Before Sunrise Reviewed & Analyzed

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                            I like to feel his eyes on me when I look awayCeline

Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise is about Celine (Julie Delpy) who is on a train to Paris on which she meets Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and after Jesse strikes up a conversation with Celine, they find they have sort of connection with each other. Jesse has decided to get off at Vienna and catch a flight next morning. So he urges Celine to get off with him at Vienna and spend a day just talking, and surprisingly Celine obliges. So, Jesse and Celine just wander around in Vienna discussing about love while trying to come in terms with the obvious spark between them.

Ethan Hawke is brilliant. The way he conducts himself around this movie is superb. If you have watched the movie, you may remember the scene in which Jesse urges Celine to roam around and talk in Vienna for a day. There was more than dialogue to it. Instead of asking Celine in the predicted way which is keep on requesting, he just gets up and points repeatedly at the door. That was a moment of utter brilliance. Julie Delpy is phenomenal in this movie. The way she asserts her dialogues is just fascinating. A low, sweet voice yet commanding. And in many movies, when a character has a foreign accent, the narrative keeps on using it to make hilarious moments. There were only two or three mentions of Celine’s accent and the rest of the time, the narrative impressively downplayed it.

I watched this movie the previous Saturday and honest to god, I didn’t sleep a bit. My style of forming a review is that when I am in a cinema hall, I just write down the points at the intermission and at the end and then elaborate on them. When I am watching it on DVD or television I take down the points at an interval of 45 minutes. And the time I was finished with Before Sunrise, I had a page full of points. Then i went to sleep. But I kept on thinking about this movie and had a new point every 15 minutes or so. I had went to sleep at 1 am but I finally slept at 4 am.

Such is the brilliance of this flick. This review is going to be very long because it wouldn’t be justice to this review and the movie if I don’t analyze this movie deeply. And don’t worry, it is spoiler free.

This film is not for everyone. It is basically just two people walking around Vienna and presenting their ideologies about love and life. They also meet certain characters which also present them with a new perspective. The movie is basically just two people just talking to each other for 101 minutes. But there isn’t a second where I was bored by either Celine nor Jesse. I should have wrote this review a lot earlier, but I gave it the one week test. So, what you do is you watch a movie and if you have liked it, try to picture the characters in the movie after a week, and if you can do that, it means the characters have stayed with you. I did it with Celine and Jesse and their image came into my mind as clear as if they were still in motion on my computer screen.

This movie would have been a huge failure if it had only been Linklater as the screenplay writer. There would have been a moment where Celine would have been downplayed. Linklater and Kim Krizan have bestowed their thoughts and ideologies into two characters. The ideologies of both Celine and Jesse are poles apart. But, that’s what makes them a perfect match. An ideologies is contradicted by the other one which is contradicted by the other one and so on.

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The chemistry between the leads is so pure. I think one of the most definitive and unsung moments of this movie is when Jesse and Celine get on a train and Jesse tries to move Celine’s hair near her ears and Celine just obstructs his hand and does it herself. It is a blink and miss moment which many haven’t noticed at all. But that was the inception of their relationship actually. From not letting Jesse touch even her air, Celine lets down the guard, takes Jesse’s hand and puts it around her. That was where the romance blossomed I think.

There are different ideologies presented in Before Sunrise that I would like to discuss about. Once was when Jesse says that although people say they actually save time by using technology, nobody ever uses that acquired time. I love movies which challenge my own beliefs. Once other ideology of Jesse was that reincarnation is not real. I was of the belief that reincarnation is real but the logic Jesse puts forth has changed my whole perspective about that topic. Another was that everything we do is a way to be loved little more. That’s right, don’t you think ? I study because I want to be loved more by parents, I write this reviews because I want to be loved by the cinema going audience and I do my homework to be loved by my teachers. It all adds up, doesn’t it ?

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Then there is a scene in the movie where Jesse and Celine go to a record store and listen to a single at the listening booth. That scene I think is the most intimate scene I have seen in all the movies that I have watched. So, when Jesse looks at Celine she turns her head away and when Celine looks at Jesse, he turns his head away and when none of them are looking at each other, they have a smirk on their faces. Then there is another scene in which Jesse and Celine fake call each other at a restaurant and Celine says ‘ I like to feel his eyes on me when I am looking away’. That is the only uniting factor between these stark different personalities, that they both like to feel each other’s eyes on them when they are looking away. That was the building block of their relationship I guess.

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Fake phone call scene ! Jesse and Celine confess to each other everything that they felt about each other from the first time they met on that train. It is a definitive moment in the movie because for the past 50 minutes we had been hearing their thoughts, not feelings. The movie would have been sort of incomplete without that scene.

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I think one of the reason this movie feels so otherworldly, special or romantic is that this romance was officially never meant to happen. Jesse was to get off a Vienna and Celine at Paris. They would have never even talked if it wasn’t for that fighting couple. That’s destiny as we know it.

