Theeb — Beware of Wolves

Song of the Day: El Amaken by Mohammed Abdo

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I usually avoid the ‘Middle-Eastern’ sub-tab under the ‘International’ section of movies on Netflix, because the selection is so limited. However, this past Friday, too tired after a long day of work and in need of entertainment; I found myself browsing the section. One of the movies caught my eye. The description read: ‘World War I: The Arabian Desert has become a danger zone of spies, assassins, and thieves. One boy is about to cross it.’ Hardly much seemed enticing about that description but I still found myself clicking play. (That Netflix gives terrible descriptions to movies that are sometimes misleading and sometimes completely off the mark is hardly a new phenomenon  there is even a dedicated sub-Reddit and countless articles written on the subject.)

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El Orfanato/The Orphanage

Song of the Day: Reminiscing by Ailee

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I was going through my very long list of movies that are still awaiting a review, and one caught my eye. The Orphanage, the 2007 film by J.A. Bayona. I remember leaving the cinema thoroughly entertained in a brilliantly, shudderingly, suspenseful manner.

Anyhow, I re-watched it this weekend for the purposes of this review, and maybe there is a correlation between age and fear: the older you get, the more susceptible to fear. Or maybe I am the exception here. It scared the living daylights out of me and I found myself screaming like a banshee in a house by myself.  Continue reading “El Orfanato/The Orphanage”

The Hobbit Trilogy – A Lesson in Less is More

Song of the Day: ‘I See Fire’ by Ed Sheeran

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In 2010 when I first heard that Peter Jackson would direct The Hobbit; I almost cried in excitement. That was soon followed by the news that it would consist of two parts. A little sceptical but still excited. Then those two movies were soon changed into three and I was baffled. I had my reservations. And I realised my reservations were spot-on as soon as I came out of the cinema after watching the first instalment. Argh! Why drag out a 300-page book, that could have been a 3-hour epic at most, into 3 movies? A year later, having watched the second movie, my irritation with Jackson had increased. And now another year, the last instalment watched, I can say that I am just glad that the whole fiasco is over.

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47 Ronin – Another Version of an Old Tale

Song of the Day: ‘Tessellate’ by alt-J

My friend D. and I usually play a silly game at the cinema. After every movie preview depending on who liked it, we claim ‘ownership’ of the consequent viewing. A rather meaningless endeavour, one could say, as the chances are more than likely that we would watch them together. Anyhow, whilst watching The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, the trailer for 47 Ronin came on. It didn’t immediately catch my eye (trailer didn’t do much to advertise it), but D. immediately exclaimed, ‘We are watching that! For the girl!’ Unfortunately, I did not get to see it with D. but another friend on a Sunday evening that we were both bored.  Continue reading “47 Ronin – Another Version of an Old Tale”

Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold!

Song of the Day: ‘The Clock’ by Thom Yorke

A couple of months ago saw a dismal opening for the Spike Lee re-make of Korean cult movie, Oldboy. And rightly so, if one were to ask me. Why did this movie need to be re-made? (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, anyone?)

Anyhow, I had promised myself that I was not going to watch it, but a friend made a great point. ‘How can you dismiss it so easily? You have to at least watch it before making any sort of judgement, don’t you think?’ So, I duly sat myself down and finally watched it this past weekend. And for good measure, more like to remove the bad taste left in my mouth, I re-watched the original.  Continue reading “Revenge, like octopus, is a dish best served cold!”