Cafe Society – a Review.

Hollywood – a topic that’s been coming up in my life a lot, lately,thanks to all the writers living in and chronicling about Los Angeles. I dim all the lights, shut the rest of the world because I’m excited to watch this new flick (relatively) and its a Woody Allen product starring Steve Carell; Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and some other great actors I discovered after watching the movie. Of course there are expectations when you sit to watch a Woody Allen. He has given me a bunch of favorites right from Annie Hall to – silence – Midnight in Paris. He supplies images of Paris, New York and Los Angeles rendered in his eccentricity and yet old-worldly charm. And I lap it up like a greedy kitten – as all dreamers do.

The starting looked promising – oh wait, have I revealed too much, already? – with Phil Stern (Carell)- a Hollywood power-broker – getting a call from his sister (who almost seems estranged because she has to remind him that she’s his sister and that Bobby is his nephew). And one fine morning Bob (Jesse) lands up in Hollywood hoping that it will provide him the break he needed from working in his father’s jewelry-making business. And there he has to wait almost a month to just see his Uncle who seems pretty reluctant in offering him any substantial position at all but agrees to introduce him to people and give him odd-jobs to keep him going. And that’s when he meets Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) and things take a sharp turn (expected) as he falls in love with her as they eat cheap mexican dinners and drive around L.A. They joke up about the stars and the hollowness of it all. Bob is soon left dry by Hollywood’s prospects for him. So he decides to join Ben – his mysterious (not to us) who starts a Nightclub in the Big Apple. He wants Vonnie to join him and asks her to marry him (in the most un-movie-ish way). Here, I’d like to mention how refreshing it was to see a man not taking the trouble to wait for the opportune moment- by which time the girl has totally lost all hope that he’ll ever ask her and ends up proposing herself out of pure exasperation – which has become a fashion. I have no qualms with the woman taking control but its just that that theme has been used too much, already) and telling the love of his life what he plans for them. The only trouble (there has to be one, right?) is that she is still not over her ex who had broken up with her because he couldn’t break his 25 year-old marriage. But poor Bob has not a clue that she is having major second thoughts because the ex is a magnetic personality and his charm is well, too charming to simply let go. As it ends out – things don’t work out and end half-hearted-ly. I can’t divulge anything more without spoiling it for you. And what happens then? Does he move to New York and start again or remains a lovelorn – fidgeting loner trying to get something meaningful done?

 

You must be wondering where Blake Lively makes an entry, right? Well, she does – even though for short bursts – her fabulous presence can never be under-stated.

So basically its Woody Allen overstating his qualms about religions and the sanctity of human beings and their decisions. He chose Hollywood and New York (his favorite city, undoubtedly) as the backdrop to portray how people are faced with to be or not to be situations and the fact that not all decisions are thought-through. You just make them with a whim and you live with it in all its entirety. Regrets ruminate in your mind till you start looking dreamy-eyed. Dreams remain dreams. Your ideals dwindle. But the lights in these big cities come back to life at dusk.

Critics applauded Kristen. Maybe I’m just a bad critic and I haven’t watched enough Stewart movies but isn’t shy-weird-confused her natural state? She plays it best every single time. Its her comfort zone. So why are we calling Jesse’s- who’s portrayal of Woody’s alter-ego is on-point- mediocre and fidgety compared to someone who is just doing what they were born as? Guess what – that’s how he was meant to act like. But the performances that really shined through were those of Bob’s Jewish family  who keep debating about all things political, religious, ethical – actually just about everything.  Jeannie Berlin (Mom) and Ken Stott – please take a bow. Right from their conversations and cursing to the they kind of stitch Bob’s life by coming in every now and then.

So, Cafe Society shows us a glimpse of the 1930’s – on two canvasses – one is the glamour of Hollywood attracting dreamers to its hollowness; golden beaches and sly embrace and New York where the life of stocks and its people are moving at a pace no one seemed to comprehend in that age. It was a time when thugs and high society mingled in glamour (wait, am I living in a deja-vu era because isn’t it happening even now?). The movie shows a beautiful contrast between the two cities and struggles of human conscience but falls short in its predictability and un-digestible pace.

Its not Woody’s best but it did have his madness in it. I know all his movies end up becoming about himself. Now, there’s a real artist who makes you stop and look.

Parting comments : Dreamy, makes you expect more but falls short on delivering a movie that can be applauded.

Suicide Squad

So you enjoy watching trigger-happy people blow up the place (for good, of course) and intense passion for nothing but being oneself? And people who live for love?

Then you’re going to love this movie. Don’t bother looking at that the star-ratings (I have never believed in them). This movie was not made for people who are hypocrites and who are looking for something artsy. Its for the hard-core, comic-loving, thrill-hungry people who cheer for Harley Quinn swinging by a pole and Deadshot firing holes into monster-heads. Its for the people who believe Joker and Harley Quinn are the real lovers and that Lois Lane and what-his-name are just a mess.

