Tuesday, February 03, 2009
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms,
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
- Pablo Neruda
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
- Hosea Ballou
I had to write about this....saw sarkaarraj last night and i must admit i was disappointed from the word GO.....
nothing was natural in the movie.....everyone was trying so hard to ACT....everyone was coming up with really loooong & heavy dialogues about right and wrong......every character was brooding throughout the movie and brooding is not acting......on technical front, every camera angle had to be perfect and the whole movie was shot in closeups...was it to enhance the intensity of the characters or just to annoy us?
the background score was jarring as the novelty wore off after the original sarkar....
p.s. i catnapped during the movie....shame on me!!! heh heh heh
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
apart from showcasing his talents as a director and some stunning camerawork i do not think there was anything substantial this film had to offer...............set during the decline of the ancient mayan civilization, the film depicts the struggle of a young jaguar paw........... like in the passion where gibson used aramic throughout the film, apocalypto is in the yukatek maya language............ i enjoyed the authenticity this offers.............but once again it was pointless......
after the first 10 minutes, the film plunged into blood drenched barbaric scenes...........the film turned into an aztec version of braveheart............
i have heard so many good reviews about this movie that i just felt stupid.............people are all talking about how this film is about the demise of the maya empire and I saw nothing of that....................
this movie is not for the weak hearted and watch it on an empty stomach...........
its a 2 hour movie with some very good acting by almost all the characters.....if you remember deepak dobriyal from omkara, then look out for him in this movie.....he is brilliant.......
one disappoint.......manoj bajpai.......am so used to watch him playing an intense brooding character in all his movies that this is no exception........nothing new or refreshing from him.......i think he is not challenging himself to be adventurous with his characters.......
overall, a good entertainer....
Saturday, February 10, 2007
and yesterday i saw black friday........and he steals the show with his performance as Ibrahim Abdul Razak Memon better know as Tiger Memon, most wanted terrorist and the architect of the 1993 bombay bombings........
the movie tells the story of the young terrorists who were manipulated by tiger memon to execute his plans.....and also of the police officials who cracked the case........
Kay Kay Menon is an actor par excellence and his portrayal of DCP Rakesh Maria is simply brilliant............his performance as an IPS officer is as close as it can get to how a real IPS officer would behave (mannerisms)............i can state this with authority as i have a member of IPS fraternity as my immediate family.........
the movie is so hard hitting that it made many people to walk out of the theater during the intermission..........truth hurtsssss.........
last week, parzania and now this........both the movies make you think, think and then think some more...........
a must watch......
p.s. the background score by indian ocean is very impressive and adds an impact to the scenes...........
Saturday, February 03, 2007
ranvir shorey and kunal khemu (strictly in that order) are the only saving grace for this dud of a movie..............
wake up mr. bhandarkar...........you are losing your touch.......
p.s. sudhir mishra should stick to what he is best at, direction....................
Friday, February 02, 2007
and to your (in my arms flowering so new)
self whose eyes smell of the sound of rain
and here's to silent certainly mountains; and to
a disappearing poet of always, snow
and to morning; and to morning's beautiful friend
twilight (and a first dream called ocean) and
let must or if be damned with whomever's afraid
down with ought with because with every brain
which thinks it thinks, nor dares to feel (but up
with joy; and up with laughing and drunkenness)
here's to one undiscoverable guess
of whose mad skill each world of blood is made
(whose fatal songs are moving in the moon
- e e cummings
Thursday, February 01, 2007
all i remember is this quote from Gandhi featured in the movie... "An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind."
this is not a review....its not about the characters, their performance, direction or the movie........this is about the establishment we believe in.......
p.s. the movie is not being screened in Gujrat for obvious reasons......
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
someone I know who is with UNDP was in liberia for 2 years and he told me some stories about the civil war in liberia and sierra leone so I had a fair idea of what to expect from this movie…………….
blood diamond is intense, heart wrenching and political about the blood shed by all concerned in the diamond rich sierra leone………….. its about the conflict diamonds……….. diamonds mined by slave labor, the exportation of which has directly led to violence and civil war…….
Ive never been a dicaprio fan (thanks to the titanic for which I have a profound dislike) but first the departed and now this, im hugely impressed……..
djimon hounsou whom I vaguely remember from the gladiator was good but he was shouting through out the movie……nobody howls with haunted rage like hounsou.........remember amistad?
blood diamond is mostly good and occasionally brilliant and sometimes a drag…….and the tone of the movie is cynical with “speeches” from almost every character……..
