31 Days 31 Movies – August 2020


I don’t remember the count of wow’s I had gathered after saying – ‘I have a 2TB disk dedicated to movies.’ That was years ago. With streaming services and enough bandwidth, I doubt if a disk of that size is ever required today, even if it is for anything else.  For me, I find adoration in that disk. Though my son has scribbled random designs on it, it’s the inside that cheers me up. The disk has watched, to-be-watched, watched-several-times, not-today, i-don’t-know-why-its-here, and numerous such categories. I don’t have the count of languages and genres either. No. If that gives you a picture of systematically organized space, its rather otherwise and pretty messed up. 

Cousins, friends, hostel, hostel internet, friend of friend, I am thankful to all and many for the contribution. The movies that have been there from years and not yet watched is the proof that I needed a push, a recommendation, to play it finally. ‘Too many to pick from’ is another reason why a recommendation from a known helps. That’s what I did in the last week of July – ask people for recommendations. Also, I wanted to know what everyone is up to. I went ahead and asked for 1 top recommendation. In two days, I had collected more than a hundred. My August was to set, and in fact, I knew I would have a hard time picking 31 from the hundred plus.  

I want to thank everyone who recommended. Some movies were recommended by many, and I made sure to watch them. However, if you had recommended and if it’s not in the list, I apologize for that. I am going to watch all the remaining sometimes soon. Here is how I made selections:

  • With daily routines and professional works (too many), movie length played a major role. I had to skip lengthy ones.
  • I wanted to cover as many languages and as many genres. I had to skip some because of the common genre.
  • I wanted a good mixture of the timeline – old to new.
  • The movie selection was NOT based on ratings from any platform – we all have our own preferences, and I prefer to watch any and all.
  • I had to skip some because they were remakes and preferred to watch original.
  • Most important of all, I wanted them to lighten up my day!

So, here is quick and not so helpful reviews. Suppose you ask me the ratings, it’s 5/5 for all. I would recommend being open to all the genres and watch all of them. A must watch.

Set 01:  01 to 08 August

August 01: Kimi No Na Wa is a Japanese animated movie. The first fifteen around minutes messes you up, but then later, it all sets in. You might even go back and watch a few sections again, and the movie ends leaving one with a smile. 

August 02: Predestination is an Australian thriller. The casting and storytelling are brilliant—one of those time travel movies that leave you awed.

August 03: The Book Thief is a British Drama. I cried until I blacked out after the movie end. I am not sure why I did that.

August 04: Bucket list is a Marathi Family movie. I understand enough Marathi (stayed in Pune for 6 months) and for me, this was an emotional connection.

August 05: I was thrilled after watching Spanish mystery – Contratiempo. The acting is classic. The movie is remade into other languages, but hands down, nothing can beat the Spanish version. I feel happy to have watched the original version.

August 06: 303 is a German romance drama. The dialogues are witty and well researched. The movie is an intellectual love. The movie is a good read!

August 07: The Secret Life of Walter Witty is an American Adventure. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the story-line is pleasing.

August 08: Bangalore Days is my first Malayalam movie. Though many of my friends had recommended this earlier, I had not then. The movie is a happy watch.

Set 02: 09 to 16 August

August 09: Looper is an American time travel movie. The movie keeps one hooked from the very first scene. The movie has several wow moments.

August 10: Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene is a Telugu thriller. The movie is well thought, and the story-line is unique. It’s not yet another college romance story.

August 11: Fack Ju Gohte 3 is a German comedy. Though this is the third one in the series, it can be watched without the previous two, and I haven’t as well—a typical comedy movie.

August 12: Grans is a Swedish Fantasy movie. It was an altogether different experience. I am sure a lot and different mysterious things are around us. The movie is a masterpiece.

August 13: Charlie, a Malayalam musical, made me hum its tunes for weeks (I still often do). The story, acting, actors, music, everything is heart soothing. The movie is creative chaos, and it’s beautiful.

August 14: School of life is an American inspirational drama. I connected it better being in academics. It inspired me in several ways to put up with my life better.

