Batman V Superman : My Thoughts

So first the internet : 30% on Rotten tomatoes tells us that this movie is as terrible or worse than Ghost Rider or The Green Lantern or any of those Adam Sandler movies : So you decide whether to watch the movie or not.

Does that mean it is a great perfect movie : the answer is No, however it is a great setup to what may be great series of movies (Justice League – Wonder Woman etc).

Now let’s talk about existing hate :
  • Hate for Dir Zack Snyder : critics hate him and have labelled him “style over substance “ – though not entirely wrong – this movie is way better than the transformer movies (Michael Bay being another style over substance director).
  •  Hate for Ben Affleck as Batman : Well he has just punched the critics – he is solid and most bad-ass Batman – he acts well and fights the best compared to the previous heroes.

Now this is not a funny movie (marvel does it better) – but it is not intended too as well – yes there are lot of elements in the movie : so like it or hate it is entirely a preference.

I enjoyed the movie and also the battle between two giants – Wonder woman was a delight to watch whenever she appeared on screen – visually the movie was solid. Cavill is THE superman and Jesse as Lex was decent as well.

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Could it be better? Yes for sure, but is it terrible : No it isn’t – please go watch for yourself and decide for yourself – and if your idea of Superman movie is that nothing will get destroyed then stay away:)

Can Quora replace Facebook?

Answer by Rohan Golwalkar:

No Quora cannot and should not replace Facebook : reason are listed below :
  1. Facebook is an awesome social network which caters to everyone and anyone – that's their strength and that is really how they grow : every like,every photo,every status is important and the engagement is super easy.
  2. Quora is a knowledge network : you may discuss a topic and pass on other – its more per your interest(knowledge topic) – which is great and should be maintained the same way.
Quora is unique and helps a lot in getting knowledge about thing you may not know from people who know more than you(not necessarily) but we receive a collective feedback – whereas in facebook a like does the trick.
you get the idea:)

Can Quora replace Facebook?

How good is Lord of the Rings book series by J.R.R. Tolkein?

Answer by Rohan Golwalkar:

To start with : it is a long but rewarding read – i am listing few reasons why reader may enjoy this :
  • An unlikely hero : Frodo takes up a task way above his ability.
  • Whole bunch of warriors commit to guard him and to make sure he finishes his task : commitment/loyalty
  • Great Friendship : especially between Sam and Frodo
  • Some remarkable creatures : Gollum
  • Imaginative writing : Tolkien created a world so elaborate, at times one has to wonder how he achieved it.
  • Brilliant evil villains
  • Lot of magic and suspense and thrilling moments
  • Solid war sequences
All and all it is a great world he created and it all ties up very nicely : it won't be easy for a non-reader or beginner – but if you keep at it – it will be rewarding.
Note: to cheat you can watch the LOTR trilogy Directed by Peter Jackson and then read the book to further enhance the experience.

How good is Lord of the Rings book series by J.R.R. Tolkein?

Why do people, especially those who see themselves as film buffs, take criticism of Birdman so personally?

Answer by Rohan Golwalkar:

It has more to do with the emotional connect with the movie.

Movie buffs like book lovers are invested in what they do: hence their opinions can be rigid and hence they defend it hard.

Like Christopher rightly mentioned Art is subjective.

Adding to this: may be rather than finding out why criticism is taken personally we can probably engage them by asking question differently:

Example: What were the aspects of Birdman (insert any movie of your choice) which earned it so much praise.

Try it out may be you might end up being good friend with the movie buffs.

Why do people, especially those who see themselves as film buffs, take criticism of Birdman so personally?

Book Review : The Hobbit By J.R.R Tolkien

An unlikely hero,a powerful friend,group of travelers,dangerous adventures,dragon,strange creatures….sounds interesting right?

Do you want to read a book which has all the above mentioned ingredients,but is still not complicated : The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien offers all ,in reasonable number of pages.

The Hobbit

The story is set in Shire( in Middle Earth ) – and starts at Hobbiton village.Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who loves good food,comfort of his home and his usual luxuries.He is sitting and smoking while he spots a tall old man with a staff.The old man introduces himself as Gandalf and then informs Bilbo :

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.

Note: If you want to read about the races and Middle earth people – read this.

Bilbo remembers that Gandalf has created fireworks during holidays at hobbiton.Bilbo refuses but invites Gandalf for a tea.Next day door bell rings and Bilbo reaches the door,but it is not Gandalf who he sees, and soon his house is crowded with 13 dwarves and Gandalf.Now he learns that Thorin (Leader of dwarves team) wants to reclaim his gold which rightfully belongs to him from a dragon named Smaug and they would travel to Misty Mountains to do so.

