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Blind Chance

Blind Chance is a film by the great Polish filmmaker Kieslowski. A film that Kieslowski completed in 1981 took sat almost 6 years without seeing light. Once it saw the light filmmakers from around the world would definitely have got inspired leaving Sliding Doors and Run Lola Run to be the two easiest to be found references. The film is slightly over political yet the approach and the narrative is much bigger than the politics! So, watch what happens to Witek as he runs for the train...

Kaminey

Vishal Bharadwaj's Kaminey is a classic film targeted at the masses. Vishal Bharadwaj could be a genius. He has handled a movie that could turn out to be a total mess at some other guys hand with great brilliance. He has not only managed to execute the film in style but also taken care of the music, screenplay and dialogues of the film. The plot of Kaminey is simple. The construction of the plot is where Vishal and his team has made the magic. As in a Guy Ritchie film here we travel with one character and then at a point slide over to another. The action as in a Quentin Tarantino movie is gonna come hitting at you as hard as you have ever imagined a Bollywood cinema to be (and the better thing here is that you have very less blood compared to QT)! What makes Kaminey have the class is the the fact that it is truely cinematic. Kaminey is a true film and not a hindi film. Vishal Bharadwaj has been able to communicate with his film very universally with the brilliant dark visual treatme…

Mullholland Dr.

Mullholland Dr. is a very interesting film directed by David Lynch.
Mullholland Drive is a love story in the city of dreams. At the same a mystery is Mullholland Drive. Naomi Watts star as Betty and Laura Harring as Rita in this surrealistic film set in Hollywood. The performance by Naomi Watts and the pain she has taken for her role is truely great. Laura, on the other side, manages to grab attention with her brilliant screen presence and her lost emotions.The film moves in a steady pace and has a very powerful audio backup. The Point-of-view shots that Lynch uses quite often in this film has brought about a very powerful impact and a horror feel to the film.
If you like to think. Mullholland Dr. is without question your movie. Don't miss it. For those who don't think, I guess they should watch this and think. It's worth!

The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain

Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie, one very innocent movie, is definitely going to give a unique experience to everyone who is watching it. It works on ideas that seem small but actually quite out of the world. It works on normal characters but in a detailed complex manner. It works around every object in a way you can never imagine. It's a Fabulous adventure of a girl called Amelie.
A whole new visual style has been invented in this film. Bruno Delbonnel uses colours in such a brilliant way that Paris is never the Paris I had seen in other movies. The art direction in the movie is also worth mentioning as I feel the sets in the movie looked perfect!
Andrey Tautou is perfect as Amelie and so are the others in the cast.
Jean's inspiring movie has invented a whole new genre for visual presentation. It has life in every frame and is fresh each second. It is one must watch lighthearted movie.

The Island

Kim Ki-duk's The Isle is a film that is meant for very few. It is said to be the movie that gave Ki-duk his international acclaim. The movie centers around a mute girl who rents small cottages on a lake for fishermen. The movie is one top class work on visuals. But the problem why Isle is not meant for everyone is the hidden violence, sex and brutality. A painful atmosphere is very well built by Kim in this picture that runs around 90 minutes. The Isle is a movie that works on a territory of violence that was far unknown to me with a subject, a purpose and a painful emotion of jealous, all to be conveyed to it's desired audience.

The Curious Case of Slumdog Millionaire

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Slumdog Millionaire are two of the major movies that fight for the 2009 Oscar glory. When both the films have a considerably good chance of winning at the Oscars here is what I think.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an interesting movie which reminded me largely of the 1994 Academy Award winning movie, Forrest Gump. Eric Roth who adapted Forrest Gump is the writer here also. When Gump had its share of comedy to it, Roth has penned a more emotional and dramatic screenplay here. It is not that the movie does not work, the movie works. But then, it falls short of being one really good movie. The short story which the movie is based on has been changed to an extent in this film adaptation. Sadly, the movie is slightly boring for some parts. Yet, what holds this loosely written script is the considerably good execution by director David Fincher. David Fincher has visualised his most emotional movie with care. He has also been able to extract m…

XXY

XXY is the story of Alex, who was born as an intersex child. The movie has a fine writing to it. The writing material, by Sergio Bizzio, is quite strong in subject matter and it also works wonderfully well as a screenplay. With effective dialogues and some really emotional scenes, the writing is at the top right from the start for XXY. The film has been translated beautifully to the screen by the director and co writer of the film, Lucia Puenzo. The smooth pace and extraction of splendid performance from the lead, Ines Efron, add to the highlights of the film. Highly recommended.