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April 19, 2014 Saturday     
Widely acclaimed and included among the best works of the maestro Woody Allen, this is one of those unique films conceived around the ‘Time Travel’ concept, which both entertains as well teaches you a basic but extremely important chapter of life, with a great insight. Revolving around the Paris vacation of its lead character, Gil (who is a Hollywood writer), it takes you onto a nostalgic, romantic and entertaining trip back in time in the famous Woody Allen style, full of truthful disclosures & witty dialogues clearly unveiling the delusions of the past impressively.
 
Beginning with Gil struggling to write his first novel, it introduces you to his romantic thoughts about the city of Paris and its golden past of 1920s. Now one night, when he is wandering alone on the lonely streets, he finds an unexpected invitation from an unknown vehicle, which he duly accepts and finds himself taken onto an unbelievable trip to the past, in a social party, where he gets to meet all the famous names of those times in the literary circles. Gill is simply thrilled to meet everyone he used to admire, along with many more known names of the past, moving live in front of his eyes like a dream. These repeated trips back in various time periods make him realize the imperfect world we are living in from ages, wherein everyone is in awe of its golden past and is willing to live that again with an undisclosed hope.
 
So there is something unique and special about this Woody Allen kind of time travel, which is full of surprises, love, inspiration, interesting connecting links, a thought realistic approach and few blunt historical truths too, which rarely have been a feature of any other film made on this very subject. The director subtly yet beautifully recreates the old time periods, keeping a keen eye on its wonderful architecture, memorable landmarks, the changing costumes and other finer details which truly charm the viewers with their remarkable magic of that magnificent past. Plus one can also find that famous Woody Allen touch too in its sequences full of many funny, clever but honest remarks made with a great sense of humour.
 
On the performance front, the film can easily be called as a splendid ensemble of a talented cast, where every actor plays his or her assigned role (of the famous character from the past like Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, T. S Eliot & more) outstandingly and makes you believe their individual outlook and vision in that specific time period in a justified manner. But taking this same thought forward, frankly many (like myself) might not be familiar with several ‘Big Western Names’ coming into its narration at several moments. So to enjoy this superb entertainer even better, I would suggest that you go on and GOOGLE every new personality’s name as it comes in the film and see for what they were known for in the history and then how they have been represented in the film by the visionary director. Because knowing the background of its each and every character of the past is a kind of essential to get to the basic essence of the movie, as I strongly felt. Moreover you are sure going to enjoy this joyride much more in that particular way undoubtedly.
 
Now coming to the important lesson of life, (once again learned from this movie personally), I would like to admit that a few decades back, I also used to love & praise the past a lot more than the present times, often. And I know many of my friends do the same too, when we remember the times of Golden 60s or 70s in our Indian Cinema fondly or when we recall the time period (of living in harmony) before the bloody partition of 1947 or the times of Mirza Ghalib and others renowned writers, artists, poets, painters, sportsmen, politicians of the past as per our own preferences or interests. So it’s quite often when we get to hear people saying this common phrase that, “Those were the golden eras lived by our great artists…………as compared to the present mean times……………and Ab Woh Waqt Kahan?.”
 
Honestly, the thought used to haunt me too in my college days till I read the famous creation “Madhushala” by Sh. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, which has a truly memorable and precious life teaching verse dealing with this debatable notion mentioned above. And the lesson got revived after decades, when I recently watched the introspective progression of MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, dealing with the same basic reality of life in a quite different but amusing manner.
 
Actually in this reflective classic, the main protagonist Gil is living in the present 21st century (in 2010) but loves the era of 1920s and its famous creative exponents passionately. Luckily he finds a means to travel in time and goes back to the 1920 amongst his favourite creators. But meeting them all, he surprisingly finds that instead of enjoying that golden period (of the 1920s) they are busy praising the artistic-wave of the late 19th century in comparison. And after a while when Gil goes into the late 19th century, then there too he finds them all saying that, “This generation is empty with no imagination” and again praising the Renaissance era of the gone centuries instead. So strangely, Gil finds every creative person praising the past only and not living the present in the most celebrative way as they should. And that’s exactly when he gets this valuable insight of life that we got to respect, live and love the present to the most, instead of always sticking to the past.
 
Honestly if truth be spoken, then we all think in the same way, finding some kind of solace in the thought that perhaps the past was much better than the present and so were the creative people living in that gone era. But in reality, all we have got is the ‘Present’ in hand and we urgently need to realize its importance, living it to the maximum, exploring all our creative abilities along with our friends and well wishers of the current times at the earliest. Besides, the past is not to be forgotten, but to be remembered as a wise teacher, in order to make the best of this gifted life, instead of just clinging to those gone years in our dreams.
 
Writer, director Woody Allen very deservingly won the OSCAR for Best Writing & Original Screenplay in 2012 for this film, as it surely remains one of the most original thought provoking screenplay written in the recent times. Admittedly, for many friends the film might not turn out to be as entertaining as you might expect on the lines of “Back To The Future” series. Being a Woody Allen movie, it mostly relies on the mutual conversations of its various characters only and is not interested in presenting any high energy action or electrifying sequences as mostly associated with a Time Travel film.
 
