Movies I await (V1)

Of the various new and upcoming movies I’m keen on, here are some. I will update the list as I go along or once I have seen the movie!

The Hunger Games:

 The Iron Lady

Movie: The Social Network

So if you haven’t heard enough of Facebook as it is, there’s more to come. A new movie is set to open that chronicles the lives of Facebook.com’s founders and how the world’s biggest social network came to life. A biopic.

Should be interesting.

Wonder why the name sounds so unimaginative, though… or is it keeping with the site’s name: simple and to the point?

Via: Yahoo! Movies

Shiv Sena drapes Kareena

Oh well.

A few questions to this statement by the Shiv Sena chief Jitendra Janawale:

The scene in question is totally against Maharashtra’s Hindu culture. No sooner the posters were put up all over the city, we got lots of complaints from people, esp. from the concerned parents of school children, stating that the said posters were in bad taste. We have anyways issued a strong warning to the filmmakers through the media. We want all the backless posters that have been put all over the city to be removed as soon as possible. Failing which, we shall protest against the film when it releases.” “How are such obscene posters being allowed by the authorities.everal women and children pass by the posters. What effect will it have on them.”

  1. What is Maharashtra’s Hindu Culture?
  2. Is abuse of minors part of “Maharashtra’s Hindu Culture”? If not, shouldn’t you concentrate more on solving this problem rather than carrying out such gimmicks for publicity?
  3. How do you define nudity?
  4. You say “we got lots of complaints from people, esp. from the concerned parents of school children”. Do you keep records of these for us to see?
  5. Can you please do something constructive?

Much negligence

Far too much time has recently been spent on organisational issues. Post acquisition, the company has gone through some changes and lot of it has to do with operational issues. Anyways, I shall not delve into those. During this time, though, the blog has suffered much neglect. Updates have happened at the rate of one per month. At best.

But now, with renewed vigour, I am back. And hopefully, I can keep writing regularly. Much is to be shared. And I shall do so slowly.

Let me start with a recent experience at the POCC Shivaji Nagar meeting on Saturday (August 8). It was for the first time perhaps in the last decade that I sat in a classroom and heard a lecture. Not that the lecture was formal, but it felt like a lecture. And I enjoyed it. Largely, because I could relate to a lot being said through personal experience. Which makes you wonder whether education could be this enjoyable in general if we drew upon experiences as well rather than just theory. And no, I don’t necessarily mean the lab experiences.

Over the past couple of months, a lot of movies have been watched thanks to BigFlix (long-term member, now, me!). And I shall share most of them in short reviews on this blog (click the Movies tab above) and the ones I really enjoyed in detail.

Hope to see you here more. Same to me!

Rock On: Natural, yet contrived

Rock OnAs I watched Farhan Akhtar’s acting debut Rock On, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons with Tom Hanks’ That Thing You Do. The plot is pretty similar, the situations too. The good thing is that they are localized well.

Without questioning the authenticity of the situations (for example, if one assumes the group was together 10 years before the current time frame, that would be in 1998… when were there open air concerts at VT station in Mumbai?), one has to look at the story its telling. Which is one of friendship. But the suddenness of the break in friendship is jarring. As is the unquestionable nature of the reunion. Continue reading “Rock On: Natural, yet contrived”

Why is Sarkar always interesting?

I don’t think Sarkar is one of those movies that has layers upon layers which the viewer will see everytime they watch it. But there is something about it that makes you want to watch it. Over and over.

So the awkward “Thaamba, thaamba” notwithstanding from the Big B, I power on for a fifth viewing. And continue to enjoy it over and over.

Incidentally, I would much rather have been watching the India v Sri Lanka ODI over the long weekend. Funnily, though, it begins tomorrow. On a Monday. Well, perhaps the administrators got it wrong? Or is there a divine plan and meaning that us mere mortals can’t see? Anyhoo, all I wanted was the match.

Review: Bachna Ae Haseeno

Another romantic comedy. A very formulaic approach. A typical YashRaj movie. You think? You are right. Largely. Well, mostly.

The movie has tremendous potential. The story has meat but unfortunately, the YRF handling makes it a little tacky. Don’t get me wrong. The movie is entertaining and I would say totally paisa vasool unlike what some others have to say. I won’t delve into the story details or the technical handling of the movie or such. The others do a better job of it! For me, the movie allowed me to take five hours out on a Thursday night preceding a long weekend (more on why it was five later!).

What I truly enjoyed was Bipasha Basu, Ranbir Kapoor and Hiten Paintal in that order. Paintal plays the quintessential and necessary sidekick in such movies. The ‘other’ voice for our hero… the one who’s trying to keep a balance or completely bust the hero’s thinking (depending on how you look at it). But he did create a character that was lovable albeit a little misguided in the conventional sense.

Continue reading “Review: Bachna Ae Haseeno”

For myself

This is a post more for me than anyone else… a list of things I’ve done recently and would like to blog about… when time permits!

1. Review “The Enchantress of Florence” by Salman Rushdie: He is one of my favourite writers despite his long-drawn and often contrived manner of writing. In many ways, the book doesn’t disappoint, but honestly, it can’t even hold a candle to “Midnight’s Children” and “Shalimar the Clown”.

2. Review “The Dark Knight” by Heath Ledger!: One of the best movies I have seen in a very long time. So good, that I saw it twice in three days! Heath Ledger shall be missed… and I also wish they don’t bring back the Joker again. Continue reading “For myself”