Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by M. Polier

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

U.S. Release Date: May 4, 2012

Genre/Rating/Runningtime: Dramedy/PG-13/124 mins

DIRECTOR: JOHN MADDEN

STARRING:  JUDI DENCH, MAGGIE SMITH, TOM WILKENSON, DEV PATEL

PROS

  • Expertly crafted story that takes you on a multifaceted magic carpet ride.
  • Story and characters twist and turn in most surprising and delightful ways (not to spoil any of it.)
  • It is India in living color.  Glorious.  Uplifting.  Fearless cinematic storytelling show fearful characters, every one of them, overcoming and besting themselves.

CONS

  • I hate to have to say it…but the truth is the two Indian leads (we fell head over heels for Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire) are forced in this film that wildly succeeds anyway.  Maybe it’s cultural, but their naïve energy and  their inability to stand firm against their elders seems unreal next to the earnestness of the English elderly struggling for their lives.

FINAL VERDICT: One of those films destined to become a classic.  Reminds me of Merchant and Ivory at their peak.  Don’t miss it.  One of the year’s best so far.  Highly recommended.

QUICK QUOTE!

Sonny: Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not the end.                                                                                                                                     Evelyn: Yes
[It is builder’s tea]
Evelyn: , we dunk biscuits into it.
Sunaina’s Brother: Dunk?
Evelyn: Means lowering the biscuit into the tea and letting it soak in there and trying to calculate the exact moment before the biscuit dissolves, when you whip it up into your mouth and enjoy the blissful union of biscuits and tea combined. It’s more relaxing than it sounds.

Cousin Marisa said: “I knew it would be that good!”

Complementary Food: Indian dishes of all kinds…followed by tea and biscuits(but of course I mean cookies!)

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The Avengers

by M. Polier

THE AVENGERS/MARVEL STUDIOS

U.S. Release Date: May 4, 2012

Genre/Rating/Runningtime:Action Adventure/PG-13/143mins.

DIRECTOR: JOSS WHEDON

STARRING: ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.,CHRIS EVANS, MARK RUFFALO, CHRIS HENSWORTH, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, SAMUEL L. JACKSON and more…

PROS

  • Action packed from beginning to end.
  • Nice tag sets up yet another sequel.
  • Lots of great cameos for the film nerds:. Powers Boothe and Jenny Agutter (Do you remember “Walkabout”?) appear as members of the World Security Council. Avengers co-creator Stan Lee appears in a news report. Harry Dean Stanton (Do you remember him from “Private Benjamin”? His career goes back to the 1950’s) cameos as a security guard, and Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski appears as Romanoff’s interrogator.

CONS

  • Very little story there, and what is up on the screen is devoid of soul.  We left feeling like we had been caught under a big wave and couldn’t catch our breath for 2 hours.  Steve and I fell asleep midway.  Marla and Dave were with it all the way.
  • It is too long and too repetitive.
  • Not in the same class as “The Watchmen”, “Green Hornet” or even “Spider Man”.  Very un-classic.

They’ve turned Pepper Potts into Ellie May Clampett – barefoot and jean short- shorts.  The only thing missing was the rope belt.  Where was Pepper’s spice?

FINAL VERDICT: Lots of fathers and sons (under 13) in the audience…otherwise not recommended. 

QUICK QUOTE!

Tony Stark: You’re missing the point! There’s no throne, there is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes and maybe it’s too much for us but it’s all on you. Because if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we’ll avenge it!

Dave said: “Just what you expect.  A big nothing.”

Complementary Food: Chamapgne with Noodles Romanoff or Hungarian Goulash maybe…

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