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.