I'm a Goan woman, working in Mumbai as the founder of a studio called Totem Creative. I try to make the world happier, safer and more meaningful. I believe education, knowledge and awareness, art, writing and creating Social Impact are my means to achieve that end.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Inside Out, Terminator Genesis, Jurassic World, Minions, Black Mirror Reviews

Quick review of films watched last 2 weeks!

Inside out: Absolutely beautiful! The design wasn't extremely unique, but the thought behind it and the storytelling was lovely! It didn't follow the usual pixar story structure with one character and his/her arc (which is also awesome), but was great nevertheless.

Terminator: Genysis: I didn't have extremely high hopes for this film, but it was really below whatever expectations I had. The action was good, but they took some of the iconic shots from the originals. The storyline was haphazard and the time-travelling was so overused. The characters really needed to be fleshed out better and Khaleesi was terrible casting for Sarah Connor. She looked chubby and cute instead of badass, and trust me, I love Emilia Clarke. But no. The rest were pansies, besides Schwarzenegger of course. He never ceases to be awesome as the terminator (a.k.a: Pops)

Jurassic World: I really regret not seeing this in the theatre. Lakshmi totally gave it a rotten rating, so we downloaded a decent print and gave it a shot. I absolutely LOVED it. I LOVED the action, LOVED the Chris Pratt, and LOVED the dinosaurs! I felt like going home and reading all my books on dinosaurs again. The VFX was stunning, and the animation of all the dinos was top notch. Give it a watch in 3D if you guys can.

Minions: I was gonna go for a film Ishan suggested - Killa. But we got late by 15 mins and I didn't want to watch it like that, so I went for Minions with Akshay Arvind. The three of us laughed so much throughout and it was super fun! I'm not a despicable me fan, but the minions and the main villian - 'Scarlet' were hilarious. I noticed the amazing character design and boarding, hats off to them for making us come out laughing like that! Absolute fun.

Black Mirror: Lastly on a more serious note, this TV series is the most thought provoking and intellectually stimulating series I've ever seen. It really deserves a special mention, and I have been meaning to write so much about it, but I get speechless (literally) by the end of each episode. This series COULD NOT be more Unrrated. Thanks Ishan was the passed on recommendation.

Hope you guys can share what you all thought of these films and Black Mirror, and we can discuss it wherever! ;) Cheers! Over and out.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sebastião Salgado - TED Talk on The silent drama of photography

This isn't related to art, but it's so important that I had to share it on as many platforms possible.
What an absolutely insightful, thought-provoking and inspiring story. I hope this spreads like wildfire and touches people the way it touched me. Humanity has gone at all lengths to destroy itself. I really hope for once, we reconstruct to restore balance.

Please send this to as many people as you can to create awareness, and hopefully it would reach governments and important officials who can help us plant more trees and kill fewer animals.

Economics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places.