Tuesday, 27 April 2010

The whole world's comin' to an end, Mal- Mickey Knox

  • Mallory: I see angels, Mickey. They're comin' down for us from heaven. And I see you ridin' a big red horse. And you're drivin' them horses, whippin' 'em, and they're spittin' and frothin' all along the mouth, and they're comin' right at us. I see the future, there's no death, 'cause you and I, we're angels, Mickey!
  • Mickey: I love you, Mal.
  • Mallory: I know you do, baby. I've loved you since the day we met.

I'm in love with this film and Mickey and Mallory Knox and of course Wayne Gale...these are just random images which I think Mickey and Mallory would like.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Dear reader, there are people in the world who know no misery and woe. And they take comfort in cheerful films about twittering birds and giggling elves. But this story is not about such people.

   A few days ago I saw three films in one day- all of the same, slightly absurd genre. This group of films, according to me, would be what you call kid movies with a darker side, and it is absolutely genius! It is one of my favourites and these films too define the genre in pure terms, despite the different plots and themes and filming techniques. They are (in the chronological order they were viewed by me):

   1) The Polar Express- One of my favourite Christmas movies, despite having seen it only twice. Last time saw it was like five years ago. It is based on a book by the same name and tells the story of a growing boy whose faith in Christmas is restored after an adventurous and magical journey to North Pole on Christmas Eve on board the enchanted Polar Express. On the journey, the Hero Boy meets the funny and responsible Conductor, the holiday spirited Hero Girl, the poor and sad Lonely Boy, the annoying Know-it-All and the mysterious and elusive Hobo.

   This is a beautifully made animated picture, about kids and elves and Santa, but what it does is that it tackles with the problems of growing up-in Christmas terms. Even though the film is based around 1945, it shows how people nowadays, i.e., the ones with "brains" seem to lose all sense of magic and splendour in this world. The journey by the Polar Express regains Hero Boy's "belief" (that being a key word) in Christmas, which he never ever loses again.

    There are many darker sides to this film, with the ghostly Hobo, the permanent sense of danger, the discarded and horrific toys, the CIA-ish army of elves and the not-so-jolly, but rather a celebrity-like and sensible Santa Clause. Also the Lonely Boy, for who Christmas never works out- we don't find out whether that changes or not.

    However, the magic of this genre is how everything has a place in the larger picture- even the darker themes. It is a very moving and ultimately good film with some excellently created scenes- one cannot help but connect the wind-borne ticket to the feather in Forrest Gump, thanks to the epic film maker Robert Zemeckis, and the brilliant Tom Hanks. And obviously the message- that of belief and love and Christmas spirit. I mean though I am an agnostic Muslim girl of the goddamned 21st century, I truly believe in Christmas and films like the Polar Express just deepen that belief of mine, and all those like me. Ebert calls it a perennial film and I agree.

   2) Lemony Snickets, A Series Of Unfortunate Events- Right at the beginning we are told by the narrator, who is Lemony Snickets himself, that this film is unpleasant and if we want to watch something with a happy little elf, there is still plenty of seating in theatre number two. It tells the story of the three Baudelaire children- the inventor Violet, the reader Klaus and the biter Sunny. Their parents die at the beginning of the film in a mysterious fire that burns down their entire mansion. Then they are sent to their nearest relative, the evil and eccentric Count Olaf. Count Olaf wants their inheritance and tries to kill them many times, but every time his plans fail due to the combined brilliance of the Baudelaire children. That is the story in a nutshell, except it is much much much more.

   This is a dark film through and through and hardly gives the warm feeling I had experienced from the Polar Express. But I love this film to bits and watch it every time it comes on the telly. First reason- the story. The book series are brilliant, as told to me by a very reliable friend. She says the fact that they are morbid yet child-friendly is where their ingenuity lies. Also she loves the movie, so I'm guessing it does justice to the books. The many situations that the Baudelaires get into due to Olaf is amazing- their car being stuck in the middle of a train track with the train coming head on, or the Incredibly Deadly Viper and Sunny, or escaping from the tumbling down house at the edge of a cliff. But what is even more awesome is how the Baudelaires manage to outwit Olaf in each of his master-plans and escape.