Also, the movie explores finite relationships. The ones that explored finite relationships are (500)Days of Summer, Up in the Air and Annie Hall. So you know how awesome this one’s gonna be as well. (Annie Hall wasn’t that great) It just shows that relationships don’t have to be in motion till the end. They can last a very short time and yet leave an unexpected impact on an individual’s life. Everything Celine and Jesse believed in was challenged in a day. Before Sunrise is like a debate. It doesn’t have a final verdict on which side was more satisfying. That is left to us, the audience.

The most philosophical among the ideas put forth was when Jesse said he hated himself. That is so true ! I hate myself. I hate that I don’t go out and socialize. I hate that I can’t strike up a conversation. I hate that I can’t pick up fights. My body is a cage in itself. Real freedom is when we can break from the shackles of our own personality. When we do the things we could have never done before. You know how you are gonna react to every situation which appears in front of you. If somebody picked up a fight with me, I will just defend myself and complain to the class teacher. But there is always this desire, that I just break the guy’s nose. There is freedom within us, it is just hard to unleash it from our self-created shackles.

The cinematographer is a genius. Has anybody noticed that the scene in which Celine walks towards her compartment is exactly the same ? The most thoughtful shot of the movie was the one in the climax where all the locations that Celine and Jesse visited are shown one by one. They look so quiet, so uninteresting. That was the message of the movie, I think. That it is the love that exists between people that makes the earth so beautiful not its own beauty. Like Celine said, it is the magic in the space between her and Jesse that was so special. We are mesmerized by the beauty of Vienna only when we have someone to share with, in this case Jesse and Celine. Without them, it is just a place.

Another thing that made this movie so special and easy in nature despite is high philosophy was that for every ideology put forth by Jesse or Celine they gave a real life example to prove it. The philosophy was made relatable by bestowing the ideology into the lives of various characters. Sandra Adair is one of my favourite editors and this is why. You are watching a 110 minutes movie and still after watching it you feel as tired as if you were roaming around Vienna with Jesse and Celine. It never feels that we missed out one something, which has always been a problem with movies with a short running time.

The only thing that troubled me about the movie was it almost nil use of score. But, I think it was done purposely so that the audience don’t have any sort of distractions or experience inaudibility while listening to this conversation.

Before Sunrise is thoughtful, witty and unconventional in its nature. The lead performances by Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are mesmerizing and the way the various ideologies are presented and debated upon are so lively that we don’t mind watching two souls wander in Vienna and just …..talk. This Richard Linklater classic is undoubtedly one of the greatest celebrations of love ever captured on screen and is a must watch.

Rating : 9.5 / 10

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Patton Review

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I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his countryGeorge Patton

Franklin Schaffner’s Patton is a bio-pic about the life of George Patton, the great army general of the Allies whose genius was never appreciated because of his embroilment in various controversies during his military life. The movie offers a in-depth narrative about Patton’s ideologies, his alter ego and his unparalleled military genius and also his rivalry with his English counterpart Bernard Montgomery.

I usually talk about this after some time into the article, but I have to praise the screenplay of the movie by Francis Coppola and Edmund North. I knew about Patton’s war exploits in detail and the historical accuracy of this movie is remarkable. Just thought I should mention it.

What a riveting performance by George Scott ! I had only seen him in Dr. Strangelove before but I never really understood that he had the potential to give such a performance. Not once scene does he falter, not one scene. I have seen some of George Patton’s real clips and I felt as if his living soul had taken abode in George Scott. Karl Malden was very good but there are some scenes in which he gets over-the-top melodramatic. Micheal Bates is horrible. i don’t know why but he sucked very badly. Micheal Strong looks too much like Leonard Nimoy, okay so he freaked me out.

It is so uplifting to know that movies of such scale were made during the 70’s. It feels very very real, believe me. But does the film drag too much ? Hell yeah. The film drags too much. Hugh Fowler won an Oscar for best editing for Patron. Why ? If I had been the editor of this movie, the running time would have been 143 minutes. I could have cut out numerous, numerous scenes. And there is a scene in which Patton says that the enemy army is going to attack from west because it seems the least probable to everyone. This are history defining events and he just makes decisions based just on his instincts ?

The score of this movie is awesome. Haunting music supplemented this movie very well and in the portions that I was bored, I listened to the superb score.

Patton is never deciphered. He keeps to compare himself to army greats. He fights with his own alter-ego. But the only explanation given is that he is a born to be army man. That was a tad unsatisfying.

But, the climax of this movie is very emotional. It felt just like Kill The Messenger. It was so sad that a hero so great went unsung in his life. It is partially Patton’s own fault but still it is was an undeserved ending for the riveting genius.

Patton is a detailed sketch of the unsung military genius which is engrossing at first, but then a bad case of editing makes the movie a tad tedious, but George Scott’s prodigious performance doesn’t let us to take our eyes of the screen, yet the movie doesn’t do complete justice to its running time.

