Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Minerva, Synedoche and Metonymy

As we were standing in a circle outside office premises under a tree which had swarms of aunts on it in leaves and trunk, someone mentioned ‘Minerva Circle’, which triggered the ‘Minerva’ in me for better. Minerva is counterpart of goddess Saswati in Greek mythology. Who wrote mythology? It certainly not was a single person and not even the bunch of auteur in a single generation. Synecdoche and Metonymy are very interesting words. I watched Gulzar’s interview yesterday. Synecdoche is a parent class and Metonymy is a child class. Synecdoche means referring to something where the whole is meant and vice versa. For example: When you say ‘My stomach is hungry’: It actually means “I am hungry”.

Counter case would be : America used for USA or saying “India lost to England”, where you meant “Indian cricket team lost to English cricket team”

Metonymy is referring to something by something else: For example: Chair refers to power. Ballot refers to vote. 

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The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone was Rod Serling's vision to transform small screen by telling some peculiar tales. His stories are all pregnant with immense existential value. I have watched first few episodes and each one of them contains a self-sufficient story, independent of other episodes. The episodes I have watched, deal very vividly with the matters like loneliness, old age, death and nostalgia.

The opening dialogue(monologue?) in the beginning of every episode, in the voice of narrator Rod Serling is just mesmerizing:

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.

Rod Serling was writer and producer of this series and he had taken a great deal of risk when he decided to make something like this for TV. To narrate such ideas, on TV, in sixties, was very audacious and novel. I think he pretty much succeeded in what he was trying to accomplish: Entertaining me and you and all of us. Enjoy the series, with Black & White prints and consummate performers.

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Men In Black III

Men in Black III, was in a way Men in Black I for me, because I haven't watched any film in this series. Having seen Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, in various trailers, in last decade, I had an impression about the movie. First, it was a comedy for me, second it had pretty shallow exploitation of Extra-Terrestrials story. Those creatures which are mostly morons and ejaculate a lot of liquid when killed fill you with disgust and a few other film series have devalued ET theories in such a horrendous manner. I don't understand how people digest those low-life portrayals, when some of the stories like 2001: A Space Odyssey could so beautifully tell  about ET and humanity. It's not that I favor one over the other. I don't suggest that life forms, less evolved than us, are any less likely to exist, on other planets, than some super evolved beings. I only want to honestly admit that I love to see more evolved beings on big and small screens, in form of ETs than otherwise. The way they are shown does matter a lot.

Men in Black is good to watch if you like humour, action and Science-fiction. Will Smith is his normal self in this movie. Some action sequences are mind boggling, but since I had watched The Avengers very recently, they don't affect me much. The story starts becoming intriguing towards the climax and a few twists are worth the ride to cinema hall. Time Travel, Alien Invasion and Laser Guns are nothing new to watch; script is rotten and there is no great thrill in action if you have watched a great action movie recently.