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Friday, April 27, 2007

Great Movies Among Uttter Crap

Hollywood has been churning out movies by the minute. However, not all of them are great. I watched a bunch of movies over two weekends such as Benchwarmers, Old School, Perfume, Syriana, Are We There Yet, Kaw, and what not! And I can safely conclude that only two movies - Perfume and Syriana - were brilliant. Old School and Benchwarmers were OK. Are We There Yet and Kaw can be trashed.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume is the story about Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who was born in the stench of eighteenth century Paris. Since his birth, he develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume. The movie is based on a 1985 literary historical horror novel (originally published in German as Das Parfum) by German writer Patrick Süskind.

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Brilliant story, direction and performance sums it all. A missile disappears in Iran, but the CIA has other problems: the heir to an Emirate gives an oil contract to China, cutting out a US company that promptly fires its immigrant workers and merges with a small firm that has landed a Kazakhstani oil contract. The Department of Justice suspects bribery, and the oil company's law firm finds a scapegoat. The CIA also needs one when its plot to kill the Emir-apparent fails. Agent Bob Barnes, the fall guy, sorts out the double cross. An American economist parlays the death of his son into a contract to advise the sheik the CIA wants dead. The jobless Pakistanis join a fundamentalist group. All roads start and end in the oil fields.

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