Sunday, January 1, 2012
In Love with THE NEW- courtesy: THE OLD!
I have always liked watching movies.. No seriously!..I can spend days with my laptop and an internet connection! As a matter of fact there was a time when I used to submerge myself in the world of movies. I remember watching 6-7 movies a day back to back. Such a freak I was! Movies Freak!
Among all kind of movies, ones with sequences enamor me the most. LOTR being the best in my list, Bourne Series is a close second. Yesterday I was watching Die Hard 2 and then I saw Die hard 3. I realised that they actually came up with fantastic stuff! Bruce Willis at his raw best! Action ...Adventure and the thrill..Almost just perfect! Before Sunrise(1995), the best romantic movie till now I must add!, faded and ended with a promise that the couple will meet again in next six months. The next in series came in 2004 and it showed how they had changed with time. Obviously they never met again in six months but had to wait for good 9 years to meet again. And then with the new sequence you refresh your memories of the time when you had seen the earlier one. You remember the anxiousness and the anticipation you had to know what will happen next! And when you saw the next one you again live the similar moments..for once more..!
The same thing happened with me while I was watching Star Wars. Though personally I did not like the movies, not a single one of them except the latest one!, the way it was treated and the vision the director had in late 70s is definitely worth admiring. In case of Bourne Series, with every sequence, you see the people changing..in physique..in the way they carry themselves...in the way they act etc! Matt Damon definitely grew up as an actor with these movies and yes it clearly shows. Mission Impossible is the another one that makes me nostalgic. I remember I was in school when I first saw MI-1 and today with the fourth installment in theaters, trust me.. it is a lot more than just a movie!
So what is so special about the movies with sequences? Well I personally believe that they not just carry the story forward but they also travel with time. Since the media is the best mirror of the society and its culture, the advancement in the quality of the mirror definitely improves the quality of the image. Everything changes..surroundings..behavior of people... style of acting...directing...fashion...science and technology...everything. And yes, that very everything is captured and then reflected back with fresh thoughts and a new story.. A story that carries forward the chain of imaginations and transcends it to the next level. See, how fascinating it is to witness the change...especially when you yourself were and are a part of it!
These changes constantly remind me that today whatever is new will change to become obsolete tomorrow. But the ideas...the thought process...and the memories will make the obsolete refreshing again in the future. Actually it is because of the old only that we are able to appreciate the new, for we conjure our new starting from where we stopped at the end of the old! And it is because of the deeds in the old, that we see the new strings of imaginations and thoughts being added to the same. Yes, it is because of the old that the factors of nostalgia always confront us and remind us that the time is changing!
Today, now that I see another new beginning with the new year, I wonder what the new changes will be? I am pretty sure that few years later, when 2011 will be a distant past, I will again reminisce this very time...and movies definitely will play the most important role...in my life at least... to remind me of this very fact.. that yes we are growing up!
Happy New Year my friends.. Let the old one, which was carrying us till yesterday, actually see that we left it too far when we soared with the newness of the new year..!