Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Boys from Brazil

This is a movie directed by Franklin J.Schaffner and came out in 1978. Based on a book of the same name by Ira Levin. It is the story about an Ex-Nazi Hunter who learns about a sinister plan to start the fourth Reich. This plan is conceived by Joseph Mengele, the chief doctor of the Nazi concentration camp Aushwitz. His plan is to kill 94 civil servants of age around 65 in the next two and half years. See the movie to know more.
This is an old school thriller were the thrill is mostly in the atmosphere and not in the visuals. Movies nowadays aim for it cheaply by retreating more to visual gore and cheap thrills. But this one is a very good example of atmospheric thriller. There is hardly much going on visually other than guys talking for the most time, but for the climax(a very interesting climax).
I watched this movie mainly for the wonderful star cast, and the academy award nominated performance of Laurence Olivier. The acting is pure delight. Gregory Peck as the psychotic Joseph Mengele gives the creeps. Life long he played all good characters and this is one movie through which he balances all that. Laurence Olivier plays the austrian Ezra Lieberman, the Nazi Hunter, uncovering the plot. It is another one of his brilliant performances(not close to SLEUTH though). James Mason comes in a small role as the security officer for the operation.
The book would have made a real good thrilling read. For the movie, watch it mainly for the brilliant performances. Rating – 8/10

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The scented trail

Happily surviving encamped, in the cosy comforts,
Good food to eat, even better to ponder upon,
A shelter that sways not, not in a downpour,
Not in a heavy wind, persistently insisting me,
Not to leave, assuring me that I am safe within.

The woods outside, deep and dark, damp and bleak,
The moonlit stream, sparkling, cool and clear,
The mind vividly contemplating, those not seen and felt
Mildly seeking an escape from the familiar refuge.

A faint laugh, from outside; a figure shrouded in mystery,
Standing by the door, she walks towards me, her gait graceful,
Her smile enigmatic, her lips full and moist, her looks mischievous
And her glances beckoning, she nears me, caresses me kindly,
Whispers in my ears,'Do u realise that I have been waiting for you?'

A stare, obscure and penetrating, disturbs you more, I can vouch,
Swiftly she glides to the door, only to turn back and
Tempt me even more, the dusky light fills in as she moves out,
The misty forest, the scented trail and the full moon,
Sprawling Vividly as imagined, I move forward.

Running behind the ever so elusive, smitten by her charms
Her pace, fast enough to let me follow her flowery trails,
I come to a stand still, there she stands, by the moonlit stream,
The rustling water, the thumping heart, a thousand screams inside

'Did you come for me?', coyly she asks, with eyes sparkling
'Oh fair maiden, oh sweet thing of beauty, who might you be?'
The water still, the wind stiller, a thousand screams inside
She leans across, holds me near, a dulcet voice in my ear,
With a mystic smile, she says 'I, my dear, am your unwritten life'.

This is my maiden venture in poetry. By the time I completed writing this, I decided that I should not be attempting this any more :) Unless I come across another movie like 'The Brothers Bloom' by Rian Johnson and get inspired by it :)