Yellow Submarine Review

In film circles, American and British animation have consolidated a position which renders them inferior to their counterpart from Japan, for they still lack the breath-taking realism Japanese hand-drawn animation emanates. Settling in for a cartoonish feel of storytelling has added very little to the case of its medium being not given due consideration, which I too believe it so earnestly deserves. Yet, whenever haters try to rip the computer animation of the United Kingdom to shreds, there is a name the lovers of it invoke which conjures a silence brooded over as though the tearing pace of the launched Earth had suddenly become audible. The Achilles’ heel – George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine.

I admire the movies which create a medium of their own to tell their stories, but even more do I admire the works which reinvent their medium, accepting its limitations and turning it into its biggest strengths. The unmistakable psychedelic vibes of the affairs of Yellow Submarine encapsulate the very essence of what corners this before mentioned admiration of mine.

I believe every age has a movie of its own. While The Social Network perfectly encapsulates the greed and genius the explosion of information technology brought with it in the 2000’s, there couldn’t have been a finer personification of the bubbling tension caused by the suppression of raw male nature due to consumerism in the 1990’s than Fight Club. The settings here are of the psychedelic 60’s. God knows that whatever that means it certainly meant far more than drugs, though drugs still work as a pretty good handle to the phenomena. The inception of hippie culture had coincided with the paid government experiments on IT – 290, Ditran, L.S.D and what not. I even hear of hippies who would sneak back into the theater for the second half of Kubrick’s 2001 to lay, or lie, flat on their backs on the floor in front of the screen, observing Kubrick’s translucent visual extravaganza  from a skewed perspective while they were stoned out of their gourds. Yellow Submarine perfectly caught the gist of these affairs and emulsified the two peak obsessions of the time – Beatles & psychedelia – into one masterpiece, all figured out and wrapped in tissue paper with pink ribbons on it.

It is replete with some of the most visually arresting imagery to have graced the cinema screen. Add to it, the acid-wit of the Marx brothers brand, and what we have is an unrelenting satire by the Beatles of the very stereotypes and myths which so firmly inhabited their careers. For example. take this wonderful exchange between Jeremy and the Beatles :-

[Jeremy is writing with his foot]

Jeremy : The footnotes for my nineteenth book. This is my standard procedure for doing it. And while I compose it, I’m also reviewing it!

George : A boob for all seasons.

Paul : How can he lose?

John : Were your notices good?

Jeremy : It’s my policy never to read my reviews.

Yellow Submarine is one of the most stupendously scripted and constructed cinematic pieces of all time. Its importance is never to cease for it carries with the memories of a time transpired long ago yet envied to date.

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American Graffiti Review

With college so nigh, I am doing what probably all my other colleagues are doing right now, fretting about the uncertain future and remembering the days of stability and security of high school. While on this futile journey of nostalgia, I have come across a truth about myself which on the whole doesn’t seem to fit with the perception I have of myself as a person. What I have realized is I don’t miss high school. One bit.

Today, I visited my school for a reunion of sorts. As I went through this swarm of people who I had spent almost twelve years of life with, I have never felt so alienated in my entire life. Adults reminisce about high school quite fondly, some wishing more than anything else to go back to those days. On the contrary, I realize what an exercise in futility it all was – wasting time learning stuff I would never use, making friends who haven’t had half the decency to call me in almost three months. But, there is something valuable that lingers on – moments.

Moments that I have collected throughout my school years are treasures for when every single one of them was materializing, it felt as if my life wouldn’t be the same after them. That’s what makes American Graffiti so relatable in contrast to Dazed & Confused. Coming from a country where parents are more conservative than religions in question, the focus Lucas has on how the characters consider a fleeting image of a beautiful blonde whispering something a life-changing moment really hits me.

The reason why American Graffiti seems so endearing is without a doubt its characters, all seemingly clueless about their life. When it ended, there was nothing more I wanted to do than go to these and characters and whisper in their ears that they would have all the perspective they want in a month or two.