Rating : 8.1 / 10

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Top 11 Movie Trailers & Why Trailers Are Not Doing Their Job

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Okay Travis, I get it ! You too need help dude, you talk to yourself in a mirror ! God, I love making lists so much. I love it. God help me, I love it. I love it more than my… sorry, if I started talking like George Patton right now. I just watched Franklin Schaffner’s Patton and an idea just came to me after watching the movie, and it was that I should go home and watch the trailer of Inglorious Basterds to see the coolest version of the war ever. And eventually I thought, why not make this list ?

Trailers are meant to arouse (send your dirty minds to the laundry) your interest towards a movie and get your butt towards that comfortable seat of your nearby cinema hall. But most trailers don’t do that. They vice-versa on their purpose. They instead destroy any interest an individual has towards viewing the movie or end up spoiling major plot lines for the cinema goer or end up imprinting a wrong impression about the movie in the minds of the viewer.

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Take the trailer of the movie Drive for example. It was a superb crime drama but the trailer gave the perception that this was an action movie. So, the targeted audience was not acquired by the movie. Instead it got an audience looking for an action film, and they were subsequently disappointed. But fortunately, the people who had read the novel ‘Drive’ on which the movie was based on and also the cinema goers who were already acquainted with the work of Nicolas Refn went to watch the movie and loved it and gave the flick word-of-mouth publicity which resulted in the movie not being a financial failure, but it unfortunately didn’t get as much financial success as it deserved because of the slow first weeks.

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For spoilers, let’s take the trailer of Lord Of The Rings – Two Towers. It began as an extravagant epic flaunting its large scale. The score adapted from Requiem for a Dream added with a touch of epicness just made it mesmerizing. But what happened in the end ?  If you have watched the first installment, Fellowship Of The Ring, you know Gandalf dies in it. But the trailer of Two Towers just spoiled the most important twist of the plot – that Gandalf is actually alive and has now become a White Wizard ! See, if they had just ended the trailer with that shot of Legolas, Gimli and Aragorn staring at a White Wizard, this trailer would have made it into my top 10, but they had to show Gandalf’s face and spoil everything. Why ?!

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As for interest, take the trailer of Conjuring or my all time favourite movie Schindler’s List. Conjuring gave away all the major scares it had in store for the audience in the first half of the movie in the trailer itself. A horror movie owes its success to its surprises, but Conjuring thought that just showing its scariest scenes in the trailer will just bring audience to the cinema hall. But, everyone thought it was going to be another ghost in the basement movie. But it was actually a very good horror movie. Schindler’s List’s trailer gave the perception that it was going to be brutal throughout it. That it was just going to show Jews getting killed from start to end, and believe me, if you are paying 10 dollars to watch a flick, you expect something more than leaving the cinema hall with a headache after seeing people getting killed for three hours. This trailers were extremely misleading and have destroyed the interest people had about watching them. Fortunately, I watched these four after watching the movie.

But the ten I am about to list out now did their jobs. They did it like Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook. They are like Citizen Kane of trailers. Many of them were even better than their movies were. The moment I watched them, I knew I had to watch this movie. They revealed nothing about the plot, but had me engrossed even before the movie began. And so it begins :-

11. AMERICAN SNIPER

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One of the most intense trailers I have ever seen, American Sniper takes us to the point of nervous collapse, and makes our heart to beat faster, just like that of the movie’s protagonist. The trailer begins with two soldiers, one of them Chris Kyle played by Bradley Cooper, with guns and binoculars in their hands, bored and waiting for a call on their next target. Suddenly, they get a green signal on their next target. A 7-10 year old innocent boy. Now, the tension begins and Kyle tries to make a decision of whether to act on the duty or moral side while re-evaluating his life. His hands tremble, but begin tightening around the trigger and right at a point where Kyle either fires the shot or leaves his fingers off the trigger, the trailer ends. It leaves it with what we want from the movie, the tension. It assured us that American Sniper is going to be exactly what it promises to be : gritty, emotional and tense and leaves us waiting for the movie to release as soon as possible. Only if it had kept up with the trailer.

10 . BOYHOOD

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Heart warming is what this trailer is. Never has a trailer captured the essence of a movie so effectively as the trailer of Boyhood does. We are given brief glimpses into Mason’s life beginning from the first shot to the end shot. Like the movie, it doesn’t show major plot changers in the movie, it just shows the little moments that we cherished later in the movie. We all felt related to the trailer somehow. This had or is happening to everyone of us. And the exquisiteness of the cinematography is flaunted impeccably in the trailer and never have I seen a song being used so perfectly to support the framework of the narrative yet to unfold.

