Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Friday

Watching a movie on the same friday it is realised can be very risky. As we(Me and my friends) found out last friday (Friday, the 16th). We had already decided to go CC2C and since we are all working guys, it invariably means night show. The night show starts at 10:50 in the nearest theatre. I had got an indication of 'how bad this movie is' as the day had progressed. I generally read reviews and comments of a movie. But I just read it.  I go to a movie with an open, yes Mind. My primary aim is keep me entertained and not to have a boring time. It can be of either genre, and I believe me I watch all genres. It can be a gory, psycotic movie with all the blood and scenes (300, SAW series, The Inside etc) to mushy soft romantic(oh..there are so many!!), and I can like all of them. So,  I desparately look for some good in any movie with which I can salvage myself once I am done with the movie. But CC2C was one of those movies which made be think, Shi!!, I could have watched another good movie in this time. While returning, we swore to each other, we are not coming to watch another movie the day it is released.

But that was Friday, the 16th. Now it is Friday, the 23rd. And two movies were realising. Slumdog Millionaire, with all the hype and Oscar Buzz and the obvious connection and the mystery-horror Raaz- The mystery continues. It was a difficult situation. I had watched Slumdog... weeks back, so there was only Raaz on which yes or no was pending. Horror movies are made to watch only in theatre. Plus, there is an advantage with watching horror movies in theatre, If they turn out bad and cheap, that becomes a comedy. Well, these two arguments from my side were enough to tune our mature minds to not to trust every critic everytime.

So, we went. The movie was a horror or a comedy, that is for you to decide. But, we did not had a bad time at all.  But the real stuff was after the movie, when we had to walk back in the night around 1:30 in the morning. The discussion on the topic, which is perhaps as old as language on this planet was inevitable, Bhoot sahi mein hote hai kya??. We walked and we talked our real experiences. I have one too, though not very creepy. In our flat, we had our dinner together, with our stories floating. Each one of us had a story to tell and they all seemed real. And when every person you meet has a different story to tell on the same topic, I really tend to think, not all can be false, isnt it? A complicated question to answer, especially when it is 3 in the morning, I slept over it, listening to the song - Kaisa ye raaz hai..

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Brother!!

This is a real pity. I have not seen him for close to two years now. By the time I publish this post, he will be one year older. I do not know where is he. The last time I talked (2  days ago), his ship has left the shores of US on its way to Belgium via Germany. I do not have his direct number and signals are real weak in the oceans. But, where ever you are, I wish you a Happy Birthday, a very Happy Birthday.

If everything works out, I will see you soon..

Till then, and after, enjoy the company of Oceans..

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Such is her....

She never complains. I follow her eyes, as her eyes follow me. There are days, when I do not see her much. There are days, when I dont talk to her. But she listens to everything I do not say. She watches everything I do not do. She does not pass judgement. She approves everything. She understands. 

I tell her frankly, that I am getting bored of her. When I finally get bored, I decide not to see her for some time. I look for better company. But all this time, she never stops smiling, at me. She neither whines nor make faces. Such is her peace, such is her strength. She stands tall through everything. My troubles, happiness are same to her. All ripples die before then can touch her, affect her, change her. She embraces everything. 

Her piercing eyes make me forget all my worries of the day as soon as I see my desktop wallpaper.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

In The Name of The Father:Movie Review


I really wanted to write a movie review for some time now, just to test my mettle in this field. The hurdle was which movie to chose. I have seen scores of movies in the past month, some excellent (HEAT, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE,DOG DAY AFTERNOON), some good(LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, THE NOTEBOOK, DASVIDANIYA, THE SWEET HEREAFTER, MASTER AND THE COMMANDER:THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD, SLEEPERS, THE INSIDER), some Average(VANTAGE POINT,RNBDJ, GHAJINI), some just waste of time and definitely not worth naming here. I have another  120+ movies in my lappy in 'TO SEE' folder. Not to forget, an extra 200+ movies in 'To Download' list. So, may be I was waiting for just to be in a right mood, rather than a right movie to traverse this path. I guess, I found out both tonight.

Let me Present to you 'IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER'---Year 1993
                                       Starring: Daniel-Day Levis

PREMISE: This movie is based on an autobiographical book 'Proved Innocent' by Gerry Conlon. The plot is based on the incident that Gerry Conlon was arrested and charged with bombing of a pub in London which killed many civilians. The fact was he never committed the crime. Another fact was, he served 15 years in jail for something he did not do. He and his whole family was arrested under 'Prevention of Terrorism Act' and served different years in Jail for commiting crimes or being a part of it by providing them 'Safe Houses'. 

While, I will live up to you to see the events unfold itself and how he got justice. But the movie, while always moving to its climax, provides a chilling account of the humiliation the protoganist and his family served and their subsequent resurrection. Acted with absolute perfection by Daniel-Day Levis, you seem to live his life, feel his pain and his victory is our victory. Another most important aspect of the movie is estranged Father-Son relationship shown in the movie. The duo share a prison cell and how their relationship evolves is worth praising and admiring.

The pace of the movie is fast in the begining and the end, with a little bit slow in middle. But, that is the where the pudding of the movie reigns and sets the ending. The music score is brilliant and I cant comment on other technical things. You know, I am not qualified enough for that.

I may have heaved praise on the movie, a bit more than it deserves, or so you may feel. But for me, the movie was worth every second spent in watching it. And I did feel enriched, once it came to its grand end. May be the silent and chilling atmosphere also had a part in making this movie more haunting.

For me, Its as good a movie as you will see, and one of the very few movies which will stay with me for a long time to come.

And Yes, sorry to disappoint Aamir - Ghajini was not something which remained with me after leaving theatre. What remained was a couple of good songs and a pathetic attempt at comedy.