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Friday, July 27, 2007

Alas !!! Hype Prevails


**SPOILER AHEAD , DON"T BLAME ME LATER !!**

And So it has ended FINALLY.I couldn't think of posting this review without letting out the plot details so anyone who is interested in reading book 7 should stop reading this review right now.

The Book started off at a very high pace with the 'dark lord" and his humble servants beating up people in order to find out the location of a certain boy named harry potter. :D and then i thought everything was happening too fast , things strated changing very fast and people attacking from here and there.

Then for afterwards for a long period of time all the things involved around the troubleseeking trio, and in that period i particularly didn't like certain repetation of same pharse's over and over For Ex : Hermione telling harry to close the link between his mind and voldy's. I suppose that line was repeated almost 3 times. Although i liked the characters of ron , herminone themselves , i thought the friendship shown between those 3 was good.

But as the plot started to unfold things started falling into place as if the gods themselves have shown them the way , there were too many coincidences and cliches.And then she introduced the plot of deathy hallows and a stupid fairy tale to go along with it.What i don't understand about this is just one thing : WHY ? IMHO i thought the deathly hallows didn't serve any purpose and just helped to fill in some more pages.

Halfway through i started thinking maybe , just maybe this book is going towards a different ending( although my friends had already told me that they were disappointed) but then the Chapters of Prince's tale and King Cross dashed all my hopes. How could she just take the easiest way out, cmon after all this hype about killing people and after so many , all she could find was THIS ending.Especially in king's cross chapter she bought back albus to give all the answers and Prince's tale snape got himself freed of all his guilt and became the good guy , i mean albus telling snape to kill himself could have been prediceted even by a num-skull who has read the previous book.

And the way voldermort , THE greatest dark wizard of all time, the DARK LORD himself blah blah got killed was simply "mindblowing"


IMHO all the books that preceeded Goblet of fire are just as a result of hype created around it and a marketting gimick.I really don't think order of phoneix needed to be 700 odd pages long , she filled in all the fillers she could find just so the book got longer and more importantly costlier.And after contemplating some more into this i think she could as well as written Book 7 after book no. 4 or 3 itself. All's well that ends. !!


PS: Harry potter is not real, i just hope i don't get beaten up by my fellow "loyal" potter fans.

Friday, July 20, 2007

This is Unusual !

I just can't bulive that i'm writing a blog entry while there is sunlight.Today i woke up at 8 and that too in the morning mind you ! And i'm awake in the morning hours from 9-1. i have a very faint distant memory of this period of time when i am at home.

Have used up most of time since then to write the post below this , which i orginally posted at mouthshut dot com ( which btw is a very ironic name for a site where everyone just doesn't seem to keep their mouths shut) while listening to the debut album by Wolfmother ; Hell yeah old school heavy metal is back. Damn good album. Then as i waited for my friends to log onto orkut, i listened to some more music. And then the usual chitchat and scrapping on orkut started and as a proof of the kinda rubbish i usually chat with my "dear" friend dAtta here's few scraps for your viewing pleasure only :D ::

Neeraj^Zeitgeist: Word Of Advice : Cornflakes taste pathetic if u take them just after brushing your teeth.
Charudatta: arrey i knew that...so does tea in cornflakes...
once i had only enough milk to make tea...so made it, then got hungry aswell...so poured the tea in with the conrflakes...
Neeraj^Zeitgeist: THE born losers are HERE !!
Charudatta: yeassss! dude...pathetic would be an understatement for us

And now i'm posting this thing as i have nothing better to do. I guess i'll order some food in sometime and then catch with friends in the afternoon.

MY Director's Special

What follows is a list of my favourite Movie Director's , and you may or may not agree with the list but nonetheless this list will provide you a list of brilliant movies which you must watch at all cost(i.e if you haven't done it already). SO here it goes ( The following list is in no particular order) :

I) Stanley Kubrick :
This guy was simply way ahead of his times.For Ex. in his movie The Killing (1951) he had used the non-linear style of story-telling which was later made famous by tarintino in the 90's.He has made some movies which has influenced some of the best directors of recent times.He has made movies in wide spectrum of genres viz war,sci-fic,horror,ultra-violent.

Essential Viewings : The Killing(1951),Paths Of Glory(1957),Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb(1964) [ This is one of the most hilarious movies i have ever seen in my life ] , A Clockwork Orange(1971), Full Metal Jacket(1987)

II] Coen Brothers :
They are THE master of Black Comedies.They have got some of the best written scripts in their movies and they somehow extract brilliant performances from their actors.Many of their movies have metaphorical aspect in them, and may not be understood well by the "pop-culture" kinda crowd(Refer :Barton Fink,The Hudsucker Proxy). I enjoy black comedies and intelligent cinema , i have loved almost their every movie , because of the subtle humor in their movies.I would really recommend all of you to watch their movies if you like to laugh out loud at something other than slapstick comedies.

