Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kaun (1999)

Kaun (Hindi: कौन, English: Who's There) is a 1999 Hindi suspense thriller directed by Ram Gopal Verma, written by Anurag Kashyap, and starring Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai and Sushant Singh. Other titles for the film were Evaru (Telugu title) and Thriller (English title).

The film features a man claiming to be a white collar worker (Bajpai) and another man claiming to be a police inspector (Singh), both attempting to get into the house of a young woman (Matondkar). Kaun was an inventively minimalistic film using only one set and a cast of three actors (excluding a dead body and a brief appearance of a room full of silent, motionless extras). The only costume change occurs in the film's final scene when Matondkar reappears the following morning.
Kaun (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There was the usual plot twists and I was surprised by the ending especially from Bollywood. At times this seemed to border on the horror genre, which would make this the first Bollywood slasher film I have seen. The dead phone seemed obvious but not sure why each individual character decided to lie about it.

Baijpai did play the part well in creating a character that would get on anyone's nerve. The cat was not harmed in the making of the film. If you look closely at the cat with the blood around it, you can see his chest rising and falling. Must have drugged it to stay put in a puddle of water though.

I would love to Satya also but the members at Blockbuster said the sound quality is bad and most just returned the video to the store.

Kaun (1999)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Battle for Haditha

The fate of two cultures becomes locked on a tragic collision course in director Nick Broomfield's dramatization of the events that led to the massacre of 24 Iraqi men, women, and children by American Marines. A squadron of American soldiers goes speeding across the Iraqi desert in a convoy of armored Humvees, eventually stopping at a local store where the soldiers jump out to stretch and browse the DVD selection. Meanwhile, as the Marines strike up a conversation with the young male clerk behind the counter, two Iraqi men climb into the back of a pick-up truck to get a crash course in IED mechanics. Both the Marines and the Iraqis are simply going about their daily business as usual, just doing their best to survive in a land where war is just another fact of life. For the Marines it's all about patrolling the desert and waiting for the next bomb to go off. When a roadside IED kills one Marine and wounds two others, the vengeance with which the American soldiers strike back at the locals may cause even the most hard-line warhawks to take pause and consider the true cost of a war which has no end in sight. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie
Battle for Haditha (2007)
Although the movie is quite balanced overall of the motives in the movie, it does not tell of the large number of civilians killed by terrorists. The reactions by the locals to noticing the bombs being placed feels real and gives the balance to the story that I was pleasantly surprised by. Others of course can wonder about the brutality of the marines but since they were mostly acquitted and standard procedure is to plant false flags by Al-Qaeda then not likely we will ever know the real story of those tragic deaths of civilians.

This film is a good companion with the "Hurt Locker" as showing the tensions and anguish of events before the marines supposedly went off the ranch. I found the Hurt Locker to be much more realistic in the actions of the Marines and Army. For example after the IED exploded and killed one, they just seem to stand around in the open thinking about what to do and when they do decide to attack it forgets about back alleys that the true killers were retreating from. The one portion that seems to be true is that the killing of the civilians in the vehicle had no justification and was most definitely the work of the Marines from my reading of the news reports.

Battle for Haditha (film) From Wikipedia

Friday, February 12, 2010

3 Idiots

3 Idiots (Hindi: थ्री इडीयट्स) is a 2009 Bollywood comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. It was loosely adapted from the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.

3 Idiots has become the "highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time."[3] The film set a box office record for the Indian film industry, grossing Rs 400 crore (US$ 86 million) worldwide.[4] It is expected to be the first Indian film to be officially released on YouTube, within 12 weeks of releasing in theatres.[5] The film also went on to win many awards, winning six Filmfare Awards including best film and best director, and ten Star Screen Awards.

The film also uses real inventions by little known people in India's backyards. The brains behind the innovations were Remya Jose, a student from Kerala, who created the exercise-bicycle-cum-washing-machine, Mohammad Idris, a barber from Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh, who invented a bicycle-powered horse clipper, and Jahangir Painter, a painter from Maharashtra, who made the scooter-powered flour mill
3 Idiots
Completely an hilarious film, BUT the translation was not complete in the subtitles and thus some of the film is lost in translation for lack of proper subtitles. Like most Hindi films it does have a lot of English dialogue so with that and the subtitles, I could understand the film. The one part that my wife found much more hilarious was the part of the speech with the translation of "magic" is replaced with "rape". Chamatkar was replaced by balatkar in the text of the unsuspecting student that while he could pronounce perfectly, he did not understand the words.

Education is a strong theme in many Hindi movies and not trivial matters like US films that focus on recess and after hours activities. For example they have a scene just on what the definition of a "motor" is that was a good 5 minutes of the film. The tyrannical authoritarian principal is also played out in several other Indian films like {well can't remember the names-lol}... Since some of the classes are quite large the older students advised one smart put very poor kid to put on a uniform and attend classes. If found out just change uniforms the next day.

I hope to see it again but not rented from a hole in the wall Indian Grocery