Monthly Archives: January 2008

Om Shanti Om – 2007 – Farah Khan

10m12.jpgOm, an inspiring actor during the 1970s, is murdered but reborn in the present day. He attempts to get everything he couldn’t in his previous life – the stardom and the love of his life. Whilst the film is boring, Shah Rukh Khan’s six packs and newcomer Deepika are simply yummy! Neha Kumar

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Half Baked – 1998 – Tamra Davis

images6.jpegHB is the stuff of stoner legend. Dave Chappelle provides the guidance for a team of potheads to spring their friend from behind bars. With character names like Mary Jane Potman, Simpson Samson and Thurgood Jenkins – a.k.a. Sir Smoke-a-Lot – director Tamra Davis created an underrated comedy classic. JJ

The Sterile Cuckoo – 1969 – Alan J. Pakula

24m.jpgA sober look at the experience of first love in the late 1960s. It somewhat reminded me of the atmosphere in Mike Nichols’s Graduate, so if you liked that, you’re going to love this one which is a decent adaptation too. Beautiful soundtrack. Omid Nikfarjam

Disturbia – 2007 – D.J. Caruso

10m11.jpgEssentially Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller Rear Window recycled, Disturbia is entertainment through and through. As the teenager under house arrest who turns to spying on neighbours, Shia LaBeouf is funny, as he was in Transformers, but he’s already gravitating towards becoming a cliché. He should be more cautious in choosing his roles. Omid Nikfarjam

Nancy Drew – 2007 – Andrew Fleming

10m10.jpgNancy Drew is a know-all white middle class American girl detective cleverer than the FBI and the CIA combined. She wants to obey her father’s wishes, stop sleuthing and become a ‘normal’ teenager. That all goes awry when they move into a mystery house in LA. Queue the drama, and so forth… Brian Murray

Time To Leave – 2005 – François Ozon

images5.jpegA gay fashion photographer facing his mortality is determined to leave a legacy. Now is the time for reviewing old memories and trying to leave a trace in a future he’s got no place in. Ozon’s made a little gem. I’ve rarely come across a movie about loss and death as warm and reassuring. Omid Nikfarjam

Pan’s Labyrinth – 2006 – Guillermo Del Toro

10m9.jpgA perfect blend of reality and fantasy. The reality is set post Spanish Civil War, where a young girl is exposed to pain, sadness and death. In the fantasy world, she completes three tasks to become an immortal princess. Well-woven together, making for an ambiguous but interesting ending. Neha Kumar