Alien Star!

To some extent, each and every one of us have a quantity of shame. The quantity of shame prevents us from doing a lot of things and is holding back progress of the human race. After a lot of research and development, scientists have formed a “perfect” human being, who can:

– Sing

– Dance

– Direct

– Script

– Market

– Produce

And do many many more such activities and be 100% shameless. This alien creature is code-named “Santhosh Pandit”! I have a lot of respect for this specimen, mainly for the sheer audacity displayed by it. Ignoring the never-before-seen deluge of abuse from all corners, this specimen has managed to convert an investment of 5-7 Lakh INR into a 40+ Lakh INR revenue stream. Hats off to it!

That trademark suit, the 2-lane-highway-like teeth etc. all play a part in forming the overall personality. It is a rage amongst the college students and is sure to set off a stream of copycats, which can sing even worse, look even worse, dance even worse, and (gulp!) can make even worse movies.

In this day and age when even big budget movies are available on the Internet within a matter of weeks, it’s movie is still under wraps (I keep searching, since I am very curious to see this “movie”). Also, the sheer economics of it’s movie “Krishnanum Radhayum” proves that whatever be its shortcomings, it is no fool.

Nowadays, any publicity is deemed as good publicity. Media is filled with news of fake fights/spats between “stars”, wannabe’s willing to go full monty, “stars” paying to have articles published about them etc. You just have to look at the numerous Reality Shows and their contestants to guage the phenomenon I am referring to here. News Channels, YouTube, Email Groups etc. are filled with news about this specimen. Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan etc., Watch out!

 

Movies I watched during the 2-week Dec Shutdown …

The 2-week break sure hit the right spot, just like in 2009. I got to indulge in one of my hobbies: Movies! I used my Netflix account to the maximum and in the process did put a lot of strain on my poor eyes :-)

I categorized the movies into 3 sections: “Loved It!”, “Whatever …” and “Water-Boarding Alert!”. I will skip over the “Whatever …” section.

(A) Loved It! —————————————————————————

The Money Pit: Quite funny and very good work by Tom Hanks. Quite appropriate for the 2008-2010 US Housing Market 🙂

The War Of Roses: Black Comedy. My favorite Michael Douglas was great as ever. Not everyone will like it though.

Cape Fear: Watching it for the Nth time. What a movie. De Niro and Nolte were just superb. Good old Yash Chopra managed to lift some aspects of it for his “Darr” with Shah Rukh Khan.

Donnie Brasco: A tense movie with some great work by Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

12 Angry Men: Thanks for the recommendation Rajesh. I loved this 1950s movie! A good story with excellent acting all around.

Changing Lanes: Hmmm …. I was under the impression “Taxi 9211” Hindi movie was an original. Obviously, not! A very unique script.

A Perfect Getaway: I loved this movie for the beautiful Hawaii locales. And a decent twist towards the end.

Infernal Affairs: Thanks for the recommendation Sridhar. Even though it wasnt as exciting as “The Departed”, the dude who acted as the undercover mobster did a great job, I thought. The ending is different w.r.t. “The Departed”.

The Hangover: I loved it and thought it was quite funny. I also noticed that not everyone liked it. Well, we are all different, arent we?

Hush: Some good work by Jessica Lange (Cape Fear, The Postman Always Ring Twice (below)).It was a timepass movie.

Food Inc.: Whatever be your political views, I would strongly recommend you watch this movie. It was quite an eye-opener for me.

Sleeping With The Enemy: Watching it for the Nth time. Good suspense and good acting.

District 9: A unique experiment. For a change, Aliens are the persecuted ones 🙂 Sharlto Copley was just awesome in the lead role.

Consenting Adults: Hindi Movie “Ajnabee” pretty much did a 1-to-1 copy of this movie. A good suspense thriller.

No Way Out: Though the technical aspects of the movie werent that great, I thought it was a good story.

Nick Of Time: Watching it for the Nth time. I love suspense! A younger Johnny Depp was very good.

Bad Influence: A B-Cast, but a decent mystery thriller.

The Hand That Rocked The Cradle: Watching it for the Nth time. Rebecca De Mornay is very good as the lead.

Malice: A very good suspense thriller with some twists and turns.

The Beach: Another movie I loved mainly for the wonderful beauty of Thailand (Was it?). The story is also quite unique.

The Postman Always Rings Twice: Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in their early days.

(B) Water-Boarding Alert —————————————————————————

Predators: What?? The great Adrien Brody in this “Action” movie, mouthing ridiculous dialogues! What a contrast from “The Pianist”. Lousy movie with some of the corniest dialogues I have ever heard.

