Movies


First, he appears on The O’Reilly Show and never breaks character.

Then he has Bill O’Reilly himself appear on his show and mocks him openly. Priceless!

One of the funniest ten minutes in the history of Bollywood cinema, for the spontaneity, sheer farce, slapstick and inspired acting.

  • Shaant, Gadadhari Bhim, Shaant!
  • Ye sab kya ho raha hai?
  • Abe, naatak mein aisa likha hai
  • Dhanush tod diya! Teen rupaye ka nuksaan kar diya… Main nahi karta naatak vaatak!
  • This is too much! Ye Akbar kahan se aa tapka?
  • Mughliya sultanat ke shehzaade Salim ke hote hue Anarkali ko kaun le jaa sakta hai?

Pardon me while I ROFLMAO.

Recently saw the movie again after its original release in 2004, and enjoyed it as much (if not more) as the first time. While watching it, I could not help but think that if Michael Mann were to make a Bollywood movie, this is how he would make it.

Kudos to the director – Shimit Amin – and the RGV “factory”. A fine addition to his Mumbai crime movies:

A lesson in fine film-making. Go watch it for an action thriller that’s also a character study.

Vincent: 17 million people. This (L.A.) is got to be the fifth biggest economy in the world and nobody knows each other. I read about this guy who gets on the MTA here, dies. Six hours he’s riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A., people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices.

Last week was movie week. I watched two bad ones, one pretty good one, and one awesome film – “An Incovenient Truth“. One of the indie-theaters in Palo Alto was having a promotion for a free screening of this documentary. Having learnt of this scoop and not being able to resist a deal, I set off on a weeknight to watch it with some friends. This was just after having played Ultimate Frisbee for two straight hours, but I digress…

The subject matter of the film – global warming – is one very close to my heart, having read about it as a kid. So none of the topics/data were new to me, but the film did affect me on many levels. As we grow up, we tend to lose the idealism of our childhood, and I must confess to having adopted a more wasteful lifestyle (especially in the States). This was a very good reminder for me. No one is going to accuse me of political activism so its unlikely I’ll join any of the organizations active in this area; I’m sure San Fransisco has one on every block.

What I can do is to try and change my habits to be a more ecologically responsible person. It amazes me how people refuse to see the obvious. Yes, global warming is a theory (as is every scientific “fact”, which is a theory unless proven otherwise). But all the data that we have supports it, all of the freakish weather we have experienced on a global scale indicates it and ultimately, temparatures are rising. You may have your reservation about this theory, but there can only be good consequences of living a sustainable lifestyle. So we must do as much as we can, irrespective of our beliefs or lack thereof in this theory.
About the documentary, sprinkled between the charts and raw data are moments of humor and emotion. Al Gore is a pleasant surprise. As with any documentary, not every fact is cited and backed up, etc., but I’ve seen nothing to indicate anything there is not factual. Anyways, I highly recommend seeing this movie. Even if you don’t agree with the premise, it’s a matter of being informed. Listen to the “other side” as much as you listen to “your side”, and you can form educated opinions. Do not view it through politically jaundiced eyes, and you will be the happier for it.

Finally got my hands on a DVD of The Corporation from the local public library (My Tax Dollars At Work). I had heard about this movie a zillion times and wanted to check it out. This is a documentary that takes an in-depth psychological examination of the corporate organizational model through various case studies.

Usually whenever I’m watching movies/documentaries of this genre, I go in with a skeptical attitude against any potential “propaganda”. This turned out to be a fairly well balanced and dispassionate look at corporations. As it turns out, legally, a corporation is a “person” and this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it. They also look at other ways in which corporations have permeated and affected our daily life, viz. marketing, media manipulation, branding, environmental and ecological impact.

I highly recommed watching this if you care about this world we live in, and if you want to simultaneously be amazed, angered, saddened, frustrated and hopeful.

P.S Continuing in this vein of movie-watching, the next film I need to see is An Inconvenient Truth.