Wednesday, March 29, 2006

5 films in 3 days!

I've been on a movie watching spree recently and I've managed to see some absolutely brilliant movies and some equally shoddy ones too. Well, these are the reviews of the movies in the order in which I saw them.

Rang De Basanti:

I don't think any movie has disappointed me as much as this one. It had such a brilliant first-half and the tempo was set for a meaningful ending. Unfortunately the movie loses its way in the last 30 minutes. It is a brilliant movie in terms of the acting, bgm, direction, dialogues. It remains a brilliant movie in terms of screenplay until the 5 protagonists decide to take revenge by using violence. I'm always of the opinion that violence will never help matters. You cannot draw parallels between the times of Bhagat Singh and the modern day youth to show and justify that violence is required to wake people up. The movie was awesome at several fronts but the ending depressed me. It depressed me because Rakeysh Ohmprakash Mehra messed up the wonderful platform that he had set post-intermission.

The Chronicles of Narnia:

Well, to put it mildly, I hated this movie. It was so boring and the acting was pedestrian except for the little Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) who was so cute. The fight scenes were just a joke in which a guy who’s never used a sword before commands an army of weird creatures and manages to hold off the all powerful White Witch before Aslan, the leader of the good side, finishes her off. The ending was quite weird too. The only thing that kept me interested for the 2 hours were the amazingly bad subtitles (I watched the movie on DVD). Whenever Lucy said “wardrobe”, the subtitles would show “bar”. I don’t know how they misinterpreted wardrobe like that but it was really funny.

Goal:

My friends and I bought the tickets for Goal two minutes after the movie had started and so we had to settle for the third row from the screen. It was a decent time-pass movie but it had really obvious plots and clich├ęd lines. The football matches were fun to watch with actual EPL players like Shearer and Gerrard taking the field. Watch it with a group of friends or else it might just be too boring.

Black:

Hands down, the best movie that I have ever seen. It was such a well-directed movie with brilliant acting from Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee. Amitabh Bachchan as Debraj Sahai was so god damn amazing. I don't think I have ever seen an acting performance that has captivated and inspired me as much as this one. Ayesha Kapoor as the young Michelle McNally gave a stand-out performance. The idiots who sent Paheli as India's entry for the Foreign Film category of the Oscars instead of Black should have their brains checked. Black- a must-see movie from Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Schindler's List:

I've always wanted to see this movie and I finally watched it yesterday. Schindler’s List shocks you; it scares you because it shows you how cruel humans can be. During the holocaust, the Nazis brutally murdered more than six million Jews. The Jews were organized in a line and shot so that they fell like a pile of dominoes. Old men and women were shot because they were not capable of doing any work. There is a shocking scene where children are piled up in a truck and taken away from their parents. The children wave to their parents, unaware of the terrible fate that awaits them as their parents run after the truck. The holocaust was a horrific event and this movie makes you understand why.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lose control! No more paathshala!!

Finally, it’s over. After three torrid weeks of studying for my board exams, I can finally start studying for TNPCEE. Will this never end? Looking on the positive side though, at least the big one is over. I found the board exams to be a very interesting experience. I learnt a lot about the stink of my sweat while writing the exams in the fan-less dungeon aka our examination centre. It was so hot and sultry and writing the exams was an even bigger pain than it usually is. Like so many other people, I too messed up my Physics objectives though I never got the chance to give my views to the newspapers that put up articles on the great Physics tragedy. I would have also complained that the answer sheet that I was given did not have margins in it.

I heard some girl had to be sent to a mental institution after she wrote the Physics exam. It's sad how people place so much importance on their exams. I mean, I would never become so weird after writing an exam that I would have to be admitted in a mental institution. There are better ways to go to Kilpauk. You could be admitted because you spend your free time talking about globalization to your cutlery. You could be admitted for thinking that Atul Wassan has nice hair. You could even be admitted for trying to kill the Defense minister when he is going for a walk outside his house on an empty road with no guards around him. But to go insane after a tough exam, I don't get it.

I saw Rang De Basanti yesterday and figured out that my Hindi knowledge hadn't improved much at all. So while the actors were saying their patriotic stuff, I had to look at the screen with a blank expression on my face while those around me were having tears in their eyes. Well, most of them anyway. My friend kept going Ting-a-ling-a-ling during the whole show and was praying for the day when we non-Hindi speakers would get the chance to see a Hindi movie with subheadings(he meant subtitles).

Bah, I knew that this would happen. It happened after my tenth standard board exams too. I wait for this day for so long and when it finally arrives, I have nothing to do. Yes, this is my greatest challenge now - how do I waste my time usefully. It’s a tough one. Maybe its time to take out that cutlery again.