Thursday, 17 December 2015

Angry Indian Goddesses-Movie Review


Freida played by Sarah Jane Dias summons her friends to her home in Goa to partake in one of her biggest days- Marriage! While the ladies stay together, they share with each other their share of joys, dilemmas, and sorrows. The trip however has a happy ending?


Pan Nalin’s film is an honest take on the growing tortures against women. The film made up of unusual female buddies that convey Nalin’s message strongly - Misogyny runs deep in most Indian minds. The first half runs breezy keeping you engaged with conversations that are profound. The angst-ridden Sandhya Mridul, the delicate Tannishtha Chatterjee, the guiltless Sarah Jane Diaz, the assenting Anushka Manchanda, and the tranquil Amrit Maghera stand out through their well-rooted performances. Pavleen Gujral pours the right dose of romance at certain intervals and Rajshri Deshpande’s a sight of glee to the eyes. Together, all show a pleasant mix of love and friendship.

Alas, there’s no strong screenplay. The film's pace seems fidgety. Though things buckle up in the second half, the end seems a hare-brained mess. The cause of disinterest starts when you are able to predict the climax that unravels with all its clich├ęs.
The tirade about women being dominated by society frequents lot of times and this walloping brand of feminism works very little in favor of the film.

Angry Indian Goddesses is a good movie if you go with little expectations. It’s a perfect instance of how anger leads to very little good after all.

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Monday, 30 November 2015

Spectre: Review

Spectre is a poorly cooked recipe made up with a concoction of irrelevant nostalgia and newfangled. Spectre is a kind of movie that will bore the living daylights out of a person while intimidating her to remember James Bond as a culturally unrelated remnant of the past.


Spectre comes out at as a textbook version of Jeffrey Archer’s novel- “Be careful what you wish for”
Sam Mendes has directed the film with the same set of screen writers onboard that were there for Skyfall. Spectre starts off with an excellent opening scene where Daniel Craig and Stephanie Sigman roam around Mexico City. And then 007 takes the onus to track down visiting terrorists and execute his thing.

This first part of the initial sequence is all one long take. The following scenes are a filled with visual splendor, believe-your-eyes stunt work. It gave me sort of a jolt as the opening sequences does show moments from the past three Craig films. However, what after the opening credits, the film moves to a grueling halt. The passing sights of Judi Dench (who is conspicuously missed) and Eva Green puts you through not a pleasant journey but a foreboding one alluding to the fact that everything is coming full circle in an unusually unsatisfying manner!

However, here is one encouraging thing about Spectre, about this 007 franchise. If it results that they drop the ball on this film (which is the case), they can start afresh from scratch. James Bond will return. However, he’d better shape up prior to be known (or forgotten) as a cast away character. There is only one man who can save James Bond needs; it is the bell call for Martin Campbell!

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Monday, 5 October 2015

The Martian Movie Review: A Stellar Space Odyssey

The Martian, is perhaps Ridley Scott’s best mainstream entertainment flick in the last 10 years. It is gripping, and engaging from the start.

The story in brief-

A cohort of astronauts are shown collecting soil samples in Mars. Suddenly they realize that a severe storm is headed their way. As a result, Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain) is forced to leave and abort the mission following the protocol. Meanwhile astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is lost and presumed dead. Later it is known that Mark survives but his communications equipment. Are destroyed. As a result, he is Unable to contact NASA. Mark then brings his knowledge as a botanist to use and grows potatoes within the mission's artificial habitat. And then the film shows his journey on mars, how he survives (individually on potatoes grown on mars!) and finally returns home- on earth. It is inspiring enough to see how an astronaut endures on Mars with potatoes and series of video logs which he maintains as the only source of morale and optimism.

There are couple of brainstorming sessions or too many which might bore you but by and large the film flies at supersonic speed. The movie focuses on “Bring Mark Home’- a coup brilliantly executed. It is cut together flawlessly, not overly stylized. And one montage shows a David Bowie song that gave me chills! Must watch!

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Welcome Back- Movie Review

Welcome Back highlights our winsome-twosome humbled goons Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) who want their sister (Shruthi Hasan) to get married. Eventually, she ends hooking up with a bhai (John Abraham). The rest of the story is just mayhem. This is for those who like to watch typical Anees Bazmee slapstick comedy flicks.

