Kumaré – film review (B+)

Vikram Ghandi.  That’s the most guru-like name you’re likely to ever hear, and it’s a real name.  The guru part?  Well, that’s different.  This Ghandi was born and raised in northern New Jersey and speaks English as well as anyone.  But when he wants, he can make you think he’s straight from India.  In fact,…

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

“Everything will be all right in the end.  So if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”  – Sonny. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (TBEMH) is one of those occasional films that remind us that you can have a very enjoyable movie without CGI, guns, explosions, and gratuitous (but fun) sex.  It’s about…

Life of Pi

If you haven’t read the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel, you need to be aware of a few things before seeing the movie.  Although the previews make it seem like an adventure movie about a teenage boy stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, there’s a great deal more to it than…

Ebertfest 2012 – Patang (The Kite)

It took roughly seven years for Prashant Bhargava, a Chicago-born writer and director with Indian ancestry, to research, write, and film Patang (The Kite), a story that centers around an annual kite festival in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.  And after all those years and all that work, he produced what amounts to the film…