Essential Viewings:Blood Simple,Fargo,The Big Lebowski,O Brother Where Art Thou,Barton Fink,The Hudsucker Proxy,Miller's Crossing.

III] Christopher Nolan :
This guy caught my attention when i first watched Memento, that flick was simply amazing,it blew me away completely with it's unusual way of storytelling.Insomnia was also very good directed movie.I also loved what he did with Batman Begins and how he gave that movie a (much needed) dark overture.AND then he made The Prestige which again has a very non-linear way of storytelling involving magicians, a very different storyline.

Essential Viewings: Memento,The Prestige

IV] Guy Ritchie :
Some of THE best witty lines in movies are written by him.His Movies can be watched over and over and over again, and the best part is that it gets better with repeated viewings.Lock,Stock,And Two smoking barrels,and Snatch are my favourite con/Robbery/Black comedies i have ever seen.You never know when the scene changes from a guy making joke about something and getting his hand chopped off in the next scene.His movies are VERY VERY funny and violent at times. Special Mention to his movie Revolver over here because like his earlier movies this one also has killer lines but along with it has a underlying metaphor which simply with mess up with your mind.

Essential Viewings : Lock,Stock And 2 Smoking Barrels , Snatch , Revolver

V] Steven Spielberg:
Well i can't say that i have watched all of his movies but i have added him onto this list coz of 2 reasons : Schindler's List & Saving Private Ryan. I absolutely enjoyed these two epics he made.The way he made Schindler's list was amazing and the attention to detail in Saving Private Ryan was mind blowing. The war scenes were too good.

Essential Viewings : Schindler's List,Saving Private Ryan,Jurassic Park,ET

VI] Martin Scorsese :
Martin Scorsese + Robert DeNiro=Magic.
Has made remarkable movies in which he has extracted some of the finest acting from deniro.Just watch Taxi Driver or Raging Bull and you'll know what i'm talking about.

Essential Viewings : Mean Streets,Taxi Driver,Raging Bull,Goodfellas

VII] Darren Aronofsky :
This guy has a different way of putting things.It hits you like a bullet train.Some of the scenes in RFAD are etched in my mind along with the haunting music.RFAD has to be in my list of fav. of movies.It was one of the most depressing movie i have EVER seen in my life and it was brilliant. The fountain also had a very different concept and was very beautifully shot.

Essential Viewings : Pi,Requiem for a Dream,The Fountain

IX] Francis Ford Coppola :
Well i HAD to add the godfather himself to my list.Period.

Essential Viewings : The Godfather pt.II ( because it's my fav of the 3), The Godfather , Apocalypse Now

X] Quentin Tarantino :
So HE makes my list complete.I don't think there is much to say about this guy than what all has been said before, though i still can't forgive him about how he killed Grindhouse with his Death-Proof

Essential Viewings: Reservoir Dogs,Pulp Fiction,Kill Bill

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Honorable Mentions :
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Chan-wook Park
Guillermo del Toro
Spike Jonze
Michel Gondry
Brian De Palma
Roman Polanski

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Not Your Average Thriller(And that's Good)

David Fincher (director of Fight Club,Se7en) is back with his 2nd attempt into Crime thriller genere.

The movie is based on books authoerd by Robert Graysmiths bout the real life notorious Zodiac,a serial killer who terrorized San
Francisco with a string of seemingly random murders during the 1960s
and 1970s.

Robert Graysmith( Jake Gyllenhaal) is a cartoonist in a leading newspaper which gets a series of letters by a unkown person claiming to be the responsible for the killings of a young couple and demands that his letters along with his ciphers to be printed in the newspaper else he would go on a killing spree.

Paul Avery( Robert Downey Jr ) plays the crime reporter who slowly gets invovled in the case and tries to solve the case along with the police department.Inspector David Toschi( Mark Ruffalo ) and Inspector William Armstrong( Anthony Edwards ) have been assigned the case of the zodiac killer.
What follows is a series of investigations,flase leads and dozens of suspects and case which goes on for several years leading to frustration among many officers.As time goes by Robert Graysmith who used to follow this case for his own sake decides to take upon his shoulder about finding out the identity of the zodiac killer.