The casting was fabulous and that’s what makes this movie so strong. Of course you have grand expectations when you have Viola Davis, Will Smith and Lovely Leto. To add to it Robbie did such a good job that I can’t imagine any other face as Quinn. The surprise cookie is Cara Delevingne who really made up for her performance in Paper Towns.

I’m not giving any spoilers here but yes, the movie is fast-paced as felt by my friend Sabhari who accompanied me. And I have to agree with it but I guess that’s what keeps the rush going on. The tiniest of jokes and touchy-feely scenes came through to the audience.

This movie goes onto show that sound background work really helps create the premise for a good movie. The story-line is pretty okay but Waller really dangs the shit out of everyone. And I wish they had worked a little more on actually making us feel the Enchantress was hard to kill.

At the end of the day, I was still hooked onto my seat enjoying Twenty One Pilots’ Heathens when suddenly – there was another surprise. So yeah, hang onto your spot until the screen goes black, okay?

Go for the movie. Joker has some surprises up his sleeve. Thank me later.

 

 

What Interstellar has left me with.


Its 5AM and I’ve not slept for 42 hours straight. Design made sure of that. I didn’t eat for most of it. After the submissions, I couldn’t sleep or eat. Just spoke to my folks because that’s the onlt thing I could do. Sometimes you just push yourself in a certain direction that you don’t know is right or wrong. But you have to, anyway. Life. The decisions you made in the past tick to your present. And these, your future. So I decided to watch Interstellar shortly after wishing my friend her birthday (And a couple of Superwoman Videos and what-not)

At first I couldn’t understand. Was it a documentary. Is this supposed to be the 60’s. Hey there is a laptop! And a drone. What place is it. US had such a huge blight-crisis? When. I couldn’t piece it together right until the very end. In fact as it settle into me, I started begging, ‘Please don’t be fiction. Please don’t be fiction.’ 

There were scenes in the movie that made me stop breathing and mirror their expression. Not for a second I realized that hours had passed by. The entire concept of relativity has got my wiring screwed up. I can’t think straight anymore. Is our reality THAT mould-able. And multiple dimensions. And THEY are us.

I’m bleeding at the thought that such a masterpiece can never be created. While it ended I was asking, no crying, for a part 2. I want it. I want it to play. STAY. Hans Zimmer. Just how things perfectly get sewed together to create such a thing. I can’t stop wondering if people are trying to reach out to us from up above. The multiple dimensions. Forgive me here, but what we call God…is it just an inexplicably evolutioni-zed version of us, Humans. This is driving me crazy. How is one supposed to just move on from a situation like that? I only want this fuel. This energy that the movie has driven into me. How am I supposed to attend class tomorrow and do design. My entire life has changed. Nolan. They don’t praise you just like that, now, do they?

Love. Its infinite reach. Through spce-time-everything. Stronger than gravity. Omnipresent. Makes me think.

PS: I had decided NOT to be one in the crowd and didn’t watch the movie till today. What a fool I would have been if I had let this go. And there were times, initially, when I wanted to be an astronaut. Tough as it is. I know its the initial energy that pumps us into thinking we can be it all. Troubles me that this energy fades as we move on with the day and allow reality to take shape…or shape our mind. I want this to stay. Stay till I find something worth doing that it can power itself. My life will be about searching that. Good day.

Infinity and beyond.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag- Movie Review

‘My journey into his life through the film, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, made me understand how devastating this loss was for him. However, Milkha Singh’s extraordinary resilience made him step out of the darkness of failure and find redemption. But his catharsis was not easy, for Milkha had to face his inner demons and deepest fears to come through as a winner, in life..’

– Farhan Akhtar

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was just too awesome for words. Farhan Akhtar outdid Himself. Such performance. Lovely dialogues and screenplay. And what music! Simply spontaneous, so much so that you find yourself dancing with them. And the sequences were so surreal that the whole theater cheers for Milkha in the races. Amazing stuff. Glad to have bagged the whole family along to the movies. DO NOT MISS IT. ‪Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra great job  !

So, basically this movie tells us the story of the Flying Sikh…  Milkha Singh… one of India’s best athletes (or, The Best)… Life’s victories, losses, memories and lessons make it worth all the effort. And this movie is all about it. Movie begins with how Milkha Singh loses at the Rome Olympics…and all his glory is turned to ashes and he enters into a shell. That’s when Nehru Ji (our then Prime Minister) receives an invitation from Air Marshal Ayub Khan (the President of Pakistan in those days) for a Friendly Sports’ Championship between the two countries who’d been in conflict ever since the Great Partition. Milkha being the Star of the Nation was chosen to lead the contingent but he blatantly refuses. And thus, Nehru ji sends a party to convince him. And that party consisted of his two coaches who tell us the story of how an orphaned Punjabi boy turned into the Nation (literally translating) … how Milkha bana India.

