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Billu, a review by Tom
Length: 132 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
Based in Budbuda, Uttar Pradesh, Billu Vilas Pardesi barely makes a living as a barber. His wife, Bindiya, looks after the household, and his children, Gunja and Ronak, are on the verge of being expelled from Gyaan Bharti Vidyalay Higher Secondary School due to non-payment of fees. Then everything changes when Bollywood actor Sahir Khan makes an appearance to film a movie in the town. Rumors spread that Billu is Sahir's close friends, and he becomes a celebrity virtually overnight. His shop gets donations and clientèle, and the school decides to educate his children for free. The trouble begins when townsfolk want to meet with Sahir but Billu is unable to contact him.
My Thoughts:This movie is about a simple guy, living hard times because of money problems. Then one day THE Bollywood superstar is coming to the village to shoot some scenes for a movie. The complete village is excited about this, except Billu. He supposedly was a friend with this star when growing up and he fears that he won't be recognized by him anymore. And he doesn't want to look like he only approaches him because of this money problems. But then the villagers get wind of it that he knows him and want Billu to introduce them to the star personally. Most of the movie is Billu trying to avoid this. Until toward the end the villagers turn on him believing he doesn't really know the star. The conclusion of this movie, though clichéd, is really heartfelt and I liked it.
The superstar is played by Shah Rukh Khan, of course. His character name is Sahir Khan, but he is obviously based on SRK himself. They even used a lot of snippets from previous SRK movies when showing excerpts of previous Sahir Khan movies, like from "Chak De! India", "Veer-Zaara", "Main Hoon Na" and "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna".
(From Tom's Random Reviews on June 11th, 2010)
Iris, a review by Rich
The powerful true story based on John Bayley's novels that earned Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge) an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Judi Dench (Shakespeare In Love) a BAFTA Award for Best Leading Actress and Kate Winslet (Titanic) an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Judi Dench and Kate Winslet bring to the screen one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th Century, celebrated English author Iris Murdoch. As told by her unlikely soulmate, husband John Bayley, Iris first became known as a brilliant young scholar at Oxford whose boundless spirit dazzled those around her. During a remarkable career as a novelist and philosopher, she continued to prove herself a woman ahead of her time. Even in later life, as age and illness robbed Iris of her remarkable gifts, nothing could diminish her immense influence or weaken the bond with her devoted husband.
Sensitive, moving and emotional classy movie from the UK, a film that portrays perhaps 2 of the best actors in recent history at their finest, Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent. If tears do not come to the viewer at many times in the 2nd half of this film, they must have concrete hearts. Based on the true story of Iris Murdoch, the movie captivates from start to finish, and tackles a really difficult subject of Alzheimers in a touching and focussed manner. The affectionate devoted relationship between the 2 is heart-warming, and the wonderful way the director switches between the young couple and then the old, makes you feel totally part of the story and understanding the frightening confusion and desperation that hits Iris.
Painfully honest portrayal of not just a celebrity, but a frightening illness. Please buy it.
** Kate Winslet mini-marathon
(From Riches Random Reviews on August 2nd, 2009)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd
9. Season's Greedings (12/4/94)
God Rest Ye, Greedy Gentlemen. A fired, embittered toy maker devises a sinister toy that turns Metropolis's generous citizens into childish, gasping gift-grubbers just in time for Christmas.
Now this is a very good Christmas episode. Not only does it have a fun story... I really laghed at the gang acting like greedy children. But there is a load of familiar faces in it as well. There is Dick Van Patten who runs the orphanage. Denise Richards as a love intrest for Jimmy. And of course Isabelle Sanford and & Sherman Hemsley as the toy maker and his assistant.
Out of a Possible 5
10. Metallo (1/1/95)
Scientists turn Lucy Lane's new boyfriend, a loses with a rap sheet, into a cyborg criminal. This looks like a job for Superman - except the cyborg is powered by Kryptonite!
Hmmm... what did I think of Metallo? It was good... but not great. While entertaining it really was pretty average. If I am not mistaken... they got a different actress here to play Lios' sister Lucy in this episode.
Out of a Possible 5
11. Chi of Steel (1/22/95)
Superman, master of martial arts.A mysterious Chi warrior steals Perry White's life savings, which leads Lois and Clark into a confrontation with a corporation that exploits Chinese immigrants.
Another good but not great episode. Pretty standard stuff. It was fun seeing a little martial arts thrown into the mix.
Out of a Possible 5
(From Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Marathon on July 22nd, 2009)