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Sideways

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Watched Sideways on hulu.com. A good light movie with a few funny tidbits here and there.  Paul Giamatti completely owns this movie –  from start to finish. His acting is simple and yet, very smooth. The movie is definitely worth a watch.  Oscar winning too.

here’s the link for the rest of the blah on imdb.com

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April 26, 2008 at 11:47 pm

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Clint Eastwood – The Legend

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I’ve been catching up on some of Clint Eastwood’s movies. Here’s a list of some recently watched movies of his…..

1. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

2. For a Few Dollars More (1965)

3.  The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966)

4. The Beguiled (1970)

5.  Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

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November 4, 2007 at 12:00 am

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This is England

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I came across this movie called “This is England” on Google Videos. I found this movie very disturbing especially with all the racist slangs being thrown around. Absolutely wrong.

Its just unbelievably sad to follow the 12 year old boy’s role. Just like that the light of his innocence is put out- never to return again. Very sad.

What a world.

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September 8, 2007 at 11:38 am

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Recent Flicks

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Here’s a list of movies I’ve seen in the last 2 months….not in any particular order…..and there may have been a few ones left out………really…i’m not kidding….last 2 months only! I’d write reviews about each but somehow at this point of time in my life, the less words spoken the better….don’t ask. shan’t tell!

  • Breathless
  • Children of Heaven
  • Motorcycle Diaries
  • The Exorcist
  • Exorcist : The Beginning
  • Exorcist 2 – The Heretic
  • The Exorcist 3
  • La Dolce Vita
  •  Spiderman 3
  • Oceans Thirteen
  • Hostel
  • When Harry met Sally
  • 300
  • Shrek 3

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June 14, 2007 at 10:00 pm

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Movies – Different Era, Different World.

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Almost all the movies mentioned here deserve their own posts but here’s a power pill to cure the stereotypes of present day Hollywood. A few months back I started out with non-verbal movies (not a single dialogue in the movie, no characters, no script, no actresses showing flesh and oozing sexuality. Yet, a story nonetheless). Over a period of about a month, I watched 4 masterpieces. Baraka, Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi. The last 3 movies form the qatsi trilogy and is directed by a genius who goes by the name of Godfrey Reggio. The music for these movies is put together by composer Philip Glass. The DVDs have interviews of Godfrey and Philip in every movie. It helps understand the background behind these movies. If you ever get around to watching these movies, I wouldn’t miss the interviews. Baraka is of a lighter tone and was created by Ron Fricke. Ron Fricke was the cinematographer of the qatsi movies. Some of his time-lapse sequences are just spectacular.

These non-verbal movies set your thoughts racing in a zillion different directions. Most of these movies cycle you through the gamut of emotions. The fact that these movies just don’t force a certain perception but make you think is probably why these movies aren’t very well known and popular. These movies are really what you make of them. I watched these movies with all lights turned off and with no interruptions whatsoever. You should try it too! who knows! you might like it! I did!!

From Non-verbal movies to movies of yesteryear. A streetcar named desire (1946), Gone with the wind (1939), 12 Angry Men(1957), Its a wonderful life (1946). The first two movies put me in the fan club of Vivian Leigh. Her charisma is just out of the world. I wish I knew her in person. Gone with the wind is a classic and obviously needs no introduction. Since I haven’t read the book, I dont know (and i don’t want to know) how the movie compares to it. What the book cant do for you is bring you the charm of Vivian Leigh. So…if you’ve read the book and haven’t watched the movie, it might be time to get that DVD.

From classics to movies based on real life. Homeless to Harvard. The title is self-explanatory but the movie is definitely worth watching. Inspirational. The Insider. I love this movie. Al Pacino is still the one of the greatest actors the camera ever saw. I’m a big fan of this movie. Tibet : Cry of the snow lion. A documentary. Very moving. When politics threatens freedom, I’d be worried. Hopefully, China will evolve in quick time.

From reels on real life to foreign flicks. Cidade de deus, 2002 (aka City of God). A must watch from the foreign film genre. Shockingly sad. That it is a true story makes it unimaginably sad. What a movie! Amarcord (1974). A delightful movie that was awarded both a golden globe and an Oscar for the best foreign film. Set in pre-war Italy in the seaside village town of Rummi, the movie gives you a flavor of life in pre-war Italy. Gloomy Sunday (1999). Set in the time of the Nazi occupation of Budapest, 1944 i think, this movie is about restaurant owner Laszlo and a pianist András who both fall in love with the amazingly beautiful waitress Ilona. The plot is about their love triangle. A little unconventional triangle. I’m not about to spoil it for you by going into the details. The character of Ilona is played by Erika Marozsan. She is breathtakingly gorgeous. It may just be me and my weakness for beautiful women but this is probably one of the best foreign films I’ve ever watched! Highly recommended! Finally, Bad Education (2004). A movie in the foreign gay and lesbian genre. The plot is fairly ordinary. Not sure if this movie is worth a watch….well, I guess it maybe worth watching once…..

There! A list of movies that I’ve watched in the recent past. If you know of foreign flicks that are worth watching, be sure to let me know!

Njoi Maadi!

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April 7, 2007 at 7:08 pm

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A Streetcar Named Desire.

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A movie from a different era altogether. A movie I should’ve watched a long time ago! Winner of 4 academy awards.
The movie, an adaptation of a play written by Tennessee Williams, was released in 1946. Yup. 1946. 61 years ago.
The plot revolves around 3 characters Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh), Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) and Stella Kowalski (Kim Hunter). The story is set in New Orleans and begins with the introduction of Blanche DuBois getting off a train and boarding a streetcar named Desire to where her sister Stella lives. Stella is married to Stanley Kowalski and the couple live in a run down apartment much to the dismay of the aristocratic family born Blanche DuBois. Blanche expresses her disapproval of Stanley and their way of life to Stella although she secretly desires Stanley. The sexual tension between Blanche and Stanley forms the baseline of the story. Some parts of the movie did come under the conservative eyes of the censor board.

Apparently, Desire was one of the streetcars that serviced New Orleans for some 40 years (between 1924 and 1964). This movie made Desire the most iconic transit vehicle in American literary history.

Anyway, here’s a pretty detailed analysis of the movie. Considering the era the movie was released in its a classical masterpiece.

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February 18, 2007 at 9:44 pm

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The Illusionist

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Saturday night, New York City –
Edward Norton gives quite an intense performance in this almost classy movie as he plays the role of Eisenheim, the Illusionist.
The story takes place around the late 19th centruy in Venice when the monarchy was still very much in charge of governance.
Eisenheim, son of a cabinet maker, falls in love with the heiress (yes, stereotypical) and sure enough draws the attention of the crown prince who, meanwhile, is out to prove that the Illusionist is a quack, a fraud.

His numerous attempts to uncover the theories behind the hocus-pocus land him in embarrassing situations. The script isnt particularly very clever and while most parts of the movie are very predictable, it doesnt hurt the overall enjoyment value of the movie. The dialogues are anything but corny and the character of Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti) adds flavor to an otherwise ordinary story. The stellar performances of the cast make the movie very enjoyable and is definitely worth a watch. On a scale of 10, I’d give it a 7.

 

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October 2, 2006 at 5:16 am

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