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FIGHT CLUB MOVIE REVIEW

FIGHT CLUB
Directed by David Fincher and stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter, Fight Club is an adaptation of the novel “Fight Club” written by Chuck Palahnuik. There is one thing that can be said about fight club, either you will really love it or you will really hate it. There is just no middle path about it.

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I for one liked the movie. The movie has everything in it to make it a cult film. “An average men lives a life of quiet desperation”, Fight Club not only brings out that desperation but twists it, shows a form of vent and provides you with a hell of a climax. The film has great one liners :
“The first rule of fight club is do not talk about fight club”
“Self improvement is masturbation”
“We just lost cabin pressure”

“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. ”

“Now, a question of etiquette – as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch? ”

and a host of others. The narration is where the movie really scores. The direction and performances are sterling to say the least.
The film is not just a story but a way of life, a philosophy in making. The philosophy is anti consumerism , and advocates a nihilistic approach.
Norton plays the role of an average guy stuck in cubicle and an insomniac. He was so screwed up that he becomes addicted to support groups and this is where he met Helena, who also was a faker. There is no way out for him till he met Brad Pitt and his life changed forever. He moves in with him and started the life that Brad Pitt (Tyler) was living. Brad Pitt has really interesting theories about life and it amuses and contradicts everything we believe in but makes a point too. Fight Club was formed as a result of pent up frustration and no way to get it out. Slowly but certainly the number of members in fight club starts increasing and in time it was opened in a couple of places. The film concludes with “Project Mayhem” and a dramatic end.
Watch the movie once for you may really like it or you will really hate me for recommending it to you.

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Death of Indian Democracy

Guest post by Dilip Namboodiri.

Mandir toh ban jaayega
Par Ram kahaan se laoge?
Uss masjid ki deewaron ko
Kya pak kabhi kar paoge?
Jis chaukat pe log jale
Ram wahaan na jaayenge
Jin galiyon mein khoon gira
Bhagwaan kya reh paayenge?

Sept 30th 2010 was the second death of Indian democracy!(the first in
1992 when the masjid was demolished).The people who hail the verdict
are either ignorant to fundamental Indian ethos like equality and
secularism or blind to humn logic.

Having lived most of my life in Goa i know that many beautiful
churches in Goa built by the Portugese were built by destruction of
mosques or temples.This happened about 500 years ago,about the same
time that the Babri Masjid was built.If we would go by whims of
fundamentalist Hindus, every second religious structure that belong to
the minorities would be wiped off from India.But this is not the
case.So whats different aout the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya?…..But of
course it is the birthplace of LORD RAM!! (according to the court
verdict)

How on earth can a court of law give a verdict on a matter of
faith??Aren’t courts supposed to adhere to something called
“EVIDENCE”?

As i read i come across another discrepancy.The verdict clearly states
that no temple was destroyed and the 12th century temple was in utter
ruins when the mosque was built above it.It then claims that Lord Ram
was born exactly below the dome of the former babri mosque.Now a
temple lies in ruins for more than 200 years.On what kind of evidence
have you deciphered that Lord Ram was born exactly where the dome was
situated?(if at all Lord Ram was born there which in itself is based
only on faith).Records clearly state that the hall and the inner
courtyard were always used by the Muslims for namaaz and the outer
courtyard was used by Hindus.One fine day,in the wee hours of 12th
December,1949, the idol is taken and placed under the central dome of
the mosque and from that day onwards the place under the central dome
is Ram Janmbhoomi.And on September 30th 2010 the court agrees to
it.That’s when ugly turned into ridiculous.Lord Ram,for me,was born on
the 12th of December 1949 exactly below the central dome where a
Masjid once existed.Well,in that sense,i guess the court has got it
spot on.

Now lets forget the verdict.Let’s assume 2 facts .Lord Ram was born in
Ayodhya exactly where the mosque was built and that the mosque was
built by destroying the temple Is that reason to tear down a 500 year
old mosque to shambles and build a temple in place?(My answer is No
but if yours is Yes then i have one more question for you).If a
revered Muslim saint was found to have been born at a place where a
present day temple exists(hypothetically of course)would the Hindus
give away the temple and allow a mosque to be built?The answer,i’m
sure,is a unanimous NO.Then Why the inconsistency?Where’s
equality?Where’s secularism?

Even after the demolition and subsequent rioting,there was an
incorrigible optimist in me that had faith in the Indian democracy
hoping that atleast the judiciary would not disappoint.Alas it has!And
the optimist is dead!

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Climate Change. How serious is it?

Copenhagen, Copenhagen and Copenhagen is all that i have heard in recent days. Since i knew nothing about the topic i thought may be i should try and find something out about this climate change and all the fuss it is creating. The first article that i read gave me some wonderful insight.Now this article was not at all like the other articles which predict that if climate change is not arrested then that would mean the annihilation of mankind from the Universe. True it says that we may have to face some hardships but to say that climate change is responsible for all the natural calamities is far fetched.

Now like all of you i too wanted to refute the claim and call them just another bunch of naysayers who would open his eyes and see the reality but there was a problem. This guy was a nobel prize winner and hence his account must mean something,should not it?

To my surprise i found out that the dire predictions of climate change is not unanimous among climate change scientists. Patrick Michaels and John Cristy are just two names who claim that the fears are greatly exaggerated. Not only this they also accused the IPCC(International Panel on Climate Change) of censoring their views and making it hard for their papers to be published in the journals. They claim that those who have not toed the official line have been shown the door. According to Michaels, the warm temperature that we are experiencing now had been there in the past too. In the period around 1100 AD was the medieval warm period and then there was a little ice age in the period from 16th to 19th century. Not only this he also says that IPCC has manipulated the climate change datas and now according to them no such medieval period exists.Well if this is true then it surely does seem that all the hoarse cries about climate change is hollow and the fact that IPCC is trying to censor something sure gives me the feeling that something is wrong. Dont know for sure but it was nice knowing or hearing the argument of the other side for once.

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