Movie Review: The Matrix

One of my cousins gave Matrix trilogy a week ago. In spite of having watched it several times, I was like let’s see if I get it this time. Today I completed the trilogy and the funny thing is that I did not recall the story line at all. It was like watching it for the first time, though I remembered that I have certainly watched it before. Although I still have some unanswered questions but I could settle for what I have understood for now since it is one of the most complicated movies of all time.

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This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

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Symbolism, look for symbols and you will start finding clues in almost every frame. The first movie was a true masterpiece, the subsequent movies did not do justice with the standards they had set with the first one.

After researching on the internet I found out that there were 6 years of preproduction work that was there for the first movie, that’s a lot of hard work. The first movie got released in 1999, and the technology is still watchable. I mean at any point I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie that old which is awesome.

Have you watched it yet? 

More importantly, have you understood it yet?

Finding Dory

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Not long ago I watched the movie, “Finding Nemo” after getting the news that they were going to make “Finding Dory” a sequel to Finding Nemo. I remembered the story but rewatching it made so much sense and I enjoyed every bit of it.

I liked the movie but since Pixar guys have raised their bar so high that it was like just another Pixar movie. I mean don’t get me wrong, I loved it, the plot was awesome supporting characters were great but something was missing. I think the fact that the plot was so obvious from the very beginning  that the element of surprise was missing all along.

With that aside, the movie was really interesting and I loved the ending (though I have figured out exactly how it was going to end) it was very moving. The whole message was that “Parents never ever give up on their children”. I know putting the message in just one line makes very little and obvious sense but in the movie, this was very emotional.

 

Dangal Trailer Review

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Dangal’s much-awaited trailer is out on YouTube and like every other YouTube video spirals, I went right into it. I like movies from Aamir khan but I am not a die hard fan. I think he makes movies not just to make money, well that’s one of the purposes but he also tries to share a great message and tries to make an impact on the society by his films and I respect him for doing that.

All along, I was desperate for a son so he could win a gold in wrestling for India. But what didn’t occur to me was that gold is gold whether a boy wins it or a girl.
Mahavir Singh Phogat

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t waiting for it, hell I didn’t even know about Dangal until today when YouTube suggested it to me but I loved it. It gave me goosebumps several times throughout the trailer. I can only hope that the movie would be as good as the trailer. The best part of the movie is that it is based on a true story(click here for more details).

Always remember if you win a silver, sooner or later people will forget you. But if you win gold, you will become an example. And examples are given not forgotten.
Mahavir Singh Phogat

 

Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

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Enough philosophy already, it’s time for a movie review.

A couple of days ago I watched the movie, “The Spectacular Now”. I chose the movie because of its catchy name and the awesome trailer(click here to watch) and it didn’t disappoint me at all. It is based on the novel of the same name by Tim Tharp. The movie is about a teenage protagonist, Sutter Keely who is very popular in high school and has a part-time job in the neighborhood.

He just has been dumped and as a rebound has fallen in love with a girl, a very nice girl who he stumbled upon after getting drunk and lost. The protagonist goes through quite rough time with his mom, dad, and his new girlfriend. In addition to that, there are other several issues which the movie depicts beautifully.

Compared to other kids, I haven’t had that many hardships… not really. Shit’s… Stuff’s happened, sure, but stuff always happens right? But the real challenge of my life, the real hardship is me. It’s always been me.
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Enough has been said and written about “the now”. We are told to live in the now and that’s what protagonist did his whole life. Yes, living in the now is an incredible way to live but one has to think about the future too and that’s what the protagonist missed. While everyone else in his class was making plans for college and higher education, he was just living in the now. He ended up having nothing but misery. In the end like every other good movie, he learned his lesson and started making plans for his future.

The best thing about now is that there’s another one tomorrow.
Sutter Keely

Dystopian Universe

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If you are following the last couple of posts you must be knowing that I am too much into the book 1984 and everything else related to it. As I searched along I got to know more about it and I found out that there is a particular genre dedicated to these types of literary work called “Dystopia”. Dystopia is a community that is undesirable or frightening, it’s from Greek meaning “not-good place”, also antonym of utopia(the blueprint of ideal society).

Unknowingly I have watched many movies of this particular genre and most of them are my favorite.To list the movies which I have seen and fall into this category are:
1. The Matrix series
2. Minority Report
3. 12 Monkeys
4. Equilibrium
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. V for Vendetta
7. District 9
8. Wall-E
9. I Am Legend
10. I-Robot
11. In Time
12. Terminator Series
13. Planet of the Apes
14. Total Recall

The interesting thing about these movies is that they are brilliantly directed and I loved them all(except a few like A Clockwork Orange and 12 Monkeys, especially because of their endings and depressing plot line). If you have seen any of the above movies odds are that you would like the rest of them too, except of course number 3 and 5(watch them at your own risk).

