Sunday, July 24, 2005

Million Dollar Blog

Been listening to a lot of Led Zeppelin lately. In love with the sound. A poll was conducted in the UK and people were asked to vote for their favourite singer, guitarists and drummer in order to come up with a 'super' band. The winners? Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham!

Some recommendations:

1. Heartbreaker- Led Zeppelin I
2. Babe I am gonna leave you- Led Zeppelin II
3. How many more times- Led Zeppelin I
4. Friends- Led Zeppelin III
5. Kashmir- Physical Graffiti
6. Led Zeppelin IV
*****

Finally watched Million Dollar Baby. It was well made but I didn't enjoy the movie. It's one of those movies that Hollywood studios release every year around December with an eye on the academy awards. Two things are for sure- Clint Eastwood deserves a lot of credit for handling a very sensitive subject well and Hillary Swank is just unbelievably talented.

I don't think there is a single scene in the movie where one sees Swank, its all Maggie Fitzgerald- the boxer. The boxer who has just one goal- to become world champion. Its a real treat to see her act- be it the obvious delight on her face when she knocks boxers out or the pain during the climax.

I can see why this movie won the academy award- it presses the same buttons as the previous winners. However, I would like to see the academy give the best picture award to a intelligent movie. In other words I would like to see the mind beat the heart. I guess we have had enough number of movies about the human spirit win the Oscar. How about a movie like Memento or Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind winning the award for a change?

Why is Memento ranked so low on the IMDB list? 22 is a travesty!

73 Comments:

Blogger Ms. V said...

Aaaah! I don't even want to get started on Memento. That movie left me with a headache that lasted a month, and I only need to think about the movie for it to recur. *runs to get some Aspirin*

10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is very apparent that the academy prefers movies with a excessively disturbing storyline that almost verges on the repulsive. Actors therefore dumb themselves down or in the words of lindsay lohan 'get ugly' in order to gain recognition. this crass trend seems to getting undue attention from the ACAdemy and for entertainment's sake i hope it stops. i 'm not for 'chick flicks' or 'feel good films' but i'm totally against filmakers taking up such subjects and spicing them up with the only interest of achieving critical acclaim.

Memento was a gr8 film and deserved better from the academy. as for Eternal Sunshine-the movie SUCKED!!! interesting concept and al but the film was soooooooooooooooooo boring.


FBCAP

4:19 AM  
Blogger P said...

Ms. V: The movie rocks! I think you should give it another try.

4:47 AM  
Blogger P said...

FBCAP:

Agree with you totally da.Its irritating to see actresses win acclaim because they went through a major make over. Ex: Nicole Kidman.

Eternal Sunshine was very good da. I thought the movie rocked! So do most people I know.

In your case, I think I built it up too much:)

4:50 AM  
Blogger Ms. V said...

Thank you. But I'll pass. I'd rather re-watch "Be Cool" or "The Incredibles" and laugh my socks off!!!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Divya said...

Memento is a HIGHLY over-rated movie...

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your right. i was expecting a riot, becoz it fell under the comedy category. and where ios my Testimonial??????

FBCAP

11:52 PM  
Blogger P said...

Divya:

movies are personal, so I guess i am not surprised that people dont like it. But what DON'T you like about the movie?!

Great script, direction and decent acting and everything is explained clearly at the end! ( unlike say a movie like Mulholland dr.!)

12:06 AM  
Blogger P said...

FBCAP:

Soon da! very soon.

I don't know how that movie comes under the comedy category!

12:10 AM  
Blogger Divya said...

It clearly doesn't come under the comedy genre. not a single comic moment I can remember. And yeah the concept was good. But it was definetly not worth all the build-up ppl gave it

4:41 AM  
Blogger akshay said...

well... memento had one major thing going for it! Re-watching potential. That's not something u find in all movies.. Movies such as the usual suspects, memento and fight club let you discover new stuff each time u watch it... that's the beauty.
As for million dollar baby, i wouldn't say it was overrated.. I thought it was better than the aviator. (Inspite of what Scorcese fans say over and over again). I was disappointed that he didn't win the oscar; but that was before i saw MLB..

