In these cold winter days, we’ve more time than we know what to do with.
So we do what we know best – watch movies or read books.
These are some of the movies we’ve watched recently:
* Au Revoir, les enfants (French) – A charming movie we watched last night on Netflix Instant Play.
Based on a real life incident in the early 1940s (the Nazi era for all ye schmucks), the French movie is a well-crafted story of life at a Catholic boarding school in occupied France and of budding friendship between two young boys – a Christian and a Jew, who’s in hiding.
The two young boys Gaspard Manesse and Raphael Fejto who play Julien Quentin and Jean Bonnet respectively play their parts very well and are a delight to watch. Way better than your Bollywood Amitabh Bachchans and Akshay Kumars. You have a foreboding the movie won’t end well for the boys and sadly, it doesn’t.
* For a Few Dollars More – We’ll do a full review of this Clint Eastwood spaghetti western later. All we’d like to say here is that this second film in the Dollar trilogy is a beautiful film with solid performances by both Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef.
Ennio Morricone’s score for the movie is for the ages (a mere 99-cents on iTunes).
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: This one we picked up from the RedBox kiosk. A charmer of a movie with solid performances by all involved, Benjamin Button is the story of a baby born with a rare disorder – reverse aging. The baby is born with the hideous, ugly features of a shrivelled old man that makes the father recoil in horror and abandon him. It’s not Brad Pitt but the extraordinary story that’s the hero of this lovely film.
* Chellata: After seeing the Kannada blockbuster hit Mungaru Male, we found the movie’s lead star Ganesh to be a decent actor with potential. So we picked up Chellata, an older movie of Ganesh and the young lad’s first movie in which he featured as the hero. Alas, this one turned out to be a monstrosity.