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!

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Winding Up 2017


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It was for the first time I had Resolutions in 2017 and it sure did not suck. May be for the reason that they were not actually resolutions, instead were a plan of action. Yes, I did not meet them all, but, Satisfactory? Hell yeah! Here is quick summary post of the list and yes, all this along with professionally tied works!

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1. The More Bucket:

1.1 General Blog posts:
The plan was to have 120 blog posts and ended up with 149 (including this). I know you all agree that blogging is definitely fun!

1.2 Reading Novels:
The plan was to stop at 12 and could not. It went to 20. The Year in Goodreads sums it all. Touched a lot of classics and definitely made my year.

*****

2. The Equal Bucket:

2.1 Technical Blog Posts:
120 was the goal and 120 it is! Questioning the quality of posts, I agree they were not to the expectation and got to improve.  They will in 2018.

*****

3. The Less Bucket:

3.1 Reading Research Papers:
The plan was 120 and I could go till 86. I still consider that as a good number but 120 should have not been difficult to achieve.

3.2 Coursera Courses:
Was supposed to complete 10 but the model changed and most of the courses were no longer free. Now the model also has a subscription fee as well. I could only manage to complete 3 courses this year. However overall I have managed to complete 31 by far.

3.3 Writing Ebooks:
07 out of 12 were completed and 03 are work-in-progress. I missed on this one badly. 100 Haiku , See, Say, Market Recommendations , Poem Shop , A to Z – Poem for an Idiom , The Web Circular , The Void and Hashing are the published ones.

*****

Others that made the Year memorable:

Apart from winning few prizes in the contests, getting a poem published in an anthology and teaching a class of super enthusiastic students, here are other things that kept me happy through the year:

  • Completing A to Z challenge in the month of April
  • Completing Two NaNo camps (April and July)
  • Working as a ML for NaNoWriMo India (November)
  • 4 version releases of my research work
  • My NaNoWriMo 2016 novel went through the first editorial review and I still have hopes of getting it published
  • Completing most of my technical text book
  • An hour long exercise everyday (with a break on sundays and when sick!)

*****

It’s been an year which I am thankful about and to a lot of people as well! A year that has given me hopes that much better things can happen in 2018. I am going to set my goals high and better.

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Kafka on the Shore – Book Review


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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator).

Wild!
Brilliant, Splendid, Glorious and every other word that describes the category. Wow! Just wow! All I question is, “How could some one put up something so beautiful?”

I ended up with a lot of questions. A lot to seek. A lot more than just a riddle. But that’s the beauty of it. I was taken away to the different world – I just sit and think, but mostly blank.

I guess this book surpasses every other book I have read so far and may never find an alternate equivalent!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Book Review


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A magical piece from Mark Twain.

Tom Sawyer is a naughty kid. A happy go lucky kid. He is going to make a great grandfather having numerous adventurous stories of his own to tell his grand kids.

What a book! What a delight to read! Every page is entertaining. Captures the childhood days elegantly. The books ends wanting one to read more.

 

Carrie – Book Review


It was absurd for first 70 pages. Being a fan of Stephen King, I did not wanted to give up reading. As I progressed, it turned out to be magical and one of my favorites.

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Carrie White is telekinetic. She has powers to lift things with her mind control. The thoughts of the book wondered in my mind for a week after completing it.

Anyone who is into mystery and thriller, this one is a must read!

On Writing – Book Review


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‘On writing’ by Stephen King. If you love to write and looking to get better, this one is a must read. A gem. A must have, to all the aspiring and budding writers.

Part A of the book is his autobiography. The beauty of this part is that while we read about author’s biography, we read about his childhood and writing journey, we also read about admirable writing tips. It’s a hidden treasure of some wonderful writing tips.

Well, Part B, does its duty the best.


Note: This is a scheduled post. More Here.

The Forty Rules of Love – Review


I would like to start this post by thanking MM from the blog “Accidental Learning’s and other things” for recommending this Novel – “The Forty Rules of Love” by the Turkish author Elif Shafak.

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This one was a pure bliss from page beginning to page end.  I could have easily read a hundred or two hundred more pages. There were some ‘plots’ or ‘decisions per say’ in the book which can call for a discussion but considering the message the book carries, they can easily be ignored.

A must read for all those who prefer to read love genre. This one will be in my favorites.

