Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Living on Movies!!!

The best investments I make is in selecting friends...I picked up a bad habit from Loyola of only picking friends who will stick with me through thick and thin. As a result I have slim pickings in the friendship game but a large number of acquantances who I loose touch with over time. Well to return to the topic of investments I made a rare good investment. The last 31 days saw me watching almost 50 movies courtesy Blockbuster's one-month $15 unlimited dvd rental movie pass. I made a 400% profit out of the whole deal but more than the money it was one month I spent without cribbing about having nothing to do!
Well here's a list of the movies I watched. Earlier I used to get disappointed by most of the movies I saw. I decided I was beginning to tire of my most favorite pastime and decided to consider films as timepass and try to enjoy the movie while it ran and do a critique of it later. Nowadays I like 95% of all movies I watch unless the movie is impossibly horrible. I decided to give an ABC grading for the movies and also have doned the role of a one line critic.
Primal Fear - A. Ed Norton & Richard Gere are superb, the faked schizo and the twists!
Life of David Gale - A. Kevin Spacey, amazing twists, story has so much conviction
Two Weeks Notice - A. Incredible chemistry between Hugh Grant & Sandra Bullock
Laws of Attraction - B. Oft-told story. Brosnan & Julianne Moore complement each other well.
Runaway Bride - A. Julia Roberts & Richard Gere repeats the Pretty Woman magic.
King Arthur - A. Clive Owen in a realistic portrayal of King Arthur. The legend is humanised. Beatiful Keira Knightley is Guinevere.
Ashoka - C. Good story but too many songs but picturised well.Shahrukh's acting is inconsistent.
Cleopatra - B. Timothy Dalton as Julius Ceasar is at his best. Billy Zane as Mark Antony sucks.
From Hell - A. Another terryfing Jack the Ripper story. Another Johnny Depp masterpeice.
JFK - A. Kevin Costner's out-of-the-world acting..equal credit to Oliver Stone for the script and dialogues.
Body Double - C. Just okay.
Body Heat - A. Original of Jism. Bipasha isnt even a patch on Kathleen Turner.
Knight's Tale - B. A sincere performance from Heath Ledger. Weak script.
Lolita - B. Jeremy Irons and a good story line.
Disclosure - A. Michael Douglas and Demi Moore does justice to this Michael Crichton novel.
Traffic - A. Too many sub-plots and characters. Benicio del Toro stands out.Relishingly different.
Omen2 - B. Omen1 is better but still spine-chilling. Grab screenplay of Omen1 written as novel!
Stigmata - B. gabriel byrne is magnetic. movie cud've been different but ended up like exorcist.
Mask of Zorro - B. A success of perfect casting....Zeta-Jones, Hopkins and Banderas rock.
Entrapment - B. Unusual pairing of Connery and Zeta-Jones leaves us hooked to end.
Cold Mountain - A. Epic par-excellence. Jude Law, Nicole and Renne in career-best roles.
The Firm - A. Tom Cruise revels as John Grisham's most "hero"ic character.
Jerry Maguire - A. Cruise in yet another charismatic role with shades of harmless grey(his best??)
Me, Myself & Irene - B. Jim Carrey's comic take as schizophreniac and a pretty Renee!
The Last Samurai - A. Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe & cross-cultural respect touch our hearts.
Intolerable Cruelty - B. Romantic comdy. Clooney and Zeta-Jones making a ravising pair.
Clear and Present Danger - B. Harrison Ford as Jack Ryan tried hard to live up to Tom Clancy.
In the Line of Fire - B. Breaks ur heart having to see old Clint romancing Rene Russo and saving the President.
First Knight - A. An iconoclastic movie. Connery is chivalrous but old Arthur, Gere swashbuckling Lancelot & Julia Ormond sweet and noble Guinevere.
The Bone Collector - A. Good crime-thriller.An unsexy Jolie combines well with bed-ridden Denzel.
Malice - B. Nicole plays bad-gal to unsuspecting hus, Bill Pullman with Alec Baldwin as conspirator.
Far and Away - B Tom and Nicole in an epic rags-to-riches journey from Ireland to US.
Fargo - B. Crime story on futility of riches and violence. Kudos to the helmsmen, Coen Brothers.
Tailor of Panama - C. An unusual and tame spy thriller. Geoffrey Rush is saving grace.
Cold Creek Manor - A. Terrific suspense with Dennis Quaid and Sharon Stone struggling to save their marriage and lives.
Proof of Life - B. Different kind of kidnapping drama. Russel Crowe & Meg Ryan display unusual chemistry.
Le Divorce - B. an interesting and comic contrast of American and French cultures through the lives of sisters, Naomi Watts and Kate Hudson
Broken Arrow - C. Travolta and Christian Slater square off. Films begins with promise but the script leaves these two talented actors with little to do other than fight.
Wicker Park - A. Surprise movie of the pack. Unassuming actors, a script which gives nothing away till the end...was in rapt attention all the while.
Spiderman2 - B. Peter Parker's moral dilemma crowns this sequel. Tardy graphics.
King HenryV - B. A rare movie truthful to the orginal Shakesperean dialogues.
Lord of Rings2 - B. Not as good as LOTR1 and 3.
Die Another Day - C. Pierce Brosnan is good. The rest ...the story, effects, all suck.
Eternal Sunshine of Spotless Mind - B. Spirit overcomes science in this well-edited romance. Carrey and Winslett makes for an unusual casting coup.
Signs - A. Shyamalan make us reaffirms our faith in god thru his protagonist, Mel Gibson.
The Village - A.Shyamalan's thought provoking story of the innocence, fear and courage in a village fighting mysterious creatures and urbanization.


Rambling Rose Cottage said...

Wow! That's a lot of movies! I loved Signs and The Village!

Praveen said...

hmmm... lot of movies and lot of good movies in that list too particularly Jerry Maguire, Firm,Clear and Present Danger. I think I will watch some others from the list that I missed out. Thanks for the link.

Anonymous said...

Sixth Sense is my fav movie to this day. The climax took my breath away. This is by far one of the best written review as far as brevity is concerned. You managed to say a lot in those one liners.

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