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May 18, 2012

MOVIE FLICKER BITS -PAYBACK AND MARIGOLD





'PAYBACK' MOVIE. STIRRING DOCUMENTARY  Courtesy Photo



PAYBACK - THE MOVIE;
MOVIE FLICKER BITS

PAYBACK – Amazing photography
‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ – is a Joy

JUDI DENCH RIDES IN COMFORT TO INDIA  Courtesy photo





Awesome photography  fascinates us with injustices that the poor endure as the rich and powerful, abuse the few that can get work.

This movie is part documentary with lots of talking heads. However, the story is brave in its impressive moments on the screen.

The movie is based on Margaret Atwood’s book of essays. The book probably is more exciting – however, transferring real life to the screen really pops out the injustice, murder and the rights of migrant workers. Some of the best haunting scenes are about the oil-spill victims. This is not happy times in the old corral. The workers get treated as badly as the wild Horses around the world. No one seems to give a crap. Well, I do – and they have a right to live. After all – they are human beings. They shouldn’t have to go through physical pain just because some cowboy or farmer decides that you’re not working hard enough or fast enough.

Lets face it. There are people all over the world that are starving, while the Rich bloat themselves with expensive wines and exotic foods that is mostly picked by workers (Slaves).

But what do they care. The Gulf of Mexico still has not recovered from Oil Spills. The Rich are digging everything out of the ground to kill the planet. What we get now is not clear blue water – but water that looks brownish.

This is not a movie to entertain – it is a wake-up film that deserves to be seen. Find out what they are doing to “ordinary” people.

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RATING: THREE BOXES OF POPCORN!!!
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MOVIE FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE OUT THERE IN THE DARK

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL also known as (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful) is a fabulous British Drama comedy-drama directed by John Madden and written by Ol Parker. The movie is based on the 2004 novel, “These Foolish things" by Deborah Moggach.”

The seven retirees did not expect to find phones that are out of order and that the building is dilapidated. Plus, the Indian food is not what they are used to. And then there was the roach problem.

Yep – they were looking for a retirement place where they could live cheaply in what they thought would be an exotic Hotel in India. The advertisements said that the Hotel was newly restored. However, the environment is much less exotic than they had hoped for. It’s not the luxury retirement that the group from England pictured.

But don’t give up. The young man (owner) Dev Patel, is trying his best to make his crumbling Hotel comfortable for them. He may have lots of charm and big dreams – but little cash. Actually – the place is a total wreck—but there is good news that is coming his way. On the other hand the British visitors are just about to give up and go back home. But even at their older age—there is still a gleam in the eyes of the elderly. Most of the women are looking for new lovers. And a few find some – but one of the Ladies did not fare so well. The guy she was attracted to turned out to be Gay. Like everything in this saucy movie – it’s a hoot!

For some, the entire India Culture is not fitting into their dreams. One is a High Court Judge (retired). Another is looking to find a rich boyfriend, after she fails to pass herself off as Princess Margaret of England’s Royal Family. She drops into a swank Indian Hotel and tells the Hotel Manager that she is Princess Margaret. He says: - "That’s strange – Princess Margaret died nine years ago."

Mopeds are big on the street of India. How they manage to drive through the throngs of people on the streets I’ll never know. But amazingly an elderly couple from England took a spin on a Moped. They met at the “Marigold” and they were as happy as busy bees. So happy, that they even passed youngsters on a Moped.

This movie is “funny and fresh” – it’s hard to find a film with such sharp wit. I think you’ll find that “Marigold” is “Impossible to resist!”

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RATING: FOUR BOXES OF POPCORN!!!! (highest rating) –trademarked-

(((Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))

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