• The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
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    The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

    What a movie this was! I had a great time watching the South African comedy, The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), starring Marius Weyers as Andrew Steyn and Sandra Prinsloo as Kate Thompson. One day an (ordinary) coco-cola glass bottle gets thrown down from a low-flying aeroplane into the lands of the Kalahari desert. There Xi and his San tribe of bushmen who live there find it. These people have no contact with the outside world and so, they get baffled by the fallen object and regard it as a God’s gift to them. The bushmen have no concept of individual ownership, so far they were living happily, but once…

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    The Matrix (1999)

    Lately, I have been (re)watching many of the exceptional sci-fi films of last century – La Jetée (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Primer (2004),  Blade Runner (1982), The Terminator (1984), and, Star Wars. As part of that list, it was – The Matrix (1999) today. Just like most of these films of the period this one too depicts an apocalyptic future for the human race – may be, as audience and readers, we appreciate doom’s day stories more. After George Orwell’s classic 1984, The Matrix (1999) is the work that’s often quoted by pessimist when they talk of a dystopian world that awaits us. As I have written earlier in this blog, I am…

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    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the must-watch sci-fi films of all times. The film was made almost half-a-century ago, and I watched it today on Netflix. It blew me away for its visual effects and its storyline, thanks to the famous sci-fi writer Arthur C.Clarke and brilliant direction by Stanley Kubrick. The story is about an alien monolith rock that gets dropped on earth during the apes’ era, the rock reappearing near a lunar human colony. Then a manned mission is sent to Jupiter to explore alien life. The mission’s crew are aided by an intelligent and all-knowing computer HAL-9000. Did the mission succeed – find out by watching…

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    Blade Runner (1982)

    With the sequel getting released last week, I wanted to the original – Blade Runner (1982), before I watch the newly released.  Blade Runner (1982) Final Cut is a Sci-Fi movie that I heard about many times but haven’t watched. Starring Harrison Ford, directed by Ridley Scott, it was based on famous Sci-Fi author Philip K.Dick‘s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?“. It was interesting to see this film for the first time, 35 years after it was made. The story happens in 2019 in a dystopian Los Angeles, Elisyum (2013)‘s inspiration, where genetically modified beings called replicants are off limits. If the replicants from other worlds enter Earth, they are to…

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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the reboot of the franchise, after the purchase by Disney. This is the seventh part of the series, continuing from the sixth – “Return of the Jedi” after the empire was destroyed. The Galaxy is now governed by the Republic, a set of former rebels under General (Princess) Leia continue to keep the legacy of resistance alive to fight the “The First Order”, which has replaced the Empire and represents the dark side. We see new characters introduced in the film – Rey, a young scavenger who gets into helping the resistance; Finn, a former stormtrooper who jumps to the light side; Poe Dameron,…

  • Book Review

    1984

    Last month the news was all about US Government PRISM program watching over all of users communications online or Indian Government’s CMS program to do something similar. This has resulted in multifold sales of George Orwell’s Political satire book “1984” written in 1949. Last year I had read George Orwells’ other classic “Animal Farm” (in Tamil) and enjoyed it thoroughly. In that book he talks off a revolt by Animals living in a farm who take over it from the owner, the book takes subtle diggs at Stalin’s Russia of that era (1940s). The book reminds us readers that almost all revolutions around the world start with good intentions but…

  • Book Review,  தமிழ்

    Animal Farm by George Orwell

    ஜார்ஜ் ஆர்வெல் 17 ஆகஸ்ட் 1945ல் வெளியிட்ட நூல் அனிமல் ஃபார்ம் (Animal Farm) (Animal Farm). 66 ஆண்டுகளுக்கு பிறகு தமிழில் பி.வி.ராமஸ்வாமி மொழி பெயர்த்திருக்கிறார், கிழக்கு பதிப்பகத்தின் 2012ஆம் ஆண்டு வெளியீடு. நண்பர் பத்ரியின் வலையில் படித்துவிட்டு நேற்று தான் வாங்கினேன், கையில் எடுத்ததிலிருந்து படித்து முடிக்காமல் கீழே வைக்க முடியவில்லை, அவ்வளவு சுவையாக இருந்தது. சில புத்தங்களை ஏன் தான் மொழிப் பெயர்ப்பை படித்தோம் என்று எண்ண வைக்கும், வெகு சில தான் (நம் நல்ல காலம்) தாய் மொழி தமிழில் படித்தோம் என்று தோன்றும். அப்படி எனக்குப்பட்டதில் இது இரண்டாவது புத்தகம் (முதலாவது: சீனா-விலகும் திரை). விலங்குப் பண்ணை புத்தகத்தைப் படிக்கும் போது நமக்கு சிரிப்பு, சிந்தனை என இரண்டு உணர்ச்சிகளும் இணைந்தே வருகிறது. வேறும் 140 பக்கங்களில் (ஆங்கிலப் பதிப்புக்கூட இதே அளவு தான்) ஒரு முழு கதையை நகைச்சுவையாகவும், அதே சமயம் ரஷ்ய ஸ்டாலினிஸத்தை நையாண்டி செய்துக் கொண்டே, ஆழமான கருத்தையும் சேர்த்து சொல்வது என்றால், அது…