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13 Aug

Disclaimer: This is totally my opinion, others can disagree. please do not send death threats or anthrax.

So The Bourne Legacy has released worldwide. I am yet to see it. And I can not wait. I was really unsure how good this movie might turn out to be, considering this was to be directed by Tony Gilroy and not Paul Greengrass. I mean, how many people can create the tension and confusion that Paul Greengrass creates. And Tony Gilroy for an action movie? His best movie till now was Micheal Clayton. Him making a Bourne movie seemed weird!

And so a few days back, I had gone to see Total Recall (crap movie!). There I got to see the new trailer for The Bourne Legacy which did make me feel Tony Gilroy might pull it off. It was fascinating. And Jeremy Renner seemed to do justice to the role.

I couldn’t accept it if the movie goes horribly wrong. This is simply one of my all time favorite franchises. Imagine James Bond left all alone without any backing from MI6, so super-awesome weapons, no money. Can he survive the way Jason Bourne does? Its hard to believe he will. Sean Connery might survive, coz he’s awesome. But fan boy stuff apart, hard to imagine so. Also Jason Bourne after going through all the traumas that he went through, maintains the psychological integrity that even Rambo couldn’t maintain. How cool is that eh?

I was thrilled when I first read Robert Ludlum‘s Bourne Identity. Yes i read the book before watching the movie and was confused for the most part of the movie since I couldn’t find Carlos anywhere. But nevertheless, I loved the movie. Trust me, those books are a must read for every bourne  fan. Although the Legacy part is not from the book.

If the next movie goes horribly wrong I am sure that there are many who would like to go medieval on Tony Gilroy’s ass. But till I see it, I am just gonna hope for it to turn out good!

Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the movie.

27 Jul

So if you are just reading this post because of the awkwardly long title I believe you really need to watch this Charlie Kaufman gem called Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind. And if you have seen the movie but are curious about the following part then check out the Stanley Kubrick masterpiece here!

And if you really understood both parts of the title, then needless to say, you are really awesome! And awesome was exactly how I felt when I saw both of these movies.

Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind has such a beautiful plot that its hard to not love it. Who wouldn’t want to erase off people who aren’t worth being in our memory? But does that make much sense? Is it a completely flawed argument?

This confusion made me a Jack D. Ripper of sorts. Made me lose my mind wondering what purpose would erasing someone completely serve. Assuming this person is your love interest, lets say from work. Its all a pain, the love has gone, it hurts etc etc. So now you go ahead and erase them from your memory. Next time if you ever come across them, they are going to be an entirely new person to you, and then chances of you falling from them is really high i suppose. And some time later, shit falls apart the way it happened before and then what do you do? Erase them again? Have fun repeating that expensive procedure for the rest of your life. Or else find a new job, in a new city without having any clue why you want to find a new job in a new city(that idea is a part of your memory of that person and hence you wont remember it anyway, get it?).

It just seems like a sweet deal for the memory erasers for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately I had no Hydrogen Bomb to be deployed over Russia to release this tension of mine so I stopped thinking about it.  And as much as I stopped thinking about it the more I started to forget the movie and the thoughts that followed. Until recently when I saw the movie again and well…it all happened just the same way I predicted about erasing memory.

As Friedrich Nietzsche said Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.”

And till I forget this again, Hydrogen Bomb, anyone?

Nolan, the Illusionist.

22 Jul

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you better not read this(bookmark now, read later…read anyways).

So there ends the Dark Knight legend.  As said, now AD needs to be replaced by LANB(Life after Nolan’s Batman). And now sadness looms over the whole world as we all know it wont be the same ever again. The world was enthralled by one of the finest superhero movie experience ever. Nolan as we all know, never fails to deliver.

I have been a huge Nolan fan ever since I saw his first movie  Following and how I was blown away at the sheer brilliance of the plot and the ingenious direction. And this marvelous piece of cinema was to be followed by some other great work which doesn’t even need mentioning. If you didn’t know them, you wouldn’t be reading this anyways.

But then came the Dark Knight series and then came the Illusion. Batman Begins was one of the most fabulous piece of cinema I had ever seen. But it was to be followed by The Dark Knight which I believe marks the beginning of Nolan, the Illusionist. The Dark Knight gave us thrills and made us love the Joker like never before. His vision was unparalleled and his genius was unquestioned. But what made The Dark Knight the movie it is known to be was the scintillating performance by Heath Ledger. This wasn’t his best piece of direction though. His body of work had set a much higher standard.

Following it was The Inception. An interesting plot, highly engaging too but the number of flaws in the plot was hard to believe considering it came from Nolan. And why did those audience need to view it multiple times to understand the plot? I will never know. But yes, as long as I was inside the Cinemas i was enjoying it, every moment. And when I gave it a thought later, I realized the plot was too much flawed. Although I must say, I do appreciate Nolan for making me feel I was seeing one of the greatest films ever. But sadly I wasnt.

And so we come to The Dark Knight Rises, I was enthralled. It was a brilliant cinematic experience again. Much superior to Inception. I was overjoyed to see the epic conclusion but as the illusion wore off i wondered, could he have directed it better. Certainly, yes. Could he have given bane a better death? yes. Or did he die at all? Could he have ended Talia Al Ghul in a better way, maybe. It wasn’t the best death scene ever anyways. Did he handle the Bane-Talia-Death Well plot nice enough, i dont think so. But his illusion did work. The movie experience was magical. And I shall forever love The Dark Knight Trilogy.

All I hope for now is that the next Nolan Movie be a real movie and not an Illusion. After all Nolan as we all know, never fails to deliver.

PS: If the entire city of Gotham was sealed from the rest of the world how did Bruce Wayne just come back effortlessly? Sneaky Bastard.