Alexander Diminiano (spielberg00)

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Slumdog Millionaire Slumdog Millionaire R
The plot revolves around an Indian man, Jamal Malik (played fabulously by Dev Patel, from the upcoming movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), dreadfully poor since the beginning of his childhood. For all his life, the caste system has forbidden him from taking part in any type of interaction with higher social classes. The film opens with a scene involving our protagonist being brutally tortured. He has been accused of cheating on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Throughout the entire film, Jamal recounts the questions he was asked during the session of the game show, along with every significantly eventful occurrence in his life that led him to the correct answers. We see more than just glimpses of Jamalā(TM)s lifelong struggles with his elder brother, Salim (played in adulthood by Madhur Mittal), and his love for Latika (Freida Pinto), a girl Jamal met early on in his life and the main reason he decided to play Millionaire. It takes little research to discover that Slumdog is a romantic drama. Much of the filmā(TM)s latter half is, in fact, devoted to elaborating upon Jamalā(TM)s love life, and he actually phones Latika, the woman he loves, upon choosing the ā~phone a friendā(TM) option on Millionaire. (Itā(TM)s not much of a spoiler, as that is actually the image featured and artistically rendered on almost every promotional poster for the film, as well as on the DVD art.) It would be extremely incorrect, though, to categorise such a film as a ā(TM)chick flickā(TM). Slumdog is just about the most reverently told romantic drama story I have ever witnessed. Itā(TM)s one of the very few films I wanted to go out and buy right away. Shocking, unsettling, moving, and drastically changing, this is one intensely enjoyable and thoroughly captivating film, regardless of who you are. Iā(TM)ve only seen it twice, but I would guess that it endures many viewings. The full review was republished by SBS Film as their monthly "My Favourite Film" entry. Please visit the link below and feel free to leave a comment.
Harold and Maude Harold and Maude PG
The unlikely bond between the two is one of the oddest I have ever seen. Most friendship-centric movies provide the stories mood via merely the two friends themselves, but as the characters' personalities clash, so do the moods provided. It's as if the film is two halves inseparably melded together, but the halves are polar opposites. One half is a downbeat, depressing, suicidal tale; the other an upbeat, cheerful, life-valuing tale. I'm a sucker for such an offbeat, dark comedy. I know those who have soft, sentimental hearts will definitely find justification for some dispute here, but films such as A FISH CALLED WANDA, BEETLEJUICE, DR. STRANGELOVE, THE GRADUATE, LIFE OF BRIAN, and THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY, have managed to crack me up quite heavily. Out of all those films, HAROLD AND MAUDE is the czar. The film has a pretty dark premise: a sixteen- or seventeen-year-old male becoming best friends with a seventy-nine-year-old woman who could easily be his grandmother. It has enough heart to give us a certain prediction of the ending, but it comes so suddenly and shockingly, a bit of a seven-minute-long "you-are-there" moment. Definitely the classic I had expected, surely worth its worldwide cult following, HAROLD AND MAUDE should be used as the comparative standard for judging all modern black comedies. read it all at

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