“You Don’t Get Life a Second Time” by Zoya Akhtar (2011)

You Don't Get Life a Second Time

Funny, good story and direction, some good – but at times childish – music, but weak content

Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Abhay Deol
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Writers: Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Music by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Cinematography by Carlos Catalan
Film Editing by Anand Subaya


“Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel (USA, 2014)


First feature

Life Partners

Two long-time best friends come into adulthood in very different ways / a coming of age story that avoids stereotypes / good direction, script, personages, and dialogues

Cast: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Mark Feuerstein, Kate McKinnon, Greer Grammer
Director: Susanna Fogel
Writer: Joni Lefkowitz, Susanna Fogel
Director of Photography: Brian Burgoyne

“Paradise” by Mary Agnes Donoghue (USA, 1991)

First feature


first feature / good characters, good acting

Cast: Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood, Thora Birch, Sheila McCarthy, Eve Gordon
Written and Directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue
Photographed by Jerzy Zielinski
Edited by Eva Gardos
Music by David Newman

“Lucky Them” by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2013)

Lucky Them

Good dialogues and humor, with a movie within the movie

Cast: Toni Collette, Thomas Haden Church, Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold, Ahna O’Reilly, Amy Seimetz, Joanne Woodward, Lynn Shelton, Johnny Depp
Director: Megan Griffiths
Screenplay: Huck Botko, Emily Wachtel
Music by Craig Wedren
Cinematography by Ben Kutchins
Film Editing by Meg Reticker

“The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2” by Sanaa Hamri (USA, 2008)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

Weak scenario and messy direction
It’s not easy to understand why Metascore, Rotten Tomatoes, and Slant rate this movie and Something New similarly!!!

Cast: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrara, Alexis Bledel, Blake Lively, Blythe Danner
Directed by Sanaa Hamri
Written by Elizabeth Chandler
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography by Jim Denault
Film Editing by Melissa Kent

“The Falling” by Carol Morley (USA, 2014)

the falling

A girl grieves for her best friend

Cast: Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh
Director: Carol Morley
Writer: Carol Morley
Music by Tracey Thorn
Cinematography by Agnès Godard
Film Editing by Chris Wyatt

“Life Happens” by Kat Coiro (USA, 2011)

Life Happens

At times witty but pointless dialogues

Cast: Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson
Director: Kat Coiro
Writers: Kat Coiro, Krysten Ritter
Music by Mateo Messina
Cinematography by Doug Chamberlain
Film Editing by Adam Catino, Eli Nilsen