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A History of Violence by David Cronenbery (2005)

Hmm, I don’t know where my review of this film went. I know I reviewed it when I saw it in the theater, but it isn’t here, so it is time to review it again after watching the DVD.

I have to say I really enjoyed this film, I honestly missed the twist the first time, falling for it big time. The performances are amazing, and totally believable. The violence is extreme but not glorified. And most incredible, which I didn’t realize the first time was just how incredibly this film is shot. Shot after shot is so well done, with driving crane shots, and very long shots that really make this film an incredible thing to watch. In fact it really makes me want to check out the graphic novel. This is certainly not your typical comic books story, and seems made to be a film. It is really too bad that Viggo Mortensen got no recognition for his part in this film, because his performance is really incredible.

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Veer-Zaara by Yash Chopra (2005)

I have to admit to being a sucker for these Bollywood love stories, and I have been looking forward to this film for some time. Not only did I see an interview with Preity Zinta on CNN International about it while I was in New Zealand last year working on King Kong, but also a recent National Geographic has a long article on bollywood, and specifically not only this film, but also Shahrukh Khan.

And I loved this film. Sure the musical numbers are not as huge as a film like MOHABATIEN, but the love story is great, if completely unrealistic, but that is what this is, absolute romantic fantasy, as Rani Mukerji says in the film, are these gods pretending to be people, or people pretending to be gods.

This film doesn’t disapoint at all with an excellent soundtrack (which I also got when I got the film) and a great film with an excellent DVD, and with extensive special features.

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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai by Karan Johar (1998)

I am really a fan of Shahrukh Khan. He has been in almost every Bollywood film I have seen, and he really is so cool. I watched the first half of this one with my girlfriend. She complained a bit, though she was enjoying it. After seeing 2 films with Aishwarya Rai, she didn’t think these women were as beautiful, and that is true, but then again not many women are. Also there was the English, which is really in a lot of this film, and is a bit strange, but mostly she hates love triangles, and right up to where she watched was all about the love triangle. If only she has lasted 10 more minutes…

Really this is an enjoyable film with wonderful performances by the leads Shahrukh, Rani Mukherjee and Sana Saeed, and a really catchy soundtrack. You just can’t help singing Kuch Kuch Hota Hai!

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Bride & Prejudice by Gurinder Chadha (2004)

This film is based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but filtered through Bollywood cum Hollywood. This is really a Bollywood musical made for audiences in the UK and the US, and it really works. Especially with Bollywood lovely Aishwarya Rai in the lead role (I first saw her in the amazing Mohabbatein and then more recently in Devdas ) . At 111 min this has to be the shortest Bollywood film ever made, but it isn’t bothersome, and this film seems just about the right length. A really fun and enjoyable film all the way around, with trips to India, London and Los Angeles. Chadha has made a great follow up to Bend it like Beckham.
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Devdas by Sanjay Leela Bhansali (2002)

This is only the 3rd Bollywood film I have seen, and the 3rd staring Shahrukh Khan, and I have loved all 3. The first was DIL SE, the second MOHABATIEN and this obviously the 3rd. Actually this one seemed to have less music to it than the others, and like DIL SE this film is more of a tragedy. This is a wondrous 3 hour journey, and about the tragedy and downfall of a man because of a love he spurns for family.

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