One True Thing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKUefi9PlkE For an ambitious New Yorker, the journey back to her quaint hometown is an emotionally charged visit. One True Thing becomes an unexpected battle for reconciliation and redemption – a search not only for the secret of her parents’ lives but for the purpose of her own.

Gran Torino

GRAN TORINO

Gran Torino has the feel of what would happen if Clint Eastwood’s most famous character Dirty Harry retired and didn’t like what he saw. But unlike that cop film series, there are few action scenes in Gran Torino. And yet, there’s an underlying tension throughout…

Muallaf (The Convert)

¬† Critically acclaimed Malaysian Film maker Yasmin Ahmad’s latest offering, Muallaf (The Convert) takes a different approach from her previous films that were autobiographical in nature, and explores the possibilities of coming to terms with emotions after traumatic childhood experiences. Muallaf tells the story of how two Muslim sisters escape from the mistreatment by their…

Marley & Me

I want to ask you something… when was the last time you had a good cry in public? And I’m not talking about a bet lost on some football match or being part of a mass layoff at your company… I mean a GOOD cry…. I just experienced such a thing last night at a…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

A rich, heart-warming film that takes the unusual premise of a man growing younger and using it to provide a number of life lessons about making the most of what you have been given. Director David Fincher has made some very rich and complex films in his career, many exploring the darker sides of humanity….

Babel

Life is simple (living it is complex) as we discover in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Babel. From the first frames of an endless Moroccan desert landscape mystically unfolding with a haunting musical background, the last installment of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s trilogy takes hold. Events are taking place that, while seemingly disconnected, cleverly connect as if pieces…

Otesanek (Little Otik)

Thinky is finding it quite difficult to stop being so taken with anything Jan Svankmajer creates.¬†This jewel of the Czech Republic is perhaps, in terms of film, it’s most famous and renowned export. Yet a rare one with the ability to surface above being stapled a commodity and actually create his own niche in the…

Provoked

Provoked (check it out in English) is the tale of a woman, unable to bear the brutality and repeated rapes by her allegedly abusive and alcoholic husband. This battered Punjabi housewife and mother of two, Kiranjit Ahluwalia (Aishwarya Rai) then sets fire to her abusive husband, Deepak Ahluwalia (Naveen Andrews) and kills him unintentionally. Her…

Martian Child

John Cusack is a recently widowed science fiction writer who forms an unlikely family with a close friend (Amanda Peet) and a young boy he adopts that claims to be from Mars. The new couple ignores some sage parenting advice from the widower’s sister (Joan Cusack) and gets more than they bargained for when a…

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