It talks deeply bout immensely needed element of life called – Love! One of the few books that I have finished reading in two days time ignoring all other works!

What A Month Can Do!


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I am going to remember April of 2017 for numerous fabulous reasons. This month was special in its own way, in its own kind, spreading across my work of interests.

The month started with an announcement that said I had won a writing contest winning a book prize. In a week, the book: Mock, Stalk and Quarrel was delivered to home and I am going to read that this may. I did finish reading When Breath becomes Air in April.

The A to Z A to Z - LRchallenge.  It was ‘wow’. Had not expected the challenge would be this fun. This is the first time my blog had  28 posts published in one month.

All the A to Z prompts have been combined into an ebook which is a FREE download and can be found here: A to Z – Poem for an Idiom.

This month has also got me few interview options and guest blogging opportunities.

One of my poems got selected to be published in an Anthology run by Twin City Poets, Hyderabad. It was happiness to see the mail. Expecting the book to be out sometime soon and details of it are to be known yet.

My technical blog: PH Bytes had its 100th blog post. It was fun. I do write ten technical posts per month and writing 100th did feel good. My 100th post was a note on my research work that is being carried out for my PhD. The first implementation version of work was released and here are the details: Knit Engine Ver 0.1. The post gives an idea about work and release details. This did take a lot of effort and numerous sleepless nights.

Participated in Camp NaNoWriMo and completed novel editing work of 30 hours that I had scheduled.  Received the winner certificate and satisfaction, it is!

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Those 30 hours were used in writing a concept note of my novel and editing of first four chapters. Those were submitted to a publisher and in five days I got back a reply that the plot is interesting and they would like to see full manuscript. This was happiness. Like literally jumping happiness. No matter what the future results are, would accept it gracefully and learn through the way. Have planned to submit full script by May 10.

As a surprise came reviews of my 3 ebooks by Swati . My gratitude for writing such beautiful reviews. Here they are:
PhD – the Messy Desk : Review
100 Haiku: Review
Run – The secret Destination: Review

April got me 42 ratings  and 8 text reviews on my Goodreads profile.

One of my best friends got married and we had a friend’s reunion. Most importantly, the month had a travel which I would find difficult to forget. It was the best three days ever. Like the best. Like the best ever! All of this along with regular routines of personal and professional things.

Thank you every one for all the support. I need to catch up with a lot of blogs and on it! May the ‘May’ keep the force!

The Martian – Review



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I had seen the movie in theater which was released in 2015. This Feb of 2017, when I read the novel, it was double the pleasure. Andy Weir who aspired to be an astronaut in his childhood, instead writes this novel and it is no less than a space travel.

The technical details are a celebration. Andy Weir has done a lot of research to present the details of the plot. Nothing is waived off from explanation while at need. After like twenty pages, the novel takes the reader to mars, stuck with Watney, figuring out ways to contact and reach back to Earth.

A brilliant sci-fi novel, I must say. There is right pinch of Humor. The plot is neat. The presentation sequence is perfect. There is elucidation of right things at right time. It ends perfectly with no drag. Everything is TO the point.

I started 2017 with ‘novel a month’. January I finished the classic – The Great Gatsby. February was a sci-fi. My hands are now waiting to grab something for March!

The Great Gatsby – Review



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I had decided to read one novel per month this year as referred in my post Reboot, Restart and Resume. Its 2017. For January I had picked the classic, “The Great Gatsby”. Here is what I take away from the Novel!

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At times novels must be read to understand the heart and soul that author has put in, to bring those picture through words.  F. Scott Fitzgerald sets the plot with social history of America during 1920’s on the prosperous Long Islands. It’s the story which brings out the culture during the period and along with that goes the love story of Jay Gatsby.

For the Pleasure of Reading
For the first 50-60 pages of the book I was confused and wondering where the book was going.  Then later I could not drop it until I finished reading it. I got so much involved that I also saw the movie. Like said, the book is not just the plot. The writing style is very impressive and narration gives the warmth. The incidents reveal the truth at the right moment in time keeping the curiosity in the readers.

No wonder it is a classic and I feel, one should read such writings without having a thought of review/critique and only for the pleasure of reading. It is a book with many ‘Oh’ and ‘Wow’ moments. My gratitude and thanks to Rashmi from the blog Mind and Life Matters for suggesting this novel.