GONE GIRL (2014) – ENGLISH

29 Oct
It’s a brilliant film and one of the most cynical films made on marriage.

Marriage is one of the most toughest bonds of human race. To sustain that thread despite all it’s finesse and yet it’s shambles, there is always an inherent fear that a small knife may cut the whole thread. Marriage is one of the finest threads that was ever made, Now to go to any extent in marriage is also possible, but does any sane marriage involve self-murder, no and I can say that’s almost impossible. All married ones beware before you watch this and those anticipating marriage, think again of the one whom you are going to marry. Marriage or rather a relationship with the person we love is going to thought through after seeing this in a theatre, I bet you.

Impossible is nothing for this director David Fincher who has made mind boggling films like FIGHT CLUB. He turns a simple story head on, adds a flavor that’s so spicy that you may love it or hate but you just can’t ignore it. He gives similar treatment to this film. 

You start understanding and decoding the story, it becomes something and then after few minutes if you think you have almost sorted it out, then again it transpires into something else. It’s a tough one to call and I can only say, this is mind boggling stuff. Fincher is one of the few directors who can direct the film in a way that is deeply interesting and yet there are many layers involved into it. 

This is a very layered movie, like an onion as the layers are peeled, we seem to get to the core, but this is something more surprising, the moment we think we got it, we would have lost it. It tests the intelligence of the viewer and that’s how this film has won hearts. 

I can safely say, this is one of the very intelligent movies that has come in recent times. I have not seen much of Rosamund Pike who plays Amy Dunne in this film but she is the true protagonist who drove the story all by herself. Just her portrayal as Amy has made her one of the finest actresses of this year. The rest of the cast has done a good job too.

A 4/5 for a must watch film and I request this has to be seen in theaters, let the naked truth be told brutally if need be. 

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CHANDAMAMA KATHALU (2014) – TELUGU

22 Sep
An anthology film that shows a slice of reality in Telugu films, a welcome change.
This film is about multiple stories and many characters and each one has something to offer. Different life styles, indifferent attitudes, there are many things in this film but primarily each one here is driven by hope. Hoping that something will happen and make their lives better. 
Since this is an anthology of many stories, there is tough to derive a protagonist for the film but for me it was the writer. Poignantly, HOPE is what he ends the writing with. My favourite story is the one I related to, that is of Venkateswara Rao (Krishnudu) who is unmarried nearing 30. But I keep myself more in the shoes of the writer and was seeing the world in a similar point of view as his. A writer is one of the best observers of life, he observes, takes it all in, and puts it out adding his own perspective. The better the quality, the better writer you are. But quality being a highly subjective topic it’s tough to judge what is good writing.  So to make it easy, what we like is good and what we do not like is not so good. 
Ok, coming to the film, it has got some really good production qualities. Firstly the ensemble cast is stupendous and the director Praveen Sattaru has to be credited a lot for roping in such a wide range of artists. Though I did not like a few actors, overall it’s a tough job to put many good actors in one and he really did a fine job. 
The taking was different sans commercial elements and some real good writing of dialogues. Yes, most dialogues seem like cliche but they are well placed making it meaningful. The cinematography is commendable and at 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film seems breezy with so many stories. The culmination is debatable for a few, but for most it’s convincing. 
A 3/5 for that rare non-commercial film that has to be appreciated despite it’s flaws. I hope more such films come out in future.

A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) – ENGLISH

21 Sep
It’s a film that began the great march of the sphagetti western cowboy films with a distinct style.
This film is not so great in itself when compared to other films of the same director Sergio Leone and even the actor Clint Eastwood. But it’s instrumental in starting up the legacy of the Western films in a way that was not seen before. The cinemascope view, the stylish and less speaking man with No Name. The precise editing and the landscapes mostly set in New Mexico state or there about in America. The soundtrack that is signature guitar and has some strings and chorus of Ennio Morricone and brought him to Hollywood.
This film was made prior to the great film “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” and this film is great in it’s own right. There were Westerns being made before this film too, but this set a precedent in style which was to inspire many film makers later and still continues to inspire. 
The format of the film as I have read in references follows Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo”. Perhaps, the format was already present but Clint Eastwood certainly took this film to another level. There is lot of curiosity he generated whenever he had the hands on his gun, when he lit a cigar, when he rode the horse. clint Eastwood began a style that shall be there forever in cinema. The walk, the look, the minimal dialogue speaks a lot for itself. 
I loved the music of Ennio Morricone which is a big part of Sergio Leones films and this soundtrack is supreme. This film is only around 100 minutes and I suppose is the shortest of all other Sergio Leone Western films. So the editing is terrific too. 
A 4/5 for this great Western. 

GROUCHO AND ME

20 Sep
AUTHOR : GROUCHO MARX
ORIGINAL LANGUAGE : ENGLISH

The wittiest, funniest and the cleverest autobiography I ever read. 

You can read on Wikipedia page as to who Groucho Marx is but you must read this book to understand what a sense of humour he has. This is one of those books that seems more like a comedy movie than an autobiography. So little of his personal life is mentioned and so much of his personal experiences are fed which are mostly hilarious. 

This book is path breaking in terms of autobiographical-writing. This does not follow chronology as a pattern and flows freely with time.It does not boast of accomplishment and does not have any serious tone either. 

This is the only autobiography where the author does not seem to be serious and more-so pulling the leg of editor and even the readers at times. 

There are many Delaney moments (Delaney is the name Groucho uses to refer someone about whom he does not want to reveal). So a friend, a co-film producer they all are named Delaney. The name itself evoked laughter for me. 

Groucho Marx is one of the cleverest comedians of his time and he rates his fellow comedians like Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and others greatly. There is a sense of gratitude that this book brings. Also, there are umpteen hints of the state of economy of the country USA. Also, the hints of history like prohibition in america are fun. 

There is also something I learnt about love. Here are a couple of lines from the book

“I believe, however, that real love only appears when the early fires of passion have cooled off and the embers just lie there smoldering.”
Let’s turn the whole thing over to the master, G.B.S (Shaw to you), and I quote: “When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive and most transient of passions, they are required to swear they will remain in that excited, abnormal and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.”
It’s funny, witty, charming and there is a profound smile all through and also there are enough laugh out loud moments. A masterpiece in itself from the master of humour. It’s a 5/5. I wish this is taken as a sample to write autobiographies.

Here I am just giving a glimpse of Groucho in his own words in the book.

“I once asked, “Mom, why do you wear that tight corset and that silly wig? They’re uncomfortable and, besides, everybody knows they’re phony.”

 “Julie,” she would answer, “you don’t understand. When a lady goes out for the evening she likes to look nice.”

 “I know, Mom, but as soon as you get to someone’s house you remove the wig and corset.”

 “Naturally,” -she replied. “I take them off because they’re uncomfortable. But look how nice I look when I arrive!”

 I couldn’t follow this logic, but to her it made sense.

आपका नूर

17 Sep
शबनम को शोला बनाना शायद आपका दस्तूर है 
कहेंगे नहीं ज़ालिम तुम्हे, इस अदा में भी आपका नूर है

बेमदद मरीज़

17 Sep
इश्क़ में ज़ख़्मी हो कर जी रहा ये बेमदद मरीज़ 
इश्क़ कि दवा पिलादे हमें बनाकर अपना अज़ीज़

मेरी सीरत नहीं

17 Sep
प्यार को निभाने की आदत छोड़ दी तुमने 
पर तुम्हे ज़ालिम केहना मेरी सीरत नहीं 
इलज़ाम तो हम भी दे सकते है 
पर इतनी ज़ुल्मी तेरी सूरत नहीं