Saturday, August 30, 2014
The Hundred-Foot Journey (Directed by: Lasse Hallström; Written by: Steven Knight and Richard C. Morais)
Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe, Dillon Mitra, Aria Pandya
My thoughts on this film: This is a standard story of a clash between two cultures, French and Indian cooking in this case, but rather than just playing it out as that, we see the young Indian chef take an interest in French haute cuisine and experiment with how he can mix one with the other. The head of the French restaurant, played by Helen Mirren, does not just fall in love with Indian cuisine, but she grows to appreciate what it can add to classical French cuisine.
She also has certain important values that make her a more interesting character. She does not hesitate to try to ruin the opening of the rival Indian restaurant; But when that restaurant is attacked by racists with cries of 'France for the French', she fires the person she believes to have been involved in this and publicly washes away the graffiti sprayed at the entrance to the Indian restaurant.
All the acting is good to first class.
The only thing I would have changed would be the ending. I was a bit lost after Kadam went away... and then came back...
You have to see it for yourselves!
Sunday, August 24, 2014
He had suffered poor health in recent years, being confined to a wheelchair following a stroke in 2008.
May you Rest In Peace!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Lauren Bacall has passed away at the age of 89. She suffered a stroke at her longtime home in Dakota.
Bacall was mostly known for her 11-year marriage to Humphrey Bogart, with whom she made her best remembered films: To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948).
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Starring: Christian Clavier, Chantal Lauby, Ary Abittan, Medi Sadoun, Frédéric Chau, Noom Diawara, Frédérique Bel, Julia Piaton, Emilie Caen, Elodie Fontan, Pascal N'Zonzi, Salimata Kamate, Tatiana Rojo
Why I loved this film: This movie manages to makes us laugh at such subjects as the pre-judgment of people, whatever the race. Although the story has a happy ending, you will be amused all the way through. It is basically about a couple that has to cope with three older daughters marrying a Muslim, a Jew, and a Chinese, while the youngest makes plans to marry a black guy. This last marriage is too much for the parents, who had hoped for a 'white, Catholic' son-in-law.
It is, overall, a laugh-out-loud kind of movie!
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, Sebastian Hedges Thomas, Jack Black
My thoughts on this film: I saw many low ratings on this movie, however, I did not take the plot as a copy of the real world but rather a comedy about a couple who made a sex tape and unwillingly shared it with others. It had everyone in the room laughing and I believe that was the point. The only thing I did not care for was the unnecessary nudity (Cameron and Jason running around naked). Otherwise it was fine and a good laugh!