Movies I watched during the 2-week Dec Shutdown …

The 2-week break sure hit the right spot, just like in 2009. I got to indulge in one of my hobbies: Movies! I used my Netflix account to the maximum and in the process did put a lot of strain on my poor eyes :-)

I categorized the movies into 3 sections: “Loved It!”, “Whatever …” and “Water-Boarding Alert!”. I will skip over the “Whatever …” section.

(A) Loved It! —————————————————————————

The Money Pit: Quite funny and very good work by Tom Hanks. Quite appropriate for the 2008-2010 US Housing Market 🙂

The War Of Roses: Black Comedy. My favorite Michael Douglas was great as ever. Not everyone will like it though.

Cape Fear: Watching it for the Nth time. What a movie. De Niro and Nolte were just superb. Good old Yash Chopra managed to lift some aspects of it for his “Darr” with Shah Rukh Khan.

Donnie Brasco: A tense movie with some great work by Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.

12 Angry Men: Thanks for the recommendation Rajesh. I loved this 1950s movie! A good story with excellent acting all around.

Changing Lanes: Hmmm …. I was under the impression “Taxi 9211” Hindi movie was an original. Obviously, not! A very unique script.

A Perfect Getaway: I loved this movie for the beautiful Hawaii locales. And a decent twist towards the end.

Infernal Affairs: Thanks for the recommendation Sridhar. Even though it wasnt as exciting as “The Departed”, the dude who acted as the undercover mobster did a great job, I thought. The ending is different w.r.t. “The Departed”.

The Hangover: I loved it and thought it was quite funny. I also noticed that not everyone liked it. Well, we are all different, arent we?

Hush: Some good work by Jessica Lange (Cape Fear, The Postman Always Ring Twice (below)).It was a timepass movie.

Food Inc.: Whatever be your political views, I would strongly recommend you watch this movie. It was quite an eye-opener for me.

Sleeping With The Enemy: Watching it for the Nth time. Good suspense and good acting.

District 9: A unique experiment. For a change, Aliens are the persecuted ones 🙂 Sharlto Copley was just awesome in the lead role.

Consenting Adults: Hindi Movie “Ajnabee” pretty much did a 1-to-1 copy of this movie. A good suspense thriller.

No Way Out: Though the technical aspects of the movie werent that great, I thought it was a good story.

Nick Of Time: Watching it for the Nth time. I love suspense! A younger Johnny Depp was very good.

Bad Influence: A B-Cast, but a decent mystery thriller.

The Hand That Rocked The Cradle: Watching it for the Nth time. Rebecca De Mornay is very good as the lead.

Malice: A very good suspense thriller with some twists and turns.

The Beach: Another movie I loved mainly for the wonderful beauty of Thailand (Was it?). The story is also quite unique.

The Postman Always Rings Twice: Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange in their early days.

(B) Water-Boarding Alert —————————————————————————

Predators: What?? The great Adrien Brody in this “Action” movie, mouthing ridiculous dialogues! What a contrast from “The Pianist”. Lousy movie with some of the corniest dialogues I have ever heard.

Gangs of NewYork: I get a feeling that my buddy Rajesh played a prank on me with this recommendation. A 3+-hour movie which I did not like one bit. I forwarded it and finished it in 30 minutes or so. I noticed that the movie got a lot of awards. But then, it didnt do anything for me.

Whiteout: It was great to see all that snow. Thats about it ….

Wanted: “???”. That is what I felt after watching it.

Capitalism – A Love Story: I thought it was a bit over-the-top and not up to his usual standards.

Adios ….

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