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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Directed by: Lasse Hallström; Written by: Steven Knight and Richard C. Morais)

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up an Indian restaurant. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates with such personal intensity that it ends up going too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding which will change both sides forever.

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

R.I.P. Richard Attenborough

British film director and actor Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son has confirmed. I have to say that his latest role which stayed in my mind was John Hammond in Jurassic Park. Attenborough was also a talented director and producer, winning the best director Oscar for his 1982 film Gandhi, which also won best picture.
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

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall



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).
R.I.P.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

I still cannot believe that one of my all-time idols has passed away, at 63. Some people seem - and should be - immortal. Many may remember Robin Williams for more recent movies like Dead Poets' Society, Good Morning Vietnam or Mrs. Doubtfire, but my first recollection of this funny man goes back to re-runs of Mork and Mindy that I used to watch as a kid. Ever since then I have stayed up to watch his countless Late Night interviews. I could not get enough of his much-too-energetic humour. Mr. Williams was my 'source' every time I needed a laugh. I know those shows, films, and interviews remain eternal but it will not be the same thing. Today I feel completely heartbroken. R.I.P.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu? (Philippe de Chauveron & Guy Laurent)

The Verneuils are Catholic. They are also a well-off and educated couple. Everything would be grand had three of their daughters not married men of different religions. So, the day their fourth girl tells them that she is going to marry a Catholic they are on cloud number nine...

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

Sex Tape (Directed by Jake Kasdan; Written by Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, and Nicholas Stoller)

When Jay and Annie first got together, their romantic connection was intense - but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide to make a sex tape of themselves. It seems like a great idea... until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they are just one click away from being laid bare to the world... but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they will never forget, they find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for.

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!