Friday, October 27, 2006

Exciting times!

I'd been keeping extremely busy due to work ( and just a little play) over last one month. But two movies are screaming to be blogged about, so here I am.

First, a movie that is easily the most exciting among the near-future releases. Guru is about to release. The trailer is out with the Diwali releases (Don and Jaaneman) and is now up on the official site of the movie. Looks to be inspired by Ambani and knowing how good Mani Ratnam is when he makes these icon-biopics (Iruvar and Nayagan e.g.), I think Abhishek Bachchan might just have hit gold. If he is even half as good as Mohanlal, Prakashraj and Kamal Haasan were in those other Mani Ratnam gems, then this movie will catapult him to great heights. And the trailer really DOES seem to suggest that! More than anything else, though, is the fact that the music will probably release very soon now. I'm already hyperventilating with excitement! There has been no buzz about this music, and chances are that given the subject it will be understated a la Iruvar. But that means that quality-wise it should be mind-blowing. This is clearly Iruvar territory and not Dil Se territory. But then, Iruvar's music was amazing too, wasn't it?

Secondly, go and watch Dor today, if you havent already. In this amazing year of Rang De Basanti, Lage Raho Munnabhai and Omkara, Dor is another addition to great hindi movies. It's a remake of Perumazhakalam and I don't really know how much creative addition Nagesh Kukunoor has done, but it seems he has done enough to get a lot of credit for this great movie. There are some problems with the movie, but nothing that can't be explained away by budget constraints. You can find more about the movie online if you want to, so I won't say much here except that it is a must watch. Go and see it!

Sunday, October 08, 2006


A lot of things to do but absolutely no mood to do anything right now.. :( what to do? (blog, of course!)

Considering that this blog has always been predominantly about movies, I think it won't really be appropriate if I don't tell you people that I have seen two of the best movies of this year during last two weeks. Little Miss Sunshine and The Departed.

For those of you who love light comedies (as in, well made plot/dialogue/character based comedy and not actor antics based physical comedy) Little Miss Sunshine is a must watch! Easily one of the most funny movies I have seen in some time.

As for The Departed, I don't see how anyone could've gone wrong with such amazing plot. I had already seen the original chinese movie (Infernal Affairs) and loved it. And I had been VERRRY excited when I came to know that Scorsese was planning to remake it (that too with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson!). But I was concerned that for someone who has seen the original, will he be able to hold the attention much. Turns out that he can! The Departed follows the original movie's screenplay a LOT. So much so that on a lot of occassions it seems as if you are watching the same movie again. And yet, against all expectations, it is actually BETTER than the original. Scorsese has changed some things. The movie is set in Boston, and that does a lot to change the overall "feel" of the movie. Some interesting characters have been added and Jack Nicholson's role has been expanded a lot (if it wasn't I'm sure Jack Nicholson wouldn't have wanted to take it up! :) ), and a lot of humor has been added through dialogue. I don't know if I should call it more engrossing than the original as the original was as engrossing as any movie you'll ever see, but it definitely doesn't lose any of the original's strengths while adding a couple of good things to it. I don't know if Scorsese should get an oscar for what is essentially a highly faithful remake, but he definitely has made a verrry good movie. Easily one of the best movies of this year so far. If you haven't seen the original, you'll probably want to give the oscar to Scorsese rightaway!! :) I'd urge you to wait though. There are quite a few movies coming up. Not least of them Flags of Our Fathers.