365 Films Challenge | #3 – 3 Idiots (Rajkumar Hirani, 2009) Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control.
Rating: ★★★★★ I hadn’t planned on thoroughly enjoying a three-hour Bollywood film about three engineering students, but my God was 3 Idiots a perfect film. WATCH IT. I’m not surprised it’s the highest-grossing Bollywood film to date. I laughed, I cried, I sang along. Aal izz well, indeed.
365 Films Challenge | #2 – The Ides of March (George Clooney, 2011) The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.
Rating: ★★★☆☆ Ryan Gosling and George Clooney shine in their roles, no doubt about that, but the story fails to spark anything new and the plot seems sadly predictable. Bad case of political drama déjà vu.
365 Films Challenge | #1 – Win Win (Thomas McCarthy, 2011) Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty, who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach, stumbles across a star athlete through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.
Rating: ★★★★★ What a great film to start the year with—cleverly written plot and main characters you can actually relate to (at least to those who inevitably find themselves in morally questionable situations borne out of good intentions). Win Win gives an accurate portrayal of the complex nature of human relationships; I enjoyed the evolving dynamic between Kyle, the young main star, and Jackie, the mother that takes him in. I urge you to watch this if you still haven’t, there are loads of touching moments and laugh out loud scenes (Paul Giamatti’s nervous breakdown gone wrong instantly comes to mind) sure to entertain anyone.