Friday, 14 May, 2010

Headphones and a Tub of popcorn...

And you're ready for movie marathon ;)

Hehe.. I watched three more movies, and reviews are right here...

The first I saw was Cindrella Man, don't let the name fool you! It is a fairytale of sorts, but not the kind the name suggests it is! It is about the life of James J. Braddock, an American boxer, which by the way is real. It is set in the Great Depression era between the years 1929-1935 when the boxer was all but out of the ring, after a spate of injuries and consequent losses, with his licence being revoked. He started doing some manual labour and jobs, but those were hard to come by owing to the recession and he had difficulty making ends meet. However his manager tried to do all he could for him, by getting him fights, convincing the federation each time!

The story goes on about how he wins the public sentiments; and the sports journos who criticised him once, nicknamed him the Cindrella Man, because from his story of grit and pure determination to fight against the odds, a lot of people took inspiration to fight the Depression.

The boxing action shown is really nice, and although it warns of some boxing 'violence' I think it is very watchable and people who enjoy seeing wrestling and boxing are going to simply love it! Russel Crowe as James was I feel effective and played the role to perfection. Renee Zellweger, who plays the wife who's always scared for her husband's life because of his profession, has done a good job too... All in all, if you think you're gonna like the boxing action, get hold of it! :)

The second one was Yes Man. (Now, if you're wondering why it has to be 'Man' all the time,
I am wondering the same :P ) Anyway, this is a movie about a guy who's pretty depressed after divorce with his wife, and started putting himself in a cocoon. He ignores friends, watching DVDs alone, works at the bank and leads a boring life. Oh btw Jim Carrey plays this guy Carl. One day an old colleague of his suggests he attend a seminar called Yes! Very reluctantly and because he has nothing else to do on Friday night, he goes.

There he meets a philosopher Terrence who professes that you should say Yes! to everything in life. And when questioned, he says that saying No would cause bad things to happen. Carl takes this advice too seriously and says Yes! to everything, as a result, his life does improve a great deal as he ends up doing crazy night outs, learning Korean, getting promoted and meeting a nice young vivacious lady. But then, it also gets him in some tight situations. Ultimately, the lesson he learns is that it is not about never saying No! it is about saying Yes! to life...

I could connect with the plot of this one, because I have read The Secret,and call me a fool if you will, but I actually do believe in the concept, though I don't end up practicing it too often... :-s It's about being positive, and simply repeating the positive, even if it's just in your thoughts because positive attracts positive. Ok, I know science people are going to disagree on that one, but you'll have to think philosphy guys!

I am not a huge fan of philosophy and from the depths of my heart, I hate those pravachan people as I call them, but this one sounds realistic. The Secret is by Rhonda Bryne and there's a movie based on it too. I have the movie, yet to see it though! And there was a new book Beyond the Secret, which I purchased on a recent visit to Crossword, but haven't started yet. The book is by a different author, but largely on the same concept, a guide to using The Secret as she calls it! Anyway, you can watch this movie, if you need some motivation in life. Everybody goes through bad patches at some or the other time, and these would probably help.

The third I saw is The Silence of the Lambs.OK, this can be grotesque. DO NOT watch without
knowing what you're going to see... This one starts with Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling who is training to be a part of the Behavioural Sciences Unit of the police, being pulled out and given an assignment to study the case of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is a brilliant psychiatrist but a cannibal. He is kept in a special cell without any contact with the outside world. A spate of serial killings by someone who calls themselves Buffalo Bill forces the police to seek help from Hannibal, and hence Clarice is
engaged. Buffalo Bill after killing his victims, who are all girls, peels away parts of their skin, which baffles the Behavioural Science Dept. because they can't figure out the reason.

Clarice talks to Hannibal, and manages to get some help from him, in return for the story of her own life, which she was advised against, but has to do it, to gain his help. In return, Hannibal does help her out, using his knowledge of psychiatry, but he escapes. Clarice is able to track down Buffalo Bill who had kidnapped a Senator's daughter, and discovers that he is actually an unsettled mind who believes himself to be a woman and hence is trying to make a stitched suit, using the skin of these women. He wants to cross dress using this suit.

This movie can be disturbing on several levels, though honestly, I was better prepared as compared to Butterfly Effect so was able to concentrate on the psychology part of it! It has a lot of, well, scenes which could unnerve some people, so watch it only if they don't bother you. Apart from that, for those interested in psychiatry, oh you're gonna love it if you like to study the human mind, which can be manipulative and vulnerable and twisted!


I'll try 2 be truthful said...

Have always believed that Jim Carrey is one of the most intelligent actors of our times. and yes I really want to see YES MAN!

same here, positivity makes thing better,and negativity makes even better things seems bad :)

As for the classic tale of Dr Hannibal, it is grotesque to no end and tops the list of 'psycho thrillers'.

yet to read 'The Secret'. synopsis?

Mads said...

Oh I'll definitely catch yes man!!
silence of the lambs seems good. i love psychological thrillers.

i wanted to catch 'the secret'..right now im on a john grisham marathon :D got 4 books of his. thought that being a law student, this is least i should do ;)

good one...waiting for the next review marathon to come :D actually not! i want ur next post to be on ur trip so that u can ask baaki desi log what to see there etc. etc.

Arv said...

Nice collection of movies to see...

Cinderella Man is one of the all time best movies simply for the beautiful lives it portrays :)

Karthik said...

Being a movie buff, I've seen all three. All of them are good. But Cinderella man and silence of the lambs are exceptional.
If you want to see the other side of Jim Carrey's face, watch "The Number 23". You'll be blown away. You'll be more convinced as to why Jim Carrey is one of the most intelligent actors. ;)
Wonderful review. :))

Tushar Mangl said...

Out of three I saw some part of Silence of the Lambs and did not like it. Shall try to catch up with the other two.

And I am reading The Secret at the moment. finished half of it.
Thanks :-)

Nidz said...

i always had tht movie "silence of the lamb" but could never make it to watch.. i knew it was thriller movie and it dint buy my attention.
i watched Yes man.. okey movie..
i have story of Cinderella nt sure of exact name.. yet to watch.. :)
this week i watched Iron man 2 n remember me. .
Rem me was slow movie. i enjoyed Iron man 2 wthout watching the 1st part :p

Akansha Agrawal said...

yeah, I like Jim Carrey too :D Haan you'll like both Yes Man and The Secret, which reminds me, I gotta mail you The Secret... gng now! :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

Hehe... nah! I'll write about trip when I am back! ;)

I haven't read John Grisham *bookmarks him* what are his books about? :-w

Akansha Agrawal said...

Thanks... yeah me likes it! :)

Akansha Agrawal said...

Hmm... Now i have to catch Number 23... will do :D :D

Akansha Agrawal said...

Well the other 2 are different... so you'll prob like it!

How did you find The Secret?

Akansha Agrawal said...

hmm... now you know the synopsis so make an informed choice ;)

I've heard a lot about Rem Me, will try to catch it... iron man... dunno.. :-s

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