Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gargle. Gargle. Puke.

 So, I saw this movie called Sucker Punch recently. I don't know what the writers had in mind while writing the story, but what it did look like was a female-centric video game turned into a movie. I must admit that during the first half of the movie, I did not have a clue of what was happening. Okay, her step father takes advantage of her mother's death and proves to the authorities of a Mental Asylum that she's mentally sick, but where does she land up after that? It looks like a hospital in the beginning. And then she somehow ends up dancing in a club owned by the same person who runs the Asylum. Strange. Her friends along with her, try to escape the mentalness around them and while embarking on their journey to freedom, they acquire "weapons" that would help them escape. These girls acquire these by what we may assume as seducing whoever holds the weapons. The dance sequences are kept a secret from the audience. Instead, what we're shown are fight sequences which keep running through the mind of the main character as she dances. The fight are supposedly set at the time of the First World War. I guess, the movie is a metaphor for...well, something that I haven't figured out as yet.

Needless to say, the movie has as an amazing set of songs for OriginalSoundTracks. I've listed them here below and you should really check 'em out.




No.TitleArtistLength
1."Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"  Emily Browning5:18
2."Army of Me (Sucker Punch Remix)"  Björk featuring Skunk Anansie6:50
3."White Rabbit"  Emilíana Torrini5:07
4."I Want It All / We Will Rock You Mash-Up"  Queen featuring Armageddon aka Geddy5:07
5."Search and Destroy"  Skunk Anansie4:24
6."Tomorrow Never Knows"  Carla Azar and Alison Mosshart7:35
7."Where Is My Mind?"  Yoav and Emily Browning3:36
8."Asleep"  Emily Browning4:20
9."Love Is the Drug"  Carla Gugino & Oscar Isaac4:12

What we owe ourselves

I was returning home from shopping today and a rather huge billboard caught my eye and it said the most absurd thing ever. It was almost like an insult to the Indian Cricket Team as a whole. In bold letters it said,

                      " GOOD LUCK, DHONI.
                         REPEAT 1983.
                         WE OWE THIS TO SACHIN."

While the first two lines made sense, the third one went right above my head. I agree that Sachin Tendulkar inspires the life out of many youngsters. It is 100% true that his contributions to Indian cricket are humongous and there's no denying the fact that he's one of the greatest talents world cricket has ever seen. But what's the deal about the Indian Team having to win the ICC Cricket World Cup just because it might be Sachin's last tournament? Although I don't even the slightest interest in cricket and it's various tournaments, it hurts me to think that this is the perception that many people hold about winning the cup. Is this the kind of encouragement we give Team India? That they win this World Cup solely for Sachin Tendulkar? Don't they owe it to themselves, too? I sincerely believe that this World Cup means more than their lives to almost every Indian and the Indian Cricket team, too. Sachin Tendulkar will remain a respected and much loved cricketer not only for his skills as a sportsman, but also for his gentleman-like nature and humility. India may not have been consistent with its performances, but every team has its own strengths and weaknesses. It is unfair to say that this tournament needs to be won for the sake of Sachin Tendulkar. It needs to be won because the team has been putting in a lot of effort from their side. It needs to be won, not because we owe Sachin one, but we owe it to ourselves. The Indian Team owes a win to its ever-supportive fans. The Indian team owes a win, to itself.
                     

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hola

I've just finished my board exams, and it feels like the end of an era. Suddenly, I feel like a thousand people have climbed off my back. I don't feel like I have to take care of the entire universe anymore. I feel like breaking free. I feel like getting wet in the rain. I feel like doing a weird, jumpy, bouncy, happy dance. I feel like singing out loud. I feel like telling the whole world I'm done with Board Exams for this lifetime. I feel...free. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chaos

Tsunami in Japan. Earthquake in China. People revolting against ruthlessly brutal dictatorship in Libya. And back home, in the Telangana region, people disrupting the lives of civilians demanding the government for a seperate state. There's chaos everywhere.

And then there's that little ray of hope . :)