Friday, December 31, 2010

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

When the truth behind the lie emerges,
The whole wide world gasps and watches,
The inhumanity of humanity,
The untimely death of serenity

Fahrenheit 9/11 , was listed as the best film of the decade in some list i read some time ago.. And i thought,, how can this be, it's just a documentary! Shortly afterwards i got hooked on to documentaries, but didn't see this 1 till today.... And now i see the justification.. It is truly an indicator of how easily we can be succumbed into believing something when fear is used as a weapon..

The documentary by Michael Moore mainly centers around George Bush's term as the president of united states, the unjustified and utterly selfish decisions he made just for the benefit of a handful people and in a very subtle way indicates that democracy in a real sense is non-prevalent in the modern world. Starting with the "who won Florida" controversy right till the aftermath of Iraq war, Moore follows Bush and points out the gaping flaws within the political system.

Some of the most disturbing images of war, the grief of the mothers who lost their sons, the crying shrieks of relatives have been used frame after frame along with false promises and assurances of American politicians and congressmen and the hypocrisy of the leaders is highlighted diligently..  

This film received a 20 minutes standing ovation at Cannes(longest for any film), and it is also the longest selling documentary of all times. Without revealing any plot details, i would say it is a must watch film which will drastically improve your understanding of the world.

Cinematic equivalents may be drawn with zeitgeist and the 11th hour.. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Maverick Definitions (part 2)

EXAM--- The dangerous sequence of events including the JAMming of the EGG(metaphor phor the brain :P) in the course of which the flow of necessary information is interrupted.. The condition may worsen, sometimes leading to cracking of the egg, which in turn results into some queer circumstances...  All these events grouped together is called EGG-JAM..

 PROGRAM-- A secret underGround PROject undertaken by the government of India to intricately scrutinize and find out all the lands that were owned, rented or leased by sri RAM and give a detailed report afterwards....  This highly confidential event has been called PRO-G-RAM....

 Elephant--- The shriek of anguish(EEEEEEEE....) emanated from a person's mouth when he/she discovers that he/she has grown so fat that he/she doesn't fit into his/her old LEE(or levis or any other brand) PANT.... This is called EE-LEE-PANT... 

 STUDY--The dangerous course of action undertaken by a STUdent whose marginal overdose can compel him/her to DIE.. This may be regarded as a primary stage of suicide and must be avoided at all costs..

This "severely injurious to mental and physical health" act is often referred as   "STU-DIE" in colloquial terms...

Black Swan(2010)

It was dark, or it was dawn??
Or it was just a hallucination??
The mind tells a different story,
The nebulous perfection, mandatory??

Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's fifth and latest film delves deep into the human mind and induces a queer mix of hallucination and reality. The protagonist, Nina Sayers works in a ballet company whose business is declining. Their most high profile dancer has been forced into retirement and a new production "swan lake" is just coming up. Nina fits perfectly into the character of the white swan, beautiful, fragile and all goody-two-shoes; but her life comes into a predicament while portraying the white swan's evil twin, the black swan. In come several characters, her domineering mother who was once a ballet dancer herself, the gray shaded master of the ballet company Thomas Leroy, and lily, who perfectly fits into the character of the black swan.

And Nina's dedication to dancing and performing takes a pivotal role with her mind playing tricks on her.. On her quest to achieve perfection she loses stability of her mind, imagining the impossible, doing the unthinkable. In this regard Natalie Portman's role as Nina should be mentioned specifically. She has trained for this film for months and all the effort shows in the dance sequences. Her eyes spoke, her body language killed. And her performance was definitely one of the best in quite some time. Don't be surprised if you see her walking home with that golden statute for "best actress".

All in all, black swan is a superb thriller revolving around a ballet company, painted mostly in rich dark shades by the director mostly in order to portray the mental state of the protagonist. The transitions from dream to reality, white to black have been shot meticulously well. But as this film delves much into the dark side, it may seem unpleasant for a category of the viewers and i'll advice them to refrain from this film.

Cinematic comparison may be drawn with David Lynch's Mulholland Dr or Mary Harron's 

American Psycho