dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (Desamuduru)
I have just got back from Mani Ratnam Raavan and I am still in shock.



It was amazing - brutal, bleak, gorgeous, passionate. Like a dark, fevered dream you have and are half-sad, half-grateful to wake from.

Raavan is a modern-day take on the story of Ramayana - it starts when, in a nameless lawless South province, a local thug leader named Bheera (Abhishek Bachchan) kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a wife of the local police inspector Dev (Vikram), setting forth a cycle of violence and revenge.

First off, this is probably the most visually arresting movie I have ever seen - the colors (black, grey and yellow for Bheera, red and ochre for Ragini, kahkee and green for Dev), the visual images, the contrasts. It really does not even need a story or performances, it is that amazingly shot.

But luckily for me, it has both. The three leads - Abhishek, Aishwarya, and Vikram, ably supported by secondary characters' actors, all hit it out of the park. Abhishek's Bheera is the center of the story - violent, unhinged, magnetic. Just as Ragini, I was repelled and drawn to him simultaneously. I don't think Abhishek is a good traditional Bolly star - he doesn't have the wattage Hrithik Roshan or SRK can provide with a single smile in the most barebones movie. But I think that he is a very good actor when given the chance - and that chance is there for him in Mani Ratnam movies (or Ram Gopal Varma ones). I could not tear my eyes from him in this role (and could not imagine more traditional Bolly stars in it at all). He takes a character which is rather extreme, in some ways more animal than man (though it becomes slowly apparent in the second half that he was not always like this and we see him in extremis) and makes him as one you ultimately root for.

If Bheera is the center of the story, Aishwarya's Ragini is its soul. She has always been beautiful, but here, wet, disheveled, bruised, with minimal make-up, she shines. More importantly, her character is fierce. I can totally understand why Bheera ends up falling in love with her - she is just as fierce and fearless as he is. More. And her chemistry with Abhishek is insane. I have always thought that Abhishek was one of the very few actors Aishwarya had chemistry with (just as well, as they are married :P) but I have never seen it quite like this before - the screen almost pulsated with it - I was never sure whether they were going to kill each other or have ridiculously hot dirty sex right there in the rain and mud.

I have never seen Vikram in anything before (I am not that familiar with Tamil movies), but I really want to watch more of him now (starting with Raavaana - the Tamil version of this, in which he plays Abhishek's role). He is magnetic and scary - so scary - just as Ragini, I started the movie rather loving his stern but righteous inspector/loving husband combo (ha!) and ended up disgusted and terrified.

More of my review/thoughts. Here start spoilers )
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. Proving my utter shamelessness, I purchased a Harlequin romance in which a small-town girl purchases a bachelor at a charity auction in order to bring him home for her parents' anniversary as her date. She thought she bid on a paramedic but instead ended up with an Irish gigolo. We all make these small mistakes from time to time. It's ridiculously entertaining, if not for the reasons the author intended. Best thing? It's on Kindle and for all anyone knows I am reading a weighty tome on the economics of small businesses in the Niger River Delta.

2. Go see How to Train Your Dragon. It was adorable!

3. Look at this awesome MV for my Chuno OTP, Song Tae Ha/Kim Hye Won (it spoils the whole drama btw).



Guuuuh, I just can't get over these two. They have become one of my all-time favorite drama OTPs - because yes, they have so much swoony chemistry and are just character-compatible, and look so amazing together - he is so masculine and she is so very feminine, eee. But also because I just love both of them as characters so much - Tae Ha is my favorite drama character ever except for Hyun Joon (from IRIS) and Hye Won/Un Nyun is just amazing - strong, and brave, and clever, and restrained, and someone who, just like Tae Ha, didn't allow her horrible past to diminish her. I still can't get over the fact that my OTP was allowed to have a happy ending. In a period drama! Thank you, PD Kwak!

4. Seeing that the three big Wednesday-Thursday dramas are about to start, we get a spate of pictures. I adore adore adore this one:



That's Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin at the press conference for Personal Taste. I mainly swoon for the fact that even in those enormous heels she still barely reaches his shoulder. *happy sigh*

I don't think I'll be able to check out either Taste or Cinderella Unni asap though - viikii doesn't sub KBS/MBC dramas right away any more so I'll have to wait for proper subs.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. Proving my utter shamelessness, I purchased a Harlequin romance in which a small-town girl purchases a bachelor at a charity auction in order to bring him home for her parents' anniversary as her date. She thought she bid on a paramedic but instead ended up with an Irish gigolo. We all make these small mistakes from time to time. It's ridiculously entertaining, if not for the reasons the author intended. Best thing? It's on Kindle and for all anyone knows I am reading a weighty tome on the economics of small businesses in the Niger River Delta.

