Tuesday, May 30, 2006

For each other

She mailed him this song when she found out that he was feeling down. This was something to cheer him up. And it did. She told him that this song used to make her feel better as well whenever she was down. And he never thanked her for this wonderful gesture. Here it is. He really appreciates her being there for him. Hope this song puts a smile on some other person's face.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Review of Da Vinci Code

I never thought I will ever say this. Watching Tom Hanks in this movie is a tedious affair. He has underplayed the role to such an extent that the character of Robert Langdon looks lifeless, soulless and disinteresting. Having read the book, its clearly evident that the movie is a faithful adaptation of the book. The book, though not a literary masterpiece, was fast paced and kept you riveted till the end. Langdon, in the book, was much more interesting to interact with than its cinematic counterpart. Opus Dei, for sure, wouldn't be happy with its portrayal in the movie. To be fair to the movie, the character Silas (played beautifully by Paul Bettany) is portrayed exactly as in the book, but the visual images of corporal mortification acts performed by Silas leave a more lasting and disturbing impression.

Ron Howard has directed certain scenes with panache, especially the discussion detailing what the holy grail is all about and how Da Vinci's paintings had hidden meanings. But the action scenes leave a lot to be desired. There is no thrill or suspense while watching the action scenes and that's a big disappointment. Thankfully, they are few and far in between.

As for the rest of the cast, Audrey Tautou, Ian Mckellan and Jean Reno turn in adequate performances to keep the ball rolling. I didn't watch Amelie and hence had no expectation from Audrey. She turns in an OK performance but her accent sometimes makes it hard to understand what she is saying. The movie is slightly on the longer side. Trimming of 20 minutes could have helped in faster pacing of the movie. The controversy surrounding the book will ensure that the movie is going to be a huge blockbuster, no doubt about that. There was hardly an empty seat in the cinemas.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Da vinci code controversy

I was reading on rediff that bishops in India have requested the court to stop the screening of Da Vinci Code starring Tom Hanks. Their reasoning was that it portrayed Jesus Christ in a not too favourable light. I understand that we live in a democratic country and everyone has a right to voice their opinion. But are we just carrying it too far? If poeple are offended by it, let them stay away from it. But dont deprive other people from deciding for themselves whether they want to watch it or not?

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Of pelvic thrusting and bosom heaving

I was watching the song 'tu cheez badi' from the movie Mohra on B4U. It was really interesting to notice the changes that have taken place in choreographing a song. The dance movements that Raveena displayed in that song looks distinctly vulgar now and I am pretty sure, given a chance, she may want to revisit it in a different manner. This song was a huge hit and I didn't realise at that time that this song was flagrantly copied from Nusrat's work. Not that it mattered to us at that time.

I feel that late 80s and early 90s were an era of jerky dance movements that were more meant to titillate audiences than make them appreciate intricate dance movements that please the senses in a subtle manner. Of course, Madhuri was and is considered an exceptional dancer but she was a pioneer in introducing bosom heaving step. Need proof? Check 'dhak dhak' from beta, 'choli ke peeche' from khal nayak and 'mera piya ghar aaya' from yaarana (I guess). Karishma, Govinda, Shilpa and most other were responsible for the vulgar pelvic thrusting step and it was repeated in almost every movie of theirs much to the delight of the front benchers. I still am a big admirer of Govinda's dancing when he is not gyrating his pelvis as he makes dancing look ridiculously easy.

Nowadays, even the worst dancers are made to look really good through editing and the dance movements appear more sophisticated. Hrithik, Aishwarya and Shahid do look really natural and spontaneous while dancing and choreography does look like it has come off age.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Mission Impossible 3 - Movie Review (English)

Watching Mission Impossible 3 reinforces the belief that only a few actors are born to play a spy like James Bond and Tom Cruise is definitely NOT one of them. He tries to play a character with an emotional core but ends up falling completely flat. One of the few things that the movie has got right is in its choice of villain. Philip Hoffman plays an ill sketched role and gives it a flourish much more than it actually deserves. He plays a cool, cold-hearted guy and his dialogue delivery is a treat to watch.

The movie takes us to quite a few places such as Germany, Vactican and Shanghai and it comes across quite well on screen. The stunts in the movie are filmed pretty well and Cruise does look exceptionally fit and agile and it seems that he has done a few risky stunts by himself.

MI3 is supposed to show Ethan Hawke's (Tom Cruise) softer side but there are harly enough interactions between the lead characters to make the audience feel for them. I also felt sorry for Hoffman as he could have made this a very memorable movie had he been given more to chew on. The movie does make for an evening's time pass but its not due to the presence of Mr Cruise.

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Cricket season underway

Finally, the season got underway yesterday. It was a cold and partly cloudy day but it felt great to be out the ground. We were playing in cricket ground in the country side and the the drive from the station in bristol took about 40 minutes. We were put into bat first on a sticky seaming wicket. I went in at 4 (2 down) and scored 12 runs. We ended up with a score of 110 and were bowled out in 39 overs. We got to that score, thanks a fighting knock from our no.5 batsmen who scored 41. We were quite confident that any score over 100 would be a tough one to chase given the conditions and we were right. The other team got bowled out for 77. I sent down 5 overs for 13 runs and 1 wicket. It made for a good match. Next weekend should be even better with back-to-back matches.

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