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Reviews by Balakrishna (41)

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Malgudi Days : Av Media
Price: Rs. 819
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An Excellent Purchase
on 01 November 10
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I still remember as a child waiting for Malgudi days to come on Doordarshan, and now my children love this DVD. Considering that the show appeared nearly 20 years ago, it still holds charm for the modern day kids, and closed captioning does help for those who do not speak/understand Hindi fluently. An excellent purchase and a good DVD set to have, if you have young children in the house. Don't hesitate. If you don't own it, buy it right Now.

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Avatar : Av Media
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Amazing value plus long anticipated Earth opening.
on 01 November 10
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I did go out to the theater to see James Cameron's Avatar with my daughters. I had great expectations, having seen Aliens, Terminator 1 & 2, The Abyss, Titanic, just to name a few of his blockbuster hits. Cameron's films always come rolling in, guns blasting, edge of your seat action, heart thrilling scenes and teeth gnashing bad guys. The exact thing I love. If you don't know what an avatar is, here's the definition compliments of Webster: the incarnation of a HINDU DEITY; an incarnation in human form. That's the entire idea behind this movie. An alternative life from the one that you may have now. The Na'vi are the indigenous people thriving on Planet Pandora and their existence is being threatened by a major corporation that wants a crucial mineral that exists only on their homeland. Avatar explores the question: Would civilized man's thinking change if it were another planet? Cameron paraplegic hero, Jake Sully, has the opportunity to live among the Na'vi in an alternate reality. Jake molds, bonds and begins to understand. He sees this new world and the natives for what they are, far more intelligent than his counterparts believe. There is a bonding between the Na'vi and mother earth that is deep and profound, calling back to the tales we read from our own INDIAN heritage. This film has captured the most breathtaking and believable artistic sense I have seen in years. The hero, Jake Sully, has to decide what is more important. The life he knew or the life that exists only in his dreams. I'll leave you hanging there because I hate it when the review tells the entire story. All I can say was there was, when I saw this film at the theater, there was a hushed lull that fell over the audience during the entire film, not a child cried, whimpered or whined. Not a soul bounded up and down the stairs seeking refills or a bathroom break. There was clapping throughout the audience when the credits rolled and my daughters, were among them.

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Wake Up Sid : Av Media
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LOVELY SWEET MOVING FILM
on 13 July 10
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What a lovely sweet moving film! I bought the DVD because I think highly of Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma and neither disappointed me in this film. Both are such natural performers that you never get the feeling they are acting. It helped that they were given such rounded characters to play. Supriya Pathak's role brought a tear to my eye, her character was so touching. If I have one tiny criticism, it's that the dubbing is ever so slightly out of sync in the beginning. But the story and performances soon made me forget that and pulled me in. Top marks for this one. Both Ranbir and Konkona may have got their start because of their famous parents, but they are both actors who give it their all and deserve to be where they are today.

The director is a first time director too, I believe. More good things from him, please.

If you like a well-acted romantic comedy drama, this one will score highly with you.

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9 1/2 Weeks : Av Media
Price: Rs. 399
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The Chemistry of Lust
on 01 November 10
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I have loved this movie since I saw it in the theater. This is one of my all time favorite movies. The chemistry between Rourke and Basinger is electric. You can practically see the sparks fly off the screen. Is Rourke's character a nice guy? Not really. However, is he sexy, and would he make most women melt? Yes he would without a doubt. The scene in the kitchen is particularly appealing. I find it fascinating how this movie seems to have permeated our culture. I have female friends that agree that they love this movie but don't want to tell men that they love it. Not that I completely understand this behavior mind you. I can only guess that it has to do with wanting to be seen as a "good girl". I see this movie as one that tried to break taboos in its time. Bondage was just not seen as "normal" behavior in the middle class America in 1986 when the film was released. This film is all about the chemistry of lust. It depicts what can happen when a relationship becomes sexual before people really get to know each other. Their relationship burned brightly for a while, and then burned out. I highly recommend this movie. I find this movie erotic, and very sexy. I think it is a great movie for a married couple to watch that needs a little spark put back into their relationship.

