July 08, 2005

About Time

No, this isn't the name of another movie that I am gonna review :D
Well, I have been pretty lazy recently and have also been caught up in a few things.

I have been to Domino's twice in 4 days !! Now that's good !!
Yesterday night, we finally played cricket after about one week due to the rains. We played for 3 and a half hours staright - from 1 in the night to 4:30 in the morning :))

My work has been going pretty decently but I seem to have gotten stuck at the end :(
I am gonna go home soon and I hope the work finishes before that. It's soooo frustrating when u get stuck at the end :

So, finally, movies :D
I thought I'll see 6-7 in a row and post them together, but the last movie I saw was soooooo bad that I couldn't convince myself to see another movie so soon.
Let's start then
1. The Thin Red Line: shocker movie !! Hits u in the heart. No, it's not a romantic movie or anything. It's a war movie. Actually, its anti-war. Ppl have gone on to compare this with the likes of Saving Private Ryan even !!
But SPR and TTRL are totally different. The only similarity lies in the atmosphere of the two films - "war".
TTRL follows post-WW II sequences where US and Japan are locked in a fight for control over a part of an island that's captured by Japan and hence they hold the strategic points. US suffers heavy casualities during the war and the movie basically talks about the line between sanity and insanity. It shows ppl who are so totally changed by the war that they have lost all faith in mankind. But there are still a few who do believe in good, faith etc etc
If you look at the cast, you'll be fooled. It says .. George Clooney, John Trovolta, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Adrien Brody so on so on. The first two names have just 2 minutes roles, and actually they fail to impress even in those 2 mins coz the others just smash thru !!
Sean Penn, as ever, rocks !! He's been shown as one who has lost faith in mankind.
Caviezel is his contrast, believing in good and hoping mankind will improve.
All the dialogues that these two have amongst themselves are worth remembering.
What makes the movie so special ??
It's the theme and the voice-runs at the back. For one, the photography is like a poem. Beautiful. U have got to see the movie to believe it. There are scenes in the middle that remind u of discovery channel but if u try to see the reason behind the director's choice of those shots, u'll b taken to a different level altogether.
The voice-runs that are the narrations of different characters to themselves runs in the background. The last few lines of the movie are still rocking thru my head, and it's been 4 days now !!
The lines are just too powerful and they question u in a way that will move and surprise u.
But I believe that not everyone will enjoy the movie. U got to understand the director and move to the level he takes u to.
Finds a place among the best films I have seen and to tell u the truth, SPR was brilliant in showing war. For me, TTRL is much above SPR. On a different level altogether.

2. Black Friday: No, this isn't a horror flick. It's based on Bombay riots. The main reason why I chose to see this movie was KK Menon. The actor is too solid and soon bcoming my bollywood fav. The movie depicts reality and is hence slightly raw in its core. Sad movie, nothing good about it, but the cast is quite good and gives a solid performance. If u like reality movies, this one is a must watch.

3. Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi: Again, KK Menon and again, a reality movie. No. I thought this was a reality types movie too. It starts off with rebellious Indian youth trying to voice against injustice. The movie says that it's about the emergency period. But looking back, it was nothing of that at all. It was a painful love story, very touching, yet not very fairy-tale like. It was a romantic movie set against the "Rising India" background where the youth's zeal is taking them away from their other personal dreams. It's a very different movie and without any main stage actors, it does far better than the commercial lot u'll see.
It's worth the two hours. Very different film.

4. Apocalypse Now: The movie that made me stop :D
Stupid movie is all I can say. They wanted to achieve something really good and they laid the foundation too. U re like dying to see what happens next. That feeling is made up very well. But then, it kinda gives up. The movie fails where it should have leaped and bounced. Marlon Brando's role was superb tho critics felt he wasn't very impressive. The movie has style but at most places, it is the usual nonsense stuff. The end tries to be "over your head" but fails miserably. One movie u better not watch.

Apart from that, I just finished the last mission of Project IGI 2 (It's a computer game). One helluva game this one.

That's from me.


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