Thursday, December 25, 2008

Twilight (2008)



When watching a movie that is clearly not intended for you, it's best to let yourself flow with it and judge it on its own merits rather than on pre-conceived notions or prejudices. So with that in mind I walked into a screening of Twilight, clearly aimed at the tween female audience, expecting to watch a vampire-love-story - and it actually turned out to be exactly that! So, in essence, it was not disappointing.

Friday, December 19, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 7 Roundup



18th December 2008

The grand finale of the Festival, the final movie in my schedule was also the movie I enjoyed the most. But it was preceded by two interesting movies such that over the last day of DIFF I had traveled from Japan to Italy and finally, back home.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 6 Roundup


17th December 2008

Yes, one of them rocked my senses alright. Of the four movies I caught on Day# 6, I can safely say that one of them is now the best movie I have seen this year - not just at the festival, but all year through. I did watch the worst movie of the year too. And quite interestingly, these two movies share a common thread. Yes, it was a day of extremes. Read on about them and two more movie screenings I caught.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 5 Roundup


16th December 2008

Now this is what a Film Festival really brings to fans of movies. A day that was worth more than 360 minutes of great movie-watching. It helped that a big chunk of that was a one-two knockout of a biopic.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 4 Roundup


15th December 2008

Now this is what a Film Festival really brings to fans of movies. A day that was worth more than 360 minutes of great movie-watching. It helped that a big chunk of that was a one-two knockout of a biopic.

Monday, December 15, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 3 Roundup


14th December 2008

When I sat to make my schedule of what I would watch during this year's festival, I filled in Day#3 last - only because most of my preferred movies fit in with times and locations so well on the other days. This meant Day#3 was for mostly experimenting with movies I hadn't put on my "must-watch" list, which would lead to either a great discovery, or a huge disappointment. But unfortunately, it ended up being more of the latter. Luckily, I had the next 4 days to look forward too, which guarantee at least a gem a day. I did I end up watching five movies though! Read on for mostly miss-able movies and one great discovery.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 2 Roundup


13th December 2008

Day 2 at the DIFF-5 was mostly unkind, but not at all disappointing. Of the four movies I ended up watching, one bowled me over while the other three fell short, miserably. More on them in detail...

Saturday, December 13, 2008

DIFF 5 – Day 1 Roundup


12th December 2008

For many of us who were not a part of the elite few attending the opening Gala at this year's Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the festivities started on 12th December, a glorious Friday for films galore. And the start of the festival brings with it the start of a week-long odyssey of movies, mayhem, soap. As I embark on this odyssey, look forward to a daily report on what I caught, what I loved and what I wish I had missed.

Day 1 of a Film Festival is like the opening moments of a football match - there's a lot of excitement and anticipation, yet not much is expected. Expect the *best* movies to follow on subsequent days, while the current lot serves to whet the appetite and warm up the senses. Of the four movies I ended up watching today, none were spectacularly good, but neither were any a waste. Exactly as I expected the first day to be (but I did hope for it to be better!). On to the movies then...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

RocknRolla (2008)



A few years and dismissible movies after he had been written off as a one-trick pony, Guy Ritchie proves that he can yet make a decent movie. With RocknRolla, Ritchie goes back to his trick-defining movie Snatch yet steps forward in his career with a mellowed down and grown-up movie, but, relative to his own movies.