09 . NIGHTCRAWLER

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Haunting. I couldn’t get over this trailer. If I had been an Academy voter, I would have given Gyllenhaal an Academy nomination for his performance in the trailer alone. We are introduced to Lou Bloom, a normal, seemingly innocent guy struggling to meet his ends meet. He has high philosophy and is a ‘nightcrawler’. He doesn’t get sleep for some reason. And one day, he stumbles upon a car accident and notices a camera crew which comes to record the scene. And here’s where it begins. The madness of Lou is unleashed. He has ventured into the news business with an assistant and a fact is shoved into our brain : This guy ain’t innocent. We are given a brief yet tantalizing glimpse into this sadist psychotic mind with no rules. He will do anything for perfection and success. This trailer had a very slow start but in the middle, there is this explosion of thrill and tension which leaves our jaws dropped. But it is the acting by Jake that leaves us mesmerized. The innocent guy who Lou was at the beginning is transformed into this sick yet fascinating monster who we cannot miss to see in action at the nearest cinema hall.

08 . THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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If you are familiar with the book this movie is based, you might now the title of it is ‘The Accidental Billionaires : The Founding Of Facebook : A Tale Of Sex, Money, Genius & Betrayal’. That is exactly what we are shown in the trailer. We are first given a glimpse into almost all the important features of Facebook. Then we are shown the humble beginnings of Mark Zuckerberg, then the inception of an idea called Facebook which expanded from a Harvard hostel room to almost all the continents in the world (except Antarctica of course, you think penguins are gonna use Facebook ? Are you high after watching Mr.Popper’s Penguins ?!) You are given a brief introduction of the characters and then you are sent down into a delicate rabbit hole of sex (hot girl with Timberlake!), money & betrayal (you see Garfield smashing things and court papers) and of course, the genius portrayed impeccably by Jesse Eisenberg. With its stupendous score and gentle motion, the trailer is a must watch just like the movie itself.

07 . WHIPLASH

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Mortifying is the only word that runs in your mind after watching the demon unleashed by Simmons in the trailer. I like it when things hit me when I am not expecting them to hit me (expect in the classroom, that compass throwing ain’t fun guys!). The trailer begins with Andrew Neiman, played by Miles Teller, on a date with the girl from Glee (that lucky son-of-a-bitch). They are definitely right for each other it seems. We are immediately given an insight into Andrew’s love for music, when he talks about the music playing in the pizza place. Then, we are pushed into more happiness because Andrew has been selected for the studio band where he is being hailed by the curator Terence Fletcher (J.K.Simmons) as Buddy Rich. But here’s where it begins. Terence seems to be enjoying Andrew’s skills when he suddenly throws a chair at him. Never have I been surprised as much as I was with this shot in my entire movie-going experience, except for a scene in Jaws. First timer Damien Chazelle had given a challenge to Steven Spielberg himself. Then, the tone of the trailer completely changes and the ideologies of both Terence and Neiman are revealed subsequently and we are given glimpses of this epic psychological battle while being thrilled by the haunting score. The trailer did give a spoiler that Andrew breaks up with the Glee girl (yes, I too was happy that she was back in the market but she gets another boyfriend in the end of the movie 😦 ) but that can be forgiven. Yes it can be.

06 . THE DARK KNIGHT

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I hate superhero movies. I freaking hate them. They are stupid, immature, have a weak plot line and are made to cater to just comic book fans. The opposite of the first three adjectives that I used in the previous sentence will give you a description of The Dark Knight. This trailer was haunting. The exquisite cinematography is the first thing that you are amazed by. And then comes Joker. The moving reality of horror and sadism. Every second of the Joker gives you chill. And that Hans Zimmer score is so freaking great. I never gave a crap about this movie before. But Nolan was directing it, so I decided to show a little bit of interest in it. And the trailer just arouse (read the whole sentence pervert!) my whole curiosity. And most of all, Katie Holmes had been replaced ! Instead, we have Jake’s sister Maggie in it. But the character of Rachael is still annoying so Nolan gave us the best of treats, he puts Rachael into all sorts of trouble. Unforgettable is the gritting horror radiated from the trailer.

05 . PULP FICTION

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There are drugs consumed, there are shots being fired, there are characters dancing, there is sex, and then you know, this going to be one hell of a movie. Nothing is revealed about the plot, not a single thing, the only thing the trailers does is to show few scenes capturing all the actors. But it does its job. The job of converting these L.A. lowlifes to ultra stylized vibrant characters. The trailers shows us how funny it is, how cool it is, how fun its gonna be, and most of all, follows the same non linear narrative method which Tarantino uses in the movie. The movie has already warned the audience of its ingredients : crude humor, drugs, violence, again violence and lots of blood, and an obscenity in every dialogue. Yet if you don’t mid them, you are in for an experience you will never forget.

