Poem: 2013, the year’s review.

A year in review!
2013, what can I say
about you?
You carried with you a terrible burden
’13’ gleaming
like the haunting of ghastly nature.
You lingered as if taunting
high and mighty all year
and in you we saw something of awe
you gave us 11/12/13
with a rippling roar
and sent twitter all aflutter
I dare say somewhere
a bird lay tired from the flurry.
It was a year that halted for me
all the events
and time ticked so slowly
I, suspended in midair
brawn and brain nothing
but a decorative pineatta in the air
and so gravity went topsy-turvy
and I threw hopes
at nothing more than the glimmer of days
and wasted hours beneath sun selling wares.
Lessons I learnt aplenty
at times even felt like a kid
and the world a giant classroom
with a stern teacher at its head.
Nothing more you gave
and ever more you took
of memories, a mixed bag of things.
And as you drew close
the walls let go
and amongst new grounds I stood
as glorious as though a flower in hopes of spring.
Though harsh you have been
you have brought daring
to a timid thing
and surprising ideas swept
the mind and I dove
towards making ones own opportunity.
While you stood at the cusp of your end
you yielded and showed kindness
untainting your very stigma from 13,
and as you turned, you offered gifts
gifts or grand dreams,
of many streams,
a map of sorts,
all to lead
down the roads
of 2014.

Let’s try reviewing, shall I?

God help you, I’m doing my first film review!

As most of you know, I’ve only recently gotten back from a three week holiday to Nepal. In those three weeks I spend more than a week and a half traveling to and from India; first time ever for me. India trip has nothing to do with this review other than the fact that the movie I’m reviewing was Indian.

I’ve grown up watching Indian cinema. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the ugly, and the ones they should have burned while still in the can, or hit delete. In fact, I’ve seen some shocking ones that should have never ever been made.

The movie I’m reviewing today is perhaps a very recent addition to giant shelf of Bollywood movies: Krissh 3. Funny thing is, it’s a third movie in the sequel (and I hope I’m spelling these correctly): Koi mil gaya, Krissh, and now Krissh 3. First of all, where did Krissh 2 go??? Abducted by some unseen, unknown alien? Or simply forgotten? Bizzare! Obviously, the Sci-fi world of Indian cinema is far more sophisticated and layered than that of Hollywood; a whole movie went missing and no ones that much wiser.

Where did I see Krissh 3? In a cinema complex in Nepal, 2 minutes walk from my cousin’s place. Holy moly, that was impressive. Try and find a cinema that close to my house in Sydney and you would fail! You’d have to drive, but there, they had at least two cinema complex within walking distance.

Now, Krissh 3 wasn’t a bad movie, it couldn’t be, because the main actor in it is one of Bollywood’s finest, so in regards to the acting calibre of the cast it was quite good. The SFX of the movie, and there were plenty of it, wasn’t half as bad either. In fact, they were done well except some bits where the job was obviously rushed as the release date loomed closer.

I rate this movie about 3 out of 5. I’m being generous because I loved the cast. As for the story itself? I truly can’t give any due credit to the writer(s) that penned it. Why? Well, let’s see. Krissh 3 made me feel like I was having constant déjà vu from start to finish. It resembled most strongly of X-men, movies I happen to love. The main villain, Kaal (a.k.a death), such a clichéd and unimaginative name, resembled Professor Xavier, except imagine he had a Jackyl and Hyde thing going on. Kaal also seemed to have Magneto’s powers, and his sidekick, Maya (a.k.a illusion) strongly smelled of Mystique.

Apparently the writers of X-men may have indirectly influenced the entirety of this newest installment in the Krissh series. Other bits of the movie seemed to copy and paste ideas and running themes from Hollywood infectious disease movies such as Outbreak, Contagion and the likes.

Overall, I wasn’t impressed with the whole story. It lacked originality to a certain degree, and the true essence of a good movie always lies in the story, the casting and location coming in second to that. All I can say is that Krissh 3 seemed to rely on the popularity of its main cast and the new found joy in heavy SFX.

Though it was a joy to watch, because I was almost playing ‘guess which movie this bit’s from’, I do have to be honest and say it wasn’t one of Bollywood’s best.

Either way, whether you like Sci-fi, action, singing and dancing, or play guessing game, you may enjoy it.