The Girl On The Train

Hardly a well kept secret but a good reminder that I should read the novel before I watch the movie. What was a bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins turned into a mediocre thriller on celluloid. It’s rare that someone can turn an intricate thriller into an equally well-made movie – as was the case with Gone Girl.

Emily Bunt’s acting is spot on but her deranged look and coldness never lets the viewer sympathize with her condition. For the first half of the movie she establishes herself as an annoying psychopath and when the plot turns things end so quickly that you never have the chance to celebrate her existence in any way.

Certainly watchable but not worth preparing for shivers and screams. (4/10)

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Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

Living more with less has been a quest that’s been intriguing me for quite some time. My family often thinks I have gone cookoo when I decline their offer to buy me new fancy clothes from India, more stuff for the kitchen or when I am unable to let them know what I want for my birthday. But in all honesty, I find more peace when I own less “stuff” and whatever I own is organized. To the extent that last year (and this year again) I went through an exercise around Diwali that looked like this.

While I am not an extremist that lives in an empty apartment with just one chair and mattress I like to keep things streamlined and neat. A few things that help me do that are to constantly ask myself a few questions:

  • Have I used this item in the last six months? Or am I going to use it in the next six months?
  • Does this item bring me joy?
  • When I die will my family look at this and ask “what did she need THIS for”?

Having said that, I have the hardest time letting go of things that have any sort of emotional value but then you could say they bring me joy so I keep them around.

Minimalism is a documentary that kept me engaged throughout its 79 minutes runtime because it’s from the heart, not extreme in any way and shows you how this concept has changed the lives of many people that have adapted this lifetime in whatever way they saw fit. It also rebels against the corporate “lock up” that I also feel a bit burdened by from time to time. What an irony that I work in the advertising industry which essentially goes against my grain to the hilt. Maybe early retirement is a dream that may come true one day.

There are ways to live a more meaningful life and this documentary shows you stories of many that are. (10/10)

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The Good Lie

Beautifully showcasing how an unexpected external circumstance can turn your life upside down. A handful of Sudanese siblings and friends walk thousands of miles to get to a refugee camp after their families are brutally murdered. Years later they are given an opportunity to migrate to the US. Once they arrive you can clearly see the prejudices the white world has at first sight. Never judge a book by its cover holds true as ever in this case. If you spend time reading even a single chapter of their lives you’ll understand what they are made of and what sacrifices they have and will make. (8/10)