Friday, September 30, 2005
Was going thro - when harry met sally's script. Nice one, its listed in the top ten romantic movies list (viewer rating). I notice that I like some movies as scripts better. This was one such. After reading the script I felt that the visual version didnt do justice to the script.The characterisations of the protoganists were excellent. Especially Harrys'. You'd get reminded of your own inconsistensies. 'Hum Tum' was made scene by scene over this movie, they did bring it out as a nice Indian version though, what with saif at his humorous best.
The dialogues in the movie were excellent (probably that's why I didn't like the visual version, I miss most of the dialogues in an english movie). Particulary during the scene when they first meet, the way Harry puts himself forward as a negative person. "Harry's reading the last page of a book first" explaination's. All fundu.
One dialogue to quote " And I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible". fanal that brings the climax and quiet correctly. The dialogue's simple, direct and stuffed with the emotion it is conveying. Great dialogue to make the climax crisp. Couldn't help but rave at the time these people get to make movies. It shows in their output. Probably, our movies will also be this good if we are given the time. Hmmm..
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
About the author, Spinster, Gud looking and an unbearable Nai Nai, God knows where she finds those questions to ask me, all killing questions. She works with TCS- Chennai, an INFP by Myer Brigg personality type indicator standards, lives on feelings and expectations. Loves the word LOVE from the root and firmly believes that LOVE keeps our earth spinning. No comments for your question as to why a Spinster’s writing an article upon the art of marriage, I said ‘Absolutely No Comments’, over to the article.
What makes a good marriage? If a couple desires to have a great marriage, will it just happen? Is it a matter of luck, a matter of timing or a matter of love? Is it about determination and commitment? What is it about?
I do think, Marriage is an answer to a longstanding human tradition. Otherwise, the art of marriage has to be learned. It, like parenthood, comes with no instructions! So marriage maybe one program for you and maybe another one for me, no need that the instruction set should be the same for both of us.
We all have expectations of a marriage. We ask for companionship. We call for a friend who will stand by us. We want a person who believes in us, who can laugh with us. We want a person with whom we don't have to pretend. We expect that person to see us as unique and irreplaceable. We want someone not just to share our life with but to build a life with. But does everything work out the way we expect it to be? Do things change after marriage? Do we change after marriage? Is it a problem?
Yep, People change. But if feel in a marriage, if both of them could change together, there is no need to grow apart. So, how to keep things going?
What with the work culture nowadays, we all work long hours, travel extensively. Family and career are mixed together and it’s all confusion out there. Women works extensively these days, workplace demands are high and women are unwilling to compromise. So what is gonna happen? What should we do? Where do you think we are gonna end up with this?
Well, in successful marriages, the partners must form a single unit. Whatever the differences of opinion, when it comes to the rest of the world, it is important to present a united front. The trust that comes from knowing that the other will not let you down and will always stand by you is irreplaceable and priceless. Rule no 1 – We two against the world.
Laughter is the catalyst which is gonna make love bloom. Adapt to changes, some things are gonna go wrong. Be ready to accept it. You are to compromise if you are to get it smooth. You can’t be intangible as it is not only about you - it involves another entity which thinks too. Keep in mind, never let go your partner. A happy, lasting marriage is challenged and rebuilt every day. It takes commitment to move on this journey together. Rule no 2 – Love and Laugh, always always.
Marriage is like handling a new engine. The initial period is very important. Run it cautiously, The passion and ardor of the early years of a relationship will eventually evolve into a deep glow of devotion and contentment. Keeping the romance alive is one of the greatest challenges in a marriage. Couples in long, satisfying marriages always reiterate that romance should never be relegated to the back seat. Its only when romance fades infidelity happens. Remember faithfulness is a cornerstone in this arena. Rule no 3 – Be true and keep the romance going.
