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Foreign Film Friday

Finding Fanny

Country: India

Pre-note: I thought this movie was going to be a mix of Hindi and English with a majority of it being Hindi, but nope all in English but for some reason they still had English subtitles which annoyed me.

 

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Directed by: Homi Adajania

Written by: Homi Adajania, Kersi Khambatta

Starring: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia

 Endearing and warm with perfect amount of funny and saucy mixed in made Finding Fanny a delight to watch. I immediately fell in love with old gentle soul, Ferdie and cheered him on in his quest for love. The story flowed nicely and threw in nice elements of humor and surprise while building up to the climax. The quintet of actors all played nicely off each other, but there was no standout or truly remarkable performance. The musical score was a lovely blend of bright plucky strings and tender deep melodies; I could have listened to it all day.   Whether it’s Bollywood or Hollywood, this tale of finding alost love gets my thumbs up.

8/10

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Throwback Thursday, yet again

Under The Tuscan Sun

Original Release: September 26th, 2003

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Written and Directed by: Audrey Wells

Starring: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh

“Under The Tuscan Sun” is your everyday run-of-mill romcom that follows the sad recently dumped girl who goes on a life changing trip plot conventions. The script is subpar filled with cheesy come-ons and things I hope an actual woman would never say or think. The beginning tries to force feed you all the reasons you should sympathize for Frances, but because of the rushed and lazy writing it feels to contrived thus creating an unsympathetic lead. It wasn’t for Diane Lane’s lack of effort; she gave a good life to the very bland uninteresting Frances. Sandra Oh plays the token-minority sidekick adding the perfect amount of generic advice but adding nothing of substance to the film. I don’t expect much from silly little romantic comedies, but still found “Under the Tuscan Sun” to be disappointing and unsatisfying.

5/10

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Magic in the Moonlight

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Written & Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Colin Firth & Emma Stone

You have to love Woody Allen, he’s found his magic formula and sticks to it: witty dialogue, whimsical score, unique plot, and interesting characters.  Sometimes the combination churns out brilliance, other times something average, and rarely a failure. “Magic in the Moonlight” falls in the average category, nothing to rave about but still enjoyable. I’ll admit I was distracted thinking about how Colin Firth played Amanda Bynes’ father 10 years ago and now is playing Emma Stone’s love interest and she’s younger than Bynes. Despite the awkward chemistry between Firth and Stone, they both deliver great performances. Although the movie starts out with a unique premise, it quickly turns into a predictable run-of-the-mill romantic comedy that leaves you chuckling in the right places but for me rolling my eyes at the cheesy genre conventions.

7.5/10

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