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Mihir’s 10 Favorite Movies of 2010

Sort of a premature list, as I have yet to see many films that have not hit DVD.

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Short – Jean-Sebastian Monzani’s Your Secret

Simplicity. This short’s simplicity is what makes it so easy to relate to. It’s also what makes it so different. Very simple questions asked in such a creative way. Indeed, this film is about “you”. Runs for about 4 and a half minutes. Enjoy ūüôā

Your secret from Jean-Sebastien Monzani on Vimeo.

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Short – Carlos Lascano’s A Short Love Story in Stop-Motion

I’ve decided to post up¬†at least¬†one short film every 3 days. Today, I chose “A Short Love Story in Stop-Motion.” I don’t know why but when stop-motion animation is done right, it always gets me. So, here is a beautiful short which runs just over 3 minutes, and I’m sure, it will put a smile across your face. Enjoy!

A SHORT LOVE STORY IN STOP MOTION from Carlos Lascano on Vimeo.

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Short – Tobias Gundorff Boesen’s Out Of A Forest

I watch a lot of short films. It has become kind of a¬†past time hobby, where I search for little short films and just bookmark the ones that I enjoy most. ‘Out Of A Forest’, in particular, stuck with me a lot and I just had to shed it a little more light. It’s a beautiful stop-motion animated film that is a little less than 6 minutes. Enjoy!

Out Of A Forest from Tobias Gundorff Boesen on Vimeo.

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The Last Song

The Last Song is a novel written by the same man who wrote A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and Dear John – Nicholas Sparks. All of which, incidently, are motion pictures.

It is what it promises; a gooey, emotional and heartbreaking romance. Be it father-daughter love, brother-sister love or boyfriend-girlfriend love, there’s¬†affection…¬†and a lot of it.

Directed by Julie Anne Robinson, The Last Song stars Miley Cyrus, rising actress and singer, who also has her own Disney show by the name Hannah Montana.

She plays the leading lady, or teen, who goes through a transformation¬† which changes her personality and outlook on the world. Of course, this doesn’t happen without some life changing experiences.

Which reminds me, her co-star Liam Hemsworth, was a major part of her decision to open up her heart to the world and its frightening possibilities. They meet accidentally and he soon proves to her that he’s not the jerk she believes him to be.

Not too much to our surprise, they fall in love eventually and, together, face the obstacles life pushes their way.

Along with the laughter and smiles comes the tears of joy and sadness.

[ Personal Note: This movie made me cry more than thrice. ]

But while on this rollercoaster, we notice that Cyrus’s acting has matured, the storyline is not as cheesy as you’d expect and that sometimes, even the things we most take for granted could disappear in a matter of moments.

Do you ever really forget your first heartbreak?

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Cyrus performed a ballad especially for The Last Song which featured as the soundtrack.

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One ring

One ring to rule them all

So I recently decided to re-watch one of films greatest stories, The Lord of the Rings by legendary director Peter Jackson. 11 hours on and I was left with one of the best experiences of film in my life.

Despite each film clocking in at monumental lengths I, personally, never felt that any of the films were dragging at any point. I was completely involved in the movie. The ability to capture an audience for such long periods of time is a mark of Peter jacksons great directing

The core reason of such length is the brilliant story. Tolkien’s epic-fantasy story is one of the most beloved tales in history and Jackson was set with the challenge of bringing this to the big screen. A challenge in which he responded to with great success. The story is presented in brilliant fashion. Battle sequences are beyond epic and the settings are gorgeous with director Peter Jackson filming many scenes on location in New Zealand. The attention to detail is there so much to even include the elvish language. Die hard fans are sure to be more than satisfied. Sure there have been some omitted scenes but this is more than compensated by the brilliant presentation of the entire film with respect to the the novel. At the end of the day your going to watch a film not a recitation of the novel.

The lord of the rings is very much a character driven story along with being an epic-fantasy quest. We witness Frodo Baggins change from a lively hobbit to a weak and traumatic character as he struggles to resist the temptations of the ring. At the end of the tale frodo may seem like the obvious hero but from what I perceived his companion Sam was the real hero. Throughout the course of the entire story he was the one character who was never tempted by the ring. He is a true companion, someone who remained faithful to the end, someone trustworthy, someone who keeps his promises regardless, a guardian who stopped at nothing to protect Frodo.

However the most intriguing of the characters is Golem the mad hobbit driven insane by the ring. The brilliance of the character is his split personality, A good innocent side and the evil corrupt side. Golem is a complex character, he is much more than the ring obsessed freak many perceive him to be. Through him we witness battles of what is right and what is wrong and given the circumstances what we choose. We learn through this character that simple things such as kindness can bring out the human even from the most inhumane creatures. However betrayal and temptation can awake the little demon that resides in us.

The Lord of the Rings is one of films most brilliant achievements and in my opinion probably the best book to film adaptation to this day. The story, action, characters, setting and brilliant score by Howard Shore make this trilogy a must watch by a long-shot. Peter Jackson has blessed us with a spectacle in film like no other.

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Twelve Angry Men

This movie was released in 1957 – yes, it’s black and white.
With 20 nominations, including  3 Oscars, this movie took home 12 wins.

The director named Sidney Lumet also directed Agatha Christie’s¬†Murder on the Orient Express and the 1977 film Equus.

Twelve Angry Men refers to the 12 men who sit on a jury for a court case.
It revolves around one room where the 12 men sit and discuss whether or not they should send a 16 year old boy to the electric chair.

The turn of events and leading man, the Late and Great Henry Fonda, will keep you excited.
However, there are a few bits where the plot begins to drag and you feel the movie is getting a bit slow, but the wait’s worth it.

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Mrs. Marple

A Murder is Announced.

The late David Giles directed this murder mystery – The late Dame Agatha Christie wrote it.
She’s a famous crime writer, but wrote romances too, though under a different name.
She is mainly remembered for her 80 detective novels Рone of which is A Murder is Announced.

The delicate Joan Hickson plays the character of Mrs. Marple – the detective.
She does a stellar job; she manages to seem like an old, confused lady. Though in relality, she is the sharpest knife of them all.

The action is set off with an advert in the paper announcing that there will be a murder in the Chipping Cleghorne Gazette to take place on October 5th, 7 PM at Little Paddocks cottage. The residents of the village all turn up at the house a little while before 7PM to witness the prank themselves.

Little did they know, the “prank” is not a prank at all and someone gets shot.

With a whole lot of suspense, a splash of excitement, a dash of frustration and a few more deaths, the movie continues.

And like most good mysteries, the ending will catch you off guard.

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