Friday, 31 January 2014

Brajesh's Review : 100 Films to See Before You Die

Anupama Chopra has compiled this collection of reviews of "her" 100 favourite movies. While the book is dominated by Hindi and English cinema, it also has a lovely sprinkling of Japanese, Cantonese, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, French, German, Iranian and a silent movie as well.

Each review is about a page-long and is accompanied by a listing of awards for the movie, details on movie cast and the director in a trivia box. This makes the book interesting to read and more importantly helps one to make one's own list of films to watch.

After going through the book, here is a short summary of my list. I have already watched 32 movies from this book and have resolutely marked 30 as must-watch. This wish-list includes movies like, A Street Car Named Desire, Amadeus, Bicycle Thieves, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, City of God, Lawrence of Arabia, The Player, Shining, Vertigo and Z to name just a few. It even has 2 Hindi Classics - Kabhie Kabhie and Pyasaa which I have somehow missed watching.

If like me, you love making to-do-lists, this book would be a great help to make your own "have to watch" movie list.

Rating : 3 / 5

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