Radu’s Movie Recommendation: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Since we haven’t reviewed an Indian movie in almost a week, I thought I would recommend one today. This movie is my guilty pleasure, but it’s hard not to fall in love with it.

I first saw it almost four years ago. My best friend called me, asking if we wanted to go see a movie, because she didn’t want to go home. I put on a pair of jeans and the first shirt I could find and got into my car. At the first light stop I looked online what movies where at the cinema at that hour (around 09:30 PM) and one caught my eye. Life doesn’t give you a second chance. 8.2 on IMDB. It should be a good one if it has such a good mark. When we entered the cinema and saw it was an Indian movie, she almost killed me. But after the movie started rolling, the magic happened…. Continue reading

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IMDb Top 250: #221 Touch of Evil


Touch of Evil (1958)

Director: Orson Welles
Writers: Orson Welles (screenplay), Whit Masterson (based on the novel “Badge Of Evil” by)
Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

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Touch of Evil is the last movie Orson Welles ever directed for a Hollywood studio. It was significantly altered by the studio, and maybe we can blame Universal for the mess this movie is.

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IMDb Top 250: #222 Diabolique

Diabolique (1955)

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot (as H.G. Clouzot)
Writers: Pierre Boileau (novel) (as Boileau), Thomas Narcejac (novel) (as Narcejac)
Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse

The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

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To be frank, I’ve never liked the French. Never could learn the language, never could consider them nice people. Maybe I liked their idea of romance. Even some of their movies are pretty good, as long as they share feelings, emotions. But looking at a black and white psychological thriller that is older than my mother, well that might just be a little too much for me. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #223 Gandhi

Gandhi (1982)

Director: Richard Attenborough
Writer: John Briley
Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen

Gandhi’s character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.

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Winner of eight Academy Awards, Gandhi is a biographical movie about one of the most famous people in history, from his young years as a lawyer in South Africa to his death in India. A man who wanted to change the world, to make it a better place. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250: #224 Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko (2001)

Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell

A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.

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This is one crazy, weird movie. I think that this is the closest thing to taking drugs without actually taking drugs. It’s something of a mystery how I could watch until the end. Continue reading

Radu’s movie recommendation: Creed (2015)

Your legacy is more than a name

So, after recommending two light comedies, I want to go for something new. Since we will review Rocky these day, I thought about going for something similar. Actually from the same franchise. Although not a direct sequel as more of a spin off, but with elements of both types, it actually brings you for a ride on memory lane. Continue reading