Gangs of NewYork: I get a feeling that my buddy Rajesh played a prank on me with this recommendation. A 3+-hour movie which I did not like one bit. I forwarded it and finished it in 30 minutes or so. I noticed that the movie got a lot of awards. But then, it didnt do anything for me.

Whiteout: It was great to see all that snow. Thats about it ….

Wanted: “???”. That is what I felt after watching it.

Capitalism – A Love Story: I thought it was a bit over-the-top and not up to his usual standards.

Adios ….

Movies I watched during the 2-week Dec Shutdown …

The 2-week break sure hit the right spot. Not only did I get to spent quality time with the family, but I also got to indulge in one of my hobbies: Movies! I used my Netflix account to the maximum and in the process did put a lot of strain on my poor eyes 🙂

I categorize the movies into 3 sections: “Loved It!”, “Whatever …” and “Water-Boarding Alert!”.

For the comments below, I am ignoring “Whatever …” section, for obvious reasons.

(A) Loved It! —————————————————————————

Derailed – Quite interesting. It was nice to see Jennifer Aniston in a non-“Friends” type role. I respect Clive Owen for picking movies which are “different” …

The Pursuit of Happiness – I have a low threshold for “watering eyes during emotional scenes syndrome” 🙂 (I hate to admit it). Having said that, the movie did evoke quite a lot of emotions. And to think that this is based on a true story. I sure respect Chris Gardner.

Aamir – A very interesting Hindi movie. I surely recommend it. Superb acting by Rajeev Khandelwal. A great story.

Fargo – I did not care for the violence. The story was interesting and I understand why Frances McDormand won an Oscar for the role.

Glengarry Glen Ross – I loved this movie about a run-down real estate firm and its sorry employees. And the bit with Alec Baldwin … Fantastic! He sure gave it his all in that scene. The movie is worth just for this scene.

Breakdown – Having driven through a lot of USA and liking the “Desert” type landscape, I found the 1st half very very interesting.

The Insider – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again. Russell Crowe is superb in this movie. And it is also loosely based on a true story.

The Wrestler – An interesting story about a sad sad person. Though it is probably a bit exagerrated, it does give a good peek into the world of Professional Wrestling.

Gran Torino – I personally do not care much for Eastwood’s old “Western” movies. But man, is he a great movie maker over the psat decade! This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Though there is a tragic element to the ending, it is overall a feel-good movie.

The Game – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again. One of my favorite all-time movies, starring my favorite all-time Actor.

A Simple Plan – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again because I had forgotten the ending. An interesting plot which brings out the greed that hides in all of us.

A Wednesday – A superb Hindi movie. I would say, this is one of my all-time favorites. Naseeruddin Shah is superb in this movie. I applaud the person who wrote the story/script.

Memento – Finally got to watch this movie. I did not like the Indianized version Ghajini (Hindi or Tamil) very much. But this one, I loved it. It is like working on a puzzle. After viewing it 3 times and reading/reviewing the plot analysis on the Internet, I still cannot claim to understand the overall plot a 100%. But I sure get it 95% 🙂

Disclosure – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again. One of my favorite all-time movies, starring my favorite all-time Actor.

The Talented Mr. Ripley – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again. Matt Damon is a great actor. I believe there should not be much argument about that. He also knows how to choose his movies. I think it is just a matter of time before he wins his first Best Actor Oscar.

Million Dollar Baby – Finally got to watch this movie. My tear glands did work full-time 🙂 Hillary Swank is great in this movie. Very well-deserved Oscar, in my opinion.

Diabolique – Though I had watched this movie before, I felt the urge to watch it again because I had forgotten the ending. Complicated, but interesting plot. I notice that the web reviews are not that great for this movie.

American Beauty – Finally got to watch this movie. A complex story. Kevin Spacey was, well, Kevin Spacey. Very well-deserved Oscar, in my opinion.

Traffic – Finally got to watch this movie. With two small kids of my own, the desert scene made me feel miserable 😦 I personally would not call this movie great, but it was quite good.

Babel – Finally got to watch this movie. I only liked the sub-story involving Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett and the one involving the Morrocco natives.

(B) Water-Boarding Alert!

Night Train – I have only myself to blame for this one. I am probably the only one to watch it through NetFlix 🙂 For example, they could not afford to shoot using a real train and ends up using a really bad 1980s animation …

Knowing – I have only one question. What has happened to Nicholas Cage of the “Leaving Las Vegas” fame? His recent portfolio of movies are top contenders for Razzies!

The Taking of Pelham 123 – Had great hopes for this one. But considering the calibre of the leads in this movie, I felt it was disappointing.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop – I like Kevin James (“King of Queens”) and think he is a funny guy. But this movie – The pits!

Quantum of Solace – Had very high hopes after the superb “Casino Royale”. But ended up getting a lot of meaningless action …

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