#4 Excerpts – It is not just a watch, a legacy! (Pulp fiction)

“So he hid it in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then, he died of dysentery. He gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass, two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.”

~ Captain Koons (Christopher Walken)

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#1 Robert Zemeckis/ Spielberg* – Back to the future (Part I)

“Yeah, but what if you went back and killed your own grandfather?”

He stared at me, baffled. “Why the fuck would you do that?”

~ Stephen King

The film is ranked 49th in the IMDb top 250 list.

Time is such a vague yet interesting concept. Every great mind of modern times has spent time thinking about “time”. And for me, the Back to the future trilogy remains the best work in this subject.

If we take the time travel part out of the picture, we have a simple premise – a troubled teenager trying to correct a few wrongs in his life. This is what intrigues me! A simple premise embellished with a compelling treatment. Every good film has this feature in common.

I have watched this film so many times by now that I know the film frame by frame. Yet every time I watch it, I get excited when, in Marty’s language he discovers something, “heavy”. I love explaining the intricate details to my younger brother, just the way my dad did to me. It feels like passing on a legacy.

Why is the film so special?

Foreshadowing – a sign or warning about an incident in future

If I am correct, every major event casts foreshadow. The plutonium used in the DeLorean is shown missing on the news in the very first scene. We get an idea that Marty (Michael J. Fox) will not have any plutonium in the car, as Doc (Christopher Lloyd) mentions carrying extra shards during time travel. It is like letting the audience think that they knew it was coming, so that when it actually happens they link it to the former events and as a result recall it. If your foreshadowing succeeds you have an active audience. Nothing works better than an active audience!

The film does not really highlight this theory, but still I feel the makers must have studied it while making.

The Butterfly Effect – Can the flutter of a butterfly in Brazil cause tornado in Texas? Our smallest actions, do they have strong repercussions on the Universe? Wikipedia makes it real boring. I gave a more poetic, simple version.

Lastly, talking about the theme now. Ah, again! Who would not like to go back in past and see the moments when their parents actually fell for each other. I would like to see my father sweeping my mother off her feet. I would love to check how much of it is true and how much is, you know, amplified! I love the film because I can clearly see myself as the protagonist. I always have and I always will. And I am sure I am not the only one to feel so!

* I could not help but enter Spielberg’s name in the title. You have all the ingredients to a good Spielberg film in this one although he did not actually direct it.

#3 Excerpts – Just keep breathing (Cast Away)

 

We both had done the math. Kelly added it all up and…
Knew she had to let me go. I added it up, and knew that I had…
Lost her.
‘cos I was never gonna get off that island.
I was gonna die there, totally alone. I was gonna get sick, or get injured or something. The only choice I had, the only thing I could control was when, and how, and where it was going to happen.
So… I made a rope and I went up to the summit, to hang myself. I had to test it, you know? Of course. You know me. And the weight of the log, snapped the limb of the tree, so, I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over *nothing*.
And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again.
So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass…
And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?

~ Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks)

From Cast Away

Portrayed beautifully by a simple semi trolly circle, depicting the change of perspective of the character.

#2 Excerpts – 10 Things I Hate About You (a sonnet)

I hate the way you talk to me,

and the way you cut your hair.

I hate the way you drive my car,

I hate it when you stare.

I hate your big dumb combat boots

and the way you read my mind.

I hate you so much it makes me sick,

it even makes me rhyme.

I hate the way you’re always right,

I hate it when you lie.

I hate it when you make me laugh,

even worse when you make me cry.

I hate it when you’re not around,

and the fact that you didn’t call.

But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,

not even close…

not even a little bit…

not even at all.

The only part of the film which shows some relevance to the title. Perfected by a great performance by Julia Stiles

(From the film 10 Things I Hate About You)

#2 James Cameron – The Terminator

“Should I tell you about your father? Boy that’s a tough one! Will it affect your decision to send him here, knowing he is your father? A person could go crazy thinking about this.”

~ Sarah Connor (The Terminator)

I was a bit sad that I did not find any poster with Sarah and Kyle in it. I was expecting at least one poster with Sarah’s photo.

