Author: Maigra17

(500) Days of Summer

“This is a story about boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story” begins the wry, probing narrator of  (500) Days of Summer, a “dramedy” on the growing intricacies of modern relationships. What this is, is the story about a girl who doesn’t believe true love exists and the guy who falls in love with her. Vibrant actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel energize the screen while fast paced shots and dialogue keep the audience on their toes. Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has always believed in love, and that everyone has a soulmate, someone in the world that they are meant to be with. Summer(Zooey Deschanel) has never shared this belief of love, following from the disintegration of her parent’s marrriage. When Tom meets Summer he almost immediately knows that they are meant to be together. For the next 500 days he is consumed by his relationship with Summer. Those days full of  promises, uncertainty, hope, tenderness, magic, distance, intimacy, awkwardness, passion, fury and ecstacy all set in the heart of Los Angeles. Throughout their time together both Tom and Summer learn of the beauty and fear that love can bring, which shifts their convictions to the core.  Full of fast-paced dialogue, irregular screenplay and varied camera angles and formats, every moment keeps the audiences’ attention. To transition between scenes, a title page pops up with the number of the day, showing Tom and Summer’s relationship out of order so the audience gets more of a feeling of...

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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In typical Quentin Tarantino style, this film packs a whole lot of awesome. Tarantino brings great dialogue and cinematic genius to the screen with Inglorious Basterds starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Mike Meyers and B.J. Novak.  This movie takes place in Nazi occupied France in the midst of World War II. There are two story lines that are followed through the chapters. One is of a group part of the American secret service behind enemy lines. A team of Jewish Americans with only one objective: Killing Nazis. They are as cruel as the Nazi and show no mercy. They are the Basterds. Under the command of Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) these men ambush and take down Germans in their own territory. Then they receive a mission that could change the course of the war or even end the war itself. The second story line is about Shosanna Dreyfus, a Jewish girl from France who’s family is massacred by “Jew Hunter” Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) of the SS, a massacre in which she barely escapes with her life. Years later we find that she owns a cinema in Paris and has caught the eye of German Private Fredrick Zoller(Daniel Bruhl). Now Shosanna finds herself entangled in German affairs and finds herself in a situation that she can take advantage of, to get rid of the Nazis forever. Tarantino’s style is...

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Bride and Prejudice (2004)

Bride and Prejudice is an interesting twist to a familair story. Pride and Prejudice goes Bollywood with Gurindar Chadha at the helm(Bend It Like Beckham). The story very much parallels the classic story but as a musical. This comedy drama follows strong, independent Lalita Bakshi ( Aishwarya Rai)a small town beauty bagins a love/hate relationship with wealthy American  William Darcy ( Martin Henderson) who is visiting her small town in India. Between musical numbers, dances and misunderstandings the two continue to attract as magnets through a crazy romance ranging over India, London and LA. What is great about Indian films, to me, is the dancing and this movie didn’t disappoint. The dancing scenes were well choreographed and exciting to watch, especially the initial dance. They were fast paced, fun and some just hilarious to watch (snake dance).The film also features music and dance by Ashanti, an Indian music sensation, which either adds to the movie or is completely unnecessary. The change in pace seemed appropriate at the time when the location change, from when the Bakshi family travel to London then Los Angeles, though at some points the momentum of the movie seemed to slow considerable then finish abruptly. Which to me gave off a slightly annoying but didnot affect my overall enjoyment of the movie. This film accomplishes the task to entertain and gives a few good laughs, though some were a hit and miss. There were many memorable scenes some for good and not so good reasons. Some shots...

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