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My Top 5 ‘F’ Words

The F-word is not just the F-word. True, it is used around the globe to express anger, joy, happiness or disgust, but over the years we have held our own definitions of F word in our head and heart. While for some it is Facebook, to many others it is still Floyd. The F-word has crossed boundaries and forced us to create newer ones. Here are my top five F-words that I cannot live without.

1. Friday :  My Friday definition changed as I grew up, from ‘Yeah, no home work tomorrow’ to ‘let’s party tonight’. What remained same is the freedom, the joy, the happiness out of it. Be it School, College or Job, Fridays are always special, first day show of a Harry Potter movie with a best friend or pizza party with the team, Friday happiness is something so ineffable. Heck Yea Its Friday2. Friends: Happiness is having a best Friend, how true. From mending a broken heart to dragging you to a movie on a boring Sunday afternoon, from best birthday surprises to guffawing around, who can do it in a better way? And this, my friend is a never ending list. quality-friends3. Films: Films always inspire us in some way or the other. They lift us and take us to our happy place even if it’s for few minutes. Some of them even create an indelible impression in our mind.  And that is why they are marvelous, they give us hope. (Well most of them) “This part of my life… this part right here, this is called happiness”still-of-will-smith-and-jaden-smith-in-the-pursuit-of-happyness-large-picture4. Facebook:  No denying the fact that Facebook irrevocably changed our life. To me Facebook is more than just a social networking site. It has brought back my old friends, created newer ones.  To many others it is about finding their love, touting their businesses, searching jobs or simply relaxing after a hard day at work. No wonder, today Facebook is having over 1.5 billion active users. 137334805820734382345. Fun: We are so incomplete without it. I look for fun everywhere to keep the dullness away, to make the world sane and to know that there is good in the darkness. Fun makes us write, live and most importantly to keep us going. remember-to-have-fun

What is your F-word? Is it freedom, faith or fear, the music band that you can’t live without or the fashion brand that staunchly follow?What do you think about these top five F-words? How they influence you in your everyday life? 

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Magic On The Idiot Box

Movies are dreams that we experience collectively. With incredible resources at its disposal, Hollywood is one of the most powerful industries in the world, affecting the collective psyche in ways that are ineffable and inevitable. Some of it is good (Schindler’s List, The Lion King), some of it is bad (Transformers, The Lone Ranger) and some unbelievably ugly (Keeping up With the Kardashians.) Below are few magic movie/TV moments which stay with the viewer long after the curtains are closed, warming our cynical hearts. You know something special has happened when the screen melts away and fiction and reality blur into each other for a timeless moment.

 The list deliberately does not include directors and movies that are widely celebrated for their visual style (Guillermo Del Toro, Tarsem Singh etc). It is entirely subjective, based on very many hours of procrastinating and avid TV watching. Also, be warned, a fair bit of pretentious, amateur film babble follows! 



                           Wicker Park- the Corridor scene

Directed by Paul McGuigan, Wicker Park (2005) is a psychological drama/romantic mystery that requires major suspension of disbelief on the viewer’s part, especially if the said viewer is an avid participant in the social networking/obsessive virtual sharing of information crowd. Still, the plot is intriguing and the performances are wonderful (especially Rose Byrne.) The film boasts one scene of unadulterated cinematographical brilliance- the corridor scene. Lasting a mere 22 seconds, the shot just involves Matthew (Hartnett) walking down a lonely hotel corridor, lit with ethereal red lamps artfully reflected in mirrors, towards a frosted door behind which, unknown to him, stands the girl he has been obsessively searching for the last few years. Matthew’s footsteps synchronised with Cliff Martinez’s haunting score, the brief scene captures in an amazingly understated way the tragedy of an inexplicably lost love.





Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s brainchild Sherlock (2010) is unequivocally the best modern adaptation of a literary work I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. A Scandal in Belgravia tackles the almost mythical figure of The Woman-Irene Adler-and her complex relationship with everyone’s high-functioning sociopathic detective. Despite being a lesson in Hideous Sexual Politics 101, I can’t deny that the episode is breathtakingly beautiful. The performances, the costumes, the camera and the music combine to create an achingly beautiful vista. The crowning moment comes towards the end when Cumberbatch’s Holmes brings down Pulver’s Adler in his devastating Sherlockian manner while Price and Arnold’s music makes love to the scene. A video is worth a thousand gushy words so here’s the link- A close second is the Adler-Holmes Deduction Duet scene.


(P.S. McGuigan directed this as well. Coincidence? I think not!)     


                          THE FOUNTAIN- THE MARKINGS MAKE SENSE




Darren Aronofsky’s movie The Fountain (2006) is not only a profound exploration of love and mortality, it is also breathtakingly beautiful. The scene I refer to is the point where the three parallel narratives of the movie blend into a single epiphany, accompanied by Clint Mansell’s divine music. Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of grief at his wife’s death in the movie is a moment of raw intimacy with the camera, the moment that reminds you of just how much power a story has over us.


What are your favourite movie moments? Share with us in the Comments section!


Neha Yadav


Why The World Needs Horrible Movies

There are a lot of things in our world that don’t make sense- the fame of the Kardashians, Delhi University’s FYUP, Chetan Bhagat’s status as a bestselling author and youth icon, and Apple’s iPhone 5. For the most part, we deal with it through open-mouthed confusion, denial or repeated viewings of cat videos on YouTube. E.M. Forster, 20th century writer and a member of the Bloomsbury group, exalted art because he held that it was one of the only two fields that could turn into order the chaos found in nature. Art, therefore, is how a crazy, schizophrenic, paradoxical world made sense of itself. This was only because Forster didn’t live long enough to see these cinematic travesties. One of the everlasting joys that horrible movies provide us with are the sometimes snarky, sometimes disappointed, sometimes disproportionately angry but always hilarious movie reviews that they spawn. Below you will find the choicest gems that befuddled and exasperated critics have come up with:

Roger Ebert: “Valentine’s Day is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think it’s more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do not date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date.”


Jim Schembri: “This limply directed, solidly boring slice of sci-fi twaddle features humanoid aliens who spend much of their screen time staring blankly into the middle distance with glazed eyes. About 10 minutes into this dross, you’ll know what that feels like”


Jules Brenner: “Director Michael Bay sure knows something the rest of us above the age of 19 don’t”

Brandon Judell: “If when you were a child–either with Mr. Wizard or alone–you had passed a magnet over a pile of iron filings, you would have unknowingly created the action scenes of Michael Bay’s latest blockbuster, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”


Rafer Guzman: “New Year’s Eve is a perfect example of why the adjective “Hollywood” is so often used as a pejorative.”


Eric D. Snider: “Hardwicke directed Twilight, you’ll recall, and would apparently like to continue directing it, over and over again.”


Roger Ebert: “Judging by their dialogue, Oliver and Emily have never read a book or a newspaper, seen a movie, watched TV, had an idea, carried on an interesting conversation or ever thought much about anything. The movie thinks they are cute and funny, which is embarrassing, like your uncle who won’t stop with the golf jokes.”



Neha Yadav