Sunday, January 29, 2012

Absolutely Anything (2012)

Creators: Monty Python
Monty Python is set to reunite  for the cinema screen with a film called 'Absolutely Anything' which has been described as a sci-farce. Terry Jones is set to direct while the other pythons up to voice the roles of a group of aliens who endow an earthling with the power to do absolutely anything. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer:     Dan Fogelman
Cast:        Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
A middle aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a new-found friend named Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bar.

Its a decent watchable film.

Rating: 2.5/5

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In) (2011)

Director:   Pedro Almodovar
Writers:    Pedro Almodovar, Augustin Almodovar, Thierry Jonquet (Novel)
Language: Spanish
Cast:        Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies , creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

Almodovar is collaborating with Banderas after a long gap. The film as is usual with other Almodovar films has a subject that few other directors would take into consideration. It reminded me of Cronnenberg's Dead Ringers in some parts. Its more than a good film without going into the Great category. Still a must watch for film lovers.

Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, January 16, 2012

Horrible Bosses (2011)

Director: Seth Gordon
Writers:  Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley
Cast:      Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx
Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the  way of their happiness.

After the first half hour of the film, I thought the film was a miss but it get progressively funnier towards the end as the humor becomes more even. Tremendous cast makes what otherwise would have been an ordinary convoluted comedy into a good film. There are a couple of 'The Wire' characters in the film too. Didn't realize one of the characters was Colin Farrell till I saw the closing credits as well.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Director: Woody Allen
Writer:    Woody Allen
Cast:      Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Adrien Brody, Michael Sheen, Marion Cotillard
A romantic comedy about a family travelling to the French Capital Paris for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.

Owen Wilson plays a character reminiscent of so many characters played by Woody Allen himself in his previous films and he manages to pull it off without being cringe worthy. The whole atmosphere of the film is retro which is in suit with its plot. A very good romantic comedy of a different philosophical kind.

Rating: 4.5/5



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Inbetweeners Movie (2011)

Director: Ben Palmer
Writers:  Iain Morris, Damon Beesley
Cast:      James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas, Simon Bird
Its a film made with the characters from the TV series 'Inbetweeners' as they go on holiday to Malia. Film is quite bad.

Rating: 1.5/5

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Odd Couple (1968)

Director: Gene Saks
Writers:  Neil Simon
Cast:      Jack Lemmon, Walter Mathau
Two divorced friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Rating: 4/5

Meltdown: The secret history of the global financial collapse (2010)

Broadcaster: CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Its a four part documentary on the Global Financial crisis focusing mainly on its aftermath. Its essential viewing for everyone.

Rating: 4.5/5

Monday, January 9, 2012

Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution (Video 2008)

An in-depth look at the history of the krautrock scene, centered on its most successful band Kraftwerk.
Its 3 hours long but certainly a must watch for electronic music fans.

Rating: 4.5/5

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lektionen in Finsternis (Lessons of Darkness) (1992)

Creator: Werner Herzog
The film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to other common documentary films there are no comments and few interviews. Just shows the destructive beauty of wars. Images that cannot be reproduced artificially with any kind of budget.

Rating: 5/5

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

Director: Werner Herzog
Writers:  Werner Herzog, Herbert Golder
Cast:      Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny
Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.

The film is a collaboration between two legendary filmmakers Werner Herzog and David Lynch (Producer). You can see elements from both their styles in this film. In the beginning itself we know about the murder, murderer and where he is hiding. We learn about the murderer as the film progresses through several flashbacks when events are narrated by those who knew him. Its a good little film made on a tiny budget.

Rating: 3/5

Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Director: Werner Herzog
Writer:    Werner Herzog
Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape's rarely seen beauty on film.

As Herzog himself says in the films, its not about fluffy penguins. Its about humans that are there and their motivations. We see many quirky characters out there and Herzog has many quirky questions for them.

Rating: 4.5/5


Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

Director: Werner Herzog
Writers:  Werner Herzog, Judith Thurman
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.

Documentary was filmed in 3-D but I watched it in 2-D in my laptop. Narration from Herzog himself is passionate and the postscript is excellent. Certainly worth a watch from the master director.

Rating: 4/5

In Bruges (2008)

Director: Martin McDonagh
Writer:    Martin McDonagh
Cast:      Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
Holed up in Bruges, Belgium after a difficult job, two hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs.

This was my fourth watch I think and it never fails. One of the best dark comedy of this side of the century with a very Pulp Fiction vibe to the script.

Rating: 5/5