Category Archives: English

Hidden Figures (E)

 

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Imagine you are a women, African American living in West Hampton, West Virgina, USA in 1961. Also, you are a highly intelligent mathematician working for NASA. Struggling and suffering the brunt of racism yet you survive, succeed and excel. This will be your story and a great one.

This is based on the true life story. In 1961, mathematician Katherine Goble works as a “computer” (a person performing mathematical calculations, before electronic computers) the segregated West Area Computers division of Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, alongside her colleague, aspiring engineer Mary Jackson and her unofficial supervisor Dorothy Vaughan. The story is her life and how against all odds she excelled and was recognized for her brilliance.


Very good movie. One of the best feel good movies to be watched with aspiring young children specially girls.

Taraji P. Henson as Katherine provides a memorable performance supported by Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson. I loved the splendid performance by Kevin Costner.

See it in theater before screening closes.

Rating PG

The Man Who Knew Infinity (E)

Man who knewThe Man Who Knew Infinity is a 2015 biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel.

I feel a more apt title would be ‘Hardy and Ramanujan’. The movie is about ‘ What happens in Cambridge university’, rather than ‘ in Ramanujan’s life’. Ramanujan was an orthodox Iyengar from Kumbakonam. Chubby, smallpox marked face and never perhaps wore a ‘lungi’ in his life let alone a ‘pancha kachcham’ lungi. Robert Kanigel spent time in Erode, Kumbakonam, Namagiri and understood their importance in shaping Ramanujan’s life. His book brings out the quintessential Ramanujan. The movie is in a hurry to get Ramanjun to England and then tell us what happened there.

Casting Dev Patel in the lead role is perhaps more for the western audience and to get around the fact that a native Indian hero cast is not going to turn the till at the box office. I often wonder, with a flourishing  movie industry in Tamil Nadu, why they can never find a typical Brahmin girl to play a typical Brahmin girl in any movie. Mind you Devika Bhise looks stunning and does a creditable job.

Jeremy Irons is brilliant. Perhaps, in my view, the movie lacks an honest true depiction of the great man. The movie opts to lean on emotions and  music and caters to selected audience hoping for box office returns. But then, I am not the one investing my money. My point is if you are making a movie about a real time hero he needs to be real. Hopefully there will be in the future a true life story with Ramanujan as the centre piece. If you have not read the book please do and let me know what do you think.

2 STRAS

The Physician

Imagine this. It is Saturday night, you are sitting in front of your TV, the fire is warm and your are flicking Netflix and looking for a good movie, a movie that you want to watch  which is absorbing and transcends you to 1000s of years back to medieval age. You want to watch ‘The Physician’. The Physician (German: Der Medicus) is a 2013 German Physicianadventure film based on the novel of the same name by Noah Gordon. The movie focuses on an orphan from 11th-century English town whose mother died of a mysterious illness. The boy vows to study medicine and decides to travel to Persia. Starring Ben Kingsley (what a star!) and Tome Payne, this movie is a spectacular visual treat and you will get immersed in the drama as it unfolds. The movie captures the squalid life of the poor in 11the century London, the splendour of Persia in the golden age and above all tells a story of one man pursuing his dream, against all odds . The story deviates quiet a bit from the Book (which is a very good read, by the way), but keeps true to the essence of the story. Must watch.

Rating M (Sex scene, Adult themes, Medical Procedures)

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Philomena (E)

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Movies are called that because some thing moves on the screen and some times  something inside you. Judi Dench slowly takes you along with her on a beautiful journey which ends where it all started. A journey which questions God, Church, Sex, Parenting, Church, anger, and simply defines ‘Love’. Serious and meaningful movie.

Great actors don’t act they get you a window seat in to some characters life for you to immerse and feel all that the character feels.  Added to the drama is the back cloth of bleak, grey and beautiful winter landscape of Ireland. Good movie.

M – Occasional Course Language, Adult themes.

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