This is not a average hollywood crime thriller, this is based upon the actual police case files and shows accurately the frustration which must be going on inside the minds of people involved with it as the case drags on for more than a decade.David Fincher deserves all the credit of making a tight thriller in which everything goes on with the flow, the flim gets tiring in between as it is of long duration but fincher manages to get back the atttention of the audiance with some brilliant scenes

But a major credit should go the actors.Jake Gyllenhaal plays his charcter with a certain nerdiness and obbsession which makes him fun to watch.He has matured as a actor from his Donnie Darko days.Mark Ruffalo who plays this dedicated and worked detective with a dash of humor is brilliant.Robert Downey Jr(he looks very different) in his small role adds his witty touch instantly.

This movie correctly potrays the chronological order of the zodiac case.As an audiance i started to feel equally paranoid and confused as the detectives would have felt during those years.This a dialouge-driven thriller which is certainly a bit boring at some parts but in all is a brilliant movie in itself.This may not be David Fincher’s best but it is still great.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Day After

Well i guess things sometimes figure out themselves, what seemed to be a big mistake yesterday is somewhat alright now , or at least i feel it's alright now.Whatever.

You live,You learn,You make the same mistake again,You learn,You keep on making the same mistakes over and over again,You are stupid,I'm stupid.

Monday, July 16, 2007

WHEN IT ISN'T LIKE IT SHOULD BE

"Katherine Anne Porter once said; 'There seems to be a kind of order in the universe…in the movement of the stars and the turning of the Earth and the changing of the seasons. But human life is almost pure chaos. Everyone takes his stance, asserts his own right and feelings, mistaking the motives of others, and his own.'"

Sometimes everything in your life seems to be going perfectly as you want it to be, but then suddenly out of nowhere you do something that changes it all and before you realize life is complicated again.You blink and then everything changes for better or worse.It's almost like there is some unknown force that makes you do those things even if you have never even thought about doing that.
You think and you think about how you would lead your life in the coming year,month or even day but then it doesn't always work like that.You decide that you won't think much about anything and just go ahead and do what you like but then be prepared to face the consequence if that thing doesn't work out.

"IDA Scott Taylor wrote: 'Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone, and do not be troubled about the future, for it has yet to come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.'"

But there are times when you live in the present and still mess up things so badly that it becomes a bleak future and past worth forgetting.
Sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens. And we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever.

There are days when you even surprise yourself by doing something that changes the way you interact with someone and which decides how it's gonna be after that moment.

Today was one of those days for me.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Terminally Bored !

This has been my state for past 2 days now.Been at home for past two days, today i could have gone out to meet friends @c1 but woke at 1.30 in the afternoon and then felt lazy enough to stay at home and get bored instead.

Watching death note ( a Japanese anime series) these days along with some movies at random but haven't completed one.Saw Garden State on Star Movies today, AGAIN for Nth. no. of time now and still can't get enough of it.

Reading books at random mainly 1984 it's an amazing book.I think most of you might have heard and read this one, for those who haven't get your copy today of both book and the movie. Essential reading and viewing.

Listening to porcupine tree's "Fear of a blank planet " : The lyrics in this album are so superb, and applicable in today's age. IMHO,their music in this album is kinda mixutre of pink-flyod and tool.

Lately my mood has been kinda down , for some reason which is unknown to me.Sometimes i get in this shell of mine where i feel all alone, and i feel like staying that way in that period of time.I think i should spend more time reading books now, they occupy my mind and also provide good food for thought. Sometime when you sit hours at a time watching the scrap counter in orkut stuck at one place(not that it matters if it's moving) , you start feeling sick,you start feeling empty, if i was another person who was looking at me i would tell myself
" Go Get a Life "

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Review : Live Free or Die Hard AkA Die Hard 4.0

Willis is back and How !! I was pretty skeptic about this movie at first , but when i saw the reviews and some of friends also had nice things to say about the movie, it got my interested.

So finally thanks to hutch tue. i saw this movie yest @ 65 bucks -imax.

The Plot : Continuing the same tradition of earlier movies in the die hard series , mclane is in the wrong place at the wrong time. A group of "cyber-terros" have hacked into the fbi cyber branch and they send a search team to locate all the hackers and so john mclane is given the responsibility to bring in a geek but the bad guys are out to kill all of the geeks who were involved in supplying the source codes for various things..........anywhoo the plot is not important nor the (lack of) technical jargon they give in between.

It's all about old-school action , and hell lot of it. Full packed with action sequences and some killer lines by willis makes it a paisa vasool flick to watch. Leave your brains at home , coz the movie does become silly at some points (refer : the fighter jet plane sequence) but somehow i enjoyed the action. Willis is damn cool in the movie along with his sidekick whatever his name is. The baddie is also fine.

I would give it a 3 outta 5. Yippee-ka-yay-mofo.