The Lobster

When I started watching “The Lobster”, I was excited to watch a dark comedy.In few minutes, it became weird.A bit longer, I started questioning myself as to why I wanted to watch it in the first place [it was a suggestion by my hubs and bro ].Slowly as the movie progressed, I started enjoying it. Then came the sudden end to it and I realized that I simply loved the movie.very aptly categorized as a dark comedy, I felt it was also the story of two people in love, who try to communicate their love in their own way meet and do everything in their ability to be with each other!.It is a simple love story as mentioned in their tag line.

The movie is set in a dystopian world where if a person loses his / her partner they will have 45 days to find another one before they are transformed forcibly to animals.I told you, its a weird place to be. The single people are moved to a hotel where they have strict rules to follow and must find their partner there.The important criteria for choosing a partner is that the chosen partners must have a atleast one common trait among themselves.They also have to go hunt for “singles” who are those people who chose not to have partners and for every single catch they are given an extra day in the hotel.

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Our protagonist “David” whose wife left him is taken to the hotel.He has a dog who is, in fact, his brother. He is desperate to find a partner and he decides to become a Lobster in case he could not!.There he meets and makes friends with two other – one with a lisp and another with a limb.They are all try to find partners to avoid from becoming an animal.

David escapes the hotel with the help of one of the hotel staff into the forest where the singles live.It was to avoid becoming the lobster at very crucial point.While out in the forest, among the singles he has to follow a different set of rules.The singles are not allowed to flirt or fall in love with other singles.One has to be content with oneself . It is there David finds “a short-sighted woman” with whom he slowly falls in love with.But due to the stringent rules among the singles they cannot express themselves despite which they built their way of love communication.

Then the inevitable happens and yet how “David and the short-sighted woman” tries everything to be together is what this movie all about.It was a delight to watch Collin Ferrel as David.There are many moments in the movie where you are disgusted, even flabbergasted, sometimes surprised or even sad.It conveys a message that at the end, only love matters and the tremendous strength one possess when in love to endure or to face the world.

This is a must watch movie for those who love something weird and dystopian.And I don’t guarantee that you might enjoy it the same way as I did.Yeah I know I am weird in that way.

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Denial : Movie Review

Holocaust is a very sensitive topic.I never can fathom that we humans could not bring up enough empathy in our minds to see the life in another human being.The one who had to be considered as a brother was simply slaughtered in the name of the race? The race or color of skin or any specific human characteristics was put forth by humans themselves in order to learn about our ancestry which runs millions of years back.It is simply a classification to help us understand our past with the very little of proofs we find in nature to understand existence.Some very immature and un-empathic fellow humans decide that they are above everyone else and they are deemed to be very different and all others must be punished.No only did I feel sad and angry about the kind of death the people had to endure in labor camps or concentration camps but most importantly the shock that it was some humans with life in them who were able to carry out the orders of so their rulers without any shame.The plain horror that people often become clouded and commit atrocities as just another thing! Something, I found worth reading related to this http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/07/jane-elliot-and-the-blue-eyed-children-experiment/

And then there are some people, who choose to deny these atrocities that happened during the world war! One such person was David Irving a renowned denier of Holocaust. He says,”No holes, No holocaust” a famous sentence during the libel he filed against Deborah E. Lipstadt who is an acclaimed writer and historian.The movie Denial is all about this legal battle for the truth, the truth that Holocaust occurred!.David Irving files a libel against Deborah E. Lipstadt and now it’s her need to prove the essential truth that Holocaust occurred.

The movie was quite engaging one though nothing much is told about why or how David Irving comes to deny the holocaust or how Deborah became a pioneer in studies about Holocaust.The movie depicts the inner the turmoil of Deborah, her difficulty in accepting the British legal ways, it shows the shame in the eyes of the solicitor, the arrogant and ignorant David Irving and most touchingly the remembrance of those whose lost their lives in those gas chambers.The movie provides us with the proofs of how systematically the murders were committed and I felt quite a difficulty in understanding the “need” and “means” used to eliminate thousands of people.I might add, that I have an appetite for world wars, the history, its related atrocities and this could be a reason why I was”entertained” by this movie.The subtle and contained performance of Rachel Weisz as Deborah, the unfathomable Timothy Spall as David Irving and Tom Wilkinson as the solicitor were quite memorable to watch.

