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Predictable, predictable, predictable….
Even for someone who has recently strayed into the indie scene, this movie seems very predictable (yes, for the millionth time) and filled with some odd humour. There are many coming-of-age movies that talk about teens struggling with addiction and yet manage to keep the audience thinking.
Goats is a movie that talks about a boy who does really well in his studies even though it’s not something he cares about. Goat Man a.k.a Javier lives with the boy and his divorced mother rent-free in exchange for taking care of simple chores around the house. Ellis (the boy) has nothing really to complain about except for the fact that his parents are divorced. He has everything a teenage kid could want and yet as we move along in the story where he meets his father and his new girlfriend, Ellis is disappointed with the many twists and turns that life has to offer. This is not unexpected and every moment in the movie is an opportunity missed by Christopher Neil. Even though it’s Neil’s directorial debut, Goats is a movie that was spoiled and butchered completely.
The only good things about the movie was the shots of Arizona (Oh my god, it was absolutely beautiful) and the actors whom I believe might have done a better job with some specific purpose set by the director. On the whole, Goats wasted some amazing talent and maybe somethings should just remain how they were created. In this case, a book that should never have been made into a movie.
After a long hiatus in good cinema, there is finally a movie that is worth watching. Yes, I have enjoyed a lot of other movies in between recent years and until I saw Hugo by Martin Scorcese. But not one of those movies came close.
It’s been a long time since any movie has managed to tell a story that you would want to carry throughout your life. Dialogues and expressions blended together leaving no absurd gaps anywhere. The music composed for the movie is highly powerful, almost like a magic carpet that takes a person through the story. And every actor from Ben Kingsley himself to Sacha Baron Cohen who played the role of the station master did a very neat job. Especially the performance of child actor Asa Butterfield was unbelievable. Those innocent blue eyes and mature delivery — just perfect!
I know now that it isn’t lost. That there is still hope for movies that you will remember for a life time. Hugo is along the lines of a movie such as The Sound of Music or Benhur that you can never forget. A story well told and to be passed on for generations to come.
I absolutely absolutely love Ina Garten. She makes the art of cooking so simple, wholesome and most importantly, homely. Unlike other celebrity chefs who smear on 5 kgs of makeup with microscopic care on manipedi’d nails – toes & hands, Ina is all about getting some good food cooked on the table while not worrying about getting hands sticky with dough or having to wear clothes that make her look thinner or whatever. She is all about the cooking. And all about fresh cooking. All about tipping people on getting the most of your garden (which is downright practical) than some dumb chef advising viewers to invest in an herb plant that costs you hundreds of bucks and sprout every 1 year. Garten caters to people who are beginners and experts. That helps retain the whole charm of her show which makes her cooking lovely to watch and practise at home.
I recently found this document on Scribd with all her recipes. Do check them out. I love them. I’m sure you will too!
Barefoot Contessa How easy is that?