বাংলা :: You, Me and Dupree [2006]

June 16, 2007

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হমম্‌, অনেক ভেবে-টেবে ঠিক করলাম; একদিন বাংলায় লিখলে কেমন হয়! এমন না যে, আমার এই ব্লগ পড়ে পড়ে কেউ কোনো মুভী judge করছে :p সুতরাং বাংলা হলেই বা কি, আর ঊর্দু হলেই বা কি আসে যায়। এত ভাষা রেখে ঊর্দুর কথা মুখে আনাতে আবার একদল দেশপ্রেমিক চটে যেতে পারেন। ঝামেলায় গিয়ে কাজ নেই। দেশপ্রেমিকদের মত করেই বলি, “বাংলায় হলেই কি! আর আরবীতে হলেই কি আসে যায়!!”

You, Me and Dupree দেখার আমার আদৌ তেমন কোনো ইচ্ছা ছিল না। Trailer থেকেই কাহিনীটা আন্দাজ করতে পারছিলাম। Blockbuster’এ গিয়ে, আর কোনো পচ্ছন্দমত কিছু না পেয়ে ভাবলাম এটাই নিয়ে আসি। সবচেয়ে অবাক করা ব্যাপার হচ্ছে, মুভীটা ততো খারাপ লাগেনি যতটা ভেবেছিলাম। Owen Wilson’কে (Dupree) আমার কখনই তেমন ভালো লাগতো না, রিতীমত অসহ্য লাগতো বলা যায়। এই মুভীতে কেন জানিনা অতটা অসহ্য লাগেনি। শুনেছি বয়সের সাথে সাথে নাকি মানুষের সহ্য করার ক্ষমতা বেড়ে যায়। আমারও মনে হয় বেশ তোড়-জোড় করে বয়স বাড়ছে :p যাই হোক, মুভীর গল্প হচ্ছে এরকমঃ Dupree ছন্নছাড়া ধরনের মানুষ, কোনকিছুতেই তার কিছু এসে যায় না। গল্পের শুরু হয় Carl (Dupree’র best friend) আর Molly’র বিয়ের ঘটনা দিয়ে। Carl’এর বিয়েতে best man হবার জন্য Dupree তার চাকরী ছেড়ে দিয়ে চলে আসে। চাকরী চলে যাবার কারনে Dupree’কে তার apartment’ও ছাড়তে হয়। Dupree’র এ সবে কোনোই খেয়াল নেই। সে তার মত bar’এর বেঞ্চেই শুয়ে দিন কাটিয়ে দিতে পেরেই সুখী। হানিমুন থেকে ফিরে এসে Carl এই খবর জানতে পেরে Dupree’কে কিছুদিনের জন্ন তাদের সাথে রাখতে নিয়ে আসে। Dupree তার তল্পি-তল্পা নিয়ে উঠে আসে Carl’এর বাড়ীতে। বোঝাই যাচ্ছে এখান থেকেই সব ঝামেলার শুরু। Dupree নানান রকম পাগলামো ছাগলামো শুরু করে, নানান রকম সমস্যা হতে থাকে। এক পর্যায়ে Carl আর Molly আলাদা হয়ে যায়। যাই হোক, হিন্দি মুভীর মত গল্পের শেষ অংশে গিয়ে সবকিছু ঠিক হয়ে যায় (অবশ্যই Dupree’র সাহায্যে) এবং সবাই সুখে দিন কাটাতে থাকে। এর থেকে বেশি বিস্তারিত বলার প্রয়োজন দেখছি না। এরকম কাহিনী নিয়ে অনেক Hollywood মুভী আছে – প্রথমে সুখময় সাভাবিক সবকিছু, তারপর উথাল-পাথাল সমস্যা, সবার শেষে অনাবিল প্রশান্তি :p Miichael Douglas’কে (Molly’র বাবা) দেখেলেই আমার গা-জালা করে। এই মুভীতেও করেছে। আর পুরো মুভীতে জানিনা কেন Dupree’র girlfriend Mandy’কে দেখানো হল না (হাত, পা ছাড়া)। You, Me and Dupree এমন কোনো আহামরি হাসির মুভী না। অন্যসময় হলে আমার এই মুভী দেখে হয়ত মেজাজ খারাপই হত! হয়তবা আমার মেজাজ এতটাই ভালো ছিলো যে মেজাজ খারাপ হবার পরও কিছুটা মেজাজ ভালো থাকা রয়েই গেছে। LOL “এতদিন পর বাংলায় লিখতে গিয়ে আমার খবর হয়ে গেছে” – এটা বলে অজস্র বানান ভুলের দোষটা চাপা দেবার ব্যার্থ চেষ্টাটা আর করলাম না।

