I listened to the Nelly Furtado song I’m Like A Bird Nick Hornby writes about in his book 31 Songs sometime ago and I quite liked it. It spoke to me and for the rhythm it has I use it when I go on walks and need to escape the real world. The video was simple and there was no profanity or vulgarity anywhere which would be unreal in this day and age.
I will always be grateful to her for creating in me the narcotic need to hear her song again and again. It is, after all, a harmless need, easily satisfied, and there are few enough of those in the world.”
The song talks about not knowing where her home or soul is. Those are weighty matters considering most of the time I don’t even know where my phone is. Since it remains mostly in silent mode and sometimes finding it is actually a bother. Like today when the phone and I were in the same room and I still had trouble finding it. Before you ask me, no I don’t keep it in vibration mode well because it vibrates and that dilutes the effect of silence! I’m digressing but I do know where my home is. And beyond the noise of constant chatter of my mind is my soul, I think, now that I prefer silence I have some answers. If not, I am in real trouble.
Okay, see you later. Oliver has completely changed the way I see and hear the word later. It will never ever be the same again thanks to Andre Aciman and Armie Hammer. If you have not read or seen Call Me By Your Name what’s stopping you?! There is a very real chance I might
gush about ramble about them later. I’m not using later deliberately or for some effect, it is actually required. You don’t believe me? Alright don’t make me beg, go see the film and read the book, pretty please.
A Minor Incident by Badly Drawn Boy is a song I really like. The lyrics make sense and the tune is easy to latch on to. The scenario for which it is used in the movie is quite specific. Toni Collette plays Fiona, Marcus’s mother. The song is Fiona’s plea to Marcus (before she offs herself) to carry on living without her. And that she will be watching over him from up above the clouds(provided she goes to heaven). I first heard it in About a Boy which I found really endearing. Not many people agree with me on this but as per me it was one of the more mature performances of Hugh Grant.
The movie is fun to watch, has a good dose of tongue in cheek humour. The interactions of the worldly wise Marcus(played to perfection by Nicholas Hoult)who’s twelve with a thirty something, yet to grow up Will (played by Hugh Grant) who doesn’t work but goofs around and has no real purpose in life except perhaps finding people to date and be totally unattached. The hassle free life is his goal and he manages to live that way most of the time till his life collides with Marcus. It’s what they bring to each others lives and how they are both changed and see a new way of life, the order of things, the way they view life, through each others prisms forever alters their world views. The dialogues are funny and Nick Hornby
has to be given due credit because it is based on his novel
of the same name. I have read it and I liked it but somehow I liked the movie better than the book. I always try to read the book before seeing the movie if I know that the movie is based on a book but I didn’t know that this time around. May be I should read it again some time.
The movie begins with these lines-
Will: All men are islands. And what’s more, this is the time to be one. This is an island age. A hundred years ago, for example, you had to depend on other people. No one had TV or CDs or DVDs or home espresso makers. As a matter of fact they didn’t have anything cool. Whereas now you can make yourself a little island paradise. With the right supplies, and more importantly the right attitude, you can become sun-drenched, tropical, a magnet for young Swedish tourists.
It ends on a very different note. Lemme go and watch it again. You guys have a great Sunday.