Books and Movies in 2008

January 1, 2009 by
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Short overview of movies I watched and (non-technical) books I read in 2008

Movies

New/Recent

  1. Mithya – Watch it for Ranvir Shorey
  2. Lives of Others – Recommended watch
  3. Persepolis – ok
  4. Aamir – Brilliant movie by a debutant director, hope he doesn’t go into trap of ‘I came talented but bollywood ruined me’.
  5. A Wednesday – Such movies are not made very often, not in bollywood at least.
  6. Dasvidaniya – It is no masterpiece but definitely a good movie, wish they made more this.
  7. Khuda ke liye – Recommended, good take on a complicated topic
  8. Quantum of Solace
  9. Dark Knight – Recommended

Caught up

  1. Memento
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. The Shop on Main Street – Watch it to find out why this 1965 Czechoslovakian movie is so highly regarded. Wonderful watch.
  4. 8 1/2 – Difficult to watch
  5. Pyasa – Could complete it only in second attempt, but you realise why this movie is consistently rated in all time best 100 movies across the globe.
  6. No man’s land – Must watch

Would have loved to watch

  1. Tahaan
  2. Mumbai Meri Jaan
  3. Taare Zameen Par

(Non Technical ) Books – (Sad that could not read more)

  1. Old man and the sea – Hemmingway got Nobel prize but I felt they would have given him for a different story in the same book !! Image of the old man Santiago will remain fresh in your mind long after you finish the book.
  2. How to lie with statistics – Few things don’t age with time, this book must be one of those.
  3. The Zen way – What do I say about this masterpiece by Alan Watts– let me put the reviews I got from rbag Amazon Rating 4.5/5 | Worth a couple dozen other books on Zen Buddhism | Alan Watts at his best. | The Way of Zen is an excellent introduction to Zen Buddhism... There is one thing I would like to add though – this book is about eastern philosophy and contains questions like God is abstract or absolute, which may or may not bind you.
  4. It is not about the bike – Good read, recommended.

I can hear the crackers outside, so it must be 09 now and I should stop writing. Happy New Year 2009.

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