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“Try not to cry ..little one, you’re not alone ..i’ll stand by you”

June 15, 2007

“Since the very first day same story
Young ones, old ones, some glory
How can it be, has the whole world turned blind?
Or is it just ’cause it’s only affecting my kind?!”

Outlandish is a Denmark based hip-hop band influenced by Moroccan, Pakistani, Latin American music. On the other hand, Sami Yusuf is a British songwriter and singer. I believe this is their first production together. I have viewed few other Sami Yusuf videos (he mostly sings in Arabic and Persian; since he is originally from Iran). Anyway, I won’t say “enjoy this video”. Nothing to enjoy here, that’s just what’s happening around the world. I don’t think you have to be a Muslim to understand this song. This song is about all the people out there whoever are suffering from injustice. This video makes me sad and angry (knowing the fact that, I can’t do anything about the situation other than just hoping for a better one).


A Simple Plan [1998] :: A Simple Movie

June 9, 2007

“A Simple Plan” is a movie about greed. It shows how normal people change their behaviors and turn themselves into criminals.

Three friends: Hank, his mentally challenged brother Jacob (Billy Bob Thornton) and Luke (Jacob’s friend) from a small rural snowy town have found 4.4 million dollars in cash inside a crashed plane in the woods. They decide not to tell anyone about the money and keep it hidden until next spring. Then the simple plan they have made begins to get more and more complicated. Complication starts with Hank killing a farmer, follows by killing Luke, Luke’s wife, a fake FBI agent and a police deputy Carl and ends with killing his own brother Jacob. At the end, Hank gets to keep the money but learns the serial numbers have been recorded by the feds. So he burns the money.

Bob Thornton’s acting was outstanding. The only thing I didn’t like about this movie is burning 4.4 million dollars. Hank went through all these lying, cheating, killing and at the end he gave up so easily? He could’ve moved to some other country or just waited 5/10 years before spending the money. I guess the filmmakers wanted to give viewers a moral lesson and didn’t want to reward this type of behavior. Anyway, the ending wasn’t very convincing for me. Other than that, wasn’t a bad movie.

This movie reminds me the film Fargo. Both of them have similar plots. Even though Fargo won two Oscars yet I would say this movie has better storyline than Fargo. At least, I personally enjoyed this movie more than Fargo.


>> pi = 3.14159265 [1998]

June 9, 2007

Didn’t get a chance to watch any movie in last couple of days. Finally last night I managed to watch “Pi” (no!! not pee :p).

“9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. The doctors didn’t know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.”

pi lab Max, the main character of “Pi” is a young genius mathematician who works with number theory and believes mathematics is the language of nature. He believes there is a certain pattern behind every single thing in this world and has built a computer to find that pattern. Throughout the movie he tries to find a string of 216 numbers which explains that pattern. Somehow this string of numbers is related with Pi (3.14) [ i don’t know how, didn’t pay that much attention :p]. So as an experiment, Max tries to find a system to predict the behavior of stock market. Wall Street people find about it and chase him to capture that number. Also, a young orthodox Jew (member of a group of Jew people who think the Tawrat, holy book of Jew religion has a secret message hidden inside it which can be obtained by getting that 216 numbers code) tries to convince Max to give him the number.

Max also has this severe migraine pain since childhood and at the end Max makes a hole in his head with a drill machine to get over with his pain. :p He almost kills himself and ends up in a white peaceful place; finally he smiles for the first time in the movie. He looks around himself and doesn’t see a pattern anymore and finds happiness at last.

