I have this habit of writing reviews of movies I’ve watched, and I’m gonna post a bunch of them, written over the years. But before you go on, I should put a little disclaimer here first. A long time ago, I wrote a review of a movie called Jaanam Samjha Karo and posted it on a mailing list of my friends from my undergrad college. One of them pulled my leg about it, so I replied in a similar vein. That paragraph is probably the best disclaimer I can provide, so here it is:
Leg-puller: General writing does not a review make, either. Hows that? 🙂
Me: General writing *does* a review make, dude. That’s the whole point of a review – write anything, make a few literary allusions to prove your erudition to an audience that doesn’t care either way, add a generous dose of sarcasm wherever warranted and maybe even where it isn’t, and you have a review. Oh yeah, try to make it look a bit technical – add a few references to the screenplay here and there. Junta doesn’t know what a screenplay actually contains, so they’ll think you know what it’s about. A few stock phrases like “tight screenplay”, “innovative lighting” (with reference to some particular scene, even one that is simply shot in broad daylight) and so on add to the effect. But underneath all that crap (as underneath all *this* crap), it’s just general writing.
Nothing like a good dose of sarcasm to brighten up one’s day, is there? Now, on with the reviews. You have been warned…