Tuesday, November 02, 2010

movies, serials and some such

I boasted about watching movies every other day, and then I could not watch any for over a month. Tsk tsk, not doing it again. However, I finished all seasons of the series, Lost. I am a few years late, but I made up for it in 2 months straight, sometimes watching the whole day and night too :-)

My favourite series is still The Big Bang Theory.

Coming back to the movies, watched this German movie, Das Experiment . Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment, it was gripping. It could be sickening to some people. About 20 people are hired for 2 weeks and kept in a mock prison. Some of them are made to act as prisoners and some of them as prison guards. They are asked not to resort to violence and given the option to opt out any time, by surrendering their payment. A scribe and a pilot enrolls and the movie is about the turn of events.

Also, loved Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep. Based on a true story, it is about a music teacher, a single mom at that and her struggle to teach the violin to inner city Harlem kids. There were many touching scenes. If it was in Hindi, I am sure it would have flopped. There was a scene where she tries to get a grip of her life. She fires the electrician and all the workers at her new apartment. In the same tone, she fires her boyfriend saying her kids need stability and since he cannot be committed, he is fired from her life. Amazing performance by Meryl Streep. I am sure, to some of you, it would look like I am reviewing Sholay, which everybody has watched on T.V  again ...and again:-) but I am sharing this because it was really heart warming to see this movie. To a parent of a black boy who accused the white people for giving them false hopes, she said she took up the job because she needed it, and she should come and look at her son play the violin in  the class once, to see the enthusiasm on his face. A woman like any of us, vulnerable with insecurities and yet she finds the emotional wherewithal to weave magic in the lives of the kids.

8 comments:

DewdropDream said...

Meryl Streep is phenomenal. I saw 'Postcards from the Edge' once and was awed. I'm going to watch this sometime ... and I'll look forward to it.

kirti said...

Arunima,
i take this post not only as an opinion but as a recommendation. would try to get the DVD .
howz yr new home decked up?
happy diwali to you and S .

Shrutzz said...

hey nice to read after long time ( I have logged in after long :))
I have been wanting top watch Once upon a time in Mumbai and the DVD is almost collecting dust..

Pravin said...

mads and i had done this continous viewing of the lost series...i think the last season 6 is not yet out in dvd...so we r waiting for that...

had read the stanford prison experiment...its called the lucifer effect...brilliant..but actually i have seen similar playouts occuring in my boarding schools..

Arunima said...

@Pravin: Are you someone I know in person? I think I know you.

Tina said...

I watched entire first season of big bang and started watching the second season, but its getting repetitive, with the constant drone by Sheldon. Have you seen the "The Good Wife"? It is the best drama I've watched.

AmitL said...

I haven't seen Lost yet,Arunima.:)Maybe coz it's not a comedy and only the comic genre appeals to me these days.:)
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The BB Theory-yep,I do watch it when I can.:)
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Rohit Sharma said...

Arunima,

You need to check out "Friends" as I had told you sometime back, its the best series ever.

-R