Wednesday, May 27, 2009
A movie that made me LMAO. Strange that a few of my friends did not like it that much.
Johnny English (Rowan Atkinson) not knowing that the man standing beside him is actually Pascal Sauvage (John Malkovich), expresses his true feelings about the Frenchman.
"You know, I think I'd rather have my bottom impaled on a giant cactus than exchange pleasantries with that jumped-up Frenchman.
As far as I'm concerned, the only thing the French should host is an invasion.
Sorry, can I help?"
"Pascal Sauvage, - jumped-up Frenchman."
Also during the climax, Johnny would mistakenly conclude that the arch bishop is a fake and would display the true arch bishop’s bare ass, wide open on national television - hoping to show a tattooed message – “Jesus is coming, look busy.” After he sees the “clean bottom” –
“All right, so I was wrong about the archbishop's bottom.”
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
William Thacker (Hugh Grant) after spilling orange juice all over Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), tries to convince her to get cleaned up at his place, one among the many funny quotes from that classic movie:
“l'm really sorry.l... l live just over the street.
l have, um, water and soap.You can get cleaned up.
...l also have a phone.l'm confident that in five minutes we could have you spick-and-span and back on the street again - ln the perfectly non-prostitute sense, obviously.”
“…I don't want money and I don't want medals. What I want is for you to stand there in that faggoty white uniform, and with your Harvard mouth, extend me some fuckin' courtesy…
You gotta ask me nicely.”
- Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson) in reply to Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) who carelessly asks for the transfer order of Santiago.
And then again in the climax during the trial, Nicholson does a splendid delivery of dialogs:
“Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? …
… You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties; You want me on that wall! You need me on that wall!”
My all time favorite horror/psychological thriller movie. I usually like this genre of movies, even the bloody gory ones like Quentin Tarantino’s “Hostel” or the “Saw” pentalogy (btw, Saw VI is coming up later this year, Yay!!).
But 1408 is undoubtedly the best. There is not a single scene that shows any real zombie or spooky creatures or screaming mutants. It is entirely psychological; people who enter into this room get delusional and start hallucinating.
Samuel Jackson does a splendid job of laying the ground work for a great dare devil ride – that is the rest of the movie. I personally could easily relate myself with John Cusack’s character. Everything that is shown in the movie would neatly fall in place.
The reaction of a character to a given situation – the way they talk and the way they respond is what makes a good script stand outside from the rest, and this is one such movie where the script was perfectly written.
One of the best photography in movies of this type, it does not get too dark nor too bright; just the right amount of light that sets the mood of the movie throughout.
To start with a really really funny one –
“The hideousness of that foot would haunt my dreams forever”
– Emilio Lopez (John Turturro) from the movie Mr.Deeds referring to the “wickedly” frostbitten right foot of Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler)
Absolutely hilarious! I had the movie paused, laughed, and rewound it again and again laughing at this scene.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It is a documentary movie all right, but it did not bore me with some glum topic like Global Warming or some alleged conspiracy. It talks about God, Religion, Faith and Government - about the tacit idiocy of the politicians who govern the country in the name of God.
Bill Maher mercilessly ridicules almost every major religion – pointing out the incoherent beliefs that form as a base for most decisions made by people. He questions a vast bunch of such people about things that they deeply believe in and asks them questions which, an ordinary person like me would think twice or thrice and would finally decide not to ask.
His sarcasm would have certainly hurt a lot of people. It is like some of the arguments I have with my Mom, where she would simply stand up and leave, calling my all my opinions as blasphemy.
There are so many things in every religion that have not been proven – things which I am sure can never be proved, ever. I personally believe that history is nothing but a story being told. Story told by humans - of what they saw, heard or believed. We can see in our day to day life how different incidents are told in many different ways, how rumors and gossips spread. Given this fact, how can anyone be positively sure that every thing given in the religious books happened the same exact way? I would like to quote a line from the movie – The Man from Earth – “The truth is very very simple”.
After all, these religious books were written by humans. I have witnessed so many people who tend to exaggerate and over glorify a simple incident, probably to gain attention or maybe to make themselves feel special or important. This is normal human tendency.
Most of these works, which spans across centuries and contain many incidents which cannot be reasoned with logic, could have been such things. It is totally the freedom of an individual to believe whatever he/she wants. But when the magnitude of such beliefs decides the way the government functions, that’s a problem.
If you are a fair-minded person, open to discuss your faith or absence of it, without any prejudice, you would enjoy this movie.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
A really pleasant romantic movie. When almost everything and everyone you knew lets you down, even when you are old, even when you feel guilty of your past – still you can fight and win any challenge that life has to offer. Hoffman plays a man who had abandoned his family for his profession but never reached the heights he anticipated in it either.
He is in the verge of losing his job, his ex-wife and his daughter are really not so proud of him. His daughter wants her step dad to give her on her wedding. Hoffman has reached the rock bottom of his life, and looks completely belittled. But he learns to adapt and work on it and is pulled into the life of a woman whom he met at the airport.
Dustin Hoffman really carries the movie all by himself. That being said, the rest of the cast have done a very decent job too. A smooth script sprinkled with some naturally funny dialogs, colorful photography and mild music, this is the kind of movie which, at the end, leaves you with a big smile and your heart filled with a lot of pleasantness.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
I got so bored watching some of the more recently released movies that I thought it is not even worth mentioning them in my space here. So I decided to start a new string listing my All Time Favorite movies - the ones that I would watch whenever, wherever and any number of times.
Philadelphia - It is the kind of movie that discusses a touchy subject but in the most decent, yet powerful manner. I don’t think anyone else could have performed the role better than Tom Hanks. This is the movie which made me a big fan of Denzel Washington.
The movie is actually built on him - an average man, who cannot and does not, want to see or know, how gay people happen to be what they are. The very thought of such men makes him feel sick – but he goes on to take a homosexual as a client. A homosexual who has intercepted the deadly dreaded disease – AIDS.
Great dialogs as it deals with a big bunch of smart ass lawyers – but Denzel outsmarts them all. There are some really nice moments for Denzel – the scene where he hands the summons, the court scene where he counter attacks about the lesions – he proves it that he is ‘The’ man.