I bought a book on the Kapoors, yay!
Also, here is my write-up on Om Shanti Om
First off this, it's a pic of SRK with Gauri. Why is it here, what does it have to do with OSO? Nothing, I just like it.
It's hard to write a review of it in any sort of coherent fashion because this really isn't a movie with a story, inasmuch as it is a collection of long, excellent skits, tied together by loose narrative. Sort of like a Bollywood, and much better, and longer Saturday Night Live sketch.
I think that is, much as I loved OSO, I prefer Main Hoon Na because MHN, despite the tongue-in-cheek vibe, actually felt like a genuine movie-movie, and story as well, with characters who felt real, for whom I felt sadness or joy. In OSO, I really didn't think anoyone was a person, more a combination of traits: I was not emotionally invested in them for most part.
I really hope this doesn't read like a slam, because it's not supposed to be, in the least. This was an amazing, delirious movie, and I don't remember last time I laughed so hard. I am dying to see it again. It's just it's a very different type of movie, much further than Jaanemann or Salaam-e-Ishq or Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, or even Farah's own Main Hoon Na, in going into stylized, self-referential territory. The characters exist only to serve the madcap conceits of the author. OSO makes me think of Andaz Apna Apna. In its own way, it's just as stylized-artificial as SLB's Saawariya (btw, side note: if it wasn't Bollywood, no one would even making the two into competitors: whatever you think of them quality-wise, they have almost nothing in common, and offer utterly different things to the viewer). ( More babble, not really spoilery )
And because Saawariya is making me think of the awesomeness of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
, here is one of my favorite romantic songs ever, Salman and Aish making love with their eyes, in front of the family. With subs.
Oh, and ( Another few scenes from HDDCS )
In more OSO news, here is one of my fave songs from the movie, the climactic Dastaan-e-Om, where he reenacts the crime:( Song here )
In other news, reading the awesome Tsubasa
manga makes me want to dig out the anime again. It has one of my fave OTPs, adventure, angst and comedy. Syaoran and Sakura have been friends since childhood and have since fallen in love, even though she is a Princess and he is a commoner. However, right before declaring her feelings, Sakura accidentally activates an artifact which scatters her soul in a myriad of different feathers throughout the dimensions. She will die without her soul. Syaoran must journey with her throughout the worlds to gather them all back. Now she has no memories, no feelings, no self. In fact, with no feathers at all, she is inanimate. The more feathers they find, the more like herself she becomes. However, as a price in order to acquire the ability to travel in such a way (he ends up travelling with an interdimentional being, as well as a warrior Kurogane and a magician Fai), he has to give up the thing most important to him: Sakura's feelings for him. Now, even if she regains all of her memory and her soul, she will not know him or remember him. At all. I always want to cry when she wakes up (finally, because he recovered some of the feathers, through great hardship) and she is all 'who are you' and he manages to be so even and kind and smiling and explains. And then goes outside, as soon as he cans, and just stands, utterly still, in the pouring rain, because that way no one can see if he is crying.
A vid:( More vids )
I tried watching Macbeth
in Shakespeare Retold
series but gave up because I couldn't understand more than one word in three.