The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth

The Man from Earth

A few days ago there was news that a feature film is going to be made with both Batman and Superman characters. I was reading a related article on a comic-con forum when on the side navigation bar I saw a link where I noticed the name ‘The Man from Earth’. At first I thought it was the Keanu Reeves movie ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’. I knew about the Keanu Reeves movie, but haven’t watched it (not yet). So I checked the title on IMDB. It not just turned out to be a different movie, but it was voted by a lot of users (76 thousand) and had a good rating too. It caught my attention, and I got that movie that day.

It had been over a week since I got that movie but haven’t watched it yet. A couple of hours ago I was looking for any gulte (nonsensical, formulaic entertainer) movie to watch, but I couldn’t find one that I haven’t already seen. So I played this one instead.

‘The Man from Earth’ is an intensely engaging movie. The story starts with a Professor named John Oldman meeting his colleagues and friends for one last time before he leaves town. Everyone is intrigued to know why John was leaving, and are taken aback when he reveals that he has been walking the face of the earth for 14,000 years. What follows is a series of conversations where John’s audience try to find a crack in his story, but are dismayed/delighted as John answers to each of their questions.

Ten minutes into the movie and I was pulled into a black hole of interesting conversations. The premise the story is based on, the hypothesis it makes and especially the characters that are involved have been brilliantly carved and aptly placed. What is interesting to note is that even though the conversation between the characters appears to be random in the beginning, it does follow a specific structure. As the protagonist keeps sharing his perspective you notice a change in his audiences reaction and enthusiasm. Denial, delight and doubt is shown through different characters. This pattern reminded me of the classic “12 Angry Men”, but of course there is no other comparison. And there is a twist as well. Okay, not just one :).

Now with sci-fi movies following the much tried and tested formulas (tackling the ultimate apocalypse), this movie comes as a breath of fresh air. The acting was immensely good especially David Lee Smith as John Oldman was amazing and the run-time just about right. This is by far one of the most unusual and thoughtful sci-fi movies I had seen.

End of the line. Everybody off. Now go watch the movie.

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So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish – A Review

Douglas Adams, you crazy crazy drunkard. It is amazing to see how someone human could’ve written so many pages of so much nonsensical bullshit which is not only widely famous, but also has been adopted by all the entertainment mediums known to man. On second thoughts I see that only a drunkard could’ve done it. Well done, Sir.

I started reading the first part with a lot of excitement, but now I am relieved that I could complete the last part finally after a month since I’ve started. No matter how ludicrous the characters you created were, or how crappish the content of the books was, or how mind bogglingly insane your theories were, your digs on humans in particular and everything else in general was bang on. Sure drunkard’s are wise when drunk, but to be spot on every single time amongst all that shit you’ve made up is fucking insane.

I see genius in your words. I see genius in you. And I want a dolphin as a pet.

Don't Panic

A Trilogy In Four Parts (?)
1) The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
2) The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
3) Life, The Universe And Everything
4) So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Holy Cow

You’d expect a book to be good, if not great, when it starts with a “hand job”. But, this book is close to being lame. 300+ pages of a pale Australian’s view on religion in India kind of wares you down. Especially when you read it on a train to Tirupathi. But then, it has its good sides. Especially Sarah’s (author) sense of sarcasm, being unbiased and non-judgmental towards all religions and most of all, her travel escapades, which made me think about planning a long road trip.

stupid is as stupid does

During the past week, after watching a myriad of dud movies I watched a stunner. Forrest Gump. I loved this movie, especially the screenplay. The way tom hanks keeps achieving awesomeness is amazing. Every decision he makes is rated stupid. But in his own words “stupid is as stupid does” and every time he manages to create a sensation. The movie starts with Tom Hanks being a cripple but by quarter time he is an all American football star and by half time an American war hero. In the second half he becomes a national celebrity then a Gazillionaire and by the climax stands as an inspiration for many, just by running and running and more running.

The journey may sound extraordinary but it is portrayed in a very simple and fresh manner. Another good thing about this movie is it never uses the concept of “right time at the right place”. This would’ve made us feel that the hero is just lucky and nothing more but what we experience is much deeper. To keep it simple, it is just a movie about a not-so-ordinary man who does not-so-ordinary things and achieves the extraordinary and never realizes it.

