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Krrish (2006) – Her Review October 8, 2006

Posted by Eury in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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The masked man, what masked man, the one with the mask on...oh...him?

Dir. Rakesh Roshan

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

Krishna (Roshan) is a young boy that has inherited super powers from his dad. Hoping to keep him by her side and away from any evil influences or dangers, his grandmother is extremely over-protective and by the age of 20, he still plays with very young children, has animals as his friends and is extremely naive…. until one day, a group of kids from a young adult’s camp practically come crashing down on the little Indian village.

His grandmother looks like she’s about his age, but with a bit of makeup in the creases of her mouth and some grey added to her hair. I want to look like that when my grandson is supposedly 20…. and yeah, he’s supposed to be 20, looks like he’s thirty which makes sense, since IMDB’s stats say he’s 32.

Krishna falls for a young girl, Priya (Chopra) that he saves from a crippling accident while dropping from a paraglider. Since this is a Bollywood type of movie, of course we get to see them dance, often… at times knee deep in snow! What? Yep.. don’t ask… it’s weird, it’s funny and that’s all that matters , I guess.

Without going into the details of exactly why, but believing that Priya loves him and hoping to marry her, Krishna goes to see her in Singapore where trouble starts falling into his lap. Having promised his grandmother not to let anyone know he has super powers is a difficult promise to keep when tragedy strikes and he is the only person who can help. A mask and a black leather coat later, we witness the birth of Krrish… (yes, we are saved from having to see yet another superhero become a wizard at sewing their own costume 😉 )

Of course, dancing moments mixed with romance are sprinkled throughout this movie. There is plenty of lipsynching going on… the lips really don’t match, the girl singer has a really, really high-pitched voice and yes, amazingly… everyone always knows the moves.

I have to admit there are some really cool action scenes in this movie.. With leaps and bounds he takes out his opponents… all the while fans are blowing wind on Krrish.. which makes his black leather coat and long hair waver; he looks every bit the part of super hero.

There are also some really huge holes in the plot and stuff that just doesn’t make sense. It’s as if two people wrote the story and didn’t have time to get together to compare notes. Still, as I said earlier, I laughed and often… sometimes because the movie was funny, like whenever this one guy says : “Just imagine”… there is a voice over that yells out “brrrooulllalaloooyylllall…” and then sometimes because the movie had such ludicrous moments that didn’t just make sense… I was like…what?… then almost spit out my coffee… (or was I having a beer?) but who cares… most important is it was crazy enjoyable.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Krrish (2006) – His Review October 8, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Action, Adventure, Comedy, Movies, Musical, Romance.
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Just Imagine! Blblblblblblblblblb!

Dir. Rakesh Roshan
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha etc.

An indian superhero. He runs fast, he jumps high, he fights like a whirlwind, and of course he sings and dances the pants off N’Sync.

Krrish tells the story of Krishna (Roshan), who grows up in a small Indian village feeling out of touch with everyone because of his special abilities. He can’t play with the other kids because he’s too strong, so he has to cope on his own, frolicking through the forest. As an adult he’s not that bright, and gets tricked into going to Singapore, hoping to find love. He promises his grandmother to keep his powers hidden, which proves to be tricky.

Everything including the kitchen sink has been put into this movie. I’m not overly familiar with Indian cinema, but I am fond of the style – mixing old and new into any genre. There’s of course plenty of butt-jiggling and shoulder-twitching to music – hard to pull off in a Spielberg or Bay production, but effortlessly interwoven with the rest of the movie here. The other ingredients don’t blend as easily though. There’s action and fighting (excellently shot and edited), which is pretty graphic if not necessarily bloody, which comes into stark contrast with the very kids-friendly plot and dialogue. It’s a pretty extreme gap between the two, which seems an odd way of trying to reach a wider audience.

There’s also some awkward casting choices and subplots that make some sequences feel long, and others totally unnecessary. The grandmother is played by an actress in “old-people make-up” – glasses and greyhaired wig, which robs most of her scenes of any real connection. The sudden change from happy and frolicking Krishna to the dark-caped vigilante Krrish isn’t made to work. There’s plenty of non-intentionally funny scenes, where dialogue doesn’t quite reach Cap’n Kirk level, and just end up embarrassing.

Oh, and it’s 2.48 hours loooooong.

All in all, I can’t say I’m disappointed though. It’s a fun movie, with some good action sequences, good humoured characters who you end up liking, and an OK ending. I was also quite impressed with the production value of it, it certainly looks spiffy. If you like a bit of kung-fu mixed in with your singin’ and dancin’, then check this one out. A footnote: This movie is a sequel to Koi… Mil Gaya, but completely watchable on it’s own. It’s in hindi, with some english interspersed, so you’ll probably be watching subtitles (Gah! Reading! Scary!).

This is His review, you can read Her review here.

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – His Review August 7, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies, Musical.
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Everyone says Raymond

Dir. Woody Allen
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn,

Movies focusing on a quirky family tend to be fun, there’s a lot of dynamics to work with. Everyone Says I Love You starts off in that familiar place, but branches off and follows some of the family-members’ search for love. It’s not really a romantic comedy, more a comedy about romance and love.

The tongue-in-cheek narration by Natasha Lyonne is just one of the movie clichĂ©s used to their fullest, we also get some very Allen-esque neuroses (yes, plural), a rebellious teenage son, dates in romantic cityscapes, and a happy ending. No, I don’t think that’s much of a spoiler. It may not all be laugh-out-loud funny, but it will make you smile, as everything seems to be twisted to be just a bit off kilter.