6:13 AM  
Blogger P said...

nice to see ya here. Thats absolutely true especially with Fight Club ( another movie!) everytime you pick up a Tyler line that just seems to make a world of sense.

I don't think MDB was overrated but I expected a lot more from the Oscar winner.

6:22 AM  
Blogger CoNfUsEd said...

talking about movies jus leaves me very depressed.. i don't even have a tv.. thats on my next to-be-bought list!! ;)

6:56 AM  
Blogger Sundeep said...

i agree with u fully abt memento. its screenplay is just awesome. i dont think its overrated. plus guy pearce's acting is definitely good by academy standards. i rememeber blogging abt the movie as soon as i had watched it.

7:30 AM  
Blogger P said...

I saw your post da. Nice. It rocks! Pearce's acting is really good. I love the scene where he asks himself- "umm. why am I following this guy??"!

10:14 AM  
Blogger P said...

and confused: betta get one soon!

10:15 AM  
Blogger Ms. V said...

Sorry, but I'm still stuck at Memento! Everything explained clearly at the end? That's if you sat through the entire movie without blinking or gasping! That's just way too much work while watching something that's supposed to "entertain". Now The Sixth Sense was a movie that all fell together absolutely beautifully. And you didn't get a headache trying to figure it out. Guy Pearce was amazing though. Hot too! ;)

3:33 PM  
Blogger P said...

Thats the beauty of it. You absorb whatever is happening and at the end you get such a shock! Classic!

1:38 AM  
Blogger Divya said...

U don absorb whats happening, U put up with what's happening and just wait for the end which u think will totally rock and then its just "oh ok" . It is not the kind of shock u get at then end of say "The Ususal suspects" or "Matchstick Men".Those were god-level movies

3:20 AM  
Blogger P said...

Don't think so. Wasn't it obvious all the way who Kaizer Soze is??
Yet, you had dimwits on IMDB arguing that HE wasn't Soze.

As for Memento, most people never saw it coming. Though the concept of a movie going backwards is not original, the script definitely was. Very nicely done!

3:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Usual Suspects was captivating till the climax, which was great too, but some saw it coming. But noone could have predicted mementos ending, not very high on shock value but brilliant nevertheless.

As for matchstick men, A climax does not maketh a film. So what if the last 10 minutes were fast paced , i had to sit through 120 minutes of meaningless,father-daughter babble to get there.


FBCAP

8:00 AM  
Blogger Divya said...

hey beg to differ but i liked the father daughter babble.. thats why the ending was unexpected.... and no it wasn't obvious who Kaizer soze was...

9:58 AM  
Blogger akshay said...

there really is no point trying to figure out the crux of a movie all through the movie is there? I'd like to enjoy the movie as it is.. Which is why the Usual Suspects was so good. I was laboring through parts of the movie.. but the end kinda galvanized me in action and suddenly i wanted to watch it again to see what clues i coulda picked up along the way.

7:32 PM  
Blogger P said...

Thats true da. You should take the movie as it comes but with Usual Suspects it became fairly obvious when he quoted that line about the devil! (google it)

I have to say both the movies are up there in my list of favourites.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Einsteinophile said...

U r rite.Memento was awesome.even I was wondering abt the rating tht was given. :(

8:31 PM  
Blogger P said...

FINALLY! Thank you!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Suze said...

i htought memento rocked
simply because it engrossed you
if you spent two hours watching the movie.. it paid off at the end..
when it all came together and fit in amazingly!

and eternal sunshine was another amazing movie.. i loved the romance.. so unmushy, unsugary sweet..

but yet.. the romance was so real. and it made me wanna be in love like that.. where whatever happens you keep fallin back in love with this one person..

the romance aside, the sheer meticulous attention to detail was amazing.. the parts where he tries to cut kate winslet out of his life, the various memories we build with the people around us.. it was engrossing..

loved both movies!