04 . THE IMITATION GAME

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It begins with a bang and ends with a bang. The Imitation Game is the most effective trailer in recent years. It begins with a thriller tone and progresses into an emotional one. We feel the plight of Turing who is repeatedly failing at breaking Enigma. Then, we know that Turing has had the hard way and finds it difficult to socialize but after some time, we see four guys standing up for him. Why ? That was the mystery that The Imitation Game shrouded us with. But it was the score by Desplat that made this trailer phenomenal. And Cumberbatch of course ! Playing a genius is in his veins. The way he does it ! Cumberbatch molds a new character but stills brings about some Sherlockian features while portraying Turing enough to make all the Cumberbitches and me to croon. (He is a good looking fellow, alright. Don’t I have feelings ? Can’t I have a man-crush ?)

03 . INGLORIOUS BASTERDS

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Quentin Tarantino has unleashed his true self into the trailer. He puts himself in a whole new genre and instead of getting immersed in it, he reinvents it ! Typical Tarantino. He has put together a whole new tale, a tale of a successful revolt against Nazism by a bunch of another low-lives commanded by an commander so cruel that he feels imposing even though he hasn’t done a single act of cruelty. Till then we were seeing only the plight of the Jews, but Tarantino thought it was enough. So he just made a movie in which Jews kill Nazis with baseball bats. There are guns firing and firing and Hitler shouting ‘Nay!Nay!Nay’. What else do we need ?

02 . THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The best thing a trailer can do is to change a person’s perception about the movie completely. For example. imagine if the Godzilla trailer had a mob shootout scene in it. You would be surprised right ? That’s exactly how I felt after watching the trailer of The Theory Of Everything. I expected it to show Hawking writing on library windows, or staring at the universe, or getting a standing applause and all but what happened was I saw a trailer for a romantic movie. The way James Marsh presented a bio-pic about a cosmologist great was by focusing on his unsung love story. That’s where it shook me. And that score ! I knew Johann Johannasson could do serious (watch Prisoners) but a score such lively and inspirational was so unexpected. And I knew I am gonna love this movie and like hell I did !

And the drum roll please (Fletcher’s throwing chairs at me)

It is :

01 . INCEPTION

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This Christopher Nolan epic delves into the world of dreams and is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite movies. But, the one thing that I love more than the movie was …… its trailer ! It revealed many a thing but nothing about the plot. It gave you instructions about how to manage and create a dream, delved little bit into Cobb’s personal life and moreover, showed us how intense, genius and epic it was gonna be. That shot of a city going upside down was all it took for me to book a ticket. The cinematography in the trailer gives the movie a noir effect which I cherish and also that score from Zack Hemsey is haunting, attractive, mind-blowing and goes along perfectly with the mysterious essence of the movie. That trailer was just perfect. God help me I love it !

So, I hope you enjoyed my top 10 as much as I enjoyed writing it. Do you have any other trailers in  your mind that you think should have been a part of this list ? Can you name some trailers which enriched or ruined your movie-going experience ? Do you want me to review any sitcom or movie or write about anything related to sitcoms and movies that you think I should write about ? If so, please let me know in the comments.

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Will You Guys Just Stop Spoiling Game Of Thrones For Me ? ( Contains some spoilers because some plot-spoiling idiots spoiled it for me )

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I love the internet. I think it is the single greatest invention in the past 1000 years or something. It is the most effective and cheapest way of connecting with the world. But will you guys just stop spoiling the supposed greatest sitcom ever made for me ! It is MA, and I have decided to begin to watch it as soon as as I turn 16. But by that time, I would have known the whole freaking plot.

I love the opening credits and in my very short experience I have found that most of the shows which have an awesome opening sequence turns out to be good. Sherlock, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, X-Files, they all rock. And the opening sequence itself radiates so much epicness that I couldn’t subdue my desire to watch it, which I didn’t pervs, so stop laughing ! I instead began with the books and finished the first one and have begun with the second one as well but thanks to those vicious selfish demons with a freaking laptop/computer/mobile I already know Catelyn Stark is not in season 4, Jon Snow dies, Sansa Stark gets raped, Joffrey Baratheon dies (son of a bitch deserved to die, but at least I would have preferred to know it myself ). Everything is spoiled for me.

The internet owns me, I think. I can’t help it. These spoilers just pop out from anywhere. While reading articles, while watching videos, literally when I do anything, I think. It feels as if somebody is throwing freaking darts at me every time I use this goddamned internet. I can’t help it. What do you suppose I should do ? Sit with my butt on this surprisingly comfortable chair watching movies and reviewing them. These guys just won’t stop. They are like ‘ I have to watch this first and spoil this for everyone else out there’. I don’t why they do that. The experience of watching something like this is unbelievable for a television watcher and these guys won’t just let other guys experience the same thing that they feel when they watch this game of deceit being set into motion before their own eyes.

Solution : I freaking need you right now ISOC. Just censor everything that I can see and remove all the Game of Thrones stuff from it. And to all those guys out there, just invent some software called Game of Thrones Protection or some carp like that which sends a notification to you whenever you open something GOT related saying ‘Game of Thrones Spoiler. Open at your own risk.’

