Movie Marathon

21 07 2008

Nothing like a playing a lazy couch potato at home if you got the right company. Instead of wondering what I couldn’t do, I tried my hand at running a Movie Marathon to beat a little sickness. And my picks for the weekend movie show in the order of my preference are

The Princess Bride – Now this movie is a classic fairy tale cut straight out of Grandpa’s bedtime stories. What a beautiful blend of romance, fantasy, comedy and adventure! I guess what appealed to me was the sheer unrealistic setup that made my imagination limitless in expanse. The Cinderella story is complete with a beautiful princess named Buttercup falls in love with a poor stable boy Wesley, and when he’s captured by pirates, she’s chosen by evil Prince Humperdinck to be his princess bride. Sword fights, Lagoons with eels, Fire Swamps, revenge, miracles, giants and true love. I am glad I discovered this movie, for it enlivened my childhood for me, for a moment.

Finding Nemo – I am glad I watched this movie. Of all the animation movies that I have watched, I loved this one the best. This movie is a celebration of human spirit, faith and above all, love. One of those rare movies that tug your heart and make you think at the same moment. A single parent Marlin is overprotective of his son Nemo, and yet he haplessly watches as his son gets scooped away by a oceanic driver all the way to Sydney. Talks about life in troubled waters. Now Marlin, teamed with a forgetful Dory hazards Sharks, Jelly Fish and Angler Fishes to reach the Sydney harbor. In search of Nemo, his father Marlin discovers life and its meaning. In search of his Son, he realizes the true essence of love. By learning to let go, he discovers that the essence of true love is enveloping freedom. I just loved this movie.

Minority Report – The sheer reason I picked this movie is to watch how the hero interacts with huge chucks of data on a glass interface. A little work induced temptation. Yet, this movie is filled with intrigue, action, crime, Sci-Fi, mystery and makes one wonder about the possibilities of future. How interesting. Its the year 2054 in the movie Minority report, offers us a possibility of eliminating crime banking on magnifying visions, where as the recently released Bollywood hungama fisaco Love Story 2050 presents us with the possibilities of flying cars and talking teddybears! My concerns? None, I gave up on cribbing!

A Walk in the Clouds – After ‘The Princess Bride’, my heart longed for good old sweet movies of the M&B kinds and my friend recommended this one to me. the name reminded me of a totally illusionary romance, and what I got as a delightful surprise was a sweet love story. Another of those fairytale romances where a Paul befriends a Mexican lady and ends up playing the role of her husband for a day trying to be a good Samaritan. Mexican fields, Grape wines, serenades, romance and affection of the family slowly work out the magic as this movie proceeds to take you through a walk in the clouds.

The Illusionist: Intrigue, Mystery, and Thriller. An charming pursuit of a love by a magician in the most engaging fashion. The storytelling is exemplary and the movie is engaging from the start to finish. Love, Magic, Illusion, Treachery, all this and more leaves one with a pleasant surprise.

Spiderwick Chronicles: Another of those childhood fantasy fiction novels. Yet, it evokes those delightful memories of childhood exuberance, innocence and curiosity. Jared, Simon and Mallory find themselves in a different world when they shift to the rundown Spiderwick Estate. Jared finds a book that introduces him to the mystery world of magical creatures, which is filled with beautiful spirits, and terrorizing goblins. The way the trio navigates through the wonderland and rescues their family through the dangers of the dark creatures is charming to watch. Now, who said I can’t giggle like a child again and believe in the limitless possibility of imagined universe.

Just Like Heaven: Elizabeth Masterson, a workaholic doctor in San Francisco, gets into a tragic car crash and gets in a coma. Meanwhile,David Abbott sublets Elizabeth’s apartment for rent. Elizabeth’s spirit haunts the apartment and gets into an endless argument with David, as he alone can see her. Love happens whilst Elisabeth’s spirit tries to remember her identity and background. The sheer riduculousness of the story is compensated by the dialogues and the characterization. And I loved the roof top garden as well! πŸ™‚

Million Dollar Baby: “There is magic in fighting battles beyond endurance.” And this movie captures it quite elegantly. Somehow, I always have longed for happy endings and fairy dreamy world settings and this movie packs a realistic punch. The champions should always be celebrated and there should always be love and joy in the end. May be that’s the reason why I couldn’t accept the ending of the movie that justified the choice of death by the fighter. Yet, sometimes it gets too tiring to fight for life. Sometimes all we long for is endless relief and limitless rest from the struggle. May be there lies a win in knowing when to give up. I grudgingly admit that despite the ending, I loved this movie for its sensitive portrayal of persistence and relationships.

What this tells me? One no brainer for me to ponder is that I really need new ways to amuse myself, and this is one of the palest that I could come up with. I sure enjoyed that little touch of variety to my couch potato weekend,and yet I guess I would be stiff bored to repeat this little experiment once again. πŸ™‚


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21 07 2008
Rambler

Finding nemo is one of the best movies I have seen πŸ™‚

you should try “Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” and “garden state”

22 07 2008
Vin

Hi.. came across ur blog recently. love the way u translate ur thoughts into words… i love reading and poems.. some of the poems on ur blog are my favourites too. have u read Invictus? if not, here is the link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invictus

Speaking of movies, have u watched Ratatouille? its such a beautiful animation movie with a brilliant theme. The Last Samurai is one of my favourites. For great visuals, try THE HERO (JET Li movie).

saw Dead Poets society’s quotes on ur blog.. i loved the movie 2… very inspirational movie.. though the ending could have been on a positive note.

more of movies, books and poems later…

Vin

22 07 2008
Salz d gr8

Nice article…

Chk out the movies… They are my favourites…

Love Actually..
Notting Hill..
Flavours..
What a Girl wants…
Princess Diaries…
If only….

