12 Years a Slave (2013)

Another movie I watched a little late: 12 Years a Slave. An Oscar winning movie: Best Movie, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, 12 Years a Slave was indeed a brilliant movie: intense, realistic, overwhelming, deep and ultimately very very depressing. That’s what happened when I finished the movie: I was depressed. Based on…

Wadjda

A Saudi movie secretly shot entirely in the city of Riyadh by a female director. That should be enticing enough to make you watch this. Wadjda had made headlines all over the world in 2013 winning many movie awards and rightfully so. Wadjda is a 9 year old living with her mom and an absent…

Zinda Bhaag

A brilliant Pakistani movie (and it’s set in my hometown of Lahore!) Great acting, humor, story, cinematography et al. No wonder it’s been winning awards (though I don’t think it will win the Oscar for Best Foreign Film!). I smiled. I laughed. I pondered. I wondered. But it was the poignant ending that made it’s…

Closer

I have probably seen the most intense, most reality based movie based on relationships. I have seen it before, but I watched it again last night because I think it speaks to me on different levels. The movie I am talking about is Closer. It’s a very realistic and “real” movie based on emotions, feelings,…

Blood Diamond

Having just seen Blood Diamond last night, my conscience has been shaken and stirred. I knew it would be about the diamond trade, but I had little idea of how much brutality, savagery and deaths happen in order to get the diamonds we get today at the market. Djimon Honsou plays Solomon, a family man…

Water

Water is the third movie in the trilogy by Deepa Mehta. The first two movies were Fire and Earth. Fire was very controversial upon its release as it portrayed an intimate relationship between two females who were driven close to each other because of lack of love and support from their husbands. Earth was based…

Wolf Creek

Wolf Creek was nearly an unheard of film. It’s an Australian film to say the least, so why pay attention to it? I hadn’t heard of this movie till I heard how it has been declared a hit upon its release. On top of that, it’s supposed to be a true horror story. The movie…

Black

Imagine a world where you cannot see. You are immersed in total darkness. Then imagine you cannot hear anything; you are stone deaf. Imagine you were born this way. What would life be like for you? What would life be life be like for your parents? For your sibling? This is the premise of the…

The Woodsman

The Woodsman stars Kevin Bacon and his real-life wife Kyra Sedgwick. Bacon plays a paedophile that has been released from jail after 12 years. He starts work at a timber factory and is given a place to stay at, which is ironically opposite a children’s school He meets this woman at the work place and…

The Namesake

The Namesake is based on a great, emotional novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. Like all over immigrants coming to the United States to fit in, The Namesake tackles upon the idea of changing our names to fit in. Much is made of this in the movie, like it is in the book….