Monday, August 29, 2011

Short-films of note

So here are a few short films that I recommend, mind you they are not necessarily in my all time list of best short-films, however they are ones that I have watched more recently and have left an impression.

So in no particular order...

1. Asai (Wishes) - Language: Tamil

Why should I watch it? Its wonderfully directed and is bitter-sweet. Brilliant. Easily the best in this list.

2. Get Out - Language: French

Why should I watch it? For the animation and the twist in the end. You would never expect it coming!

3. Do I - Language: English

do I? from Vikram Ahuja on Vimeo.

Why should I watch it? A great thriller. Vikram Ahuja, a friend of mine made this movie in a very limited time with a very tight budget. Hearing him talk through the script and then getting to see the final version was awesome! you can read more about this here

4. Blank Spaces - Language: English

Why should I watch it? A feel good movie. I loved the way its made and the idea!

5. Six Shooter - Language: English

Why should I watch it? Its directed by Martin McDonagh and stars Brendon Gleeson. reason enough. If names don't ring a bell then you haven't watched 'In Bruges' yet and you should watch that one first!
warning: this is not an easy watch and is quite eccentric, though I liked it quite a bit. The Irish accent and everything :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Loads of movies on the list...

Its just been too long since I last wrote a review post and there have been so many movies during that period that now it would be just too difficult to write out a review. If you are super interested in any of the ones I have categorised below, then I may just write a specific review on demand :)

MOVIES THAT BLEW MY MIND - It would be a crime to miss these

  • The Godfather
  • Che Part 1
  • Master and Commander: Far side of the world (easily one that I would slot in my all time favourites)
  • The Kings Speech
  • Cashback (There is just something about this movie that I can't place.)
  • Scott Pilgrim Versus the World
  • Following

GREAT MOVIES - You have to watch them

  • Wild Target (Loooove Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy in this one)
  • Walk the line
  • Social Network
  • Adventureland
  • Almost Famous
  • Little Manhattan
  • An affair to remember
  • The Boondock Saints
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • Four Rooms
  • Heist
  • Bitter Moon
  • Thirteen - Disturbing, but highly recommended
  • Where the money is
  • The town
  • A beautiful Mind
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Zombieland
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Fall
  • Limitless
  • Unkown
  • Rounders
  • Cemetery Junction
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Moon
  • Source Code
  • The Exam (Just about made it here, for an interesting plot)


  • Rope (What! you're calling an Alfred Hitchcock movie "average"? Yes.)
  • Perfume- Story of a murderer
  • Scent of a woman
  • Machete
  • RED
  • Perriers Bounty
  • Book of Eli
  • The Matador
  • Nick and Norah's infinite playlist
  • FAQ about time travel
  • London Boulevard
  • Chloe
  • Rango
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On stranger tides
  • Middlemen
  • The Eagle
  • Thor

MOVIES THAT SUCKED MORE THAN A BLACK-HOLE - If you are in a mood for some self-inflicted punishment

  • Crank - High Voltage
  • Interview with a vampire
  • Dear John
  • The killer inside me
  • Fraility
  • The Ninth gate
  • Swimming pool (The French one...)
  • The Adjustment Bureau
  • Sweet November
  • Love and other drugs
  • Harry Potter and the deathly hallows -2
  • The hangover II
  • Men who stare at goats
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Alphabet Killer
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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

What I've been reading...

Well, settling into a new apartment means living for a few days without some companions such as internet and the television. I write this blog with some borrowed wi-fi from a neighbour. The connection is not generally good from our room, but standing near the kitchen window allows some browsing. Today, however, the wi-fi network seems to be working from the room and hence the post.
Anyway, the lack of internet has allowed me to catch up on some reading. I used to be a voracious reader back in school and college, running at the rate of sometimes a book a day during vacations.

I still remember being re-introduced to Wodehouse in college and reading the books all over again. Picking up a book in the morning and getting done by evening, when the fragrance of incense used to fill up the house. I still associate that particular fragrance with the World of Wodehouse. Have no clue what the brand of incense stick was and the day I find it, will be a happy one.

So I've been reading. I left a Kingsley Amis book halfway, to pick up a collection of short stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio, its imaginatively named "Stories". Decentish collection of stories and I got through that one quite quickly.
Followed it up with 'Demon Lover' by Lawrence Sanders, I was piqued by the name and thought it was good to catch-up on some sleazy reading, turned out that the story is a drama about a Hollywood movie studio and its supervisor (the protagonist), set in 1927, right at the cusp of sound being introduced in movies. Not a bad read though.
I just finshed a very interesting book called 'Don't ask any old bloke for directions' by P.G. Tenzing. This one's about an IAS officer, leaving his job and heading out on a road trip alone, around India. Its an easy read and not too heavy. The chap writes about people he met on the trip and his experience in general. Highly recommended.

During all of this, I started off on 'Bone' a brilliant graphic novel series by Jeff Smith. Please please read this one.

Now I have a choice of reading, ' The Banker' by Dick Francis (who writes thrillers set in the world of horse racing) or 'An April Shroud' by Reginald Hill (whose police detective duo of 'Dalziel and Pascoe' come second only to inspector Morse) or 'Whit' by Iain Banks.

I think I am going to go with continuing to read the currently ignored Kingsley Amis' 'You can't do both'.