James’ GBW for 2008

The GoodOld Fish

Perfectly balances the tension that arises from witnessing makeshift low-budget bomb disposal work with darkly humorous social observation, and demonstrates again how great cinema can surface once seldom necessary systemic norms like professional actors and commentative music are excluded.

The BadRab ne Bana di Jodi

Tarnished by conservative gender politics and drab music, as well as the already stale convention of having a tediously drawn-out dance number in the middle of the picture that features seemingly every star old and new willing to appear for free in some kind of great big self-congratulatory love-in.

The WeirdSparrow

Light on narrative, heavy on personal touches, this was just a bit too cute and self-absorbed for me, and dare I say the rain-soaked finale seemed to waste its potential?

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