Friday, May 30, 2014

The Last King of Scotland

I have seen it yesterday. Forest Whitaker fully deserves the best actor Oscar. This film is based on the events during 1971 to 1978 during the regime of the Ugandan ruler, Idi Amin. I have seen some pictures of Idi Amin Dada and some videos too and I am impressed by Whitaker's get up and performance. Nice direction by Kevin MacDonald. The film covers scenes from the perspective of Amin's personal physician, Dr. Nicolas Garrigan, a Scottish doctor, played admirably well by James McAvoy. The support roles of Gillian Anderson and Kerry Washington are also adequate enough. The film covers events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. The music by Alex Heffes is effective, particularly during the torture scenes of Dr. Garrigan at the airport. Most of the film is based on the experiences of a young Scottish doctor who becomes a confidante of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Dr. Garrigan sees Africa as a young enthusiast who is bored of his life in Scotland. He considers it an adventure in Uganda - a playground of experiences. He falls for the charisma of Amin and he is totally oblivious to the atrocities that were being committed in Uganda.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

The third piano concerto of Beethoven holds an important place among all piano concerti. Beethoven had given credit to Mozart's C Minor twenty fourth piano concerto as a major inspirational force for this C Minor Concerto. This concerto, as Eroica Symphony, broke away from the classic idiom of the first two piano concerti with its melodic force and solo bravura. The initial quiet theme that introduces the concerto arrests the listener with its shape and allows for plenty of elaborative scope. The use of the timpani in the cadenza is also unique. These are the few small things that made this concerto break away from the classical age into the Romantic era where Beethoven wrote the passages according to his dictates and not the limitations of the form and age.