Aug 082012

Screw Blockbuster!

Screw Netflix Instant!

Screw RedBox!

I’m back on the Netflix DVD train, the only place where you can reliably depend on an eclectic collection of movies in the U.S.

This afternoon with a glass of Chocolate Gin cocktail in my hand and fried peanuts seasoned with curry leaves, grated ginger and coriander perched on a nearby wobbly stool I sat down to watch the French film The Women on the 6th Floor.

Don’t ask how or why I picked this one.

Just attribute it to my partiality for European films.

Delightful Movie

Set in the early 1960s (well, 1962 if you persnickety types insist on precision), Les femmes du 6ème étage (The Women on the 6th Floor) is the epitome of charm.

Like a lot of European films, it’s hard to pigeonhole The Women on the 6th Floor into a clear category.

There’s a hazy political backdrop to the movie in terms of classes (employers/’Bosses’ vs employees), some talk of Franco and the Spanish Civil War, a bit of religion, a big dollop of comedy and, of course, love as the underpinning.

Quite a kichdi, isn’t it?

Ah, I almost forgot – Full nudity.

Alas, only the rear + side view. :(

Well, we’ll take our blessings as they come.

Hey, shedding clothes is part of the French charm like yodeling champestanu (kill you) in a Telugu film. Continue reading »

Aug 082012

I’ve always been ambivalent about a Bourne movie without Matt Damon.

It’s like embarking on a mission to make a bad Indian movie without Abhishek Bachchan or Ajith.

No Abhishek Bachchan or No Ajith, no guarantee of a bad-ass Indian film.

Mission Impossible. 😉

Ditto with the Bourne films.

No Damon or No Paul Greengrass (director), No Bourne enjoy.

To bring a guy like Jeremy Renner who’d do well as an extra in a Bourne film and make him the hero is weird.

Plus, there’s a new director (Tony Gilroy) on board with Bourne Legacy.

Bourne Legacy Poster in Midtown ManhattanBourne Legacy Poster – 8th Ave, Midtown Manhattan

Not surprisingly, the early reviews of Bourne Legacy are pretty scathing.

Last night, when I checked RT the rating for Bourne Legacy was 43%.

It’s since inched up to 53%.

Still pathetic for a high profile movie franchise like the Bourne Legacy.

Here are excerpts from some of the damning reviews: Continue reading »

Aug 082012

India has very little to be proud of.

No gold medals in the Olympics.

No good movies.

No good leaders.

No good people.

But one thing India has lots of – Rabid Dogs!

Oh, I mean of the quadruped kind (we’ll deal with the biped rabid curs on another occasion). 😉

My favorite newspaper, the New York Times, had an interesting piece on the menace of stray dogs in India yesterday.

There are millions of stray dogs in India and they’re causing much agony to hapless folks.

Here’s an excerpt from the NYT piece:

No country has as many stray dogs as India, and no country suffers as much from them. Free-roaming dogs number in the tens of millions and bite millions of people annually, including vast numbers of children. An estimated 20,000 people die every year from rabies infections — more than a third of the global rabies toll.

Packs of strays lurk in public parks, guard alleyways and street corners and howl nightly in neighborhoods and villages. Joggers carry bamboo rods to beat them away, and bicyclists fill their pockets with stones to throw at chasers. Walking a pet dog here can be akin to swimming with sharks.

….India’s place as the global center for rabid dogs is an ancient one: the first dog ever infected with rabies most likely was Indian, said Dr. Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dog bites cause 99 percent of human rabies deaths.
– Source: New York Times, August 6, 2012

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