- The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan’s Pleasure District by Louise Brown. Well, it was interesting, and I found the history of Heera Mandi to be fascinating, but I’m not sure I *liked* the book because the story was so depressing. I’d certainly recommend it, and I might even buy it, but it’s not going to become a go-to read when I need to be cheered up.
- “Agneepath” Oh my. Very long, very bloody, and very revenge-y (and I know it was a long, bloody revenge movie going in). Not at all what I expected to see Karan Johar’s name attached to as a producer. In short: everyone dies, and Hrithik doesn’t dance enough.
- “The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella” It was cute. Annette Crosbie stole the show as the Fairy Godmother. The costumes were quite good, although I wish the women hadn’t been stuck in sherbet tones.
- “Bachna Ae Haseeno” Raj deserved everything he got, and I’m kind of sad the movie managed to manipulate me to the point where the happy ending was satisfying. Cute, but nothing remarkable.
- “Anonymous” So much is wrong with this movie, both historically and the mechanics of how the story was told. A talented cast , and absolutely stunning technical work could not make up for fatal weaknesses elsewhere. The costumes were AMAZING, just stunning (that Oscar nomination was truly deserved), and the film was shot incredibly well. Beautiful, but extremely flawed. And also boring.
- “My Neighbor Totoro” Whyon earth did it take me so long to watch this? It was adorable. The interactions between the sisters were wonderful and realistic, and their relationship with their father was touching. Cat Bus was a little freaky, but Totoro was delightful.
- Books: 4/50
- Movies: 9/50