Thursday, February 22, 2007

Oscar nominated movies

Babel, which I saw about a week ago, is the concluding part of the trilogy that began with Amores Perros (Love's a Bitch) and 21 Grams. Two siblings accidentally shoot at a bus in Morocco injuring a passenger. From this incident, two more stories are traced making it four in all - the siblings, the passenger, the passengers' two children taken care of by their Mexican nanny and the owner of the rifle in Japan. Some of you may be familiar with the story of the Babel tower. If not look here. Like the previous two films, this too is in non-linear narrative. But this is a much more mature film from Alejandro González Iñárritu. Amores Perros inspired Ayutha Ezhuthu. Wonder if Babel too will show up in Tamil one day.


Little Miss Sunshine is a little movie of a family of eccentrics, who hit the road, so that their nine-year-old kid can take part in the beauty contest. There is a moral in the end about losing in the winning crazed nation of America. Probably the most funny movie nominated for this year's Oscar.


Apocalypto,Mel Gibson's story of the decay of the Mayan civilization, is a gas bag. But it has interesting and extremely violent action sequences. Has to be seen in a movie theatre to enjoy the stunning cinematography. May end up winning the Oscar for best make up.