Sunday, March 15, 2009

Films I've seen in 2009 - Vol IV

Writers: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) and Vikas Swamp (novel)
Directors: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan
Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla
My vote: 5-/5
-A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" In the opening scene, a title card is presented: "Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees rupees. How did he do it? A) He cheated, B) He's lucky, C) He's a genius, D) It is written." At the end of the film, the answer is given. He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.-
Photo:, by Ishika Mohan
I and Erik went to see the 8-Oscar-winning-movie yesterday. I guess it's a human curiousity to find out if the taste with film critics would agree with your taste for films. Very often, it doesn't... I know I should not admit it, but it's true. For instance, last year the 4-Oscar-winning-movie "No Country for Old Men" was anything but my taste (however very much enjoyed by Erik). So I was curious to find out if it's the same this year or if I will find "Slumdog Millionaire" something extraordinary, a film which contrasts from others. And I have to say, that this time, I could agree with film critics. The film was indeed very good! It was well-thought, it was special, and it was something different. It was lacking the excessive melodramatic undertone which is very typical for Hollywood movies, and that's why it really differs from those - the very serious life experiences of a streetboy are shown to a spectator without making them too emotional, instead, fact by fact they roll up and you just have a weird aching feeling in your heart thinking how lucky you are in your safe shell seeing no such reality, but it doesn't get to a tearful film. The little boys who play Jamal and his brother in the first part of the movie are so very cute and natural, and it's enjoyable to watch, even when their life is so harsh. Like most of the films, it's all about love... a love what started in childhood and never ended... It's nicely interlaced with the action and all the Indian life stories which the film makers want to show you. The tension is up till the end and to be honest, I didn't even mind that the film ended sickly-sweet taste.

I don't know if it was worth all the 8 Oscars it received, but at least some of them. Without those Oscars, I'm sure I never had watched this film, and I'm glad I did. Go and see this film and satisfy your curiousity! Photo:, by Ishika Mohan

Writers: Scott Frank and Don Roos
Director: David Frankel
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Eric Dane
My vote: 4+/5

-A comedy with a very sad ending pictures a life of a family with an adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog Marley. With a heart as big as his appetite for trouble, Marley sees the Grogans family through the ups and downs of their life and love, and they ultimately realize that "the world's worst dog" brings out the best in them. -

Photo:, by Barry Wetcher
Today, I, Erik and Kert went to see the film all being prepared to laugh a lot and to draw parallels between the bad behaving Marley and our very naughty dog Tony. We thought it will be a very entertaining easy comedy. Besides, Jennifer Aniston is one of my favourite actresses (since she was starring in "Friends" which is still my all-time-favourite TV-show). But we were surprised - the film wasn't as easy as it seemed from the advert. Marley indeed was a very naughty dog with a big heart (we all thought that our Tony could successfully apply for this role, too, because he is almost as awful in his manners as Marley, and with the same big friendly heart), but it wasn't the whole point of the film. The point was about relationships in a family, about a strong bond someone will have with a pet, and how you love someone unconditionally. Yet, the end of the film belongs to the dog - and if you go to see it, take the napkings with you, because it will be very sad! In the moment it gets sad, you will cry for many episodes - you think it cannot get any worse, but it will... We all had our eyes in tiers for the last 15 minutes! But a very good family film indeed (though some strong sexual marks in it, so probably not that suitable for too small kids).

Photo:, by Barry Wetcher

Writer: Tracey Jackson and Tim Firth
Director: P.J. Hogan
Cast: Isla Fisher, Luke Brandon
My vote: 3/5
-Rebecca Bloomwood is a sweet and charming New York City girl who has a little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she's hopelessly addicted to shopping. While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can't quite get her foot in the door -- that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an overnight celebrity, but when her compulsive shopping and growing debt issues threaten to destroy her love life and derail her career, she struggles to keep it all from spiraling out of control--and is ultimately forced to reevaluate what's really important in life. -
Photo:, by Robert Zuckerman
What can I tell about this (romantic) comedy? Not really much... It wasn't bad, it wasn't too good, just an average comedy where you get some good laughs, but nothing too much to think about. I guess it's a deeper enjoyment for girls who can identify themselves with Rebecca Bloomwood, but I guess I like to think I'm a bit better person :).
Photo:, by Robert Zuckerman

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