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Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, a review by Tom





Title: Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic
Links: IMDb | Wikipedia

Year:2008
Director:Kunal Kohli
Writing:Kunal Kohli (Story By), Kunal Kohli (Screenwriter), Rohena Gera (Story By), Rohena Gera (Screenwriter)
Rating:FSK-6
Length:134 Min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35
Audio:German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Hindi: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:German

Stars:
Rishi Kapoor as God
Saif Ali Khan as Ranbeer Talwar
Rani Mukerji as Geeta
Akshat Chopra as Vashisht
Shriya Sharma as Aditi

Plot:
On the day he receives an award, arrogant, wealthy, and self-centered, Ranbeer Talwar, has an accident with his BMW. This results in the death of the parents of four young children. Ranbeer is arrested, and a year later is sentenced to look after all the four children until they reach the age of 18, or face 20 years behind bars without any parole. Ranbeer agrees to do so, not realizing that the children have a plan of their own - to avenge the death of their parents, ensure that he breaches his undertaking and ends up in jail.

Extras:
Deleted Scenes
Music Videos
Poster
Scene Access
Trailers

My Thoughts:
Although the premise of the movie is ridiculous, I enjoyed this movie. Such a heartless sentence by the judge, sending the orphaned children to live with the man who caused the death of their parents.
The plot borrows from Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. The best thing in this movie is of course Rani Mukerji. She saves this movie for me. She plays an angel sent down by god to help bringing the kids and their new guardian to like each other. And of course doing so, she herself falls in love with that man.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on December 23rd, 2009)

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The Body Snatcher, a review by Danae Cassandra




The Body Snatcher
Year of Release: 1945
Directed By: Robert Wise
Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade
Genre: Horror

Overview:
Boris Karloff plays the title role in the Lewton adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher, directed with subtle calculation by versatile Robert Wise. A doctor (Henry Daniell) needs cadavers for medical studies and Karloff is willing to provide them - one way or another. Don't miss his scene with fellow horror icon Bela Lugosi.

My Thoughts:
This is a film about the evil that men do. There is nothing supernatural here, simply two men who do evil things - one for a 'higher' calling, the other more honestly - and a good man with little backbone who, unable to refuse his mentor, is strung along for the ride. Yes, the doctor does do good work in medicine, but do the ends justify the means?

The film has an intelligent, literate screenplay, as befits its origin in a Robert Lewis Stevenson story. The atmosphere is appropriately cold, and everyone does a great job. Henry Daniell's McFarlane is quite good, but the standout of course is Karloff. He is absolutely superb. His Gray is a wicked, amoral villain - but he's kind to children, and honest in his own way. He knows who he is and what he does, and that is itself a kind of virtue.

Highly recommended.

Bechdel Test:  Pass

Overall: 4/5

(From Month Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 2nd, 2014)

Member's TV Reviews

"Due South" marathon, a review by Tom


2.11 Starman (1996-02-22)
Writer: Paul Haggis (Created By), Frank Siracusa (Writer)
Director: David Warry-Smith
Cast: Paul Gross (Constable Benton Fraser), David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio), Beau Starr (Lt. Harding Welsh), Tony Craig (Detective Jack Huey), Catherine Bruhier (Elaine), Rino Romano (Ian MacDonald), Amanda Tapping (Audrey), John Bourgeois (Colonel Shank), Douglas O'Keeffe (Team Leader), R. D. Reid (Bob), Bill Copeland (Norman), Sandy Webster (Murray), Joyce Campion (Jane), Norma Edwards (Betty), Melissa DiMarco (Stella)

I always have enjoyed this episode. I like Ian better than in his first season's appearance.

Rating:

(From "Due South" marathon on August 21st, 2009)