   Second reason- the cast. Jim Carrey in his best role to date- Count Olaf! He is such a genius, and every character he plays and every expression on his face shows how incredible an actor he is. The Baudelaires played by Emily Browning, Liam Aiken and Kara and Shelby Hoffman as baby Sunny are really good child actors, especially Liam Aiken who I have loved since Stepmom. Of course Lemony Snickets was Jude Law who is a brilliant narrator, and I love narrators! And the supporting cast from Timothy Spall, Bill Connolly, Cedric the Entertainer, Catherine O' Hara, Jennifer Coolidge, Dustin Hoffman and my favourite Meryl Streep, who superbly played the paranoid aunt Josephine.

   The last reason why I love this film is the look of the whole film. All the excellent quotes and acting and story wouldn't have been ever as appreciated if the film did not have the gloomy and grey atmosphere. That was achieved when the director Brad Sterling brought together the funky, kooky and masterful trio responsible for another black comedy epic- Sleepy Hollow. The trio consists of production designer Rick Heinrichs, costume designer Colleen Atwood and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. My favourite scene is the one in which the Baudelaires escape from Aunt Josephine's flimsy house as it merges complete diabolical aspects with excellent effects.

   Though the whole feel of this film is dark, it is a very hopeful story. The Baudelaires always manage to stay together, safe and happy despite Count Olaf's numerous efforts to bring misery to them. their sense of love and family is what is meant by the word "sanctuary" which is mentioned many times throughout the film. Also their constant hope of a better tomorrow, or rather a sane guardian is what this makes this film a happy one after-all. I have only one complaint- WHY WEREN'T THERE MORE LEMONY SNICKETS FILMS MADE??????

   3) Where the Wild Things Are- I read the book about two months ago and thought it was sweet. However a picture book with almost no text didn't interest me all that much. Then I saw the movie last week...

   It is a visually stunning masterpiece. The wonderful Max and his enviable and extraordinary imagination forms the basis of this film. He is a lonely 8 year old kid who one day in a tantrum runs away from home and then sets sail to the unbelievable land of the Wild Things. The Wild Things are these huge, adorable and monsterish beings, who make Max their king. And then the wild rumpus begins!

   This is a very deep film. Maurice Sendak, the author of the book, had received much criticism for showing a child's violent anger in the book, but the film is much more intense. It was released as an adult film actually. Max's mind is a beautiful and pure wild thing itself and that cannot be turned into something kids would understand quickly. It is a mind of a brilliant sad and lonely boy and it is both frightening and mesmerizing. The ways in which he makes stories in his head, using simple child language, but the very depth of there meaning is something even the oldest people would be able to relate to. From the igloo, to wrecking his sister's room, to telling the vampire story to his mum, to the introduction to total death by his teacher, to the actual time spent with the Wild Things, they are just a very innocent way of showing the loneliness and anger and hope and despair all of us feel in our daily life. Only none of us are as talented and naive as Max to tackle them in such a way.

   Still I think many children, especially boys, would like the more violent and fun parts. I sure did.

   Max Records, who plays the film's Max, is the cutest American kid since Liam Aiken. His ability to play the film's fun, mischievous, sad and thoughtful Max was sheer acting expertise. He is extremely mature for an actor his age, yet innocent and oh so adorable. And then of course there were the Wild Things, who were the exact copy of the illustrations in the book. But they too had complex characters- each different, innocent, ad and beautiful in it's own way. Their lines in the film unlike I think their 8 or 9 lines in the book were really some of the best ever. It is a gorgeous film and Spike Jonze is a total creative genius.

   There is one more film which falls directly into this category and that is the wonderful Pan's Labyrinth. I will write about it whenever I see it next, as I have seen it only once. Other movies include the Harry Potter series and the Good Son. I cannot write about Harry Potter as a part of anything, as it holds such and important and significant part in my life. I'll write about it as an ode or tribute or something after the final film is released *sniff sniff*. And Good Son, well apart from the fact that it has Macaulay Culkin and Elijah Wood, who were the cutest American kids before Liam Aiken, it has nothing warm or fuzzy in it.

   Watch all of them though!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010


I took my lucky break and I broke it in two.
Put on my worried shoes, my worried shoes.
Took me so many miles, and they never wore out.
My worried shoes. My worried shoes.
My worried shoes.
I made a mistake that I never forgot.
Tied knots in the laces of my worried shoes.
Every step that I take is another mistake
I march further and further away in my worried shoes.
My worried shoes.
My shoes took me town crooked path.
Away from our welcome mats, my worried shoes.
I looked all around and saw the sun shining down.
Took off my worred shoes, my worries shoes.
My worried shoes.

