Movie Review

Gilmore Girls: A Year in Life

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Fall. I am glad they named the last episode fall, because it is my favorite time of the year. Well it used to be when it rained in these dry lands.

Can I start by saying, how good all the cast looks. They really do not look that aged at all, matured or little seasoned maybe. Rory might be the most 20 something looking 30 something.

I totally loved how they managed to retain all the original cast. Well nearly all. It was so like the old Gilmore Girls. The town Kirk, Taylor, Michelle, the Korean choir, Mrs. Kim, town meetings.

I loved the eccentric, dramatic, musical impossible skits. I liked how unreal Stars Hollows is and how it is still bubble wrapped and outer world can never really breach it. Even the phone signals keep getting lost. I totally loved the fact that they were able to bring back, Collin, Robert and Finn back with their eccentricities.

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I am very glad they did four seasons, I liked that they have all their previous friends with them still.

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I loved the Rory-Lorelei back and forth. There movie references that I would never get but its alright because Luke never seems to get them either. I liked that there was Paris and Doyle and Logan and his three crazy musketeers.

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The eccentric, brilliant Paris, who is successful, has kids, who love their nanny, has five-story house with no elevator, the angry, pushy, extremely inappropriate always paranoid Paris, who could accuse her best friend of having affair with her husband and next minute send her out with her kids.

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Jess with his worldly wisdom and a book and a sack. He walks in, fixes things or provides solution without ever overstepping and then leaves. He thinks Lorelei needs a therapist and he is the only one who actually understood Rory’s true calling and pushed her for it. He is Luke’s someone to throw ball with or in Lorelei words to through ball at.

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Alice the super smart kid, who Luke just can’t keep up with but it is much like all other women in his life whom he cant keep up with, but is alright with it.

Dean, with his tallness, and Dean-ness which I always translated into really his Sam-ness because lets face it Dean is Sam, only Dean does not read as much.

Lane and Zack Van, they still have their music thing, the kids and band. How they still jam, and how they are unhappy they are making more money because Zack has to wear a shirt and tie for it. A dress code they think is an insult to their sacred culture of rock.

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Michelle, how he is the sweetest to the guests and manages to say they most awful things about them behind their backs. The snide French man whose accent just does not seems to mellow even though he has been in states for 30 years at least. How he is trying to be nicer to the kids without sounding like a child molester. Right now he is at 6 out of 10, so working to lower that.

Sookie with her heaps of cooking, and how she can smell things which should be impossible to smell. In sink, on table top, on Lorelei’s hair

Emily Gilmore, the stuck up old lady, who knows everyone, has all the money, always gets her own way, ever the blackmailer and can’t help herself from interfering into others life or binding others to herself, in deals they don’t like but eventually get used to.

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Logan Huntzberger with his big gestures and prince charming moves. The perfect couple when they are not being officially a couple. I was so completely happy to find out he still calls her Ace. Their perfect chemistry but worlds too far apart to be in sync.

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The remake could have been stupid full of mistakes, but it really was not. It was as perfect as it could have been. Lorelei and Luke, and Rory and her some what dysfunctional love life.

I kept on wishing Rory would figure it out, but it is Gilmore Girls they always make things impossible before they get somewhere with them.

I really, really do hope they make another season. I hope when they do, the wrap the story with out cliff-hangers. If this was an attempt to see how people will receive the Girls, it was successful because we still love them and they still are the most quirky people.

So much nostalgia watching the four 90-100 minutes episodes. I am just happy they made them, could not really find anything wrong with them.

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Tamasha the movie:”My personalized movie review”