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The Karate Kid : Av Media
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NEVER REMAKE A CLASSIC
on 01 November 10
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Overall the movie was a bust to me. there's nothing really that keeps you interested at any time. you never remake a classic for a reason. because you will never be able to recreate the magic of these movies. thats why they're classics. Can you imagine movies like ROCKY, SCARFACE, DIE HARD, or THE LOST BOYS being remade?? No! Me either. They are in a class by themselves. and they should have left this one alone. I can see why those that have never seen the original would like this movie. especially kids, but this is not a movie that I ever plan on watching again. If your kids are looking for a great film and have 'the karate kid' in mind, show them the original. you can never go wrong with that. This new version fails on every level to match the magic of that one. I had read another review that said that this movie must be good since it made 360 million dollars. Yeah well, TWILIGHT makes hundreds of millions too, but that doesn't stop it from sucking (no pun intended) nor does it mean it's a good movie.

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The story of a man who is in love with his own beauty
on 24 July 11
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This is one of my favourite works from Wilde, next to the play 'The Importance of being Earnest' & the poem 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'. I bought this so I could share it with my children, they love graphic novels & I thought this was a format that could introduce them to this amazing literary genius. There's a mini biography in the back on Wilde with the history of the novel & the controvesy it caused on publication, in the introduction.
The book 24cm x 17cm, is 128 pages long, so the publishers have not skimped. Its stiff cardcovers & the graphics are black & white, printed on quality paper. The drawings are atmospheric & add a different dimension to the story . The graphics are excellant & the story told well, through the pictures & succinct text relaying the original story & doing Wilde justice. This is the story of a man who is in love with his own beauty, & pledges his very soul for longevity and eternal youth. The bargain is struck & a portrait that his friend Basil has painted, ages in his place. Dorians kindness and thoughtfulness soon turns to narcisstic self-interest, depravity & a dangerous sense of invulnerability, egged on by Lord Henry, he ruins several lives. He soon realises that he cannot out-run or escape his own conscious. This is a dark gothic tale adapted in a graphic style with atisic flair, making it very readable & entertaining, really enjoyed it....

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Time Out Film Guide 2010 (English) : Book
Price: Rs. 1044
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STRONGER INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE THAN ANY OTHER FILM GUIDE
on 15 November 09
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The eighteenth edition of the "Time Out Film Guide" weighs in with more than 18,500 reviews, all written by knowledgeable critics who love film. Every review lists credits for cast and other key creative personnel. The guide covers every area of world cinema (it has stronger international coverage than any other film guide), including: classic silents and 1930s comedies, documentaries and the avant-garde, Europe and Asia, the Hollywood mainstream, and B-movie horrors. You certainly couldn't do much better than the Time Out Film Guide 2008...Noted for its strong international coverage, the reviews are both informed and informative, while the additional material makes for an all encompassing reference work. Film Review The best one-stop shop on the market for film fans who credit themselves with tastes beyond the mainstream... The only one worth buying annually Empire It's a movie-info mine so addictive that every dip-in risks total submergence Total Film Pound for pound, the Time Out Film Guide is the film buff's annual of choice.