A good marriage is not only about marrying the right partner; it's about being the right partner. It is not just a commitment to a person; it is a commitment to the marriage itself. It is not just entering a relationship; it is not allowing oneself an exit route.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
A pic from my visit to Butterfly Park, KL. It was an enchanting day, alone in a park with 6000 lives flying around, with due respect to all those beautiful Trees and Bushes :)
Genie talk - Why did I feel that all Butterflies were trying hard to break the net and fly outside? I have some Photos of this struggle too...
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Genie talk: Read "What about Bob" Script today. Couldn't help but admire Kamal for his excellence even while making a movie based on this (Thenali was taken scene by scene from this). You should see both these movies to understand what I say. What with people doing the "ee adichchaan copy stuff" these days... What 2 say? Its Kamal.
Monday, September 12, 2005
OK.. Let me put it this way. How often you feel like crying or How often do you feel that you are crying inside yourself but there are no tears outside? Now are you getting to see the number increasing. If so, why? Why do you cry, is it because things are not the way they should be or is it because things are not the way you expect them to be? C'mon make a try.
If things are not the way the they should be, i think, we would enjoy that. Because, it gives us an issue to talk about, to proclaim that we belong to a different cadre and the things are not the way they should be cause of the lowness of the universe around us. So, it sorta makes us feel superior, makes us feel good. So no need to cry over it, right?
What about things not working out the way we wanted it to? Ahmmm.. We are in a tight corner to answer now. We may be right to claim that we are being wronged or we may be wrong to claim that. But is it worth crying over it.
Now, leaving aside how often we cry, If things aren't working our way and if we dont have a variable to control in the equation, is it not better to get existential over the whole issue and start watching it for our purpose in it.
Well, "buththikku theriyuthu, manasukku theriyalayae".
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Mahesh, Believe me, He is not able to keep his legs grounded now...
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Friday, September 09, 2005
"My dear fellow, I have to tell you something that you perhaps don't know. I have been thinking about how to make this news less difficult to hear -- how to paint it in brighter colors, add to it promises of Paradise, visions of the Absolute, provide esoteric explanations -- but they do not apply.
"Take a deep breath, and prepare yourself. I have to be blunt, and I assure you, I am absolutely certain of what I'm telling you. It is an infallible prediction, without any doubt whatsoever.
"It's the following: you are going to die.
"It may be tomorrow or fifty years from now, but -- sooner or later -- you are going to die. Even if you would rather not. Even if you have other plans.
"Think carefully about what you are going to do today. And-tomorrow. And with the rest of your life."
Here’s what the news says,
People know when they're on the phone with an inattentive jerk, but they might not realize how they sound to others. A new telephone technology, dubbed the Jerk-O-Meter, could help. The device analyzes psychological cues in the human voice to rate a speaker's interest in the conversation they're having. The machine connects to a cell phone and picks up on vocal cues, such as how quickly someone speaks, the amount they interrupt, and whether they use other conversational signals such as repeated "yeahs." The cues are used to measure a speaker's engagement on a scale from 0 to 100. During calls the device gives its owner messages about his or her performance, displaying notes such as "Don't be a jerk!," "Be a little nicer now," or "Wow, you're a smooth talker."
The current prototype of the Jerk-O-Meter monitors several key aspects of phone conversations. It measures activity levels, or how often you speak. It also uses mathematical logarithms to measure known stresses and deviations of pitch. Future versions may become even more precise. They may measure factors such as mirroring, when one speaker shows empathy by adopting the other's voice patterns, and engagement, which monitors how much one person influences the other as they take turns talking.
Cognitive psychologists are well aware of such valuable cues. They predict that there are definitely individual linguistic markers that carry across a conversation. But they think that the machine is hardly one size fits all, however, significant hurdles may remain. Simply put, not all of us speak or express emotions in the same way. It's a big challenge to recognize speech correctly, and recognizing emotion is also a challenge. To recognize the basic emotions like happiness, anger, fear, and disgust, the face is more informative than the voice. The voice by itself can be pretty ambiguous, they say.