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United 93 Review

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Hi, Mom, it’s me. I’m on the plane that’s been hijacked. I’m just calling to tell you that I love you, and goodbye. This really kind woman handed me the phone and she said to call youElizabeth Wainio

Paul Greengrass’  United 93 is about the hijacking of the four planes by terrorists on September 11, 2001 and how the authorities as well as the hostages try to handle this situation.

Gut-wrenched. That’s all I actually have to say about this movie. The acting is not present at all in the movie. I saw all those hostages’  souls entering a few actors’  bodies and having their own way.

Never have I seen a movie as tense as United 93. This has entered into my personal list of Top Tense Movies (I know it’s silly, stop laughing!) which only had Se7en, Zodiac, Argo and Drishyam in it. See, I have a terrible cold right now, but believe me, while I was watching United 93, not one time did I sneeze or yawn. Complete involvement from my side was what Paul Greengrass had accomplished.

The movie is shot using the hand-held camera method which fortunately works this time because it attains a position on the horizon, i.e. it transcends a line between reality and motion picture. But, I do have to say, hand-held camera does leave you a little bit sort-of-exhausted at times.

Paul has captured everything there is to capture. The tension, the peril, and the bravery. The stand of the hostages against the terrorists is inspiring, and I think this is the best tribute that they could have got. Selflessness is displayed in such a heartbreaking manner. A few hours ago, they were bank managers and simple flight attendants but within a few hours they unite and unleash a bravery unimaginable at the situation. I was scared to shit just watching a movie about this incident unfold before my eyes, but these guys were there actually and they mustered up a courage that a guy watching something on a television screen couldn’t.

Now, the main attraction is the manipulation. When you are going into a movie like United 93, you know the real incidents’  every intricate detail. That has always been a problem with movies, based on real life incidents, they have no surprises in store for the audience. But, there are genuine points in the movie where you feel everything is going to be alright all though you not it is not. United 93 focuses more on the planning and the emotions of the hostages. There was only one shot of a CNN broadcast, showing the World Trade Centre explosion. All the movies based on such tragic events which had a wide media coverage are bombarded with clips of news reporters and people’s reactions to them at various homes. No crap like that. I was especially taken back by the clip of World Trade Centre explosion. See, when the scene began I thought the plane was going to hit the building and then a loud boom. No sound was how Paul showed. The gravitas of the situation was provided by the reactions of the air authorities. Just awesome.

For faults, I think the hand held camera was used too much and could have been avoided in some scenes. Like the shot of the playing ascending towards the sky, could have been shot in a wider frame using the hand held camera which would have given a more perilous effect. The movie begins at slow pace and doesn’t take off until 45 minutes. These scenes were hugely dependent on the score which is tantalizing and brings about the dread but at times it gets the tempo too high that the audience thinks something vital is about to happen, but nothing important does happen. So, you sort of feel like a fool which just means that score fails to keep up when it was desperately needed to.

But, United 93 manages its dramatic elements with certain flair. I admit it was very hard to stop tears roll from my eyes. I didn’t cry but I am sure many will. The way these characters are depicted put us in a state where we start to analyze what we would have done in the same situation.

United 93 is a thrilling, masterclass of a movie which offers genuine surprises even if it has a well known incident as its plot line. The movie doesn’t have a single dramatic dialogue and uses hand held camera technique to perfection, which puts us the audience, with these hostages and makes us weep, think, pray and at the end, salute their bravery.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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Answering ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’

Featured image So, I recently read the novel ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ and well, I have never read a book which depicts loneliness and in that case, high school in such stark reality. So, I had to do something for the book. I thought to write a review of the movie initially, but I am finding it very difficult to express the feelings which I experienced while watching the movie. So, I revisited the novel and noticed the questions at the end of the book. I know that I have started this blog for sitcoms and movies, but I also have a very keen interest in reading books. I admit that I too couldn’t find the answers of most of the questions, so I am listing out 5 of them that I have a view of. Hope you enjoy it ! (sorry for the punctuation ahead, but a true Perks fan will surely comprehend )

1 . who do you identify with the most ? did you see parts of yourself in any one specific character ?

Ans. heck, I felt like I was reading my own autobiography. i identify myself with Charlie. i am sort of like Charlie. the depiction of loneliness is exactly what I sort of suffered through during some years. there is a line in the book when Sam, Patrick and Charlie go to a restaurant and Charlie remarks ‘The best thing about Sam and Patrick was that they kept on asking me questions, unlike other people who just start a conversation and expect you to keep up’ .that is the most accurate depiction of loneliness there can ever be. i cried at that. this is exactly one of the reasons why I started this blog. to talk to people, because people just start uninteresting topics and expect you to keep up. but in my case, I say it is undoubtedly my mistake because the only things that I love talking about are movies, sitcoms, books, archaeology and philosophy which apparently many don’t give a damn about. with this blog, I have actually met people who are my type like Mark Hobin, Kelly Konda and Kirsten Slater who I can effortlessly talk to because of their similar, undying love towards movies and sitcoms. i may not have many friends in my personal life, but these guys do make up for it and actually turn out to be the friends I have always wished I had. charlie is the character that defines me.

