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Update of Sorts

I have been busy with some stuff before I graduate- watching movies, reading books (non-business types)- no seriously!

I didn’t want to watch Babel because of the hype surrounding it, but it was actually a very good movie. Brad Pitt looks convincing as an American tourist caught in Morocco. Cate Blanchett looks average…well…only if she were more beautiful. After the Wedding won lots of nominations (including Academy Awards Best Foreign Film of the Year, 2007) and awards. By the way, there are some great movies that win the Oscar (like Chariots of Fire) and there are some really BAD ones (for example- Crash). Fans of the latter movie- please don’t start abusing me. I have seen better stuff- at least that’s what I think. For the life of me, I can’t explain why a movie such as Little Miss Sunshine would be nominated in the Best Film Category. Thank God it didn’t win. Anyway, what I wanted to say is that I really don’t care about the Academy Awards.

Let me jump to another topic now because I like being random in life. I have been reading a graphic novel called Maus. It’s written by Art Speigelman and is a true story, based on his father’s life during the Holocaust. Vladek is the main protagonist, who loses everyone except his wife. Later in life, he turns very miserly and keeps the stove on all the time because the electricity is included in the rental bill. Besides, it helps him save match sticks (the wooden kinds)! What sets this apart from many other Holocaust stories is the fact that humans have been portrayed as rats and Nazis as cats, which reminds me of The Animal Farm written by George Orwell, which was a satire on the Soviet Union. The name of the characters are also non-fictitious. America has a special fascination for World War II. It seems to have rubbed off on me too. I love watching all kinds of Holocaust movies and reading many Holocaust books.

Here is a scene from the novel, in case you’re interested:

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10 thoughts on “Update of Sorts

  1. I liked MAUS but when it comes to Holocaust memoirs, nothing comes close to Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT. That book just about killed me. I like that graphic novels are coming of age but I don’t think as an art form it stands up there with a fine novel or non-fiction offering. Perhaps that’s just snobbery on my part, I’m a word man and always will be. I HATED Frank Miller’s “300”, it trivialized one of the great events of history. The movie was eye candy with the intellectual depth of a puddle of water. I do like the work of Garth Ennis and others but Miller is vastly over-rated, in my opinion…

  2. @Cliff

    I couldn’t agree with you more on Miller’s “300” being a film without depth that does little justice to history. Like you, I’m a man of letters but I feel there is considerable potential in the graphic novel, potential that is largely untapped. The problem with works dealing with the holocaust is that they often resemble each other in the horrors they depict and the way they choose to do it. I think allegory takes this a notch further and accomplishes
    more than what a traditional plot can. I thank you for recommendation and hope to get around to reading Wiesel’s Night.

  3. @Cliff I totally agree about 300 but some of his other works especially Ronin and The Dark Knight Returns are amazing.

    As for Maus, I just read it very recently…,masterpiece!

    @Ruhi C’mon, Crash wasn’t a bad film…it was actually pretty good but compared to the powerful Brokeback Mountain, it was nothing. Brokeback…there were some scenes that totally blew me away. (Note to self: Re-watch!)

    I also do not understand your hatred for Little Miss Sunshine. I for one, loved it…small scale…big emotions. Brilliant cast and moving premise. What’s not to like? 🙂

  4. @Cliff and Rohufish,

    I couldn’t even get started on 300…one of the worst stuff out there. I don’t appreciate art that’s not true to its form in that it doesn’t stick to the real story. Such kind of media robs its followers of a chance to be a part of history.

    I shall try to get hold of NIGHT. Thank you for that suggestion.

    I like that graphic novels are coming of age but I don’t think as an art form it stands up there with a fine novel or non-fiction offering.

    Sure, I can understand your sentiments. It can no way stand up to a full fledged fiction/non fiction novel, but I do like it for the visual stimulation and the simple language, which is something quite difficult to achieve. 🙂

    @Presti,

    C’mon, Crash wasn’t a bad film…it was actually pretty good but compared to the powerful Brokeback Mountain, it was nothing. Brokeback…there were some scenes that totally blew me away.

    Aww don’t disappoint me Presti! I thought we had similar taste in movies! What did you like about Crash..seriously? 🙂 IMO, it was overflowing with emotions. There was too much of melodrama and crying around. The subject of the film was deep and could have been dealt in a better manner. Regarding Brokeback, well, I did watch the movie, but for most parts, I was quite spaced out because the sound quality of the movie in the University theater wasn’t great. So I found it difficult to concentrate. But I think that probably I should give it another try for sure.

    Little Miss Sunshine- It’s a light movie to watch and you can definitely have a nice time, I agree. What was it with that guy discovering all of a sudden that he’s color blind? Haha..that was crazy! Also, I don’t understand how someone could dump the dead body of a loved one in a van and go off for a beauty paegent…Personally, I would be in mourning and forget all about the beauty contest (esp. if you consider the little girl’s crazy performance) 😐

  5. imho, Babel is a really well made movie.. except for the japanese ending which leaves us a little confused. But Little Miss Sunshine is brilliant!
    ‘how someone could dump the dead body of a loved one in a van and go off for a beauty paegent…’
    and thats precisely why it works!! well at least it worked for me.

  6. Little Miss Sunshine was certainly NOT OSCAR Material.. but it had its own good points.. Obviously the story line wasn’t great anyway.. and certain things that could have been avoided was the Grandfather’s never-ending pre-occupation with Porn and certainly the way the movie ended… MANN… SUCH an anti-climax!!.. I ve realized that ur post was hardly about LMS, but cudn’t help toking about it anyway..! :P..

  7. @Sreejith:

    Yeah, I agree about the Japanese angle…I wish that had been explored a little more in depth. I thought that we were getting somewhere when she gave that note to the Polics officer.

  8. @Amyth:

    FINALLY someone agrees with me 🙂 I’m just a little shocked that it’s so high in the Netflix Top 100 and has such glorious reviews… Don’t tell me that the little girl was so dumb as to not realize what her grandfather taught her was pure B.S. It was hardly an anti-climax…

  9. I saw that movie Babel, and i am still not able to find out what happened to those two toddlers, who took them or rescued from the desert…
    & what was the movie about….morocco, japan, mexico …. bus,ambulance,chopper,car…??
    😦

  10. @ thegreymatter:

    Those two toddlers were returned to their parents by the US Border Security, after their house keeper was caught by them. Don’t you remember? The movie connected people from Japan, Mexico, US and Morocco.

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