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Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Minority Report
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Sci Fi

Minority Report (2002)

Director: Steven Spielberg

The idea of psychics minds predicting murders before they happen is a bit of a stretch for me. Other than that this is probably one of the best sci-fi movies out there, thanks to the superb story by Philip K Dick.

I'm not a big fan of Tom Cruise, but he's ok in this movie.

The omni-present retinal scanners are not too far-fetched. London has security cameras everywhere. 


Posted by shahriar at 11:06 PM EST
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The Interpreter
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Conspiracy/Action

Interpreter 2005

Director: Sydney Pollack

An African diplomat is murdered in the United Nations building, Nicole Kidman happens to be one of the few Westerners who speak the diplomat's dialect. Sean Penn is the federal agent who is investigating. Both deliver an excellent performance in this international conspiracy movie.  


Posted by shahriar at 10:57 PM EST
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Happenstance
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Date Movies

Happenstance  (2000)
Battement d'ailes du papillon, Le

Director: Laurent Firode

A series of seemingly unrelated events that end up connecting the lives of several Paris residents.

Romantic comedy starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie).

 


Posted by shahriar at 10:52 PM EST
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Auberge Espagnol
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Date Movies

Auberge Espagnol L' (2002)

Director: Céderic Klapisch

In this romantic comedy, starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie), students from all over Europe share a house during the school year in Spain.

I believe anyone who has spent some time abroad as a student will enjoy this movie.


Posted by shahriar at 10:44 PM EST
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Sunday, 9 December 2007
2 Days in Paris
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Date Movies

2 Days in Paris (2007)

Director: Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy directs and plays in this romantic comedy. I laughed through the entire movie ! Great portrayal, albeit sometimes exaggerated, of cultural differences.

The sometimes never-ending arguments reminded me of Woody Allen movies.

Great Date Movie ! Smile


Posted by shahriar at 6:37 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 15 December 2007 10:08 PM EST
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Beowulf
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Animation

Beowulf (2007)

Director: Robert Zemeckis

An adaptation of the oldest available litterature in Old English. The computer graphics are fascinating. I'm still impressed by the technique by which they can create animated representations of real actors.

One historical inaccuracy my friends pointed out to me was that  Christianity actually arrived in Northern Europe about 500 years after the events of this story had taken place.

For another adaptation of this story watch

Beowulf & Grendel (2005)

Director: Sturla Gunnarsson 


Posted by shahriar at 12:36 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 11 December 2007 11:11 PM EST
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Saturday, 8 December 2007
Offside
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Offside

Offside (2006)

Director: Jafar Panahi

Women are not allowed in the soccer stadium. The girls who try to sneak in are arrested. But the guards and their prisoners are all young, and as it turns out, equally mad about soccer.

While the fans are going wild following the game inside the stadium, the guards report the progress to their prisoners. 

The elders who put these rules in place are out of touch, and out of sight. 


Posted by shahriar at 4:29 PM EST
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Goodbye Lenin
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Goodbye Lenin

Goodbye Lenin (2003)

Director: Wolfgang Becker 

The authorities lie to stay in power. Parents lie to protect themselves and their children. Children lie to protect their parents. It seems like in communist East Germany everyone has to lie. But this society of lies is falling apart. How long can you keep the lies going ?

A humorous glimpse into the lives of East Germans just as the wall was about to fall, and the aftermath.

 


Posted by shahriar at 4:20 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 6:36 PM EST
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The Red Violin
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Red Violin, The

Red Violin, The  (1998)

Director: François Girard

For three centuries, this violin has changed hands many times. In the hands of a Maestro, it can mesmerize the music-lover with its magical sound. If the idealogues get their hands on it, they would burn this "western" musical instrument.

Who deserves to own the Red Violin ? Who will end up owning it ? 

 


Posted by shahriar at 4:16 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 8 December 2007 4:18 PM EST
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