Whatcha Wearing? — A Korean movie Review.

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Watcha Wearing is a Korean movie which was released in 2012. To answer the question, no, I do not know Korean as a language, but I love Korean cinemas and dramas. I watch them with subtitles like many other language movies. 

I came across the name of the movie while cruising the web and was intrigued by the idea of the movie. The hero and heroine of the movie get to know each other when heroine wrongly dials the wrong number(one digit gets changed) and doesn’t realize that she is sex-talking with someone other than the boyfriend. She realizes her mistake much later. It was hilarious to see how embarrassed she felt. I was feeling embarrassed for her.

The hero had been recently dumped and hence calls that wrong number slut to express her anger towards the female gender. And That is how their unusual friendship starts. Since their first wrong conversation was sexual in nature, they are quite open with each other, and that sparks an unusual conversation. There comes a scene in a story where hero asks heroine to meet and she tells that they might lose the comfort of talking. And I was like I so hear you. When they finally meet, the heroine get cold feet and refuse to meet him but he finds her. And they couldn’t decide whether they are strangers or not.

You can see that they are falling for each other and they also feel it, but then they already have their regular boyfriend and girlfriend and a phone relation is not given that much importance.

The movie was very realistic and very heart-touching. It represented many of my dilemmas I myself have faced and actors were awesome. I think I have found my second Korean love in the hero. When he smiled, I just could not help rewinding the scene and saying awww. 🙂

Best scene of the movie was when both hero and heroine decide to spend night in the motel room and then they were uncomfortable. They sit on the two side of the bed with their back to each other and talk on phone. And in between the conversations, the guy get between the sheets with the heroine, claiming that connection is now all connected. Although the sex is prominent in the whole movie, this scene artistically fades away, leaving a smile on the face of the viewers(at least for me it did! I also might have rewound the scene 3 or 4 times. :P)

I still remember those wrong numbers I and my friends used to dial from the landline just in the hope that maybe someone interesting on other line will pick up(although I am not sure we knew what we were searching for!). My friend actually did meet and date someone this way, although the call was from other end and the guy was not too good. But at that time, I hated my phone because I had never dialed right kind of wrong number or got a call from that right wrong number. (:)) The life was so much fun then!) The movie made me wonder about all those dreams and could have been I have cooked over the phone conversations. I still weave those could-have-beens sometimes, but then the right connection has not been there yet. (That must be the cheesiest line of this review.)

Most of the Korean series and movies I have seen are more suggestive, but this movie starts with a sexy banter and brings the sensuality of the two characters in the front. It might be the first actual 18+ movie I have seen in Korean language. 

Lost in Translation – Weekly Movie Review

 

Lost in Translation

 

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Lost in Translation is the movie about two people who meet in Japan. Bob Harris, a middle-aged actor, is caught there as his shootings get extended. Charlotte is the young wife of a photographer(always shown working) who is there for an assignment. They both meet in the hotel and strike an unusual friendship.

As the movie starts and shows the wide cultural gulf between America and Japan through Bob’s eyes, I recalled my time in China. The difference between India and China is not that wide, but still it’s insurmountable.  Initial and occasional novelty of exploration aside, long duration gives one a feeling of being lonely in the crowd, like the character Bob Harris experienced in the movie.

The movie didn’t make me cry, but it left me with the lingering melancholy. Probably I was so touched by the movie because it was realistic, and it reminded me of myself?! The unknown place, the unexpected friendship, the midlife crisis, and the feeling of being enclosed in the formality from the family– all those little things hit a nerve. Even Charlotte’s confusion and her question of “When does this all end?” sounds so much like the question which beseech my mind.

Then there was THE scene, that one overhead shot- they were in bed talking, fully clothed, he is on his back staring at the ceiling, she is on her side, almost asleep, the tips of her feet barely touching the side of his leg, and he moves his hand and holds her toe. I gave one big happy sigh at that.

I am not a person who like ambiguous endings, but I didn’t want any end to this movie. Probably they did live happily distanced from each other, or probably they met again. In this movie, the future of the characters didn’t matter. What mattered was that those days they spent together.

 

The Princess Bride – A Movie Review

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There are some movies which makes a person feels good. They spread the joy of the happiness to everyone. The Princess Bride is one such spectacular movie which transports viewers to the world of fairies, princes, and dragon. 

This movie is meant for both children and adults. It starts with a grandfather reading a story to his sick grandson who objects to such a boring activity. But slowly as he and the audience passes through the various nail-biting and exaggerated events of the story, one couldn’t do anything but sigh in happiness. It has humor and that happily ever after dreams weaved together.

I specially adored the name of the characters which made me smile every time their name was taken.  Oh, and I fell in love with Max and his wife. It was hilarious to see the couple with those frazzled hair and chocolate ball cures.

In short, magic of a good movie never fades. This movie was released in 1987. It has a story which can be easily guessed, but then it has presentation and beautiful performances which will compel watch it again and again.

 

Sunset Blvd. – A Movie Review

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Sometime ago, Heath from heath109109 recommended me this movie. I was a bit skeptical about it as it didn’t feel like my kind of romance. But I gave it a try yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised.