2 . What do you think kept Charlie from participating when he entered high school ? What held him back ? Have you ever felt this way ?

Ans. it was probably because of Charlie’s low self-esteem. he treated himself like crap. he was always the quiet child, teacher’s pet, psycho kid and all that. and he must have thought that since he was already a failure, he doesn’t need to do things that others can keep on reminding that he is a good-for-nothing, which was entirely wrong. i may have been or still am like Charlie, but I have actually never felt this way. honest

3. From Naked Lunch by William Burroughs to Harold and Maude to the Beatles’  song ‘Dear Prudence’ Charlie references numerous pieces of literature, film and music. How did these references shape your reading ? Why are they so important to Charlie ?

Ans. these references are what made this book so original. it seems like you are peeping into someone’s diary. it doesn’t make charlie just a literary character, it makes him human. it feels as if he just comes out of the book, and talks to you (vice versa of what happened in Chamber Of Secrets). I think the fans deserve more when they are reading a book about everyday life and stephen chbosky has given us just that. Like when you are discussing perks, you can take pride in identifying with the character. You can sorta say ‘i like the type of music that Sam loves’ or ‘that book just sucked, i don’t know why charlie liked that’ and all. i think these pieces of art are so important to Charlie because they express themselves, unlike Charlie does. it is inspiring for him. for eg. take the song Asleep. it describes what his friend Micheal must have gone through before committed suicide. it sort of describes his state too. now on a personal front, i think it is relationship with the characters that you have when you have finished reading a book or watching a movie. for eg. i have decided to pursue archaeology in future just after watching indiana jones. he is the most coolest guy in the world for me. escaping from criminals internationally, finding artifacts that defines our time on this planet and getting women while still being a low-paid archaeologist. that’s one hell of a life ! now on a literary front, i take charlie himself. he is ‘me’ and that is so cool and heart warming to know that there are people in these wide world who are just like me. that’s why i think they are so important to charlie. it is just escapism, like the nerd nebula calls it.

After watching an art film with Mary Elizabeth, Charlie says : “The movie itself was very interesting, but I didn’t think it was very good because I didn’t really feel different when it was over. Do you agree with Charlie that in order to be ‘good’ , creative works must make you feel differently ? How did you feel after reading THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER?

Ans. no, i do not agree with charlie on this matter. you can’t expect to feel different after watching a good movie. for eg. take music and lyrics. It is undoubtedly one of my all time favourite movies and one of the best rom-coms ever made. but that didn’t mean i felt different or my perspective about love changed after watching it. i was thoroughly entertained and i left the theater with a smile on my face, tuning the movie’s songs. yes, the movies which make us feel different or change our views about something stand above the other on a personal front. you know like i love, as i said, music and lyrics but if someone comes up to me and asks, “which is your favourite rom-com ?” it is sure gonna be (500) days of summer because my whole perspective about relationships and love and everything in between was mauled and brought back to normal with a few more ingredients at the end of the flick. so, yes, if a movie makes you feel differently, very good but in order to be good, creative works do not necessarily have to make you feel different. but after reading perks, i was mesmerized, heart-broken and full of hope.

The PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER grapples with a complex, universally difficult stage of life. What reflections did it inspire about your own life ? What parts of the story resonated deeply with you ?

Ans. see, many have a misconception about this book that it is only for people who have felt lonely. i assure you, it isn’t. perks will connect with everyone because everything that happens in the book is true and is experienced by every teenager in every nook and corner of the world. real life issues are spread out throughout the book and philosophy of a very high grade is discussed in a very lively manner. the book is hilarious, joyful, heartbreaking and every other thing. i have already mentioned about the reflections it inspired with my own life, so that’s enough but the parts which resonated with me aren’t the huge plot-changers in the book, it is those little moments like charlie’s dad crying after watching the finale of ‘mash’. these little moments sort of give a feeling that this really happened and the numerous pop culture references add to that effect. the perks just does it all.

So folks, I hope you all enjoyed this. I assure that there is a review of the movie adaptation coming up too.  What did you feel about the book ? Which parts or character connected most with you ? Do you have different answers about these questions ? Do you have any different questions regarding Perks which you want my perspective on ? Do you want me to do any other feature or a review about a sitcom, movie or book ? If you want to please let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you haven’t read or watched The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, please do, both movie and book are awesome. Thanks for your precious time. Signing off !

