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Friday, March 8, 2019

Must Watch Movies: The Invisible Guest (2016) – One of the best Mystery / Crime / Suspense thrillers on Netflix


The Invisible Guest is originally a Spanish crime thriller film released in the name of Contratiempo”, is dubbed in English for Netflix.

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense
Ratings: Rotten Tomatoes 4.1/5 ; IMDb: 8.1/10
Written by: Oriol Paulo
Starring : Mario Casas ,Ana Wagener, José Coronado, Bárbara Lennie

In the opening scene, Adrian Doria, a young successful entrepreneur wakes up in a hotel room that’s locked from inside alongside the dead body of his lover, Laura. With no possible explanation to exonerate him of the crime, Adrian hires the services of Virginia Goodman- a prestigious lawyer who prepares witnesses.

Despite Adrián’s protests that he is innocent, Virginia reveals that the prosecution has uncovered a new witness and that the judge in charge of the case will most likely call him in to testify in three hours’ time. She tells Adrián that she needs him to lay out exactly what happened with absolute truth, since they only have a limited amount of time to formulate a defense strategy.

From this moment, the movie goes back and forth between flashbacks as Adrián tells Virginia his story and the present day as she pokes holes in every version of events that make him sound like a saint who is being framed by some unknown party. But the screenplay and Virginia’s interrogation fires-up the screen, as the film piles revelation on top of revelation.

There’s much to recommend in “The Invisible Guest”. For one, it looks gorgeous, cinematography is fantastic on the plot of Spanish mountains and forest roadways. Next is the screenplay, the scenes move expertly between present day and Adrián’s recounting, which gives the film a fluid feel. 

And, like any good thriller, it’s tense right up to the end. If you like fast paced mystery thriller, you’ll love it! 100% RECOMMENDED! Here's the trailer!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Must Watch Movies: Eye In The Sky review (2015) - Drama - Thriller

There’s a good chance that many of you haven’t heard of this movie, mostly because it didn’t get a lot of publicity. “Eye in the Sky” is a British military drama that released in the UK in late 2015 but hit rest of the world nearly an year later. The film is actually pretty eye-opening and incredibly tense, and certainly worth a watch. 

In Kenya, a group of terrorists have been located by Kenyan agents and tracking them in England is Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) and her team. After planting a bug inside the house of the terrorists, they identify the terrorists as East Africa’s #2, #4 and #5 most wanted. Powell’s original mission to identify and capture the terrorists becomes moot as they watch the terrorists gear up for a likely suicide bombing.

Colonel Powell immediately asks Lt. Colonel Frank Benson (Alan Rickman) for the affirmative to destroy the targets. Once given the all clear by his political advisors, Colonel Benson orders Air Force Lieutenant Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) to take out the terrorists with a drone. Just before he detonates, a Kenyan girl named Alia (Aisha Takow) begins setting up a bread stall, just outside the home of the terrorists. Watts refuses to shoot, and with time running out. What did the crew decide and execute is the thriller plot.

The story involves a huge cast of characters—everyone from US Air Force drone operators to a British war general to the US Head of State and topping off at the British Prime Minister. Rather than an intense ground battle, this was much more political and opens viewers’ eyes to the pressure of those pulling the trigger. 

Following chains of command and protocol both give structure to and inhibit military action, and leaves you a deeply disturbing question: Is one certain death better than 100 probable ones? 

On paper, it’s probably a pretty simple answer. But in reality, it is not!. 
Eye in the Sky leaves you with questions you’ll likely forever be unsure about. But then again, when are there ever any simple answers in war? It’s a must watch, you’ll like every minute of it!.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Must Watch Movies: The Commuter (2018) - Liam Neeson's Train Suspense Thriller

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Genre:   Drama, Mystery, Suspense
Rating:  PG-13 (yet a decent family entertainer with no obscene)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Byron Willinger, Philip de Blasi and Ryan Engle
Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
One-line plot: A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Michael MacCauley (Neeson) is a 60 years old, former NYPD detective who turned into insurance salesman. As usual, that morning he gets -up, greets his son, got dropped off by his wife, boards the train and reaches office, as he’s been doing for over 10 years. But then his life turns into hell.

