The Fault in Our Stars.

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TFiOS, the movie I had been looking forward to since the beginning of the year.

The love story of Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace just makes you believe.. in life and love. It reminds you pain demands to be felt and that it’s okay to let the anguish hurt you. The scene of Hazel telling her mother “my greatest fear is that when I’m gone, you’re not going to have a life anymore” was just heart-wrenching. Shailene Woodley, plays the character of Hazel Grace so beautifully you’ll forget that she is actually a grenade. She tries pushing Augustus away for the very same reason only to end up falling deeper in love with him. Ansel Elgort fits the role of Augustus perfectly with his goofy personality and charming smile. And, oh, how could you forget his metaphors. Augustus holds a funeral for himself and Hazel reads her eulogy. She tells him some infinities are bigger than other infinities and that Augustus gave her a forever within a finite number of days.

This post about the movie is lovely. And yes, I cried. So will you. Go catch this please.

For a bit more of background on the movie and how John Green gets inspiration for the plot, read this.

The Railway Man.

A movie that teaches you that revenge is not always the answer. That sometimes, hating needs to stop and that you become a bigger person by forgiving or allowing yourself to be forgiven. Excellent acting by Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. I kid you not, watch this and be blown away.

9/10

Ram-leela – enemies (in love).

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The intensity and fearlessness of Ram and Leela’s love is portrayed magically by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in this modern day epic love story. Despite a rather weak plot which revolves solely around “Romeo and Juliet”, Padukone’s portrayal as Leela blows you away. Apart from the gorgeous lenghas she looks like a queen nearly every second of the film, Padukone does justice by giving her character depth. Ignoring Ram’s heavily oiled torso, which is bare nearly half the time, Leela’s beauty keeps you enthralled. I managed to get by the movie majorly due to Leela and also, the electrifying chemistry between both leads. If you look past the dramatic sequences and focus on the grandeur and flamboyance of each scene, you will love Ram-leela.

2.5/5

Afterthoughts on life.

Disclaimer: This post was penned after watching About Time.

We go by life most of time living each day at a time. Looking forward to next week, or the month after at the very most. Everyday we experience a myriad of emotions. We end the day with thoughts ranging from “the best day of my life” to “I’m so glad the day is over.” And yet, if I were to ask you to pick out the last time such days happened, you will have some trouble recalling them.

Human emotions are such that it always works on the theory of relativity. When time actually travels by you, you fail to appreciate the value of the moment in time you are at. You experience another ‘happier’ day and suddenly the memory of your previous ‘happiest’ day doesn’t exist anymore. You keep escalating your hopes and having mental images (confetti, champagne, Paris) about the potentially happiest, soul-numbing day of your life that may or may not happen in this lifetime of yours. You keep telling yourself this deserved happiness is within reach that you forget to make the best out of this very moment. (Pardon the cliché)

So, my single thought for this moment is live for the now and for life at large, all at once. Because at the end of time, life is always, always, remembered and cherished by the single moments that go pass without even whispering anything to you.

All we can do is, do our best to relish this remarkably uninteresting (and boring) ride.

Blue Jasmine, must watch!

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Woody Allen films are always a must watch for me, so Blue Jasmine was no different (despite not watching the trailer beforehand).

Cate Blanchett’s acting bowled me over at the end of the 99 minutes. The way Jasmine’s story unfolds and the fragility of the character comes through to the audience is unlike any other Woody Allen movie. Despite some lapses in the narrative, Blanchett’s acting leaves you glued to the screen.

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So, trust me, just go catch Blue Jasmine. You don’t even need to bother with the trailer. You’ll love it.

Stoked by Park’s Stoker.

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Stoker, the first English film directed by Korean director Park Chan-Wook caught my attention in a matter of seconds with its trailer. This film deals with the psychology behind violence rather than violence itself, like Park’s previous films.

Plot by Rotten Tomatoes: After India’s (Mia Wasikowska) father dies in the car accident, her uncle Charlie who she never knew existed comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

The visuals are precise. The way the story unfolds really keeps you on the edge. The spiders add to the eeriness if the character Charlie Stoker played by Matthew Goode doesn’t. I literally gasped in awe at the scene of India combing her mum’s hair transforms to the paddy fields where India and her dad used to go hunting in. Park builds horror and suspense with his audience with simple and subtle images that leave you stoked.

