Archive | August, 2011

SUNK IN LIVELINESS

26 Aug
Originally written – Nov 24th 2009


We are born, we learn to walk by falling. And were we reprimanded by mothers for falling when we took our first step? Does she say, “son, don’t fall, hold tight and walk firm, don’t leave the support unless you learn walking when we some months old”, she would have never said that cozshe used to enjoy even the fall before we take that tiny first step. But now, we are grown up. I am writing this crap and you are reading it, we know how to walk. That is, we are mature enough but still we falter.

And on my path too there are hurdles at times I want to run away into hiding and then die off. But as long as I am alive I just want to do my own thing. I just want to write my stories and see them unfold, simple that’s it ain’t it? But to do even that, it needs more than just talent. O, do I have talent? I doubt myself that and even if I do, does it matter?

If anyone doesn’t have talent its easy to attain it it by start doing something. Be active, write, sing, drink, eat or even bitch about in cell phone but just be lively (I am preaching again, sorry guys). Its easy to do things actually.

WAKING LIFE (2001) – ENGLISH

24 Aug
A movie that begins with the line “Dream is Destiny” ought to be compelling and thought provoking and so that’s what Waking Life is.
It’s a hugely compelling and thought provoking movie without doubt and it makes us ask very very poignant questions that we have even forgot asking ourselves or anyone around. As we grow and get lost in the crowd we tend to keep away from the philosophy of life and seek only materialistic things, the money, the name, the prosperity while our purpose of existence and purpose of doing something still remains in question. 
We tend not to do a few things as we grow up due to fear and few things remain undone because of our laziness which essentially means that we are taking life for granted we are becoming complacent and certain of a tomorrow and even tomorrow we might not do it. That’s just a part of this movie where i’s said. 
There are many dialogues and of course this movie is nothing but dialogue driven, acting scope is minimal as it’s a love action movie that makes you feel at first a bit bizarre coz it’s neither animated nor a normal film and we are not used to this kind of presentation. 
If anything then it’s editing and the animation that I restrict the technical departments to with art direction that will help what has to be there in the scene figuring out and all are apt. But I love the dialogue more than anything else. Be it a conversation of a couple, a interview on TV or in theatre, a monologue in jail, they are so prominent and one after another they keep the mind on the run and if there are questions that will run through the mind as we see it as ‘ what are we doing?,what are we here for? what is life after all?’ I never get even for a split second what is the plot of the movie, what is it’s story who are the characters and what are their motives, these things are not important here.
It’s terribly difficult to comprehend what it feels like after watching this movie except that as and when I watch it I just feel so happy and relieved but stil questions keep boggling. I am very grateful to Richard Linklater  the writer director of the movie for giving this film. It’s one of the best gifts I had. 
It’s 5/5 for the most thought provoking movie ever that I saw. I saw it precisely 5 times all my life and will surely watch many more times as this movie has to be experienced and can’t be just seen and forgot, you need to keep asking the questions.

DARK KNIGHT (2008) – ENGLISH

23 Aug
I could have chosen the regular Theatrical release poster as I have been doing but this ought to have Joker coz Dark Knight is all about him. 
It’s a Batman film that is derived as imminently as any other comic book movie but what is brought in here is a maverick who has all the madness to fight and that’s the joker. And as aptly a dialogue “This is what happens when an unstoppable foce is hit by an immovable object” and thus Dark Knight happens. It is surely the most entertaining movies I had watched all of 2008 and even when I did it now, it’s as enthralling as ever and when ever I saw Joker I was happy happy and happy, I want to be the JOKER the ruthless criminal who wants not money not power but fun. 
The screenplay is terrific as an Christopher Nolan’s movie and the music is stupendous by Hans Zimmer but all and above it’s Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker that has brought in the entertainment factor into the movie. Yes, he was taken for granted too by other characters but when he unleashes himself it’s so terrifying. Confrontation with Batman when he says, You complete me or what will I do without you, you are so much fun is ah, a great one. Another one with Harvey Dent in hospital where the two faced is shown, must appreciate the make up for that, it’s just so horrifying for a moment and there too the Joker says Do you think I am one of those, a schemer again a ooh. 
Watch it please just for JOKER. It’s 5/5. 

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) – ENGLISH

23 Aug

This movie has one of the best conversations ever.

The best part its like the icing on the cake and while the cake is just the temptation to have, we have a delicious taste of a fine icing. And all through it asks one pertinent question that can a man and a woman be friends without the sex coming in between.