He gets fired on that day. With frustrations, he boards the regular train way back to home. Things take a thrilling turn when Michael meets Joanna (Farmiga) at the train, she puts him on a task that would get Michael a 100K USD cash; failing would cost the lives of his wife & son!.

Has Michael really become capable of what Joanna is asking? Especially if the end result could mean someone getting killed What follows is how Michael deals with the powerful forces following him. That’s the simple, but very strong and fast paced story line that you can only experience it yourselves.
 

Liam Neeson, at his late 60’s is unbelievable and still proves to be the king of action genre. Arguably, he has been playing the guy from Taken with a new family and scenario for almost a decade now.

It’s definitely a remarkable movie, the kind of energy/performances from this movie make it certainly worth checking out. It doesn’t matter whether you are a fan of Liam Neeson or not, you’ll find yourself having a good time!. It’s also one of those clean movies that you can watch with your family.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Must Watch Movies: Gone Girl (2014) - David Fincher - Ben Affleck - Rosamund Pike - Gillian Flynn

IMDb Score8,1/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Psychological
Runtime: 145 minutes
Rating: R
Directed ByDavid Fincher
Written ByGillian Flynn
Stars: Ben AffleckRosamund PikeNeil Patrick Harris
Language: English

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name and adapted for the big screen by the novel’s author, Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as Nick and Amy Dunne, a fantastic-looking couple who met and fell for each other in New York City. Nick, as Amy writes in her diaries, was the man of her dreams. Both were writers, in fact, until life dealt them a few hard blows.

Now they’re in Nick’s hometown of North Carthage, Missouri, where he owns a downtown bar tended by his twin sister, Margo (scene-stealer Carrie Coon). Nick’s nightmare begins when he gets a phone call and races home from the bar, only to find the cat wandering outside and his wife gone. He calls the cops and we have the pleasure of meeting Det. Rhonda Boney (Kim Dickens) and Officer Jim Gilpin (Patrick Fugit). Boney, armed with a smart pantsuit and cup of coffee, has some questions for Nick..

In the meantime, we’re treated to flashbacks to various parts of Nick and Amy’s relationship, accompanied by Amy’s diaries entries. At first, they paint a picture of a couple very much in love, but the relationship devolves, suggesting, along with many other clues, that Nick might have been behind Amy’s disappearance. Is she dead? Where’s her body? Did he kill her? Why isn’t he more distraught? Once the media gets hold of the story, there’s a tidal wave of negative public opinion against Nick.



Gone Girl is one of the best thrillers in visual style as well as in storytelling. If you’re married, Gone Girl may well make you look at your partner in a very different way…

The movie shows you that women can be as crazy and violent as men can. This is actually a good visualization of a man's nightmare 😊. The scenes in the movie often take you aback and gives a whole new perspective about the human psychology and mind games.

A must watch for everyone with psychological and intellectual curiosities.


Have you seen the movie? Or read the book? What did you think?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

American Sniper (2015)

I’d been noticing a lot of talk over the “ American Sniper” for quite some time. Especially the terrific box-office stats just hard-pressed me to watch the movie.

The film is actually a biopic of Chris Kyle, a Texas Cowboy who became a Navy SEAL sniper, credited with 160 confirmed kills while on duty in Iraq. Soon after retired from the services in 2009, he wrote a book about his war & life experiences as “American Sniper”, and this movie is just the on-screen version of the book. Bradley Cooper has played Kyle and Sienna Miller as his wife – Taya, and directed by Eastwood.