Future versions of the Jerk-O-Meter could become more effective if software allows the machine to learn more about the speaker through constant feedback. The device would then become more accurate with each conversation.
I think that in the realm of self-improvement it could be a valuable tool. Whatsay?
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Well, here’s why I think so… You can’t flirt if you don’t listen. I am sure that it would be impossible to flirt if you aren’t concentrating. Ow, I said concentrating, what do you think they teach you in meditation classes... (I know it is a bit toooo much to compare flirting with mediation, well… if Osho can compare making love to meditation… why can’t I?)
Let’s move further, if say, you are wrapped up in your own thoughts, do you think you will be able to flirt. Concentrating is a must in flirting.
Let’s see how we could be attentive, concentration personified. First, you should be aware to anything new, Wow she’s looking gorgeous today sorta thing. Next, you should be aware of interesting aspects about her, light colored dresses match her best, her eyes do great things when she smiles sorta thing. Finally, you should be aware and active, else how do you think you are going to notice that she too is flirting. That would be the worst thing to miss.
A good flirt will increase your concentration beyond your subject, it actually requires you to be people smart, and your interpersonal skill goes to extremes… You concentrate on you surroundings, the location, and the climate – waiting for the possibility of a topic to flirt upon. You get to become good body language identifiers too…
Ow, forgot to tell one important thing, this doesn’t have to be with your girlfriend/boyfriend only, you could well use it as a nice starter with your neighbor, your grocer, new teacher to your college, or your new colleague... The relationship becomes easy right away (if you over-do it you have every chance of getting named as a jolls...)
So, Step one: Notice things. The blue of your new house maid’s eyes, the salwar your colleague has worn. Your manager’s new tie, anything. Next step: Mention it. A quick and sincere comment like “Nice shirt!” is enough to create a connection and open up a conversation—and really, that’s the general goal of flirting.
Mindfulness of others is a powerful skill that can help you build relationships in all settings. Flirting is nothing more than being aware of others and taking advantage of what you notice in order to connect. Who said mindfulness has to be quiet, solitary and inner-directed? It can be spirited, social, and downright sexy.
Notice. Smile. Connect. Repeat. That’s the Mantra…
So, are you ready to flirt?
Genie Talks – All things said here are theoretical, largely inspired on an article read sometime back. Would award you by blogging the adventures if anyone could test it out and let me know the results…
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
But even in a weekend, if we are involved in an activity where others get involved along with us, the balance goes off somehow and we lose our steam half way. The weekend goes to shambles and our energy takes a topsy turvy turn. If I could read it properly, our energy actually becomes destructive. We end up drooling more than the usual in the week ahead.
After these sorta tiresome weekdays, we start a new weekend slowly. We want to make sure that we don’t spoil it again as we did last time. We start out with a movie usually; we handpick the movie and make sure that it isn’t a disaster. Or we sit in our work tables and simply work, I write something and he works on a photo... we stop in between to chat, we raise our heads to the television on the sound of some commercial, we scathe at all funny commercials and go gaga over all fantastic ones... we pat ourselves in the back and enjoy the greatness of our knowledge. We get back to work again till the next commercial pops up. It goes on. We break for a tea, make it a point to stay awake till the morning, go to bed on the break of sunlight and wake up at a ‘don’t know what’ time. And the cycle repeats. When the weekend is over, we are sure that we feel happy… see, I told you… we love chaos.
Someone could set processes up in our lives someday, maybe our wives… or maybe another friend who may become our catalyst. They may put structure to our lives, organize us and define our objectives, bla bla bla... but that’s well in the future.
The actual problem is we enjoy being creative, but when turning it out as a productive output... we stall. It’s actually a conflict working with people who put ends to the front when what matters to us most is the means. So we actually enjoy the creative part and are a bit slow over the output.
