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  • Pakeezah 1972

    ★★★ Watched 01 Mar, 2015

    part of the 30 countries challenge
    film 1 - India

    Hmm.

    Pakeezah is a strange bird. It feels like a Bollywood Dr. Zhivago with a hint of Western and a story reminiscent of 1970s historical romance novels where the cover displays a big bosomed woman with a gymnast's spine arching back while in the arms of a broad-shouldered pirate-like man with long hair and flowing shirt sleeves. Those novels always include a moment where the woman loses her love interest…

  • American Sniper 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2015 22

    For all the hype this film is getting, it is kind of boring, isn't it? I assume the film is contentious because of its point, although I don't know what that is, or most likely for its raison-d'etre in the first place. But all that aside, the film fails at being interesting, captivating, dramatic or informative. It is just that plain story of the soldier who fights and comes home a changed man. Nothing wrong with that per se, but…

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  • Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 20 Feb, 2015 32

    Wow.

    This is by far the best middle finger salute to the "paint your feelings" school of education. How refreshing! Simmons deserves all the accolades he's getting and then some for his portrayal of a Jazz musician turned teacher looking to preserve the future of his beloved music by trying to cultivate the next Charlie Parker. Does he go to far? Probably. Is it true that "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job"?…

  • Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 89

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…