Monday October 22, 2018

Watch it, weekend it: A personal and downloadable film festival

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By Atul Mishra

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Having been hell hammered in the humdrum hullabaloo of this week, it’s time to roll-coast your rides on cinematic reels. NewsGram brings to you your personal film festival to be enjoyed over the weekend.

Make this weekend a kink in your monotonous life with the magic of movies. Here’s what you should download and kill the hamartia of your busy life:

Mean Streets (1973)

Director – Martin Scorsese

A strange mixture of seedy violence, frank nudity and the sort of language you’d expect to hear from gangsters in New York’s Little Italy, the film is drenched in a veil of Catholic guilt (lead Harvey Keitel, as Charlie, a small-time hood who knows that he should get the hell out of the game, constantly chastises and tests himself) and seems to act as a permanent celluloid confessional for Scorsese’s baser instincts.

For this alone, this gritty Lower East Side drama would be worth noting, but it’s also shot through with hints of Scorsese’s virtuosity (the wonderful pop-infused soundtrack and the scene where a drunk Keitel teeters through a bar in one disorienting shot), and tantalizing glimpses of his future preoccupations: gangsters, the mores of masculinity and a rich and varied partnership with one Mr. Robert De Niro.

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Blue is the Warmest Colour (2013)

Director – Abdellatif Kechiche

This film centers around a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure.

That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction. After Scorsese’s mafia masturbation, this film will leave you blue and light.

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When Nietzsche Wept (2007)

Director – Pinchas Perry

Set in the year 1882, director Pinchas Perry’s adaptation of Irvin D. Yalom’s fictional 1992 novel finds a depressed Friedrich Nietzsche seeking out the advice of pioneering psychoanalyst Josef Breuer for help in battling mental malaise. The portrayal of Nietzsche and that of the rare humanity of other characters as they confronted their obsessions and limitations will draw you into rapt attention at the next plot development.

The film is an exploration of the hypothetical conjunction of Nietzsche and Breuer’s and Freud’s destinies and the development of psychoanalysis, of which Nietzsche’s thoughts played a significant part. The scene where Nietzsche gets angry at the chauffeur for having beaten his horse and then getting mad and enraged, or the mad girl’s love making scene with Breuer and the epiphany that follows will leave you enthralled.

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4 Gentle Online Games That Make You Smarter

Playing games is necessary for all age groups as games keep our brain alert and active by making it do a lot of tasks quickly.

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There’s always a child in each one of us who loves to play, sing and do whatever he/she feels like doing. As we grow up, we tend to repress that child, and give up the childlike innocence and playfulness. The basic reason for the child in us getting repressed is our stopping to play sports and games. Sports activities are perhaps the most effective stress busters. But it’s not easy to pursue sports once one starts a professional career, except for sportspeople. Hence, online games have become popular with working people these days.  The hunger for playing games and winning in them has been fueled by the variety of online games available to the masses.

Playing gentle social games such as online rummy, which involves using mental skills and strategies and boosts our response mechanism, is both good and easy for working people. As a result, mental, calculative games like rummy and quizzes are fast becoming the numero uno choice of the netizens. Some of the most popular virtual games are as follows:

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Online Rummy: The virtual version of our age-old rummy has retained the charm of the game. The game has touched a new pinnacle of adoration and fan following as a number of sites now effectively teach how to play rummy online. Virtual rummy is played both cashless as well as on cash rummy sites. Cash rummy sites are more popular as they offer the player a chance to win cash in each game.

Online Quizzes: Online quizzes are a good pastime if you like to get your knowledge tested and updated. From fun quiz questions like “Who is your dream boyfriend/girlfriend?” or “Who is the celebrity you would wish to date?” to more serious ones that test your IQ or knowledge of world affairs, there is no shortage of questions to be answered in your leisure time.

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Online Ludo: Remember those blue, green, yellow and red checks on a square board with matching pegs? Yes, we all do, and that’s a part of our childhood we all cherish. Don’t be sad if you don’t find a partner who loves ludo as much as you do. An online version of the board game is available. A nostalgic and fun way to enjoy your leisure hours is to play online ludo.

Online Scrabble: If you’re proud of your vocabulary and love to show off the bombastic words in your armory, then you must be a fan of the game of Scrabble. If you want to use your vocabulary to win a game, you can always enjoy a round of online Scrabble.

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An online version of the board game is available.

Playing games is necessary for all age groups as games keep our brain alert and active by making it do a lot of tasks quickly and attentively. Thus, the online world has given us a new playground to explore and enjoy ourselves as much as one wishes.