August 15: Kendasampige is a Kannada Thriller. I keep a close track of kannada movies and do watch them regularly. This movie has parts filmed in my city. The story-line is good, and the acting is real.

August 16: Before midnight is an American drama. The married couples (especially those who are 5+ years) will definitely connect to this. It’s a movie where dialogues are the plot. The acting is classic.

Set 03: 17 to 23 August

August 17: Parallel World Love Story is a Japanese thriller. The movie is slow-placed and is justified. It seems like a time travel movie, but it’s not.

August 18: I was un poco loco after watching American animated Coco. The movie connects one with family sentiments, and music is catchy. ‘Un poco loco’ is one of my favorites now. ‘Brilliant’ is the word.

August 19: Goodachari is a Telugu patriotic thriller. The casting is good. A well-made movie. With quite good twists, the movie keeps the charm.

August 20: Amelie is a French Drama. I am not sure if this has to be called drama. It’s also, maybe, fantasy. The unique story-line unquestionably gathers love.

August 21: Super Deluxe is a Tamil action. The interconnected plot and Rasukutty will win the hearts. The movie is real.

August 22: Gone Girl is an American Thriller. It messes you up. I ended up pitying for the lead male actor. I have the novel as well and prefer to start soon.  

August 23: Ratsasan is a Tamil psychological crime movie. Have seen such movies with the similar theme plot lines earlier, and this movie does justify in every possible aspect. Definitely leaves one thrilled.

Set 04: 24 to 31 August

August 24: Parasite is a Korean comedy. The ending has a lesson and is unexpected. It connects well to modern society.

August 25: Easy A is an American teen comedy. Typical story-line, but enjoyable. There are no bits that drag and well-paced for quick enjoyment.

August 26: Mumbai Police is a Malayalam crime action. The ending is unexpected, and never can one guess that story would end that way. It took me a few minutes to settle back. Real and appealing.

August 27: C/O Surya is a Telugu drama. The not so common story-line is blend-in to a screenplay with a good cast and upbeat bits and pieces. The movie restores friendship and life goals.

August 28: Table 19 is an American comedy. The movie turned out to be a lot better than I had expected. The entire movie is over a wedding table and around, and directed with perfection. I enjoyed this one.

August 29: Maudie is a joint production from Ireland and Canada. It’s based on a true story. Slow paced and creative. The acting is classy and connects. Rejoices life.

August 30: Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal is a Tamil drama. Enough twists and sensible. A happy watch. The two couples and the police keep it entertaining. 

August 31: Snowpiercer is a Korean Sci-Fi. I guess this is what pretty much we have done to the world. The movie has a message to humanity. An apt movie to end my movie festival with.

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Well, I am happy about how my August 2020 went. It was musical. It was a thriller, comedy and packed with enough romance and action. I guess I know what I am going to do with every August henceforth!

#31Days31Movies

A to Z 2020 Reflections


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This was my fourth year of A to Z challenge and that very much is the reason why April excites me. April has been the only month since my blogging journey where I post at-least 26 posts. I am happy for what April does to me. It kind of seamlessly fits into my schedule like a must-do routine. I feel the month has that vibe and zeal to keep it going, no matter what.

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I have always had 8 lines poems for the challenge with different themes over the years. I continued to do so this year too. Like every year, I must say, I loved doing this year’s challenge. My 2020 theme was Metaphors and a 8 line poem for each. Looking for metaphors was definitely a challenge. I did not restrict my domain to a specific kind of metaphors. I have used them from literature, history, songs, movies, paintings etc. On few days, I had to struggle on which one to pick and other days had to pick the only available. Some days was ease and some days I kept staring at my screen.

I did fill up the end survey and collected my winner batch. Here it goes:

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I have compiled all of my challenges into a short ebook and is available for free download. Save a copy for yourself too! Yay!

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A to Z: A Metaphor for an Alphabet Ebook Download Link 

I would like to thank all of you for being supportive through April. Every blogger needs a supportive community to sustain, survive and thrive. Thank you all for all the love.  Thanks to A to Z team for making it happen every year with growing enthusiasm.