Maybe this isn’t much of a review, but it should read as one, a highly positive one considering how personal the impact of this movie is. And in the end, Lucas leaves us with a word of wisdom. For me, it was that nostalgia is a dirty liar that insists things were better than they. For lots of others, it was that nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories. Basically saying, if you are on a date, and you grin while your girlfriend looks grim when the credits roll, you guys have some serious thinking to do.

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The Wizard Of Oz Reviewed & Analyzed

The fact that a MGM musical is still celebrated by cinema lovers world over is an astonishing certitude. But after watching The Wizard Of Oz, I laugh in the face of the qualms I had regarding this movie before watching it. There isn’t a movie worthy enough of its position in world cinema than this adaptation of the Frank Baum classic by Victor Fleming.

I won’t get myself in the trouble of trying to explain its plot for the moment, for it’s as famous as the movie itself and so silly yet genius that I haven’t yet developed such a mastery of English language that it can be summarized by me within a paragraph.

The movie is a celebration of everything that we love about fantasies – characters reeking of innocence in a world which doesn’t. But rather than praising its beautiful and hilarious songs, the wonderful production design or the fabulous performances, I would much like to dedicate this post to why this MGM musical of 1939 still holds its ground in a world so strongly inhibited by the likes of Kubrick and Hitchcock and everyone else. And the only reason which seems to transpires before me except for the historical importance it reeks of for the use of Technicolor is the plot of the movie.

So, the movie’s central protagonist is Dorothy Gale who as you might know, unless you have been living under a rock for the entire course of your lifetime, gets transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz where she meets the Scarecrow (one who wishes for a brain), Tin Man (one who wishes for a heart) and the Cowardly Lion (one who wishes for courage). Together, they embark on the journey to Crystal Palace, to meet Oz who will fulfil all their desires. (A paragraph which seems to contradict my earlier statement about summarizing the plot of this movie in a paragraph, but believe me, reading this and thinking you now know the entirety of the plot of this movie would be to look at one brick of the Great Wall Of China and say that’s all there is to it)

The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion for me seem to epitome the innermost desires of Dorothy’s which seems to give the entire movie a surreal underlining which I will go into later. The Scarecrow seems to be a metaphorical representation of Dorothy’s yearning, or more better a child’s yearning, to be considered equal in his/her intelligence by the adults. In the beginning one can see how Dorothy’s family members seem to dispose of her troubles without giving it a moment’s thought, most probably giving her the idea that they consider her asinine, and thus the yearning to be intelligent.

The origin of Cowardly Lion can be traced back to when Zeke advises Dorothy to be a little brave while facing Almira Gulch. Dorothy’s reluctance to accept her consternation about Gulch seems to be the reason why the Cowardly Lion seems so unabating in making his cowardly nature so obtrusive.

Then what about the Tin Man who wishes for a heart to feel with, a quality which Dorothy seems so abound of ? I believe this is her yearning for Miss Almira Gulch, which further affirms her goodness.  Although the Wicked Witch of the West seems to be a representation of Gulch I believe it is restricted here to only her physicality and her hate for Toto. Tin Man here possesses the same yearning which Dorothy wishes came true for Gulch as well, thus making him a projection of the Gulch Dorothy wants her to be.

And about Oz itself ? It seems much to be a work of Dorothy’s subconscious rather than a parallel reality. The fact that the passage of time in the dream world is much faster than compared to the real world also explains the length of the journey as well. It seems Dorothy’s subconscious creates a world of imagination, inhibits it with characters which are reflections of her own self and introspect about her existence.

Or is this reading too much into nothing ? Is my chain of thought reminiscent of the way the adults in the movie reject the notion of Oz at the end of the movie ?

