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February 3rd, 2002 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

February 3rd, 2002

February 3rd, 2002
12:19 pm


This Week's Movies

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon happens in the beginning of the 20th century, John Wayne is a captain who is going to retire in few days, when he is assigned a mission to escort two women, His Major's wife and daughter. Directed by John Ford, it was a watchable movie.

The African Queen staring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn was excellent. It was the first movie of Bogart I was watching. He got an Oscar for the movie. Both Bogart and Hepburn were excellent in their roles.

The Elephant Man directed by David Lynch was one of the most shocking and dark movies I have ever seen. Based on a real life story, it is about John Merrick, a terribly disfigured person who lived in the 19th century. He is treated as a circus animal, and one guy conducts a show featuring him as "Elephant Man". A young doctor (Anthony Hopkins) takes him to a hospital, and Merrick is given his own room and facilities, and is treated kindly. They find that Merrick could read, and has a great and gentle mind. Meanwhile, the doctor has to answer many philosophical questions arising within himself: Is he really different from the person who was conducting circus shows? Is showing kindness another form of selfishness, since his inner mind is looking forward to be known as a kind man? Merrick is again kidnapped by the circus person and was shut in a cage next to few monkeys, but he escapes from there. The end of the movie was really moving. I felt it was a great movie.

The King and I was a musical staring Yul Brynner (he won an Oscar) and Deborah Kerr. I had seen the remake of the movie made few years back, called Anna and the King staring Jodie Foster and Chow Yun Fat. Both are good movies. Chow Yun Fat's interpretation of the king is much different from Yul's so that it looks like two different characters in the two movies. Yul adds a comic touch and gives the impression that the king is a kind of novice. This is not the king's image in "Anna and the King". The role of Anna is done more or less in the same way, though.

I watched two Disney channel movies The Jennie Project and The Luck of the Irish and a thriller movie China Moon which was watchable for once. I saw Urban Cowboy just because there were two beautiful women in it - Debra Winger and Madolyn Smith.

Today morning I watched Gregory Peck's Man in the Gray Flannel Suit - a good film, and it was the 100th movie I watched in the last 10 weeks!

Current Music: Chalo Dil Daar Chalo...

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03:08 pm


An Article

Suraj had forwarded an article by Prof. M. Vidyasagar (http://www.indiainfo.com/articles/vidyasagar.html) to me. An excellent, inspiring article. Btw., Suraj has decided to return to India, and join for a job in Chennai - A bold decision.

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