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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Feb 23, 2010

Jafar Panahi's Offside is a documentary-ish feature film centered around the events that take place in Tehran on the day Iran defeats Bahrain in a World Cup qualifier. Panahi's own idea for this film was born after his daughter was refused to enter a stadium to watch a soccer match. In Iran, women are not permitted to watch men's sports events. Like most of the Iranian films I've watched including Mr.Panahi's , the film is very simplistic, almost minimal without any embellishments, that's why I felt it was like a documentary.

Feb 22, 2010

My Wife's Murder

A movie that has been lying in the to-be-watched pile for years finally gets moksha. My Wife's Murder has been there for around half a decade, waiting to be viewed, somehow I never picked it up. I knew it'd be a decent film, the cast and the unusual name guarenteed that. It didn't disappoint.

I've always wondered why Anil Kapoor doesn't do so much posturing like Aamir Khan claiming how great an actor he is. Infact I found Anil Kapoor's acting exceptional in this movie, as a middle-class family man, video-editor trapped in a murder case, of his own wife. Everyone, from Suchitra Krishnamoorty who has the title role albeit a miniscule one to Nandana Sen, Boman Irani and the rest of the supporting cast, has done well. As a debut director Jijy Philip also does a good job, kudos to RGV Film Company supporting upcoming young directors.