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

prashanth, think u r the only guy to have liked Eternal sunshine.........total 'chick flick'.

9:18 PM  
Blogger P said...

i thought the movie was different. It was just so unpredictable. Although the whole Kirsten Dunst- the doctor affair seemed a bit contrived. Loved the bits with Jim Carey as a kid and also the way he tries to fight a losing battle as his favourite memories are being eaten away. I loved it!

9:56 PM  
Blogger P said...

It's not a chick flick! besides I don't care. Its better than say ..umm.. Freaky Friday?!

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

better than freaky friday.....but no way is it better than mean girls!am i the only one who loved that movie. lohan was sooo adorable in that movie.


FBCAP

11:06 PM  
Blogger Girl said...

H'm. I don't think "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is a "chick flick" in any sense of the term. For one, it centers on a male protagonist. Besides, it is not "feel good" in any sense of the term. In fact, it is pretty depressing in the beginning. And unlike "chick flicks" or "light-hearted" movies as they would call it, it has something deeper to convey. Something that you can't quite put your finger on. And this is where the title of the movie is of significance. It is such a lovely title. It says so much that the movie (fortunately) didn't try and explain, although it did quote the poem.

I don't know what I want to take out of that movie. a) If we erase all our memories, then we have a chance to start afresh, with the person we love, or b) Even if we do start afresh, we will still come full circle and make the same mistakes we did and screw the relationship up. People are still people.

I think b) is more like it. Anyway, nice blog post Prashanth. I love the movie. And yes, I love Zeppelin.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Girl said...

And I forgot to mention Kauffman's screenplay. It is quite unlike any other movie's screenplay, let alone that of a "chick flick" movie. Ahem.

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you mad? I don't know how you left Dazed and Confused from your list.

2:19 AM  
Anonymous Jiggy said...

I'm gonna say it again... ARE YOU MAD??.. how could you possibly leave Dazed and Confused out man... and btw Memento was a fantastic movie..for all those who dint like it, theres a tamil version comin out..peace!

10:23 AM  
Blogger P said...

Shwe: I agree with you 100%! you rock!

Jiggy: This was just a small list. That song is just brilliant..Especially the last 4 or 5 minutes!

10:52 AM  
Blogger CoNfUsEd said...

hey! took ur advice.. have shoutout box on my blog now! ;)

4:21 AM  
Blogger P said...

good! unfortunately tag board seems to be down. my precious tag board!

10:04 PM  
Blogger Hari said...

Memento was super movie.... and so was Eternal Sunshine ... liked the performances a lot too in eternal. Wonder why people didn't like that!

2:06 AM  
Blogger P said...

I swear! We need to ask the EEE stud!

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>>the words sound like subtitles to v. bad vernacular porn.

spot on suze.heard such cheesy lines in the last Shakila movie.m sooo glad we have similar tastes.

8:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat's anon talking about???

@hari and pps:guess i expected too much from the movie!

FBCAP

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe you have the mental capacity to only understand movies like Spiderman.

11:23 PM  
Blogger FBCAP said...

for all i care go suck carey's cock.

12:11 AM  
Blogger FBCAP said...

and kauffman's too

12:12 AM  
Blogger P said...

dei. calm down da! we all know better than that.

Anonymous said...

the words sound like subtitles to v. bad vernacular porn.

spot on suze.heard such cheesy lines in the last Shakila movie.m sooo glad we have similar tastes.

EH???

3:04 AM  
Blogger FBCAP said...

rotfl....subtitles to v.bad vernacular porn????
did we even go there?thats a whole new blog....

8:24 AM  
Blogger Sharad said...

Heh heh dude, you have some real characters visiting your blog da :P

8:51 PM  
Blogger Sharad said...

...and just because they ARE characters , it doesn't mean that they have character (heh heh-got it ?)

8:52 PM  
Blogger P said...

very funny sharad! I think you need some sleep [:D]

2:34 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

50 comments, and not one about led zep. too bad. You should listen to Dancing Days and Dyer Maker; very Led Zep yet very different

8:42 AM  
Blogger P said...

