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10 Movies you should be excited about in 2014

My tarot card reader said 2014 is going to be the year of the ‘Fab Films’. No she didn’t, I don’t believe in all that skull and globe paganism. But what I do believe in (apart from Rose Tyler) is films- the complicatedness and the simplicity and the mastery and the effect it has on human life. Very soon I will write a post on some of the best contemporary films I have seen( sorry Hitchcock) but now lets predict the future. My sixth sense says this year’s films are going to be better than last year’s. Don’t believe me? Check out these mind-blowing trailers and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about!

Long list gear up!
Long list gear up!

1) Interstellar by Christopher Nolan

I have to start off with my favourite director off course- Nolan has undisputably given us some of the best movies and biggest grossers in two decades now. After masterpieces like Momento, The Prestige, the Batman Trilogy and Inception- he gives us an out-of-this-world story(literally).

2) Gone Girl by David Fincher

Fincher is undoubtedly my second favourite- after giving me my favourite movie ever (Fightclub) he went on to present greats like The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

3) Unbroken by Angelina Jolie

I got excited last year when I found out that Jolie was making a movie based on Louis Zapperini’s life. Now that the trailer is actually out, I can’t wait for Christmas Day.

4) Fury by David Ayer

I haven’t seen any of Ayer’s films before but after Inglorious Bastards I am ready to watch any war film with Brad Pitt in it. The supporting cast of Shia LaBeouf (yes Shia, I forgive your antics because you are a fantastic actor) and Logan Lerman also looks pretty rad.

5) Boyhood by Richard Linklater 

They are calling it a ‘once in a lifetime’ phenomenon. Again I haven’t seen any of Linklater’s works but man that is one hell of a trailer.

6) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby  by Ned Benson

Jessica Chastain from The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, James McAvoy from Atonement and X-Men Franchise- need I say more?

7)Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assaya

I am excited to see Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz actually try something that is challenging.

8) Foxcatcher by Bennet Miller

This is my favourite film in this 10 films line-up because all three central actors are trying something they have never done before. After watching Miller’s Moneyball I honestly can’t wait.

9) The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank transporting three mentally challenged (bloody insane would be more appropriate) women across the country. Oscar Stuff right there!

10) Maps to the Stars by David Croenberg

David Croenberg- is there a need for any other reason. But surprisingly I am most excited about Mia Wasikowa’s transformative role in this film.

You go!
You go!

Honorable Mentions: These are also fantastic movies by brilliant movie-makers but they are just not my cup of tea. But that doesn’t mean you won’t like ’em. Check out the trailers!

Two Days One Night by the Dardenne Brothers

After watching Marion Cotillard in No Country For Old Men I can honestly watch her even if she’s doing a toothpaste commercial.

Magic in the Moonlight by Woody Allen

Colin Firth being the superb actor that he is, Emma Stone being Emma Stone. A typical Woody Allen periodic romantic comedy, too beautiful!

All in all, it looks like the movie theatres are going to be very crowded with one fantastic movie coming out after another. Also if you have some time (and understand Hindi) check out the trailer for ‘Haider’ by Vishal Bharadwaj. I am not very fond of the Bollywood films made in my country (I honestly hate them) but Bharadwaj is a fantastic film-maker and the story is based on ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare! I am so excited for this movie and thy should be too.

 

 

 

 

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The Blind Supporter

Before you read this post and start fuming let me make this very clear that this is not a patronizing statement but merely an innocent observation. First some background, having an older brother who was a hardcore football fan I was subjected to the game. Over time when I turned into a teenager (and finally started developing my own taste) Football was the game I choose as my favourite- I loved the fast pace, the thrill of only 90 minutes, the course of a match changing in just one goal and most importantly, the loyalty which the fans had for the game.

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I am an Argentina Fan! Vamos!

In India there are plenty of men who are passionate about football and they know their shit. But it’s not the men I’m concerned about- it’s the women. I study in  class of 70 students who are learning Mass Communications and will choose Journalism or Advertising as their major. We are the people who- of all the people in the world- should know what is going on in every sphere. Where it is the war in Israel or Kristen Stewart’s new haircut, whether it is Sharapova’s innocent confession about not knowing Tendulkar or Guardians of the Galaxy-it is literally our job to KNOW IT ALL. But inspite of being in a situation like this, half the class doesn’t even know (or care) about Football.

Proof That Messi Is The Most Perfect Human Being On Earth
This game is so beautiful!

At times when the whole world was arguing about who will win there were only a couple of intelligent (or just well-informed) students who even mentioned FIFA World Cup. Only two of them were girls and shamefully, the extent of their knowledge began and ended at Lionel Messi’s good looks!  Most of the girls I’ve met like Ronaldo, Messi or Neymar (some also liked Kaka). But the worst part is as soon as they tell me who their favourite they say “He’s sooooo cute!”

Free shrugs
Free shrugs

Really? He’s a footballer, the only thing that is relevant is his football skills. It does not matter if David Beckham looks like a Greek God, in the end what we should be judging him on is his skills. Rarely have I ever met a girls who likes (or even knows about) fantastic players like Xavi Hernandez, Mesut Ozil and Robin Van Persie. They only know about one or two players, that too not because of their game or achievement but by seeing them in sportswear commercials. And that’s it, that who they support blindly.

Right Hermione
Right hermione

Now let me put a twist in this story and say that even I am a Messi Fanatic. Have you seen him play? Fuck it, it’s hard NOT to be a Messi fanatic. They way he can stay calm in high-pressure games, the way he can the the ball from three other defenders like it’s a cakewalk, the way he brings the ball from halfway off the field into the penalty box and how his magical left leg never misses the mark.

Cristiano Ronaldo Vs. Lionel Messi Is The Biggest Rivalry In Sports
Look at this!

Off course his game wouldn’t be as good if if Xavi, Iniesta and before Villa weren’t in the mid-field- but give the man some personal credit as well. 4 Ballon d’ors- even Pele or Maradona don’t have that.

Proof That Messi Is The Most Perfect Human Being On Earth
This perfect goal!

But the biggest reason why I love Messi so much because he is not selfish like Ronaldo or Neymar- he is a teamplayer. He always puts the needs of his team before his personal glory and that is what I think makes him the best footballer in the world. Argue all you like stubborn Ronaldo fans but while Ronaldo was modelling underwear, Messi was practicing his kicks. Not that Messi doesn’t do commercials, but it never takes his focus off the game. There is so much to like about Leo Messi’s game apart from his looks (which are also pretty delicious mind you) but I wish more girls were intelligent enough to notice.

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There is no shame in loosing to a strong team like Germany.

It worries me greatly that we live in a world that decided who deserves attention or support based on what they look like. It concerns me that I belong to a generation which pays more attention to the logo of the cup and not the coffee inside (looking at you teenagers who buy Forever 21 short, go to Starbucks and click Selfies. Fie on you! Fie!)

I have never agreed with you more
I have never agreed with you more

It grieves me that it has come to the point where a person’s work does not matter, that their looks and (in some cases) personality are enough to impress thousands. Maybe we choose idiots because we can relate with them? Probably. But one thing is for sure, we accept the heroes we think we deserve.