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The thing about imagination is that it is incoherent. There is more visual approach to our imagination littered with junk of real life and stories and dreams and what we make up. Imagination is a beautiful thing. A crazy thing, a vivid thing. A thing that we need to make it through the day. Tamasha is a story of man who makes stories of stories. Who lives a story who is a story within himself.
We are two people, one is the person who we see ourselves to be, not really see but more like its the narrator of our brains. It how we think and respond to things the conversation we have with ourselves, the conversation we would have with people we are never going to meet.the things we want to say but never do. The conversation we have have with dead writers and kings and historians. The past that we imagine in our head. The picture of the different worlds and eras dinted with colors of what we know about things and what we think about things. Its a play in our heads, a play where there are similar faced character playing thousand different roles in thousand differnt scenarios. Juliet, laila, heer, sassi or any other heroine of a folk tale. The tale remains the same the place changes. Is not that a living proof of that we have same characters in our head but like hundreds of different scenarios the same story can play out. That’s Tamasha. Running the fine line between who we are in front of the world and who we are in empty house by ourselves. When you start talking loudly to people in your head when Ginn is out of the box, when sword is unseathed, when sun is covered by grey, when cherry blossoms bloom in Rawalpindi when possibility is just conjuring of  a thought away.
Tamsha is a lovestory but its more then that it a story of our deepest desire to know someone who sees us. Who really see the story we are part of. The story we made up. The story that even if put in a novel or movie or series would never be enough. Because in our stories we just can not be one thing. We have to be everything, every character we fall in love with, every era we live through. One novel can just not hold all that. A series of novels cant hold all that. People will never understand why the person who looked like a american teenager in last novel is now twenty something pakistani woman in this one and bella swan’s twin sister in third or a witch in age of Joan of arc or a warrior in ranks of mongols or a princess in mongols. It does not matter who and what your name is you are part of a story. But if you meet a person who see’s your point. Who can actually keep up with the fact that bella swan’s has a twin sister and that girl could easily be a Pakistani girl. Then your world falls out of balance. We had a god thing going this world and i. There was me and people inside of me. It was alright we were in a good place. Then someone sees all of us. My secret is out. They see me as one of them not as a normal person. Balance of my world rests upon this secret. The secret is out means they are out as they are the secret and then they take over, they are angry at me for hiding them for so long for lying to them that no one can see us but when that person see’s us that means there is something in this world some place where it is okay to have people inside you. They might not be real and may not be seen but that does not mean they dont exist and that they are not there.
Tamasha was perfect, i dont know how they did it but it was perfect. Not all of us have same imagination not same agaitation but there is this ismorphism between all of us imaginative lackeys the fine line between what we are and who we are. I loved the movie i smiled all through it. If you dont understand what they were talking about its alright. Its not your fault. One can not miss something they never had. One can never love something they never felt for. One can most definitely not understand someting they dont have any experiance of. Ranbir kapoor, i am no fan, but that man is one man show, everywhere else is just there to asist him. Depika Padukone is most natural actress. All in all i would not recommend. But i could relate to everything in this movie.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: (Book & Movie)

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Firstly: The narrator of this book is the guy who grew up with the Pakistani dream, which is immigration and making a lot of money, and raising his and his family’s standard in the society. (Pakistani’s are excellent at doing hard work outside Pakistan, because they get an equal fighting chance also foreign money has more respect in this society than any other kind of money.) There is no actual plot to the book, its few months of life of a young Pakistani who also happens to be a Muslim. It is story of the time where being brown in America was nothing much, where everybody got an equal chance. The narrator saw that america which would fulfill his dreams and desires turn against him and finally push him to leave. The narration in this book is extremely one sided. The narrator is talking to someone, but it is never explained why and how the meeting came to be. In the end of the book which means the very last page, the narrator turns out to be part of some organization or hinted to be and the listener turns out to be an agent or hinted to be. Both details completely irrelevant and unexplained due to the plot. The movie on another hand was like all movies are it try’s to give account of all unsaid and unexplained things. It gives a background of the listener which is hinted to be some kind of agent in the book. In movie they make him dual agent an analyst of current events working for CIA. The narrator, they also give an innocent persona in the movie. The make him an academician activist mistaken to be part of terror group. Not actually a member as hinted in the book. Even though he was an academician activist and a lecturer in book. These additions in the movie along with change of venue which was tea shop in Anakali bazar in Lahore, in book, not tea shop in Lahore university as in movie. But the changes in movie were understandable if it was complete copy of the book it would have been very dissatisfying watch.

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Secondly: The movie and the book were very refreshing, they capture America and its its recklessness and dual standards for non-Americas especially the Muslims of Asia. There is thing in this book, which i am tempted to quote

“It seems an obvious thing to say, but you should not imagine that we Pakistanis are all potential terrorists, just as we should not imagine that you Americans are all undercover assassins.”

in the movie they skip that line a “disappointment”. But there is something in the movie which i think needs to be said more often than it is:

The kidnapping of an American is about as heavy its gets for them.

How very true that statement is. That’s the worse that has happens to them. 3000 were lost in America and they said how can something like that came to be. We have lost more than 100000 in the wars initiated by Americans and that is not  the headline or a day that is mourned worldwide. Other than that more than 50000 have been just lost in Pakistan in terrorism. So kidnapping of an American is the worst for them, but for us, open fire on children has came to be.

 Lastly: Mohsin Hamid never fails to impress me, someday in near future i want to be a writer and he is the writer whose writing style i want to adopt. He iss quick, simple and compelling. He truly has a gift for conveying himself with most appropriate words without ever having to over explain himself.