All The King’s Men!

All The King’s Men reminded me of another great film named All The President’s Men which was made on Watergate scandal. This film has one of the strongest star cast ever–some of the finest actors working together on a story. A few scenes really stood out for me–one in which governor Stark faces off judge Irvin. Two stalwarts facing each other–maybe it’s the only time Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins have shared a screen together. Some critics have complaint about Hopkins’ accent but to a foreigner like me there’s no great difference and accents mattered much less than performances. Jude Law is a silent witness of this duel with slight inclination towards governer who is his friend. Anthony Hopkins still oozes out charisma and I’ve not seen him many times on-screen after “Silence of the lambs.” What Sean Penn has done in this film is pure magic. His waving of small arms in an odd way is totally adapted to suit the type of character he was playing and though it annoyed me a bit at first–I soon understood why it has such an effect on me–it was a stamp of great acting. I know that he’s a critically acclaimed actor and I’ve not seen many of his films but here he handled the transformation of his character quite well. Continue reading “All The King’s Men!”

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One Deadly Summer(1983): A Twisted Tale Of Revenge!

Note: Contains Spoilers!

What looks like an erotic drama at first has much more to it. A 19-year-old girl marries a guy who is a hardworking mechanic. It seems that girl is aimless and enjoys partying. It becomes clear after sometime that there is a sad story behind her birth and she is out there to take revenge. She has carefully chosen the family to get married into. She plans hard into taking revenge only to realize that the people who she thinks were responsible for the grave crime were not really responsible. In another sub-plot it is revealed how her foster-father became crippled. Towards the end audience comes to know that her revenge was exacted long ago by her foster-father and she was wrong in having misunderstood him in an event which led to making him crippled.

She had contrived to use her husband to take revenge and after discovering truth she crashes completely thus getting admitted into a mental hospital and that makes her husband furious. He kills the people she had planned to kill all along thus four families get destroyed in a fateful turn of events. The film has wonderful music and a great pace of execution. All performances seem natural.

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Holes(2003)

It’s a film too good to be believable. The incredibly beautiful plot is full of serendipity. This film is a wonderful journey of adventure with many layers of mystery. The cinematography is superb. Editing is perfect and performances are excellent.

John Voight, Sigourney Weaver, Shia Labeouf and other kids have performed remarkably well in this film. Beautiful Patricia Arquette learned riding horses especially for shooting of this film–she has done amazing in role of kissing kate barlow. Louis Sachar’s screenplay which is based on his own novel, is, one of the best screenplays ever written in my opinion.

A kid is sent to a juvenile facility for a crime he didn’t commit. Continue reading “Holes(2003)”

Who gets fever on which day—a very short story!

DISCLAIMER:
I cannot confirm or deny that anything the following prose says,  has any connection to any matter true or false or any event that has, is, or will occur in the history of the universe. Any similarity to an event or  with an actual existing person(s) is purely coincidental.”
A team in an IT company was working on a very critical project.  Manager wanted team members who were ready to take challenges. The first question which any candidate joining into the project had to answer was: “Are you comfortable staying in office after midnight?”. Horrible deadlines and unrealistic goals. Unclear requirements and myriads of code changes. Team members had to stretch every-day(night). They were working too hard. They were working sixteen hours a day. All of them had pathetic nightmares. They started to have those vicious cycles of incessant chattering to themselves. Their personal lives got spoiled. Manager, though a generous and gregarious human being, was in soup, therefore, he was not able to grant any leaves to any of the team members. Team members were not able to attend even the marriage ceremonies of their close relatives.
They continued in this fashion for about two months. Some escalations and a lot of melodrama. Onsite members were also deep in soup. Client was unhappy with the results. There was no reason for the team to continue with much enthusiasm. All of a sudden they started getting fevers. Almost all of them. If they stretched for two three nights, i. e. they worked very hard for some days, they had fever on rest of the days of the week. The team got disconcerted, perturbed and  uncomfortable because of such fever attacks, therefore they came up with a novel idea.
The idea was to have a sheet in advance, a type of calendar to which only team members were privy to. It had all the details about the fevers. It had variety of fevers explained with symptoms in it. It had the Information about each and every team member’s fevers. It clearly described the candidates who where  vulnerable(feverish) on a particular day of week. In advance, it had also the description about the type of the fever the candidates were going to have on a given day of week. It allowed them some freedom. None of the fevers lasted more than two days or at max more than three days in succession. If you were lucky enough to get your fever, as per the fever calendar, on a Wednesday or on a Thursday, it meant that you were able to enjoy a long weekend. You then would have been able to go to your relatives, to attend marriage ceremonies or you might have enjoyed an excursion to a hill station. This chart was a boon for the health of the team members, for the manager, for onsite team members as well as for the client. In general it was a miracle for the project!
Once this calendar became a handy tool in the constitution of the offshore team, there were no escalations anymore. Things miraculously started to fall in the place for team members. Some of the team members were trying very hard to get released from the project. They were hapless. Their project manager, though a gregarious gentleman, being in the soup, was not able to bear separation from any of them. Once this calendar, this panacea, this magic potion, was brought into the system, it seemed as if a fairy started to grant everyone’s wishes. Some of the team members were immediately released from the project. They were very happy. They had the chance to see the faces of their family members after having survived a long phase of  brutal tyrannical torture and gestation. They even threw bashes happily for getting released from it all. Client became unexpectedly polite. The environment in the office became calm and soothing.
Trees were with lush green, beautiful leaves again. Drizzles in the Neptunian twilights fostered intellectual conversations. Some of them started to prepare for interviews. Sun shone brightly and rainbows seen from the windows of the office were very beautiful. Team members who left the project were happier but who stayed were no less robust afterwards. There remained no strain, no hyper-activity, no  escalations. There was harmony between onsite and offshore team members. It all happened because of that miraculous mysterious secret calendar named: “WHO IS GOING TO HAVE FEVER ON WHICH DAY? ”.
This calendar had to follow a few protocols:

1.       Fever should never last more than three days in succession, though, after once getting a fever, you may  get it again, in the same week, if the fever you had last time was not for more than one day.
2.       You may have  the luxury of two different types of fevers in a single week but not more than that.
3.       You may  name your fevers as viral, seasonal, malarial or anything you could have come up with, provided you don’t exceed the inherent limits on the severity.
4.       If you are not able to come up with a special name for the type of fever you had, you should simply say “I am not feeling well” and it would do the job.
5.       Not more than three people can have the luxuries this fever allows on the same days of week.
6.       Seniors have the luxury of superior fevers in quality and quantity and vice versa.
7.       One who has most severe fever during the fortnight, is required to  arrange for a good party, at the end of the fortnight.