Plot: A few years ago, I saw a movie where an American soldier posted in Iraq during the invasion, who goes through a severe psychological changeover. He’s so into the war and he’s so good at war techniques and  he finds it difficult to go back to his normal life back home in the peace. Social life makes him awkward. Shopping seems like a boring activity to him. And the only thing that makes him smile during the whole day is when he speaks to his mates at the warfront.

That movie was called as “The Hurt Locker”. I saw the same plot here too, but this movie is called as "American Sniper" :P , it’s a very similar film.

My Comments: There’s a lot of debates and controversies already over the film’s authenticity, making and message. I don’t want to write anything more and get into trouble :). Let me just share that how / what I felt about the movie.

American Sniper might have been an important movie, especially for the US Veterans. But, it’s not that exciting and engaging like other war films; many scenes were too lengthy and redundant- particularly the war fronts. (Ofcourse, that’s how the war scene would be :P , but still an interesting screenplay could have made a difference).

Bradley Cooper’s performance as Kyle and the struggle he portrays as a man forever altered by war, seeking to find his identity when it’s over – is simply remarkable. It’s definitely a great movie for Bradley Cooper at least !.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Last Vegas (2013)

Four Hollywood legends Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline play four childhood friends, who are currently at their 60+ , reunite to celebrate the bachelor party of their friend - Douglas (a long term bachelor :) )  at Las Vegas.

If you expect an elderly version of "The Hangover" , sure you'll be disappointed…”., this movie is a lot different. It has a strong friendship, love, humour, fun, drama... all mixed up in a proper proportion.

Douglas & De Niro show you a touching relationship drama, while Freeman & Kline provide the gentle dose of humor. There is Mary Steenburgen who gave up her past life to become an aged lounge singer and changes the life of two of the men.

The film also captures Vegas pretty well, maybe not every aspect, but enough to make you feel like as you were there in Vegas for the 90 minutes. I'm really surprised why this movie was so underrated? Seems even Hollywood critics too give good scores only to the long boring movies like Gravity, or Prisoners... :P

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

RIP: K.Balachander - The King Maker !

Tamil Cinema has faced many unparalled losses in the year 2014. The great - Balu Mahendra, Filmmaker Rama Narayanan, SS Rajendran ….. and now the Iyakunar Sigaram - KB (K. Balachander) :(

I am not a big fan of KB. But still admire his ability to pick new people and in nurturing their talent. He’s not only a unique director who scripted a new genre of films with brave social themes., but also a master to have picked and mentored many legends of Tamil cinema.

He’s the one who introduced/made Superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Nazar, Mohan, Prakash Raj, and A.R.Rahman ... to name a few. (Director Maniratnam may get the pride for introducing Rahman, but it’s KB who is the producer of the movie “Roja” and paid 1st salary for Rahman). All these people have become legends in their lifetime., what a talent KB had to pick and shine these people’s talent!

RIP KB sir. You may not be present physically with us, but your contributions to Tamil cinema will remain forever.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Chef (2014) - English

Well, this movie is not for hard hearted , deep emotional type of movie lovers, it's a very light but refreshing drama.

Plot – Famed chef Carl Casper’s (Favreau) life is turned upside down after a scathing review of his menu by food blogger Ramsey Michel (Platt) leads him to lose his job setting him on a path of food vans and redemption, not only personally but with his ex-wife Inez (Vergara) and oft forgotten son Percy (Anthony)

Yes, the movie has a few slow scenes, but overall a very nice film. Escpeically, the cooking scenes were amazing, am sure you'll be ready so hungry for a good meal after seeing Chef!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thoughts on “Charlie Wilson’s War”

I usually constrain myself from controversial topics. But, this movie provoked my thoughts and made me to write this post.

Last Sunday was extremely boring. None of the recent movies were appealing, so was just searching at the top lists of my favorites like Tom Hanks , Di-caprio …and finally zero downed with a slightly older Tom Hanks  movie - “Charlie Wilson’s War”. The details the movie gives us about the United States involvement with Afghanistan in the late 70 and in 80's and about how the governments operated behind the scenes is an eye-opener and well worth knowing more about. I am wondering how I missed this movie so far !

