We finally found a video library near our place. Not exactly near near, but around a 15 minute walk one way, and right next to my old college. But seriously, it’s been so worth it, especially since we had been pretty disillusioned by the fact that we were so unable find one before. Which is damn weird considering we stay right in the centre if the city.
Getting back to the basic fact, we wasted no time in taking a membership, and obviously, wasted not one day of the past two weekends. And ended up watching a bulk of movies.
Started with Apaharan, because A wanted to watch it. Seriously, whatever the critics say, I simply cannot get myself to watch a 3 hour long movie full of gore, extremely serious dialogues, absolutely no comedy, and no songs. So, after going deeper and deeper into depression after every passing minute, when the bad guy died in the end, life seemed better.
Thankfully, some good sense made me borrow Madagascar the same day, and things became much better after watching that. Though not in the same league as Shrek, Ice Age, or Monsters Inc (totally my opinion), it was a refreshing movie, and intensified my love for animated flicks.
The next in line was Ek Ajnabee, and the only thing I could be thankful about when it ended was that I hadn’t got tickets for it in Imax. Cos here I could at least forward stuff. The Indian version of ‘Man on Fire’ seemed to have tried to hard to be Hollywoodish, and some ended up being this utterly senseless mess. And no, even Arjun Rampal couldn’t get it my points.
Borrowed Bluff master along with Shall we Dance, a Richard Gere flick next. No reviews (or rather opinions) about Bluff master, as we did not go beyond the first 15 minutes. And this was when all three people watching the movie, are the typical ‘Abhishek is sooooo cute!’ women. But surprisingly, none of us actually had an inclination to watch this movie, and so we shifted to the other one. And that was cute!! Richard Gere, loads of mush, and quite a bit of ballroom dancing thrown in, what else could one ask for.
So, the next time we went to borrow movies, special emphasis was laid on the fact that atleats one of the movies had to be a mushy flick, so that it would offset any bad experience we might have with the other movies. The combination this time was Never been kissed (which would be are-watch for everyone), and Charlie and the chocolate factory (my choice, as I loved the book as a kid, and wanted to see the movie now). The good part was while the former was as cute as always, the latter did full justice to the book. And for those who have read the book, it actually added an additional aspect in the form of Willy Wonka’s childhood.
The last batch of movies watched were, the critically acclaimed and nominated for all possible awards, ‘Hazaaron Khwaahishen Aisi’ and another never heard of ‘Thirteen going on Thirty’.
And the verdict is ‘I did not like HKA one bit’. I do not know why in the name of ‘realistic’ cinema, they have to make such highly disturbing movies in the first place. And all this after I got a feedback that this was an awesome portrayal of the 70s, was a very well made love story etc etc. If I wanted to watch so much ‘reality’, I would rather go watch some news channel I guess.
Thirteen, going on thirty was fairy tale cute. And very much my kinda movie. So, again I had a movie to put my mood right after something I would have rather not watched.
So that was the movie summarization for the last two weeks. The list for the next week includes Iqbal, and Ice Princess. And if there are any worth watching movies (with happy endings please) or really timepass romantic flicks, well known or not, do suggest!!
Till then, Ciao!