underworld'. Once I completed it, I bought another of my most favorite games - named 'Assassin's Creed' and played all the three parts of it. I also played 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' and 'Singularity' and 'Call of Duty: Black Ops' and 'Prince of Persia: The forgotten sands'. 

It was then that I decided to buy my PS3 console, and the first game I played in it is 'Batman: Arkham City' - a mindblasting experience. Now, I am patiently waiting for 'Assassin's Creed: Revelations'. 

let's c...

Here is the trailer of Assassin's Creed : Revelations.




Tuesday, November 01, 2011

7th Sense - Nonsense !




Happened to see 7m Arivu' yesterday evening, in-spite of my severe cold and cough. It was then I decided to write this review here, as I thought it will be a good kick start to my revamped English blog. I'll be writing here at least once a week henceforth, hopefully,as this is my home pitch, the place I started blogging, way back in 2006. 

It's been discussed severely among Tamil bloggers if this film is a hit or not, and if this film deserves the hype it created. I read some posts which criticized the film and some, which hailed. A general point I can't stop noticing is that, throughout the film, the characters keep saying they are too proud to be a tamilian, and they keep uttering the nuances of Tamil being one of the oldest language in the world. The people who saw the film en masse were all influenced by these dialogues, which have been carefully woven around to target these people. And, Murugadoss has succeeded in his attempt to hypnotize these people, I would say. Wherever you see in the Tamil blogosphere, I see criticisms against people who say this film is a crap attempt (which it actually is). People are getting attacked in the name of the language. Until yesterday, not even a single soul knew about 'Bodhidharman' and suddenly today they seem to have inherited him as one of the flag-bearers of Tamil culture. 

What nonsense !

I would like to say that the Pallava kings were never considered to be Tamil kings, if you take a closer look at the history. They spoke sanskrit along with tamil. If we see their names, the father of Mahendravarma is called 'Simhavishnu', and the son of Mahendravarma is called 'Narasimhavarma', two clear sanskrit names. Not only does the names stop there, but they continue as a legacy. 'Nandhivarma' is the next king in the lineage. Although  these pallava kings patronized tamil, the fact that they are not Tamilians can never be ignored. 

And, there are references about 'Aryabhatta' in the film, and it seems he too has been inducted in to the Tamil hall of fame. Again, another nonsense ! 

The dialogue Shruthi talks, about the English talking people ridiculing Tamil, is the stupidest dialogue I have ever heard in any film I have ever seen. What was Murugadoss thinking, while writing these dialogues? The fact is, both the producer and the director have decided to cash in banking on the sentimental feeling of the Tamil masses, and they have succeeded. 

The second nonsense in this film is the 'Nokkuvarmam' - the art of affecting a person's thoughts and to turn him against his will. It just doesn't work. Seems Mudugadoss has decided that the Tamil people will believe everything he blabbers about in the script. 

Another stupid attempt is the DNA concept, which clearly has been copied from 'Assassin's Creed'. In Assassin's Creed, the concept is totally believable, as it's a fantasy. But the tamil film, which is neither a reality nor a fantasy, totally makes us to puke, when Shruthi, in her Tanglish voice, tries to blabber something about the DNA bullshit. 

Overall, the film is a huge let down. Nothing more to say. I pity the Tamil people who have actually believed in this film, and have started to run their mouth about the lineage of the Tamil culture. There are better places to research for, and 7th Sense, most certainly, is not that place. 


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