The story is about how the Russia invaded Afghanistan – why an ordinary Congressman Charlie Wilson got into the support operation of Mujahedeens – and how he influenced the CIA budget (for supporting the Mujahideen troops) from just a $5M to $10M initially, and then went on over a billion dollars!!!. And all these money were used to train the Mujahedeens  with mighty arms and high-end war techniques., to fight against their common rival –  Russia.

Soon, Mujahideens were no longer only Afghans, many people from countries like Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt and Saudi Arabia joined the their troops. As the US was feeding their hunger and anger, Afghan forces blown down thousands of Russian jets and tankers. And at one point of time, mighty Russia admitted their defeat and drawn out of Afghanistan.

After Russia’s exit, Charlie instisted America to continue funding Afghanistan to educate them and build employment and infrastructure for the country. But, the then US government was least bothered on his request and they too pulled-out of Afghanistan. That’s one of the greatest mistakes!  :(

 As both the Russia and America evacuated from Afghanistan, thousands of Mujahideens were left with loads of arms and no enemy to fight :P !. They separated into multiple troops within them and started fighting against India and many countries, even against the US . Not to forget, that was the time when the Kashmir border issue became terror! (it was not such a big issue before the end of the cold war)

The world, especially India is bearing the pain for the mistakes of the US-USSR Cold war. I suppose the Russians are now happy. But It’s India paying the price, Pakistan is paying, Afghanistan is paying… And more importantly, the United States is also paying..... If US didn't start funding Mujahideens or at least did not move away immediately after the cold war (without fulfilling Charlie’s full vision of educating and creating employement/infrastructure in Afghanistan), there would have been no Al-quida today and no 9/11 !!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Date Night (2010)

Last night, we watched “Date Night” by Shawn Levy, Staring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey...

The couple- Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey) are a sensible, loving couple with two kids. They’re still in love but they secretly afraid the other will file for divorce at any moment due to their dreary lifestyle.

Determined to break out of their funk, Phil and Claire go for a date night in the city. As they hopelessly wait for a table at a completely booked restaurant, Phil decides they should take the table of an absent party, the Tripplehorns.


Unfortunately, the Tripplehorns are mixed up in some bad business and a case of mistaken identity forces Phil and Claire to run for their lives and get off the hook before they get exhausted by the criminal gang and cops.

The script is not that great; but the real laugh comes from the actors delivering the dialog with personality and wit. Not laugh out loud the whole time, but consistent laughs throughout.We just enjoyed the complete 1.5hours of fun.

I would recommend to watch @ 7/10.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vantage Point (2008)

I watched this film recently. No sir, Not in a Cinema Hall… DvdRip thaan, thanks to the high speed broadband and download sites.

Vantage Point is a 2008 American political thriller / action film directed by Pete Travis. The screenplay by Barry L. Levy focuses on an assassination attempt on the President of the United States as seen from eight Vantage Points(different points of view).

As you see each vantage point, from the camera man to the control room to the officer, its like a piece of the jigsaw is added to the puzzle, and once you complete the 8 vantage points, the story unfolds to show the extremely unpredictable plot.


Each vantage point, although repeating the same 23 minutes, from noon till the bomb explodes, it shows you a different story. Do not worry, you will not get irritated seeing the same shot and explosion 8 times - in fact, each time it happens you discover another piece of the puzzle.

With each shot and explosion, you have your nerves tingling waiting for the next. The action is set nicely with appropriate music, and even the setting is beautiful - which is filmed in Mexico.