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The movie left me in thinking that I am a part of a society where we need proof to cement one of the wildest inhumane activities that were carried out systematically as per orders issued from authorities.The same people don’t realize that this can happen to them also, all you need to fall in or out of lines drawn by some very powerful lunatics.

Charlie

We got to watch “Charlie” yesterday and boy,it was a very colourful-hippy -movie.

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The story in simple sentence,” A quirky girl in search of an equally quirky guy 😛

This is a movie for all those misfits in the society,who dare to do things differently,who has in them what it takes to be weird and be happy about being weird.And I believe at least some point we all too might have wanted such colour and madness in life.

Charlie the protagonist,is a kind hearted artist…magician..rescuer..alcoholic(?).Again,I am not sure how he lives(?) or what he does to fill his stomach(?).His family is  his dad ,who confirms that travelling has made Charlie,who he is now. He also have a huge list of admirers who are bemused by his ways of life and love he showers to everyone of them.He is kind to all and goes that extra mile to help and rescue people in distress.

Now the story is progressed when our lady,Tessa,who also an artist,who had ran away from her mother rents a dingy home previously rented by Charlie,who had left behind a huge collection of his art.Being an artist herself,helps Tessa to admire and be intrigued about Charlie when she stumbles upon his graphic novel.A special mention to this graphic novel,which albeit was the crux of the story.That one was superbly done. :).She is super excited about the prospects of meeting a like headed man,and soon sets out to find him!She uses the portraits Charlie had drawn to find the folks and their stories associated with him and slowly Charlie is pieced together..! Finally,did Tessa and Charlie meet ?If they met,how was that meeting ? :)Thats for you to watch!!

First and for most the costumes,the home,the locations, esp the pooram :)..it was really nice to see so much of color in every frame!! 🙂 and yea the graffiti,the hippy-ness,bohemian style of the movie.It all,added a certain warmth to the story.The music..very refreshing.And it does justice to movie or so I believe.The beauty of kochi,all those lanes and roads and old buildings which I haven’t seen in any other movie was so pleasant to watch,cinematography at the best!!

About the characters,the one person to whom I can totally relate was Tessa.She reminded me of what I used to be :D.And one scene,which struck with me was the eulogy given to self :).That was thought provoking and made me remember passages from Tuesdays with Morrie :).

But if you ask about the story,aah..I could not find one.It was all about one central character and too much of the central character.I was also annoyed at couple of abrupt endings or starting to the people he is associated somehow.

Though,everybody was praising Dulquer for his free spirited acting,I quite didn’t enjoy him.He was making so much of effort to look effortless 😛 Through out the movie,I was thinking who could have replaced him to throw in that spark to otherwise quirky movie.Parvathy was an absolute delight to watch! Her eyes,expressive and her body language which shows that excitement,with a slight tinge of disappointment whenever she misses Charlie :).Aparna was her usual self of being bold (?).Venuchettan was the most effortless actor,he reminded me of my grand father.And how can one forget about the “Thief”,he was great!

Once the movie was over,my dad exclaimed to have “enjoyed” the new gen movie but it reminded him of Estappan  by Aravindan G. And yeah,so I did dig about the movie!!

The most surprising thing,I found in the movie was the location of “Youth Hostel”.Its enroute to my maternal grandparents home :D, and I could not keep my eyes of the scenic beauty of my place.I was brimming with pride!!

My Rating : 3.5 / 5

Musa – The Warrior

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Language  :  Korean/Chinese
My Rating :  5/5
My Take    :  Just a word, EPIC !!!
A Korean envoy trying to save a Chinese princess who is being held as captive by the Mongolian army.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Language  :  English
My Rating :  4/5
My Take    :  The first thing I did after finishing the movie was to smell myself  :D. Sounds crazy…isn’t it ?. The movie made me think about my most under utilized sense…”Smell“.It was not until I watched this movie,that made me realize how lost I am in the vast world of aroma.I could therafter identify anything by the distinct smell associated with it after watching the movie.
Now we all can smell, but how can you preserve the distinct smell of every object we come across ?Is there a smell which can be the ultimate fragrance in this world ? Can any one ever create such a wonder aroma ?
These were the quest of the protagonist in the movie,played brilliantly by Ben Whishaw.
It’s not much of a thriller as it claims to be, but yes one will be glued to the movie till the end.