My Movies 30-10-2006

* Watch it if you really have no choice.
**Watch it once.
***Need to watch, may buy.
****If you haven't watched it yet, then you are either living in land far away or are still in school.
*****Brilliance in movie making. There's something good about this film.

Ved's Movie List

Movie Name
Ratings
100 Rifles
***
16 Blocks(2006)
**
2 fast 2 Furious
**
2001 a space odessey
***
24 Season 1
*****
24 Season 2
*****
44 Minutes
*****
8 mm 2
**
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
**
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
*****
A Few Good Men
****
A Fish called Wanda
***
A Fistfull of Dollars

A History of Violence
****
A Knight's Tale
****
A Man Apart
**
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
***
A View to Kill
***
Almost Famous (2000)
****
Along Came a Spider (2001)
***
American Beauty (1999)
****
American History X
*****
American Pie (1999) -
****
American Pie 2 (2001)
****
American Pie 4- Band camp
***
American Psycho (2000)
****
American Psycho 2 (2002)
**
American Wedding (American pie 3) (2003)
**
Any Given Sunday (1999) .
****

Armageddon (1998)
***
Bandidas
***
Barry Lyndon
***
Basic Instinct (1992)
*****
Basic Instinct 2
**
Basic(2003)
*
Beautiful Joe
**
Being cyrus
***
Bend it like Beckham
****
Ben-Hur (1959)
****
Bollywood Calling
**
Bollywood Hollywood
**
Born into Brothels

Bowling for Columbine
****
Braveheart
*****
Brokeback Mountain

Bruce Almighty(2003)
***
Capote

Carlito's Way
***
Casablanca (1943)
***
Casino
*****
Charlie Chaplin Vol. 18
***
Chicago(2002)
***
Coach Carter
****
Con Air (1997)
***
Confessions of a dangerous mind
***
Confidence
**
Conspiracy Theory
**
Copycat
****
Coyote Ugly
****
Crash
*****
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) -
*****
Dances with Wolves (1990)
****
Date Movie
**
Deep Blue Sea(1999)
**
Devil's Advocate (1997)
****
Die another day
***
Disclosure
**
Donnie Brasco (1997)
****
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
****
Enter the Dragon
****
Escape from Alcatraz

Executive decision
***
Farenheit 9/11
****
Fast and Furious- Tokyo Drift
**
Fight Club
****
Firefox

First Daughter
***
Fist of Fury

For a few dollars more

Forrest Gump (1994)
****
From Russia with love

Full Frontal
***
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
****
Fun with Dick and Jane
***
Game of Death

Gandhi (1982)
*****
Gangs of New York
*****
Gentlemen prefer Blondes

Gladiator (2000)
*****
Glory Road
***
Goal (2005)
*****
Godsend
**
Goldeneye
***
Goldfinger

Gone with the Wind (1939)
**
Good Night, and Good Luck
*****
Goodfellas (1990)
*****
Gunfight at OK Corral (1957)
***
Hannibal (2001)
***
Harry Potter and The Chamber of secrets
**
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
**
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
**
Heartbreak Bridge

Heat (1995)
****
Hellboy
***
Herbie Fully Loaded
***
Hide and Seek
***
Hitch
**
Hostel
****
How to marry a millionaire

Ice Age(2002)

Identity (2003)
****
Independence Day (1996)
***
Indiana Jones and raiders of the lost Ark
***
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
***
Indiana Jones and The Temple of doom
***
Inside Man
***
Insomnia (2002)
***
Into the Blue
***
JFK (1991)
*****
Joe Kidd(1972)

Kelly's Heroes

Kill Bill Vol. 1
*****
Kill Bill Vol. 2
*****
King Arthur(2004)
**
King Kong (2005)
***
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
*****
Kiss of Death
**
Kung Fu Hustle
***
L.A. Confidential (1997)
****
Laurel and Hardy(Their First Mistake, Brats, Twice Two)
**
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
***
Leaving Las Vegas
***
Leon
*****
Live and Let Die

Lock Stock and Two Smoking barrels
****
Lord of War (2005)
****
Lost in Translation
***
Lost Season 1
*****
Mackenna's Gold
*****
Man on Fire
***
Mean Machine (2001)
***
Mean Streets (1973)
****
Memento
*****
Memoirs of a Geisha
*****
Million Dollar baby
*****
Mimic 2
**
Mission Impossible
*****
Mission Impossible 2
***
Mission Impossible 3
***
Monster
****
Mr & Mrs Smith (2005)
***
Munich
*****
Mystic River
*****
Natural Born Killers
****
Never Say Never Again
***
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
***
Ocean's 11(2001)
*****
Ocean's 12 (2004)
***
Octopussy

