Saturday, July 21, 2007

Quidam

I haven't watched this completely yet. But I've seen enough to comment about this.

I heard about Cirque de Soleil through one of their audio books. Hearing that left me dumb struck about how much pain they took to get every one of their acts right. Another aspect that was truly stunning was their attention to detail. Like how so much detail goes into making a single Flower in nature - they pay attention to their make up, training, movements - it was "Wow" in a breathtaking exclamation.

Then, one of the reviewers in Amazon went to the extent of saying this about Quidam - "Towards the end of this video I was struck with the thought "if ever the human race were put on trial by extraterrestrials for their atrocities, this should be exhibit A in their defense."

Wow! That was some feedback. Watching this video was such a humbling experience. The level of artsmanship that went into this work, the synchronization of so many parameters - the music, the aerobics of so many people in tandem - it makes it very difficult to type as you're gasping for words to describe this. And as the video progresses, you can see this on the face of the audience, clapping their hands the same time they are shaking their heads!

Quidam - is not an aerobic show, it is a way to life your life if you scratch the surface to look under the hood. Don't be "entertained" watching this. Be "inspired". That will be the true value you derive from this work. It changed Frank's life (referring to the audio book above).

The Peaceful Warrior

A very powerful movie - and it is based on the true life story of Dan Millman. Actually, it is from his book. Sort of, reminds me about Deepak Chopra's book, Fire in the Heart.

A chance (though it is easy to have a debate about this word's usage in this context) encounter with "Socrates" changes the life of Dan forever. Whatever this movie teaches is what Eckhart keeps saying all along. But a movie form, which has mass appeal, that delivers a message such as this becomes a very powerful medium of positive communication.

But I guess it takes a heart that is seeking to resonate with this message at least at some level.

Take this one message from the movie - it is not a catch phrase - we can live or life by this - "There are no ordinary moments". And yes, do watch this!

The Game

I liked the theme of the movie. I've read many wise people say - if you sleepwalk through Life, you will receive a sharp hard slap behind your head to wake you up.

This movie is a visual depiction of the above. Only, the character goes in voluntarily. Only, I get the feeling that it goes overboard.

Overall, I would like to leave this movie with the message in the first paragraph.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Movie Mania...

The Razor's Edge:
This movie probably deserves a separate post of its own. The story of one man's quest for the meaning of Life. Though one can't help feeling that the screenplay takes it a bit too far. However, the respect for the character of Bill is inevitable when he relinquishes a settled, comfortable Life for a deeper search. He even travels to India - then gives that up because he does not find what he is looking for (yeah, he didn't look at the right place or didn't meet the right people!). Overall, a bold exploration - albeit sad one.


Die Hard 2:
Propelled by DH1's success. DH2 managed to beat it's predecessor's box office record. Meaningless good guy thrashes bad guy story - but the screenplay is exemplary. Bruce Willis' on-screen charisma shines through again. I enjoyed this movie, but I keep asking why I watched this after I did!


Die Hard - with a vengeance:
See DH2. Same review holds good!

The Hunt for Red October:
Directed by John McTiernan (DH1 and DH3). Exemplary screenplay again - you realize this especially after the movie ends where they manage to hold your attention with on screen dialogues only. This movie won an Oscar (not for best picture though)

Dr Dolittle:
I loved the theme, though it wanders off from a spiritual connotation to plain humor. I am sure that must have been the intention to start with. CGI is used to make the animals speak English (wisecracks no less). If you watched K-PAX, there is one scene where Kevin Spacey communicates with a dog by barking, woofing with it. It gives a sense of how one relates to animals at their level. Here, Eddie Murphy speaks with them in English, they understand and respond in English, but the people around him perceive this as Eddie barking, mooing, cawing etc (communicated through the on screen dialogues). It is funny to watch, but was sort of disappointing that an opportunity was missed! Overall, the movie does it's job - providing some continuous fun. It also spawned versions 2 and 3.

Peaceful Warrior:
This movie deserves a separate post of its own. Later :)

Quidam:
See "Peaceful Warrior" above!
 
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