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Murder, she said and murder, she wrote
without any blood and gore.
And tell me if you don’t want to kill Agatha Christie because she will outwit you not once or twice but every time, whenever you think of a twist – she’s already done it.
The opening starts when the respectable Bantrys wake up in their large house one morning to find an unknown young blonde woman in their library. The vivacious Dolly Bantry calls on her friend, the amateur but trenchant detective, Miss Marple as Colonel Bantry is the suspect for the murder for having no alibi.
The police are baffled when they find the body of another girl in an abandoned quarry. Who are these girls, who killed them, is the murderer the same, the questions are too many and the chase is on. There are various suspects and to unravel the mystery Miss Marple comes to the rescue of her friend as well as the local police. People take certain things for granted instead of just confining themselves to facts and that’s what separates Miss Marple from the rest. She chooses to closely study the characters and habits of the suspects and the victim while trying to find the murderer.
The suspense built up by the end is almost unbearable. But you must curb your feelings of excitement and control your hand which would continuously twitch to flip to the last chapter to know the murderer.
Although I’ve read it and know the suspects and the murderer, and am their partner in crime, I’ll preserve the murder mystery reader’s tradition by keeping the secret of whodunit locked in my heart. Go and enjoy this satisfying murder mystery in that all the clues are there floating around to confuse you and occupy you mind. And when Miss Marple reveals who the killer is, it is so clear that the readers will think, why they hadn’t realized it pages earlier but that is Agatha Christie’s skill.
V for Vendetta is a vividly vivacious vivifying vibey visual treat.
The visual effects are nothing less but astonishing with compassionate yet ruthless characterization of character V (voiced by Hugo Weaving). It focuses more on the intense dialogues with witticism embedded in it but this takes nothing out of the limited yet spectacularly filmed and choreographed action.
The mystery character V believed that until his countrymen become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious. So, it was first necessary to expose the corruption in the government and to do so he gives the tyrant government a taste of their own medicine by using the tool of fear with which the government itself used to exploit its countrymen.
He chose to bite on the bullet as he never imagined that he could alter much in his own lifetime. But what he imagined was the little knots of resistance springing up here and there –small groups of people would be banding themselves together and gradually growing and even leaving a few records behind, so that they could carry on from where he might leave off.
Rebellion means a look in the eyes, an inflection of the voice; at the most, an occasional whispered word originated from an idea. Character V lets you ponder upon the thought that behind a revolution what really lies is an idea, which can’t be killed, oppressed, manipulated unlike the bearer of that idea. It’ll pass on from one person to another until the final or the only verdict, Vengeance is achieved.
The novel, 1984 itself might need to be reviewed several times, in order to write a review on it, such is the breath-taking imagination and complexity of the future created by George Orwell in his yet another marvellous piece.
Carrying on from where he left in Animal Farm (a satire on Russian Revolution), he presents a cold and chilling vision of a dystopian society where surely enough nobody wants to live in. A disturbing picture of the future is portrayed euphemistically in gory details.
The future presented speaks of a world of fear and treachery and torment which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. It’s not based on love and justice but on forgery where history is continuously rewritten, by the government, Big Brother, which is in ultimate control. George Orwell uses a perfect combination of irony and euphemism to highlight day-to-day falsification of the past, which were carried out by the Ministry of Truth and the work of repression and espionage carried out by the Ministry of Love.
People lived in such a hostile society that nobody dared to speak above a whisper as they were under surveillance 24X7. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one subject to another like the flame of a blowlamp. Winston Smith was one such fellow who had the fire in his belly and goes against Big Brother by having his own thoughts and a love affair, both of which were inevitable to hide.
Winston bears not only the physical torture of Big Brother’s law force but also the battle within his own head, whether to stand his ground or give in. Just like Animal Farm, this astounding novel clings to the memory of every reader. It even goes one step ahead and forces them to think rather ‘doublethink’ in order to understand ‘WHY’ rather than ‘HOW’ something is happening in their vicinity.
How greed compels you to bring out your worst side to others is what’s depicted flawlessly in the movie “There Will Be Blood”. Every facet of a man’s nature whose sole aim is to make money without paying any regard to all those who are affected by his affairs, has been captured in this slow paced yet so intense movie beautifully.
The story comes alive when a boy, Paul makes an offer to the miner turned oil-man, Daniel which he couldn’t refuse. Daniel took this opportunity to visit California and tried to get hold of every possible piece of area in order to dig oil underneath those lands. He manipulate the locals and promises them falsely of providing schools, roads, church and place for cultivation so that these people not only survive but flourish.
Based on ‘Oil!’ by Upton Sinclair, the movie encompasses the battle between Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), the former trying to get richer at any cost while the latter trying to build a religious empire of his own. Both try to outwit each other at every possible opportunity with common agenda of manipulating and taking advantage of people around them.
The extremity of ruthlessness at which Daniel reaches, just because he couldn’t stand any competition and tried to oppress everyone was controlled by his greed and envious nature. As it turns out to be, his face was less blotted by the black color than his hands which were soaked with the red color and indeed blood flowed at every crux of the movie.
Unlike the everlasting love, the national best seller can’t last long in today’s materialistic world, where people are afraid of loving someone or being loved.
Don’t go for the novel that took the world by storm in 1970’s, if you’re the one who’s on a quest for the meaning of love, because it doesn’t provide one. All it can enrich a reader with is the experience of love that he/she will feel once it’s completely read.
Erich Segal spills the bean right from the word go. It’s a very straight forward, no fantasy master-piece. He wrote something that had no Romeo and Juliet in it but was able to touch the heart of millions and millions of people. Being a novelty in the market at that time, it was way ahead of its time. The straight forward dialogues which came from the candid hearts kept the readers glued to this majestic experience. Their culture, their background, their wealth were the things Oliver and Jenny least bothered about. The thing that was most significant for them was the fact that they should get to remain together, forever. But destiny has its own way and the end of the novel provides a lump in one’s throat.
The subtle ways of expressing love, the simple yet so elegant story-line makes it a must read for any juvenile person, who is in love, or was in love, or hopes to be in love.
But what about those who don’t even know, “What is Love?” Erich Segal says,
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry”,
but it’s much more than that, it’s what’s written between the lines.
If Love is about never having to say you’re sorry, it’s also about forgiving who said sorry, and that too without any regret and hatred. Ironic..? Well, it’s food for your thoughts. I hope you got it correctly because I just provided you with pearls over here. Understood it or not, but do enjoy it while it’s there, because it won’t last forever.
“Whoever created women, must have been a genius”,
these words rightly describe the womanizer depicted by Al Pacino (Frank) and his ability to sense a beauty from far-way even with a fragile fragrance of her.
Well, all this is the subtext. On the surface, Scent of a Woman is a cult classic about a blind man (Frank) who has lost all hope in his life and plans to kill himself but only after fulfilling his last few dreams. The story comes to life when a student Charlie visits Frank seeking a winter job and the voyage they together overtook after that.
Al Pacino, a prolific actor, once again gives a commanding performance in this captivating movie with witticism embedded in his serious demeanor and was aptly assisted by Charlie. Both had their own set of problems and were in a dilemma whether to stand their ground or run for cover and give up.
The crux of the movie comes at the end (apart from the scene where Charlie saves Frank from killing himself), when Charlie was about to be fired from his B-School on the ground of not being an informer to his Dean, Frank takes the center-stage and gives a scintillating speech which astounded not only the audience inside the scene but outside it as well and the stand out performance of Al Pacino helped him in winning many prestigious awards.
The movie emphasize on the integrity and courage a man must possess in order to be leader and he should walk the path of principles and character only if his soul is non-negotiable.