I watched Aliens yesterday and I made a comment that considering The Terminator came before Aliens, I did not find the visual effects of Aliens that interesting. I take my words back. Within two years, there was a giant leap in this matter. The visuals of Aliens must have been even tougher, yet they look much more credible and blending into the environment. Of course we need to consider the budget and the production houses that produced these two films, as The Terminator was produced by a relatively small company, there must have been budget restrains.

As a kid I always remember watching the second part on television and I loved watching Schwarzenegger as a good cyborg. When I watched the original Terminator for the first time (about 7 years ago), I wasn’t totally convinced with a soldier from the future fighting a machine. Now as I think about it, it makes so much sense.

Fun facts #1: James Cameron was ready to sell this script for one dollar with one condition that he gets to direct the film. Many leading production houses offered him a good sum but did not agree to his condition. Cameron did not have any commercial film under his name.

Fun fact #2: The terminator originally was supposed to be a character with a regular physic so that it could blend into the crowd. The role was offered to Lance Henriksen first and Arnold Schwarzenegger was supposed to play Kyle Reese.

The film belongs to either the science fiction genre or action genre. For me the parts which I actually remember are the small moments which the lead actors share together. Watching the film after about 30 years from its release, the novelty of the visual impact fades out but the powerful few lines are mesmerizing. That is what the writer director has done to the film.

A powerful aspect of the film, which is exposed in the second part is the dawn of the cyborg. How Skynet forms the concept of such a machine which leads to the disaster of mankind. The same mechanical arm detached from the terminator sent back in time, leads to the development of an entire generation of machines. So ultimately, the genesis of the whole series could be, a man willing to go into the past to spend a few hours with his love accepting that doing so would endanger the whole mankind. Are we considering a love story over here? Well, it is one way of looking at it!

Like they say about Citizen Kane, the greatest part of the film was that the film happened. We need to look outside what the film is and what it meant for Cameron and all of us. Aliens, Titanic and Avatar followed. And all of these films were only possible because Cameron believed in The Terminator. The film introduced us to a filmmaker, who contributed immensely towards filmmaking in Hollywood. And in the words, of the genius himself,

Street kid: There is a storm coming

Sarah: I know!

#4 Write up – Absolutely free (2013)

Some say best things in life are free. Well, I wouldlike to meet those ‘some’ and so very generously ask for a cheque (as they willno longer need any monetary backing, knowing whatever they require is lyingright outside their doorstep with a free label on it!) If and only if I happento find some canonised saint of this kind, I will believe so.

Starting from a tissue and going all the way up to asquare foot in Cuffe Parade, everything has a price. If we look close enough,we are surrounded by things that are eyeing our bank balance all the time! Newbatteries for the alarm clock, the plumber visiting this afternoon to fix theleaking tap, Internet subscriptions, bike services, upcoming anniversary of ourfolks, overdue haircuts… And what not!

But what about the things that matter the most?

1.     A smile?

2.     A hug from your best pal?

3.     A peaceful sleep at the end of the day?

4.     A kiss?

 

Aren’t these intangible small things amounting morethan anything materialistic, free?

To be very frank, NO.

We have to let go of lots of tears to earn a smile. Wehave to forget ourselves and be a true friend to earn a hug. We need to workhard throughout the day to earn a peaceful sleep. And we need to know a realdeal of cheesy lines to earn a kiss. (Well, that’s the way it is!)

So, would I be on the right track if I say that absolutelynothing is free, you have to earn it? Maybe not always by exchanging it forcash. But by putting in right amount of dedication, hard work and most of all,faith. By investing time in it and being persistent towards it. No blessing isbestowed upon someone without penance.

A Ferrari may not be the best thing in the world. But aFerrari earned by working hard day by day, everyday; looking at the giantposter on the wall before going to bed and saying, ‘someday!’ When a wearytraveller nudging inch by inch towards his stallion finally gets to hear thesound of the throttle, there is no other feeling greater than it. And that isthe best thing in the world. A Ferrari well deserved.

(However the smile that follows that sense of achievementis absolutely free)