Movie Review: SAG Award Winning Slumdog Millionaire is One of the Best Movies of the Year

Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan made one of the finest movies of the year. I loved this movie. It was well made, finely directed, excellently executed, and spectacularly acted (and it did not abuse adverbs so heinously).

Dev Patel plays the main character, Jamal Malik, an Indian boy from the slums of Mumbai, who haphazardly ends up on India’s, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The drama of his life – and his love for Latika, played by costar  Freida Pinto – propels the movie through both past and present. I want to refrain, however, from talking about the plot, because going in blank will make it all the more poignant.

What compelled me most was a look at a life and culture – one experienced by millions and millions of people half the world away – so distant from and unfamiliar to my own. Truly, an American such as myself can’t even imagine what it is to grow up as Jamal has, and the way in which this life was so accurately portrayed is something to be wondered at. In depicting life in an Indian slum there was no pity or sorrow, woe or misery.  The movie just showed it as it is, never attempting to pull at our heartstrings or to make us sad for the billions of lives harder than our own. It just showed us through this captivating story. And that was enough.

The cast of Slumdog Millionaire won the Screen Actors Guild’s award for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast, and boy howdy did they deserve it. They were all spectacular.

10 Chocolate Salty Balls.

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How to Understand the Current World Financial Problems

If you have difficulty in understanding the current world financial situation, the following should help. It has been simplified.

Once upon a time in a village in India , a man announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers seeing there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them.

The man bought thousands at $10 each, but, as the supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their efforts.

The man further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again.

Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going  back to their farms. The offer rate increased to $25 and the supply  of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it!

The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his  assistant would now act as buyer, on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: “Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when he returns from the city, you can sell them back to him for $50.”

The villagers squeezed together their savings and bought all the monkeys.

Then they never saw the man or his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

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