A pathetic Explanation and a delightful Blue Bird

Kevin_Hart_Let_Me_ExplainKevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

This is a concert film of Kevin Hart’s 2013 sold out Madison Square Garden show.  I enjoyed the  television show Undeclared, and Hart’s 2013 Saturday Night Live appearance was decent, but this was my first exposure to his stand up act.

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A little bit of drinking, a little bit of Grass, and a tiny Thumb

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are coworkers at a Chicago brewery.  Despite their obvious compatibility and attraction, they’re only friends because Kate is dating Chris (Ron Livingston), while Luke is in a relationship with Jill (Anna Kendrick).  As Kate and Luke grow closer, their relationships are tested.

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Taxes, water, and fashion statements

LagaanLagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001)

During the middle of a severe drought, one 19th century Indian village asks the local British magistrate for relief from the annual land tax (lagaan).  Somehow, this request turns into a wager: if the villagers defeat the magistrate’s cricket team, their land tax is cancelled for three years, but if they lose, they pay triple tax this year.

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Joyful and embarrasing

Swades_movie_posterSwades: We, the People (2004)

NASA engineer Mohan Bhargava goes to India to visit his grandmother after his parent’s death where he discovers a passion for his heritage and falls in love with an old childhood friend.  Eventually, he must choose between his homeland and his work .

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The Baron, The Warriors, and a Big Fan

Adventures_of_baron_munchausenThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

An elderly man claiming to be the Baron von Münchausen interrupts a play supposedly based on his life to point out its many inaccuracies and correct the record.  When the Angel of Death comes to collect Münchausen, he escapes in a hot air balloon made from women’s underwear. The rest of the movie is a series of fantastic adventures: the Baron meets the King of the Moon, gets swallowed by a giant sea creature, and fends off a Turkish attack. When he does finally die, this is revealed to be “only one of the many occasions” he’s met his death.

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