Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dhoom 2 - Movie Review

I saw Dhoom 2 the day after I saw Casino Royale and I think this played a role in me finding Dhoom 2 to be a pretty stupid movie. I did not see Dhoom (1) and so I cannot say if it was better or worse than its prequel. All I can say is that Dhoom 2 was an irritating movie (reasons to follow) devoid of a logical storyline.

Reasons for me disliking the movie:

1. Uday Chopra was very annoying. He was too loud and too blah.

2. Aishwarya Rai cannot act. Her dialogues were incredibly stupid and I don't know why the scriptwriters made her refer to herself in the third person. Plus, she keeps saying the word 'like' at the beginning, middle and end of every sentence.

3. Too many songs at unnecessary places. Wouldn't have minded it if the songs were good, but they weren't.

4. The amazingly amateurish graphics employed at the final robbery scene when 3d ants run across the floor.

5. The conversation between Hrithik and Abhishek followed by them dancing and singing together. That was just a stupid sequence.

6. The ending of the movie did not make sense.

7. There are more reasons but stating them here would spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Reason(s) for not calling Dhoom 2 terrible:

1. Hrithik Roshan. His stunts were awesome and he was the only one who had any screen presence.

Final Verdict: 4/10 (If you want to enjoy this movie, leave your brains at home and don't watch an amazing Bond movie the night before).

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A coconut should have fallen on Newton's head...

Finally, a break from college! Although it is only a four day break with Physics and Math homework due at the end of it, it is a well needed break for me. I hardly have time to do 'fun' things, let alone necessary things like getting a hair-cut. I know it seems like I hate college, but I don’t. I just hate the Physics course here, my tormentor in chief.

I have no shame in accepting that I do not have a natural aptitude for Physics. I never went for IIT coaching nor did I study Physics for fun. In school, I learnt how to derive Bernoulli's equation, the conservation of linear momentum, Einstein's mass-energy relation and hundred other equations. I come here and I realise that such knowledge is fruitless when you don't know how to solve problems based on those concepts and theories. A friend here commented, "Dude, it's like you know how to stitch clothes but not how to wear it. Ha ha" What other metaphors are people gonna come up with about my Physics skills??

My Math professor, Dr. Goddard is an interesting character. He went to MIT for his undergraduate studies and then to the University of Nebraska for grad school (Generally, it's the other way around). I enjoy his class not because of the Math (he isn't a great teacher) but because of his anecdotes and quotes. For example, "I took French for some time in college, but then I dropped it because I sprained my tongue." Well anyway, we had a Math test yesterday and since it was the day before Thanksgiving, the students wanted to go home early on Wednesday. He had kept the test from 1-2 PM and people were pissed. Arguments in class only led him to mock us, "Go get a waaaamburger and French cries". He is kinda sadistic. The test had 6 questions and it seemed pretty straightforward. The sixth question though was a Goddard special. "Draw a turkey." I think I got that one right.

P.S: What is the similarity between people who don’t drink alcohol and people who drink tea with artificial sweeteners?

They are both teetotalers (tea-total-ers).