Every Monday, each of us will suggest a film that we feel too few people have seen.
Windy’s Pick of the Week: Khabi Khushi Khabie Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sadness)
“It’s all about loving your parents.” This Bollywood extravaganza stars the manly trifecta of Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Kahn, Amitabh Bachchan, and Hrithik Roshan. This supersized epic (at 210 minutes) has a flashback so long that I forgot it was a flashback. This is not Bollywood for the first-timer, but if you’ve got at least one under your belt (I recommend Kal Ho Na Ho as a good beginner), then you should not miss the modern classic of the Indian cinema. Shah Rukh is Rahul, adopted son of Amitabh – who wants him to follow tradition and marry the bride chosen for him (and hey, it’s an old family friend that he’s actually fond of, so not too bad really). But Rahul unexpectedly falls in love with someone else and it tears the family apart. Years later, second son Rohan is sent by his mother to find his brother and help the family heal. Chock full of epic melodrama, crazy shenanigans, and Bollywood production numbers, you’ll find yourself deeply satisfied by the end.
Melissa’s Pick of the Week: Cannibal! The Musical
If you have ever enjoyed South Park (or anything else by Matt Stone and Trey Parker), you owe it to yourself to check out their first full-length film, Cannibal! The Musical. Made on a miniscule budget, the film is a musical comedy adaptation of the true story of Alferd Packer, a gold prospector who turned cannibal during an ill-fated expedition. (Really!) The filmmaking lacks the skill and polish of later Stone/Parker productions, but what does work really works, and it’s easy to see how they quickly gained fame in comedy. Bonus: if you get the DVD, listen to the commentary track. It’s one of the best (and drunkest) commentary tracks I’ve ever heard.