Monday, July 30, 2012

Thattathin Maryathil

I happened to watch this movie on Sunday. Let me get this clear - though i am a sucker for romance, i am at times extremely critical of love at first sight. Unfortunately, Sunday was one such day so this review could be biased.

A typical brainless cliche love story between a Muslim girl and a Hindu boy. Despite the predictable story line (or the lack of one), the movie is well made. The only flip side is the lack of attempt to tie up loose ends. But the director more than makes up for it by having a quick ending with a decent screenplay.

The music is brilliant and there are quite a few hummable songs. The lead hero has done a very good job and you cant help but root for his puppy love, no matter how silly it is. The heroine is pretty and looks like Katrina Kaif. :) The other cast do not have much of a role but do a good job in the scope that they have. Apart from the good acting, the movie also has a lot of clean humour and is pretty enjoyable that way.

It is definitely worth a first time watch if you like romantic movies. The music is a must hear though. :)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Dark Knight rises

I dont follow trailers or movie releases. But this one, there was no missing it. It was there everywhere. I was hoping the movie would live up to the high expectations and it really did!

It sticks true to the formula in the earlier movies but this time around, Batman is more than a little old. He has the cool gadgets and the money but he definitely has the best lines. You cant help but root for him and the burglar woman. Anne Hathway is AWESOME! She carried herself pretty well and gave the batman a run for his money. :) Every character was well crafted and they did fit in perfectly. I liked the portrayal of the villain Bane and the Inspector Blake equally. Joseph Gordon Levitt has come a long way from his 500 days of summer time. He looks older and more mature while still retaining his on screen charm (Its no secret that i like him). Inspector Gordon (no longer an Inspector) is sadly single and still in control trying to fight the bad guys. His role is pivotal to the movie and despite the fewer scenes, he is a force to contend with just like the lovable Lucius Fox and the loyal Alfred. The movie tied up a lot of loose ends once and for all and was a fitting end to the trilogy i have so come to love. 

The only actor who I did not enjoy watching was Miranda Tate - Marian Cortillard just cannot act and i dont know why she has such an important role in the movie. 

I dont want to write too much about the brilliant scenes and the awesome pace. I might mar the perfection in an attempt to find words that might not do justice to the movie. Watch it and fall in love with the magic that is hope. Congratulations Mr.Nolan - you have done it again!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Writing for one self

Better to write for yourself and have no public than write for the public and have no self - Cyril Conolly

I wonder if someone who wants to make some money out of their hobby can afford to have that thought. But maybe, it is when you are truly writing for yourself that you will find the masterpiece you have been looking for. Maybe, all it takes is a good editor! Who am i to talk about it now - i am not able to write much for myself or for the public. Sigh.

Bumpy roads

Sometimes in life, you achieve something whose magnitude you do not realize immediately. You have been working hard and long, traversing through beaten paths that you have not had the energy to notice. The success slowly sinks in and you are speechless for a few minutes. You understand that it has been worth all the struggle to watch something come up from the ground where there was nothing before. 

A fulfilling pleasant feeling and you float for a few minutes until reality brings you down but even then it cannot do so completely. The high cushions you from the fall to a very large extent.  

Also, you know that you can believe in dreams and you accept that you cannot achieve them without the struggle. The journey with all its bumps is necessary - in more ways than one. If i want the end, I know i have to live with the means to achieve it.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cocktail

I like Deepika and Saif. (the latter not as much as the former) So deciding to watch this movie was a relatively easy call to make. However, after sitting through 2.5 hours of it, deciding to write a review where i would have to relive parts of the movie was a very hard decision! I really do not know how somebody who made a movie like "Being Cyrus" can even imagine doing something like this.

The first half is shallow and still passably enjoyable for the simple reason that it is the first half and you are hoping things get better later. But then, it just goes downhill all the way and the route down seems to be towards a bottomless abyss of pathetic film making. To top it, you also have a predictable watered down script passed down since Bollywood's inception. I do not even have the heart to commend anyone's performance for I was brain dead by the time i was done with the movie. There was a lot of weeping, forced smiles, dancing, singing and of course loooove. I somehow had the feeling that the director in a pressure to live up to the movie's name had to throw in all these emotions. Maybe he doesnt realise that a single strong shot would have been much better!

I would not ask anyone to watch this movie unless you are really bored and have nothing - absolutely nothing else to do. Or unless you have taken a resolution to watch all high budget movies no matter how they are. :)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

To buy or not to buy

With the sale season around in Bangalore, the only question in my mind is to buy or not to buy. When a relatively practical person like me is even considering taking up some of the discounts I wonder how much money the malls actually make. Retailing seems to be such a profitable business. :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tough choices

As imagined misery pores down all around
Should i go ahead and count my blessings
standing under a torn umbrella?

I see storm clouds gather
and cant help but wonder
if they would clear
when a strong gust of wind comes by
The optimist in me cant help but hope
and is ready to walk out praying for a sunny day
The pessimist in me cant help but despair
and wants to run back where i came from

Torn between the two
I just stand right here
A statue

Monday, July 02, 2012

Vinnai thaandi varuvaaya

I have never listened to this song so many times even when I was in Tamil Nadu. Dedicating this to the birthday girl of the day(depending on the time zone) who was listening to it so many times. :)

Uyire uyire,
Unnakagha thudithaen, vinmeeney
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaaa
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Vinmeeney varuvayaa

Neytrum iravil
Unnodu iruthaen
Athai neeyum,
Maranthaaya maranthaaya
Kanavodu vizhaiyaada
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Nilavae nee varuvaayah

Ohrey uyire
Unnakagha thudithaen, vinmeeney
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

Uyire neeyum naanum,
Pirinthadhu puthirrr-pu maiyathil thaaney
Iruthuruvam sernantha orridam,
Anggatheythaan naam sernthomey..
Inimezh naanum neeyum pirivathillai..anbeyy..

Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa

Funny things

There are these small funny things all over the place and I wonder whether i would ever stop laughing at them. Maybe i would, maybe i wont but i really need to figure a way out to stop doing it in instances where it might not be necessarily appropriate. Or figure out a methodology to not let others know I am laughing. Sigh.