Saturday, August 26, 2006

Music Review - Shiva

Shiva is a treat for people who had loved Illayaraaja's previous. "Josh Mein", starts out with Pithamagan beats, then goes on to "Vidiya Vidiya Nadanam" and then has a smattering of Anjali songs in the interludes and 'charanams'. Anyway you feel this is a remix of his old classics with techno beats and Jesudas's voice. You at least do not feel he has wasted a good Thamizh movie to place his remixes.

Saarah Yeh Alaam

Vintage Raaja again... another way of saying he never innovates does he ;) ?. Well this is a remix of another one of his old hit songs. I forgot the song but it sounds good with a better singer than Janaki. Sad song I guess because its got a horde of violins crying in the interludes.

I think Ram Gopal must have told Illayaraaja... ok… get the 16 bit beat machine out and remix me some of your old hits... you cannot go wrong if you do that and the Hindi populace wont even notice. After all isn’t this the same crowd that raves about Himesh Reshmaiyya??? Don’t you guys feel the only difference between his songs is the colour of his cap?

Now as I wait for the next download... I am trying to guess what Dheeme Dheeme would be a remix of... Indiaglitz says its the best song of the album so I expect one easily identifiable song from an Mani Ratnam block buster.

Oh… and a bird told me that Shiva is the remix of James... I guess that kind of justifies Illayaraaja's insistence on old tunes?

Ok back to Dheemi Dheemi.. No I am not able to identify this song. This song is really good... Dheemi Dheemi is.. zindagi mein koi aagaya!!!.. ok I found out the similarity... Aagaya is a give away.. wait wait... The interlude sounds like that Bharathan song. Man this guy had been good. Yes very much like that Bhanupriya song in the Andamans or wherever (Bhehkudi… jaane lagi... part). Well a smattering of his other songs too... cleverly disguised but anyhow a remix.

I guess Illayaraaja has come to the point where he makes fun of his own music.
BTW someone told me today that I know I have hit middle age when I start making fun of myself...

Well if that’s the case, I hit middle age when I was 15. Youngsters these days take themselves too seriously :-).

OK the next one is Shapath... This time Illayaraaja has thrown away all his songs and has resorted to remixing a Shankar Ganesh or a Chandrabose song... The sounds like an especially musically minded shashtrigal trying to add some pep into an Ammavasai Tharpanam rendition. Absolutely flat.

Just a thought… but Illayaraaja, I think, might not have made it in today’s music world. Look at the people he competed against.. Chandrabose, who used only 2 notes in all his compositions and, Shankar-Ganesh, whose idea of composing music is to throw a few music instruments into the monkey enclosure at Guindy Park.

This song also has Illayaraaja SINGING in Hindi !!! Has he done it before? He does NOT sound like a Thamizian with a bad Hindi accent but still at his very constipated best. Yes there.... this song has some of those death songs of Sethu written all over it. (Even the metallic beat) Vaarthai Thavarivittal...

Police Police..

I know this song !!! Udhayam !!! oh wow.. Botany classum undu... Matinee show um undu... hey BTW that was a RGV movie too (And the movie was called Shiva in Telugu) Well the beat has been stolen from one of those settu kalyana band masters in SGS Sabha. And then there are some discordant tones for the interludes... (Do you remember ROSS being at his creative best with his keyboard... no?... well I do... that was the only Friends episode I have ever watched)

Kaise Kahein...

Ninaivooooooooooo oru Paravaiiiii.. ok. Then it is some unidentifiable "Honeee Anhoneee" (remember that old serial on DD?) sounding tune.. hahahaha TEH funniest lyrics.. I love yooooooooooo I love yooooooooo... now I am going mad. Thats EENUFF.. I've had it with these muthertrucking Tamil tunes in a muthertrucking Hindi movie. And yes.. You know how I feel about it (Sorry Patton... to group you with Sammy J)

BTW what is that starting tone in Raaga for the ad? I know I have heard it somewhere. Could you please tell me? Ok. And dream home that your folks always wanted? Talk about redundancies... and remixes ? :D... Isnt it ironic? I AM MAD. BYE. I gotta sleep.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Movie Review - Lady in the Water

We all know what Night Shyamalan has been trying to do over the past few movies. He has always attempted to take a contemporary popular movie making concept and then tone it down and apply it to his surroundings.... (ie) Philadelphia...

His Unbreakable was his take on all the superhero movies... what will happen if a superhero was one of us?
His signs, was a take on what normal people... (not F16 fighter pilots and US Presidents)... would do when attacked by aliens
His Village was slightly different I agree. The overlap with 'LitW' were only Bryce Dallas Howard and the media whoric boom mic

Lady in the Water is a modern day take on about LOTR and what would happen if a normal guy was entrusted with a Frodo Baggins kind of responsibility.

He has to help a 'narph' from the 'Blue World', inspire someone on earth and then return to her world. The hero has to save the 'narph' from these things called Scrunts - a wolf like creature made of grass. And oh, BTW scrunts are frightened of Tartutics - monkey like creature made of grass. And then there is a guild of seven, a healer, a Symbolist and a Guardian recruited by the saviour, to save Story (The Narph), and facilitate her to get carried away by a giant eagle. Hence... THE END. Did you get the idea? Congratulations...

The selection of the guild goes on for half the movie and seems to be based on Affirmative Action. Each one thats selected, has a purpose in this world and apparently to some, it is to stare at the scrunt in the eye and to go around carrying broom sticks... for some it is weirder... they read symbols from cereal boxes. One person just has to die... apparently that is his purpose of living... to die... OH !!!

The problem with this movie is that with all these made up stories and characters, Shyamalan runs the risk of sounding a tad too self involved and hence phrenelogical. Also, he cannot act. The movie is amateurish attempt of a seemingly self important person who had too much money and time in his hands. I do not think it is worth wasting your matinee on this even if you are a software engineer warming the benches in a services company. Thank you.