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How Bridget Jones’ Diary is Just Perfect

  In a movie made legendary by Renee Zellweger in 2001, Helen Fielding‘s portrayal of the thirty-something, pseudo-feminist, chain-smoking, ideal-toting ‘Bridget Jones’ was brought to life. I caught glimpses of the movie throughout my childhood, when passing through the cable channels, or camping out in my brother’s room, but I only managed to watch the whole thing in one… Continue reading How Bridget Jones’ Diary is Just Perfect

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Julia Roberts at the end of her rope.

We all know that Snow White was dragged out of her peaceful fairy-tale heaven and made over twice this year – once in Snow White & the Huntsman and once in Mirror, Mirror. (To read my review on Snow White & the Huntsman, click here.) You can almost imagine the poor babe plucked from her world of children’s… Continue reading Julia Roberts at the end of her rope.

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Macaulay Culkin between Home Alone & Drug Addiction

Remember this cutie? Is it just me or does her look very svelte, like his name should be some strange Nordic concoction with a bunch of J’s and D’s oddly placed throughout (like Djordjockovich or something)? Above-photographed cutie, Version 2.0 (See how cool teenagers can be?) “Oh no! Look at Future Me! He’s lost all… Continue reading Macaulay Culkin between Home Alone & Drug Addiction

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Johnny Depp – Alcoholic & Hopeless Romantic

I heard about the movie driving to work one day with my mother. One of the street beggars on the Jinnah Avenue underpass was selling newspapers, and as the familiar guilt crept into our hearts, we rolled down the car window and bought a copy, whispering a prayer for the one-and-a-half-legged man as he hobbled… Continue reading Johnny Depp – Alcoholic & Hopeless Romantic

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Snow White & the Huntsman

    Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era. – Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor After hearing mountains of praise from my friend Summiya, I happily settled down… Continue reading Snow White & the Huntsman

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Thank you for Big Mama’s House of Yo

Growing up in a manner which many would call ‘privileged’ was something I took for granted when I was younger. As a young child in Houston, going to school meant passing under the mass of concrete that was the very-creatively named Highway 6. At this point, I had usually finished revising the last day’s lessons… Continue reading Thank you for Big Mama’s House of Yo

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Johnny Depp as Edward Cullen in Dark Shadows

How bad is “Dark Shadows”? It makes you long for a “Twilight” movie. That’s bad. – Tom Long Dark Shadows is the new Johnny Depp film, released just this year, in which he played a long dead (and yet un-dead?) vampire named Barnabus Collins. I guess you’d classify it as a horror comedy-drama – the type… Continue reading Johnny Depp as Edward Cullen in Dark Shadows

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Sacha Baron Cohen as ‘The Dictator’

…it does show that whilst Cohen’s humour is crass, there is often an underlying intelligent subtext. It’s definitely evident in this lewd-gag satire filled with A-list co-stars and bodily function jokes… – Genevieve Loh Coming on the heels of the Arab Spring, the satire should feel especially relevant, but there is so much silliness it’s… Continue reading Sacha Baron Cohen as ‘The Dictator’

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Today’s Outrageous is Tomorrow’s Freedom, and my nose-dive into Indian cinema

I heard that somewhere. Today’s outrageous is tomorrow’s freedom. In fact, I think Naila says something similar to Silk, in Milan Luthria‘s cine-biographical exploration of a sex-symbol, Dirty Picture. That got me thinking. As some of you may know, I’m not well-acquainted with Indian cinema. Having been raised in the West, and having struggled to learn Urdu,… Continue reading Today’s Outrageous is Tomorrow’s Freedom, and my nose-dive into Indian cinema

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The King’s Speech

British director Tom Hooper’s touching drama The King’s Speech more than deserved each of the four Oscars it was awarded at the 2011 Academy Awards. Grossing over $370 million at the box office, David Siedler’s screenplay brings to life a long-forgotten history – that of Britain’s King George VI (Colin Firth), a man who never… Continue reading The King’s Speech