Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 10-04-2007
By some strange quirk the excellent AMAZON DVD service has sent me both "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" in the same week. It does seem strange that movie producers bring out essentially the same films out at the same time. Do you remember when it was "Deep Impact" and "Armagedon" in the same Summer. Or what about "Volcano" and "Dantes Peak." It must work as a strategy as I have seen all four of those films! Well I am planning to watch "The illusionist" over the weekend. So I'll let…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 09-19-2007
The Last King of Scotland is a powerful movie based around the life of the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. It uses the plot device of a fictional young Scottish doctor (played by James Macavoy) who goes to Africa escape an overbearing father, "to have some fun and to make a difference." Through a series of fortunate events Dr. Nicholas Garrigan ends up becoming Amin's gullible young personal physician. Forest Whitaker, who plays Idi Amin with some style won best actor for his intense portrayal at the Academy awards, the Golden…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 09-18-2007
I was looking forward to watching this Danny Boyle directed movie for a while. It had some really good reviews. But the more i watched the more this film felt like we'd been here before. 1. Alien - the long boring journey through space with nothing much to do and lots of infighting - ominous presence onboard the ship 2. Silent running - the hydroponics bay and ecological angle 3. Event Horizon - crew going insane (similar shaped space ship) 4. 2001 - voice commanded computer - disobedient computer (similar…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 09-12-2007
Jason Bourne has been on a long search to find his identity. Found as a floating amnesiac. Bourne has been discovering that he was programmed to be a killing machine by a black ops department in the US government. In the first film Bourne discovers who he is and tracks his handlers down and takes them out. In the second film he is tracked down himself and his girlfriend is killed. This starts Bourne's revenge rampage. By the end of the second film the story is closed, those that sought…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-29-2007
(see the harry potter and the halfblood prince). This is part 5 of the Harry Potter series. I must confess I have never read a whole Harry Potter book and so my review is based around the film as a film rather than as a literary conversion. I really enjoyed the movie - the centre piece of the movie is how Hogwarts is infiltrated by a hyper conservative new management who attempts to dismiss its long standing staff in order to gain political power over the next generation of witches…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-24-2007
This film features the newsman from Bruce Almighty (played by Steve Carrell). It is a sequel but doesn't link in any way to the previous movie. Except for the fact that God is played again by Morgan Freeman. Things to enjoy about the movie: 1. God's love for humanity is highlighted. Frequently God says: "Everything I do because I love you." God is a very attractive character in this movie. He is wise, personal and kind. He is the kind of person we would love to hang out with. God…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-23-2007
I was expecting a predominantly fantasy based film along the lines of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Especially as it was made by Walden Media. What you get instead is a very intense drama about two children who don't really fit in at school - so they construct a fantasy sanctuary in the woods in their imaginations. By becoming heroes in their imaginations they are able to find resources to challenge the school bully and actually reach out to her and help her. There is very little Computer…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-23-2007
This film had such a good cast. Peter Falk, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Cage. It is based on a short story by Philip K Dick - the brains behind some of the all time great Science Fiction movies:Blade Runner, Total Recall. But this film is pretty useless. It reminded me of the old joke: Patient: "Doctor, Doctor everyone keeps ignoring me." Doctor: "Next..." This films deserves to be ignored. But because it was a long flight and i couldn't sleep I was hoping it would knock me out. Sad things…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-19-2007
This is the last film to be made by the director/ actress Adrienne Shelly who was tragically murdered in November 2006. It is a sweet movie. It reminded me of the excellent "Amelie." The film is based around the life of Jenna (Keri Russell) who works in a Diner in a run down Southern town in the USA. Jena lives in an abusive and loveless marriage and finds solace in the friendship of her two fellow waitresses (played by Adrienne Shelly and Cheryl Hines). She is also a master pie…
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Posted By :Date :Krish Kandiah | 08-15-2007
Ok so a combined effect of a rainy August, 25p DVDs at Blockbuster have meant our family has watched a lot of children's movies this Summer. Here's some of our views on children's DVDs. See also my 2008 recommendations. You can see some of the recommendations on my amazon store too: 1. Zathura - total rehash of Jumanji -but my kids had never seen Jumanji. Nicely put together with a take home message of loving your siblings while you can. Suitable for all ages but boys aged 5 and up…
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