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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 …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 14, 2011
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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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …
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.   …
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 …
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 …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 03, 2010
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This story is so well crafted that the viewer suspends their reason and disbelief, and by the end of the movie we all overlook the simple but persistant message of the film... women are stupid.  …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. November 16, 2009
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   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 …
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 …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. October 18, 2009
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Pros: Superbly directed, acted and filmed.     Cons: N/a     The Bottom Line: Despite the depressing setting Slumdog Millionaire is strangely uplifting and hopeful …
reviewed Chandni Chowk to China. September 26, 2009
Chandni Chowk to China
Did you ever see a movie that made your jaw drop?  A movie that was so stunningly bizarre that it was all you could do to keep your eyeballs in their sockets? Well that's what I was hoping …
reviewed Darna Mana Hai. September 23, 2009
Darna Mana Hai
      As a lifelong horror fan and a recent convert to the wonderful world of Bollywood, I was looking forward to sampling the exotic world of Bollywood horror. Would it draw …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. September 10, 2009
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If you like Charles Dickens and, to a lesser extent, Horatio Alger, you'll love this movie.     Jamal and his older brother Salim are children of the Bombay (now Mumbai) slums. The …
reviewed Hey Ram. August 20, 2009
Hey Ram
   Bollywood films ( those wonderful movies from India) have the reputation of being mindless fluff--of being nothing more than pretty people singing and dancing while falling in and out love …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. May 18, 2009
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"…If you look hard enough, Life can give you all the answers." This is one phrase I've always been told and director Danny Boyle's adaptation of the novel by Vikas Swarup tells a very …
reviewed Om Shanti Om. May 07, 2009
Om Shanti Om
Let's just get it out of the way right now; I loved this movie. It's a very enjoyable comedy  (even though most of the in-joke references to earlier Bollywood filmstars went over my …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. May 04, 2009
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I watched the Oscars without having seen Slumdog Millionaires. I thought Hollywood was making too much out of the movie. However, after watching it for myself, I can honestly say this is the first fresh …
reviewed Gandhi, My Father. May 01, 2009
Gandhi, My Father
While reading a collection of Gandhi's writings I came upon a mention of his son having converted to Islam. I was very surprised since Attenborough's film had completely skipped over any children …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 14, 2009
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In these dark times people are looking for hope. They are looking for leadership. They are looking for understand for their fellow man. They want to see dreams come true, and love prevail. If these are …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 08, 2009
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Someone in the movie calls Jamal's story "bizarrely plausible" and I would have to agree. The story is basically structured in a way that if one thing had happened differently in Jamal's life he wouldn't …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. April 07, 2009
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I loved Slumdog Millionaire, but anyone expecting a serious meditation about the social problems effecting India will be disappointed here - it's entertainment, not a documentary.     This …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 05, 2009
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Slumdog Millionaire was an excellent film, it deserved its Oscars. I enjoyed it more than any film I've seen for a while. The story is just so visceral and does not hide the terrible poverty that many …
reviewed Slumdog Millionaire. March 04, 2009
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A viewing of "Slumdog Millionaire," even if costs a hefty $12 ticket at Westwood's Landmark Theaters, is worth every penny.  Set in the vibrant city of Mumbai, India, the film tells an impassioned …
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