2. Go see How to Train Your Dragon. It was adorable!

3. Look at this awesome MV for my Chuno OTP, Song Tae Ha/Kim Hye Won (it spoils the whole drama btw).



Guuuuh, I just can't get over these two. They have become one of my all-time favorite drama OTPs - because yes, they have so much swoony chemistry and are just character-compatible, and look so amazing together - he is so masculine and she is so very feminine, eee. But also because I just love both of them as characters so much - Tae Ha is my favorite drama character ever except for Hyun Joon (from IRIS) and Hye Won/Un Nyun is just amazing - strong, and brave, and clever, and restrained, and someone who, just like Tae Ha, didn't allow her horrible past to diminish her. I still can't get over the fact that my OTP was allowed to have a happy ending. In a period drama! Thank you, PD Kwak!

4. Seeing that the three big Wednesday-Thursday dramas are about to start, we get a spate of pictures. I adore adore adore this one:



That's Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin at the press conference for Personal Taste. I mainly swoon for the fact that even in those enormous heels she still barely reaches his shoulder. *happy sigh*

I don't think I'll be able to check out either Taste or Cinderella Unni asap though - viikii doesn't sub KBS/MBC dramas right away any more so I'll have to wait for proper subs.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
1. Proving my utter shamelessness, I purchased a Harlequin romance in which a small-town girl purchases a bachelor at a charity auction in order to bring him home for her parents' anniversary as her date. She thought she bid on a paramedic but instead ended up with an Irish gigolo. We all make these small mistakes from time to time. It's ridiculously entertaining, if not for the reasons the author intended. Best thing? It's on Kindle and for all anyone knows I am reading a weighty tome on the economics of small businesses in the Niger River Delta.

2. Go see How to Train Your Dragon. It was adorable!

3. Look at this awesome MV for my Chuno OTP, Song Tae Ha/Kim Hye Won (it spoils the whole drama btw).



Guuuuh, I just can't get over these two. They have become one of my all-time favorite drama OTPs - because yes, they have so much swoony chemistry and are just character-compatible, and look so amazing together - he is so masculine and she is so very feminine, eee. But also because I just love both of them as characters so much - Tae Ha is my favorite drama character ever except for Hyun Joon (from IRIS) and Hye Won/Un Nyun is just amazing - strong, and brave, and clever, and restrained, and someone who, just like Tae Ha, didn't allow her horrible past to diminish her. I still can't get over the fact that my OTP was allowed to have a happy ending. In a period drama! Thank you, PD Kwak!

4. Seeing that the three big Wednesday-Thursday dramas are about to start, we get a spate of pictures. I adore adore adore this one:



That's Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin at the press conference for Personal Taste. I mainly swoon for the fact that even in those enormous heels she still barely reaches his shoulder. *happy sigh*

I don't think I'll be able to check out either Taste or Cinderella Unni asap though - viikii doesn't sub KBS/MBC dramas right away any more so I'll have to wait for proper subs.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Mr Mousie and I watched 3 movies recently but I forgot to post about that.

Invictus - we gave up halfway through. It was so very boring. Blah blah racism is bad, Mandela is cool, rugby as symbol of unity blah blah. I agree with the movie's politics but the preachiness was still boring.

Sherlock Holmes - it may be a purist's nightmare but it got the spirt right and was tremendous fun. Bonus points for finally having an adaptation not making Watson a moron. He was not. He was an intelligent man not as good at detective work as a professional detective who was the best around. Not the same thing.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox - I loved it to bits. Mr. Mousie and I are both Wes Anderson fans and it was a typical WA movie only in toon form. BEST THING EVER.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Mr Mousie and I watched 3 movies recently but I forgot to post about that.

Invictus - we gave up halfway through. It was so very boring. Blah blah racism is bad, Mandela is cool, rugby as symbol of unity blah blah. I agree with the movie's politics but the preachiness was still boring.

Sherlock Holmes - it may be a purist's nightmare but it got the spirt right and was tremendous fun. Bonus points for finally having an adaptation not making Watson a moron. He was not. He was an intelligent man not as good at detective work as a professional detective who was the best around. Not the same thing.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox - I loved it to bits. Mr. Mousie and I are both Wes Anderson fans and it was a typical WA movie only in toon form. BEST THING EVER.
dangermousie: (B&W Chen Lin by scanky_chops)
Mr Mousie and I watched 3 movies recently but I forgot to post about that.

Invictus - we gave up halfway through. It was so very boring. Blah blah racism is bad, Mandela is cool, rugby as symbol of unity blah blah. I agree with the movie's politics but the preachiness was still boring.

Sherlock Holmes - it may be a purist's nightmare but it got the spirt right and was tremendous fun. Bonus points for finally having an adaptation not making Watson a moron. He was not. He was an intelligent man not as good at detective work as a professional detective who was the best around. Not the same thing.