India’s dad philosophy which India holds close to her, is by far my favourite line from the movie. “Sometimes you have to do something bad, to keep you from doing something worse.”

Be sure to enjoy this thriller by Park that blends together with a coming-of-age tale filled with psycho-sexual imagery and share my enthusiasm!

Credit to Hot Butter Review for the above image.

The Perks of being a Wallflower.

When I heard that this book by Stephen Chbosky was going to be made in a movie, I was beyond thrilled! And doubly thrilled I had something to look forward to when I got back home after my Australia adventure!

Logan Lerman plays the character “Charlie” really well. He fits into the role of a misfit school kid who is trying to break free from himself, make friends and maybe even, fall in love, very well. He got me hooked with his quirky adolescence almost instantaneously. Ezra Miller who plays “Patrick” or should I say “Nothing” stood out to me particularly. More so then Emma Watson who fits perfectly into the character “Sam” – Charlie’s love interest. I liked Patrick in the movie more than in the book somehow, especially in the scenes when his mischief shines through to the audience so radiantly.

This bit below is from an entry back in November 2011.

Charlie, I saw so much of me in you. 

1. Wallflower

A person, usually in high school, who sees everything and knows everything that’s going on but doesn’t say a word. They aren’t loners, they are shy and don’t choose to be in the mix of things. A person nobody pays attention to, and fades into the background, but are really genuine and interesting people if you take the time to get to know them.

2. Wallflower

A person who see’s the world for what it really is, all the beauty and the ugly. Someone who knows life is only for the one who is not afraid to die and that joy is only for him who does not fear to be alone. These are the most amazing people you will ever meet and you will never, not even if you try, forget them.

3. Wallflower

Someone who isn’t necessarily shy, but never really tells you a lot about themselves. They observe almost everything and listen to everything you have to say without criticizing or judging. These people are often the most sincere, kind, and wonderfully interesting people, yet fail to be attractive to the opposite sex for some reason.

3 definitions that stood out to me then and still do now.

“Sam screamed the fun scream, and there it was. Downtown lights on

buildings and everything that makes you wonder.

Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing.

I started laughing. and in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

This definitely is my favourite movie of the year! Please catch this in cinemas if you can and I hope you are in love with it as much as I am!

Charlie, you stole my heart in the last scene when you felt infinite as “The Tunnel Song” (Heroes by David Bowie) played in the background.

Other lines from the movie that tugged a chord within.

“So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

“We didn’t talk about anything heavy or light. We were just there together. And that was enough”

“You can’t just sit there and put everyone’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.”

“I want to make sure that the first person you kiss loves you. Okay?”

“It was the kind of kiss I could never tell my friends about out loud. It was the kind of kiss that made me know I was never so happy in my whole life.”

My recently watched!

Movie #1: Step Up Revolution

When you have a lead as hot as Ryan Guzman, why wait to watch this dance fest (girls)?

My favourite 2 mobs below!

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Movie #2: TED

A beyond warped movie that makes you laugh your ass off nonetheless! Catered specifically for the male gender with its sexual humour, no surprise for guessing it’s M18.

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Movie #3: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

A good laugh for ALL, about a (loser) guy’s summer holidays.

Action flick!

Expendables is not the kind of movie I would pick given a choice, but considering I somewhat enjoyed the 1st movie, I decided to go ahead with watching the sequel. The 100 odd minute action packed film definitely kept me at the edge of my seat most of the time. Not going to give away too much of the plot (or lack there of) considering this blockbuster film must have been highly anticipated by many fans. Probably the only moment in the film when I paused to reflect was when Stallone said “Why is it the ones who deserve to live, that want to live the most, die — and the ones that don’t deserve to live, keep on going?”

It got me thinking as to what we actually perceive ‘deserve to live’ as. Are we all entitled for a comfortable life i.e. a roof over our head, decent amount of food or food at all on our plate etc.? Are these our (birth) rights that should be given and if they aren’t are we to consider ourselves as less fortunate? Does one who might in another’s eyes seem to have gotten everything easy be questioned with regards to his/her worth or as to how much he/she deserves such comfort or luxuries?

I feel like sometimes, every one needs to be selfish to be some extent. You need to put yourself before the one you love, cause at the end of the day, we all live in a dog eat dog world. Period.