Jan 122014

I am not positive I found Her as engaging as most reviewers did. But in terms of its story I’m positive Her (written and directed by Spike Jonze) is a lot different from many a Hollywood film I’ve seen. While I found Her story novel and its lead actor Joaquin Phoenix’ acting solid, the depressing part of the movie was the failure to execute well on a novel theme. Different – For Sure Hey, of how many ‘deep’ relationships can you say that the heroine (Samantha) never shows up? Now before you answer the question, I want to ask you […]

Jan 062014
99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry Review - Hmm, Written in a Hurry

One stumbles upon the oddest books at the library. Earlier today, I scooted over to the local bibliothèque to return the Se7en DVD when I happened upon 99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry ($9.95). People in a Hurry? Ha ha ha! Now if you show me someone not in a hurry in our present times, I’ll gladly show you my crown jewels. Since I’m loath to ever leave a library empty-handed, I picked up  99 Classic Movies for People in a Hurry. The book presents succinct summaries of the great movies. Each movie’s description takes just four little […]

Dec 302013

As part of Apple’s 12-Days of Gifts promotion (December 26-January 6), Martin Scorsese’s remarkable film Hugo is available for free download today. Of course, I quickly headed to iTunes and downloaded the movie a couple of hours back. Need you even ask. 😉 Hugo is a fine movie and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I did. Hugo was warmly received by critics (94% on RT) and won five Academy Awards including for Best Cinematography. The free download of Hugo is valid in the U.S. and you must have an iTunes account (other geographies may have different freebies). […]

Dec 162013

Julian – Billy raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. Crystal (mother of Julian & Billy responds in a nonchalant tone) – I’m sure he had his reasons. – Only God Forgives (2013) Hands are chopped off, throats slashed deep, eyes gouged out, people disemboweled, eardrums destroyed with knives, and palms nailed to chair-arms with knives, all as the victims scream, howl and yelp in indescribable agony. If none of that prove interesting or gory enough to hold your interest, for backup there’s shooting into a crowd of diners,  people being battered to death or pummeled senseless, sizzling oil thrown into […]

Dec 142013

By Madmax 673 The only forehand knowledge I had about Hobbit is that it’s a Tolkien fiction and I used to play a game called “Hobbit Rampage” which had a lovely BG music throughout the adventure. I had butterflies flashing inside as I was going to watch this flick because of the number of characters involved in the original fiction which I have not read before since fantasy has never been my cup of tea. Starts at Bree — on the border of Shires. An Old man called Gandalf pushes Thorin to become the emperor of a place. For that […]

Dec 112013

In a long life spent mostly poring over words, few ideas have stuck a chord with me like political philosopher Hannah Arendt’s famous concept of Banality of Evil. Countless articles and several books have been written on Hannah Arendt and her concept of Banality of Evil. In 2012, an eponymous biographical movie Hannah Arendt, directed by Margarethe von Trotta, debuted to an enthusiastic reception from the critics (86% rating by Rotten Tomatoes)! What is Banality of Evil? Arendt came up with Banality of Evil in the early 1960s while reporting on the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in […]