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Movie Reviews by Bay Area netizens - circa 2006

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Family Stone (05/2006; 9/10)vjmario

Wed, 10 May 2006 04:43:35 +0000

My take: There's something familiar about family films (Duh!) that is absolutely endearing to me (I know I'm not making any sense now – just bear with me)…What i'm trying to say is that I love this film! It's a much more commercial, more likeable, more cliched, yet funnier version of a film I recently […]

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Mission Impossible 3 (05/2006; 5.5/10)vjmario

Mon, 08 May 2006 05:30:06 +0000

My take: A wafer thin plot about some rabbit’s foot and vacuous cardboard characters place this installment of the Mission Impossible series somewhere inbetween the then seemingly ingenious plot of MI1 (6/10) and the over-the-top ludicrous stupidity of MI2 (3/10), which in my opinion was the silliest action film ever. The film’s weekend box-office take […]

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Junebug (2005; Rating: 8/10)vjmario

Sun, 23 Apr 2006 08:59:33 +0000

My take: For once I agree with Roger Ebert on his acurate assessment (4/5) of this wonderful, little film Junebug that decides to defy conventional Hollywood filmmaking by choosing to keep it real. A "slice of life" from the heart of America, Junebug is a story of a small town that could stand for a […]

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Jarhead (2005; Rating: 3/10)vjmario

Sat, 22 Apr 2006 08:30:12 +0000

My take: If the primary intention of the film was to convey the boredom that US Marines face while fighting wars abroad, then the film achieved its sole purpose with great success. The movie dragged along in most portions and actually I was tempted to stop watching the movie midway. However I continued watching the […]

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Just Friends (2005; Rating: 4/10)vjmario

Sat, 22 Apr 2006 07:55:35 +0000

My take: Watching "Just Friends" was like catching a re-run of Friends, with a lil SNL style comedy thrown in for due measure. If you're looking for a film, funny in parts with NO LOGIC WHATSOEVER then this is surely the film for you. I'd have given it a 3/10 if I'd seen it in […]

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Chumscrubber (2005; Rating: 7.5/10)vjmarioChumscrubber

Sat, 22 Apr 2006 05:30:08 +0000

Note to myself: Not to watch movies like these when in a funk. This is a movie along the likes of "Magnolia" (1999), "Crash" (2004), "Requiem for a Dream" (2000) and most importantly – my favorite "Carnages" (2002), which all have elements of magical serendipity. However the movie that Chumscrubber most closely mimics would have […]

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Catherine Keener rocks!vjmario

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 06:42:49 +0000

The other day, I happened to hear this great interview with Catherine Keener on NPR while driving to work. That also led to an interesting discussion with some of my fellow movie buffs/colleagues at work on how the art of great acting is actor-invisibility. What I mean by that is that you shouldnt notice an […]

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Indian Movie Masters (From Ray to Shaji Karun)vjmario

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 06:11:25 +0000

One of the aims of this blog is to review the works of the Master filmmakers like Kurosawa, Fellini & Ray. The biggest influence that any Indian director has had outside of India has to be Satyajit Ray, who has won international acclaim for many of his films (in particular the "Apu Trilogy"). Before I […]

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Vanaprastham (The Last Dance) – (1999; Rating: 7.5/10)vjmarioVaanaprastham - Image

Sat, 15 Apr 2006 21:05:58 +0000

My take: After having watched Godfather 3, which was destroyed by terrible casting, this film reminded me of how important casting is to ensure that a movie turns out exactly as the director visualized it. The film is powered by a virtuoso performance by South Indian actor Mohanlal who could be easily described as India's […]

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Gangs of New York (2002; Rating: 5/10)vjmarioGangs of New York

Sat, 15 Apr 2006 05:02:50 +0000

I've seen this film while I went to Business School at Cal. State, Fresno and wanted to refresh my memory. I ended up watching only half of it, since I happened to get a 2-DVD version, but I guess 1 DVD would suffice to help re-create my impression of this film My take: Overall, it […]

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