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I usually stay away from movies like these but I want to check this out for the incredible cinematography.

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I had the pleasure of seeing “Moon” yesterday night and I can say without a doubt that this movie along with “The Hurt Locker” are two of the best movies of 2009. Original story, breathtaking visuals and a haunting  score by Clint Mansell makes this one of the best sci-fi movies in a long time. I should also mention that the movie is directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones and it was made with a budget of only $5 million. My only dissappointment is that I saw it in a really small indie theater with a really small screen and a sub-par sound system. I hope it gets picked up by a bigger theater and I can watch it again in all of its amazing glory. The soundtrack by Clint Mansell is amazing but then again you dont expect anything less from someone who has done Requiem for a dream, Pi and The Fountain.

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Cant wait to see this one. Philip Seymour Hoffman can do no wrong.

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The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker – One of the best movies of 2009. I hope this gets a wider release.

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This rant is in response to this review of Slumdog Millionaire. I have read similar reviews where Slumdog Millionaire and other movies about Bombay like Salaam Bombay receive  negative reviews because they claim that such  films are trying to sell poverty to the western audience. However, this reviewer loses all credibility when he compares Slumdog Millionaire to Trainspotting. His views are similar to Amitabh Bachchan who slammed the movie on his own  blog because it portrays Bombay/Mumbai in a negative light. The reviewer seems to have a problem with Danny Boyle showing “Mumbai slums as a hotbed of tantalizing images conveying the splendour of squalidity”. He assumes that living in the slums is just all depressing, failing to understand that for people who actually live in the slums, for them its just life as it were any other life. I find it hilarious that this reviewer who reviews Bollywood movies on a daily basis has a hard time digesting escapist cinema like Slumdog Millionaire and is worried about corny dialogues. I also find it quite ironic  that people who like to critic on Bombay/Mumbai are most likely the ones who have the least amount of knowledge when it comes to issues they are critiquing . I doubt Mr. Bachchan has even personally  seen the slums or probably hasn’t even come in contact with the so called “slumkids”, he is probably too busy on his blackberry in his Mercedes with tinted  windows whenever he travels around the city. Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor and everything but never trust a man who probably pays somebody to write his “own” blog.

Rant over.

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The Fall – Tarsem Singh

Lately, Slumdog Millionaire seems to be getting all the attention.So allow me to go against the grain and bring some attention to a movie called The Fall directed by Tarsem Singh.Some people might say Tarsem Singh is a poor man’s Alejandro Jodorowsky and I agree. While Jodorowsky takes beautiful images and juxtaposes them with bizzare plotlines , Tarsem seems to stick to beautiful images and a straightforward if somewhat bland plotline.I was shocked when I learned that no special effects were used for the film and that the film was shot on 26 locations over 18 countries with most of them being in Jodhpur which is a city in Rajasthan, India. I am ashamed to say that despite living in India for 15 years, I have never travelled around India , but this movie is definitely going to change that.

The Fall Trailer on youtube

The Fall movie website

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