After escaping from the harsh conditions for Sikhs in his village and ending up in a refugee camp in India… he goes through a really bad time…seeing his elder sister being tormented by her husband. And when he tried to instill sense into his jijaji, he’s thrown out of the house. To fend for himself he starts his career as a thug…looting coal-engines…and grows up to be the perfect jester…with no real aim in life except earning the next meal and loafing around with his bandit-crew until he meets Biro, the love of his life…to win her hand and respect, he must make something out of his life. And so, he joins the Indian Army which turns the lad into a man. This is where his talent is discovered and he goes ahead to compete at the brigade games and then eventually, the Nationals. He makes it to the Olympics, with great difficulty.Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

But his efforts are squandered when one night of what I’d call aiyashi in Melbourne (the night before his Qualifying round) results in loss. He’s devastated and realizes his mistake. And he makes it his aim in life to break the World Record and puts in his heart and soul into preparing for the next games. Training day and night. This makes him the Champion he dreamed of becoming bringing Pride to his country. I love the scene where he enters into another Champion’s room (in his not-so-glam) days before the Brigade Games and tries on the Indian Blazer (a matter of pride to wear around)… and sees himself in the mirror and visualizes how he wants his future to be. A lot of lessons  for us, youngsters.

I’m not telling what happens when he goes back to his village. Well, that’s because the movie has just released and I don’t want to give out too many spoilers.

And then coming back to the present (their present)…they manage to make Milkha agree. But he feels the whole idea of travelling back to the country where his parents were slaughtered before his very own eyes…unsettling. He goes there, anyway…where he has to beat their fastest runner…the tornado of Asia. He re-visits his old village…seeing everything happen again…right before his eyes as he stands frozen and then breaks down. He has come to terms with his past. And is ready to take on life…make a fresh start.

What happens in the race the next day is something I want you to see and ‘feel’…in cinemas. Whether he beats the world record or not?

But the scenes were just so awesome with energy pouring right out!

Coming to the actors, the roles played by the supporting actors…amazing. The coaches did a commendable job and Divya Dutta is always amazing with her subtle yet powerful acting.

Farhan Akhtar obviously stole the show away. The kind of hard hard hard work he has put in the movie to obtain the tree different looks in the movie!!

  

Okay so I’m (shamelessly) admitting to the fact that Farhan looks absolutely stunning with all that muscle. But to imagine how deep he gets into his role…commendable. And now I can proudly say that I now have (finally) a favorite Bollywood Hero. Farhan Akhtar is a consistent performer with most of his movies being raving successes. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Rock On (Oh, Gawd, fun!)… And yeah, his husky voice just adds to the charm. So, yeah, Farhan you set the screen on fire (and I don’t think the film was too long if you were absorbed into it…unless people were too busy being jealous of your perfect torso…’ Inshallah kamar 28’… Pat yourself, this (and I mean ALL your efforts) was amazing. Forever impressed.

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Coming to the fun parts, the movie has a lot of, well, decent comedy. Scenes portraying his early life in his village..with his many notorious adventures with his friend Samarjeet (and his tui)…and looking up to his Father. It’s not riotous…but pretty good. The scenes in the Army Training Center at Secunderabad (well it brought back loads of memories back since we’ve stayed at Secunderabad as a fauji family) It is said that some actual jawans and officers took part in the movie filming. And the Services helped the crew and cast to get the real feel of the Army atmosphere (which is amazing). And the music is just great and spontaneous…fits right into the scene pulling you along with it. I found myself almost dancing with the young recruits in their bunk. Loved it. And Zinda… is one of the best songs. Damn powerful. Shankar Ehsaan Loy have cast a spell on us, yet again. In fact I noticed Loy appear in one of the sequences in Melbourne !

The dialogues now. Well, they were like the highlights of the movie. I’m afraid I can’t quote accurately but :

There is this scene where his coach tells him that not every time will the stone be large enough to get noticed and to work in his favor (when he loses a qualifying race when a stoe pierces his foot…yeah, he ran bare feet)

And then there is the Pakistan scene:

Pakistan’s Coach : ‘Milkha, yeh tumhaari zindagi ki aakhri race saabit ho sakti hai’

Milkha: ‘Yahi sochke toh mein bhaagonga’

Milkha to Biro : ‘Ek din tere Milkha ke naam pe bhi National Holiday diya jayega’

Milkha to his Coach : ‘Milkha ban gaya India’

May not be accurate but yeah, you got the essence. Farhan and Rakeysh and all the other readers forgive me if I quote wrongly, okay?

