Friday, February 24, 2006

Ghajini (2005: Tamil)

A Indian version of "Momento", this movie about a memory-loss patient( Surya) who is out to avenge the murder of his girl friend (Asin). Great job by Surya, but I liked Asin more for her performance. The song "Sutrum Vizhi azhage" has stayed back in my mind.

Bluffmaster (2005: Hindi)

A good effort at the CONMAN (hera pheri) stuff. But, if you have seen MatchStick man, you would end up being disappointed with this Hindi version. For those who don't follow Hollywood, this is a different treat.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Rang de Basanti (Hindi : 2006)

A provocative movie about waking up and standing upto one’s own beliefs. The first half is humorous and the second half is quite serious sending across oft-repeated powerful message of fighting against corruption in modern-day India. On the whole a colorful and intelligent movie. Amir Khan dazzles asusual.

Thank God! Stars like Amir Khan, Amitabh, Rani Mukerjee etc are still in Bollywood.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Raising Helen (2004)

Kate Hudson, who has been enjoying the glitter of a flourishing career at a top model agency is suddenly jolted by the death of her sister and her husband. Their death bestows upon her the responsibilty of raising three kids. As she flounders and as well has fun doing her new job of being a mom, she finds support in a handsome pastor, who also helps her in the choosing between the life she loved and the life with loved ones.

A good comedy worth watching.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

A powerful inspirational drama starring Robin Williams as an English poetry teacher, who inspires his students to think "out-of-the-box" and "follow their own instincts." The motto is "CARPE DIAM", meaning "sieze the day". This incidentally reminded me of a simple story from the book "Chicken soup for the soul". A bunch of students form a secret club that becomes a source of inspiration for them, and each of them break out of their own shackles and reinvent themselves.

Replete with verses from great poets, this movie is a real literary treat. A must watch for poetry lovers.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Matchstick man

....starring Nicolas Cage, is a story of an agoraphobic conman with no one to claim as his own. A skilled scamster, Cage, suddenly is confronted with his long last daughter. While he begins to learn the ropes of fatherhood, his daughter picks up the secrets of his trade. As the story winds in and out, Cage, in the end finds himself swindled of all his earnings by his partner and his own daughter, who again turns out not to be his daughter.
A good film by Riddley Scott.
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