Movie review-
Welcome Back is only an attempt to please a specific category who love comedy in the form of deliberate clumsy actions and embarrassing humorous events. Majnu(Anil) and Uday(Nana) continue to give us giggles as they did in Welcome which came in 2007. They are fresh as usual, younger, and vibrant than before thanks to their garish outfits worn throughout the movie. Another one flaunts garish bikinis is Chandni (Ankita) who is a newbie. Chandni is the girl who befell to be the common love of Uday and Majnu, once again! And what adds to further banality is Uday’s and Majnu’s oath to marry their sister, Ranjana(Shruti) first before they marry.

Cut 2, and the plot now moves from Dubai to Mumbai. Here, comes the entry of Ajju bhai(John Abraham). He starts with a cheeky dialogue, “I know thousand and sixteen ways of breaking the 206 bones of a human body! The crunch-and-punch fights which proceed will continue till your eyes hurt. Rest of the story is all gibberish where you will get to see Wanted Bhai(Naseeruddin Shan) who is hired by Uday and Majnu to kill Ajju Bhai for past enmities. Seems complex? Oh it is way convoluted!

Lastly, I would applaud Anil and Nana who play convincingly jovial characters and kudos to Dimple, Paresh and Naseer for letting go.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

3 Important Takeaways From Mission Impossible

The cult movie franchise Mission Impossible has its latest release receiving clamorous praises. The Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation continues to uphold the legacy and also alludes to 3 important things we can learn. They are as follows-

Nothing is impossible

Tom Cruise crosses all barriers in Rogue Nation with the first stunt of the flick, when he takes the aerial route. He hangs out of an Airbus airplane even after it has taken off, waiting for Benji (Simon Pegg) to ‘open the door’. So what if he isn’t playing the Man of Steel, he has nerves of steel to do anything and he proves that in the opera sequence.

Never put your faith in anyone

Except for Tom Cruise and his core team – Jeremy Renner as William Brandt, Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn and Ving Rhames as Luther Stickell – nobody is to be trusted, no matter what. Just like in the first installment that came out in 1996, Hunt develops trust issues here and is betrayed by someone you least expect to be the betraying sort.

Never say die
Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is nothing short of a superhero – he can impersonate anyone (Martian Manhunter). He has the arsenal to counter all possible scenarios (like Batman. His team trusts him because they know that even when the chips are down, Hunt is on the move. Just like he did in the last 4 movies, Tom Cruise’s character changes the balance of the equation by going all out, displaying his bravado.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Baahubali- The Beginning: Review

The highlights of Baahubali are perhaps many from topless men fighting bulls to couples kissing amidst beautiful orchids make the viewing experiencing all the more animated. Not to forget the 45-minute battle, SS Rajamouli’s two-part movie is perhaps his magnum opus.

The most expensive and most awaited, however does it meet the viewers’ expectations?
Baahubali is perhaps the most exuberant Indian movie till now. Now to achieve this kind of exuberance, the producer has spent a bomb. Does it meet the expectations? Well, you got so many reasons to believe in the affirmative.
Now the movie revolves around an eponymous hero named Baahubali (one who has strong arms)

Behind the scenes
Rajamouli clearly asked his co-workers "What can't be done with all this money?" You would like to watch a man wrestle with a bull with bare hands? Done. 2 lovers escaping an avalanche? Done. 2 heroes evading 20,000 arrows with his sword alone? Well, why not!

Now the movie is really gripping. It is just like the straight-ahead simplicity of our favorite videogames which keeps the players (here viewers) engrossed. Whenever Baahubali accomplishes a task, there erupts a new challenge in front of him. For instance, upon climbing up a waterfall, Baahubali (the genial and strong) finds himself strayed amidst a civil war. With a glance of the warrior princess, Avanthika (Tamannaah Bhatia), does Baahubali realize which side to support.

Now to say in one line, it is a throwback reminding you what really makes a brilliant movie which graces the multiplex. A brilliant movie is not just about a hero, a villain, a few fights, a few songs, and a happy ending. Rajamouli shucks the myth with his skilful choreography of all the elements. Roll on 2016.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Two Most Awaited Movies Of This Year!

Do you like movies about defying the odds and tackling fear of vertigo? Do such movies fascinate you? If yes then there are two new upcoming movies in dubai which have the potential to become blockbusters.