The Fantastic Mr. Fox - I loved it to bits. Mr. Mousie and I are both Wes Anderson fans and it was a typical WA movie only in toon form. BEST THING EVER.
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My idea of a date movie is Zombieland (Mr. Mousie is a lucky man) so we went to see it tonight and heeeeeeeee. I haven't laughed and had a good time like this at the movies in a long time.

It's an indie road and coming of age movie. With hordes of zombies. And Woody Harrelson being the most awesome twinkie-obsessed badass of all time.

Go see it.
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My idea of a date movie is Zombieland (Mr. Mousie is a lucky man) so we went to see it tonight and heeeeeeeee. I haven't laughed and had a good time like this at the movies in a long time.

It's an indie road and coming of age movie. With hordes of zombies. And Woody Harrelson being the most awesome twinkie-obsessed badass of all time.

Go see it.
dangermousie: (Default)
My idea of a date movie is Zombieland (Mr. Mousie is a lucky man) so we went to see it tonight and heeeeeeeee. I haven't laughed and had a good time like this at the movies in a long time.

It's an indie road and coming of age movie. With hordes of zombies. And Woody Harrelson being the most awesome twinkie-obsessed badass of all time.

Go see it.
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I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
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I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
dangermousie: (Default)
I saw Bright Star today, Jane Campion's newest movie about the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne.

I adore Keats and have loved him for years, since I first read him in translation in Russian and I got really fixated on him in college (When we were in London some time ago, we walked where Fanny and Keats used to live, and when we were in Rome, we were by the house by the Spanish Steps where he died). I have been anticipating this movie ever since I heard they were making it.

It lived up to everything I could have ever wanted. It might be the most gorgeous movie I have ever seen - there is one shot of Fanny lying on her bed and the summer wind ruffling her dress in a wave, like a caress, which is the most perfect shot I have ever seen.

It is also the most romantic movie I have ever seen - it feels like a cinematic swoon, like being inside a poem, it makes me relive how intoxicating it is to fall in love. Sometimes I wanted to look away because I felt I was intruding.

It works even more so because it feels so real - all these people are people not characters - it is full of small events, small gestures, approacheable people, relatable joy and grief. And yet the movie manages the magic alchemy where I can believe that Keats is a genius and the Fanny is someone who can inspire such amazing poetry.

If you like Keats or poetry in general, or romantic movies, or period movies, or even plain well-made movies, you cannot miss seeing this.

Trailer:



They also had a number of trailers for movies I wanted to see and the only which caught my attention the most was one for Young Victoria. It was shocking to see Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in flagrante delicto. They would have died :)



But seriously - I am so intensely in love with Bright Star. And more than happy that one of my favorite poets got such a gorgeous tribute. That is how you do a movie about a writer's life-changing love affair - a pity those who made that silly Jane Austen in love movie last year did not learn that. Oh, and I have never seen either Abbie Cornish or Ben Whitshaw in anything before - but they were amazing. Everyone was. I really hope the movie, Jane Campion, and Cornish and Whitshaw get Oscar noms.
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In my neverending quest to watch cheesy movies from as many countries as humanly possible, I watched the flick Rojo: La Musica or Nada, a musical made for Chilean TV.

Apparently, Chile has a reality program called Rojo - a cross between American Idol and Britain Got Talent - dancers and singers compete. It became a ridiculously huge hit. Cue the movie, starring many of the contestants and detailing the contest and 'behind the scenes' hijinks.

I kinda loved it to bits.

1. Due a timewarp, every man has a mullet. If Chile was a monarchy, it would be nicknamed "Mullet Kingdom" if this movie is anything to go by.

2. The women look healthy and not malnourished. In fact, all the people are good-looking in a 'I can see a person like that on the street' and not the plastic-unreal American TV way.

3. Sweet, melodramatic Latin pop is a guilty pleasure of mine and there is so much of it.

4. The movie has 1:35 running time. Within it the flick manages to cram: (a) a poor girl with a useless, abandoning, non-working mother who exploits her; (b) factory girl who dreams big and whose father comes around; (c) a grocer's family whose singing-mad daughter harbors a crush on her badboy older cousin who realizes he feels the same after his breakup; (d) a male dancer who has fame go to his head while dealing with his impoverished gentleman grandfather; (e) a rich girl whose society mother would faint at her joining a contest so she constructs a false indentity with the help of her maid; (f) rich society girl falling for an impoverished tough-guy rapper/fighter and vice-versa; (g) two best friends falling out over a girl; (h) smalltown sweet boy making good and falling for a girl who initially sees him only as a friend but ends up liking him.