Whatever it may be, the creation of a child’s innocent subconscious or an unimaginable reality, The Wizard Of Oz is one of the most delightful movies to have ever come out and had me from that moment where Aunt Em says to Almira that ‘Miss Gulch, I now know exactly what I think about you, but I can’t say it because I am a Catholic’.

RATING :- 9.4 / 10

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Stand By Me

A year ago, me and my close friend named Amogh, were requested by the principal of our school to represent our school in a science fair. A science fair is as interesting for 14 year-olds as watching a submarine race standing on a beach. Both of us, being huge fans of Boston Legal, went through the rules and regulations of the competition as thoroughly as we should have gone over our school textbooks. And we struck gold. There was a provision by which we could get three more people in our project. And (spoiler alert!) we obviously did. With our whole gang in the project, we started it on a holiday. The day began with the project and eventually faded into conversations about crushes, Ip Man, and ended with a game of darts. Somewhere along, we had done the project as well. The very next day, we broke it.

Eventually, long story short, we spent half our school semester bunking classes to make it again. What amazes me is that on the last day, we were all laughing hysterically recounting our memories but departed to our classes with tears in our eyes. We had connected and I had felt, this is a bond that will never break in my lifetime. A year after, I am ignoring one of them, and two of them have become, just faces in the hall. But, the remaining two are my best friends. These are the memories that race through my mind when Gordie Lachance utters ‘Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant‘.

Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me is just like my story. It is definitely more thrilling, more adventurous and has more likeable characters, but the core is similar. It is about a group of four boys named Gordie, Vern, Teddy and Chris who set out to find the body of a kid. But the plot, isn’t about it at all. It is the experience of teenage and friendship that is at the forefront of the story.

Stephen King is like the Martin Scorsese of writing. Whatever Scorsese and King create are works of art, but it is art that penetrates the mind of both the critic and the plebeian. Nor Bela Tarr or Micheal Bay are great. One is loved by critics and one is loved by the audience, but both never get the love of the both. But, King does. And better, all his books are viable screenplays. Reiner’s Stand by Me is another addition to the collection of great movies inspired by King’s works like The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Carrie and what not.

First of all, what a performance by Will Wheaton. I have never been a Star Trek fan and I pretty sure I will never be, but I have known Wheaton from his cameos on The Big Bang Theory and loved them. But never would I have guessed, such range ! Wheaton is perfect here and so are River Phoenix and Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman. I can vouch for the fact that this is the greatest portrayal of teenage friendship amongst boys in film history.

People think that boys smoke, drink, play cards, flirt because they are trying to be cool. This movie demolishes that false propaganda. It shows these for what they really mean to boys :- They are just trying to somehow get through this period. It is a period where various responsibilities fall on their shoulders. ‘Study, you are gonna be the future bread earner‘, ‘Get a hot chick or you are gonna feel low and die lonely‘ are the thoughts that meander through every teenage boy’s mind and these are catalysts to get through them. Not that I am justifying it, but still..

Another thing that amazed me about this movie is that in the inception of the movie, they portray these four as the typical bad-gang, smoking, playing cards and all that but as the movie progresses, their hardness is peeled of gradually, and we see them for what they really are, emotionally turmoiled human beings who, now having seen how vast the world can be, are scared of it. They are scared that not every one becomes a football player, not everyone gets into college, not every one becomes successful. They feel as if they are failures in their life, even before they have even lived it. It is an uplifting story, because towards the end, they have eradicated that fears. They learn to stand up for themselves. More importantly, they become crystal clear that someone will stand by them.

Stand By Me is a definitive portrayal of teen angst, and male friendship and more than that I think, it wants to convey that, sometimes, even though it may make no sense (like setting out to find a dead body), we have to get lost to find ourselves. In the end, the older Gordie says ‘I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone ?’ In my story, the age would be 14. But, boy do I realize, ain’t that a grand story I have to tell.

Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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3 Idiots Review

Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is about how Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) go on a road trip to Shimla to search for their long-lost best friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) while Farhan recounts their epic tales of friendship at university, their feud with the head of the university Viru Sahastrabuddhi (Boman Irani) and Rancho’s romance with Pia Sahastrabuddhi (Kareena Kapoor) as they try to get through the ruthless education system of India.

Back when it released it 2009, I insisted to see it for two reasons – 1. It had Aamir Khan, who I adored deeply and still do for his work on Taare Zameen Par and, 2. It had Kareena Kapoor, who I had a great crush on and still do. And I went to watch the movie. The theatres where only playing 3 Idiots at that time, with the movie minting money like none other. We had to book the tickets a day ago, because of the movie’s immense popularity but the impact was felt by my young mind of 8 years only when I walked into the screening. Apparently, people had bought tickets to stand and watch the movie. The whole hall was literally packed with people , and there it began.

I can honestly say that the dialogues of 3 Idiots are second to none in the history of cinema. It felt like a Robin Williams stand up act. It moved at a unflagging pace, yet made us laugh our hearts out at every wit. At the time of its release, it was considered a social stigma to not have watched 3 Idiots with many of my friends going to watch the movie just because they couldn’t handle the insults hurled them for not doing so. That was when I could really experience the word-of-mouth promotions at its zenith.

I haven’t seen a movie which handles its themes as well as 3 Idiots. Which other movie can you name which goes from a song to next in 6 minutes and from a moment of absolute comedy to a heartbreaking emotional flair. Only one name comes to mind. Spielberg’s Jaws in which there is a scene in which a scene of comedy turns into absolute horror. Such accomplished is 3 Idiots. It works as a great satire, observing the flaws of the Indian education system under a microscope, going through the issues in a languid way, without forgetting its themes under its rapid fire comedy-riot.

The factor that made 3 Idiots such a great movie is its brutal stark realism, the way the characters talk, their body language, reminded me of my own friends. There isn’t a single dull moment in its long running time. Not one.

The performances by each actor is unforgettable. Although it had Sharman, Aamir, Madhavan and Kareena, the stand out is undoubtedly Omi Vaidya as Silencer. The direction by Hirani is superb. The way he conducts the entire movie is unbelievable. For a change in Hindi movies, the cinematography is fabulous. It looked pretty as a picture. The songs are stupendous, devoid of any Bollywood nonsense often attached to the songs churned out.

The bromance and romance are unbelievable. For the entire running time, we forget that Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir are on the screen, for us it’s Farhan, Raju and Rancho. The striking chemistry between Aamir and Kareena is unforgettable. There set the screen on fire whenever they are on screen and you really want to jump up and whistle when they kiss at last.

The way the movie depicts the flaws of ED of India is breath taking. They resonate deeply with everyone’s life and works just as a satire should. I loved it !

3 Idiots has a soul which maybe the purest it can be. I love it, I adorn it. You become the 5th friend among the gang as the story progresses. Whenever I watch it, it makes me want to fall in love, hug my friends, to excel and more importantly, love myself. 3 Idiots is a classic like no one other, but moreover, the movie is a friend of mine like none other.

Rating : 9.8 / 10

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Oru Vadakkan Selfie Review (No Spoilers)

G.Prajith’s Oru Vadakkan is about Umesh Manohar (Nivin Pauly), Shaji (Aju Varghese) and Thankaprasad (Neeraj Madhav) whose daily routine consists of just drinking, having fun, watching movies, and trying to woo girls. For them, it’s all fun and no work. When Umesh’s father tries to force him to join him at his grocery shop, Umesh runs away from his home and gets on a train to Chennai where he plans to pursue a career in film-making. While on the train he meets Daisy (Manjima Mohan) a girl from his village. While all his attempts to woo her fail, he takes a selfie with her without her knowing and sends it to Shaji who spreads around the information that Umesh has run away with Daisy to Chennai to get married. When Umesh returns from Chennai, he gets to know about the lies Shaji has spread and threatens to expose him to the public. So, Shaji accompanies Umesh to another trip to Chennai to find Daisy, where they meet Jack Tracker (Vineeth Srinivasan), a private detective. They hire him and soon they find Daisy, but then, they  uncover a web of lines and a road trip across Tamil Nadu is set into motion to uncover the truth behind this.