Note:
This year I also did A to Z 6 word lockdown stories on Instagram. My Instagram id: prakash.hegade.

Zanata Stone


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Its April of 2020 and Day 26 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: Zanata Stone

I am ending with the most cryptic metaphors of all. Zanata Stone, also known as Zenata Stone is a Guanche origin stone with engravings. It is known to be found in 1992 at Mountain of the Flowers in Canary Islands. The engravings on the stone are said to be in Tifinagh scripts. The Zanata Stone seems to have been related to the magical-religious traditional faith of the Guanches (aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands).

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Some Guanches of Tenerife (island in Canary Islands) were also known as Zanata or Zenete, or “those with a cut tongue”. That puts together on why the stone is named so. The Zanata Stone is currently in the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife.

Poem:
Your worries, concerns,
Are rats at the mountains.
You opt for the rat?
Or the mountain hat?
While you collect the berries,
Your haters collect the worries,
Are you leaving behind?
Your Zanata stone?

For life is a metaphor and what we seek from it. It’s an quest into enigma and jigsaw puzzle with multiple answers. It’s upon us on how beautiful we fit in the pieces.

You’ve Got Mail


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Its April of 2020 and Day 25 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: You’ve Got Mail

Who hasn’t loved the movie with the casting of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? The local bookstore owner who hates the large bookstore chain owner in person, are falling in love over internet with masked identity. He later finds out, still likes her and has to fix it all. The movie released in 1998, has beautifully dealt with mall and internet culture.

Though the movie highlight is more about internet, technology etc., it can always stand for a bigger cause over time. The ‘mail’ here is an opportunity. Have you seen, identified and embraced it? For me, ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is a metaphor for there is love and everyone has got one. For, you see, falling in love without knowing each other’s real identities is something which has been our plot with changing modes and methods over time.

Poem:
There is already enough,
Suffering in the world,
The pain smiles,
The scars draw,
There are enough dying,
For love and hunger.
Opt to be kind,
You’ve got mail.

Did you check the email that asks you to be a little kinder? The email of love? The ‘oops’ moment is when it gets spammed and vanishes after 30 days!  

X&Y


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Its April of 2020 and Day 24 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: X&Y

I have taken the studio album X&Y from Coldplay for today’s metaphor. X&Y with 8.3 million units sold in 2005 alone, is known to be the best-selling music album released in 2005.  The album has significant history before the release with respect to objectives, preparations, transition etc. The songs focus and question the philosophical view of the world. The recurrent theme with most songs of the album talk about broken, out of place, misplaced and missing things. (Do check out the interesting story behind the cover page coded in Baudot alphabets)

From the main album song X&Y which starts with ‘trying hard to speak’, I like the recurring lines:
You and me are floating on a tidal wave..
Together
You and me are drifting into outer space..

Poem:
You and me,
X&Y, in the plane,
Playing with numbers,
The plan point (0,0),
Alas, infinitely invisible,
Or, opposite and equal,
Or, either one at zero.
Will we ever be? Zero. Zero.

X is me and Y(Why) is you. Though we plan to meet at mid and that was the plan, I don’t know how many broken parts and pieces it takes to unite!

Whistler’s Mother


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Its April of 2020 and Day 23 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: Whistler’s Mother

Whistler’s mother is an iconic oil painting on canvas by James McNeil Whistler of his mother Anna. The painting done in 1871 is also known as Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1. The painting is in 56.81 x 63.94 inches(That’s huge!) canvas and also known to be Victorian Mona Lisa. The painting is culturally popular. It’s been featured in several movies and my favorite is in Mr. Bean. It’s been used in posters, music, etc. and there has been a stamp a well.

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I am inspired by the brilliance of the painting which plays with black, grey and shades of light. The image has been used since the Victorian era as an icon for motherhood, affection for parents, and family values (especially in United States). Paintings are viewed with a varied meanings as per each individual and there is always a personal level connect.

Poem:
A total absence,

Presence,
Presence with absence,
In any other sense,
And every other sense,
– family and values.
But everyone can see,
Whistler’s mother.

Everyone in the world isn’t gifted with the same. Not everyone has learnt the values of family and some never will.