I can't agree with you more! Too bad.

I love those songs! Try listening to How many more times and Friends!

Do you blog?

7:32 PM  
Anonymous sushma said...

Yup, I do, but very recent, very irregular, very lazy. Good to see u read Maugham too, I really like him. He sucks at short stories, though. Haven't read Of Human Bondage yet, though. Have you read "the Razor's Edge"?

8:49 AM  
Blogger P said...

Just got that book from the library today! Of Human Bondage is a lovely book. You have to give it a try. There is so much I want to say but I think you should discover them yourself.

Maybe we can discuss the books after we finish them :) and yes Led Zep!

9:46 AM  
Blogger P said...

btw Sushma, Dancing Days was inspired by an Indian tune Jimmy Page and Robert Plant heard while traveling in Bombay! :)

10:02 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

oh, i thought as much(abt dancing days). And talking of Maugham, guess who's the proud owner of a first edition, "the Razor's Edge"! Can't stop yapping about it, sorry. :)
Your comments list is gonna sky-rocket, by the way!

10:40 AM  
Blogger P said...

Whoa! amazing. How did you get your hands on it? Whats your favourite song by Led Zep?

7:55 PM  
Anonymous sushma said...

Fav. song..tough one, really. I love most of their sounds. Dancing Days is uppp there, with No Quarter and Kashmir and Over the hills and far away and Achilles last stand and Trampled underfoot and Black Dog....(really, dont ask questions like that, I'll name most of their songs! :) ) Abt the book, well I have my secret adda of old books which I visit pretty often...they sell these books for throw-away prices, it kills me!

9:55 PM  
Anonymous sushma said...

btw, Prashanth, I'd left a comment on ur latest blog too, but who checks the hit rates of other posts when u have one running at 58, right?! :) well here's 59 for you!

10:56 PM  
Blogger P said...

Its good to see people like songs like Over The Hills and far away and Dancing Days. these songs are so under rated! Achilles Last Stand is such a cool song.

12:57 AM  
Blogger P said...

LOL! Its such a pity. I put up a couple of links and I find over 50 comments on my blog and I take time out and write a long article and I get a dozen! I did notice the other comment! :) If you by chance live in Chennai, please consider sharing this goldmine with me! :)

12:59 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

sorry dude, ich bin Bangalorean :)
hey you online or something? I've been here all morning.

1:26 AM  
Blogger P said...

haha! Blossoms eh!? Lovely place I tell ya! fell in love with it. Gonna save up some money and hit that place! I am at work. But I do check my blog every time I get an intimation that I have been scrapped :D

1:53 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

My my, you sure are well informed abt B'lore. How do you know when ur blog has been updated?? I'm at home, on leave today :) :)and tomorrow :) :)

2:18 AM  
Blogger P said...

Everytime someone comments Blogger sends a mail to Hotmail. And everytime I get a mail I get a message on my phone via msn mobile:) As simple as that.

Officially, I am off tomorrow but then I have to come in. Work to do. :( Any plans for the weekend?

2:23 AM  
Blogger SuzieQ said...

According to me, it starts today, so no plans for today, lazing around at home. Planning to meet a friend for lunch and DVD and books shopping(yes, the very same 'secret' Blossoms :P ) tomorrow.

4:15 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

left for the day?

4:45 AM  
Blogger P said...

lol! still here :) What DVDs are you going to get?! Its so weird, one of my closest friends also likes calling herself SuzeQ! She blogs as well :)

5:12 AM  
Blogger P said...

you are a nerd! Lol!

5:14 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

awww.. be kind! :)

5:19 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

I'll be travelling soon, my friends there want me to get 'em some desi dvds..tamil movies and hindi movies and stuff...dunno what to take!

5:28 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

whoa. this is tough. how do i invite? (Ok, ok, nerd no more, more like moron)

5:41 AM  
Anonymous sushma said...

well, then, i just added u on :)

6:03 AM  

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