Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Dark Knight

Watched it recently, although missed the first 20 mins. ( Which is perhaps significant, since I don't know what I missed, and I'm one of those sticklers for watching the complete movie) Anyway for what its worth, i'll scribble my opinions based on what i saw.

Liked it overall. Definitely no comparison with lame spiderman flicks. Wasn't a big fan of batman either, although I liked jack nicholson as the joker .

This film is certainly a better balanced one, doesn't descend completely into special effects and elaborate twists. keeps some semblance of plot. Doesn't add too much dripping emotion where none is needed, ( although it does add more than needed in a couple of places)

And of course to state the much stated, the joker is certainly the sight for sore eyes. Great acting by him, although I'd go further to say that the remaining cast was all pretty good. ( barring that single female, who was definitely very very sad. surely they could have found someone who could act? )

overall a movie worth spending money to watch at the hall, but I'm not sure what all the hype about "all time greats" is about. I mean its looks great only if you consider that it has to be believable, inspite of the silly cape flapping gentleman. And inspite of various places it slows down, ( and yes it does, i even saw someone catching a quick nap!). And there's no way it even comes close to movies like shawshank redemption, schindler's list or one flew over the cuckoo's nest.

Monday, July 14, 2008

News

What constitutes news? I'm not sure what news is, however I'm pretty sure about what it is not. About what should not be plastered on the so called 24 hour news channels.

I'd pretty much stopped watching the news, but still the glimpses one gets during the increment decrement round are bad enough. And for the past few days I'm actually getting to see whole minutes of them as I'm no longer doing the surfing.

There was a movie I'd watched once - Mad City, which left quite an impact. Perhaps I watched aeons ago, while I was still stupid enough to think that what came on tv was a big deal. That if someone said something "in front of millions of ppl" it *must* mean something. I think that movie illustrated quite clearly what is called trial by media. And also what is the meaning of distortion and character assassination.

Does anyone even check up on such a basic thing as cause and effect? That when you rattle off two words in the the same sentences, do they actually have any relation to each other? You'd think someone would at least wonder how mental trauma can cause paralysis? You'd think twice before labeling someone "haiwan"? You'd have at least some sense of proportion about say 10 routine brutal ( I mean brutal) murders in a village, and a random rare murder of good middle class girl in city? You'd have something useful to say when plastering a useless so called wrestlers face for 2 hours in the name of a "feature" ?

Bah!

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Motorcycle Diaries.

A bit too slow and uneventful for my liking. And tho the "lets see our world " struck a chord, the outlook somehow seemed somehow different. Not sure what made me not quite identify, perhaps it was just too male in its viewpoint? Can't quite place my finger on it, but certainly a bit of a disappointment.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Never Let me go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Couldn't put it down once I'd picked it up. Not that the plot was impossible to guess, you can make out similarities from cheezy hollywood movies.

But then the appeal is not about the "plot" or story, so to speak, but the way its hauntingly written.The setting perhaps is incidental, or at least not what grabs you hard. No, what holds you rivetted. is the atmosphere of something just beyond your reach, something lost, something you've always been trying to find.

And in the way you follow the characters and sometimes know just what they feel, although you have nothing in common with the "chilling jigzaw" of alternate reality thats been described on the cover jacket.

Maybe I'll try reading remains of the day as well. Perhaps the book will do what the movie certainly didn't do - grab my attention.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Double sin and other stories. - Agatha Christie

Another Agatha Christie polished off. I realised that I'd read this one before, but enjoyed it again nevertheless.

This also had a couple of short stories which didn't feature Poirot or Miss Marple, which were good all the same.

That reminded me of one of her Mary Westmaccot books I'd read years ( just checked up , it was Absent in the spring) which also impressed me a lot. There's something about the way she writes, it not just the plots, mysteries or her characters, it also about how with simple straightforward english, sans any long winded boring descriptions, she can evoke a great deal of atmosphere in a situation.

Now on to another book.. tv is out of my control now!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Perry Masons - Erle Stanley Gardner

The case of the shoplifters shoe was read. Acquaintance renewed with the Perry, Della and Paul after a long time.

The courtroom dramas are good fun. Not quite in the same league as my dear Hercule Poirot which I'm reading again now, but quite enjoyable nevertheless.

A few murders, mysteries, and questions - who was it, and I'm happy!