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Movies We've Seen
We have at least a dozen DVDs waiting to be watched. Guess what? This weekend, we promised ourselves to veg out in front of the TV and catch up!!! NOT.
But before that, we have
To See or Not to See
Won 8 Oscars. Another 71 wins & 26 nominations, and the accolade is all well-deserved. You think? I think it's because we are in this current economic situation that award giving bodies are being political. They want to see "hope that we can believe in" not just in the White House but also in the movies.
The movie was ordinary. If Lino Brocka would have been alive, he would have done a better screenplay. If it was only because of the depiction of poverty that hooks the audience, I can send them other Filipino films like "Kubrador" or "Magnifico". Both have the same treatment but not made by Danny Boyle.
I heard of Indian-Canadians who got bored in the middle of seeing the film. That sums it all. Case closed.
Here are 5 more films we saw in the last 8 weeks
Taken (2.5 stars)
was a surprise sleeper which we saw more than 2 months ago and hit the charts in the US so late. I even saw this on the plane during our flight back to Toronto in January. Action was non-stop. This time at least the character of Liam Neeson has a good ending. Lately, in real life, he has been distraught with the latest news on his wife, Natasha Richardson.
Burn After Reading (4 stars)
- Dear Coen Brothers, you never stop to amaze us. This one was again not as good as "Fargo" but as enjoyable to watch as "the Big Lebowski". This is what movie making should be. Entertaining. Especially during these times of recession and undeserved big bonus paychecks. This is a definite "to see", if only for Brad Pitt making fun of himself.
Benjamin Button (2 stars)
- This is really unfair to say that it was dragging, and wasn't much compelling. This could have been 4 stars. I never had a movie so less compelling that I didnt even finish it. But it could have a redeeming value in the end. It's hardly entertaining but really heart warming to see Brad in a different light and look. I will give this another try - and finish it. 2 maybe 4, but I hardly doubt it.
Rachel Getting Married (5 stars)
- nope, that's not a typo. Among the films that were part of our Oscars stash, this was the most enjoyable, most entertaining and clearly nearest to any dysfunctional family. Some scenes you will just say, "Hey, that happens in our family too!" The dish washer scene is memorable. I am not a prong man by the way. You?
Milk (2 stars)
- ok, I finished the movie, unlike Benjamin Button. So that means that 2 stars is the most the movie will get. But if you ask me about the acting of Sean Penn, as always it will be 6 stars. The pacing pulls down the acting of Penn. The back and forth to his typing his memoir to the actual scenes is a bit disconcerting. For me it wasnt effective. Got milk? Skip it. Set in San Francisco in the famous Castro street. That part of the Bay area, I will not miss - next week! :)