At the climax, after the 8 vantage points, you will see some great car chase scenes, as well as gunfire and that sort of action. Everything you'd want from an action film is included in this masterpiece.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A day with M.Night Shyamalan

The Hot Sunday made me to stay at home; till 7PM , sun was so arrogant yesterday.How to spend the whole day? My friend came up with M.N.Shyamalan DVD Collections. Yeah !!! I know, it’s very tough to analyse and review Shyamalan’s movies ; so I ll stop myself just with their plot summary.We started the day with “The Sixth Sense”.

The Sixth Sense in [1999]
I think, The Sixth Sense was the first commercially successful film that Shyamalan wrote and directed. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist who, after being shot by a former patient, tries to aid the hallucinatory Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment).


Cole tells Dr. Crowe that he can see dead people, and the skeptical Dr. Crowe advises Cole to communicate with and aid his ghosts. After successful therapy with Cole, Dr. Crowe returns to his wife to reconcile, and soon you will discover that Crowe was one of Cole’s ghosts all along.!!!

After the Lunch,again we started with Unbreakable[2000]
Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) is a fragile comic book store owner born with a rare bone disorder that severely weakens his skeletal structure. Elijah searches for the meaning behind his fragility and contacts security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis), who was the miraculous sole survivor of a massive train accident. Elijah proposes that “unbreakable” Dunn is actually a superhero.

Dunn has the ability to view a person’s immoral behavior upon touch and has only been sick once in his life – when he nearly drowned as a youth. Elijah tells Dunn these are typical super hero characteristics. The big twist occurs when Dunn discovers some of the blueprints and newspaper clippings of major disasters in Elijah’s store. Elijah calmly accepts that he caused the accidents to find his opposite – someone with an incredibly hardened bone structure.


The plot has creative potential – it’s a unique approach to the superhero mythologies. The movie offered theSupernatural, suspenseful mood that Sixth Sense had, but fell just short of achieving it..

Then “The Village”
The Village was released in 2004 and followed M.Night’s Signs (I’m awaiting to watch the “Signs”. Lucius Hunt (Joaquin Phoenix) lives in an isolated village surrounded by a vast expanse of forest. The perimeter of the village is marked off by flags to warn the townsfolk of trespassing into the woods where “Those We Don’t Speak Of” reside. After a child dies of illness, Lucius volunteers to travel beyond the woods to retrieve medical supplies, but is wounded by a mentally unstable villager, Noah Percy (Adrien Brody).


The blind daughter of the town elder, also Lucius’ love interest, takes the mission upon herself and ventures into the woods to find the towns beyond, at the risk of upsetting the forest-dwelling creatures.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Italian Job [2003]


“The Italian Job”- One more blockbuster on my DVD gallery!!!.

Genre: Heist - Action drama
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron,Donald Sutherland…


The movie starts with the heist of $35 million worth gold, without firing a single bullet. Excellently shot on the beautiful waters of Venice.

The plan was devised by Charlie Croker(Mark Wahlberg) and executed along with his team: Steve(Edward Norton), computer genius Lyle(Seth Green), wheelman handsome Rob(Jason Statham) , explosives expert Left-Ear(Mos Def) and veteran safecracker John Bridgerwith(Donald Sutherland)).

The heist is clean as per the plan and successful .Their longtime dreams could finally be realized.

But what they didn't expect was one of their own team men - Steve, turns against them, and knocking off the rest. His plan was even better, and was executed to more or less perfectly. He consolidates himself as all of the team are dead and leaves to US with all the gold in his possession.

But Only John Bridger looses his life on that hit and all other survive. A year later, they again devise a plan for their vengeance against Steve, who’s settled in LA with his gold. They pull- in Stella (Charlize Theron), a beautiful (WoW ;--D) safecracker, who’s the daughter of John Bridger also for their Revenge.

The team moves to Los Angels to accomplish their goal. The rest of the movie is about , how they defeated Steve and got their gold back. Complete action packed story!!!

