Tag Archives: Omid Nikfarjam

Shake Hands with the Devil – 2007 – Roger Spottiswoode

Forget about Hotel Rwanda and Shooting Dogs. This documentary about the Rwandan killing fields, one of the most appalling chapters in modern history, contains some very disturbing images. If one’s ever shed tears over some stupid Bollywood movie, they should be ashamed of themselves. Omid Nikfarjam


Mother of Tears – 2007 – Dario Argento

The third installment of the Three Mothers trilogy by Dario Argento, the true stepfather of Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and the rest of the gornography gang, is spectacularly bad. And I mean bad in every way; acting, story, dialogue. You must, like me, have this crazy thing for horrors to watch this to the end! Omid Nikfarjam

Happy-Go-Lucky – 2008 – Mike Leigh

This is so unlike Mike Leigh’s previous work. It’s also the best British feel-good movie in a while, but somewhere underneath Leigh’s dark and ironic tone definitely lurking. Sally Hawkins in the lead role is so delightful, and Eddie Marsan gives a great performance. Omid Nikfarjam

Mamma Mia! – 2008 – Phyllida Lloyd

The silliest, clumsiest musical ever! I think the director was busy dancing behind the camera. I’ve never seen a thing as unsightly as Pierce Brosnan singing and dancing. BUT… Meryl Streep is absolutely gorgeous. I could write a book about her, 50 words isn’t enough. Omid Nikfarjam

Couscous – 2007 – Abdel Kechiche

Much in the vein of Arau’s Like Water for Chocolate and Hallstrom’s Chocolat, but deeper, livelier, and much darker. One can’t help feeling that Tunisian-born Kechiche thinks that all is futile. This is an uncut diamond. A new cut and 30 minutes less wouldn’t hurt this a bit. Omid Nikfarjam

The Visitor – 2007 – Thomas McCarthy

The VisitorOne of the best post-9/11 dramas, The Visitor is a subtle, heart-warming story about a lonely American professor whose passion for music leads him to find compansionship with the most far-fetched people. Jenkins, in the lead role, truly deserves an Oscar for best actor. Omid Nikfarjam

She’s So Lovely – 1997 – Nick Cassavetes

A romantic melodrama with an ingenious indie look. Unlike most Hollywood movies with ready-made, superfluous answers it successfully limits itself to showing the mystery of love in all its ambiguity. Marvellous cast, especially the Penns (Sean and Robin) who are the very personification of “being madly in love”. Omid Nikfarjam