Thursday, January 31, 2008

Two Trailers

1. Star Trek begins. Also known as What I Want for Christmas 2008.

2. Son of Rambow. No, it's not a spoof.

Listening Lagaan

An excellent analysis on the background score of Lagaan. A must-read for anyone interested in background music, Rahman fan or not.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Every great actor carries a little bit of himself into the role he plays. Al Pacino, for all his skills, can still be spotted as Pacino in most of his movies. Ditto Robert de Niro, ditto Naseeruddin Shah, Nicholson, et al. Only the greatest really become the character they play in the film. You never know what they are like in real life, for the minute they step into another role, you forget the previous one. To me, Brando is an example. Om Puri is another.

Gopi is a third. And Gopi died today.

The moron from Kodiyettam is as far removed from the moronic politician of Panchavadi Paalam as the despicable tabalist of Yavanika is from the psychopath of Sandhya Mayangum Neram. The professor from Kaathathe Kilikkoodu. The mute sculptor from Ormakkayi. The anguished writer from Rachana. The father from Ente Mamattikuttiyammakku. The wanted terrorist from Marmaram. Christ, was there a better actor in Malayalam films?


Friday, January 25, 2008

Bond 22 - Quantum of Solace

The new Bond movie has got a name: Quantum of Solace. I don't suppose the movie will have anything to do with the short story of the same name from the book For Your Eyes Only, but the name is interesting.

Quantum of Solace.

I like it.

In other news, A.O. Scott from The New York Times says the new Rambo film has its own kind of blockheaded poetry. LA Times writer John Mueller has put together an impressive kill chart which lists out the gory details from all the four films.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Ooooh! The WACA pitch is a fast bowler's paradise. Ooooh! They've called in Shaun Tait. Ooooh! The Indians can't handle pace. Ooooh!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Best and Worst Oscar Winners - Male leads

Edward Copeland is running a survey on the best and worst performances that have won Oscars for Best Actor. If interested, check out the site, read the list and mail him your votes.


1. Robert de Niro (Raging Bull)
2. Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
3. Marlon Brando (The Godfather)
4. Marlon Brando (On the Waterfront)
5. Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mockingbird)


1. Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful)
2. Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)
3. Russel Crowe (Gladiator)
4. Yul Brynner (The King and I)
5. Humphrey Bogart (The African Queen)


I can't quite explain why, but the release of Tata's Nano makes me happy and proud.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

What I've been upto

It took me only 5 years, but I've finally managed to get my recently watched, read and listened to lists up on my profile. I would ideally like to get them all on the sidebar of my journal, but I couldn't get the embed tag to work there. Oh, well.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The last list from 2007, I promise

Just so I don't forget - Alex Billington lists the best 19 movies you didn't see in 2007. I've watched three from this list - Grindhouse, Lookout and The Host - and liked them, more or less. I think I should watch the rest too. And oh, maybe add Once and Juno as well.