What I Say :<
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It’s fast paced action drama, with clean screenplay. All the characters are suited very well. Especially Charlize Theron !!! She looks so beautiful, and her acting and car driving skills match that in the movie. I should admit that after watching the movie, I've become a big fan of hers ;-)


I should also say that there are many logic flaws (like Indian action film, they also didn’t worry about the “Logics”).There are many un-answered questions in the story itself.

Beyond all these bugs, the screenplay makes you to feel great. I really like the movie very much. I would recommend a “Must Watch”.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The Last Samurai [2003]


Directed by: Edward Zwick
Written by:Edward Zwick,John Logan
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe,Timothy Spall,


I had heard about “The last Samurai” for a long time; but didn’t get a chance to watch the film, till this weekend.Really a great US-Japanese Flick !!!

The summary of the movie is,
Japan in 1876 – For centuries Japan has been an isolated country, preventing itself away from the world. So it is still an old age, agricultural nation. The new emperor Meiji decides to modernize his country. He opens up Japan to the world, bringing in railways, telegraph, firearms and Western suits.

Not everybody is happy with these changes. A Samurai named Katsumoto revolts against the flaws in the name of modernization. The Emperor hires an American Military Captain – Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) to train his army to fight against Katsumoto.

Algren leads the Emperor's army in a battle against Katsumoto. The small Japan army is defeated; Algren is wounded and captured. He is taken to Katsumoto's village as a prisoner.

During his time in the village, Algren gets impressed with the Samurai and their way of life. Gradually he is converted to their cause. He joins Katsumoto in his battle. In the final battle Katsumoto is defeated and killed, but Algren survives to tell the story.

What I say :<
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"The Last Samurai" is a long movie (2.40hrs) and many of my friends who like the movie also admitted that they slept at least once during the movie :-D. But not me.

I liked the movie very much; even watched many scenes for the second time too. No one can deny that, It's an beautiful film, lovingly shot with some extraordinary fight and battle scenes.

If you love periodic -action-drama kind of movie, this is for you...

Monday, March 30, 2009

Get Smart [2008]


Release : USA -2008
Directed by: Peter Segal
Starring :
Steve Carell,
Anne Hathaway,
Dwayne Johnson,
Terence Stamp..

I wanted to watch “Get Smart” during its release last June by visiting any theater. But I missed. Then I tried to see it again at my friend's home, but time didn’t permit me to finish the movie.

But finally, thanks to DVD at my own home, I got to see “Get Smart” on my third attempt, and it was worthy for the 3 attempts.

Summary:
Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) works as an analyst at Control, a U.S. spy agency that was supposed to have closed after KAOS was defeated. However, KAOS is far from being dead.

KAOS penetrates Control and steals the names of all their field agents, and they then begin to kill Control agents around the world. The Chief (Alan Arkin) promotes Maxwell Smart, designates him Agent 86, and partners him with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway).

Smart has always wanted to be a field agent, but he wanted to be partnered with the best, Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson). Smart is given a little training and some spy-tech gadgets to help him do his job.

Smart and Agent 99 have uncovered information of where Siegfried (Terence Stamp), the sinister head of KAOS is located, and they go after him to stop him from taking over the world.
(The above summary is grabbed from www.imdb.com)

Funny comedies are a rare thing — but “Get Smart” has several laugh-out moments, so I warmly recommend it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Feet (2006)

I’m not a great fan of animated movies. In fact, I always avoid them. That is, of course, the mindset that animation is meant solely for children.

After reading my post on “Wall-e”, one of my friends recommended me to watch “Happy Feet”. With the advent of DVD, immediately I had the chance to lookout the movie too.

Summary
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Happy Feet - A true kids movie. In a world… where penguins rule the land… one penguin… named Mumbles Happy Feet… can not sing like the other penguins do. Instead, he can dance. Now, this Mumbles disability to sing, causes lot of drama, because every penguin must sing a unique song called a "Heart song" to attract a soul mate :-D

As days rollout, the penguin’s world faces the food shortage, as the fish are scarce… (Yes.Human’s fault.!!)

