Saturday, August 13, 2005

Movies, music and Blogger's meet in the UK

Posting after a while...Lots of things going on personally, not much time to blog. Although I have been skimping on this new found hobby, I have tried to atleast hold-on to my other passions (although not abreast of them, as I usually am) namely music, movies and such. Got a membership to Hollywood Videos, and have been trying out their MVP special ($9.99 per month, 3 movies out at a time and unlimited rentals for the month). This deal is good for 3 months, and it's given me ample oppurtunity to catch up with all the English movies that I have missed in the past year or so. Saw "Blade Trinity" - an amazing movie. I have always wanted to see this, and it turned out to be good. Now I want to see the other two Blade movies. Also saw "White Noise" - an alright movie, then the Manchurian Candidate (liked the concept in the movie), I-Robot (cool movie), Star Wars 4, 5 and 6 and countless others.

Have been remiss with the hindi and tamil movies. Just managed to watch Sarkar, starring the Bachchans and KK Menon. A very well made movie, even though it's based on the Godfather, it's an excellent watch. The protagonist, Amitabh Bachchan, portrays Bal Thackeray and there are ample similarities between the other key characters and various real-life political personalities. Some of the dialogues, especially the ones by the character Selva Mani, are quite funny and some of them by Abhishek's character, Shankar, is also good! Background score by Amar Mohile and others is well done. Although I didnt enjoy the songs by themselves, they seemed good in the movie. If you dont compare it with the Godfather, I think you will enjoy it well.

About music, Mangal Pandey was a big disappoinment to me. Didnt see a Rahman touch in it. Although Rahman's latest tamil movie, Aah Ah, is very good. My favorites (in decreasing order of interest) : Anbe Aaruyire (ARR has really sung this well, suits his voice perfectly), Maramkothiye (Liked it after listening to it a couple of times), Mayilirage (Madhushree, my favorite singer is amazing in this), Varugirai (Hariharan and Chitra are both good in this), Thigu Thigu (Madhushree again is good). Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's latest "Dil Jo Bhi Kahe" on first listening seemed good. Havent completely listened to it yet.

A second trip to the UK is in the offing and this time, have made plans to meet with Jag, Anand (Mdeii) and Chakra. Any one else in the UK, if interested to join us, let one of us know.

18 Comments:

Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

i think we'll manage a headcount of 10... hav been contacting ppl individually... now, will make an announcement in my blog.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 3:28:00 AM  
Blogger Akruti said...

Good to see you back,Atlast,But again to UK? so no blogging again? Not fair,not fair,And i watched Sarkar today and a wonderful movie,specially anything by Amitabh is superb,I dont know if his character resembles that of Thackeray but sure made a good watch. and i dint like the music of MangalPandey too,:( not upto the mark.but the movie is great it seems,Infact there are five shows going on here in a day and the tickets are full for next 10days:(,Keep blogging and have a wonderful and safe trip to Uk

Sunday, August 14, 2005 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger ioiio said...

every month once going to London-aa..

nadathunga :))

Sunday, August 14, 2005 2:57:00 PM  
Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

Is this UK trip for the bloggers meet?

Have a safe trip.

Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:55:00 PM  
Blogger Ghost Particle said...

heheh, welcome back sarr.

Youre going to max ur frequent flyers points.

enjoy the movies, blade 1 and 2 are definitly BETTER than blade 3.

Liked AHHA as well.

Have a safe trip

Monday, August 15, 2005 3:45:00 AM  
Blogger saranyan said...

welcome back anand. marubadiyum UK trip ah ... kalakkunga.

Monday, August 15, 2005 10:51:00 PM  
Anonymous shyam said...

Hi Anand, depends where and in when in the UK. :) I'm in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Where are y'all meeting up?

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:53:00 AM  
Blogger Ghost Particle said...

Gemini sarr,

Were into this project called 2050: A Journey.
Please head to the blog: http://earth2050.blogspot.com to read the details. If youre interested ill send an invite.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 5:48:00 AM  
Blogger Matter Mahadevan said...

Dude - have fun in UK, athu selva mani aa - silver mani aah ?

Hari

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 8:50:00 AM  
Blogger Krish said...

Again to UK... okok have fun :)

I need to catch with all my hobbies... :)) ( was not well for almost a month )

Thursday, August 18, 2005 6:33:00 AM  
Blogger Sangeeta said...

Mangal Pandey the movie was a great disappointment too:( what a waste of time:(

Friday, August 19, 2005 1:22:00 AM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Anand, Have a safe trip, enjoy the bloggers meet and please publish some photographs.

I am very dissappointed at Mangal Pandey and also Anbe aaruyire. I feel Rahman has lost his touch.!

I'll listen to the Shankar song you mentioned.

Saturday, August 20, 2005 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Surya said...

Hey Dude - Forget these UK trip and bloggers meet for a while and have some matrimonial meet ;-)...
welcome bk.

Saturday, August 20, 2005 4:08:00 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

So you seem to be pond-hopping a lot these days :-)

Friday, August 26, 2005 9:19:00 AM  
Blogger satosphere said...

yeah. netflix and blockbuster are probably the best ways to see a lot of movies quite cheap. And its easier to select movies from netflix too!

Have fun in the second meet. Though dont go in the winter. Its as bad as the weather in the US

Friday, August 26, 2005 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Rags said...

Anand,

Great...Going Places...Have Fun..

I am not impressed with aa aah...it did not feel like Rahman... It lacked depth and clarity...

Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:20:00 AM  
Blogger Anbu said...

Hmmm...BTW, do u know Sarkar is in controversy for potraying a Dubai killer - Sheikh Makhtoum as the olympic gold medallist. Dubai has Sheikh Makhtoum as the only olympis medalist.

Saturday, September 03, 2005 7:04:00 AM  
Blogger Twin-Gemini said...

Chakra,
The turn out was pretty good!

Neelima,
Got back this Thursday and there's so much work to do at home. I am barely trying to catch up with my personal life.

ioiio,
all time passudhan!

Venky
Not exactly. It was on business, but could find some time to get to the blogger's meet.

GP,
Hope I get something considerable for the ff points :-)

Havent seen them yet, will do when I get some time. I am sure they will be good.
About Aaha, I didnt like it initially, but later after multiple listenings, liked it well.

Hi Saranyan,
Thanks!

Shyam,
You should have joined us, it was really good.

GP,
Seems like a pretty noble effort, let me try to understand what exactly is being done there. I will write to you soon.

MM/Hari,
Yeah, u are right. It is Silver Mani. Thanks for correcting.

Krish,
Oh I see. Hope you feel better now. Will try to catch up with you.

Sangeeta,
I just saw a review on AZN TV about this movie and it exactly says that.

Mr. Narayanan,
Sure. As soon as I get some time, will post the pictures. I also didnt like Aah Aah at the first listening, but after a couple of times started liking it.

Suri,
Adhellam thana nadakkum...

Thennavan,
This should be it for this year, I think! :-)

Satz,
It was on business, so didnt have much of a choice.

Rags,
It was quite different. Let's see his next release and see if he's still there or not :-)

Anbu,
Thats an interesting piece of news.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 4:57:00 PM  

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