Veg Out


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Its April of 2020 and Day 22 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: Veg Out

Yes, a metaphor coming out from kitchen. It’s a slang for relaxing without any agenda or to spend time idly, passively.  “Let’s watch old movies all night…we’ll just veg out in front of the TV” from the movie Pretty Woman has caught attention of many. Basically it means to relax like a sloth and in mindless manner.

There is no authentic documentation but has known to be originated in 1970’s. The phrase derives from association of vegetables with mental incapacity; in the way that mentally disabled people are sometimes referred to as vegetables. Do you think ‘Veg Out’ has become one of our common routine now?

Poem:
While you are at it,
Vegging out,
Someone grew a garden,
One got lost in novel,
One fell in love,
Someone made a music,
Another believed marvels,
Made it all happen.

We all Veg out. We are human beings after all. The question is how often? If not me, then who will care for the dreams that I believed to live one fine day?

Unmarked Grave


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Its April of 2020 and Day 21 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem.


 

Metaphor: Unmarked Grave

Like surprisingly, there are really no metaphors with U, apart from ‘Unmarked Grave’ which means something that is not noticed or observed. I find it recursive and applies to U and itself.  An unmarked grave is one, as per its traditional meaning, a grave that lacks a marker, headstone, or nameplate. Unmarked graves have long been used to bury executed criminals as an added degree of disgrace, usually. The reason could also be financial or any other like a celebrity not opting a name to avoid vandalism. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave.

With all that history, it also has its figure of speech. It has taken the metaphor meaning of consignment to an ignominious end – to be in the state of being unaware or unconscious of what is happening around one.

Poem:
It’s celebrating,
With joy and pomp,
It’s swaying,
In its entirety,
It’s living the fullest,
Nonsense,
Is no more in,
An unmarked grave.

It’s a tricky piece of eight lines. Do not think more. It could be nonsense. But, nonsense isn’t the under nourished anymore. It healthy and wealthy.

Truman Show


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Its April of 2020 and Day 20 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Metaphor: The Truman Show

Truman (Jim Carrey) doesn’t know that everything in his life is a live broadcast ‘The Truman Show’. For him, life is a huge TV set. The hidden cameras are capturing his every moves. Isn’t the plot intriguing? If you haven’t, you got to watch this movie. The ending lines of the movie is quite popular. Truman says – ‘Good morning, and in case I don’t see ya, Good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight’.

The movie has a deeper meaning. The movie talks about the freedom and is the way out. It talks about the media-saturated show-off culture. It talks about how unauthentic our life is. It tries to throw light on how technology and artificial living has masqueraded as reality. It explains how free will and reality are illusions. The movie is about us all. By the way, there have been many noted incidents where people believed that their life was a TV show (delusion disease informally referred to as “Truman syndrome).

Poem
Your ears,
I don’t see them.
No, they are there.
Looks like,
You don’t use them.
I like how you run,
A useless,
The Truman show.

I am sure everyone has encountered a personality who just don’t listen. At. All. They order, command, rule, they don’t listen to anything at all!

Scream


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Its April of 2020 and Day 19 of A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing Metaphors. Be it a movie, song, painting, book, idiom, etc. I plan to give a perspective to it with an explanation and a 8 line poem. 


 

Metaphor: The Scream

I am using the painting ‘The Scream’ for today’s metaphor. It is a composition from Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The Norwegian title for the painting done in 1893 is ‘Shriek’. The tormented face in the painting is one of the most iconic images of art symbolizing the anxiety.  Munch says he had been out for a walk at sunset while suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds blood red and he could sense an infinite scream passing through nature.

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By Edvard Munch – National Gallery of Norway, Public Domain

I feel the image has layers. It has a depth in colors. It could be the nature screaming. It could be the scream of dead. It could be the scream of truth. It could be a scream in apocalypse.

Poem:
I cannot pen a poem,
Put a rhyme,
I cannot do a prose,
Put a personification,
Of course,
I can scream!
I have my notes,
In my own language.

We all have been in that scream. It’s scary not because you scream. It’s scary because no one hears you scream.