The Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta)

US Presidential hopefuls take RVs, Che went on a motorcycle. The point is you need to go on a road trip to become a successful leader of the people

Ee Adutha Kalathu (Recently)

Strange and familiar make an appearance together for the first time in Malayalam cinema and the pair is a hit

Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl

Four feisty ladies, upbeat music and a handsome conman. Anushka gets Ranveer. Bollywood gets Parineeti

Das Boot (The Boat)

Best WWII film ever, in fact the best war film ever. In true German fashion, restraint is applied by shooting the entire movie inside a U-boat

Neelathamara (Blue Lotus)

Blue lotus shares the same stature of blue moon in Malayalam, so do good remakes. This one bucks the trend.

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Jan 20, 2006

Dogville

Dogwille started off as a bummer. I was expecting a movie, not televised theater. The entire film takes place on stage with the main street of Dogville drawn out on the floor like an architect's plan.

But as I started watching the movie and got more engrossed, I found out that the story is interesting, the script and Nicole Kidman's acting makes up for the lack of scenery. It'd not be a successful mainstream movie, but it is interesting to observe film-maker's explore a different concept.

Jan 7, 2006

Kukushka

Its a plot, you might toy on a lazy afternoon at the neighborhood cafe, thinking of what might be your big break into the world movies. Alas, somebody already turned it into a film and to your bad luck, it hoarded a number of awards from all over. Kukushka is that one film you failed to make, directed by Alexsandr Rogoshzkin, it tells the story of three people at the end of WW2.

The plot, ah..the plot...has three people speaking in three different tongues and not one of them knows what the other is saying, though it doesn't stop them from talking. The first one is a Finnish sniper, who was chained to a rock by his captors but manages to escape. The second character is a Russian soldier who was about to be condemned to death by the Russian secret police for writing poems, but also manages to escape. Both the soldiers, belonging to opposing fronts land under the care of a Lapp woman, Anni, somewhere in the Artic North of Finland. It is an engaging story, how three people who cannot understand each other verbally, support each other, how their common lives evolve thru' the comedies and tragedies. All in all, a good film.