Isn't the song just adorable? Also it makes perfect sense and has a deeper meaning that applies to most of us in life. It's almost just like the brilliant film it is from- Where The Wild Things Are. I am going to write about it soon. :)

Thursday, 8 April 2010


    Okay...Skins rocks the entire fucking universe!! Notice how I just used a swear word...it's all because of that glorious, brutally honest, uncensored, smokin' hot show! After a month and a half of undying devotion, tonight I finished watching all the episodes of Skins. I can even tell you when I started- 25th of February- the weekend before my final exams. 42 days- 37 episodes and this is my verdict. (Spoiler Alert!)

    Let's go character-wise first.

Gen 1:

    1) Tony- The Guy Who Could Do Anything; Skins starts with his face and his infamous blanket. Nicholas Hoult as Tony Stonem might very well be the protagonist of the first generation of Skins. Tony is gorgeous, popular, smart, manipulative, evil, caring and brilliant. He is one of my most favourite characters ever. I do have a thing for bad boys and while he wasn't technically a bad bad boy like Cook, he was the good guy with the evil side. I love the fact that he could do almost anything he wanted. It's admirable- his instant "leadership quality in the wrongest things possible", whether it's selling spliff or stealing a coffin. And he is the best looking of all the characters...which helps. Oh the days I have spent dying over his dark hair, his light eyes, his perfect mouth, his occasionally kiddish face, and his amazing body. Also his voice and his genius mean comments are pretty kick-arse. He is pretty much the God of the series.

    2) Cassie- She's thin, she's blonde, she says WOW an awful lot; Again one of my most favourite characters ever and probably the most original one of the series. Nothing like Cassie has ever been seen...and Hannah Murray plays her brilliantly. Cassie, who is introduced to us as the girl with wide eyes and an eating disorder, turned out to be so much more. Not only was she the most profound one, her character is the one with the most complexities and depth. And also she is, in her own words, quite lovely. She probably had the best fashion sense in all of the show and with her fairy-taley voice, she is the quintessential girl who seems ethereal and believable at the same time.

    3) Sid- The Lovable Geek; okay so he wasn't the most original character. A similar geek who is desperate to get laid can be seen everywhere- Seth Cohen in the OC, everyone in Superbad etc. But with a manipulative best friend like Tony, an intense love for Tony's girlfriend Michelle and the presence of Cassie, sets Sid quite apart. He is the guy everyone feels for. With Cassie, Sid (who is played by Mike Bailey), makes the best couple of the whole series. I mean he is amongst the only characters I can identify with...almost.

    4) Chris- The Hero; Now I am going to use this describing word and more appropriately later again, but Chris was a sort of hero. He was the one who made us laugh the most and in the end cry the most. It was awful when he died! His love for Angie first and then for Jal was adorable and endearing. He, played by Joe Dempsie, is the hero of this generation because of his ability to say "Yes" and "Fuck it". Very few people can truly do that and I, as well as the gang salute him for that.

    5) Michelle- The Real Girl; Sure she was called "Nips" and had the longest legs ever, however Michelle was more of a normal girl than anyone in the show. She was the one who was pretty, had genuine boy problems and came out as a cool and fun person throughout. I would put up for Tony and Michelle one of the hottest couples in the series. We all loved their scenes together and didn't exactly mind the Sid affair either. Michelle wasn't just the dumb pretty girl, but she had a realistic role and was played very appropriately by the very hot April Pearson.

    6) Maxxie- The Gay Best Friend; Okay everyone I know loves Maxxie, played by Mitch Hewer. I liked him, no doubt, but he wasn't my most favourite character ever. But his dancing talent, his innocence and his character was very admirable. I think the scene between him and Tony, when Tony "gives him head" scared me shitless but it was okay. I love his and Anwar's friendship! And the way he is described by Tony, "He's a bit new, he's a bit cool, he's a bit gay."

    7) Jal- The Talent; she was one of the most boring characters for me in the first seres, with the mental mobsterish family but I really liked her towards the ending of the second series. Her speech for Chris is epic and the fact that everyone was crying was very believable. Also I liked her friendship with Michelle a lot, especially in the unseen episode. Jal was played by Larissa Wilson.

    8) Anwar- The Muslim Boy; Okay he was my least favourite character except Sketch. But I guess I could identify a lot with his whole Muslim condition. I liked him the first series but the whole deal with Sketch was creepy. However I like how he ended up leaving her and going with Maxxie to London. I couldn't believe Dev Patel, who portrayed Anwar was this ready to get naked ever.