23 07 2008
Barkha

Princess Bride one of my old favourites too! You may enjoy Ella Enchanted along similar lines. Must rent The Illusionist have not seen it yet.

My picks, based on how am feeling right now:
My Fair Lady
Love Actually
Howls Moving Castle
Calamity Jane
I am Legend (Will Smith is brilliant)
Bend It Like Beckham (have seen that a zillion times still good)

: )

23 07 2008
Jeevan

Wow!

I too used to have such marathons few years back till I got internet.

Unfortunately I don’t have a good CD/DVD shop near my current home 😦

I would recommend the following movies

1. Mad Money – The climax of this movie is ultimate. It is full of suspense.
2. Night at the musuem – Ben Stiller and Robin Williams did a splendid job.
3. Indiana Jones series – I am sure you would have seen them all already, but watching them one shot is a little different.
4. Artificial Intelligence – Most of the futuristic concepts in Love story 2050 were copied from this (including the talking teddy bear :))
5. Legally blond I & II – Our own Munna Bhai was inspired by this movie
6. Lost in Translation – It is so realistic. Bill Murray’s character is so different from his other movies.
7. Kill Bill volume I & II – This is from the famous Quentin Tarantino. I like the fight sequneces. They are awesome.
8. Monsters Inc – Another great movie from Pixar. It is so hilarious

Hmm … The list is endless πŸ™‚

Have another great movie marathon πŸ™‚

23 07 2008
Reema

Hello there, Zee Studio runs some really good flicks these days. do check out! Sorry, don’t visit often enough as wordpress is blocked at office.

24 07 2008
ctone

iam on a blogging marathon these days.. reading all the 300 odd postings of nrsl, rambler, joyetha..

i agree with reema.. zee studio is running some really good stuff..

pick any thing directed by alfred hitchcock, akira kurasova.

here are my fav..

indiana jones series
star wars
Duel… directed by speilberg.
Sugarland Express.. directed by speilberg

the seven samurai,
hidden fortress
roshaman

Run lola Run.. u wont get bored even after watching for 10 times at a stretch.. http://www.ctone.wordpress.com

black hawk down
bournie ultimatum

shakespere in love
moulin rouge
forest gump
hitch

saving private ryan
the great escape
where eagles dare
guns of neveron

The black stallion
italian job
momento
pay it foreward
water world
a beautiful mind

watch these.. i add some more titles another day.. πŸ™‚

25 07 2008
nrsl

@ Rambler
Both of them are currently in my harddisk. πŸ™‚ Need to find sometime to check them out.

@ Vin
Last Samurai and Ratatouille are my favorites too.
“In the fell clutch of Circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of Chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
Invictus.. How can I forget it! Such a beautiful thought!
‘Dead Poets society’ quotes offer awesome inspiration..

@ Salz
‘What a Girl wants’, I loved that movie. πŸ™‚
Have Notting Hill n If Only with me, got to check them out. πŸ™‚

@ Barkha
Can’t forget ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Bend It Like Beckham’. Loved them!
I need to check the rest all out.

@ Jeevan
Thanks for the reco.. That’s quite a list! Haven’t see any of them, except for ‘Night at the musuem’. Loads to watch now! πŸ™‚

@ Reema
Long time dear! My romance with TV has never lasted long. 😦

@ ctone
That’s quite a compilation! I have seen only ‘forest gump’ so far! Long way to go! πŸ™‚

25 07 2008
Vamsi

Fun. Movie marathons are always fun. Although my choice of movies would be slightly away from the M&B track :-). Of the list you mentioned, I like “Finding Nemo” and “Million Dollar Baby”. I am not a big fan of fairy tales and Hollywood endings where everything is hunky dory at the end of the day :-). I was really impressed with “Million Dollar Baby”. Clint Eastwood is an amazing director. BTW, you should watch “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”. Clint Eastwood rocked in that movie.

If you are into old classics (there are new classics too :-P), you should check out “Charade”. My idea of a good movie is something that grips for the duration of the movie. You should keep thinking about the movie even after you are done watching it. Ofcourse that’s my liking and I don’t rub it on everybody :-). Some good movies I would suggest are “Memento”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Pulp Fiction” etc., There’s the danger of you accusing me of being just a guy though πŸ™‚

-Vamsi

27 07 2008
Sathish

OMG…. πŸ™‚ Where do u get all these movies from??!!!

28 07 2008
priyankaprakash

I am not a great movie buff, but you make me want to watch them all now. Although I have seen two of those. I particularly like your book lists! They are awesome(I am a “book buff”, so to say)

31 07 2008
nrsl

@ Vamsi
A personal confession: I am a big fan of fairy tales.. I like the way they put a twinkle in the eye,, πŸ™‚ Memento is on my list too, esp when the tamil version is so good.. I would check the rest too.. πŸ™‚

@ Sathish
Friends, Internet and DVDs.. πŸ™‚

@ priyankaprakash
Am a bookworm too.. πŸ™‚ U are welcome to check out.. πŸ™‚

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