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Across the Universe

I’m not really a fan of musicals…and it’s been along time since I’ve watched a musical that I actually liked…way back in 2001, Moulin Rouge.

Across the Universe is a new musical coming to us in September. According to IMDB, It is an original musical film and is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and of course rock and roll. The film is also paired with many Beatles songs that defined the time and stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess as Lucy and Jude, the young lovers.

I’ve recently caught the trailer and I think it looks pretty. Its colourful, loud and seems quite theatrical too. The story itself looks pretty interesting.…of course the songs we know should be good right…So hope this is a good musical…Definitely something I would want to check out. You can view the trailer here.

Source: IMDB

Paris, je t’aime

Another movie that’s coming to us this time in May is Paris, je t’aime. Now this is an interesting movie to watch out for. Its actually made up of 20 films, all directed by different directors…to name a few, Alfonso Cuarón, Gus Van Sant, Tom Tykwer, Wes Craven. I’m really curious how they’re going to weave all the stories together to make one coherent movie. If it works…then this would be a great film…I kinda think it is…I mean why else…would all these well known directors and actors would want to be involved in it if its not…Well of course…there’s also the money thing…
Anyway you can check out the plot summary at IMDB here.

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Leon: The Professional (1994)

I managed to catch this on TV a few days ago( I try to watch it whenever its telecast on the local channels)…this is probably the third time I’ve watched it and I still think its brilliant. The first time I watched this movie, I must have been about 11 and even then I knew that this was a great movie. The funny thing though is that I remembered it to be much longer than the 1 and half hour that it really is…but then I found out that US version was shorter than the international one.

Natalie Portman plays Mathilda , an unloved young girl ,often beaten by her parents and sister. When her family is killed by Stansfield, the drug-crazed corrupt cop, she seeks shelter from Leon( Jean Reno), her next door neighbour. Now Leon as it turns out is a hit man, and as soon Mathilda finds this out, she convinces him to teach her the ways so that she can avenge the brutal murder of her brother (the only family member she loved). Reluctantly he agrees.

What makes this movie brilliant is the touching yet intense story of two very interesting well developed characters, great script and stylish action sequences. The actors performances too were superb. Jean Reno was excellent as Leon, the lonesome hit man whose best friend is a plant.Gary Oldman was wicked as Stansfield, the unpredictable, drug crazed psychotic cop who is determined to hunt down Leon and Mathilda. But praise has to be given to Natalie Portman as Mathilda. Seeing that this was her debut role, she did a brilliant job in portraying such a complex character. Mathilda was at first a frightened, vulnerable child and yet was able to turn into a person so determined to seek out revenge that she is capable of killing and Natalie was able to capture it perfectly.

I am not a fan of action movies…but I have to say this is one of the greatest movies out there. I would highly recommend anyone to watch it. So rent this movie the next time you go to the video store!


Mathilda: Is life always this hard, or is it just when you’re a kid?
Léon: Always like this.
Leon: The Professional

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