One life to love

Rollercoaster ride

Usually I stay alone at home when P goes on his official trip, but since the past many months one of my cousin comes over and stays with me or else I go and stay with my friends.

Recently, after a long time, I stayed at home alone over a weekend since P was out of town. I enjoy staying alone once in a while, spending my time cooking stuff i enjoy & watching movies i like.

So I spent 2 fun days watching movies and lazing on the couch. This is the review of some of the movies I saw while at home on my own.

** The story of us

The outline – Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfieffer play a married couple who go through hard times in fifteen years of marriage.

Some how I was not convinced by their issue, probably I could not relate to it. I felt 15 years is too long a time for such issues to creep into a marriage. Also the ending was abrupt with all issues coming to an end in a blink.

A bad watch.

*** Before Sunrise

The outline – A young man(Ethan Hawk) and woman(Julie Delphy) meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one romantic evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.

This was a good watch not great. Some element of magic which I expected in a romantic movie was missing, but certainly this was a different kind of romantic story and the ending leaves the audience with the hope that they both would finally live happily ever after.

A good watch

**** Bounce

The outline – A man(Ben Affleck) switches plane tickets with another man who dies in that plane in a crash. The man falls in love with the deceased one’s wife(Gwyneth paltrow).

This film was taken very well and shows plight of this man very well and then how he later falls in love with this lady and how the events turn out in his life… I loved this movie..but at times felt that Ben Affleck could have done a better job.

A very good watch.

**** The Great Debaters

The outline – A drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College Texas. In 1935, he inspired students to form the school’s first debate team, which went on to challenge Harvard in the national championship

I always love the movies made based on true story. I feel this gives a chance to the incidents that made a mark in history to brought in front of the common public via the fastest medium of movies. Denzel Washington always has been one of favorites, I like him for the justice he does to the character he plays. This was one another of that kind. Overall the movie goes slow, but then it gives goose bumps when we know that we are seeing a scene which actually happened. This movie also covers racism and a new word I learned from this movie is “Lynching”(To execute without due process of law, especially to hang, as by a mob).

A very good watch.

*** Nancy Drew

The outline – Teen detective Nancy Drew (Roberts) accompanies her father on a business trip to Los Angeles, where she happens upon clues to a murder mystery involving a movie star.

I think P got this movie for me. It was a trip back down the memory lane to the teenage days when we used to read Nancy Drew novels. This is a typical kids movie. I enjoyed it though. Also the mystery that was solved was interesting.

A good watch.

Lot more reviews to come. Month of January has been busy watching movies and I am myself surprised to see the long list of movies that were covered this year.

January 25, 2008 Posted by | Review | 3 Comments

Twist of the tale

***Dus Kahaniyan ( Hindi movie )
This new year eve we got together with some friends and watched this movie while relishing good tandoori dishes and interesting mocktails. I liked most of the stories. Some stories had very simple interesting anti-climax and a very good message. 7 out of the 10 stories are very good. My favorite story was the one about a dying man telling the story of his affair with the neighbouring flat lady and how it ended. I got the feel of watching the short stories collection similar to “Twist of the tale” of Jeffrey Archer.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Review | Leave a comment

Touched my heart

These days I have been busy and have not been able to do many posts but very soon will be back to my painting and other activities.

So far this year has been busy with lots of movie watching, mostly DVD’s or CD’s in the evenings. I thought I should start putting down my commments on these movies while it is still fresh in my mind. The views expressed here are strictly my own opinion about the movie, your perpective may be different.

Thought I will give some stars to show my rating

***** – Excellant
**** – Very good
*** – Good
** – Bad
* – Very Bad

***** Taare Zameen Par ( Hindi movie )
The much awaited directorial Debut of Amir khan! Excellant acting by Darsheel who enacted Ishaan Awasti. He should be awarded the best actor and not the best child artist for the year. Amir has always been my favorite, and this time also he has done an amazing role. He has once again proved that he is a perfectionist. The movie was very touching and at the same time made me feel light and happy at the end. It was also an eye opener for me and I hope for many others who did not know much about the dyselxia or learning disorder. The touching scenes that brought tears to my eyes are Ishaan crying in the hostel bathroom, Ishaan’s expression on completing the painting and seeing his picture was drawn my his teacher and the final hugging scene.

Hats off to Amir for TZP!

January 20, 2008 Posted by | Review | Leave a comment

2008 ..The year of the Rat

As per the Chinese calendar, 2008 is the year of the Rat.

The year we were born decides our Chinese Zodiac signs.

I belong to dragon and my husband belongs to Rabbit.

Rats are water signs and it is said that they make a very good match for monkeys and dragons, but do not get along well with rabbits, horses and roosters. As per this site this year seems good for us. Many rabbits will find the year of the earth rat unusually fortunate if they can control the tendency to hop about. The rat is a good friend to the dragon. The new cycle that starts this year will bring prosperity to the dragon after what may seem like a long time of struggle.:)

We don’t believe in the concept of future horoscope.. but still cannot resist going through such sites. I get bored with the usual sun signs so these days I check chinese horoscope.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Visheshangal | Leave a comment