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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Top Ten Viewings in 2018

Here's my selection (on the basis of personal preferences) the top ten films watched in 2018: 

1) 'Call Me by Your Name' (2017) 

2) 'Phantom Thread' (2017) 

3) 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' (2018) 

4) 'Asphalte' (aka Macadam Stories) (2015) 

5) 'Isle of Dogs' (2018) 

6) 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' (2018) 

7) 'Jours de France' (4 Days in France) (2016) 

8) 'The Shape of Water' (2017) 

9) 'Village Rockstars' (2017) 

10) 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' (2017) 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Life explained, sipping tea

Life explained, sipping tea at a roadside chai (tea) stall. 
Piping hot tea... served in glasses, and in different stages of consumption.... 
illustrative of life at various stages.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

It's that time of the year.....!

It's that time of the year..... better known as the time of Oscar Fever, which needs no explanation for the film-buffs and fil-junkies of the world.
Am lucky to have watched 22 films from 2017 (some of them I watched last year, and some just this year) which have been graced with the Oscar nod in and/or for one or more categories: 

'The Post' 
'Darkest Hour' 
'Blade Runner 2049' 
'Phantom Thread' 
'The Shape of Water'
'Baby Driver'
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' 
'Beauty and the Beast' 
'The Boss Baby' 
'War for the Planet of the Apes' 
'Kong: Skull Island' 
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' 
'The Greatest Showman' 
'The Big Sick' 
'Victoria and Abdul' 
'Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri'
'Lady Bird' 
'Call Me by Your Name' 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Top 10 films seen in 2017

Here's the list of my top 10 films watched this year:
1. Blade Runner 2049
2. A Death in the Gunj
3. Newton
4. Trapped
5. Gauru: Journey of Courage
6. Ventilator
7. Mukti Bhawan
8. Haraamkhor
9. mother!
10. Lipstick Under My Burkha

Friday, December 22, 2017

Scripts... screenplays

One of the major highlights of the day has been devouring the script of 'Kill Your Darlings'
(story by Austin Bunn; screenplay by John Krokidas and Austin Bunn; based on a true story)
- it's fabulous!

I know, many of our actors don't like reading scripts, they prefer to have them narrated (by the directors or the screenplay writers). However, I love reading film-scripts. I find them so very exciting! Be they detailed or skeletal, rough drafts or the ones readied for the shoot, I love them all. Whether the scripts are of films I have watched or yet to watch, they always leave plenty to be crystallized in my mind's eye when I'm reading them. That's what fascinates me most.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Victoria and Abdul

There are some films which one is biased to.... to which one surrenders completely, to let oneself be charmed, in which one invests emotionally as the images unfurl on screen. Such a film may attract a lot of flak, a lot of genuine criticism, yet it works for one. 'Judwaa 2' might be such a film for most of you.... while, for me, it is 'Victoria and Abdul'.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Where Was I? Where Will I Be?

What had I been doing online when I had not been blogging? You ask.
The answer is.... most of the time I would be on Facebook. In fact, in the last couple of years or so I had become a lot more active on that platform. The three tabs that would mostly be open when I came online were Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Chatting online never quite appealed to me, ever. I guess I have never quite tasted its potential, as well as that of social media in general, for networking. So there.
On Facebook, I have been posting quite regularly, instead of doing it here, on my blog. Just remember, some posts are for everyone and some are for no one in particular, but some posts are just for yourself. While a few rare ones might be for a special person. Facebook suited me fine. So did Twitter, even better so... retweeting others mean one gets to speak through others voices, who might be going through similar journeys, expressing what one might have chosen to express, only doing it better. And I had this link between Facebook and Twitter whereby the content on the latter automatically got posted on the former. It suited me just fine.
However, Facebook has become quite a downmarket platform lately. All my good contacts, my efriends, who I shared vibes with and who used to be prolific in terms of their output, have either quit Facebook or have become non-functional on that platform. I feel like an old haggard there... perpetually attracting the wrong sorts, the whole gamut of them who can hardly meet my parameters of 'a good efriend'. There remain just a handful of the good old companions. One of them echoes my thoughts when he says, hearing my woes, "I am not the abandoning sort. I cling to old things. In fact, I take time to adopt a new thing." I find it so reassuring. For me, it's as good as a virtual hug. Would have otherwise thought I am the only one of my kind.... hahaha.
I am still avoiding being on WhatsApp which has become immensely popular now, as have other new apps. Many have been vouching for WhatsApp as, there, one can create a group of like-minded people only. I tell myself that I'd grab new social media apps and get rocking on them once I grab a new phone. But, honestly, I'm even averse to giving up on my old phone.
All my life, my resistance to change has led to all kinds of serious conflicts as well. Yet, I am what I am.