E – Entertainment. #AtoZ

April A to Z

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“Where words fail, music speaks!”

It’s a universal fact, that music and  movies add zest to our  life. Without these  our lives would feel rather dull.  It’s like how we need art and books to transport us to another world and soothe our frayed nerves!

I turn to music when I feel low, lonely, or even overjoyed. At times, the radio blares when I am in the kitchen baking, or cooking. And, on weekends, when the hubby is out with his buddies, I put on YouTube and play peppy numbers that drive away the loneliness that creeps in slyly, sometimes.

Music also helps motivate, for there are times when all  enthusiasm flies out of the window and  self-doubt creeps in unannounced and refuses to leave us in peace.

It is at such times,that  I play   motivational songs that cheer me up with their lyrics and help me pick myself up and begin again.

I plan on doing a post on romantic numbers soon, because, well I am a die-hard romantic! It will be quite confusing, though, to choose my favourite songs!


“Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world!”

I have always enjoyed movies that have a story that’s different from all the other releases. Not the run-of-the-mill Bollywood masala films for me. And, it’s for this reason that I have not seen half the movies others may have.

And, whenever I did come across such a movie that took my breath away, I had this strong desire to share it with the world. So, when I created Metanoia, I decided to reserve a category for movies, where I would write about a movie that struck a chord, or left me spellbound with its intensity.

MOM, was the first movie I reviewed on my blog. It was fun, but it also made me nervous. It was an alien territory  and I did not want to go wrong.  But, it’s really an interesting way to exercise a writer’s mind!

Reviewing movies for the sake of enjoying the exercise is different than writing a serious review that makes it to a publication.  Sharing with you today a few things I learnt (and am  still learning) about movie reviews. And, I would suggest you try it, too. It’s not just fun, it also gives you a chance to widen your horizons.

Tips for movie reviewing:

*Express your opinion of the film frankly. It’s your point of view.

*Do support your criticism, too, with valid reasons.

*Avoid spoilers.

*Write about the plot/characters/actors and share what you agreed with and what you did not.

*If you understand the technical side of movie-making, then give your opinions on the same, e.g. camera techniques, editing, cinematography, sound, etc.

*Rate the performance of the actors and if it relates to the character they play.

*Finally, remember you are doing the review because you enjoy doing it. There will be readers who will disagree with your views. You just need to take it sportingly! 

Happy reviewing!




April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge



My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began. 

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

20 thoughts on “E – Entertainment. #AtoZ

  1. In a word – don’t be like Rajeev Masand or Taran Adarsh 😛

    I enjoy music of all genres from Opera to Carnatic. It depends on my current mood. Sometimes I put on some Jazz and just close my eyes. Music does transport one far, far away.

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    1. Hahahaha…you said it, Varad! Their reviews make me squirm in my seat, as if I have made the movie! 😛

      I agree about the music part. How dry our lives would be if we hadn’t created music!


  2. Movie reviews that are honest opinions are fine but those pedantic critiques drive me nuts. These movie critics are often just show offs who want to display their snobbishness by discussing movies like Rashoman e.g.
    Thanks for pointing out a more pragmatic and down to earth approach to movie reviewing

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    1. I too find the reviews in the papers rather snobbish and overly critical. However the movie may be, it’s the hard work of an entire unit who work tirelessly to see their dream come true on the screen. I prefer writing about the movie in a much more simple manner, and I do hope my reviews don’t hurt sentiments! 🙂
      Frankly, I do the movie reviews just for my own satisfaction and happiness!

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  3. Shilpa, I love watching movies, first day, first show 🙂 but am a lazy reviewer. Have done a few movie reviews but am more excited about book reviews. Your tips on moview reviews are bang on. Listening to music is one of my favorite passtimes, am listening to romantic songs of bollywood while typing 🙂

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    1. Hehee….you are quite a multi tasker, Sulu! Writing and listening to music is something I have never been able to manage. I just break into a jig if the music is peppy and forget all about writing!

      Yes, I know you love movies, esp watching first day, first show. A true blue movie buff! It will be interesting reading your views on movies I don’t watch.

      Thank you for visiting! ❤


  4. Good tips on movie reviewing Shilpa.. though I prefer to enjoy and savour movies more rather than critiquing them over posts.. Music is always an uplifter. My mantra for entertainment is what a popular ad-line says : Go solo! Tastes hardly match and then you dont want to compromise either.

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  5. Same pinch on the music front Shilpz- my radio is on since the time I wake up and goes on through the day! I have never tried to review a movie as I feel each person’s perspective on why they liked it is so different. I have watched some for just the actor never mind how bad it might be actually!
    Nice tips for anyone looking to review the movies – shall check out your movie reviews too!

    Harry Potter by JK Rowling #atozchallenge

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