1. Everest
Broadly, this movie reflects a journey based on true events of two climbing expeditions. The movie is set to tell the incredible story of men whose zeal and determination is set to defy all odds to survive the harshest conditions of nature. It is about the journey of men who are ready to test them beyond their limits and their struggle when they get caught in the one of the fiercest snowstorms in history. The star cast includes the following- Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

2. The Walk
Now if your mind tells this movie is about a walk, you are partially right, for it is merely a walk but a giant stride!
‘The Walk’ is perhaps the movie you must be eagerly awaited and if you did not know about it, here is the plot. The movie will talk about the incredible story of Philippe Petit and his 1974 high-wire walk between the two World Trade Center towers. With the help of his mentor, Papa Rudy and an an unusual support team, Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the movie) persuades himself to perform this death defying walk. Other stars include Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, and Charlotte Le Bon.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Readers' Poll: The 3 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Films You Must Watch

Arnold Schwarzenegger epitomizes the ultimate strength gained through enough hard work. And for all those Arnold Schwarzenegger fans out there, this is the readers’ pick of the 3 best movies of Arnold’s.

Until Twins released in 1988, Arnold Schwarzenegger was also known to have done action films. ‘Twins’ revealed the amazing comic side of Arnold which took everyone by surprise. People loved his humorous rapport with Danny DeVito. Sounds fascinating? Watch the movie and experience a hilarious ride.

'The Running Man'
When you combine a 1982 Stephen King novel written under the pseudonym Richard Bachmann, with a Family Feud host Richard Dawson, football great Jim Brown and two future governors (Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura) along with choreography by Paula Abdul; you get a movie named The Running Man. Grossing more than $38 million, even Arnold felt critical of the outcome but the movie went on to become a cult classic.

'Last Action Hero'
John McTiernan is really good at directing an action movie. He gave us Die Hard and Die Hard With a Vengeance. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the meantime, knows how to perform in an action movie. And when we combine them both, we get a movie named ‘Last Action Hero.’ The movie indeed is one of Arnold’s greatest ever made. However, the hype around 'Last Action Hero' was considered somewhat insane with grave critics’ reprimands. It made a disappointing $137 million; however, his fans still love it. What about you?

Monday, 27 April 2015

Furious 7 In The List Of 10 Highest Grossing Movies Of All Time Worldwide?

Traversing from the contours of The Fast and the Furious to the latest Furious 7, the journey has been just mind boggling. The fans will miss this ultimate movie franchise and moreover its star Paul Walker.
So news coming from the Hollywood corridors is that Furious 7 is one of the top 10 grossing movies of all time.
Furious 7- showing no signs of losing it triumph rally for the third consecutive weekend
Showing no signs of a ponderous sway, Furious 7 banked its third winning weekend in a row at the domestic box office. It is said to bank on $29.05 million, concluding ahead of novices, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Unfriended. The latter of which opened for $24 million and $16 million respectively.
The total number of $294.4 at the domestic box office makes Furious 7 as the highest grossing movie of 2015. However, it remains the champion amid only the domestic box office.
Entering the billion dollar club
On this weekend on 17th April, Furious 7 became a part of the $1 billion club at the worldwide box office. With this, Furious 7 takes a leap into the top 20 grossing films ever worldwide.
With $1.152 billion, Furious 7 now places itself as one of the 10 highest grossing movies ever worldwide, ranking #7.
Will Furious 7 certainly race past blockbusters like Iron Man 3 and Frozen and enter the top 5 worldwide box offices list? What do you think? Let us know…

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Indians Watch Hollywood Releases Earlier Than Americans?

In 1996 was released the most talked spy movie of the year- Mission Impossible in US. During that time if there were two cousins, one staying in India and other in US, the latter would elucidate the intricacies of the movie to the Indian counterpart. However, today the scene is changed where the Indian counterpart is the hero in narrating the latest release to his/her US counterpart.

One reason can be-
Many studios have their films released in India before its official release in US. Examples include; The Adventures of Tintin, The Secret of the Unicorn, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol and Quantum of Solace. (Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below)

Don’t take a decision before you hear these cold facts-
Do you think that Hollywood bestows generosity on India? Here’s a quick reality check. Amrita Pandey, head (marketing and distribution), Studio Disney India, says, “Indians regard movie outings as big family outings. Hence, we check for holidays, exam dates, etc, prior to deciding release dates in India. The film’s release in its original country hardly matters for us.”

Similar thoughts and exciting future releases awaited:
Disney’s competitor Viacom18 Motion Pictures also has similar thoughts to share. It is looking forward to an exciting year ahead ready to catch the broad Indian fan base attention of the Terminator series with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator – Genisys. Also awaited is Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 5.

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