We all beautiful movies, romantic movies and we shall surely love this one coz it’s both beautiful and romantic. It’s romantic and it speaks for the most part about sex and then later on to the small things that we surely appreciate about the other person. It’s the small things that make the big picture of life and those are shown beautifully like Sally ordering a dish at a restaurant. Also, this one has of the best embarrassing moments in cinema that is Sally faking an orgasm in a restaurant and situation of Harry. Immediately the woman on the other table tells “I’ll have what she’s having”.

Screenplay by Nora Ephron is just wonderful; the poignancy is maintained by bringing in elderly couples that have held on to each other for years and letting us know how they had met or got convinced  to tie the knot.

More than anything it simply works because of the chemistry between the two leads. Bill Crystal (Harry) and Meg Ryan (Sally) are wonderful in their roles. It’s a treat to let them be the characters and giving them space and time to know each other, to understand and then realize what they truly need.

It’s 4/5 for a cinema that celebrates romance but it in a funny way.

Here is the conversation I loved.

Harry: I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and the thing is, I love you.
Sally: What?
Harry: I love you.
Sally: How do you expect me to respond to this?
Harry: How about, you love me too?
Sally: How about, I’m leaving?
Harry: Doesn’t what I said mean anything to you?
Sally: I’m sorry, Harry. I know it’s New Year’s Eve. I know you’re feeling lonely, but you just can’t show up here, tell me you love me, and expect that to make everything all right. It doesn’t work this way.
Harry: Well, how does it work?
Sally: I don’t know, but not this way.
Harry: How about this way? I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Sally: You see? That is just like you, Harry. You say things like that, and you make it impossible for me to hate you, and I hate you, Harry. I really hate you. I hate you.
(They kiss)

RATATOUILLE (2007) – ENGLISH

20 Aug
The only predictable thing in life is it’s unpredictability, a dialogue in this movie stands so true to the spirit of Ratatouille.
A rat loves food, wants to become a chef so to have better food and does. Now this storyline is showed in the best way it could have been. The backdrop is chosen to be Paris, the best place where lifestyle is on top, and food is a priority. And rats which in actuality I suppose are few in number in the city are shown to be thieves and one of them who has a certain sense wants to have it the best way possible that is to cook.
Written and Directed by Brad Bird this is one of the best stories to come on screen. The music too complements the screenplay and thats why I believe academy has awarded them with oscars.
Many things can be learnt from this, how defiance helps even when the chips are down, how selfishness to have the best quality to one self in turn may help others but ultimately it satisfies because it’s done for self and not for others. But yeah this being a film we may demean them as life is still a different ball game altogether.
One of the best movies of the decade and it’s 5/5.

PADAMATI SANDHYA RAGAM (1986) – TELUGU

20 Aug

Perhaps, this is my first telugu movie review and I am not so happy by this being my first one.

There is a lot that could have been corrected, the photography, the unnecessary digressions to the plot,  and the songs are are few and a couple of them are misplaced but the strong point of it is dialogue as any other Jandhyala movie. The story is a routine love story just that here the boy is from america which was still an alien land for telugu movies at that time.

Gummuluri Sastry must be acclaimed for his performance and Jandhyala for his dialogue.
Apart from this there is nothing much commendable in this. But yet, it still makes a movie thats worth a watch purely for the dialogue.

Just average if not for dialogue . 2/5.

CLOUD ON THE MOVE

19 Aug
Originally Written 5th November 2009

In my childhood, I was told that when a cloud is moving, it doesn’t know where is it destined to but knows that it’s on the move.
Yes, it’s a non living thing from which an abstraction can be taken but there are many many clouds in the world that wander aimlessly and squander time ruthlessly. And I, what am I doing but writing a blog on those souls. I am on the move , wait I am on what? I am on move, what move? Where I am headed to? Oh, oh its a nowhere to many its a land of doom for some who do not have the gut to write a script of their own lives.
I begged God for a job, he gave me and I am doing it and I am earning a 50K man, I am happy now, it’s the best gift. Have you met people like these, and look up to them? Think that man he is rocking. He has got quick promotions, does everything right. Yes they are great but are they greater to you who want to write your own script of life. I don’t think so.
The most important being in the world is yourself, it’s I for me. I am the king, the minister, the slave for myself and not to anyone else. To do a job is in a sense submission of yourself to an authority. I hate that part of it and keeps you safe but not moving. So to move, one must have faith in one’s own spirit that stands for himself and convinces his own conviction. It might take him to that glorious shine or that darkness but nevertheless makes him walk. So move, with your damn conviction and thats the only path to tranquility.