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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                 Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicatingJoel Barish

Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is about Joel Barish (Jim Carrey) who is devastated after learning that his ex-girlfriend Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) has erased him from her memories with help from a memory erasing firm Lacuna. In revenge, Joel decides to do the same but while undergoing the process of erasing the memories he has of Clementine, Joel decides that he can’t part with her and decides to hide her in his various memories of life, creating unexpected problems for the four workers of Lacuna.

I have been quite vocal about my dislike for comic book movies and action movies. I consider them as dangerous as potassium cyanide when it comes to movies. But romantic comedies are in reality the slow poison. See, action and comic book movies do suck, but almost in every 5 years I can point out a movie which has gave hope or redefined its genre, like The Dark Knight or the recently released Fury Road. But romantic comedies haven’t done that. They just show the same crap over and over and over and over again, knowing that they will find an audience among couples or single ladies. But there are some movies which have changed my perception thankfully from time to time like (500) Days of Summer and Up In The Air which showed that love is not just these cheesy bullshit of kissing all the time and facing innumerable cliched problems, it is some hard crap which needs a lot of many things to sustain. And now, God bestowed on me Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.

I had watched it before and had seemingly loved it, but now as I think about that, I actually hadn’t been able to comprehend its themes and messages due to my maturity level. The captivating performances of Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey and Kirsten Dunst in lingerie was enough for me. It was recently when I read an article by Oscar Relentos that an interest to watch this one again was set ablaze inside me. And watch I did, and thankful for that I was.

Jim Carrey is stellar. This is a career-defining performance by Carrey, but surprisingly this time, the feeling of anger against the Academy doesn’t get invoked in me, a feeling of pain does. That’s what this movie has left me with. A mess of my own emotions. I don’t feel anger anymore, I feel pain. The pain of losing is more than enough for an individual but the pain of that person deciding that you have inflicted upon them that much pain that they wish to cease they remember you, is excruciating. Kate Winslet shines when she has a meaty role. Be it The Reader or Titanic, or as we are discussing now Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, she shines. There is this array of emotions that are on Winslet’s face that we feel what she feels. Kate just takes it to a whole new level.

The movie is a labyrinth. We are thrown into an archive of Joel’s memories as he tries to rescue his lady love to be erased from his mind forever. Then there is another drama cooking up in reality, where the characters of Lacuna are trying to keep up with a night which will forever change the lives of many of them. There is a character who we think is just for the skin show, yep you guessed right, the character of Kirsten Dunst who is having sex with Stan (Mark Ruffalo) halfway through the night but the other half just changes it around. She turns out to be the most important character of the movie and just changes the course of the entire movie.

In Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, the emphasis is laid on the romantic version of the relationship created by Joel rather than the real relationship of Joel and Clementine. You see a relationship that is developed in a person’s subconscious rather than in the real world. And you see a hope like in real life in the dream, that this will last. And for Clementine, I think she got an insight into Joel’s life more than she got in real life. There is obviously a psychological cord existing between Joel and Clementine, which is apparent throughout the movie. There is this fear of of losing someone which is emphasized throughout the movie. And even though there are so many complex thematic elements in the movie, it never stops being witty and visually arresting.

Thank God Michel directed this. It feels like a music video. And that helps the most in this flick. The frequent use of hand held camera gives you a feeling of being there with these characters. The lights are frequently toned to give the required effects such as in that scene where Joel encounters Clementine the first time after she has erased him from her memories. When Joel discovers that she now knows nothing about him and that she has already got involved in another relationship, he is shown walking out of the door of the book store in which Clementine works and there are lights shutting all around him in the background which gives the heartbreak scene the very much required gravitas because we can only experience Joel’s emotions in that scene, not Clementine’s.

And there is that climax. In the end (you may skip this paragraph if you don’t want any type of spoilers), Joel and Clementine reunite because Joel and Clementine had struck a psychological chord midway through the movie and both had fortunately remembered their train ride to Montauk and they meet again and fall in love again. But, Mary (Kirsten Dunst) sends them both back their tapes where they had confessed their hate towards each other before undergoing the memory erasing process. After hearing them in Joel’s living room, Clementine walks out of the room. But this time, Joel stops her and says that although they might break up again because they might end up feeling the same emotions again, it is well worth to give their relationship another go and both say ‘Okay’ and laugh heartily with Beck’s Everybody Gotta Learn Sometimes playing in the background. And that’s what you call a perfect scene.

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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind delves into a world of memories and eventually develops a heart warming love story in the subconscious of a person. The movie successfully advocates that love can penetrate every boundary and the amaze ball performances by it cast add a lot of depth within this movie. The movie never fails to make the audience work their brains and earn their pleasure, while continuing to visually arresting. There are two messages that I think the movie wants to convey : 1. Love and destiny can penetrate any boundary and that, 2. It is better to be loved and forget about it rather than not being loved at all. I prefer the first one.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind is a labyrinth, but it is one that I would love to get lost again and again.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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