On the Waterfront (1954)
****
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
*****
Oz-Fifth Season
*****
Oz-First Season
*****
Oz-Second Season
*****
Oz-Sixth Season
*****
Oz-Third Season
*****
Pale Rider(1985)

Passenger 57
***
Phone Booth
****
Planet of the Apes (1968)
***
Psycho (1960)
*****
Pulp Fiction (1994)
*****
Raging Bull (1980)
****
Rambo - First Blood (1982)
**
Red Dragon
***
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
*****
Road to Perdition (2002)
***
Ronin
****
Rosemary's Baby
****
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
****
Scarface (1983)
*****
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
**
Scent of a Woman (1992)
*****
Schindler's List (1993)
*****
Secret Window
***
Seven (1995)
****
Seven Samurai
****
Sexy Beast
***
Shakespeare in Love
***
Signs
***
Sin City
*****
Sky High
**
Snatch (2001)
****
Species
***
Star Wars- A New Hope
***
Star Wars- Attack of the clones
***
Star Wars III Revenge of the Sith
***
Star Wars- The Empire Strikes Back
***
Star Wars- The Phantom Menance
***
Star Wars- The return of the Jedi
***
Suspect Zero
**
SWAT (2003)
**
Swordfish
****
Syriana
*****
Taxi Driver
*****
The Bible
***
The Blair Witch Project(1999)
*****
The Bourne Identity
****
The Bourne Supremacy
****
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
****
The Chinese Connection

The Client
***
The Day after Tomorrow(2004)
***
The Day of the Jackal
***
The Doors (1991)
****
The Eagle has Landed
****
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
****
The Exorcist (1973)
*****
The Exorcist-The Beginning (2004)
***
The Fast and the furious
****
The Fast and the furious
****
The Fifth Element
****
The Firm
***
The Forgotten (2004)
**
The Getaway (1994)
***
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
****
The Girl Next Door
***
The Godfather (1972)
*****
The Godfather Part II (1974)
*****
The Godfather Part III (1990)
*****
The Good Girl
**
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
****
The Great Escape (1963)
***
The Green Mile (1999)
*****
The Interpreter
***
The Italian job (2003)
***
The Jacket
***
The Last Emperor (1987)
****
The last Temptation of Christ
****
The Life of David Gale
*****
The Lodger and The Socerer's Apprentice
***
The Lord of the Rings- Fellowship of the Ring
****
The Lord of the Rings- The two towers
****
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
****
The Manchurian Candidate
**
The Mask (1994)
***
The Matrix (1999)
*****
The Matrix Reloaded
***
The Mummy (1999)
****
The Mummy Returns (2001)
**
The Myth
***
The Omen
*****
The Omen II
***
The Omen III
***
The Omen IV
**
The Passion of the Christ
****
The Patriot (2000) - Roland Emmerich / Mel Gibson.
*****
The Rainmaker (1997)
***
The Recruit (2003)
***
The Ring
****
The Ring 2
**
The Score
****
The Seven Year Itch

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
*****
The Sheild Season 4
*****
The Shield Season 1
*****
The Shield Season 2
*****
The Shield Season 3
*****
The Shining
****
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
******
The Sixth Sense
*****
The Sopranos season 1
*****
The Sopranos season 2
*****
The Sopranos season 3
*****
The Sopranos season 4
*****
The Sopranos season 5
*****
The Sound of Music (1965)
***
The Specialist (1994)
**
The Ten Commandments (1956)
***
The Twelve Tasks of Asterix
**
The Untouchables (1987)
****
The Usual Suspects (1995)
*****
The Village
***
The Whole Nine Yards
****
The Whole Ten yards
****
The World is not enough
***
The X-Files
**
The X-Files Season 1
*****
Three Kings (1999)
***
Titanic (1997)
***
Tomorrow Never Dies
***
Torque (2004)
***
Traffic (2000)
*****
Training Day (2001)
****
Trainspotting
*****
Troy
****
Two Moon Junction
*
Unforgiven (1992)
****
V for vendetta
****
Van Helsing
****
Vertigo (1958)

Wait until Dark
****
Walk the line
*****
Wannabes
****
Warning: Parental Advisory
*****
Waterworld (1995)
***
Where eagles dare
***
White Chicks
**
Windtalkers(2002)
***
X Men
****
X Men 2
****
XXX
****
XXX 2- the Next level
**
You only live twice





INDIAN MOVIES

15 Park Avenue
***
Ab Tak Chappan
****
Agneepath
***
Aksar
***
Anthony Kaun Hai
****
Apaharan
****
Bhoot
**
Black
***
Bluffmaster
***
Bombay
****
Chingaari
**
Company
****
D
***
Darna mana Hai
**
Darna Zaroori Hai
***
Deewar
*****
Dhoom
***
Dil Chahta Hai
*****
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange
*****
Don
***
Dostana

