There’s something compelling about the submarine genre of movies: the close quarters, the life-and-death nature of it, the mystery of what’s out there in the dark and vast ocean depths. By our unofficial count, there have been roughly 100 submarine-oriented flicks made since World War II. (The exact number depends on which movies you decide to include). Spot Cool Stuff has seen the vast majority of them. Here’s ranking of our personal favorite ten best submarine movies:
Note that our list seems to vary from the consensus opinion. To share your list, dive down to our comments section.
Barak Obama’s election has fueled interest in a previous young president who came into office on a platform of change: John F Kennedy. For that there’s the recently released JFK Ultimate Collector’s Edition featuring Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie on DVD. Along with the epic three-hour long JFK flick, this collector’s edition includes an extra three hours of documentaries, deleted scenes from the movie, a 38-page hardcover photo book and reproductions of famous JFK letters.
Note: See our original Bollywood DVD review, Om Shanti Om, for an overview of this series of posts.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Never Say Goodbye, 2006) is a movie of superlatives. It is the highest grossing Bollywood film of all time and among its most decorated with an astounding 11 Global Indian Film Awards and 8 Filmfare awards (the rough Indian equivalent of the American Oscars). It is also, arguably, one of Bollywood’s most artistically shot movies and most cerebral in its plot. The story, set in New York City, starts with a chance meeting of two strangers on a bench and a life changing car accident. From there a love square develops in which questions of fidelity, happiness and free will become paramount. As does the question of divorce, a topic that is rarely addressed in Bollywood and one which places Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna on another list of superlatives: one of India’s most controversial movies.
See a clip for the movie, below.
Note: Spot Cool Stuff is are not from India and doesn’t claim any special expertise of Bollywood. However, we are casual fans of Bollywood and have watched more than our share of its flicks. Over the last year we’ve noticed an uptick in westerners asking us suggestions of Indian movies they might want to check out. Hence our new category: Blockbuster Movies (For People New to Bollywood Movies). We are not claiming that these are the very best Bollywood movies. We do think a new fan might appreciate watching them. All of our choices will be relatively easy to obtain (at Blockbuster or through Amazon, for example) and offer subtitles. We’ve opened this post for comments so, please, feel free to suggest Bollywood movies of your own . . .
Om Shanti Om (2008) begins as the story of an aspiring Bollywood actor (played by Shahrukh Khan who, ironically, is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars). The film then morphs into a murder plot. Then morphs again into a revenge saga. It all takes 162 minutes, several slapstick gags, one reincarnation and several dance numbers to get through. The Bollywood-film-within-a-Bollywood-film is a double treat for you if you are new to the genre, providing a behind the scenes look at the movie culture in India. Many of Bollywood’s top stars make cameos of themselves throughout the film. Check out one of the dance numbers after the jump.
Cast Highlights: Shahrukh Khan (the main character) and Arjun Rampal (the villain) are Bollywood veterans. Deepika Padukone (the main love interest) is very much a rising star.
Plot Complexity: Medium
Amount of Sing And Dancing: Medium (for a Bollywood movie)
Best Line: “Oh, Fish”
Funny Moment (That Wasn’t Intended To Be): The whole My Heart Is Full Of The Pain Of Disco song.
What To Look For: Subtle digs at the movie culture in Hollywood.
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The writer’s strike cut short the second season of the blockbuster TV show, 24. But you can squeeze more out of the first season with the special edition DVD set. These DVDs include 5 extended episodes, 25 deleted scenes and, our favorite, an alternate season finale ending! For die hard fans there’s also a documentary on the making of 24.
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This DVD comes hot on the heels of Live Nation’s successful soundboard series of CD’s more commonly know as “Instant Live”, and is a veritable nirvana (excuse the pun) for fans of “The Cult” as it gives you the chance to catch the band up close, minus overdubs, in a sweaty theatre. Filmed in High Definition and partly shot by fans this release captures “The Cult” live at The Fillmore East, at the end of their 2006 US tour. With much of the set list unchanged in format and content across the whole of this tour, this 17 track DVD captures the band largely as they were when this tour hit the UK in the September of the same year. One thing you have to be aware of with this DVD, the third official release from “The Cult” is that it fails to deliver where their previous DVD outputs have excelled. This package comes with a minimalist presentation and with a poorly balanced soundboard mix that simply doesn’t go anywhere doing the bands powerhouse live delivery no justice. But for completists of “The Cult” (like myself) this is essential stuff. This set is both heavy on nostalgia and heavy on the aforementioned drum and vocal mix. The touring house band of John Tempesta (drums), Mike Dimkitch (guitar), and Chris Wyse (bass) playing perfect foil to the dynamic duo of Duffy and Astbury.
There Will Be Blood won the 2007 best cinematography award. Daniel Day-Lewis won the best actor award his leading role. And from the first minutes of this epic and you’ll see how well deserved both awards are. There Will Be Blood tells the story of a oilman (Day-Lewis) seeking wealth during California’s oil boom. We won’t give away any of the plot except to say that this flick is rated R and that, yes, there will be blood. See the preview, below.