I found syriana to be a much better, realistic and less dramatic movie concerning a global issue……..I just wish the movie was atleast 15-20 minutes shorter than its current version………
the movie can be summarized in a quote by danny archer (leonardo dicaprio) explains to journalist maddy bowen (jennifer connelly)………. "In
Friday, January 12, 2007
master bachchan, take a bow............................you have finally arrived........i noticed a hint of brilliance in AB jr. in this movie...........BUT, still miles to go before u sleeeeep.................
i was reading somewhere that this movie is "loosely" based on Dhirubhai's life..........well, heres the news...............whoever has read Hamish McDonald’s Polyester Prince - the rise of Dhirubhai Ambani can make comparisons............whatever is shown in the movie is covered in this book........battle with Ramnath Goenka (Indian Express), war with industrialist Nusli Wadia of Bombay Dyeing and Reliance's travails during the V P Singh government which almost brought the business house to its knees and other issues like licensed capacities, export manipulation and share switching...........incidentally, this book was banned in 1998 by the Indian government as the book did not show dhirubhai in good light.....only dhirubhai could've pulled it off with his tweaking and capturing political and bureaucratic power..........and thats exactly whats shown in the movie....
a good movie indeed...........
Saturday, December 30, 2006
the movie was very long and very very boring......one of the worst ive ever seen......i think inarritu wanted to make a oscar winner (Crash concept) but came up with a dud......
cant believe this is from the same man who directed amores perros and 21 grams......
p.s. was going through the newspapers today and most of the reviews have given 3.5 or 4 stars to this movie.....crappppppp.......
Saturday, December 23, 2006
breathtaking visuals........the voice work is too goooood...... robin williams does three different characters and doesn't annoy.........
ecological message feels a bit forced and doesn't really mesh with the rest of the film.......
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
dont expect moneypenny, Q or loads of gadgets.....they are gone.
and what a great name for a bond villian......Le Chiffre.......
there are some real witty one liners.......bond tormenting his torturer with the one liner "now you can tell all your friends that you died scratching my balls"....
i wasnt expecting "Vesper Lynd: You're not going to let me in there. You've got your armour back on.
James Bond: I have no armour left. You've stripped it from me. Whatever is left of me - whatever I am - I'm yours " from mr. bond but he did it with so much ease......
its probably one of the best bond movies ever.........
am signing off with some memorable quotes from this amazing movie.....thanks to IMDB.....
Vesper Lynd: If the only thing left of you was your smile and your little finger, you'd still be more of a man than anyone else.
James Bond: That's because you know what I can do with my little finger...
Vesper Lynd: I will be keeping my eyes on the money and off of your perfectly formed ass.
James Bond: You noticed.
M: Christ, I miss the Cold War.
Vesper Lynd: Am I going to have a problem with you, Bond?
James Bond: No, don't worry. You're not my type.
Vesper Lynd: Smart?
James Bond: Single.
Steven Obanno: Do you believe in God, Mr. Le Chiffre?
Le Chiffre: No, I believe in a reasonable rate of return.
Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
James Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Friends of Women:
A wife was not at home for a whole night. So she tells her husband,
the very next morning, that she stayed at her (girl) friend's
apartment overnight. So the husband calls 10 of her best (girl)
friends and none of them confirm that she was with them.
Friends of Men:
A husband was not at home for a whole night. So he tells his wife
the very next morning, that he stayed at his friend's apartment over
night. So the wife calls 10 of his best friends and 5 of them
confirm that he stayed at their apartments that night and another 5
are claiming that he is still with them...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Following is the e-mail sent to an Agony Aunt column for personal advice by
one of our kind of fellas...
Hope its Good humour for you too:-
I've never written to you before, but I really need your advice on what
could be a crucial decision. I've suspected for some time now that my wife
has been cheating on me.
The usual signs... phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife
has been going out with the girls a lot recently although when I ask their
names she always says, "Just some friends from work, you don't know them."
I always stay awake to look out for her taxi coming home, but she always
walks down the drive. Although I can hear a car driving off, as if she has
gotten out of the car round the corner. Why? Maybe she wasn't in a taxi? I
once picked her cell phone up just to see what time it was and she went
berserk and screamed that I should never touch her phone again and why was I
checking up on her.
