A Certain Shade of Green

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Movie Mania May 31, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 7:39 pm

Username: abhimanyughoshal
Now Playing: Dead Soul Tribe – In A Garden Made of Stone
Now Hating: Multiplexes
They just suck. They’re way too expensive for me. Why should I pay Rs.130 to watch a Hindi movie, or an English movie (they sometimes have the gall to charge more for these)? Rs. 130 could buy me a buffet lunch at a fancy Oriental restaurant in the heart of the city, 2 games of bowling, 8 pirated movies at National Market… Essentially, Rs. 130 is a lot.

::Film::
Starsky and Hutch / Directed by Todd Philips, Starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
Great fun, this flick. Wilson and Stiller have great timing and an unmatched on-screen comic chemistry. Brilliant dialogues, cool action sequences, and marvellous performances from everybody, including Snoop Dogg as Huggy make this a top-notch (or should I say notch one – see movie for details) film.
Rating: 4/5

The Interpreter / Directed by Sydney Pollack, Starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn
Nicole Kidman, a Ku-speaking translator for the UN stumbles upon a clue that leads to a well-thought-out conspiracy to wipe out the universally-opposed President of Matobo. Sean Penn, a US Secret Service agent deployed to protect her, begins to uncover the entire masterminded plot that twists and turns, eventually weaving a tale worth telling. Good stuff!
Rating: 3.75/5

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What’s cookin’? May 28, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 8:03 am

Again, its been a while. I’ve been busy, what with the release of my school yearbook (that I designed) and getting my progressive metal band together. I’ve been receiving quite a few calls from musicians who are interested in the project. However, its pretty hard to work with more than one drummer and one bassist and two guitars. Oh, does anyone have any recommendations for band names? We’re into progressive rock and metal, with a technical feel as well as some jazz and funk bits thrown in. A lot of heavy riffs, with a generous infusion of melody. Influences: Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Freak Kitchen.
Here are some names I’ve been thinking of:

  • The Limit
  • The Dust That Settles
  • Synergenetic
  • Chains of Reaction

::Film::
Bose – The Forgotten Hero / Directed by Shyam Benegal
Nicely made, providing a great insight into the life and struggles of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Apparently, Bose’s character was not portrayed powerfully enough (from what many viewers who have read up on Bose tell me). He was far more stern and driven than the film shows. Still, I thought it was quite interesting to hear the story of such a wonderful character. Its people like Bose, who have ambitions strong enough to decide for them their paths in life that strike me. Good show!

::Music::
Freak Kitchen – Dead Soul Men / Heavy\Experimental Metal
What a brilliant band, and what a marvellous album. Freak Kitchen is refreshingly politically incorrect, witty and amazingly talented. Every song features great songwriting, and the lyrics just get you. Their music is part prog, part straight-up heavy. Must hear: Gun God, Silence, The Sinking Planet

 

You mean I don’t have to have a point to write here? May 22, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 8:45 pm

I’m still watching Bicycle Thief and The Interpreter, and reading Slaughterhouse-Five, so I can’t submit a review of any of them just yet. So I’ll just talk about the blogging experience.
I can still remember the old days, when blogging had just begun to take the world by storm. “Just a phase, Abe, it’ll go away soon. Pah! Who needs blogs when you can just make a website?”, I would say. Little did I realise that within a few months, everything anyone said would be replicated on their blogs. Thats right, anyone. And apparently, everybody has something to say. Thats when I jumped on the bandwagon and began blogging myself. And it feels great, to know that I’m putting down thoughts and interesting URLs open for anyone who might be interested, to take a look at (even though I have practically no readers, other than my brother – thanks mate). Besides, its a great way to enhance my writing skills, which I hope I have. I’m glad that I can express myself more or less accurately with words, and this is a brilliant proving ground (proving to myself, that is – I ensure that I maintain a level of quality that keeps me coming back again and again to read my blog).
I’ve also been reading several other blogs, and I’ve learned a lot from them, especially about how to improve my own. I’m toying with the idea of trying to promote my blog to get more readers, because I wouldd love to know what people think of what I’m saying (online, at least). I highly recommend blogging as a daily ecercise for the brain. Very good stuff, this. Try it out -> Blogger.

 

The Return of the Green Giant May 20, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 5:56 pm

I’m back, so lets get down to business.
::Book::
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
This is such a great antiwar book. Vonnegut’s style is fabulous, and the book is laced with a whole lot of black humour, reminds me a bit of Sue Townsend and Douglas Adams (RIP). Its so funny, I wish it was titled slaughter houseI’m still reading it though, so expect a synopsis and rating later.

::Music::
A Perfect Circle eMOTIVE
What can I say? I must be on an antiwar kick right now, for who knows what reason. Probably coincidence. Anyways, this album is APC’s brilliant alternative-rock take on several peace and antiwar songs. Each track has some clever new treatment, some chilling, some brooding, but all fantastic. Special mention – ‘Passive’ and ‘Imagine’. 4/5

Dream TheaterOctavarium
Found it released on Bearshare. No great shakes at all. This album lacks any progressive moments, and really disappointed. What happened to the crazy time signatures and counter-melodies and everything? This sounds like a really good nu-metal album, which is not saying much. However, most of the tracks are catchy, and feature some amazing solos by John Petrucci. 2/5

::Film::
Page 3Directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, Starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Boman Irani…
Really tacky dialogues, horrible acting, and very irritating, up until halfway through. Then it picks up the pace, with some neat twists and turns, and eventually the quality improves by leaps and bounds. The ending isn’t even the 100% feel-good kind you normally get, so thumbs up from me. 3.5/5

 

Ray of Light May 12, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 4:48 pm

Jamie Foxx rocks as Ray Charles Robinson in Ray. Superb editing, marvellous acting and a wonderful sense of authenticity about the film just makes one of the best I’ve seen this year. The depiction is honest, intense and absolutely mindblowing. Foxx steals the show with his scintillating performance that is frighteningly real, and makes seem Ray’s character seem sometimes, human, sometimes high-flying, sometimes sensitive and sometimes stoked just the way he probably was. 11 on 10.

 

Lateral Thinking May 10, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 3:40 pm


Just watched Sideways. I quite liked it, because it featured some great acting, good dialogue, great camera work, and a good storyline. It also has some great comic moments, and it seems to me like they did everything that you would say ‘don’t tell me they’re going to…’ to. Good stuff. Next on my watch-list: Ray.

 

Things to do at night… May 9, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Abhimanyu Ghoshal @ 7:53 pm

My brother just flew out of Bangalore, and is on his way back home to Montreal. That makes the house about 70% more vacant, and leaves me with practically nothing to do. So I got home, and after dinner, tried to keep myself busy by doing the following:

  • Watching ‘Page 3’ (Madhur Bhandarker) / I’m not done yet, will write about it soon.
  • Testing new Google products and services over at Google Labs. My favourite: Google Suggest (It shows you relevant suggestions to use for your search before you click the button. Great job!)
  • Checked out a fabulous website on my favourite guitarist John Petrucci. See it here.
  • Sent out an invite on Deviantart to several Bangalorean deviants (Deviantart members) to join the group bangaloreans. I’m planning to start a couple of community projects as soon as we get a few more members, and maybe have a live meet somewhere. We had one last year, and it was great fun.
  • Checked out snipurl, a great free service that creates shorter URLs for you to follow. For example, http://snipurl.com/erf7 will lead you to this blog. They also have a service that sends you interesting links by email. I signed up.