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Films Seen 2003

Updated last: 01/05/03

Devdas (Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 2002). Wow! What a shaggy dog story. This film has not been released in the US yet, but after reading a glowing review in Film Threat, I got the DVD from an Internet Bollywood import store and before you could say "Devdas!" in that longing breathless way that is overplayed in the film soundtrack, I was watching the film. It's a film that could do with some serious editing. It is India's most expensive production, and it shows. It is a gorgeous film with lots of color and incredible sets. However, it is s-l-o-w. I wanted to slap all the characters every which way because they were just acting too stupid. Well, it's melodrama. What did I expect? Shahrukh Khan (Devdas) does his usual tragic passionate young man presentation, but who really steals the movie are Kiron Kher (Sumitra) and Aishwarya Rai (Paro). Kher has an incredible dance number when she thinks her Paro is going to be wed to Devdas (that turns out not to be true and leads to the tragic end of the movie). Rai starts out the film being a very annoying self-centered twit along with Devdas, but midway makes an interesting and believable transition into a mature and silent suffering woman. But the film seemed to take FOREVER to say whatever it wanted to say. Pretty to watch, but the the characters are so spoiled and self-centered at the beginning that it is hard not to enjoy their downfall in the second half, but cheer it on as well. (01/04/03)

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Kevin Smith, 2001). It had a few brief moments, but it was definitely not my cup of tea. It is a high end vulgar movie. One thing I found incredulous...that these ubergeeks/stoners did not know anything about the Internet. (01/05/03)

Kate and Leopold (James Mangold, 2002). Saw this on Starz2 today. Meg Ryan is starting to annoy me. However, Liev Schreiber (LI-EV! LI-EV! LI-EV) was in it, so that counter-acted on the Ryanness of the movie. The sad thing, is that Liev was not up to his usual Liev-ness here. He almost phoned in his performance (literally -- lots of scenes with him talking on a phone), but really it was only because of the role as written and not any failings of the LIEVMAN. If you love Liev for Liev, then see it. But if you require Liev to actually do something in the movie, then pass this baby up. It's a silly Meg Ryan romantic comedy. I am glad her character left this time. She deserves the past. For me though, it was a fun concept. Two of my most favorite movie ideas: time travel and LIEV! TOGETHER! in one movie. But the film finked out both in time travel and Liev. Sniff. It is definitely watered down Liev and watered down time travel. I am so happy that I did not pay cinema money to see this one. Sorry Liev, but it is definitely Cable Liev fare. (Added 01/05/04)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). I finally broke down and watched the film and yes it was silly, but it was fun. I saw it with the spawn, spousal unit, and my mother-in-law and we were quoting from the flick for days. Also, the spawn liked it. A 14 year old male enjoyed it and was quoting from it and laughing at it. Will wonders ever cease? All and all, it was worth the price of admission and more. It's a family movie that is not a child's movie. (Added 01/03/03)





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