Is this movie about mathematics (which I thought at first)? No, I don’t think so. There is nothing about mathematics in this movie except few contour maps, meaningless graphs and random numbers. Is it about headache then? Probably “yes”, because after finishing this movie I felt dizzy and got a headache form its unpleasant camera works and wired camera angles. :p This movie is in black and white (which I don’t mind) with annoying screen flickering.

Anyhow, overall “pi” is an average movie. Nothing extra-ordinary about it.

There is another movie from the same director: “Requiem for a Dream”. I think I am going to watch that one next.

I rate this movie 3.02783948374758485744857 out of 9.98578483992049435.

Adios!

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“Gobinda o ekta shalik” by Anjan Dutta

June 5, 2007

Anjan Dutta, one of my favorite Bangla musicians. He is a gifted all rounder who writes, composes and sings all his works. I’ve been listening to him since high school and still love his music. I admire the simplicity of his lyrics and music. Many of his songs are not only songs to me anymore; they make me nostalgic, remind me about the time I have passed, people I have spent time with and places I have been.

I try to collect all of his tracks. Never heard this one before though. Got the link from my friend. If anyone has any info about this album/track, please let me know. It might be from a Bangla Movie. Anjan also has acted in few movies including Mr. and Mrs. Iyer.

Enjoy!


Deja Vu [2006] :: Watch it and laugh your ass off :p

June 3, 2007

Just finished watching Deja-Vu.
First of all, I wanted to watch this movie only because of the title “Deja-Vu” and the main actor Denzel Washington. I thought it would be something like ‘Lake House’ or ‘Vanilla Sky’. I did not expect a time-traveling movie. Few of my friends watched it in the theater. One of them called it a stupid and boring movie. For other twos’ it was an excellent one. So I was a bit confused and decided to see it by myself.

deja vu danzelHere’s how the story goes: Denzel Washington plays Doug Carlin, a federal agent who is called in to recover evidence in the investigation of a New Orleans ferry bombing that killed over 500 people. Doug finds the body of Clarie (one of the victims). By investing her dead body Denzel comes to know that she has died before the bombing. He also finds out that, the bomber has used her car to bomb. During the investigation FBI invites him to use one of their secretly invented devices called ‘Snow White’, which can show past. Eventually using that machine, Denzel travels to past and stops the girl’s death and the bombing.

The concept is great. The story is garbage. All time-traveling movies face this challenge of making it somewhat believable to the viewers. Because it is really hard to make a possible plot out of something impossible. I personally believe time-traveling is not possible unless everything around us is just a dream (like Matrix LOL, all you do is just switch from one dream to another). I mean, how can you travel back in time to stop a ship from exploding, if it never exploded in the first place?

Anyway, I think this movie has too many blank holes. It is hilarious, when Denzel points his laser pointer to the monitor and Clarie sees it from the past. LOL A monitor is nothing but a device that just shows output. It doesn’t take inputs from outside world. Even if it is a specially made two-way monitor, why don’t all other lights from the lab go through? Why only the laser light? If she can see the laser, she should also see the laboratory and all the people watching her.

The stupidest thing is when they try to explain “Snow White” scientifically. “Time is linear; space bends, you can bend space and come back to a certain point of time by using electro magnetic fields (what a crap!!)”. At first they say with snow white you can only view past. Then out of nowhere Denzel suggests sending a note to the past (here Denzel outsmarts the scientists and the computer programmers). So they send a paper to the past. Instead of sending a whole page explaining everything, they send a stupid note with only few words on it. Then within few hours Denzel comes back again and this time he wants them to send him 4 days ago and they successfully do it using the same machine [which is originally designed to only view past, now they have a chamber where 6’3” tall Denzel fits perfectly LOL].

Another stupid idea they have used here is, time-traveling machine has a radius limit and it doesn’t work outside major cities. LOL I guess their time-traveling machine is worse than Google’s Earth software :p

I know I should not bother too much about how believable a sci-fi action movie is. But still, come on, we are not dumbs. If it is only about getting entertained and passing time, why don’t you just remake Tom & Jerry.

Damn! I guess I am just wasting too much of my time by writing stupid reviews for these stupid movies. :(

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Where the hell is Matt?

June 3, 2007

I envy this guy!! No, not for his dancing talent :p

More info: wherethehellismatt.com