By the way I have described the plot people will think it is embedded with spoilers, that is why I informed beforehand that this review is depraved of spoilers. If you have read the whole plot synopsis I have typed, then your basic perception will be that this is some cliche ridden Malayalam with no heart. Believe me, it’s not !

The story begins as it should. As an entertainer. Making us acquainted with its hilarious and unique style was a great move. Very very unique is this movie. Nivin Pauly is natural. Everytime I see him on screen, I forget he is acting. He is the Hugh Grant of Indian cinema. If you go look up Hugh Grant’s Wikipedia page, the following is the description about the actor :-  ‘Hugh Grant approaches his roles like a character actor and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of irony or sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery and facial expressions.’

Isn’t that exactly how you would describe Nivin Pauly ? In my opinion, Hugh Grant is one of the greatest actors ever born, and Nivin Pauly is well on the road to become one. Many people may stereotype him. Say that he just does the same thing over and over again ? But everytime he does it, isn’t he well under the skin of his character ? Dialogues are nothing but things that we say ever day. But the way he presents them in such a spontaneous way and with perfect timing ! It doesn’t err in a single scene. It is always enjoyable too see him in the same character over and over again.

Aju Varghese is another person is this movie who has super comic timing. He is in for the fun, and like hell does he give it to the audience. He is superb. Manjima too is very good. Vineeth Srinivasan is not perfect in his comic timing in this movie. I later came to understand that he is made for dramatic roles, not comic ones. This is very apparent in the later half of the movie, when it exposes its emotional core.

MY ROUTINE TOMORROW :

6 : 00 – WAKE UP

6 : 17 – GET OFF THE BED

6 : 25 – START TO BATHE 

6 : 45 – WAKE UP FROM SLEEP IN THE BATHROOM

7 : 10 – GET READY FOR SCHOOL

7 : 15 – CLIMB THE SCHOOL BUS LIKE TOM CRUISE IN ROGUE NATION

7 : 20 – STRANGLE MY FRIEND FOR SAYING THAT THIS MOVIE’S CLIMAX SUCKS

As the movie began, everyone around me was like this is the same shit over and over again. Everybody thought this wasn’t going to end well. A great man once said ‘To say a message, be funny and not gritty’. Since, that quote sucks so badly, you have surely figured that it was said by me, but it holds truth for this movie.

Engaging is the only word that I can use too describe this. It takes its time to set up things considering it is so complicated on paper. And then it begins. Oru Vadakkan Selfie is just like ice in its nature. Ice melts from solid to the form it actually was before, a liquid. This movie is in its heart a drama, it is just given shades of comedy. The hilarity starts to wane off gradually, but still keeps the audience engaged with its occasional one-liners.

And this movie also acted as a litmus paper for judging many of my friends, because it proved many of them are idiots. Almost all of them hated the ending. Why ? Because they can’t appreciate something which has a meaningful end. A socially-prevalent message had crept into this movie without our knowing and is conveyed beautifully in the movie’s climax. And for the first time, the leads don’t get together. It brings such maturity to the table unseen in Malayalam cinema for a very very long time. And the cinematographer deserves a special mention because the movie is visually arresting.

While being a successful comic caper, Oru Vadakkan Selfie is in its heart a beautiful mature drama which delivers a very strong message to the audience at the climax without downplaying it in any way and is definitely a must-watch.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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Lost In Translation Review

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I just feel so alone, even when I’m surrounded by other people – Charlotte

Sofia Coppola’s Lost In Translation is about Bob Harris (Bill Murray), a yesteryear actor who is in Tokyo to endorse a whiskey brand. Here he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson), a newly-wed who has arrived with her celebrity-photographer husband. A fortunate encounter at a bar brings together Bob and Charlotte and they end up discussing everything from love to commitment and loneliness, and form a bond which is as strong as it gets within the space of a few days.

