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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4 Movies to Dazzle Your Lazy Summer Holidays

It’s a boring Summer. Nothing is Up in life? Too much hype about Elections leaving you cold ? Irritated by the IPL Cricket Mafia ? No new Movies @ the multiplexes? And you are bored of these Books .The Sensex is hiccupping every time we watch Left leaders in TV.

Even the TV is of no use when you are dieing of boredom on another lazy drizzling weekend holiday (190 channels and nothing to watch). So who can save your day from being a horrible on ?

Trust my old faithful Hollywood to lighten your anyday anytime with its dose of “movies , masti and magic”. Just in case you think it’s a good idea and want to get a DVD/VCD but cannot decide on some truly lovely movies which both you and your family can enjoy, here’s my potion of 4 ?Mini Gem? of movies (None are Block Busters and none have BIIIG Stars). If you are a movie lover you will love each one of these ?and for unique reason..

So go on and enjoy the world of my movies guaranteed to metamorphose the dull rainy day to one full of sunshine (in your heart) and rainbow (in your smile).

1) Gattaca:

Lets call this movie a "Fantastic Fantasy". I hate routine sci-fi movies unless they showcase human spirit and emotions. This movie startled and amazed me with its imagery and novel script merged with fantastic story telling. You have to learn the art of 'willing suspension of disbelief' to start with. Imagine a not-too-distant future, when DNA engineering makes perfect children to be born.

All natural born imperfect individuals (termed 'Invalids'.) are socially stigmatized, ostracized and differentiated against. In this realm the hero Vincent is born and Invalid -he struggles to grow up in the shadow of his 'Valid' brother , but nurtures only one passion - to break the rules and go on a space voyage (Reserved for 'Valids'). The rest is a saga of this methodically mad rebel who does incredible things to achieve his aim. (He is suspected of murder and even swaps identities with Jude Law ? Jerome-, a genetically elite fellow made paraplegic in an accident). Watch the movie for the story and suspense or just relish the stinging satire of writer-director Andrew Niccol against the world of genetics.

2) The Usual Suspects:

I personally believe that 'The Usual Suspects' along with 'Reservoir Dogs' are the most fascinating crime thrillers of our generation (Classics if you ask me). In between them, I rank The Usual Suspects higher because it has amazing performances from low profile actors like Gabriel Bryne and Kevin Spacey going hand-in-hand with a taut and tense screenplay. The movie by Bryan Singer is a labyrinthine drama pivoted on five career criminals who meet after being rounded up for a standard police line-up.

Upon their release, the men band together to pull off an intricate heist involving $3 million worth of emeralds. Their success brings them to the attention of the enigmatic Keyser Soze, an unseen, nefarious, and mythic underworld crime figure who coerces them into pulling off an important and highly dangerous job. The suspense starts when one by one each of them die in this job. Kevin Spacey plays a physically handicapped member who is the only one who is alive. And he narrates the whole story in a flashback to the cops. Watch it for the twist in the tail (oops ..Tale) and whatever you do?watch the last 5 minutes very very very minutely. Otherwise you will end up never understanding the beauty of the plot.

3) Groundhog Day

Imagine! It's 6th July. You have just spent a hell of a day at office. Your application failed to move to production. You got a harsh drubbing from your customer, your girlfriend walked out on you and added to it , India lost Asia Cup final to Pakistan by 10 wickets. So you curse everyone and pack of to sleep. You wake up next day ..go to freshen up and the watch says its again 6th July. You live that day again ? as a repeated chain of events for you but for everyone else it is as if the day is a new one. And the hell continues everyday after that.

What would you do? Pinch yourself to see if ur dreaming?. Cry out aloud? Scream? Try suicide? ..or look at it as an opportunity to live each day better again and again to resolve all your mistakes improve each day slowly and slowly till it achieves perfection.

That’s Groundhog Day! The most quirky yet innovative movie I have ever seen. The hero (A TV Reporter - an amazing Bill Murray) is thrown into a time warp where he is forced to live the same day over and over until he gets it right -- and learns to appreciate life’s blessings in the process. He changes to a altruist and changes everyone’s life around. Eventually, a romance blossoms between Murray’s reformed cynic and his Boss (Andie MacDowell), who was initially repelled by his priggishness.
It’s the story of the indomitable human spirit that can overcome any hopeless situation to make it worthwhile.

4) The Truth About Cats And Dogs
This is my personal favorite since it was one of the first movies that built the concept of “virtual world” love (loving a person whom you have not met or seen just for her feelings and emotions and thoughts).
Janeane Garofalo plays Dr. Abby, a radio show host who unwittingly entices a listener over the radio with her soothing voice and personality. This listener, Brian, tries to meet the Abby from the radio, but Noelle (Uma Thurman - a gorgeous, tall and stunning blonde a Model and friend of Abby), is mistaken for the real thing when Brian comes to the studio.

Instead of clearing things up right away, the self-conscious Abby allows her best friend, Noelle, to take her place for a while. Abby takes on the made-up persona of Donna, while thinking Brian would never go for her, a short, cute, brunette, who thinks she’s unattractive. As the real Abby woos Brian over the phone and radio, Noelle, the pseudo-Abby, takes her place in the flesh. As time goes on, Abby feels more and more confident that Brian would rather have the beautiful Noelle than the simply attractive Abby. What happens next? Watch it for yourselves.

It’s a simple movie redefining what Love is ? Looking at an imperfect person in a perfect way and it will make you cozy up on the sofa and look at your “special one” with those moist dreamy eyes, which have always made your world the best to live on.

Here you are with the best medicine for bad mood and laziness? Just get up and rent these from your local VCD Wallah and you won’t lament the decision. That’s a promise!!

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