As long as you become a successful sports star, a war hero, a national celebrity, a source of inspiration and a Gazillionaire who cares if you are stupid. I don’t :D.

Ps 1) dud movies include varudu, kites and prince

Ps 2) Cameroon diaz should quit acting. It is very difficult to watch her for two whole hours. I still don’t understand how she looked so sexy in the mask. BTW knight and day is just another popcorn flick. A DVD watching should be good enough.

3 movies and a bike

Prince of Persia

POP

disclaimer: I am definitely an aficionado to the fantasy genre, so my review might be a little biased :D.

Even though this movie boasted of all the ingredients that make a good fantasy movie, I had my reservations as the protagonist resembled CM PUNK 😀 (i hate this wrestler and his style and I am prejudiced :|). But as we (my cousin and I) were unable to get any  tickets for Vedam or Rajneeti and also as I was desperate to watch a movie in the theatre we decided to go for this one.  Unexpectedly this movie turned out to be quite good. Sure, the action could have been better and they could have got a better looking princess but I didn’t mind as

  • The plot was good
  • Acting was fine and
  • Special Affects where amazing

So, my take on the movie is that it is worth a watch. My rating for this one is 8/10 .

Shutter Island

shutter island

Any movie with Leonado DiCaprio most probably

  • would be a very good movie and
  • the hero dies in that movie (Departed, Titanic & Blood Diamond)

Sure, even this movie was good even though the hero does not die. The plot is very complicated and might leave the viewers confounded (you don’t understand which part is reality and which part is imagination, not until the end).

Every one might not like this movie but my according to my opinion, definitely worth a watch ( a good sound system and subtitles might just make your experience better :D). My rating for the movie is 8/10.

Vedam

vedam

Krish impresses us again. Gamyam is good but I feel it is a bit overrated (except for naresh’s performance) but with vedam krish deserves a big pat on his shoulder. With someone given as much footage as Manchu Manoj I don’t think if his role is qualified to be called a guest appearance. As far as the five stories are concerned only two of them made me feel for the roles. One is Cable Raju‘s and the other is that of the Weaver. These two stories made me feel that reality sucks (period). As far as the other three stories are concerned, they are ok types. We’ve already seen similar characters, so they don’t leave a mark. Like Prakash Raj’s role in khadgam (for Manoj Bachpai’s character). Overall this movie is definetly new for tollywood audience and for sure is a multi-starrer 😀 (if you take manchu manoj as a star).

In both of krish’s movies one character over shadows the rest. Like Naresh in Gamyam and Arjun in Vedam.  If this is the trend then I am sure the stars would be eager to grab that role in his next venture 🙂 . My take on the movie is that Vedam is a level up for telugu cinema. I rate it 9/10.

Thunderbird Twinspark

thunderbird

The day after I joined in job I borrowed my colleague’s royalenfield for a day. This particular bike is a beast. If not for the button start, back ache is going to be for sure a side effect. But once you get going, riding this one feels awesome. The constant bullet rhythm echoing as you ride is definitely going to turn heads. Trust me, I got the bike in IIIT and I am sure people were curious 😀 (unfortunately couldn’t spot any girls 😉 to show off ). Even though this is a great bike, from my observations I could find a few weak links

  • The engine gets very hot within a few minutes of riding. If you are not careful you might end up  getting your flip-flops stuck to the bike :P.
  • Low mileage
  • If you are new to riding a cruiser then your elbows get cramped. Hopefully that shouldn’t be a problem once riding becomes regular.
  • Low pickup. Once you are in the 5th gear speed is not a problem, but you can’t compare its pickup with a pulsar, cbz, karizma or yamaha bike.
  • Very costly if you want to buy one.

This classic has its advantages too

  • Apt for long drives
  • In these contemporary times where every one of the bacha log seems to be riding a pulsar/karizma, royalenfield can help you make a mark
  • If you are fan of bullet’s beat, then this asset can become a source for immense satisfaction :D.

Ps 1) Pacnhakshari is pure torcher. Avoid it at all costs.

Ps 2) My first week at job was great. Still no work assigned :).

Ps 4) I have one more week’s stay at oysters suites near madhapur police station. If your flat is nearby do meet me.

Ps 5) Got myself the raavan (abhishek bachan’s hairdo) look today :D. My parents hate it.