I will run out of words if I begin to describe Murray’s performance in this movie, and I mean that in a good way. I didn’t see Murray in this movie, I saw Bob. Jake Gyllenhaal and Bill Murray fascinate me every time they are on the screen. It is that they bring so much to the table even while doing so little. Murray’s performance is controlled, to say the least. He just subdues his unlimited ardour and gives us a performance that we won’t ever forget.

And to his competition is Scarlett Johansson. It is unbelievable that she was just 18 when she did Lost In Translation. She had undoubtedly the worst debut imaginable with 1994’s North. But she has given such a great performance in the movie that her critics rapidly transformed into her admirers. Murray is in the limelight and there he shines, but this movie would have been a dull affair if it wasn’t for the energy unleashed by Scarlett’s character.

Sofia Coppola has created very well-sketched characters here. She knows her way around their mannerisms, thoughts, ideologies from A to Z. The work she has done in Lost In Translation definitely overshadows her father’s work because Francis Coppola’s characters could never have had such depth within themselves.

When the first shot is of Scarlett Johansson in a see-through panties, you know this movie is going somewhere ! The next shot is of Bill Murray arriving into Tokyo. As the scene progresses, there is a bedazzling shot of night-time Tokyo. The reaction that was on my face was similar to that of the one on Murray’s face. He was amazed by Tokyo and I was amazed by the fact that Lance Acord could see such beauty and then capture the amazement aroused from that beauty so efficiently. But, the thing was that I and Bob had connected from the first scene itself.

Both of Sofia’s characters have no reason to be lonely, they have faithful life-partners, they are both financially very-well and should be dancing around happily with a smirk always on their faces. But, it is at this juncture that reality kicks in. They both want something more. They want someone who wants or just pretends to listen to their thoughtful ramblings. They want to know that someone cares. It is a battle for existence rather than love.

And both Bob and Charlotte find it in each other. The first time we see Bob and Charlotte, every one of us has the desire that these individuals should be together. But here’s the catch, they share their depravity with each other and satisfy each other’s psychological needs.

The first shot of Charlotte and Bob together is in a lift where they are surrounded by Japanese people. That is the most true depiction of the mindset of both these characters. They are trapped in cell with people who they can’t even communicate with. They are lost in translation.

Bob is the wise guy in the movie. There is a scene in which a Japanese lady comes in Bob’s room and says ,”I have been sent here for a massage. Do you like massages, Bob-san ?” to which Murray replies, “I don’t think I like them anymore”. That is the state Bob has thrusted himself into. A self-confinement where he is depraved of all pleasures and is given enough solace to ponder over the wisdom which has been accumulated within the span of years. But, Charlotte helps to unleash that child within him and brings him back to life as we know it.

When they talk for the first time, the first thing that Charlotte asks is ,”What are you doing here?” to which Murray replies that he is taking a break from his wife. They are brutally frank because there are somethings within a person that they just want to get out and the reason why both of them were in Japan was one of them.

The score is superb. It goes on well with the flowy sequences of the movie. The ending has been debated upon a lot. What were those last words whispered into Charlotte’s ears by Bob ? There is a part of me that wants to know them, but my inner side says, the fun is in not knowing. I am not even sure about the scene itself. Did that really happen or was it just a surrealistic experience ? I don’t know and quite honestly, I don’t want to.

Lost In Translation is a beautifully sketched character study, which touches upon various grim realistic themes yet never stops being witty and acts as the perfect creative space for Coppola, Murray, Scarlett and Lance Acord as well and is undoubtedly, a must watch.

Rating : 9.2 / 10

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