Archive for March, 2013


Revealing the B***S**T


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Silent Hill Revelation is another shot at making a long-awaited decent video-game-to-movie switchover and does it succeed? Well, if you are still asking me this question, then my dear Ladies and Gentlemen, you need to pay a whole lot more attention to the title of this post. I haven’t been more angry and irritated at anything since the time in seventh grade when my girlfriend ditched me for the school jock! Well, anyway, getting back to matters at hand, the movie Silent Hill Revelation is a disaster waiting to be torn down and kicked and shoved in the face before letting it burn to death slowly.
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Someone has to die that the rest of us should value life more. Thus ends the book “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. The book is an intelligent and thoughtful attempt at treading the ever-so-confusing topic of existentialism. The novel happens to be a dedication by the writer to the life of Virginia Woolf. She was someone who examined the concept of existentialism and a lot of other beliefs to the minutest of details. It is only a very dramatic yet excruciating account of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first of the trilogy by Swedish writer, Steig Larsson. The trilogy was published posthumously in 2005 and went on to become an international rage. The various references to murder, suicide and casual sex have only added to its popularity across the globe. Not so surprisingly enough, the novel managed to win awards like the Best Nordic Crime Novel Award as well.
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Escape by Death

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Published in 1993, The Virgin Suicides was Jeffrey Eugenides’s first ever novel.  Set in America in the 1970s, it’s a woefully distressing story of the suicide stories of five sisters, one after the other. Though this is his debut novel, Eugenides never makes you feel that at any point through the novel. He has also won the Pulitzer prize for his other novel, Middlesex.
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Quentin Tarantino’s return to the silver screen after the slightly boring-in-parts ‘Inglorious Basterds is filled to the brim with the oddities of the man we have come to love over the years. It is a brilliant return to form, complete with swashbuckling heroes of the Western and which all culminates, almost climaxes in a slave plantation in 1858. The movie reeks of trademark Tarantino, of superbly directed and managed scenes, of flying limbs and of blood spurting out of other parts, of hammers and double barrels. Of course, the fact that he has managed to assemble a crew of extremely gifted actors is by no means, a disadvantage. Christopher Waltz, Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Kerry Washington have all acted out of their skins in this flick, not to mention Samuel L Jackson, as the servant Stephens to Leonardo Di Caprio, who has created a master-piece. I would not mind placing my bets on Jackson’s portrayal of the servant-elder to be a yard-stick for many actors to judge their performances by.
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Into the Wild

Into the Wild is one of the few movies that take you through a gamut of emotions. It is beautiful, sad, adventurous, deep and occasionally funny. Based on a real-life novel, the movie is directed by one of the stalwarts of Hollywood cinema, Sean Penn. The mystical yet magical touch which the audience has come to see in Penn’s acting transcends into his directorial venture as well and there is an honesty with which he progresses with his work.
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