Thursday, August 15, 2013

World Cinema Moviethon - July 2013

The tryst with World Movies started way back in 2008 with the launch of the new channel by UTV named UTV World Movies (http://www.utvworldmovies.com) and continued with watching awesome world movies at Epicentre, Gurgaon (http://www.epicentre.co.in) with my comrade Diptinder Singh Chhabra, we watched several movies together....Iranian, American, French, German and what not! the tryst continued in Kuwait too when I moved here and thanks to God my wife is also a big fan of watching movies across genres & languages...

Couple of weeks back we decided to watch different language movies in a weekend; our target was 8 and we hit that! Brilliant I say....real awesome ones at that!

8 Movies...8 different countries...Iran, France, USA, Lebanon, Mongolia, Palestine, Israel and South Korea!

We missed 2 prolific languages though - German and Spanish! but then we have been watching a lot of movies of these 2 languages lately especially of the master...Pedro Almodovar!

And following are the list of the 8 movies and my short reviews...do watch them if you get some time if you haven't watched any of them and I am sure you would also appreciate them....here you go!

Love Crime - France




This one is a French psychological suspense thriller starring the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas! The story revolves around two women who work in a global Ad agency and how their ambitions cross paths! this isn't much about Love but the Crime part is absolutely brilliant! the way the excitement builds up is way too awesome...I was always on the edge! the dark underbellies of the corporate world are very adequately shown and never goes overboard Madhur Bhandarkar style ;) I enjoyed this and this one is a must-watch for all thriller-genre fans...my rating 4.5/5...

Mud - USA




Ever since this movie was announced I was stoked about it! The cast line-up of Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, and Reese Witherspoon was too much to resist! and this one delivered to the T! This one is real nice & hard to classify it as a coming of age, thriller, male bonding or a romantic genre! watch it and decide for yourselves! This is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Watch the movie to find about the rest; I won't disclose! the story builds up brilliantly and the climax adds to the overall magic...this is a definite must-watch too! my rating 4/5...

Fireworks Wednesday - Iran




This one is a 2006 Iranian film directed by the master director Asghar Farhadi and I am a big fan of his Cinema! This is a portrait of three marriages set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year! of how various lives get intertwined with each other and almost get messed up! for everybody who has watched A Separation & About Elly this definitely should get the nod! this is a superb study about how relationships and families function in Iran...my rating 4/5...

Caramel  - Lebanon




This is a Lebanese film directed by the gorgeous Nadine Labaki who also plays the female lead! The story focuses on the lives of five Lebanese women dealing with issues such as forbidden love, binding traditions, repressed sexuality, the struggle to accept the natural process of age, and duty vs. desire. Labaki's film is unique for not showcasing a war-ravaged Beirut but rather a warm and inviting locale where people deal with universal issues...some might call it a chick-flick but it isn't; it is a story about the lives of these 5 women and their daily challenges! it is funny, interesting and as the title suggests sweet as well! I enjoyed this a lot! My rating 4.5/5...

Mongol - Mongolia




This one is a Biopic & is based on the early life of Tem├╝jin, who later came to be known as the legendary Genghis Khan...the film starts even before he was born and ends when he was just about to start his big conquests! it is a lesson in history and was a damn interesting one for me as I have grown up reading stories about Genghis!  The only funny part is that a Japanese actor Tadanobu Sato plays the title role! The battle scenes have been very well shot and the cinematography is exquisite too! And this transforms the image of Genghis who has been termed by History as one of the most brutal rulers! It is a definite must-watch for all Biopic and History genre fans...my rating 5/5...

Paradise Now - Palestine




This is a Palestine film about 2 Suicide Bombers preparing for a suicide attack in Israel! and this won the Best Foreign Film Golden Globe award! Like all Arab movies this one is also about real lives of normal people and what they face each day in the struggle for Money, Freedom and legitimacy! The tension builds throughout the movie and reaches a crescendo in the end...I was glued throughout witnessing the complexities of the lives of the 2 suicide bombers! The acting of the 2 leads Kais Naschef and Ali Suliman is superb throughout...This one is a definite must-watch too...My rating 4.5/5...

The Bubble - Israel




This is an Israeli Romantic Drama Film about two men who fall in love, one Israeli and one Palestinian. The title of the film refers to Tel Aviv, a relatively peaceful city in a tumultuous region and the setting of the film. It is a fascinating tale of 3 friends and their new Palestine friend and how politics affect their lives! I loved the acting of the 4 leads, the comic moments and the anxiety of the movie...the ending is both devastating and poignant...My rating 4/5...

I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK - South Korea




One of the strangest love stories I have ever watched! and read the plot: A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls! if one has penchant for weird, arbit movies then it would be enjoyed else it would be a disaster! I liked the quirky treatment of the movie, the weird cinematography and the setting of the movie! it definitely isn't very hilarious but is an honest attempt for sure! My rating 3/5...

The love with Movies continues and hopefully my blog posts too!

Till the time we meet again…

Cheers to life…

Till then ride safe and have safe sex…

Hasta la Victoria Siempre…

Jai BoP!

3 comments:

Rohit Sharma said...

Superb!
Keep up the good work man!
You are going great guns and hats off to Bandita too to keep you great company.

Fantastic compilation.
Two of these I have already see "Mongol" and "Paradise Now" and cudnt agree more on them too.
I have already started these DLs and will shortly going to see them. you will see my take too - time to time :)

Loved your short reviews.
Cheers to life!

B.K. Atreya said...

mast likha hai bhai!! you are one of the few people I can blindly trust when it comes to movies....similar tastes! :D Paradise Now and Mongol on download!

Che Guevara on the Road said...

Mohaneesh Thapar's comment...

Ah-hah

Mann se likha hai, as usual.

Good to know, tu update kar raha hai yeh sab.

Making it a point that, when ye turn back, yer experience talks to others more than your mouth, despite ye being the King of Bakar or whatever title you think fits you.