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Why We Must Wash Our Hands

There’s so much and so little that the movie Contagion (2011) tells. From the guy who brought Sex, Lies, and Videotape close to my heart, here comes Steven Soderbergh in his newest directorial foray, Contagion. With an all-star cast and a tried and tested storyline, Soderbergh brings us this disjointed mess of a film. The whole movie seemed quite random, filled with establishing scenes and disconnected subplots. And as such, there is actually nothing to spoil in this movie; nor is there anything that kept me on the edge of my seat- in fact, the whole movie kept me slumped in my seat waiting for the whole thing to end.

Contagion shows no clear deterioration of society and in the end, there is no catharsis. It doesn’t resolve anything that goes on for the past hour and thirty minutes, neither does any unifying theme stand out. To top it all off, it had a completely wasted all-star cast. Each character could’ve been removed without consequence and nothing would’ve mattered. Kate Winslet was somewhat forgotten somewhere in the middle. Matt Damon was a sad man all throughout. Gwyneth Paltrow’s acting prowess came out in photographs. Laurence Fishburne might as well could’ve been a character on TV. And the amazing Marion Cotillard was wasted. None of these characters were intertwined and none of them seemed worth caring for at all. You kinda just sit and wish that they’d all die at some point, just to make something happen.

Then something hit me right in the middle of writing all this down. I realized I care about movies too much to see them go to waste like this. If any more movies like Contagion start spreading like the plague (sorry, I had to), next time, I’d rather not know.


Tasty WKW

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

My Blueberry Nights (2007)

My Blueberry Nights (2007): 2.5/5

Sitting through the newest Wong Kar Wai film ‘My Blueberry Nights’ is like ending a meal with whatever dessert’s there to eat- it may not be what you’re craving for, it may not be all that good ,but hey any dessert is dessert. And before anything else, Norah Jones is a bad actress (‘bad’is an understatement) and the tried and tested WKW charm clearly doesn’t work in the English language.

It’s a film with expectedly beautiful cinematography as delicious as blueberry pie and visuals to make one slobber at the ingenious use of colors blue, red, and purple- but quite sadly, not to the advantage of the overall narrative. Unnatural screenplay + mediocre story+ endless ‘motion blur’ filming + annoying Natalie Portman sequence = there goes my blueberry afternoon.