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reviewed Chance Pe Dance. April 19, 2011
Chance Pe Dance
Over the past few years trends have changed and some of the "old ways" have begun to make a come back.  Beginning in the 1930s with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers with RKO and the 1940s where Gene Kelly graced the Silver Screen through MGM films, dance and musicals were an escape from what was day to day life.  Today the musicals and dance are making a huge comeback with shows …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There is an underlying sweetness to Slumdog Millionaire which is belied by its overt brutality. This movie is a nasty, gritty and very realistic depiction of the slums, but in the end it proves to be an uplifting, heartwarming, and inspirational fairy tale and love story in the vein of Walt Disney. The very hard life which Jamal, the main character and hero of Slumdog Millionaire, reveals before our …
reviewed Baadshah. December 02, 2010
I can't say that I loved this flick but I certainly did enjoy it and I think that most of Shahrukh Khan's fans will too unless they have something stiff up their rectum. I'm not kidding here, there is such a lack of comedic subtlety in BAADSHAH that the Three Stooges would be embarrassed, but not SRK he just gives it his all and that's what made this a 4 star flick for me. …
reviewed Mukhbiitr. November 11, 2010
            Mukhbiir is not long enough.  It’s just over 2 hours long, does not stop for a standard bollywood type song/dance routine, but it is still not long enough to finish all it starts.  That leaves me frustrated but it does not mean the film is bad.  It is the strongest spy movie I have seen in a very long time.       …
reviewed Raavan. November 10, 2010
Oh boy!!  FINALLY get to see a Bollywood film in a theater and THIS is the one it turns out to be! What a disappointment, but then I've never had good luck when it comes to Abhishek Bachchan's films and I'm beginning to understand why so many people complain about him being both stiff and hammy at the same time. (I used to think that those two things were mutually exclusive.) …
reviewed Fida. November 05, 2010
   What follows in italics is my boilerplate for defining a certain type of Bollywood film; Fida fits this category.  If you have read other reviews that start with this, then skip past.       For a Bollywood movie to have the greatest chance of success it has to be at least 150 minutes long, have a problematic love story, at least 2 song and dance numbers (or …
posted a Quick Tip about Chance Pe Dance. August 30, 2010
Chance Pe Dance
Worth seeing only for Shahid Kapur. Typical story of long suffering actor/dancer trying to make it big in Bollywood.
reviewed Chance Pe Dance. August 30, 2010
Chance Pe Dance
Guys don't come much cuter than Shahid Kapur and he sure can bust a move, but when you come down to it that's all  Bollywood's CHANCE PE DANCE has going for it. The film's overwrought screenplay combines two plot lines (both of which are cliches in both Hollywood and Bollywood) 1) that of the long suffering but extremely talented young actor/dancer trying to make it big in showbiz, …
posted a Quick Tip about Slumdog Millionaire. July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was phenomenal on every possible level. Breathtaking cinematography, heart wrenching human interest, engaging characters, unpredictable plot, sincere romance, original dialogue, and super super tense moments. I wish I could see a movie this good every time we go to the theater!!! If only ; )
posted a Quick Tip about A Passage to India. July 05, 2010
A Passage to India
Mrs. Moore advice to Adela: "Adventures do happen, but they're seldom punctual."
posted a Quick Tip about A Passage to India. June 29, 2010
A Passage to India
book was even more boring than the movie
posted a Quick Tip about A Passage to India. June 28, 2010
A Passage to India
Good insight into India.
reviewed A Passage to India. June 18, 2010
A Passage to India
  E. M. Forster's "A Passage to India" is an extremely provocative read. Though written nearly 100 years ago, it addresses themes that remain timely, examining how race and ethnicity color societal interactions in a way that provokes the reader to thoughtful evaluation. It follows four characters: Dr. Aziz, Mr. Fielding, Mrs. Moore, and Miss Quested—Dr. Aziz …
posted a Quick Tip about Hey Ram. May 01, 2010
Hey Ram
Drama about a man who lost his wife during the Bombay riots and how it affected his life.
posted a Quick Tip about Darna Mana Hai. May 01, 2010
Darna Mana Hai
Tepid, almost sanitary horror flick that you've pretty much seen before. Only a couple of cultural twists.
posted a Quick Tip about Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire. April 15, 2010
Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire
Bollywood's early attempt at vampires is an east/west hybrid of the vamp legend. Little violence, singing not up to par--no dancing.
posted a Quick Tip about Om Shanti Om. February 15, 2010
Om Shanti Om
Fun filled Bollywood song and dance film about love, murder, reincarnation, revenge, and of course, love. Shah Ruhk Khan stars.
posted a Quick Tip about Slumdog Millionaire. February 04, 2010
posted in ASIANatomy
If you've seen this film please don't think you've seen "Bollywood"--this was directed by an Irishman, what does he know about Bollywood?
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. November 16, 2009
   I enjoyed this film but I did not feel it was as great as all the hype it has received.  The director uses flashbacks in a confusing manner starting with an adult Jamal being tortured in a Mumbai police station.  We are then treated to all kinds of flashbacks with an adult Jamal playing the India version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and a very poor kid Jamal being abused …
reviewed Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire. October 21, 2009
Veerana: Vengeance of the Vampire
There are vampires and there are vampire movies, and then there's VEERANA: VENGEANCE OF THE VAMPIRE a Bollywood horror flick circa 1987. One would think that this flick is about some hot vampire chick named Veerana judging from the title and the cover of the box, and one would be wrong on both counts. We can blame the American distributors for this of course, because Veerana seems to …
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