I will leave the rest for you to discover as you read the book.For your information this book serves as a prequel to the mighty Lord Of the Rings (LOTR) Trilogy written by J R R Tolkien.LOTR was huge in scope and much complicated( I read LOTR #1 and watched movie trilogy) – The Hobbit is rather simplistic in its approach but consistently entertaining.

It is as much about the friendship between Bilbo,Gandalf,dwarves as it is about how an unlikely hero Bilbo does things he never imagined and from a burglar he becomes the leader of the pack.

The book is packed with action,adventure,surprises,riddles and even songs,poetry.There are lot of fascinating characters and amazing events which keeps the reader engaged thoroughly.The villains are superb and evil – the hero simple,gentle and courageous.As a reader we discover how luck,chance and occasional courage can sometimes set you for an adventure of a lifetime and transform you into a hero.

Some outstanding scenes from the book :

  • Bilbo gets the ring and meets a weird creature Gollum (one of the best characters for sure) – and the riddle game between them (Watch the movie and read my review).
  • The team v/s the ORCS ( another set of villains)
  • Bilbo’s first meeting with Smaug the dragon.
  • And many more:)

Few amazing lines i loved and i am sure you will too once you are done reading the book:

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.

You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

Gandalf thought of most things; and though he could not do everything, he could do a great deal for friends in a tight corner.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Hats off to J.R.R Tolkien for writing such entertaining,thrilling story with wonderful characters.

If you are looking for a book which children and adults can read and enjoy alike – look no further this is an adventure book you must read.

Rating : 5/5

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Movie Review: Lunchbox(2013) : Is A Delicious Break From Dreamy Love Stories

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Lilette Dubey, Nakul Vaid, Bharati Achrekar

Director: Ritesh Batra

Seldom do we get to watch a movie where a common man is sitting in his office cafeteria ,relishing his lunch – no dialogues, no dream sequences – just satisfaction and delight on the face,depicting the joy of food in every bite.

Ritesh Batra’s Lunchbox is primarily about the moments similar to the one mentioned above and at times you don’t even realize that you are watching a movie.Documenting the life of Mumbaikars in trains,unbeatable dabbawala service,old songs and nostalgia are part of this brilliant movie.

The story is simple – A neglected wife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) cooks with the expectation that her husband would love the food,constantly consulting with Aunty ji (Bharati Achrekar). The lunchbox is taken by Dabbawala‘s and is delivered but reaches the wrong person (never read about Dabbawala’s making a mistake but for the sake of fiction it is fine) – an old officer on the verge of retirement – Mr Saajan Fernandez (Irfan Khan). When the lunchbox is returned,Ila is surprised that cooked meal was devoured by someone else as her husband mentions another dish- she sends a thank you note on advice of Aunty ji to the person who ate the meal – which kicks of a delicate,sensitive romantic event in both of their lives.

For your viewing pleasure – enjoy the trailer to get an idea about the movie:

The beauty lies in the interaction between the characters and their simple reactions to the events happening around them.There are plenty of scenes worth remembering.

Ila asking Aunty(terrific voice over) about what to cook,and getting tips from Aunty on what’s missing in the dish without even tasting it.Mr Fernandez’s process of waiting and eating the meal,reading the handwritten note with care and admiration and then sending notes back.

The main characters Ila and Mr Fernandez are generally quite serious, but there are light moments also offered – as they share an event – “Things are never as bad as they seem (watch this scene and you will have a smile on your face) – or the third character Shaikh (Nawazuddin Siddiqui ) – a young officer about to get trained by Mr Fernandez before he retires. Shaikh is careless,full of lies,secrets but is always energetic. Nawazuddin plays this character effortlessly.He irritates and admires Mr Fernandez consistently.

Imrat Kaur as Ila is brilliant and gives a performance which is controlled,effective and very real.Its great to see someone new ,deliver a performance like that.Wondering where you saw her : Check it out:

Irrfan Khan is the life of the movie and he literally lives this role on screen,He doesn’t speak much,but lets his eyes,smile,body language do the talking.The painting scene,reading letters,remembering his wife by watching old serials and travelling – he is just perfect and it shows what a powerhouse of talent this guy is.He is consistently part of Bollywood and Hollywood’s acclaimed movies. Irrfan has always made sure his roles were different and the performance magnificent – if there is something you will carry back home after watching the movie – its most likely the glimpse of Mr Fernandez smiling.

English: Premiere of Goodbye Bafana
Irrfan Khan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A movie like this deserves viewers attention and love – a simplistic tale of simple people using the simplest way to communicate – letters and notes.It is mark of a great movie that you leave the theater but the movie stays with you.Director Ritesh Batra has written and directed a beautiful movie and he deserves the praise showered at him.

Lunchbox is a delicious break from dreamy love stories – watch it – i bet you will have a smile on your face.

Rating : A must watch.

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