Movie List

I rarely write movie reviews; you would find them in plenty elsewhere. Here are some of the movies I watched recently, with notes. There are a few foreign language films either because I have friends and colleagues in those countries , or the movies had won some awards - which means that your enjoyment is guaranteed.

Babí léto or Autumn Spring (2001)
A beautiful Czech comedy about an old-age prankster Fanda who refuses to give up despite his age. I myself was tricked at once scene for the first time I watched the movie: Franda meets another old man and pretends to be his best-friend. Though I don't understand Czech language, I could recognize several words like mrtve (dead in English, mrt in Sanskrit).

Nirgendwo in Afrika or Nowhere in Africa (2001)
An excellent illustration of human immigration: a Jewish family escapes Hitler's Germany to find a new home in Africa.

Kundun (1997)
Story of present day Dalai Lama. Music is notably well composed for the movie and landscape.

Hachi-gatsu no kyôshikyoku or Rhapsody in August (1991)
A Japanese grandma recollects horrors of American atom bomb. Movie depicts how an entire generation spends a terrorized life because of the bomb.

Ran (1985)
King Lear's Japanese adaptation, movie moves like a Japanese painting.

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Lacks originality, but the music score is moving.

Munich (2005)
Well made Spielberg movie with 70s touch.

Lion of the Desert (1981)
Take current day middle east situation; replace Iraq with Libya, Italian Fascism with American oil lobby. The result is the story of this film.

Raye makhfi or Secret Ballot (2001)
Raises several thought provoking questions about democracy and nationalism. A comedy about a polling agent in a remote Irani island who goes around collecting votes. If you have a narrow minded view of Iran, you must watch this movie.

The Old Man and the Sea (1990)
An Ernest Hemingway classic about an old fisherman refusing his age.
Comments:

You should try to watch Hotel Rwanda if you like movies like Munich.

Posted by Madhan Kumar on October 15, 2007 at 09:29 PM PDT #

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