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Reviews by Balakrishna (41)

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Malgudi Days : Av Media
Price: Rs. 999
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An Excellent Purchase
on 01 November 10
first to review

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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Wake Up Sid : Av Media
Price: Rs. 390
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LOVELY SWEET MOVING FILM
on 13 July 10
first to review

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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Avatar : Av Media
Price: Rs. 539
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Amazing value plus long anticipated Earth opening.
on 01 November 10
first to review

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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9 1/2 Weeks : Av Media
Price: Rs. 399
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The Chemistry of Lust
on 01 November 10
first to review

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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Ghost World (English) : Book
Price: Rs. 621
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Ghost World: Screenplay
on 05 August 11
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I read it in one sitting. It's very brief (80 pages or so) and completely absorbing. It draws you in like very few books, comic or not, can. The two main characters are two teenage girls, Enid and Rebecca, who are hanging around their small town the summer after they graduate from high school. That's it. The thing is, it's not. Clowes somehow manages to convey in every sentence, every frame, the feeling of being a teenager and feeling the dead ends wherever you head. And the wonderful thing is, the dead ends are not shoved down your throat. It's a subtle thing, present in an empty street, a record store, a diner. Where you find them in real life.

Trust me on this one.

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The Karate Kid : Av Media
Price: Rs. 349
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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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A service to the fighting men and women.
on 10 October 10
first to review certified buyer

These are some most heart-rending yet funny cartoons I have ever read. For a man who has never "been there" Trudeau does an outstanding job of showing the long road that a miltary man has to walk to "recover" from war. B.D. is wounded both on the outside and the inside and as Trudeau shows in a daily comic strip, sometimes it's the hidden wounds that are the worst. If any comic strip is worthy of a Pulitzer, it is the current run of Doonesbury with the ongoing journey of B.D. If you have any empathy for the American fighting man/woman these strips will bring tears to your eyes. They are Art with a capital A.

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The Stories of Ray Bradbury (English) : Book
Price: Rs. 1843
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Just fabulous!
on 24 July 11
first to review

100 stories selected by Ray himself,a master of fantasy,SF,horror,and so much more that is not easily definable.I've been reading him for over 40 years now,and this volume is much better than a lot of the very expensive and(dare I say it?)full of typo volumes available from small presses--I know,I'm a collector of sorts,and this is great value,with Everyman's usual first class job of presentation.If you know RB,don't hesitate,if you don't,you will make one of your lifetime's best buys.

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The story of a man who is in love with his own beauty
on 24 July 11
first to review

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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Black Hole (English) : Book
Price: Rs. 1307
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An intriguing, clever work
on 05 August 11
first to review

This has to be one of the greatest graphic novels of the past few years. If David Lynch did teen-drama this would be it. The alienation of teenage life taken to the max. Beautifully drawn, visually like nothing else around. Story of subtlety and eery atmosphere. This is a work of depth and sublime power. Totally recommended.

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