Is Baby Driver GoodVery good!Wow! That sounds enthusiastic!It’s been a rough year…So what’s this one about?It’s a bank-heist/car-chase/young-adult/romance/action/musical/comedy set in Atlanta, Georgia.…you’re gonna have to be more specific.Ansel Elgort plays “Baby,” a soft-hearted twenty-something kid with near-supernatural (superhuman, at least) car-driving skills who, because of a childhood accident, has to listen to music 24/7 in order to drown out a constant ringing in his ears. He owes a substantial debt to a ruthless (but also oddly laid-back) criminal mastermind played by Kevin Spacey, who forces him to use his automotive skills as the getaway driver for a series of daring bank heists. Not long after squaring this debt, he meets and falls hard for a diner waitress with a heart of gold who offers him love and a chance at a normal life, but he soon finds that a life of crime is not as easy to escape as he’d hope and finds himself stuck in a rapidly-deteriorating series of chaotic events that will challenge what he thought he knew about his criminal colleagues and ultimately force him to get his hands dirty in a way he’d been desperately trying to avoid.That sounds like a Jason Statham movie.Basically, yeah; but with a tone and main character more suited to a Nicholas Sparks YA Romance thing. Also, the conceit of Baby effectively “scoring” every moment of his life with several iPods full of eclectic pop music means there’s a song underpinning almost every scene more or less turns it into a kind of action-musical.This sounds insufferable. What’s so good about it??Well, it’s directed by Edgar Wright, so…Oh! Now I want to see it! You should probably have led with that.Yeah, Edgar Wright basically specializes in movies that should be completely insufferable but actually turn out kind of great (see: Pilgrim, Scott), and this is right in that wheelhouse. “The Transporter: Heartwarming Millennial Musical Romp Edition” sounds like pure torture, but when you’ve got a timing, pacing and scene-geography savant-like Wright directing and a killer cast (Elgort, Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, John Hamm) bringing their A-game it all kind of clicks into place. It’s a very fast-paced, involving, compelling little movie that doesn’t overreach – despite all the weight and excitement that gets attached to every Edgar Wright project by the critical set; it really is “just” a mid-scale action movie with a more whimsical romantic subplot and a slick soundtrack. And that’s just fine.Is Baby an interesting hero?He is. I didn’t expect anything special out of Elgort based on his previous movies, but he brings it here in a really challenging and different kind of role. There’s something… “off” about Baby that the film never specifically identifies. But it’s an unusual energy that makes him at once compelling, off-putting, weirdly intimidating but also weirdly child-like; and once the plot has been laid out the film is mostly driven by the way the other ostensibly older, jaded “grown-up” characters and compelled to act toward him. Some friendly, some bullying, some nurturing, some hurtful, some bouncing back and forth between all of the above. It’s as though his actual personality is so guarded and inscrutable that the other characters are driven to project one onto him. And that’s an interesting “real-feeling” dynamic that ultimately pays off with a freewheeling third act where surprise character turns as to which of the “bad guys” are or are not actually “bad” plays out in clever, interesting ways.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target
Kolkata: In a significant stride towards overhaul of the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the state, the Technical Education department has decided to review the process of selection of the private companies with which the state has joined hands in running some of these institutes. There have been complaints of improper administration, particularly against those ITIs that are run under public-private mode.There are 76 ITIs in the state that are run under public-private mode. As per terms and conditions, the state allocates the building, designs the course curriculum, earmarks the fees and arranges Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeadmission for 80 percent of the students in these institutes. The equipment, faculties and other infrastructure are provided by the private body that is selected through tendering.”We have withheld tenders of as many as 19 ITIs after there were complaints regarding administration. We are conducting a probe and there will be re-tendering. Some private companies were having administrative control of a number of institutes and in the process, were unable to run them in proper manner. A single company will not be allowed to run four or five institutes,” Basu said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior official of the department indicated that heads will roll at the top level of some of these institutes.It may be mentioned that state Technical Education minister Purnendu Basu had himself conducted visits at a number of ITIs across the state, to devise means of overhauling the infrastructure of ITIs, wherever needed.Technical Education has seen a major infrastructural boost under the Mamata Banerjee government since 2011. “When we assumed office there were 80 ITIs. Now we have 248 ITIs – both government and private,” the minister added. The department has also decided to upgrade the course curriculum at the ITIs keeping in pace with market demand. “A number of machines are lying defunct at workshops of some of our old ITIs. We will repair some of those and will replace the outmoded ones,” Basu maintained.Upgradation of the hostels are also under the radar of the department with segregation of the students of first year. “Sometimes there are complaints of ragging by first year students against the seniors. So we have decided to have separate hostel facilities for first year students wherever possible,” the minister said.
Kolkata: The Eastern Railway ran a special EMU train from Budge Budge to Sealdah station, to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of Swami Vivekananda returning to Kolkata. The train left Budge Budge at 12.50 pm and stopped at all stations en route.Swami Vivekananda had returned to Kolkata on February 19, 1897, after spending four years in the West. He was given a hero’s welcome at Sealdah station. The whole station was decorated with flowers and petals and welcome arches were built on Harrison Road, which is Mahatma Gandhi Road now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBraving sharp winter cold, thousands had gathered at the station to welcome the local boy. Youths removed the horses of the carriage and drove it themselves. Swamiji was accompanied by Mr and Mrs Savier and J J Goodwin. They were taken to Ripon College, which is Surendranath College now. He was then taken to the house of Dr Pasupati Bose in North Kolkata. Thousands stood on the road to have a glimpse of Swami Vivekananda. Swamiji tried to address the gathering both at Ripon College and then at Bose’s house but because of the huge crowd, his words became inaudible. Later, in the last week of February, Vivekananda was given a civic reception at Sobhabazar House of the Debs. Sobhabazar Football Club had also accorded a civic reception to him.