Anyway, I have never approached the subject with my wife. I think deep down
I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and
I decided to really check on her.
I decided I was going to park my Harley Davidson motorcycle next to the
garage and then hide behind it so I could get a good view of the whole
street when she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my
Harley, that I noticed that the valve covers on my engine seemed to be
leaking a little oil.
Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the dealer?
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tell me I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive, Graceful and wise,
Tell me I'm perfect-- But tell me the truth.
If you are a dreamer, come in.......
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,.......
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire,.......
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.......
the original bad boy Jack Nicholson as Frank Costello does his best work in years.......he just enjoys being the bad guy.........Leonardo DiCaprio in an author backed role is just about perfect.....Scorsese is getting the best of him......first the aviator and now this........i would have loved to see more of Martin Sheen & Mark Wahlberg...........Matt Damon was a perfect choice for his role.....i personally feel that he should stop doing the Bourne series.....he is a misfit for movies as those........
this movie is in the same league as the other Scorsese classics such as the taxi driver, raging bull, cape fear, good fellas..............the departed grips and shocks and entertains........i loved it......
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
a small question......why is VH1 showing songs from early 90's in their show titled VH1 classic?
I've always had a soft corner for music from 80's but its just not there on VH1.....
Gimme 60's, 70's & 80's..........
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Can't forget Jules' "And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers."
The movie to me is,as Rosanna Arquette remarks "That was f****** trippy".
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Kieslowski found inspiration in the 10 commandments, and made a series of films exploring each one........ naturally, this is some heavy stuff.......in some cases, it's really heavy stuff.
The series is Kieslowski's most acclaimed work.....typically for Kieslowski, the tone of most of the stories is meditative and melancholy except the last one which is more of a black comedy......
I've seen and enjoyed the color trilogy (blue,white,red) , the double life of veronique, a short film about killing and a short film about love by Kieslowski in the past but Dekalog has been by far the best........a true masterpiece……
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I remember reading Othello as a play and a subject in school and my father always insisted that Shakespeare is cool.....and today, i agree with him without any doubt....
"Then must you speak
of one that loved not wisely
but too well;
Of one not easily jealous,
but being wrought
perplex'd in the extreme"
Let me introduce the characters to you....
Ajay Devgan : Othello
Kareena Kapoor : Desdemona
Saif : Iago
Konkona Sen Sharma: Emilia
Deepak Dobyiyal : Rodrigo
Probably one of the finest adaptations....Vishal Bharadwaj has livedup to the expectations after Maqbool.....
Ajay Devgan was expected to be intense as Omkara as he always is in most of his movies.....
3 characters caught my fancy.......Saif, Konkona & Deepak.......never expected saif to comeup with such a performance but surprise surprise!, he has set a benchmark so high for himself after this....
The most natural character portrayed in the movie was Konkana's.....she is a fine actress and i would rate her better than Saif in the movie......
Deepak Dobriyal's character as Iago's friend and as a suitor rejected by Kareena's character was simply fantastic......another brilliant performer in the making, i guess......
The movie is a must watch.......100 points to the director for his keen sense of adaptation.
P.S. Im totally hooked on to the song called "Namak"......one of the naughtiest songs ive ever heard......
Most of us agree on Shyamalan's talent as a filmmaker, this movie makes you realise not to expect too much from a director based upon his earlier ventures.....
Once the movie ended, i thought "really? that was it?"
Go and watch the movie if you are an ardent Shyamalan fan...
I enjoyed the movie but maybe, i was expecting something more from Naseeruddin Shah.
To me, the only character who outdid others and himself was Paresh Rawal. For a gujju to "act" like a gujju can be a real challenge, i suppose.....
Not a bad movie for a first time director ;o)
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Saturday, May 27, 2006
And the common link in both the movies is......Sir Ian Mckellen.......what a fantabulous actor that he is........
Magneto in X-Men and Sir Leigh in Da Vinci Code.....he is at his finest......
X-Men 3 was out and out action flick with not much substance, yet an entertainer.....
If you want to enjoy Da Vinci Code, do not compare it to the book.....
Like i said, Sir Ian Mckellen makes this movie worth a must watch.....
i loved Audrey Tautou in and as Amelie' but i felt that she is not Sophie Neveu in Da Vinci Code....a serious disconnect.....
