A “Series” of Quotes from One Tree Hill

I have always been fascinated by series that tackle a theme each week and strive (or so it seems)to send across a message. I particularly like the shows that are based around quotes. There are many such popular series that have used this concept to their advantage. The show wants you to think about every great quote there ever was and weave a story around it. Many characters from the show tend to portray the voice-overs or a specific person does the voice over, the voice of reason. Voice-over is often like narration but it provides a touch of insight into people’s lives and often addresses the moral dilemma a character is involved in. Ok, I stole that line from Wikipedia !! It does sound good though.

One Tree Hill was one of the first shows I watched which has theme based episodes. The title of each episode is coined after songs, bands or albums. Some of my favorite titles are

1. The Games That Play Us
2. You Gotta Go There to Come Back
3. The Desperate Kingdom of Love
4. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
5. Like You Like an Arsonist
6. I’ve Got Dreams to Remember
7. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness
8. Songs to Love and Die By
9. All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone
10. For Tonight You’re Only Here to Know
11. Hate Is Safer Than Love
12. One Million Billionth of a Millisecond on a Sunday Morning
13. Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I Saw You
 
I like many other titles but these, I like the most. Some of my favorite voice-overs in no particular order are(that sounded like I was giving away the Oscars *grin*),
 
 
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Radish Kofta Curry

Radish curries seem to be the rage. It is searched on google pretty often. I think most people do not know what to do with radishes, like me. Hence,google to the rescue. This is probably the best dish that I have made with radishes so far. If you have come up with something better with radishes, leave a comment below.

I was browsing the net a while back and came across many kofta recipes. Usually koftas consist mainly of potatoes or paneer (cottage cheese) in them. I changed it up to use white radish in them. I also included them in the gravy of the dish. You could always omit radishes in the gravy.  This curry is great as a spread on bread too. I tried 🙂 Continue reading

What do you look for in a movie ?

Poster for ''La Règle du jeu, directed by Jean...

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I was just thinking aloud today about what people look for in any movie ? We obviously all don’t look for the same things. So, what moves us, what takes us to tears?  Does what we expect from a movie change with different languages ? Is what we expect from a French film different from an English movie ? What are you ready to overlook ? What makes any movie, a great movie.

I jotted down a few things that I look  forward to in a movie. There must some formula a director follows to ensure that his movie succeeds, like a checklist.(like a code developer’s checklist  – that’s the geek in me talking). Here, they are :

1.  A decent storyline. The plot needs to have some sort of direction.

2.  The characters should be well etched out. Or at least have personality.

3. I rate acting after characters because if the role you are playing is muddled, nothing can really save you. People will simply not identify with the said characters. But the flip side is, that the audience throngs the theatre if some or all the cast is famous. It works well for marketing.  Dhobi Ghat, also known as Mumbai diaries(Hindi) is one such example. Aamir Khan‘s presence drew the audience and once there the film did a fine job of drawing one into its intricacies.

4.  However subtle, humour is an onus in any film. Cheesy and recycled jokes are not funny.

5.  If it’s thought-provoking, all the more better. Sometimes, a movie that puts forth a message strikes a chord with its audience. Life is Beautiful (Italian) was a fantastic film in that respect.

Sometimes, even a bad storyline with a good message makes one have a feel-good factor about it. So, people tend to forgive some if not all the jarring mess some movies are.

6. Dialogues make a movie so much more memorable.  When I watched “When Harry met Sally“, apart from the strong characters and the actors who played them, the movie was memorable for its dialogues . Click here to see them.

7.  A beautiful picturesque scene in a film certainly stays with you long after you watch it. It’s what makes a good movie better.  The Lord of the Rings has such beautiful scenic locations that it made New Zealand the new tourist destination that everyone wanted to visit.

8.  A carefully edited film ensures that the viewer’s attention is held through its  length unlike a film with choppy editing.  Jodha Akbar (Hindi) is a lovely film that is badly in need of some editing.

Jodha Akbar

So what do you look for in a movie ?

Food for thought:I was looking for movie posters and found this –>http://inspiredology.com/minimalist-movie-posters/ .Let me know if you can figure out why each symbol is as it is.

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Deep Purple’s April

April is so long gone, so you know that this is an overdue post. It was lying around in my drafts.

The song belonged to the  album  Deep Purple and had the original band members for the last time. It was surprisingly, the third album by the band.The Songwriters Are Blackmore, Ritchie; Lord, Jon.

The band described “April” as a personal evocation of a beautiful and sad month(for them).

Following are the lyrics to this beautiful song. YouTube link follows.

April is a cruel time
Even though the sun may shine
And world looks in the shade as it slowly comes away
Still falls the April rain
And the valley’s filled with pain
And you can’t tell me quite why
As i look up to the grey sky
Where it should be blue
Grey sky where I should see you
Ask why, why it should be so
I’ll cry, say that I don’t know

Maybe once in a while I’ll forget and I’ll smile
But then the feeling comes again of an April without end
Of an April lonely as they come
In the dark of my mind I can see all too fine
But there is nothing to be done when I just can’t feel the sun
And the springtime’s the season of the night

Grey sky where it should be blue
Grey sky where I should see you
Ask why, why it should be so
I’ll cry, say that I don’t know
I don’t know

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx46nXinjCo

Post A Week Challenge

Sooo…. WordPress is having a post a week and post a day for 2011. I decided to sign up for post a week contest. It seems like a nice challenge to give oneself.  I found many bloggers signing up for the post a day challenge. Well, good luck to them 🙂 .

Apart from the fitness routine that I am following these days,  my mind needs a workout too.  So, I am going to make use of “The DailyPost” to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

Here’s to creating meaningful conversations and exploring new ideas.