Thursday, December 13, 2007

I like google quotes...

and these are just few of the MANY that made me smile.

If you stay in Beverly Hills too long you become a Mercedes.
- Robert Redford

There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?
- Dick Cavett

preserve wild-life. Throw more parties

The world is round; it has no point
- Adrienne E. Gusoff

CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
- Arthur C. Clarke

Never knock on Death's door: ring the bell and run away! Death really hates that!
- Matt Frewer
"The future" has arrived but they forgot to update the docs.
-- R. David Murray, 9 May 2000

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

movie mania

Just saw "Live Free Die Hard".
Was a gripping movie until the end, when they decided that they needed to show Bruce Willis more heroic. Destroying fighter-jets with a stone, dodging cascading-ly collapsing bridges, balancing on the wings of a plane... Good god! We really shouldn't laugh at Mithun movie sooo much.

Also, one of those rare movies that brings out a very cogent/convincing and strong argument by the villain. Bruce just bullies him with his "macho talks"... whereas the villain is actually more hero-able. They did everything right, except laugh at logic. Not a good thing at all. People are expected to like the hero and detest the villain. And then in a twist of events, the villain happens to be actually more agree-able. This totally confuses the people who continue praising the ruthless (and dumb, in this case) hero, and laugh mercilessly at the wronged and correct villain.
Not good, I tell ya! :)

Which is why, "Gangster" shined out. It was similar. The villain had a very valid reason for his actions. And they didn't confuse the audience by making a mockery of it. They just provided several viewpoints for the audience, without revealing their take on it. As un-biased as it could get. THAT (when Emraan Hashmi says that he does this for the country, and when Kangana says that the gangster was a good human being) was the outstanding part. Both stand-points appeal. And they can't co-exist.

So, that was good.

Apart from watching movies, I am doing little else.
I tried watching "Snatch". It has been praised by all the praise-worthy people. And not just praised but revered. I chose it over the jazzy posters of the new Desi movies on bestdesiblog or some such site.

it took me 10 minutes of incomprehension to doze off.

Tooooo bad! I miss out on all the stuff that totally gives kicks to many others.

But what to do. One ought to accept one's handicaps (American movies are hard to get... but English accent... too ambitious of me!).

Will watch something like "Haseena Maan Jayegi". What humor man! Totally kickass. No locking, no stocking, no barrelling... just collapsing in laughter fits.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Ekdum Jhakaas!

What a movie! Aaja Nachle is a thorough entertainer...
If the critics had not interfered with the general junta's psyche, it would have surely been a hit.

None of the flaws were unpardonable. And the dance and dramatizations were brilliant... in choreography, in the theme... and in the performers.

Madhuri shines brighter in the title track than most of her previous numbers (Akhiyaan Milaaon may be the only serious competition). And a lot of bold dancing in the Laila Majnu act.
Not too complicated, and not outrageous. A simple storyline that is predictable yet interesting.
Konkona does her typical atypical role of uncouth-transformed-to-subtle-beauty. Kunal somehow isn't the drop-dead hottie he was in RDB... but his presence is felt. Akshaye's smile still rules all hearts (I want a dimple too!).

Madhuri is the uncontested performer.

The list of people whom I really admire.. who are right up there now has another permanent member (other ones being Rehman, Shiamak, Farhaan Akhtar et al)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

So close.. yet unsure

A good thing happened. I am not proud... yet a 'milestone' has been achieved.

"Yen ten prakaaran"