The story is bizarre and weird, yet it involved me so completely that I didn’t even realize that some two hours had passed. The movie portrays once-famous actress, Norma Desmond, who despite of being faded into obscurity, clings to her image of being a superstar. She lives in a crumbling mansion with her butler and never ventures out to preserve her illusions. A struggling writer adopts Norma as a sugar-mom, and then tries to free himself from the arrangement.

I loved how stoic both Max, the butler, and Norma Desmond looked. The hypnotizing background score, the way the actress, Gloria Swanson, carried herself, the shrine of the bedroom, the lockless doors–all were fantastic, but the best part was the voice-over. It was like a melody in itself for the ears. What an amazing script and voice!

And that end, when she walks down the stairs with cameras rolling, brought tears to my eyes. The movie left me wondering how far a small delusion can take us, and how much we can do to maintain the delusions of those we love.

Final thoughts: Would the movie have ended the same way if there was no Max– if there was nothing to fuel those mad desires?

 

Truly a classic. Thanks for suggesting the movie, Heath.

Frozen – A Movie Review

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Last week, owing to the snow in US, one of my friends wished for summer and shared with me  this video.

 

I enjoyed this video so much that I decided to watch the movie at the earliest possible, and I was not at all disappointed.

 

This movie is a classic Disney movie with picturesque animations. It is a story of two sister with one of them, Elsa,  having the icy powers.  Elsa, influenced by her fear for this power, starts an eternal winter in the world. The movie shows the quest for other sister, Anna, to bring back Elsa home and stop this eternal winter.

The story highlights the love between sisters. Though the story was poignant, I do believe that Elsa as  a character was underutilized, but I’m hoping for a sequel which tells Elsa’s story.

The movie has stunning visuals. There’s a point where the characters say that they never believed that winter could be this beautiful, and I wholeheartedly agree with them. It left me itching for a way to capture that beauty somewhere. The music is also mesmerizing. The song I mentioned above is still the best, and I’m still going to shout Happy Snowman at random moments, but the other songs in the movie are also nice.  Olaf, the wise, innocent snowman who wished for summer, won over my heart in the movie.

The movie left me with the feeling of extreme contentedness. A perfect movie for a perfect Sunday.

You’ve Got Mail- Movie Review

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I know this movie has been there for a long time. But I did say somewhere that I’m a very late bloomer when it comes to movies, didn’t I?

Anyway, I’m so glad that I selected this movie. First of all, falling in love over letters is my most favorite trope, be it E-mail, messaging, or the good old letters. I love the stories which portray this. This movie not only gives me the story, but it also serves me the perfect chemistry and excellent acting. It helps that I didn’t have any preconceived notion about both Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks (late bloomer, remember?)

The story is about two business rivals falling in love over E-mails. Meg as Kathleen Kelley is the owner of a supercute children bookstore which is being usurped by new book mall owned by Joe Fox(Tom Hanks). They meet in a chatroom and fell for each other without revealing their identities.  Though it is predictable what’s going to happen next, the presentation of the movie made me smile and cry(that twirling scene!). I adored the mails they wrote and how they opened up to each other via words, but more than that, I enjoyed the part when Tom Hanks tried to win her heart was Joe Fox.

After watching the movie, I want to open my own little bookshop. No, no, nothing like giant Fox Books, but the little shop like “Around the Corner”. I know the ending is a bit unbelievable (okay completely unbelievable), but I was a romantic before donning this cynical hat. So while the cynic in me wanted to scoff at their meeting, my heart was cheering them on.

There were many captivating dialogues, but my favorite was the one which defines the dilemma of many readers.

Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.

All in all, a sweet love story!

In the Mood for Love – A Movie Review

 

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In The Mood For Love

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This was my first Chinese movie. I watched this because it’s said to be one of the most romantic movies ever made. And I think it’s correct. This movie is about loneliness, coming together, restraint, and romance. I lived through the every moment in the movie. Even subtitles didn’t diminish my interest in the movie.

The movie revolves around two people who discover that their respective spouses are having an affair with each other. Together they try to find the reasons on why their spouses drifted away from them. A strange bond emerges between them as they cope with their sadness by taking turns playing each other’s spouse, which later grows into a relationship.

But this movie is not about the story. It’s more about the silences and encounters- a passing meeting on the stairs, a coincidence at the noodle stall, some stilted phone conversations, and the soft rain. The cinematography of the movie haunts the viewers by showing the snippets of actors from windows, doors, and mirrors. Even the spouses are never shown; just their impact on the life of the lead actors is portrayed.  I yearned to see more of them, but still was afraid of the revelation.

The movie might not be to everyone’s taste. It has that artsy feeling to it. And it’s slow. But I think it was its laziness which influenced me the most. The scenes capture and zoom into the lead actors’ emotions so well that I couldn’t help but sympathize with them.  The other thing I loved was the dresses. The actress Maggie Cheung carried those traditional dresses with an amazing grace.

On the whole, a well spent 98 minutes of the week. By the end, I was almost in tears and sighing at every scene.