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My Cousin Vinny

Forget the plot, overlook the holes in the scrpt, and bear the repetitive ‘f’ word…the film is worth watching anyday. You can safely put it in the league of  “A fish called Wanda”, or ” Ace Ventura: The Pet Detective”.

Joe Pesci is brilliant and so is Marisa Tomei with all her wise-cracks.

Film is great with a fast paced screenplay and the funny situations that are thrown up, and the controlled performances by the lead actors.

My picks: 1) Joe Pesci and his false-alarms
2) Nervous competition for Joe Pesci
3) ‘Finessing’ prosecution attorney by Gambini
4) The first two scenes…pretty original
5) The final encounter: Marisa and her automobile expertise.

Citizen Kane

This movie was voted the movie of the century by AFI and lot of other organizations…and yet it lives up to its hype.

One  can write volumes on the movie making aspects…cinematography, music, editing, screenplay etc…may be a volume each on every aspect of this movie.

But what is striking is the is the power of an individual, a la Howard Roark reflecting in the genius of ‘Orson Welles’. To conceive, to execute and participate in such a classic, and that at too at an age of 26 is simply mind boggling. His endeavor always reminds us of what an individual can achieve, in any field…not just necessarily in arts. And every frame of ‘Citizen Kane’ is a tribute to that fiery entrepreneurial spirit..I call it entrepreneurism because, there is a certain sense of arrogance, a maverick, a risk taking..that is not just reflected in the ‘character’ of Charles Foster Kane…but it is written all over in the movie making. To achieve such an outrageous result…you need to be outrageous yourself. And that’s Orson Welles for you.

And when the movie was finally made and went thru series of problems, he stuck with it…he was destroyed, but he left a masterpiece and all the memories associated with it.

Orson Welles, is almost Mr.Howard Roark in flesh and blood.

Da Vinci Code

The book starts off with an old curator of a famous French museum found dead in the museum just few blocks away from a DaVinci painting, the dead body displaying a strange posture…a Professor, a beautiful French lady police officer form an an unusual team that gets drawn in to the mystery. While the central plot is about unravelling the mystery behind the murder,  and the clues that are placed to unravel a bigger mystery, the sub plots and the history about ‘paganism’ and ‘female-worship’ should get anyone hooked to the novel. Like any other murder mystery set against several countries, the book moves at a fast pace with its own ‘red-herrings’ and twists to throw the reader off-guard and thus sustaining his interest.
Overall a good read…leaving some interesting questions behind about Christianity. Does make one wonder over ‘Shakti’ sampradaya and ‘Tantric’ worship.