My Thoughts On Pan’s Labyrinth

I have had my fair share of criticisms on this blog, most of them legitimate considering how maladroit my writing was in the early stages, but from the ones which hold ground even now, the one which perturbs me the most is my inconsistency. And if I say it’s because I don’t get enough time to watch movies and write about them, I would be lying because for the past couple of months, I have went through hundreds of them. Yet when I try to garner my thoughts on the majority of them, I find myself at a loss of words. I find myself in the same state John Green aptly described ‘My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations’. After much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that I can only write about a movie when I either love it or hate it. No middle ground.

And here’s a diabolic gem from Guillermo Del Toro which reminds me why I picked up a pen consciously in the first place. I remember it was to write a short story about me saving Hermione Granger, my first literary and on-screen crush, from Death Eaters and in the end, getting to first base with her in the Room Of Requirement. As I look back upon it now, I find it to be an abhorrent work of both fantasy and erotica. But in it, I see something that was truly me at that time, a work which is truly original even though all its characters were not.

I believe that is why Pan’s Labyrinth is a masterpiece of its own league. After watching it, those same emotions which formed ranks and hurled themselves against the ramparts of my inhibitions a long time ago seemed to resurface with the same vigor. Its tale follows the soul of the princess of a distant past making her body of the present come in terms with her destiny in the midst of a macabre no child should hold witness to.

Unlike other fairy tales which shield even their evils in a graceful manner so as to not tarnish the minds of the young, Pan’s Labyrinth is as vile and violent and twisted as one can possibly imagine. The tales of the three tasks the protagonist Ofella has to undertake run in parallel with conflicts between Falangist soldiers and republican rebels, gradually morphing into one.

Del Toro excellently gives equal gravitas to both these tales, in a way in which we are invested in both and never out of touch in any. The creatures which inhabit the abhorrent worlds Del Toro crafts reek of creative genius, characters which are so familiar in their actions but so distinctive in their appearances that this movie turns out to be one of those rare works where one could happily watch with the sound turned off, just for the joy of how it looks.

I envy those who will watch this movie for the first time. And even more if they have just happened to hit the brink of puberty. The boundless imagination this movie will set free within them is the true magic which exists in this world. One which we all can hopefully find and believe in if we care to look for it a bit closely.

Always remember dear reader, no one ever grows old enough for fairy tales. In all my wisdom, I can say with unwavering confidence, that they seemingly grow old enough for their readers to love and learn.

RATING :- 9.5 / 10

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E.T.The Extra Terrestrial Review

In the climax of The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin delivers what can be easily considered as the greatest monologue in cinematic history. There is a sentence from that great speech which reverberated in my mind after I watched E.T. – ‘We think too much and feel too little.’ Maybe all the nasty opinions of this movie can be summarized by these words of Chaplin.

E.T.The Extra Terrestrial is about a troubled child who finds an alien out in the woods, and then decides to help it return home. The alien in question is a hideous creature which would scare the living daylights out of any child, but that is Spielberg’s gamble, for this is a man who understands what it is to be a child and what it is to truly love.

Steven Spielberg has been a maverick magician of his own league. While his colleagues attracted universal acclaim with their hard-edged, serious, mature work, Spielberg won the world over with his childish vision. Maybe, this has proved detrimental in the long run for him to be considered one of the greatest in this world of art. But there is no denying, without Spielberg, I would have never loved cinema. When I watched Indiana Jones, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – to be an archaeologist ! And with every movie he came up, he made me fall in love with cinema a bit more.

As a critic, I can surely point out the flaws. But that’s the thing about movies like E.T.The Extra Terrestrial, you don’t give a slightest damn about them. For me, and countless others, movies like E.T. are no less than The Tree Of Life, for what we feel seems to be what we take away. I have watched E.T. countless times, and none of these times with dry eyes.

Whenever I watch E.T., I cry and I pity those who cannot love this movie. For if they cannot feel E.T., what in the world can they feel ? They have grown too old not for such movies, but seemingly for life itself. E.T. stands out as an achievement in cinema for it seems one can never to be too young to watch it, and never be too old to fall in love with it.

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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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Stalker Review

I was recently watching one of THR’s Roundtables in which the host, Stephen Gallaway posed a very interesting question. He asked ‘If you had the chance of preserving one movie before the apocalypse, which would it be?’ I am affirmative that I would reply Andrei Tarvosky’s Stalker. It is a fantasy movie made for the people who hate fantasy movies.

One of the very few job requirements a film critic is supposed to have by default is an ebullient attitude towards movies with slow-pacing, and most of the times, it rules me out. Stalker begins on a sombre note with snail-aced long takes. But for some reason, the atmosphere of Stalker with its enigmatic music and color composition had me already spell-binded. Later, I read that I wasn’t the only one one had encountered with this quandary. Many suggested had suggested to Tarvosky that the movie should be more dynamic in nature, to which he replied ‘The film needs to be slower and duller at the start so that the viewers who walked into the wrong theatre have time to leave before the main action starts.’

But once he overcomes that starting hiccup, Tarvosky rewards his viewer with an unforgettable spectacle of visual poetry set into motion. The plot is centered around a Stalker who leads a professor and a writer through The Zone, a mysterious restricted piece of land which holds a room which is said to fulfill the innermost desires of any man who enters it. The structure of this so-called Zone deserves a movie of its own, for the roots of its existence are ground so deep in the waters of surrealism that it would put Salvador Dali to shame.