Of course reviews say its a LONG movie and NDTV gave it a 2 and a half stars…guess the reviewer or critic had had a hectic schedule all week and had plonked off during the movie or something (no offence, I’m just surprised, okay?)and some people called the movie LONG. But I liked it. More than liked it. Highly inspirational. Recommended for people pursuing big dreams.

My Grandpa felt it was the kind of movie that makes your heart feel content when you walk out of the cinemas…

And my Mum thinks its a slap on the faces of criminals, druggies, rapists, psychos etc…who blame a harsh past for their actions. Well, Milkha Singh had one of the most terrible pasts ever. But he came over it. He didn’t throw his life away. I understand he got opportunities and then there was Biro who inspired him to make a man out of himself. But such helpful and triggering moments are present in everyone’s lives and they should give it a try.

This movie has brought an amazing personality’s story to life , again, before our eyes and made it timeless, like Milkha Ji himself was quoted saying. 🙂 After the movie you feel proud to say, ‘Hail India!’

Harry Styles To Play Jagger On the Big Screen

The motive behind One Direction’s Harry Styles’ recent solo trip to The City Of Angels had been shrouded in mystery. It has now been revealed that the singer’s recent jaunt to L.A. involved visiting with film representatives to talk about a role in the upcoming Mick Jagger biopic.
It is rumored that the film will be entitled Exile On Main St., named for the Stones classic ’72 album. During the height of Rolling Stones and indie fame, Jagger had hordes of fans. Film producers believe that Styles’ physical appearance, along with his current fame, will help boost interest in the flick.
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Styles is not the only person that film producers have spoken with regarding the role, but the One Direction singer is sure to be a favorite, especially with the younger generation. The superstar’s mother recently outed him for keeping an especially messy bedroom.
Harry Styles was just another face in the crowd and a passed-over “X Factor” contestant when panel judge Nicole Scherzinger heard his potential. The former Pussycat Dolls front woman paired Styles with a group of other young talents who had not been passed along as soloists in the competition. That group became One Direction and took home the third place title for that series run of the popular show.
One Direction’s popularity has spread like wildfire. The group released their debut album in November 2011 and toured in the U.S. as a supporting group for other boy bands. The band is expected to launch a massive headline tour later this year.

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The Rumblings In My Mind… Love , Priorities , Choices and Studies !

A new story has picked up speed in my Head and I know I should start writing it… but, I got exams strewn like magazines on the floor… all through May until June! So I’m in a fix… your heart always wants you to do what you like but listen to your mind sometimes, because it analyses pros and cons better and right now its shouting at me to leave my Computer …. and sit in my Study. I know, my heart groans and is reluctant… tells me,’Just a lil’ bit longer. Maybe another video of Hazza or some tweets…  then go and study all you like, darling.’ 

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And I’m stuck on Crossroads!!!! Listening to Paul Collier’s Most Relaxing Music (haha…)

So, yeah… leaving for Bangalore on the Second of May. Fun. But for an exam and probably re-celebrate Rhea (my sis)’s Bday there too because Dad might not be able to make it on the 30thApril…

But he’s coming for the award ceremony I’m glad. All I REALLY want is that my Parents and I got there together…

But, um, there might be issues, you see. … and choices to make between people you love. That hurts.

But my parents are coming and my sis. The oly issue is… some other people I really care for as they’re my family… but they cant come because of reasons and choices I made (Not wrong, I can assure you).

Well, then I think maybe its not so complicated after all if we kill the emotions and just live in the moment. Like, now, I wanna go make some cool Mango Squash and gulp it down. Yummy. But here I am, writing at the speed of, if not light, my fingers. Haha.

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Well, I’m gonna give fangirling a rest. And I despise my Twitter account because of all the 1D fans I’ve clogged up. Hell, they cant call themselves Directioners. Truly. Really. They love the boys, criticize their relationships, then send love again. Come on, those 5 sweet boys cant marry 3 million chics, can they? Sorry for the language… but I’m angry.

Despite for my throbbing liking for Harry Styles and the hopeless despair I sometimes drown into when I think what if I dont get him….

I still believe intruding their privacy is wrong.

If he wants to marry or date a girl (and its not me) then fine.

But he’ll never find someone like me.

Maybe My future is brighter. Maybe Ambassadors (of love as in the Book Juliet Immortal by Stacy Jay) are trying their best to get us together. I like to believe that. 

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Hazza As He Is In His True Elements

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He's telling me To STUDY too !

As for the PRESENT reality, my only priority is Studies….

Yes, it is.

Last night we had gone to the Cinemas (Escape in Express Avenue, Chennai) Some funny pics!

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