Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Painted Veil

Tagline: Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people

Based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel, The Painted Veil has to be one of the most dramatic love stories of the year - slotting it at the very same high-caliber level (in terms of cinematography, acting and storyline) of films such as Out of Africa (released in 1985 and one of the sensational Meryl Streep's older works with co-star Robert Redford), The English Patient (1996) and the more recent Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

In The Painted Veil, Edward Norton plays Walter Fane, a reserved, gentle and sweet-tempered bacteriologist who falls placidly in love with a high-strung and rather precocious piano-playing beauty by the name of Kitty (Naomi Watts). By catching Kitty off-guard at a flower shop in town, Fane proposes in utmost (well-bred) politeness and warm sincerity. Dreading spinsterhood (constantly re-enforced by a taunting mother), Kitty readily agrees and the couple move to China where Fane practices his profession in Shanghai with fervour and skill. What tragically follows is squalid, ugly adultery, the aching pain of betrayal and the quiet determination of spirit - eventually leading to compassionate and a more 'refined' form of love. This two hour film is one that weaves its way around the discovery of self without an overwhelming dosage of melodrama. Nor is The Painted Veil an underwhelming tear-jerker (be sure to keep a box of tissues and a loved one within arms-reach).

Edward Norton's character representation in the movie has been carried out so brilliantly that his ratings as an actor are sure to place him in the category of A-grade Hollywood actors. With this film it is evident how dexterous Norton can be as an actor - he seems to fit into each of his roles without much effort at all. After films such as Fight Club, The Italian Job and Red Dragon, his portrayal of Fane in The Painted Veil, if carried out by any other actor, would have paled in comparison. It is almost as if the role was tailor-made for Norton.

In terms of its cinematography, the film has been shot superbly as it drifts from the present to the past and then back again. Besides, Watts and Norton's on-screen chemistry is pretty darn 'go-get-a-room' explosive. The anxiety in the air between the couple is tense and ripe, heavy too with shades of unrequited/tainted love. And as the movie progresses, you cannot help but to be absorbed and riveted by the lives of these two estranged lovers, amidst the backdrop of nationalist China and a life-threatening disease (cholera).

There is tremendous personality growth, self-analysis and lessons in humility that the main characters (especially Kitty) face in the length of the movie and if you're a woman, you'll find yourself questioning what a 'good' husband and a solid marriage ought to be 'made' of. Bad boys in fear of commitment come with a heavy price-tag and Kitty realizes just this when she has the door of soiled ardor slammed in her pale, pretty face.

Recognizing her ever-doting and tender Fane, Kitty begins to fall in love with the man who had once proposed to her months before in a flower shop.
But is it too late?

I give it ****.5/*****

Sunday, March 15, 2009

25 Facts About Me

1. I’m procrastinating most of the time.

2. My favorite film is the Shawshank Redemption, closely followed by Predator.

3. When i was younger I used to think every guy I saw wanted to rape me or every van i saw wanted to take me. I was paranoid.

4. I'm really really shy if I don't know you. Apparently I barely spoke when i was in kindergarten.

5. My music taste is pretty eclectic – it ranges from pop to metal to hip-hop to trance to classical and all the way back again.

6. My favorite store is Barnes and Noble..

7. I’ve been held at knife point.

8. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong time period..

9. I haven't ridden a bike since I was a student. I fell off one day, hurt my knee, and haven't had the courage or inclination to try again..

10. I hate beetroot.

11. The only sport I have been any good at is swimming.

12. I love cats.

13. My skin reacts badly to the sun, so I have to sit in the shade.

14. I dislike attention a lot. I wish I could be invisible.

15. I almost died when I was younger because something was wrong with my blood.

16. When I was in year seven it took me months to live down getting 100% in the end of year maths exam.

17. I can tell you the capital of pretty much every country in the world.

18. I love sport; football, tennis and rugby in particular, but I’ll get into pretty much anything except darts and golf.

19. My favorite painting is MonaLisa.

20. I keep meaning to learn to juggle.

21. I can play the harmonica.

22. I believe that whatever happens to you in life will only make you stronger and end up knowing the kind of person you really want to be.

23. I just don't give a shit really, i dress like a bum everyday..

24. I had bad self-image problems..

25. I’ve stopped procrastinating.

Hear me Out

You can't love anyone that way
more than once in a lifetime.
It's too hard and it hurts
too much when it ends.
The first boy is always
the hardest to get over.
It's just the way the world works.

Fuck Fuck

Live dangerously and you live right!


To all the bastards who once were in a woman's life, a good woman's life,
"think of me as you undo her dress. I hope you here my voice as you kiss her neck.
& as lust is screaming for release, I hope to god you’re remembering me."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Deal with me ;)

I would like to elaborate but this is my week to be blunt.

So deal with it!