Hence if you wish to have an intellectual journey back in time, cleverly organized by a one of the most inventive and creative director of the present times. Then do go for this philosophical voyage at the earliest and learn one of most valuable lesson of life, teaching the acceptable difference between our present and the past in a lovable way.

Written & Directed By : Woody Allen
Starring : Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates and more.
 
And for friends who would like to read the particular verse of Sh. Harvinash Rai Bachhan related with the subject of past and present comparison, it has been shared below with its English interpretation too.
 
“Apne Yug Mein Sabko Anupam Gyaat Hui Apni Haala,
Apne Yug Mein Sabko Adbhut Gyaat Hua Apna Pyaala,
Phir Bhi Vridhon Se Jab Poocha Ek Yahi Uttar Paaya,
Ab Na Rahey Woh Peenewale, Ab Na Rahi Woh Madhushala”

(In their time everyone thinks that he is enjoying the wine of life to the best,
In their time everyone thinks that their style of living is the best offered by the Supreme Power,
But still whenever someone asks the old people then they all have only one answer,
That Ah! those were the times, those were the days and now nobody knows how to enjoy life and live it in style.)

(Sh. Harivnash Rai Bachchan in his MADHUSHALA)

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Tags : Midnight In Paris (2011), Movies To See Before You Die Adventure, Must watch films list by Bobby sing, Worth Watching World Classics List at bobbytalkscinema.com, Not to be missed films list by Bobby Sing, Woody Allen Classic Cinema, Oscar Winner Movies
 
