Archive for September, 2010

Recently I watched two movies and diverse as they are they are and little that I have to say – its best to club them in one post.

First is the film thats been well ooh ahed’ internationally as a great movie Inception.
It is a exceptionally well made film but really I have a feeling it kind of made itself exceptional by being deliberately complex.

I wouldnt pretend to be ultra smart and say I got the movie as it unfolded. I didnt –
I went back and forth and checked out the stuff on net to get the complete hang of it.

The point is the premise of the movie is hardly complex – at least not to us the eastern exotic people
– who kind of have a philosophy for all paranormal stuff in some way.
I mean dont we have stories of people travelling in dreams – being granted wishes and what not.We just take them for granted.

What I am trying to say is strip the movie of its great special effects etc and the complex structural screenplay it has
– whats left is a very empty thing – a very plain discussion/article about dreams – it does not even have a clear story as per se.

And yet with such a subject the director made a movie of over 2 hrs and compelled us to watch it which is where the movie scores surely.Its a great discussion which has been filmed – its like someone puts their random thoughts in some structure and films them.

Though not comparable in any realm or any relation at all- sometime back watched Duplicity
– a story of plain corporate espionage common fare –
and was reminded of it just like that.

What I just wonder about is leave Indians – as in them a very small set will watch it in percentage terms and review it hugely like I am doing -but in the US if the special effects and action stuff was out
– how many average Americans would’ve enjoyed watching it ?
Yeah its almost a cult on the internet but …we do have a world beyond the net still.
Actually how may would have understood it for what the movie was all about.

If its a philosophical discussion for the elite audience – a book will be far more satisfying but when its a cinematic extravaganza I feel it helps if it was not so deliberately confusing .

But all this is not to say it wasnt enjoyable. It most certainly was
but no I was not hugely overwhelmed – just admired the director hugely for being so adventurous.

But if philosophical discussions in movies are what one enjoys ‘Waking life’ is one movie one must see.
You can just think and ponder and all that with animated characters which definitely reduce the prejudices we have when we see real people on screen.

So after subjecting my mind to such high stress of understanding Inception – it deserved the break called Dabangg.

The one thing these days is filmmakers now are clear about which end of the spectrum of populace the movie is targetted for
and any overlap helps in collections.
Not a fan of Salman , but after a long long time liked him in a movie.
He does not overact just for the sake of it – does it when it helps.
Movie can be summed up in one word – relax and enjoy and forget.
It could have been made much crass , but I liked the restraint shown in that sense mainly ,
that and the compactness of it,i.e nothing is streched – neither the love , nor the hatred .
Again as a story its a shell bollywood foundations are built on – absolutely nothing to add
frankly its the kind rajnikanth does down south almost very 2 years and yet Salman sort of rises up to it.
You just can’t imagine the charming Sharukh or high brow Mr perfection Aamir there.
Even the music is nothing awesome – yeah it is fine and is a hit but by end of 2011 it will be hardly memorable.
And yet the realm of the spectrum this movie captures is much higher – for what purpose you could say
– well nothing – just entertainment business .

P.S: twitter is source of much fun as usual – I have many teammates complaining of slow VM’s at my workplace and then I saw this tweet twitter.com/myzt/status/21301896997
The main idea of “Inception”: if you run a VM inside a VM inside a VM inside a VM, everything will be very slow

What would this world be if people did not have such wonderful sense of humorous simplications . We’d all be stuck in some limbo.


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Peepli Live: quick note

Watched Peepli Live.
One of the best rural portrayals – in the sense of not going overboard really.
I know I keep repeating it in pretty much every review but it gets to me the
way our villages are portrayed, either as too sad – usually art movie types, or too innocent.
The language too was kept rustic without getting too dirty.
I loved the potrayal of the old mother and the daughter in law. Trust me Ive seen almost similar interactions
which is exactly why the loving village folk scare me as much.

Only thing I would say on Peepli Live is had this not been promoted by Aamir how many of us
really would have watched it , however good it might have been.

As far as the media portrayal I it was quite decent, the real ones we get on TV are actually worse.
While we a small section ,use all this for fun, I tremendously enjoy the enormous jokes on our news anchors on twitterstream
What worries me hugely is that we have a huge set of people who believe TV and are vehement about – whatever is shown on TV.
For e.g There was a time when the old wisdom was really kind old wisdom – right or wrong it was information passed down generations.
Now what we hear on TV is wisdom .I realised this with my mother being so dependent on it for her (tips)nuskas on health etc these days that she’s almost forgotten her original know how I somehow felt.

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