Multiple tidbits of trivialities, mostly pertaining to movies:

  • Watched Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and it was a letdown compared to the previous Potter movies – no interesting characters, no exciting moments, and bland humor. Above all, I feel the most serious difference between the earlier Potter movies and the present one, is that the pre-Phoenix Potter was this small frail kid, rendered extraordinary through his budding magical prowess, while the Potter in this movie is a rather muscular teenager waving a magical wand and ends up looking rather wimpy. I’d have preferred Harry walk up to Voldemort, break his twig of a wand into two, and engage in some good ol’ fashioned dishum-dishum. I suppose the book comes across as being much better, given a greater level of detail and freedom in conjuring up characters.
  • Watched The Bourne Ultimatum and it is one gripping edge-of-the-seat kind of movie that has me motivated ’bout reading the book. Its interesting to contrast the character of Jason Bourne and James Bond – the same initials, similar occupations but at opposite ends of the spectrum in most other aspects. They ought to be cast in one movie, with a CIA-MI6 face-off theme.
  • Two books that I have read partly, that will be released as movies – The Kite Runner and Shantaram. The Kite Runner is a priority since the movie releases in November. Shantaram, the movie, has not yet got around to putting together a complete cast, so I suppose the book will have to wait. Shantaram is being directed by Mira Nair and stars Johnny Depp and Amitabh Bachchan. Quite some contrast, that!
  • Over the course of a meeting with friends of my roommate from Spain, I asked them what they thought of Almodóvar’s movies. Cutting out the expletives, the general opinion was that his movies are not as popular within Spain as they are internationally, and that the themes discussed do not reflect realities. Reminded me of Indian directors such as Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair and the difference in opinion within and outside India concerning their movies.