We'll tackle any film foreign or otherwise, paying exclusive attention to Arthouse, Indie & Cult features. Selected up to the minute News will also be given prominence.

September 22, 2011

Gran Torino

Director - Clint Eastwood

Genre - Drama

Clint Eastwood discards most of his tough guy image to play a grumpy geezer who lives alone with no time for socializing. Things begin to change when he takes an interest in the well-being of his next door neighbor's young son. A victim of gang members, the kid is taken under the protective wings of Eastwood's character who angers the hoodlums enough that they declare war on him. In a similar vein as Eastwood's masterstroke, 'Unforgiven', this film is an allegory on the affect of revenge on those who are embroiled in its fiery pursuit. It is as if by making these stories, Eastwood who in his heyday projected the act of violence as cool and righteous is actually making amends by showing the other side of it. And as the poster boy of 'shoot first, talk later' in a previous life, he is ironically the perfect candidate to turn the tables on being trigger happy in films as well as in real life. Give peace a chance, Eastwood seems to be saying. Now if the rest of the world complies it would really make his day.


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September 10, 2011

3 Idiots

- Rajkumar Hirani

Genre - Comedy/Drama/Musical

A sense of skepticism hounded us before our viewing of this, our experiences with modern Hindi movies have not been all that positive you see. We're glad to say now that if all Hindi pictures were like this, we're absolutely converted! Funny, original, tearful, dramatic...we even enjoyed the songs and dances! Aamir Khan plays an oddball genius of sorts who changes the lives of everybody around him in college. With two of his friends, they get up to all kinds of shenanigans that may look foolhardy at first but turn out to be quite ingenious and surprisingly thoughtful. The picture goes on in this vein throughout and it plays like a thinking man's 'American Pie'. The kids of THAT dumb film think of nothing but sex. Here, the thoughts are more about helping others, about friendship and taking care of your loved ones. Now, isn't that more worthwhile?


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September 3, 2011

Knife In The Water

Director - Roman Polanski

Genre - Drama

Roman Polanski's debut as a director is really attention-grabbing. Set on a yacht for most of its duration, the movie is constantly kinetic and hypnotic to watch. A well to do couple asks a young, lone traveler to go sailing with them, setting the ensuing tension-filled drama which will keep you glued to your seat. Critics have said this film contains spades of suspense but don't expect the kind which is electrifying and jolts you out of your couch. The suspense here comes rather from a social disconnection between people with differing views. A friction of personalities rubbed together too hard. Sometimes, as shown astutely by Polanski here, the result of the latter can be more unnerving and interesting. Shot like a black and white junkie's dream as well.