As all the fish are scarce, Mumbles decides setting up a meeting with aliens (human; that’s how they call:-D), who are the cause for the fish scarcity; and try to find a way to co-exist. He ends up swimming after a fishing boat, and ends up washing ashore next to some sort of industrialized area, what looks like an oil refinery or something equally as evil… next to a large city. Those damn humans.

Mumbles wakes up in a zoo, caged like some sort of animal .After going crazy locked up in the zoo, he dances for a little girl, who then brings apparently everyone to see him, and they slap a radio collar on him, and put him back into Antarctica… where he finds his home group of penguins.

some guys fly in and see them all dancing… then the Media shares the video with everyone, the whole world is angry that humans are taking the penguin’s food supply… the UN gets involved (yes, the UN) and human fishing is barred from anywhere around Antarctica, and now there is enough fish for all the penguins and the movie ends with a warm fuzzy.

As for my recommendation,
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I am somewhere between “Yes and No”.
Prior to the environmental message, I would say “yes”; But The CG animation and screenplay – I can’t say them as great. I got bored / irritated at some lengthy scenes.

Overall it’s just an “OK” kind of movie with good message. But still, I love it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hollywood films have Censor ?


A silly question, I had in my mind for a long time was “Do the Hollywood films have Censors?” After an hour Research with Google, I found out the fact.

Yes. There is no censor for Hollywood films. But they have “Ratings”.

The Ratings for every movie is given by an Organization called “MPAA” (Motion Picture Association of America). MPPA was founded my giant Production houses like Disney, Warner Brothers, Sony, Paramount, etc, with the parents (who have children under the age 17) as their members.

According to Motion Picture Association of America a PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.

Here is the list of Movie Rating Guide from MPAA
G - GENERAL AUDIENCE ( All ages admited )
PG - PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED (Some material may not be suitable for children )
PG -13 - PARENTS STRONGLY CAUTIONED ( Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 )
R - RESTRICTED ( Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian )
NC-17 - 17 AND UNDER NOT ADMITED

In India,
U - U/A - A and S, are the certifcates given by Central Board of Film Certification (Censor Board).

"S" meant for : Specialised Audience - This rating is given very rarely and signifies that the film is meant for specialised audience such as Doctors etc

I haven't seen any film, with "S" rating.Anybody ??

Monday, March 9, 2009

WALL·E (2008)

Last weekend, I had a chance to watch four excellent Hollywood movies. Out of the 4, with what I shall start with?

Without any hesitation, “Wall-e"

The basic plot of the movie is that the Earth is spoiled (by human) and covered with wastes and trash in the 29th Century. Seven hundred years earlier, a company called “By N Large” (BNL) has taken over all business and government functions on Earth and evacuated all humans in a huge spaceship colony to fly through space until the earth is cleaned up by hundreds upon thousands of robots large & small called “WALL-E” (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class).

The evacuation and cleanup was supposed to take 5 years, but instead it took 700. All the WALL-E robots stop working except one.

This one robot, our small hero Wall-E continues to do his job with only the company of his pet cockroach until one day he makes a momentous discovery …of another lady robot EVA (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Searcher).

The movie becomes very interesting once Wall-e meets EVA and fell in love with her. It was perfectly conceptualized and presented. While it’s interesting, entertaining, and heartwarming, the big surprise is that we become totally involved with the film. At no stage, I felt it’s an animated movie.

Its environmental message and full of heart when it comes to its robot/ droid romance. Brilliant execution allows much of the communications throughout WALL-E to be wordless, with smartly used sound effects.

WALL-E is a robot movie with heart and soul. Everyone I know who’s watched it, loved it, regardless of their age or whether they usually dislike animated movies.

You must watch it :-D

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Beautiful Mind (2001)


"A Beautiful Mind" is a wonderful film based on the life of the Nobel Prize winning mathematician and economist John Nash and his lifelong struggle with schizophrenia. The acting of Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connely are both superb, as is the story, which I find quite moving.

