A movie review from The Movie Snob:
Bride & Prejudice (C+). I am not exactly sure what “Bollywood” means, but I gather it refers to a style of movie that is very popular in India and that tends to feature lots of extravagant and elaborate music-and-dance numbers. The movie called The Guru a couple of years was an attempt to bridge the gap between Hollywood and Bollywood, and so is this retelling of the Jane Austen story. It is much less successful than that other little adaptation of Pride and Prejudice called Bridget Jones’s Diary, but the quality of the source material partially overcomes the weak screenplay and poor acting. In this version (set in the present day), Will Darcy is a wealthy American visiting India with his best friend, an Indian fellow living in England. There he meets Lalita, the spunkiest of the four unmarried daughters in the Bakshi family, and sparks fly. The Indian actress who plays Lalita is stunningly gorgeous, but the fellow who plays Darcy is as wooden and charmless as they come. The musical numbers are fun to watch, but the lyrics are all pretty insipid. Still, on the whole, I kind of liked it.
And his Oscar picks:
We have an Oscar pool at the office, and I think I have probably seriously missed the boat this year. But I don’t mind falling flat on my face in public, so here are my picks. (Plus, I can always go back and edit them after the program.)
Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
Best Director: Martin Scorsese
Best Actress: Annette Bening
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman
Best Cinematography: The Aviator
Best Screenplay (Original): The Aviator
Best Screenplay (Adapted): Million Dollar Baby
Best Special Effects: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles
See you on the red carpet!