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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What Movies Do You Watch Over and Over Again? (2)


A film that explores whether women and men could indeed be friends, and as a retort, how such friendship, if successful, could be destroyed or not, by sex. Hmmm, the plot is ordinary but perhaps the natural and witty portrayal of Meg Ryan (Sally) and Billy Crystal (Harry) makes up for this. Perhaps friendship really explains a lot just as how someone as ravishing as Sally could fall for one as uneventful as Harry. Kidding aside, friendship really is a bedrock of a lasting and eternally interesting relationship with a man. Halfway through my relationship with Aldrin (the 6th) for instance, I went to thinking whether I could really endure it? We were not friends. Hardly any common ground (like he sees reading as too cerebral. hello?) Favorite movie moment: The diner scene where Meg displayed a 'fake' orgasm is much talked about. For me, it's the argument scene with their two bestfriends over a coffeetable that looks like a wheel. How Harry (venting pent-up emotions after seeing his ex-wife happy with another man) argued how pointless it is to own possessions as a couple as these would only be split up should they divorce. Love cuts deep indeed.


I like con movies, this the best among them. Who is Keyser Soze(played by Kevin Spacey and launched his career)? Who can forget Keyser Soze? A movie that weaves around a man and how he gets even with a band of crooks whose actions had consequences, consequences that derailed one of his. It's spooky in being reminded that despite Terminator's famous line, 'Fate is what you make'. It may not be so, really. That fate, taken within the larger context, is woven into the fates of others, for which we have no control and under which, we may be controlled, consciously, without an inkling of it. Death becomes the ultimate, irreversible consequence.


Another con movie but this time headlined by hollywood 'greats' sidney poitier, robert redford, david strathairn, dan akroyd, james earl jones, ben kingsley, and the ever-missed river phoenix. cons as i know it are lone wolves so getting a con done by a group is quite fascinating in the coordination, and absence of malevolent personal conflict. but this is a movie of course. similar to the ocean 11-12-13 series which could not just just convince me as credible, doable, by that many. favorite movie moment: Martin Bishop (Robert) lying his way after being 'discovered' snooping by the woman consorting with the Russian mathematician they were trailing. His posturing as a PI, giving 'love' advice and his dialogue on 'being a beacon' still makes me laugh until now.


Simple but immense in its message. Healing in humility. Henry Turner (Harrison Ford), a successful lawyer yet philandering husband and cold father rediscovers himself after a shooting incident maims his intellect and success, but opens up his sensitivity, his warmth, his heart. Makes you pause and rethink our isolation with our ambitions and even with just, our ego. We could be God by being just human. Favorite movie moment: When Henry visits the home of an ailing diabetes patient whose court case he orchestrated in defeating, with cunning. The now 'simple' Henry hands over a controversial deposition, claimed lost and non-existent, to the wife of the patient to help re-open the case to their advantage. The wife tells him, 'Mr. Henry, you've changed'. with the usual smirk characteristic of Harrison Ford, Henry smiles, tears welling, and says, "I guess."

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