We watch movies at home, usually with heavy quick succession interspersed with long gaps in between. Mostly happens when we are guilt-ridden on being bad parents and playing Satan to the kids as they study upstairs or we walk around like zombies with too many late nights. That combined with my random distantly placed blogs, I figured a digest was in order. This will be a quick review/nods or curse on the movies we suffered through.
Off I go
I am at a loss for words on how to describe this one. Every scene captures you and tugs at your heart in various ways. Ok, am a sop, but the husband isn’t and yet, he commiserated and empathized on how the 2 day events across the world unfold. Particular scenes that made me close my eyes and wish that the scene ends well were the babysitter and the children lost in the desert after a trip across the border and the immigration officers giving them a tough time. That was truly scary. The Japanese deaf-mute story was at best crazy. Sure I understand disturned minds with a lack of reason and logic, but this was whoa! I am no prude and am no flincher with nudity, but this sudden showcasing of body was abrupt and raw – a bit overwhelming for me I’d say. Rinko is very beautiful, and has a schoolworld charm about her.
Brad Pitt – this guy’s a looker, but here, he looks old. Maybe he was meant to, maybe the makeup guy gave him the boot, in any case, he fit the role, and did his part well. Cate Blanchett was okay.
The movie is well taken in its concept and does good justice to the Oscar it claimed.
Kabul Express ****
Offbeat, simple movie with Arshad Warsi and John Abraham. Another desert/war/temperature hot setting, with no romances and silly storylines. It isn’t intense, but chugs along at a fine pace. Arshad is doing wonderfully well these days, and his dialog delivery is noteworthy. John is creating a niche for himself beyond just his model looks. I would imagine the chemistry and dialogs between the characters was the foundation the movie was able to hold itself.
If I could draw a parallel, Babel was between characters all linked by an infinite thread of connection across the world, while Kabul express was on a more lower level – taliban, desi, afghani, and american. Oh yes, the Reuters journalist was such a bore and very artificial.
The best part you ask? It’s under 2 hours. May the tribe of short bollywood movies grow more and more!
Number 23 **
I expected a lot more, a tad disappointed in the “surprising” weakness of the plot. Taken well, with nice elements of horror, Jim Carrey was awesome, but not worth $10 at the movies – a DVD movie.
Da Vinci Code **
Finally saw it, and as expected didn’t like it. I am a fan of words, of books – so to see a fine novel condensed to an irony was disheartening.
Kid rank – Don’t let any kid under 12 go within 20 feet of any of the above movies, not uness you want them to disown you and perhaps write a book 20 years form now as “how a chance celluloid messed my childhood up” – a literary artform!