Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Well, yeah. Watching LSD was like being hit with a bullet at times.
This whole year, since watching Avatar, I've had one thought going around in my head. "What is the future of cinema?" I kept asking myself. And since Avatar, more films have come and gone which have just amplified this thought.
For someone studying "media" - and learning the nuances of filmmaking, it seems very odd now. Odd, because the traditional things we are "taught" in class, do not seem to hold true any longer. In the recent past, all the films that have had captured some mindspace do not conform to traditional "rules" of filmmaking at all.
From technology, the way of telling a story, promoting a film to the audience, the star system - things have changed, they are changing, and these are exciting times!
LSD would not have been possible ten, or even five years previously. Imaging lugging around a film camera in your hand to shoot the first story. Scary! The digital format has made things simpler (and complicated at times, but let's not get into that!) - and things more flexible for the director, and the crew on the whole. While there are people who still prefer the film medium, no one can deny that digital film making has made more experimentation come into film.
Act, structure, treatment - things have changed so much. And, that is acceptable. That is acceptable because the audience an accept the fact that various things are running simultaneously in their lives. It's not a linear life anymore - and thus entertainment has changed too - with a non linear, complex structure with a multitude of layers. I wouldn't really have minded if LSD was just three short films. Then during the second one was one, I realized the connection to the first. And during the third, the shootout was enough for me, I felt, okay, things have been connected. But, then came the last scene, the hospital scene, which connected all the three stories together. That deserved a clap. And clap I did! After the movie, when thinking about it, I realized that their wasn't one scene in the whole movie which was redundant. Till the last scene, the hospital scene was pretty much redundant - but, Dibakar Banerjee, take a bow, the connection between each story, very simple, yet how intriguing. We never realize how we are connected to people. Maybe the stranger who helped you out yesterday in the grocery store is murdered today?
The number of people we know, The number of connections we make. Have we ever wondered what their stories are? How without affecting their lives, we are a part of them? Brilliant!
About the promotion. I believe everyone who stepped into the hall had an idea that the film would be about sex, sex and more sex. Hah! I presume people were disappointed to not get to see anything. But, I also assume that after watching the movie, it was full paisa vasool. This is a new trend these days - not giving the plot away, or misleading the audience with the promotions of a movie. Well, I won't comment on the virtuosity of the same, but, it works, doesn't it?
And the stars are gone I think. More movies with lesser know and unknown actors have been hit films than ones with huge star casts. Brilliant performences by everyone in the film.
I tell you. These are exciting times for cinema. Cinema is evolving. And we're left to wonder what will be thrown at us next.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
For some reason, blogspot was seeming too cluttered. So, I moved, even if at least for a bit. To wordpress.
Maybe this blog will be there, or it might not be updated again. Or maybe, both will exist side by side, and will be used for different purposes.
Oh yeah, the URL would be http://ayruosblogs.wordpress.com
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So, who's been shot down?
Well, no one.
Are you sure?
No, you don't seem so sure.
You shot me down.
Killed Bill Too. Or should I say Three? 2014. That. 3D, That too.
The Lunatic is back, with his rambling!
Follow me down
Let's see how long the rabbit trail goes.
Or deep and down does it go?
And see a movie, or two, on the road?
Hah. Goli Maara. Dhoka Diya.
Solve this riddle of a post. 100 bucks to the person who can do it!