BTW, this movie is two and a half hours long so please stock up your popcorns........
Thursday, May 25, 2006
and whats wrong with Hillary Duff? She has gone so skinny that she looks "ugly"........
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Steve Martin has a very different approach to this role but portraying the same idiot with finesse.....
A very funny movie indeed with some genuine funny moments...
ENJOY THE DAMNBURGOR....hahahahahhahahahahah
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Manoj Pahwa proves yet again that he is a comic genius.....we need to see more of him.....
Very very expected and brilliant acting by Amitabh and ably supported by Ritesh Deshmukh....
Now the surprise package.......ANIL KAPOOR........I think this was probably one of his best acts......the expression of fear on his face was never portrayed so naturally before.......
Personally, am getting tired of watching Rajpal Yadav in monotony.....he has become too predictable......did not enjoy that segment.....
The movie is a MUST WATCH.......finally, no more Ramsey Brothers Movies.........Praise the Lord :op
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Munich is an eye-opener...It is a story of what happened after the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics in 1972......the Israelis set up an assassination squad to kill the people behind the attack........ The group is led by Eric Bana who plays the character of Avner....... the film tells the story of the exploits of the squad....
a movie that asks difficult questions.....The best example of this was a sentimentalized conversation between Avner and a PLO terrorist......
a film of uncommon depth, intelligence, and sensitivity.....and a must watch.......
Syriana is about the U.S. government and how that government will stop at nothing to ensure the future of its business interests.......
there are no answers here......and not even many questions......just a brutal portrait of the facts....its a powerful film, but a cold one.....
one of the best geopolitical thrillers in a very long time..........
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Friday, April 07, 2006
Thursday, April 06, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Came to know from some newspaper that the movie has been re-edited by Jon Harris who edited Guy Richie's cult classic Snatch........
Naseeruddin Shah is at his best and Boman Irani's performance is simply superb.....But Manoj Pahwa takes the cake as Inspector Lovely.....funny funny funny...
A Must Watch !!!
Friday, March 24, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
In a Gondola
by Robert Browning
The moth's kiss, first!
Kiss me as if you made believe
You were not sure, this eve,
How my face, your flower, had pursed
Its petals up; so, here and there
You brush it, till I grow aware
Who wants me, and wide open I burst.
The bee's kiss, now!
Kiss me as if you enter'd gay
My heart at some noonday,
A bud that dares not disallow
The claim, so all is rendered up,
And passively its shattered cup
Over your head to sleep I bow.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.
Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.
I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.
I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.
---Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.
-- Elizabeth Bishop
Thursday, March 16, 2006
a totally wonderful adaptation of the short story.....
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
"I've got lips, We'll I've got lips, let's get together and use those lips...let's goooo time's a waistin"....this is what ive been humming since last night....Walk the Line was Fineeeeeeeee.....
The producer was an amazingly funny musical....a perfect one to watch after the other 2 almost serious screenings.....
Long live the Movies......and the Moviegoers... :op
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificient here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos.
I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me. That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, and my blood is part of the sea. My soul knows that I am part of the human race, my soul is an organic part of the great human soul, as my spirit is part of the nation. In my own very self I am part of my family.
There is nothing of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surface of the waters."
D. H. Lawrence, Apocalypse
Monday, February 27, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Inzy's interview - One man who entertains wen cricket matches r over.
Rameez: So Inzy, disappointed with your performance today?
Inzy: Bismilla-e-rehman-e-rahim. Thank you allah.ya the indian batsman is play very good today. we is try very hard but is not win the game.
Rameez: Any words for Dhoni?
Inzy: Ya dhoni is play very well. He is hit his shot very hard in our gaps. In start, we is protect our gaps very well. the grass is also thick.. but dhoni is split our gaps with his bat.
Rameez: Another ordinary bowling performance?
Inzy: Ya our balls is loose. the bowler is went for many run. Asif is bowled well. Also, after some shots the ball is out of shape. umpire is not give another ball.. it is tough to play with one ball.
Rameez: Dropped catches.. did that prove costly?
Inzy: ya the ball is not stick to our hands. we is practice a lot sticking our bat in our hands.. but now we is more practice sticking balls in our hands.
Rameez: Any plans for the next match?
Inzy: ya India is on top but we is try to bounce on our back. Insha allah we is play better.
Rameez: All the best Inzy
Inzy: Thank is you.