Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Notable movies of 2011

Notable movies of 2011:
These movies impacted me in 2011. I recommend them if you haven't seen them yet. I'll write more about each soon. 

This thriller will keep you guessing the whole movie. Its very well acted and well written.

Drive (2011)
Ryan Gossling and so the movie itself is so beautiful. Gritty and real.

Limitless (2011)
This movie is just pure fun. Don't expect anything mind bending. Not very realistic.

Made me want to become a director. Shows how big the universe is and yet how precious live is.

Surprisingly fun and fresh.

Rom Com
Great plot, very unexpected ending. Did I mention Ryan Gossling is in it?
50/50 (2011)
Gritty and real but still funny
Bridesmaids (2011)
Oh my gosh! Don't let the kids watch this!!

Sometimes you need to watch this after a hard day at the office.

Cute movie

Sci Fi
Melancholia (2011)
What would really happen if another planet came near to crashing into Earth? This movie very intimately shows what might happen by focusing on two sisters and their families, each react to the event in their own way. Kirsten Dunst plays a strong woman on her wedding day. She holds a high position in a marketing company who now faces the possible end of the world. There's much interaction with her cold mother, play boy father, controlling sister, and most fascinating of all, her calm collected brother in law, played by Kiefer Sutherland. The movie creates a very strong emotional reaction. My husband says its one of the best sci fi movies he's ever seen. I won't go that far, but can't help think about it regularly even after several weeks.
In Time (2011)
It would happen, and now it has. The 99 percent protest movie. Money is Time serves as the movie's premise. Rich people have lots of time. Poor people live day to day. The creators of the movie flesh out the concept and we end up with a fun movie. They create a very strong simulacrum with our US economy, but the metaphor breaks down at a fine point.  I'll have to write more on this in a separate blog post!

Well done. The main character is an ape and we fall in love with him and cheer for him.
Super 8 (2011)
Scary and fun.
Great movie from beginning to end.
Real Steel (2011)
Even if my friend wasn't in this fun movie, I'd still have gone to see it for Hugh Jackman and robots!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Best Five books of 2011

Studies and common sense tell us that decisions are stressful. Deciding which four books to select as the best out of the 50 books I've finished so far this year is definitely a stressful decision. Note this books may have been written in other years, but I only finished reading them this year.

The categories will be:
Best Non Fiction Personal Development
Best Non Fiction Business Development
Best Biography
Best Science Fiction
Best General Fiction

I've written articles on most of these already in my blog.

Best Non Fiction Personal Development
The Social Animal (****) by David Brooks

Best Non Fiction Business Development
The Ultimate Sales Machine (****)  By Chet Holmes

Best Biography
American Prometheus The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (****) By Kia Bird and Martin J. Sherwin

Best Science Fiction
Makers (***) by Cory Doctorow
Cory wrote an epic book of our near future when 3d printers begin changing the way we buy things and what we value. Cory's wrote a tighter plot in his other novel Little Brother, but the journey isn't as imaginative.

Best General Fiction
 The White Tiger (****) By Aravind Adiga

If you only read these 5 books, you'll have missed out on a lot of wonderful books, but you'll still get a good set of books.

Friday, December 2, 2011

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga book Review

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Author Aravind Adiga in The White Tiger does for the political curruption in India what Charles Dickens does in Bleak House for court systems in England. Both create funny engaging stories full of vivid characters and griping descriptions of poverty.
What does an entrepreneur look like in Banglaor? According to the Balram Haliway, the main character in Aravind Adiga’s book, he looks like a White Tiger. Only one born every thousand years.
The poor village man in India travels to be come a servant in the big city. This man “lives in darkness.” The poor in India do not escape because they are like rosters looked in a cage. Their cage is that if they escaped the huge families they left back at home will be murdered as retribution. Because their family is all they have, they do not dare escape.
Balram, which means boy, tells his story to a Chinese official who wants to know how to turn China into a land of entrepreneurship.

The story of Balram doesn’t leave out any grim or grit which he lives in in India. We watch him slowly become more sophisticated as he comes of age. The writing evokes strong emotions in the reader from disgust at the skin diseases and the prostitution in India to excitement of getting a job as a driver for a rich family.  

Adiga writes so that the reader feels each moment of Balrams life from poor village child to owning his own successful company in Bangalore. He uses sensory language to make it pierce the reader. You won’t escape from this book without the smell of a slum. Read it if you are fearless and are ready to head into "the darkness."