Yes. ALL THOSE. In an hour-and-a-half. Each one of them would have made a decent storyline on its own. Needless to say, not one of these gets resolved. It actually left me thinking this would have totally been a pilot to a show I'd watch :)

Samples of musical numbers Are behind the cut )

Cheesy and no masterpiece? Yes. Entertaining as hell? Yes. Yes. YES.
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In my neverending quest to watch cheesy movies from as many countries as humanly possible, I watched the flick Rojo: La Musica or Nada, a musical made for Chilean TV.

Apparently, Chile has a reality program called Rojo - a cross between American Idol and Britain Got Talent - dancers and singers compete. It became a ridiculously huge hit. Cue the movie, starring many of the contestants and detailing the contest and 'behind the scenes' hijinks.

I kinda loved it to bits.

1. Due a timewarp, every man has a mullet. If Chile was a monarchy, it would be nicknamed "Mullet Kingdom" if this movie is anything to go by.

2. The women look healthy and not malnourished. In fact, all the people are good-looking in a 'I can see a person like that on the street' and not the plastic-unreal American TV way.

3. Sweet, melodramatic Latin pop is a guilty pleasure of mine and there is so much of it.

4. The movie has 1:35 running time. Within it the flick manages to cram: (a) a poor girl with a useless, abandoning, non-working mother who exploits her; (b) factory girl who dreams big and whose father comes around; (c) a grocer's family whose singing-mad daughter harbors a crush on her badboy older cousin who realizes he feels the same after his breakup; (d) a male dancer who has fame go to his head while dealing with his impoverished gentleman grandfather; (e) a rich girl whose society mother would faint at her joining a contest so she constructs a false indentity with the help of her maid; (f) rich society girl falling for an impoverished tough-guy rapper/fighter and vice-versa; (g) two best friends falling out over a girl; (h) smalltown sweet boy making good and falling for a girl who initially sees him only as a friend but ends up liking him.

Yes. ALL THOSE. In an hour-and-a-half. Each one of them would have made a decent storyline on its own. Needless to say, not one of these gets resolved. It actually left me thinking this would have totally been a pilot to a show I'd watch :)

Samples of musical numbers Are behind the cut )

Cheesy and no masterpiece? Yes. Entertaining as hell? Yes. Yes. YES.
dangermousie: (Default)
In my neverending quest to watch cheesy movies from as many countries as humanly possible, I watched the flick Rojo: La Musica or Nada, a musical made for Chilean TV.

Apparently, Chile has a reality program called Rojo - a cross between American Idol and Britain Got Talent - dancers and singers compete. It became a ridiculously huge hit. Cue the movie, starring many of the contestants and detailing the contest and 'behind the scenes' hijinks.

I kinda loved it to bits.

1. Due a timewarp, every man has a mullet. If Chile was a monarchy, it would be nicknamed "Mullet Kingdom" if this movie is anything to go by.

2. The women look healthy and not malnourished. In fact, all the people are good-looking in a 'I can see a person like that on the street' and not the plastic-unreal American TV way.

3. Sweet, melodramatic Latin pop is a guilty pleasure of mine and there is so much of it.

4. The movie has 1:35 running time. Within it the flick manages to cram: (a) a poor girl with a useless, abandoning, non-working mother who exploits her; (b) factory girl who dreams big and whose father comes around; (c) a grocer's family whose singing-mad daughter harbors a crush on her badboy older cousin who realizes he feels the same after his breakup; (d) a male dancer who has fame go to his head while dealing with his impoverished gentleman grandfather; (e) a rich girl whose society mother would faint at her joining a contest so she constructs a false indentity with the help of her maid; (f) rich society girl falling for an impoverished tough-guy rapper/fighter and vice-versa; (g) two best friends falling out over a girl; (h) smalltown sweet boy making good and falling for a girl who initially sees him only as a friend but ends up liking him.

Yes. ALL THOSE. In an hour-and-a-half. Each one of them would have made a decent storyline on its own. Needless to say, not one of these gets resolved. It actually left me thinking this would have totally been a pilot to a show I'd watch :)

Samples of musical numbers Are behind the cut )

Cheesy and no masterpiece? Yes. Entertaining as hell? Yes. Yes. YES.
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We went to see The Wrestler yesterday, starring Mickey Rourke as the title character, a formerly famous wrestler who is decades past his prime and Marisa Tomei as a stripper friend of his.

It was FRELLING amazing. Unbelievable.

It's by far the best American movie of 2008, for my money.

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We went to see The Wrestler yesterday, starring Mickey Rourke as the title character, a formerly famous wrestler who is decades past his prime and Marisa Tomei as a stripper friend of his.

It was FRELLING amazing. Unbelievable.

It's by far the best American movie of 2008, for my money.

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