1. Rang De Basanti – the much talked about movie with a nationalistic bent. Studded with stars like Aamir Khan, Siddharth, Kunal Kapoor, Soha Ali Khan and Madhavan. Overall it is a good movie. But it didn’t make the great movie cut for a couple of reasons. The first 30-45 minutes should have been edited out. Aamir Khan struggles hard and overacts quite a bit to act as an youngster. In the later parts of the movie he does well in characteristic fashion. The Indian police going so much overboard under such untesting conditions is a bit over the top. The movie does score very high on the creativity front.
2. Stage Fright – Hitchcock’s movie, starring Jane Wyman, Richard Todd & Marlene Dietrich. Marlene Dietrich has done a great job. Unlike later Hitchcock movies which have acquired cult status, in this movie, the suspense is maintained till the end. Typical Hitchcock strategy is to make the audience know the suspense but not the actors. Overall, it is a okay movie but not upto the standard one expects from the master.
3. The Gift – Sam Raimi shows why he is an acclaimed director. Great acting by Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. Excellent suspense and all round technical excellence.
4. The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep at her best. She absolutely personifies the devilish, extremely talented boss. Anne Hathaway has done a good job as well. This is a must see movie.
5. Sorry, Wrong Number – Classic, Must-see. Fantastic suspense, edge of the seat thriller. Barbara Stanwyck has done a sensational job.
6. The First Great Train Robbery – A nice time pass burglary thriller starring Sean Connery. Directed by Michael Crichton to boot.
7. The Illusionist – This is another must see movie. It is a period thriller, with Edward Norton and Paul Giamatti trying to best each other in acting. Rufus Sewell as Prince Leopold excels as well. The suspense is excellent as well. Music by Philip Glass is hauntingly good.