Enough about movies already..!!

I have started reading the book “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle” by Timothy A. Pychyl. It has a promising start and I would share my learning with you in subsequent posts.

1984 & Equilibrium

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A couple of days ago I got to know about the movie which is based on the Novel “1984” by George Orwell. While the book shares the point of view of the protagonist, the movie tried well to do so. With that said, for the movie to share it all with such restriction on time it’s almost impossible to share it in entirety. In the book, the author has the freedom to express himself and share what he feels without any limitations. The most significant events in the book appear to have less importance in the movie and at times I was like why didn’t they include it.

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I have not read the Harry Potter book Series but have watched all the movies(many times over) and I liked them all. I have heard my friends say that the books are much better than the movie but I could never understand it and I was always like, “How could the books be better than the movies”, and my friends were like, “You have to read the books in order to truly understand what it’s like to be in Harry Potter universe”.

The movie “1984” starts exactly like the movie “Equilibrium” (minus all cool action scenes, CGI, picture quality and of course Christian Bale) but the ending is very depressing, well actually they are the pretty opposite. I am glad that George Orwell wasn’t right about 1984(not even close) but it seems we are getting there in some bizarre sense. If you are too lazy to read the book, watch the movie instead but let me warn that it’s pretty dark, you are not going to like it and you will have to go out and have some fresh air after watching the movie(yes it’s that depressing).

Life of Pi: Movie Reveiw

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I watched the movie “Life of Pi” in Trivandrum, Dec 2012. We were there for the training program called ILP(Initial Learning Program) of TCS. We reached Trivandrum in the first week of December and on our very first evening we watched this movie. It was the first 3D movie I ever saw and I was hypnotized by this new technology. The movie was great, it kept us at the edge of our seats the whole time. It was a great first day all together with great food, awesome beaches, and an excellent movie.

It never occurred to me how meaningful this movie could be until yesterday when I watched a clip of Ang Lee(the director of the movie) explaining his point of view about the movie, which inspired me to rewatch it.

The movie is all about belief in God and shares how “Pi”, the protagonist experience and survives a shipwreck. There are many moments in the movie which went unnoticed the first time I saw the movie in 2012. The way Pi pays gratitude to God even in those circumstances are really thought-provoking and it’s something we can learn from and adopt in our daily life. He even pays gratitude when he was about to die in the sea and in his final moments he said, “God, thank you for giving me my life, I am ready now” (An act of total surrender to the supreme power). In addition to that, there is so much more to this movie which is very difficult to summarize here because they are the things which could only be felt.

1984 and Equilibrium

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So I was reading the book “1984” and was wondering what the hell is happening in the book nonetheless, I continued with the book thinking I would understand if I keep going with it.

Then I met one of my friends and he asked me about the book, and after sharing the concept of the book he exclaimed that the plot is matching with the movie “Equilibrium” and enquired me if I had seen the movie. I had heard of the movie name before but never got an opportunity to see it so I decided to watch the movie as soon as possible.

Yes, the basic outline matches with the book. I have just started the book so I have no idea what is going to happen in the later part of the book but at least the beginning is similar. In the book, to think is an offense whereas in the movie feeling is prohibited and the penalty for both crimes is death. As a matter of fact, I am able to relate to what’s happening in the book more accurately after watching the movie.

The Jungle Book(2016): Movie Review

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As crazy as it sounds I was not able to recall anything from the movie “The Jungle Book” when I started watching it today. Of course, who could forget the immortal names like Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Share Khan? but I was totally blank when it came to remembering the story line.

I don’t know if you remember the last story or not, but you have to see this movie. When I started I had a feeling that it would be boring since it was meant for children only but man I was so wrong! It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

One of the best things about Hollywood’s animated movies is that they come with a strong message, but they don’t oversell the idea rather they subtly put it in the story and let the observer pick their favorite. For me, it was the moment when Mowgli accepted himself as human and stopped learning the ways of wolfs. Go watch the movie and let me know what message you liked the most.

The Devil Wears Prada(2006)

“The Devil Wears Prada” is a Hollywood feature film based on a novel of the same name. Last night I watched this movie as it was suggested as a must watch for all aspiring entrepreneurs, you can find the full list here.

It reminded me of my first job and how I used to do all it takes to give my best and to please my supervisor in every circumstance, except that I realized it sooner than the protagonist that my happiness is the first priority.

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In the pursuit of pleasing the boss we go out of ways and change ourselves altogether, and we think we don’t have a choice but in reality, we always do. It’s just we think our own happiness is not that important and in order to please others, we do the things we would never have done if it were up to our own choice. In the end, as the protagonist realize that she had the power to choose all along, it’s very fulfilling to watch her go from the glamorous world of fashion to the thing she always wanted to do.