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Is it possible to give any rates to a movie like this one? At first I thought they should have the option to give 0 points, but well, let's see what happened to me while watching this movie.
First of all: I was amazed that I could sit it out till the end! Maybe that's because if you watch this movie as a comedy, you can have a good laugh, although a glass of alcohol or something else stimulating might be needed to help you really laugh out loud.
Imagine, a Princess like Fatima going back to Ali Baba, telling him that she loves him, while only about 1 minute ago in the movie she cries with horror when she discovers his necklace!
So where did I find my points? Well, first of all the actor who plays Ali Baba is quite sexy, and at the same time so clumsy that it looks like a slapstick. Halfway there is some exotic dancer who, according to me, must have been one of the first actors ever to have come out of the closet simply by dancing like this in a movie :-) And finally, we see a great cat-fight (two women fighting), so there you have my 3 points.
No, sorry, I can not say much to encourage you to watch, unless you are like me, you want to watch anything you can watch simply to be able to vote at IMDb.... and I would say, THAT's a good reason as any other!
Jab We Met (2007)
watch it on a rainy afternoon
7 stars out of 10, for a movie that is actually quite irritating and boring? Yes, since there are still some aspects to this movie that made it worth watching. The plot is thin, the special effects are terrible (watching a train moving out of a station with in the background a screen showing the station passing by), and the actress continued talking is working on your nerves.
So what reason would there be to watch this movie? First of all, the music. Though being a lousy movie in the end, the music is great, and would have deserved a better result.
Secondly, the moments where they movie shows you aspects of several different cultures (even though they made the Chinese dance like Bollywood Indians) gave it something interesting.
And at times it is fun, fun enough to sit down on a lazy afternoon, when you're not in the mood to go to the cinema, to rent a movie, and this is the only movie at hand. But you will have to make it through the first 40 minutes of the movie, which are the hardest to stay interested and focused. But in the end you won't regret having watched it.
Great potential comedy becomes huge disappointment
What do you do when you have a good story for a great comedy? Well, I would say you make the best of it, and create a blockbuster. The story altogether has many possibilities: two women are forced to get married if they want to inherit their father's money and estate, two girls are forced to get married after having made a mess of every introduction to possible candidates, and two guys on the run for pretty much the same reasons.
The "gay-issue" plays a part in this movie, although you have to read between the lines at times, and not assume that the writer only used it to create funny moments. Nevertheless, what happens is that the bad sound, the terrible translation for the English subtitles, and especially the bad acting of several of the actors make this a disaster.
And that is really a pity, cause the story has much potential. Let's hope someone takes the same story for a better make-over some day!
Moses the Lawgiver (1974)
Worst Moses ever
I had high hopes when I bought this. Who knows, Burt Lancaster is not just any actor. But oh, was I wrong. Even though you have to consider the time (1974) when there were no blue screen and visual effects departments like in these days, the editor did a bad job. Beside that there more flaws. Simple things like 2 different baby's Moses... and the biggest question: where did the director get the story from? You don't have to believe in the Bible to watch this movie, but even then, the whole movie is based on things that are pure imagination of the director but have nothing to do with any of the biblical stories, or even Jewish tradition. It was a huge disappointment, and I advise everyone if they want to see a good movie, and closer to reality, to watch the movie classic the Ten Commandments.
Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic (2008)
Well, of course, you might think that this movie is a kind of make-over and mix of many movies: from Nanny McPhee, Oh God, to A night at the museum, and such titles. But when you have a closer look at this movie, it is a complete different story, and very original. OK, the nanny in this movie is also making sure that a bunch of kids and their "dad" are going to love each other. But that's about it.
First of all, the fact that a tragic accident, and a court order are the cause of all this, is already completely different. The movie has some kids who are playing really well, their is a great sense of humor and at the same time you can't escape it's serious subject.
Minor things, like the religious mash potato they are trying to serve you, as if all religions are alike, you take for granted.
It is a great family movie, good for the holiday season, and some people might even need a hankie. But take it for what it is, a fun movie, enjoyable with the kids.
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Sloppy but fun
I guess if you don't know much about the Bollywood scene, you might get confused easily or even bored somehow. Still, if you compare to all those other Bollywood movies which seems to have 3 plots at least, and start all over again when you think that the movies is finished, than this one is doing quite well. First off all: the plot simply continues in the second part, that is a big relieve. Secondly, it is fun to watch and even the end credits are fun compare with most other movies. The story is not to bad, and even the acting of people like Shreyas Talpade is great. I think the supporting actors are actually doing much better than the leading role. But I advice you, keep an eye on the female leading actress, we will surely hear more from her in the future! The moment they open a huge tin can of Bollywood stars is a fest of recognition although it has no real meaning in this movie. The weakest part: the film fare awards ceremony in this film. But anyway, the film fare awards are weak in itself...
Fire Under the Snow (2008)
At the IDFA (International Documantary Filmfestival Amsterdam) I had the privilege to join one of the 3 screenings of this documentary. The director of this documentary showed with Fire under snow, how little and how much someone can bear, when it comes to (injust) imprisonment, violent torture and loosing almost half of your life due to injustice by the Chinese. The combination of old material, and even recent material secretly smuggled out of Tibet, made the documentary very worthwhile, although a part of the documentary focused on the 2008 Olympics which are behind us already. But still, I liked it very much, and was very happy to be able to ask my questions and give compliments after the show to the person it was all about, Lama Palden.
An amazing project... like a diary, you read through this documentary with high expectations towards the end: will or will they not be able to show gay pride in Jerusalem. Ins and outs of religious intolerance, the sadness and uselessness of war, the tears and the joy of those fighting for their rights. A must see for anyone who values democracy and human rights! The documentary got it's premiere at the IDFA in Amsterdam, and has been shown on television in the Netherlands during gay pride week Amsterdam on July 30, 2008 and still keeps me emotional when watching. Wish I could have been there to join them, and celebrate and show support.
Het schnitzelparadijs (2005)
lack of words
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Yes, I am Dutch, and Yes I am ashamed of an awful piece like this. You hear the word "fk" almost every 10 seconds, even though it is spelled/pronounced with an o this movie should never have been made, and dumped in the trashcan from the beginning. The fact that this is the 'second generation' of Maroccons living here involved in making this movie doesn't have to do anything with the quality. It could have been OK if they would have use some normal language. Some people call it funny, and at some moments this movie is, well, for those who don't know how to laugh about normal humor that is. Really, I can't find anything in this movie to recommend it to watch it, even on a boring rainy day, or a day the snow is piled up in front of your house for more than 2 meters.
Zindaggi Rocks (2006)
Two thumbs up for Bollywood.
After I watched this movie I had only one 'but', namely, they should have chosen a different title, cause the title doesn't cover what the movie tells us. I am a bit surprised about the other comments for this movie, cause if there is any good Bollywood blockbuster, it is this one. Even those who don't like Bollywood movies will acknowledge that this movie shakes everyone's foundations of love, faith, life. It is all about controversial choices, that each of us one day night have to make, and some of these ugly choices are made "easier" for us in some countries like the Netherlands where they have euthanasia in the law. It is a terrible law, and I am not proud to be Dutch. I hate this law, but at the same time I understand the terrible choices people have to make when suffering and death enter our life. Still, as this movie shows, it is a big question if we as humans can make decisions as if we are God, and you can disagree with the choice that the mother makes in this movie. Nevertheless, this movie has done this with a great delicacy, and even the music is appropriate at the right time. This way it didn't just become a Bollywood movie, but a great Indian story about the hardships of life. Two thumbs up for Bollywood!