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JAMES BOND: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (English) : Book
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Two classics in one volume
on 14 July 10
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I am very excited to hear that Titan is set to deliver even more editions of the James Bond strips that appeared in the pages of The Daily Express in the 1960s and even more pleased to hear that two of my favorite Fleming books - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 'You Only Live Twice' were set to appear in the same edition.
Some years ago, back in the 1980s I had picked up a previous edition of 'Octopussy' that Titan had put together and promptly devoured the book and for years later had wished and wanted to see the rest of the series. Here at last some two decades later I am getting my chance - and am extremely happy about it.
Not only do we get the comic-strip adaptation of the above two books in this one edition, but we also get an introduction by Bond actor George Lazenby (who played the character in the 1969 movie) as well as a discussion of the Fleming books (from 'Doctor No' to 'For Your Eyes Only') and before the beginning of both novels a brief discussion on the background behind the comic-strips and even mention of where the strip deviates from the book which it is adapting.
A word of warning must go out to those who only know the secret agents exploits through the popular series of EON Productions movies. These strips are based on the Fleming novels which are very different from the 007 movies (at least since 1971 onwards). In fact one of the novels adapted here - 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' may be the Fleming novel most faithfully adapted for the movie screens. George Lazenby, an Australian Car Salesman played BOND for the first and last time.
Titan Books deserve a great deal of credit for publishing these editions and this one will undoubtedly (and justifiably) become a proud addition to the bookshelves of every self respecting fan of the novels of Ian Fleming and in particular of his most famous creation - James Bond.

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Full Dark, No Stars (English) : Book
Price: Rs. 1496
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The stories in this book are harsh.
on 01 November 10
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“The stories in this book are harsh.” The man ain’t whistlin’ Dixie. Returning to the novella—possibly his brightest canvas—Stephen King provides four raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception. The first story, “1922,” is an outright masterpiece and takes the form of the written confession of one Wilf James. Back in 1922, see, Wilf killed his wife to prevent her selling off part of the farm, but tossing her corpse down the well didn’t exactly stop her. It’s Poe meets Creepshow by way of Steinbeck and carries the bleak, nearly romantic doom of an old folk ballad about murderin’ done wrong. A pair of the remaining tales feature female protagonists considering hiding others’ crimes. The story, “Big Driver” is a rape-revenge tale about a writer of cozy mysteries who ends up in the uncoziest of situations, while the next novella, “A Good Marriage” stars a wife whose husband of 27 years turns out to be hiding an unimaginable secret. Though the shortest story by far, The fourth and last novella, “Fair Extension” is no slouch, submitting for your approval one Mr. Elvid (get it?), who is out to shine a little light on our blackest urges. Rarely has Stephen King gone this dark, but to say there are no stars here is crazy. High-Demand Backstory: King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction; and if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book. : Balakrishna Varma

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Entourage Season - 2 : Av Media
Price: Rs. 999
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THE MALE VERSION OF SEX AND THE CITY
on 01 November 10
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I tried to explain this show to somebody the other day, and the most appropriate description that I could come up with was "Entourage is like the male version of 'Sex & The City', but based in Hollywood and with a more clearly defined plot." So, yeah... that's pretty much it. If you watch one episode and enjoy it, then you MUST try to watch the whole series in its' entirety. Sure, you could jump in and start watching at any time, but the only way that you'll appreciate the inside jokes and past references is to see it from front to back. The show's writers really get into a great rhythm around the middle of season two. In my opinion, the REAL stars of this series are Johnny Drama, Turtle, and Ari. Sure, the relationship between Eric (aka 'E') and movie star Vince is the engine that drives the show, but the funniest moments in the show involve the other members of the entourage. 'E' tends to take himself a little too seriously, and his girl problems are rather contrived at times. Vince is certainly the center of attention in his little universe because everything hinges on his career, but he couldn't function without his support group - which is the point of the show, I think. My favorite facet of the show is how everybody that they interact with on a regular basis are all stereotypical entertainment industry people; from the sycophantic personal assistants and ubiquitous groupies, to the slick and smarmy super-agents and power mad producers. Also, the nature of the show's Hollywood locale results in the inclusion of tons of great Star Cameos. Entourage was one of the few shows in recent memory that had me laughing out loud and actually giving a crap about what happened to the characters as the story developed. I can't wait to see what goes down in Season Three. If you'd like a solid TV drama/comedy that's got a shot of testosterone, or if you're tired of your girl forcing you to sit through re-runs of 'Sex & The City' and want to make her watch something you BOTH might enjoy for a change, then you should check out Entourage.

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