Archive for April, 2013

The old man and the sea

the old man and the sea

The old man and the sea is a piece of literary classic written by Ernest Hemingway in 1951. Considered as one of the best written classics ever, this novel was instrumental in re-establishing Hemingway’s position as a literary genius. The author has a very simple style of writing heightened by the plot of this novel. The theme of the book is self-discovery and the innate need of a human being for stability and certainty.
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It’s easy to roll your eyes at A Good Day to Die Hard. Maybe you like art house, rom-coms, biopics or classic noir? I wouldn’t know because we haven’t met, but I do know that the popcorn action genre cops a lot of flak. As blockbuster budgets soar – up to $92 million in this case – there is a natural ripple shaking productions companies: If they’re going to spend a lot, they need a lot back in return. Catching wind of yet another sequel to Die Hard brought the dubious stench of a film banking on explosions and a franchise whose life has been extended short of life support to rake in the cash.
But I needn’t be so quick to judge. Director John Moore’s take on the classic franchise doesn’t pretend to deal out introspective politics (unlike a certain James Cameron film about a certain blue tribe), but delivers exactly what is expected: A straightforward, adrenaline and testosterone-propelled story fronted by likeable heroes and their snappy one-liners, with adequate plot twists to maintain a degree of brain activity among the audience.

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When I think about love, a song comes to my mind, a song by Mickey and Sylvia which I recently heard on the tube, Love. As they put it, love is strange. It has always been a strange emotion but as we get older and supposedly wiser, it seems to get stranger. With the fact that our lives are mortal and we are all subject to the thing called death, the incident in life when we are unable to continue on with it, no matter how much we would want to, yes, that thing called death and with the planting of this idea in our mind, we begin to regard love with an impatient ear.
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Screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Catfish is one of the intriguing movies I have seen in recent times. The movie is about a young man and his brother and friend filming every single experience of his that started with an online romance on Facebook. Catfish is supposed to be a documentary about the consequences of Facebook in the world of romance, deception, intimacy et all. What is questionable here though is the authenticity of this supposed-true story. Nevertheless, it an interesting look at the world we live in today.
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Animal Farm

Animal Farm is a satire on the events that led to the Russian revolution by George Orwell. It is a brilliant fable that can be interpreted as an analysis of historical events or as a simple animal tale. Eitherways, it is a good read that you should not miss.
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My all-time favourite classics


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  3. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  6. Wuthering Heights by Jane Austen
  7. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  8. The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
  9. To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. Far from the madding crowd by Thomas Hardy
  11. Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
  12. The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway
  13. The complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  14. King Lear by Shakespeare
  15. Lord of the flies by William Golding
  16. The turn of the screw by Henry James
  17. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  18. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  19. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  20. The gift by Vladimir Nabokov

Please note that the sequence is not a depiction of the order of liking.

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