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Pardes, a review by Tom




Title: Pardes
Year: 1997
Director: Subhash Ghai
Rating: FSK-12
Length: 181 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: German

Stars:
Shahrukh Khan
Amrish Puri
Mahima Chaudhary
Apurva Agnihotri
Alok Nath

Plot:
Kishorilal(Amrish Puri), a billionaire, had left India with only 10 dollars in his pocket to create his own destin in America. He made it big -the biggest of all- building his own empire with a huge family to support him in his endeavors and in the business. Though he was not living in India, he did not let go of his Indian values his deep sense of love & patriosm for the land of his birth. He always tried to instill Indian cultural values & ideas in the minds of his family members, especially his son Rajiv(Apoorva Agnihotri), who were now second generation Americans, and had been born and brought up in the West. Kishorilal comes to India to find a traditional 'Indian' girl for his 'American' son. He discovers Kusum Ganga(Mahima Chaudhary), the daughter of an old friend(Alokh Nath) and sends Rajiv and his foster son Arjun(Shah Rukh Khan) to India to meet her. Rajiv and Ganga are engaged, after which Ganga, an Indian soul comes to America with stars in her eyes and rainbow hued dreams in her heart. When the East(Ganga) and West(Rajiv) clash, Arjun has the difficult task of trying to get Rajiv to accept Indian values and Ganga to accept American ways.

Awards:
Filmfare Awards1998NominatedBest Actress AwardMahima Chaudhry
Filmfare Awards1998NominatedBest Director AwardSubhash Ghai
Filmfare Awards1998NominatedBest Movie Award
Filmfare Awards1998NominatedBest Music Director AwardNadeem Shravan
Filmfare Awards1998WonBest Screenplay AwardSubhash Ghai
Filmfare Awards1998WonLux New Face AwardMahima Chowdhary


Extras:
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
This movie is really pushing the Indian values against American values. It was released in the year India had their 50th anniversary of their independence.
This celebration of Indian values is so obvious and broad, that it is funny again. It's about a rich Indian family which has lived for years in America and have lost their Indian values. They became too "western" (here it means smoking, drinking, beating up women and general disregard of "good Indian values"). So the father wants to marry his son to a good Indian girl so that she will bring his son closer to the Indian values. For this he asks his other (adopted) son (who is very much an Indian in this heart) to make sure that this couple agrees to get together. Problem is now that that adopted son (Shahrukh Khan) himself falls in love with this girl and wants to protect her.
As mentioned, this movie is a constant battle between the good Indians and the evil Americans.
Although the old-fashioned Indian values also get taken down a notch with the climax of the movie, where these values almost cost the happiness of the couple who has really fallen in love with each other.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on July 19th, 2010)

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Shiver, a review by Jimmy


MOVIE / DVD INFO:



Title: Shiver (2011)

Genre: Horror
Director: Julian Richards
Rating: NR
Length: 1h31
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 2:35.1
Audio: English
Subtitles: English 

Stars:
Danielle Harris
John Jarratt
Casper Van Dien
Rae Dawn Chong
Brad Harris

Plot:
My Thoughts:
This isn't often that a new movie catch my attention, but this one did it the first time I've read about it on some website I forgot when it was in the first stage of its pre-production. I felt it would be something different... not a serial killer movie told trough the eyes of the detective chasing him, not a serial killer movie told trough the eyes of the killer, but a serial killer movie told trough the eyes of one victim. It was a long wait from the moment it come to my attention untill the movie was finally picked up and release... almost three years. But the wait was a rewarding one.

I can't talk too much about the film without saying too much and spoiling it. But I can promise you something different with a good credible script, good acting from Harris and Jarrat, a suspenseful atmosphere from the beginning to the end and some brutal gory moment (but it's mostly for one murder and, don't worry, this film isn't a pointless gory flick).

Highly recommanded, I can't understand why that film isn't more talk about and why it got such an under the radar small release like this :shrug:

Rating :

(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 19th, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews, a review by Tom


TNG 2.16 Q Who?
Writer: Maurice Hurley (Writer)
Director: Rob Bowman
Cast: Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. William Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Geordi La Forge), Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Commander Data), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher), John deLancie (Q), Lycia Naff (Ensign Sonya Gomez), Colm Meaney (Chief O'Brien), Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan)

This episode introduces us to the Borg. Here Q is much more like the Q we know and love.
The Borg become the best villains of TNG. Sadly they are done to death in Voyager later on.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Star Trek Reviews on October 9th, 2009)