Interstellar – Nolan Reaching for the Stars

InterstellarHumanity is on the verge of extinction and we have to look at the stars to secure our future. There are severe dust storms on a regular basis on Earth and we will suffocate, if we do not starve first.  McConaughey is recruited to pilot a spacecraft after some mysterious incidents lead him to NASA. A wormhole has appeared beside Saturn 48 years back and they must now venture through it in search of new worlds.

Nolan loves his toys. He toys around with the idea of relativity just as he did in his earlier movie, Interstellar. That said, Interstellar is perhaps his best work yet. There are flaws, but in the end, you will choose to just ignore them. This is sheer brilliance, the way Nolan and his team go about imagining new worlds. One issue that I always have with science fiction features is that they are not believable. I would love to watch such a movie that blends the vfx with the real in such a way that the brain can process it as rational. District 9 achieved that, and, needless to say, Interstellar passes the test with flying colors.
There’s not a single member in the cast who underperforms in the entirety of the almost 3 hour long movie. Interstellar in itself is a feast to eyes sore from watching unnecessary, foolishly-made sci-fi.

About the cast, Matthew Mcconaughey goes heavy on his accent now made famous with his outing in True Detective, but he really shines as the one taking the movie forward and giving meaning to several disjointed scenes. Mackenzie Foy as the young Murphy shines as the loving daughter who doesn’t care about anything and just wants her father by her side. Jessica Chastain as the grown-up Murphy is also very good and shines wherever she is placed. Michael Caine is wasted as he doesn’t get any definitive scenes and may, at times, seem repetitive saying the same poem again and again. Anne Hathaway is good as a supporting actor. She cries her way through the film. There’s one thing about her character that I disliked but more on that later. TARS as the robot accompanying them on their world-saving mission is lovable.

The movie slows down to a crawl in the middle and we hear Anne Hathaway lecture us on love and its infinite possibilities for a few minutes. That was really unexpected!

For the rest, however, you need to watch this movie, and trust me, you will not regret it!


Inbox by GMail : A Review

It’s already November the 3rd here. The Android Lollipop update has not yet arrived on my Nexus 5, but Google was kind enough to send me an invite for their new app, Inbox by Gmail. And these last few days, I have been testing the app. Along with the app, you can also access, the web interface, once you receive the invite. So here is what I think about it.

We all like updates and the new features/enhancements they bring with them. Changes in the background, performance tweaks, power enhancements – are all well and good, but these rarely are even noticed by the average phone user. However, if there are UI enhancements, a few drool-worthy new icons here, a new launch animation there, a new theme somewhere, and you have everyone hooked. That is what Android 5.0 Lollipop brings to the table. This is perhaps the biggest UI overhaul since Android was launched. We all are eagerly waiting for this update, but to keep us satiated, Google has been busy pushing updates to major Google apps for the last few weeks. Personally, I love the latest Play Music update, and I love the Inbox app as well.

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I don’t know how much smoother things will look with the 60fps animations of Lollipop, but the animations still look flawless and smooth on my Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Setting up the Inbox app is a breeze, and Google does all the heavy-lifting by itself, sorting all of your mails and grouping them, so that you get reminders of the next flight you got to take, the shipping of your package from your favourite etailer, and so on.

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If you need to mark the message as done, just slide from left-to-right. If you want to be reminded about the message, just slide from left-to-right and you can specify a time after which you will be reminded about the message again. Touching the big red ‘+’ button on the lower right of the screen presents several options, one of which is a reminder option. Yes, Google Keep still has its place, but I have stopped using Keep for reminders now!

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Pressing the 3 horizontal lines on the left side opens up another sliding menu which lists all the grouped headings. Also find a GooglePlus – esque background behind your profile picture! The app looks very polished, and I love running stock Android on my phone. Request an invite from