The movie begins at Princeton University, where Nash (Crowe) is attending graduate school in math. He is brilliant but socially awkward. He becomes best friends with his roommate Charles, a literature student.

After college, Nash accepts a position at MIT, along with his friends Sol and Bender. Shortly thereafter he meets Alicia (Connely), with whom he falls in love and eventually marries. Nash runs into his former roommate Charles, who introduces him to his young girl Marcee. Nash meets a Department of Defense agent, William Parcher. Nash is invited to the pentagon to crack a secret encryption of an enemy communication, which he does in his head. Parcher also asks Nash to look for secret codes in newspapers and magazines. Nash begins behaving erratically.

Sol, one of his team mate starts watching Nash and eventually gets him sedated and sent to a psychiatric facility, where it is discovered that he's been suffering from hallucinations and schizophrenia. Then he's released from the hospital with the provision that he take antipsychotic medication.

Nash is able to keep his illness under control when he realizes that Marcee has not aged since he met her several years ago. He then realizes that Charles, Marcee, and Parcher are products of his imagination. Over the next several years, he slowly recuperates. Eventually he receives the Nobel Prize in Economics as an old man.

A fascinating film which successfully blurs the lines between John Nash's imagination and the world of reality, A Beautiful Mind clearly illustrates one man's struggle against great odds.

Russell Crowe's follow up performance to smash hits LA Confidential and Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind is an unbelievable journey into one man's reality.

It definely takes a place at "My all time favourites"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Blood Diamond (2006)


"Blood Diamond" - I'm sure lots of you have seen it or read about it, very long back itself. But now only, I got the opportunity to watch this wonderful movie thro’ HBO :-). Just thought of sharing my views on the movie….

Leonardo Dicaprio as Danny Archer, an professional diamond smuggler who joins with Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou). Vandy was separated from his family and forced to mine for diamonds. After discovering and hiding an exceptionally large diamond, everybody wants a grab him (so they can have the diamond) while he just wants to be reunited with his family. Vandy and Archer agree to help each other get what they're after but they need a little extra help and luckily for them Maddy Bowen(Jennifer Connelly)- a Journalist , who is investigating on the blood diamond industry and is able to get them access to things like helicopters and guns in exchange for the secrets behind the diamond smuggling Industry.

After so many hurdles, Archer unites Vandy and his son, who was abducted and forced into becoming a child soldier of a terrorist group; and he gets the hidden diamond from Vandy, in return. while rescuing Vandy's son, Archer got shot.Knowing that he is dying, he gives the diamond to Vandy and holds off the soldiers chasing them.Vandy and his son flee.Archer makes a final phone call to Bowen, asking her to help Vandy as a last favor and dying peacefully.

With the help of Bowen, Vandy trades the diamond to Simmons for a large sum of money and the reunification of his family, making the exchange as Vandy's wife and children deplane from a Lear Jet at a London airport. Bowen, who secretly photographs the deal, later publishes a magazine piece exposing the trade in "conflict" or "blood" diamonds.

The film ends with Solomon smiling at the photograph Bowen took of Archer earlier, now published in her magazine along with the complete story of their journey, before addressing a conference on blood diamonds in Kimberley, South Africa, describing his experiences. This refers to an actual meeting that took place in Kimberley in 2000 and led to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which seeks to certify the origin of diamonds in order to curb the trade in conflict diamonds.

Set against the backdrop of a Sierra Leone torn apart by civil war, it's a story aiming to depress viewers into never buying diamonds again. It's on the face of Djimon Hounsou, playing the role of a person whose life truly is effected by the events depicted in this film that we almost get that revelatory moment. The scenes between him and his son are really very powerful. I’m almost speechless at the end of the movie.

Blood Diamond, definitely one of the best films in my memory.