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And here I am, adding yet another blog to the long list of blogs that I seem to be miraculously managing amidst all my daydreaming. This one, however, is for the mundane day to day happenings

Monday, 7 December 2009


I was never a big fan of Eurodance pop groups and that is prettymuch the reason why i was never into Vengaboys. No offence to anyone; It is a highly subjective thing and is purely a matter of choice and taste that i found them to be quite irritating
But today, to my own surprise, I found myself humming 'To Brazil'. The credit, however, goes not to the Vengaboys, but to Terry Gilliam's masterpiece - Brazil
Never before, have i found a movie to be equally funny and disturbing at the same time. The movie offers you an alternative vision of not only the future, but also of the past and the present; and that too, with a steam-punk touch to everything
In a grim looking future, where society is controlled by a massive monolithic organization, a benevolent bureaucrat lands himself into trouble (and pretty deep...erm.. trouble at that) for trying to point out an administrative error
The movie deserves praise for its sheer originality in terms of both the characters, and the designs of environment and props. Despite being 24 years old, the movie is a visual treat even by today's standards. Jonathan Pryce, as the meek bureaucrat Sam Lowry, does a very convincing job; and Robert de Niro's cameo as Archibald "Harry" Tuttle, an illegal freelance repairman who defies the system by fixing things for the sheer joy of fixing them and that, sans bills, receipts, or any other administrative complications, leaves a long lasting impact
If you have read the novel 1984 by George Orwell or the graphic novel Oink: Heaven's butcher by John Mueller, and liked either one or both of them, then this definitely is a movie for you. It will take you on a trip you wont forget anytime soon and leave you with enough food for thought to last you at least a week
So in goes Brazil into my mile-long must-watch movie list

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