Sunday, January 15, 2006

two movies and a birthday

though it follows a group of mossad killers seeking retribution for the munich olympic village attack, munich is not about revenge. it is about people defending their home. told in a way that does not lend credence to either side, it's something like a filter that instead of separating the differences, shows the similarities in most bilateral fights going on in the world. two scenes got stuck in my head. one is when the mossad assassins are holed in a safe house waiting for their quarry to show up. fighters of the PLO who are there to meet the same guy also come to the safe house. for a brief moment there are guns pointing everywhere and after the confusion is resolved the 2 arch rivals share quarters for the night.the other scene follows immediately where the heads of the israeli fighters and the palestinian fighters talk about their struggles and we find it's all about having a place to call home.makes it quite difficult to take sides. i was immediately reminded of another movie that followed a bilateral issue. 'Roja' had an eerily similar scene where pankaj kapur in his broken tamil speaks about aazadi to arvind swamy. i liked munich for (once again) showing the human angle and for not taking sides. there are several cliches though(like an israeli and a palestinian settling for a common radio station) and one long scene towards the end where the protagonist's love making and flashbacks from the munich event intersect each other that just didnt make sense to me. it has a sort of abrupt ending and i think it was deliberately left hanging to indicate that there is no end for this conflict

the magnificent seven is about people defending their home too. a village hires a bunch of gunmen to protect them from the tyranny of a bandit. though i've seen this movie several times before, the thing i noticed anew during last night's viewing is the amazing amount of music in the movie. each scene has this score that is usually played when the camera slowly rises above a canyon's rim to show us a breathtaking view of the valley and then proceeds to focus on the lone horseman in its center. the movie isn't all guns and horses. it shows the human angle too. one of them has nightmares about his past coming back to kill him, another finds love in the village and the others after a life so close to death want to settle down and find home. all is well at the end of this movie though. the bandits are killed as are 4 of the 7.many westerns were inspired from samurai stories and it didnt surprise me at all to find out this story was lifted from a japanese film. it's still quite a fun watch but don't expect the classic western.

and my blog turns one on the 17th. i thought i'll make the anniversary post a gimmicky one. i had ideas of running a 'blast from the past' highlighting some of my posts from the archives but i'm too lazy to dig up those links. besides you are clever enough to find them yourself, right? i also thought i'd thank every one of my readers( all 5 of you :) ) and then type out a long list of my blog friends. this group is special cos i dont know any of them but i bet that if i met any of them in a chat room , i'd be able to identify them by their writing. ok that's a lie. if u want to meet any of them all you have to do is click on the links on the right. anyway thanks for hanging around. unfortunately for you i plan to keep writing. so like the old man says to the fighters who are about to ride off into the sunset:
vaya con dios
(i think it means "may god save you from this blog" though i have no idea why the old man said that)

10 comments:

Intern said...

"one long scene towards the end where the protagonist's love making and flashbacks from the munich event intersect each other that just didnt make sense to me"

It's to contrast from his earlier scene of love making; which was tender and caring. Apparently it showed how his experiences made him change over a period of time ...

catcharun said...

*slaps palm on forehead
of course..thanks for pointing it out, intern. there is no way i wud've gotten that.

Intern said...

Actually you got a brilliant flair for writing. I read your earlier post "escaped artist" ... very interesting!

Anonymous said...

machan, got absolutely nothing to say about this one da, well thats not true... i have something to say about celebrating birthday of a blog...let me not go there for now

hey current if you are reading this, how are parents doing da (esp your dad), i am being lazy and not calling you, may be we will call you...

catcharun said...

intern : thanks for the kind words

anon : well you could've just said no comments instead of leaving one that hints at it.. whats wrong with celebrating the birthday of a blog

btw notice that i said i could've done this and that but didnt really do it, the same way you had absolutely nothing to say about this (smiley)

divya said...

Happy Birthday to the "Most Cutest" Blog in the World!

(as a 5-year old mite say!)

Keep writing...the "all five" of us are waiting with bated breath ;)

Anonymous said...

''Most cutest'' ha ha ha. Very apt.
If catch was dead he would roll over...

Anonymous said...

Machan these captchas kill me, I had to try twice before I could post the last one. That prompted me go over some slides from a talk sometime ago. In that a girl from Berk, if I am not wrong, was trying all weird things to prevent machines from getting the captchas right. Well and in the midst of it implied that the one you are using is the most simple one to crack.

Also, there was mention of some weird match picture with correct word contest, which was a different kind of captcha. You being the geek you are, I suppose you put down some puzzles to solve as captchas. I am sure the five of ''them'' who read your blog and ''might'' be eager to comment would actually take the trouble of solving the puzzle.

On a side note Sally is working to make machines smarter... and Say Na rocks, got tired of all hindi songs sounding like Chowdveen ka chaand... or implicitly implying that all indian guys are emotionall wrecks who shed a tear or two every other second...

Kiss me baby sounds good too, reminds me of big b's baap harivansh... ``mai ka pyala'', i am sure you would search why...

off to solve one more captcha

catcharun said...

divya : thanks..most 1 year olds look cute, but you can't predict what they'll grow up to be..
one of the anons used to define cute as "barely tolerable"..god knows where he got that from

anon(s) : its becoming a little tough sorting you out or even figuring out if it's the same person..most of you have alternate names, use them so that i can hurl the appropriate sarcasms at you.

anon1: am i missing something here? is this another one of your imaginary anecdotes..pray explain why i would roll over

anon2: captchas really rock. this one is not my doing. i know how tough these are to crack but they have reduced spam comments a lot.
i sincerely hope you aren't referring to the bluffmaster "say na"...man are u vetti or what?
i'm too lazy to google for mai ka pyala though i faintly recall harivansh wrote one of the poems in my 10th std hindi book

Anonymous said...

all anons are me da, unnaku anon-nu erandu moondru peeru varey comment send-nu nenaikiraya? And dude, i really think your blogs are ``cute''.

yeah its the say na from bluff, and you are right about 10th std, was just mentioned to wifey...

-Ux (and my wife goes, she aint married to no Ux nor anon...)