Oh yeah, it’s also a musical in case you didn’t notice the category. There’s nothing to critique about that aspect, it works very well with the rest of the movie. It can probably be seen as a spoof on musicals, but most jokes have a seed of truth anyway. And it is quite impressive to see scenes this long with no cuts, much less song and dance numbers. It shows some of the love that went into making this movie I suppose.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Everyone Says I Love You (1996) – Her Review August 7, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies, Musical.
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Look, Ma, no Hands!

Dir. Woody Allen
Starring Natasha Lyonne, Drew Barrymore, Edward Norton, Alan Alda, Goldie Hawn,

Although the title would tend to imply differently, this is not a romantic comedy, in fact it isn’t romantic at all, but it is funny. It instead takes a look at love and romance in a satirical way by going a bit over the top and looks back at a time when love at the movies was simple and cute and a great excuse for anyone to break out into a song and dance routine.

The movie is narrated by D.J. Berlin, (Natasha Lyonne) who plays Joe Berlin’s and Stephie Dandridge’s (Woody Allen and Goldie Hawn) daughter and Bob Dandridge’s (Alan Alda) step-daughter.

Through her eyes, we see her family and their love ups and downs. We see their misguided but well-intentioned decisions including her own. It’s like the title says: “Everyone says I love you”… and although they may mean it when they say it, they often say it lightly. Don’t get me wrong, this is not at all a melancholic or dramatic movie that will get you down; instead it pokes fun at our ideas of love and romance just like in the old movies back when you simply whisk off the person you love to Paris or Venice, The dialogue is fast and witty, which is to be expected in a Woody Allen Movie.

This movie surprised me as I was not expecting a musical especially not one where we are thrown back into the sounds of the 30’s and 40’s… The first dance scene make me smirk, because, as in all golden-era musicals, the setting at the jewelers had a vast amount of floor room… something we always laugh about old musicals … I could just feel a dance number coming up… and I was not disappointed. Everyone dances in this movie, from pregnant ladies to cripples, to costumed trick-or-treating children heck, even dead people… and it’s all in good fun.

What I missed in this movie was perhaps a bit of heart and warmth. I like comedies (doesn’t everyone?) but I want to feel something with at a least one person in a movie.. I want someone to attach my emotions to and either get a bit choked up or at least cheer them on or have a “YAY!” moment. I missed that here. It was fun but not the type of movie I would put on my list of movies to be seen more than once.

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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Block Party (2005) July 18, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Documentary, Movies, Musical.
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Dave Chappelle's Block PartyDir. Michel Gondry

Starring Dave Chappelle, The Roots, The Fugees, Erykah Badu etc.,

This movie, directed by Michel Gondry is quite different from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I was expecting it to be as this is a documentary and the other was not. It did have a bit of the feel of someone’s home movies… as it was not very slick, but I think that added to the personal and approachability factor they surely were attempting to achieve and I think it worked well.

The movie starts off with Chappelle giving out free tickets and free bus rides to a block party that he would be throwing in Brooklyn.

I really enjoyed seeing Chappelle, his interaction with people and their reaction to him.

I don’t know a lot about rap music but often found myself slapping my thigh to the beat and thought it was enjoyable.

I enjoyed the behind the scenes with the artists and Chappelle, rehearsing, fooling around, telling (sometimes corny) jokes. It felt natural and not forced.

There are a few places where I thought the movie was lacking though. In the beginning, Dave invited all these people to the concert: Excited black teens, eldery white folks from Ohio who knew little or nothing of rap and hip hop music, and a group of college kids that were in a marching band (who arrived at the party in full regalia). Where were they during the concert? What was their reaction? The little old lady with white hair… was she tapping her foot and sporting a smile? I wanted to see… but alas, they were not to be found. I didn’t necessarily want an in-depth interview with them, but geez… a 2 second spot of them smiling, wiggling their butts, anything, something.

We did get escorted throughout the property of a mildly eccentric couple that have taken an old broken down building and have re-broken it but to their own taste and ideas. A minute less of them, and one more of the folks in the crowd would have made me happy. I did, however, think they probably could be the subject of their very own documentary.

All in all, I enjoyed this movie, found David Chappelle to be very personable and was quite entertained.

Keywords: Concert, Brooklyn

Block Party (2005) July 18, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Documentary, Movies, Musical.
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Dave Chappelle's Block PartyDir. Michel Gondry

Starring Dave Chappelle, The Roots, The Fugees, Erykah Badu etc

Fresh from watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind we took on a totally different Gondry experience. Block Party is part road movie, part improv comedy, but most of all a concert movie.

Some of the negative bits: I had heard it was a feel-good experience, even for people who didn’t listen to / like hip-hop music, but I found it fairly uneven. I’ve listened to quite a bit of hip-hop, both more and less underground than the featured acts, and I found the mix a bit one-sided – mostly very established artists. It would have been fun to see more up-and-coming talent getting to spread some love. In the beginning of the movie Dave Chappelle invites a bunch of people from around where he lives in Ohio, in the way of ‘golden tickets’ that give the recipients a free ride and lodging in NY. While it may have been a cool premise, it didn’t really do much for the movie. Either there were just no interesting takers, or they didn’t have place for it in the theatrical edit. There’s a bit of goofing off with old folks, but it could have been a lot funnier. I suppose they’re just way too regular and loveable in Ohio.

On to the good notes: Chappelle is just a cool guy, and proved to be an excellent host. He makes for a good vibe throughout the movie, never letting it get boring, and plays well with others. The practice jam sessions with the house band and guests are very funny. And then there’s of course some laid-back and enjoyable music performances, Jill Scott is diverse and excellent for example.

Keywords: Concert, Brooklyn