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THE FILM REVIEW (FR 11) – Jab Harry Met Sejal

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I was very much looking forward to watching the Indian language film Jab Harry Met Sejal (2017) but the film turned out to be something of a disappointment.

Jab Harry Met Sejal has all the makings of a good romantic comedy but it just doesn’t make it.  The film is based around the two lead actors, Shah Rukh Khan (Harry) and Anushka Sharma (Sejal) as they wander around Europe looking for Sejal’s lost engagement ring.  I sensed that both lead actors – two highly accomplished actors – were doing their level best to move the film along but the script is bitty and disjointed.  The story line is flimsy.  Now, for any romantic comedy, you have to suspend belief from time to time, but this film asks too much of the audience.  This is a pity because the film could have been so much better.

I give this film the PhotoNomad 6/10 award.

THE FILM REVIEW (FR 10) – Deception

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I am not sure how this truly excellent English language film, Deception (2013) escaped my attention but it is a monumentally brilliant film.  I nearly passed this film over but was drawn to it because Geoffrey Rush plays the lead character.

Deception stars Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess, Sylvia Hoeks and Donald Sutherland.

Deception’s plot is fast moving, exciting, gripping, entertaining and delightfully complex. This is a film with lots of different interwoven threads running through it from start to finish. Geoffrey Rush gives a towering performance in this film which keeps you guessing from start to finish – and then afterwards! Jim Sturgess also deserves a special mention as the crafty techy bloke – he’s a little bit like ‘Q’ in the James Bond movies.

The photography, sound, sets and music give this film a great deal of depth and atmosphere.

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, this film is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.  It is a multi-dimensional ‘who done it’ with many twists and turns.

This is another wonderful film and I give it the PhotoNomad 10/10 award + two ticks and a star!

THE FILM REVIEW (FR 9) – Thi Mai

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You will need a box of tissues if you watch this delightful Spanish language film (2017) – Thi May – a light but heartwarming comedy.

A Spanish mother’s daughter is killed in a car accident.  The single daughter was, at the time of her death, about to adopt a child from an orphanage in Hanoi, Vietnam.  The child is called Thi Mai.

The Mother, Carmen (Carmen Machi), travels to Vietnam with her two best women friends (Rosa (Adriana Ozores) and Elvira (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón)) in an effort to adopt the child her daughter would have adopted had she not died. 

Naturally, Carmen and her friends run into all sorts of cultural and legal problems when they arrive, unannounced, in Hanoi and try, with no official backing, paperwork or anything else, to adopt Thi Mai.

Carmen MachiAdriana Ozores and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón give excellent performances.

This is a wonderful film and I give it the PhotoNomad 10/10 award.

Watch the trailer (below) and I am sure you will be hooked!

THE FILM REVIEW (FR 8) – Jab We Met and Dhanak

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Two very different Indian language film in this review that show two different sides of life in India. I would recommend both films.

Indian films are different to those we see coming out of the Hollywood studios and might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I have really started to enjoy Indian films because they are fresh, different, entertaining, often humourous and enlightening.  Netflix kindly supply subtitles to all their films that are not in English.  Interestingly, actors in Indian films often jump between Hindi and English.  Often combining Hindi and English in the same sentence.

The first film (2015) I recommend is Dhanak (Rainbow).  The film traces the sometimes perilous journey a 10-year old Indian girl, Pari, and her blind 8-year old younger brother, Chotu, make in order to meet with an Indian film star, Shah Rukh Khan, who will, through his charitable works, restore Chotu’s sight.  I am really not sure how a young actor of 8 years could play the part of a blind boy so very well. Both Hetal Gada (Pari) and Krrish Chhabria (Chotu) give excellent and sustained performances throughout this film which has a kaleidoscope of colourful, interesting, entertaining (and sometimes slightly unbelievable) supporting characters taking part.  The journey the two children make takes them across the deserts of India to a film set in Rajasthan where they believe their hero, Shah Rukh Khan, will be filming.

Dhanak is a joyous film that has won many International awards. I recommend it highly.

The second film (2007) I would recommend is Jab We Met.  This is a whacky romantic comedy starring Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor.  Like all the Indian films like Jab We Met I have watched, there is plenty of dancing and singing.  And, when the Indian film makers bring in dancing and singing, it is nothing if not exhilarating and uplifting to watch.  This is very much one of those films where you hope and wish that the two lead characters are going to end up together but just how or, indeed, if they get together is something you have to wonder about throughout the film.

Jab We Met shows a different India to the one you see in Dhanak.  In Jab We Met see a much more sophisticated and progressive India where the young are seen as being talented, professional, ambitious, worldly and educated. The sophisticated face of India if you like.

Both these films make me want to visit India.

I give Dhanak the PhotoNomad 10/10 award and Jab We Met the PhotoNomad 9/10 award.

Give Indian films a chance!

The Monochrome Madness

I’ve been meaning to sort out my images for years.

At last I’ve started with my monochrome images (and there are hundreds of them!)

You can see my various galleries here on Adobe Portfolio:

My Monochrome Gallery 1

My Monochrome Gallery 2

My Monochrome Gallery 3

My Monochrome Gallery 4

My Monochrome Gallery 5

My Monochrome Gallery 6

My Monochrome Gallery 7

My Monochrome Gallery 8

My Monochrome Gallery 9

My Monochrome Gallery 10

My Monochrome Gallery 11

The Monochrome Madness

The Monochrome Madness

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