So how do you think our weekends are going to shape us? Are we going to end out as useless bums or are we going to find some way to harness our creative energy into useful outcomes…
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
“Kudaikkul Mazhai” tells the story of ‘Venkat’, an auto driver who is being made a "bakra" by the female protagonist 'Madumitha'. Cut, we are greeted by the schizophrenic world of Venkat. Well thereon the movie focuses on all the aspects of schizophrenia, a beginner’s guide to personality disorders would name delusion, emotional expression, hallucination, disordered thinking, distorted perceptions of reality as part of the schizophrenic disorder. Every one of these qualities is being used by Paartheepan in his screenplay. But I personally feel a movie should put the movie first and preaching next. That’s where the movie loses its focus. ‘Aaalavandhaan’ was a better attempt compared to this, it focused more on the movie, taking schizophrenia for support, and they failed because of poor screenplay.
There have been some good movies involving schizophrenia, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ is one which comes to my mind immediately. But it is brilliantly crafted to keep the focus on the protagonist than on the disorder. This is one perfect movie where they don’t accurately depict the schizophrenic experiences of the hero. They use their "artistic license" quite liberally. In this movie, the hero develops visual hallucinations, and that’s the biggest thing they show about schizophrenia in the movie. But the script differs from the book over many things.
Fight club is another good film; you don't learn that the hero has schizophrenia until quite late in the film, since you see the world through his eyes. But then at the end you're not sure what is real and what isn't. His visual hallucinations convey the experience of schizophrenia, through his experience of them. Your delusions are very concrete in the sense that you have no doubt they are real.
Revolution #9 is one movie that realistically documents a young man's descent into schizophrenia. The movie starts with everything being fine, and then suddenly you see the hero suspecting the lady lead's nephew for some sinister messages over the internet. Next, he becomes convinced a television commercial for a perfume called Revolution#9 is part of a systematic sensory attack by corporate media. He gets diagnosed as a schizophrenic by his doctor, refuses to take medication and rejects everyone around him, believing they are all part of a conspiracy against him. If you're looking for a realistic depiction of schizophrenia, Revolution #9 is perhaps a more accurate and representative movie than "A Beautiful Mind".
Well all said and done, people are making efforts to be different (aka original) in their scripts, but am I wrong in thinking that originality counts but not above the execution. Shouldn't they put cinema first and subjective technicality next. Let’s wait and watch as to whether anyone comes with a better effort.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
First things first, I was struck by his simplicity the most. The poise with which he answered questions and his way of putting himself under scrutiny when criticizing the Tamil film industry was nice to watch.
Speaking on Balumahendra, Bala says “He is a great director, great photographer, and a fantastic editor. He would know one missing frame of his shots, a talent rare among other directors." He talks about the way Balumahendra uses silence in movies, and about how a good sequence would be glorified by that.
He talks of a sequence in Moondraampirai where Sridevi goes away from the house, Kamal goes out looking for her, it’d be raining outside, he’d have his hands over his eyes to prevent water falling into his eyes, he goes to the Ganapathi temple, he’d stand there gazing at the idol in silence for a while, then goes in search of the girl again, he won't have his hands over his eyes… Bala talks about the reality element of this sequence, the character is getting agitated as time passes and after he doesn’t find her in places she normally visits. This shot was made in one reel, he claims. "I am impressed with that style of movie making" he adds. He seems to have used this in Sethu in the sequence where Vikram proposes.
The interviewer asked about first scene of Pithamagan being at a graveyard, and about how he dared to do it in the superstition prone kollywood. "I don't believe in superstitions, my producers may. I dont get involved in their starting the film with a poojai or on an auspicious day. But I dont allow them to get involved with the way the movie should be" .
And moreover he prefers a graveyard over a Temple he says. It gives him more peace to mind than a Temple or a place where we can meditate.
P.S – Saw Alaipayuthey on TV today. Evano Oruvan's choreography remains haunting. representing the loneliness of the protagonist, it shows rain, gloomy clouds, an umbrella fighting to stay free, a boat lost in the storm, and a solitary bus on the bridge..