The movie more than often reminded me of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now which couldn’t care less about the journey which its characters undertake. Instead, it works as an anatomy of the innermost desires of its characters, revealing to us their cherished beliefs and their exploration of the meaning of life. The movie is filled to the brim with intriguing philosophical conversations which seem to give equal importance to both ends of the spectrum, acting as a catharsis for these characters, all of whom seem to be leading extremely wretched lives.

The movie questions the very nature of the existence of such a Zone and its usefulness. It forces us to introspect and delve deep within ourselves and examine our very own innermost desires. In my personal experience, it resulted in a startling revelation of what I considered myself to be and what I am as a person.

Stalker is an enigmatic and surprisingly moving motion picture which will forever remain one of cinema’s most treasured gems. They don’t make them like this anymore.

RATING :- 9.5 / 10

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Groundhog Day Review

One of the constant pursuits of man, throughout the ages, has been looking for a way out of the rut and the monotony of life. And after thousands of years of pondering over this great question we, the most intelligent of all species seem to have finally concluded with the answer, heck, we cannot.

Groundhog Day on the other hand breathes in fresh air with the question it ponders upon: is our life really monotonous? Phil (Bill Murray) is stuck in a day, the famous Groundhog Day. Every day he wakes up to the same people, same events.

There are roles that feel tailored only for certain actors. Whatever role Murray plays, it always feels like it. Bill Murray is without a doubt one of the greatest actors of all time. He has unparalleled comic timing and reeks of innocence. It is one of those movies where you feel to send fan mail to the casting director, for if anyone but Murray had played it, Groundhog Day would have felt like a morose existential drama.

Yet, here it is, one of the funniest movies you will ever watch. Everyone would be hell excited to watch this movie when they get to know the premise. It is one of the most original ones in cinema, yet once it starts, there is no denying, there will be serious doubts in your mind whether this experiment will falter. You are basically watching the same day 20 times or more! But, never fret.

Harold Ramis takes a great idea and converts it into a masterpiece. It appeals both to the mind and the heart. Most of the time, comedies do

not come into the consideration of the ‘serious critics’ for they consider them, for some banal reason, not artworks. Groundhog Day is a fist in the face of that. It is a downright comedy with one of the most intelligent plots of all time.

It leaves us with a beautiful message: Live every day of your life like there is no tomorrow, like literally there is no tomorrow. Life it in a way as if you wouldn’t mind being stuck in that day for the rest of your life.

Groundhog Day is an original, complex and hilarious movie, which stays with you long after it ended. Without a doubt, a must watch.

RATING : 9.4 / 10

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The Green Mile

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We each owe a death – there are no exceptions- but, Oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long – Paul Edgecomb

Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile is about Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) a prisoner officer who works at Cold Mountain Penitent also known as ‘The Green Mile’ where criminals up for death row are kept and killed. But, he and the other officers haven’t seen someone like John Coffey (Micheal Duncan) who possess supernatural powers of healing. Coffey is convicted for raping and murdering two young girls, but seeing his innocent demeanor, Paul and the others begin to suspect whether he actually did this crime while getting through executing the prisoners on death row towards whom they have developed an affectionate side.

The movie is based on a novel of the same name by Stephen King and is directed by Frank Darabont, who also directed another little known adaptation of a Stephen King novella by the name of ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. And this movie is awesome !!!!!!!!!

The acting is just brilliant. I love TOM HANKS. He is superb in his role and so are the other supporting actors like David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Harry Dean Stanton, Barry Pepper and others. But, surprisingly, Micheal Clarke Duncan’s performance overshadows everything else. He is so good in his role.

The movie is an emotional experience. My friend forgot to bring his handkerchief and that was not at all a good experience to the guy sitting next to him. This movie is sure to make you cry and in the end leave a smile on your face. I had three movies this year that blew me away: Whiplash, Interstellar and THE GREEN MILE. I was so shook by it. I am going to definitely read the novel after watching this movie. Watching this movie was an experience in itself, a privilege in fact. This movie has magic woven around it. The movie takes the experience of film watching and shoves it to a whole new dimension.

The movie is pretty long but I assure you  that you won’t understand how time passed after watching this flick. Frank Darabont’s direction is perfect. Please don’t go expecting Shawshank while watching this movie just because it is set in a prison. This movie is another experience. Frank Darabont just keeps getting better- First Shawshank, then The Walking Dead, and now the Green Mile. The Green Mile has one of the best stories ever written, so simple yet so beautiful. And Percy is one of the most horrible villains in cinematic history, who you just despise.

The movie has a brilliant score which is deeply moving. Thomas Newman pours his soul out into this movie which is so human in its nature and it sort of has a mystery also woven around it, which arouses curiosity (sorry for the Gary Sinise pun).

I just can’t understand how Micheal Duncan missed our on the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and we ought to kick all the Academy voters’  ass for not giving Darabont an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Green Mile is an emotional canvas painted by the awesome performances by the actors and the brilliant direction and screenplay by Darabont and given a perfect finishing touch by Thomas Newman with his heart-breaking score. The Green Mile is an experience in itself and should be viewed as soon as possible (with a handkerchief).

Rating: 9.4 / 10

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