Thursday, December 25, 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
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
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
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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
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.