    9) Effy- The Mysterious girl; I quite liked her in the first generation. I liked her attachment to Tony and her way of doing things. However, the second generation pretty much changed that opinion of mine.

Gen 2:

    1) Cook- The Hero; What a character. Since it's only been hours since I saw his last scene, I can't help but be in complete awe of him. I hated him in the beginning, his constant drinking and laughing and hogging and fucking...but he turned out to be so much more than that. I loved him and Effy together- their whole Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen thing and I do secretly hope that they will get together. I think they are the hottest of all the couples. His friendship with Freddie and JJ, his ability to seduce every girl, his kiddish qualities mixed with that of nothing less than an action hero is incredulous. And he has such a cute face, along with a killer body. Also the way he says "I'M COOK!" is just brilliant. He is another one of my most favourite characters ever. He is played by Jack O' Connell.

    2) JJ- The Adorable one; I just love him. And I also know for a fact that no girl can resist loving him. He is soo cute, with his childish face and hobbity hair. I love his singing and his ukulele and his devotion to Lara and his magic. Also the way he is nervous and then so sure of himself. Everyone wants a friend like JJ...just because he is one of the most caring characters ever.

    3) Naomi- The Perfect Girl; She was such a brilliant character. I love her love for Emily. She's strong, smart, beautiful and played by Lily Loveless (ironic). Her hippie mum and surname are hilarious. She is quite fun. I actually secretly also wanted her and Cook to get together but her declaration of love in the end to Emily is just so heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

    4) Thomas- The Real Gentleman; I took an instant liking to him from his first scene. With the whole African background and a strong sense of responsibility, he was one of the most admirable characters of the show. I really like his strength and honesty and his love for Pandora. Also Thomas's (played by Merveille Lukeba) musical talent adds to his incredible character.

    5) Emily- The Pretty Redhead; I have a thing for redheads and though it may seem a little weird saying this about a lesbian, I really don't care. I found her adorable and the whole Naomily thing was real nice. They too were one of the hottest couples. She was a very pretty character and was played by Kathryn Prescott.

    6) Katie- "I'm Katie Fucking Fitch, who the fuck are you?"; I pretty much hated her in the first series but with that line, there was an instant respect for her. She grew up in the series and became a very nice person. I like her big sisterliness thing and she too is a real woman. She is played by Megan Prescott. 

    7) Pandora- NOT Useless; I loved Panda ever since the first generation. I guess I can sort of identify with her too. She's cute, confused and innocent. Her love for Thomas is really sweet. I love how trustworthy she is and her ability to make a fool of herself and not even realizing that. She is played by Lisa Blackwell.

    8) Freddie- Gone; So before I started watching this entire generation, I was told that he'll die. So I never really attached myself to his character, unlike Chris. But then again, I really think I wouldn't have liked  him any ways. Sure he was very hot and made the last hot couple with Effy, and was very caring too, I just found him very boring. His death was rather unfortunate and scary, but what else was there really to expect? He fell for Effy for Pete's sake and didn't have a strong character like Cook or JJ. He was played by Luke Pasqualino

    9) Effy- The Psychotic Freak; My description might seem a bit harsh but it is totally true. Of course she is totally gorgeous and played by the divine Kaya Scodelario, but when she goes crack, she really goes crack. And of all the people to go for counselling, she goes to the almost equally cracked John Foster. I got really scared of her towards the end and think she is the creepiest character in the whole show after Sketch and John Foster.

    Other characters that I liked were Angie, Sid's dad, Johnny White, James Fitch, Anthea and Karen.

    As a whole I liked the first generation more as they were less dramatic but then again felt like I really knew everyone from the second generation more. I love the fact that almost everyone sings ( I don't think Dev Patel can sing). And I cannot wait for the third generation along with the film with all three generations!!!

    Skins is a groundbreaking show with an excellent storyline, brilliant characters, talented cast, amazing soundtrack, and unexpected turns and twists. It is entertainment as it's best, as not only is it funny, dramatic, young, scary and a whole lot of other things, it is also an eye opener. I would include in the list of the most life-changing movies/shows for myself.

Monday, 5 April 2010

TITANIC- Nothing on Earth could come between Them

Rose: A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you know there was a man named Jack Dawson and that he saved me, in every way that a person can be saved. I don’t even have a picture of him. He exists now… only in my memory.

I just had to put this up. The first photo of Jack in these...of his eyes...made me fall in love with him as a 5 year old girl and still does. This film will live on forever. Oh and Leo and Kate please get together!!!!!