December 21 Movies

16 Dec

As American movie studios rush to get their last batch of award-material films into theatres and Bollywood wraps up a rollercoaster year with a bang, December 21st is slated to become D-Day. Given my druthers, I’d like to see all of these (with a couple of exceptions) – and I probably will, come to think of it – but here’s my list in order of preference:

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Johnny Depp is a singing, vengeful barber whose grisly hobby gives a shot in the arm to his landlady’s (Helena Bonham Carter) flagging meatpie business. Here’s my earlier post.

Charlie Wilson’s War – Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Om Puri star in this Aaron Sorkin-written, Mike Nichols-directed dramedy about a bumbling US Congressman who fuels the Taliban movement in 1980s Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. As the tagline says: “Based on a true story. You think we could make all this up?” There is, of course, always the fear that this could end up as a huge turkey – look what befell the Tom Cruise-Meryl Streep-Robert Redford movie Lions for Lambs, for example – but I have hopes for this movie because A) I like politics, B) I like Sorkin and C) the one thing Sorkin isn’t, is boring. And yes, I’ve seen Studio 60 a.k.a. Why Doesn’t Kristen Chenoweth Love Me Anymore, Goddammit? The entire season of it. So there.

Taare Zameen Par – I want to love this movie but… I don’t know. Everything about it feels more like obligation than a pleasure. The promos and the write ups seem to follow this line of thought: I like Aamir Khan + he makes good movies – therefore I’m now contractually obligated to watch his directorial venture about kids with special needs. Special needs, people! How can you be against a movie about kids with special needs? Or is it just kids who hate school? It’s a bit difficult to tell. Unless hating school is now a special need. And that clip of Aamir dressed up as a clown and, well, clowning around with the kids – it just tries too hard. And every Aamir fan on the planet knows that he doesn’t need to do that. Sigh. I really hope I’m wrong and this movie turns out to be one of those rare, special little movies that doesn’t sound like anything much on paper but turns out to be a complete and utter joy. Fingers crossed but this is one of those flicks where I won’t go the theatre without reading a review or two.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story – Did you love Talladega Nights and Superbad, not to mention Knocked Up? In that case you probably don’t want to miss this R-rated Judd Apatow-produced, John C. Reilly starrer. It gets fourth place because it doesn’t have any kids with special needs in it. It does however have adults with special needs in it – like drugs and alcohol.

Welcome – Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal make a funny movie. Anil Kapoor, Nana Patekar and Feroze Khan (!) join in. Katrina Kaif looks pretty. Mallika Sherawat plays a vamp. In other news, the sun rose this morning and the sky is still blue. Good to know. I’ll get the DVD or something.

National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Why? Just… why?

P.S. I Love You – Here is the reason why National Treasure came second last instead of dead last. It was a really good try to squeeze in some Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Gerald Butler but unless the movie shows us some of that red carpet action, I’m really not interested. But I promise, I’ll take a good look at the standee if I pass it in the lobby of some multiplex.


Posted by on December 16, 2007 in Entertainment, Movies, Video


8 responses to “December 21 Movies

  1. Raja Sen

    December 17, 2007 at 4:47 am

    For me Walk Hard comes in second right after Sweeney… that Let’s Duet song is enough to sell me on it.

    As for Sorkin, I’m really hoping for glory — I loved the first-six eps of Studio 60…. but then he got far too soppy. But hey, credit is credit .. who knew Matt Perry could act?

    And finally, I’m going to brand you a liar. I don’t think you’ll stare at the PS I Love You standee at all.

  2. Amrita

    December 18, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Raja – I thought of you when I saw the clip 😀

    Omogod, if brad whitford and matt perry got married tomorrow I’d totally understand coz those guys have serious chemistry going on. Much more than chandler and monica, imo. I think at least some of the credit for matt’s performance ought to go to brad.

    as for the other – BUSTED :mrgreen:

  3. kela

    December 20, 2007 at 3:41 am

    Amrita ,why write about movies when you can make them ? i have this brilliant money spinning idea that’d make you a millionaire in no time – soft porn movies for the indian market.Thanks to India’s prudish culture there is a lack of quality(good looking) porn actors.And considering the oversupply of porn stars and wannabes in the USA this is a golden oppurtunity ,you could hire Indian looking girls of latino/puerto-rican origin,make the movies there real cheap and send them over here for hindi dubbing.I could be your lead actor 😉 ,think abt it,we could make a killing here.

  4. Gagan

    December 20, 2007 at 5:12 am

    Nothing against pretty girls….absolutely nothing at all…but don’t u think it’s funny how Katrina Kaif never stops smiling …like if she let’s down the ingratiating look for one second everyone will realize she can’t act…or that she can’t speak the language.. like a good girl whose scared the parents will think badly of her. that she’s really yana Gupta without any of the self-assurance that those good looks should allow …just a thought 🙂

  5. Amrita

    December 20, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Kela – before you start your career as the Indian Ron Jeremy, shouldn’t you actually come over to the States?

    Gagan – poor thing! Actually, things she’s said in the past make me think that she actually feels exactly the same as you do. I wonder what happened to Yana Gupta btw. She was pretty awesome.

  6. Gagan

    December 20, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    think miss Babu Ji is recording an album.. I agree she definitely does own it.

  7. Raja Sen

    December 24, 2007 at 12:45 am

    so the weekend has come and gone, what’s your scorecard thus far?

  8. Amrita

    December 24, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Gagan – NO! recording an album? well she does play the flute or something totally random like that, so I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt.

    Raja – I’m afraid when given a choice between sloth + gluttony (not to mention alcoholism) and cinema, I chose the former. 😳 Looking forward to seeing my top three this week.

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