Duniya

Duplicate
**
Ek Ajnabee
***
Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena
**
Fida
*
Gangster
***
Godmother
****
Hare rama Hare Krishna
*****
Hazarein Kwahishein Aisi
*****
Hum Aapke hain Kaun
*****
Iqbal
*****
Jewel Thief
****
Jungle
**
Kaante
**
kalyug
***
Kuch Kuch Hota Hain
****
Lagaan
*****
Main Hoon Na
****
Main Madhuri Dixit banna chahti hoon
**
Maine Pyar Kiya
***
Maqbool
*****
Mirch Masala
*****
Mission Kashmir
***
Monsoon Wedding
*****
Morning Raga
***
Mughal-e-Azam
***
Murder
***
Musafir
***
My Wife's Murder
***
Namak Halal
****
Omkara
*****
Page 3
*****
Parinda
****
Parineeta
*****
Phir hera Pheri
**
Plan
**
Pushpak
***
Rang De Basanti
*****
Road
**
Roja
***
Rudaali
****
Salaam Bombay
*****
Sarkar
*****
Satya
*****
Sehar
****
Shaadi Se Pehle
*
Sholay
*****
Swades
****
Taxi no. 9211
****
The Killer
**
Vaastav
****
Veer Zara

Wais bhi hota hain part2
****
Yun Hota to Kya Hota
****
Yuva
****

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Don-The Chase begins again


One of the most eagerly awaited movies of the Diwali season. Eagerly awaited for many reasons- Remake of one of Amitabh’s greatest hits, Shahrukh Khan and Farhan Akthar’s fist venture etc etc. Let me admit right away that I have been very partial towards this movie as I was one those who was ‘eagerly waiting’ this movie.

The movie has had its share of reviews which haven’t been too favorable. But then, hey guys watch the movie because it is a movie, remake or not.

Most remade movies cannot stand up to their originals, because they are not originals, they are remakes, get it?

Don-The Chase begins again. The movie is entertaining, very stylish and a tad too long. The story is very well known so I will not dwell on it. Don is the elusive (wanted by the cops in 11 countries), dangerous, stylish lieutenant of a Drug lord. There is a cop DCP De Silva who is chasing Don and finally gets him in good old India but decides to replace him with a look alike, or does he? (Watch the movie to know more). There is the cop Mallick (Om Puri), there’s Roma (Priyanka Chopra) who’s out for revenge and all the other familiar names from the original don including Arjun Rampal as Jasjeet.

Having seen the original Don, I could not help but compare the two and – Kareena does a Helen in Yeh mera Dil, but does not quite make the mark, Arjun Rampal is completely miscast and does not do justice to the role played memorably by Pran in the original, Shahrukh Khan tells you why he is the star he is in the very popular Khaike Paan Banaraswala. The song is deliciously picturised and King Khan dives into it with complete relish.

This movie has three twists that deviates the story from the original. The first twist coming in at just about the interval and therefore the first half seems a little too slow. The two other twists are nice and not really predictable. I will not go into this anymore and spoil the film for you.

The movie is extremely stylish, brilliantly shot (some editing glitches and I think my theatre guy contributed with a bit of his own editing) and almost makes you think it is a Hollywood production.

There are some shortfalls. As I mentioned before, the movies stretches a little bit too long. The characters loose depth of character due to the inclusion of the twists and that somehow creates a missing ‘X’ factor in the movie. The missing X factor makes sure the movie is not great as it could have been. There is this sequence where Arjun Rampal is carrying his kid across the bridge of the Petronas towers. Wondered why he has to carry his kid who can walk just fine.

The movie will not go down as Farhan Akthar’s best but I enjoyed it for its production value, immensely planned styling and slick shooting. I absolutely enjoy these remakes which are faithful to the original but put in the contemporary touch and a few twists to make the tale believable.

Worth a watch even if it’s not going to be your most memorable movie.

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V for Vendetta



Interesting



Written by the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix trilogy makers)adapted a novel, and directed by James McTeigue the movie stars the very nice looking Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond, a girl working in a TV station, doubtful about the society and the way of life that is forced upon Britain, by a dictatorial chancellor and his political goons. Evey is rescued by the masked V (played by Hugo Weaving, Agent Smith in The Matrix)who finds Evey interesting and also sees her as an ally in his terrorist like activities in protest gainst the government.


The movie is kind of dark and interesting. It is like those dark comic storis and very entertaining. Hugo Weaving never appears on screen as himself and is always masked as V. Natalie Portman acts well and looks very attractive making the tale worth watching. The action is quick and very slick.


The movie did spark of some debate on whether it is politically motivated and a message against the current ruling party etc etc. But then as a non-involved movie watcher you will not get an inkling of this and will only see a story unfold.
is it a great movie ? No. It will never go down as a great movie or story but is worth at least one watch.

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