Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Movie log of the eternally jobless

There are two kinds of people in the campus right now. Those who have got a job and those who are nervously wondering if ever they will get a job. Combination of a not so favoured department and a lethal CGPA make sure that I will remain nervous for a while to come. I'm following a proven antidote to these testing times by indulging in movie watching binges.

As a result I decided to keep a log of movies I watched recently, lest somehwere down the years I rent a DVD and realising halfway that I have already seen the movie, have to rush to the store to get another one. Future planning, you see. You might argue if I had been such a visionary as far as my grades a concerned then this post would not have been there. But then, there is only so much a man can learn.

Anyway here is a list, and brief experiences (I prefer not to call them reviews.)

The Philadelphia Story: Sarcasm, smart ass comments, in your face psychoanalyses. Funny throughout. Why don't they make such movies anymore?

Casino Royale: This was the end-of-end-sems-wtf-let's-go-to-theater movie this time. I am not a Bond fan, hardly watched one or two of the older ones. None of us who went knew anything about poker, so we sat poker faced for about one-third of the movie. After that Bond fell in love, which is never good. Why am I even trying to review this one. Forget it.

Lawrence of Arabia: It's a great movie. Honestly, I couldn't watch it in its entirety. Blame it on my mood. Someday I will though.

American Beauty: I saw Kevin Spacey's acceptance speech when I was a schoolkid, always wanting to see the movie but not being able to for some reason. Finally the time came. It does ask you to 'look deeper' and you actually do for 2-3 hours after the movie. It becomes your favourite movie too, until you watch another one.

Vertigo: I saw it again. Pretty intense, but why does have to end that way? I think I'm another one of those kids who like happy endings. Specially in these times :)

Leon: Natalie Portman is 12 in this movie, wow! Pretty weird though, a pre teen girl learning the trade from a hitman, not to mention fall in love with him.

M: This might be the oldest movie I've seen yet, but if you have the patience it's worth it. I don't know about the underlying theme related to Hitler and Nazism but considering the fact that it was made in 1931, it is great stuff. The last scene does get you thinking.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: "I know what gold does to men's souls". Well now I do too. Bogart in one of his rare non-positive (negative would be a wrong word I guess) roles, and good at it.

On the Waterfront: My GTalk friends would have been bored of reading the message "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am". Masterpiece of a propaganda movie by Elia Kazan, Brando being his allusion in the movie.

Blade Runner: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." I realised I might be a replicant after watching the movie. I can never be sure until I run into Harrison Ford (was he, or was he not a replicant) and he performs the Voight-Kampff test on me. We'll never get to know some things.

Rebecca: It's been a long time since I read the book, more than 12 years. This movie was a nice refresher course. Sadly I knew the twists in the plot which made it that much less exciting. Nothing to take away from the movie though.

Some Like it Hot: One of my favourite comedies now I guess. And I think this is the prototype of guys-dressed-as-girls comedy situations in many movies to come.

Cool Hand Luke: Again a sad ending, but a nice movie overall. And the lines, 'What we got here is a failure to communicate.' Lesson: don't act cool just to impress your peers. It's much more serious than that though. And boy, the car wash scene! Gave enough material to Playboy and the likes to build on for years to come.

Annie Hall: Anyone who even remotely considers himself a snob or an intellectual or is blamed to be so by his friends should be able to see himself in Woody Allen's character. Unbeatable sarcasm again, great movie.

The Graduate: Funny in parts, otherwise there are many questions about the characters and the way they behave that I would like to know. Maybe will watch the movie again sometime.

Toy Story I and Toy Story II: There was a time when I used to run home to watch 'Home Improvement' and Tim Allen was an idol. Just about the intermediate time between these two movies. And about then Tom Hanks was the only superstar who I knew could actually act (sorry Arnie, Sly, Bruce.) I was desperate to watch these two movies, needless to say I enjoyed them fully. Second one has the touche element though, alongwith better graphics and all.

Charade: This began the Audrey triple bill one fine day. The twists and turns in this one would surely beat any hindi flick in which the heroes and villians change hands on the trigger during a typical save-kidnapped-mother-tied-in-a-godown final showdown. Seriously what was with the godowns? Audrey looks pretty, and that is more than enough to make it worth watching.

Sabrina: Again Audrey looks pretty, no other explanation needed. Bogart looks a bit old to be romancing her though.

Breakfast at Tiffany's: Audrey looks very pretty. Also if you watch her sing 'Moon River' on the window sill and then ask "Hi, Watcha Doin'?" and don't miss a heartbeat or two, then well, get that piece of rock replaced by a real heart. I downloaded about 10 different versions of Moon River after watching this one, apart from cutting the part where she sings it. I sang it too, until people refused to talk to me unless I stopped.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you're going I'm going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end--
waiting 'round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Listen to the one by Sinatra and of course Audrey herself. I'm in a trance again.

A Good Year: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, I expected something much better. But if a friend is paying for you and you get to sit in an empty spacious PVR, there is little else to complain.

Babel: You shouldn't be watching supposedly profound movies with a headache, empty stomach and under the after effects of watching a movie like A Good Year.

Magnolia: 'You might be through with the past, but the past is not through with you.' So true. But waiting for three hours and then watch toads fall from the sky is one thing you hardly wish to bear with. Again, I lack profoundness.

Borat: I don't know, I am not a fan of the kind of humour shown in most part of the movie. I did manage to laugh in a few parts though. Or maybe I saw the movie with a lot of prejudice, doesn't matter.

The Deer Hunter: If you watch the entire movie, without fast forwarding the seemingly boring parts early on and let the characters build in and then not feel like crying at the end when the remaining cast sings 'God Bless America' then I must say you are most likely to be a replicant and not a human being. This movie inspired a string of Russian Roulette suicides around the time it was released. Why, you'll know if you watch the movie. One the most 'real' flicks ever made probably; none of the fancy cast with picture perfect manufatured surroundings, cliched co-incidences and the likes. One of the better ones I've ever seen.

Kiss me Deadly: The drive to watch all film noirs led me to this one. The amoral hero and his quest to know something that wouldn't matter to him anyway make this a bit off mainstream. Then there's that famous glowing suitcase everyone's after (inspiration for Pulp Fiction I gather.) Watch to find out why :)

The Departed: People went for Matt Damon and Di Caprio. I was more eager about Sheen and Nicholson. Di Caprio surprised me though, and I happen to have seen everything from Basketball Diaries, Romeo+Juliet, The Beach to The Aviator. Maybe I just can't get over my eternal prejudice against people involved with Titanic. Rest everyone knows.

For a Few Dollars More: I don't know how many times I've watched it before. But still, a masterpiece.

There's so much more to watch still, and probably so much time to do it :)


Anonymous said...

Add Prestige to it asap..


vijit said...

Agree Completely on "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and behaved similarly myself.
Good to know there's another so called "wuss"

Excellent post by the way. Reminds me of my time during the placements last year. Wish, I had 'chronicled' it too.

kaushal said...

Casino Royale: Was expecting a romantic song to make the experience complete "human".