Monthly Archives: April 2008

The Departed – 2006 – Martin Scorsese

Adapted from the original, set in Hong Kong, Scorsese finally bagged an Oscar for his tense portrayal of corruption set in Boston. He nails pretty much everything in this brilliantly written, and acted, thriller. Leonardo De Caprio comes of age and Nicholson proves he is the best actor in America. JJ

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Vivah – 2006 – Sooraj R. Barjatya

A simple, honest and graceful movie. While some may complain that this movie is sickly sentimental, I thought it beautifully reflects India’s culture and traditions in a touching manner. Maybe women would enjoy this more than men as it’s a regular family drama! Neha Kumar

Naked Blood – 1995 – Hisayasu Sato

A very bizarre, dated, Japanese movie about a high-school teenager’s quest to rid the world of sadness and pain, by replacing it with happiness and ecstasy. He spikes his mother’s experimental test subjects with his test serum, and videotapes their progression as well as orgies and the elation of eventual death. A weird film. Brian Murray

Some Like It Hot – 1959 – Billy Wilder

Such delightful innocence and good fun too. From an era when you could disguise two men – on the run from the Mafia – with dresses and some breast padding. Add to the mischief the sweetness of Marilyn Monroe and you have a classic. JJ

The Player -1992 – Robert Altman

Player is Altman’s attempt to satirize and mock Hollywood. He’s exorcised virtually all Hollywood and what it represents in this very funny and watchable movie. If there were ever one master of parody in American cinema, it was certainly Robert Altman. Omid Nikfarjam

Working Girl – 1988 – Mike Nichols

Working GirlA feel-good, Frank Capra-style movie about a secretary who gets her big break in New York in the 80s. The problem is everything is pretty predictable with her life even though its director, Mike Nichols, is the creator of such powerful works as Closer and Angels in America among others. Omid Nikfarjam

Mifune’s Last Song – 1999 – Søren Kragh-Jacobsen

Dogma 95-cinema at its best, Mifune’s storytelling combines unforgiving realism with an erratic charm that leaves you strangely uplifted. Despite the film’s dealing with one of Dogma’s favourite topics – dysfunctional family life – Mifune has a heart-warming quality that turns it into the possibly most unlikely feel-good film ever. Sabine Wolf