 
19 January 2014 / bobbysing /
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Cinema as an art of story-telling, often gives us many new insights into the unvisited realms of imagination. But very rarely comes a film, sharing a completely novel, fascinating, creative as well as engaging story idea which straight away forces us to dive into the deep sea of fantasy with a new vision. BEING JOHN MALKOVICH is unarguably one of those inventive films. which are funny as well as wonderful in their fabulous execution of a brilliant idea, never tried before. Now for many, the basic premise of the film might turn out to be purely silly, impossible or weird. However for others, it might be quite original, fresh and something reminding them of stories like “Alice in Wonderland”.
Featuring many first rate performances from the well-known actors, the film is a wonderfully crafted piece of creativity which despite having so many complications, still successfully manages to keep you engrossed in a mesmerizing way throughout. Beginning with a five feet tall mid-floor called 7½ in a building, at first it all seems to be quite absurd and illogical. But once its basic plot of a mind portal gets revealed, the content simply starts entertaining the viewer like a magical adventure journey and one really feels like having numerous cunning ideas in his thoughts, related to the matchless concept.
Disclosing it bizarre yet highly amusing plot with an indicative instance, just imagine that one fine day you unintentionally find a big black hole in your office wall, hidden behind a cabinet. It seems to be the door of a dark tunnel going to somewhere and you eagerly wish to discover where it actually goes or ends. Now entering in it, you are at once sucked in and then find yourself in the mind of your favourite movie star (for the next 15 minutes), be it Amitabh Bachchan or one of the Khans ruling the charts today. Reaching the mind of your loved celebrity, now you can exactly see what he is seeing through his open eyes and also listen to what he planning to do next dealing with the people around.
Being there, you meet all the other co-stars he is working with looking through his eye-holes and get to meet his family members too in his own private moments spent in his home. Having explored the newly found secret door, you further try to earn some big amount of money by exploiting this rare discovery and begin charging from anyone who wishes to spend 15 minutes in the mind of that famous actor exclusively. As the news spreads by the word of mouth, there is a long line in your office to experience this unthinkable kind of journey and money starts flowing in like anything.
This is in fact the inventive, illogical but interesting subject of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH and the secret portal in it takes you straight into the mind of veteran Hollywood actor John Malkovich who later discovers that something fishy is certainly going on in his mind, as it often tends to go beyond his control. The sequences when a person is there in John's mind looking through his eyes are superbly conceived by some creative camera movements and one just feels like seeing everything from within the body of John Malcovich following the incredible vision of director Spike Jonze and his creative team.
So if the above mentioned plot seems to be quite new or interesting and you really want to know what happens next with the rare mind portal? Then do watch this completely different film based on a daring thought and have a good time visiting the mind of John Malkovich through the magic door.
Directed By Spike Jonze
Starring : John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener.
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24 October 2013 / bobbysing /
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Certain cinematic gems are both technically and conceptually made so well (read perfectly) that they don’t really allow any viewer or reviewer to say anything else than just praises for the commendable effort made, using many heavy words. Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY is certainly one of those hugely impressive & laudable ventures of the recent times, which actually makes your jaws drop, eyes wide open and bodies tightly glued to the seats in those 90 minutes, a rare feat which very few films are able to achieve so convincingly.
More than a decade before when I first saw Ron Howard’s APOLLO 13 (1995) and then Stanley Kubrick’s epic masterpiece 2001 : A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968), it simply made me awestruck witnessing the unbelievable kind of execution by its immensely talented makers. Besides I truly regretted the fact that I couldn’t see such great films on the big wide screen with an outstanding sound system playing its enjoyable musical silence, providing that out of the world experience to the viewers. Moreover the films also gave me the thoughts, that what if the astronauts have to repair their space shuttles by themselves by moving out manually in the unknown black vacuum and what if they need to ask help from any other country’s space shuttle standing at a distance, in a state of crisis and then have to reach it somehow covering the blind gap.
Thankfully GRAVITY is here with all the possible answers to my thoughts and the regret of not seeing any such space adventure in the theaters is now taken care of in an outstanding manner. In simple words, if you ever wished to feel the space and its deep silence like the trained professional astronauts, then here is your chance to live those otherwise unachievable moments in the theater, at the cost of only 300 bucks and that too without wearing the heavy space suits and oxygen helmets. The film takes you into that black soundless region like never before and then makes you feel the excitement, tension, loneliness, pain and discomfort of being in the space all alone with just the mechanical gadgets and machines.
Capable of transforming you into a different world (space) altogether, GRAVITY is unarguably one of the best space adventure movies made till date, which actually makes you wonder that was that beautiful, absorbing ambience all digitally created or they really shot those sequences by going into the genuine scary space in a shuttle? Further opening with a ground breaking long shot introducing the theme right away, GRAVITY not only keeps you absorbed with its breathtaking execution but also keeps you guessing through an engaging, original script written around a rare space disaster.
Though for many viewers it might have less dosages of entertainment as expected but as a matter of fact, GRAVITY rises much above than any recent spectacular gem such as AVATAR or LIFE OF PI, because it is not really talking about anything fictional or deliberately created by the makers in order to provide a mesmerizing, magical treat to their viewers. It actually talks about the real existing space and the sudden, unexpected catastrophe which possibly can happen with the people up there in the space shuttles, anytime, any moment. Secondly the film gives you an entirely different and much superior experience as a 3D film (comparatively) since the technology is used quite wonderfully here, matching its subtle yet electrifying subject matter, moving ahead than any other 3D film to be precise. Talking about this personally, I have never seen a 3D movie by not taking off the glasses several times in those two hours to get some relief. But here in GRAVITY, I never thought of taking them off even once, other than the intermission and was constantly watching it with the glasses on for the first time ever.
Thoughtfully & skillfully directed by Alfonso Cuaron, GRAVITY is a film which gets perfect contribution from every single creative person involved in its making, superbly led by the Sound, Cinematography and CGI departments in particular. Though its silent moments speak for themselves in those tense sequences, but the timely inclusion of many enjoyable dialogues and the well composed musical notes enhance the overall impact of the venture to many folds. Brilliantly performed by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the actors successfully make a solid impact on the viewers, even when you don’t see their faces properly in a substantial part of the film till the end. Particularly this is Sandra’s another absolutely stunning performance of her career and she reportedly spent six months of physical training, preparing for this role to play it in an authentic manner.
Interestingly apart from GRAVITY’s technical, artistic and creative attainment, the film has a proud Indian link too wherein you get to hear one of the astronaut singing “Mera Joota Hai Japani” in a carefree mood in one of its opening sequence. And then we have a duly acknowledged contribution in its soundtrack made by Delhi’s own famous music producer, Gaurav Dayal.
Last but not the least, I would like to write about GRAVITY’s less discussed, rare spiritual or meditative feature, which truly gives you an enlightening taste of that supreme invisible power, hidden within this huge, complex but smoothly working universe and its unexplained phenomenon. The film takes you into those never ending, silent, infinite black spaces of the universe, which simply make you realize that how tiny, ineffective and momentary is our very existence on this planet Earth. The Earth, which itself is a very miniscule part of such an enormous universe and its numerous elements.
In fact, this humble thought is very well defined in the last scene of the film itself, when Sandra somehow manages to reach back planet Earth safely, landing into the sea after a miraculous escape. And the moment she again touches the solid surface of mother Earth……..there are only two words on her lips with eyes looking into the sky….. and those two words are….THANK YOU.
GRAVITY ends on this very note giving us a fabulous thought to take back home, indicating that the human race is only capable of saying just these two words in gratitude towards the beautiful existence. And there is simply no other way we can repay back for such precious gifts showered upon ourselves by that Supreme Power since ages.
So if the above note on this cinematic conquest interests you then do take an off and live this space experience as a must in the theaters, especially in 3D, because otherwise it will be an insult to the art and its creators to see it on the small screen in your bedrooms along with the dinner served. In other words, exceptionally crafted gems like these come after decades and you are sure going to regret not watching it in the theaters later, if you miss the opportunity now.
Directed By Alfonso Cuaron
Written by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron
Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki.
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