Category: Entertainment

The PROMISE – 2016

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Though being a history buff, I had no clue of the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. But this movie compelled me to read some material on the same, and perhaps will do so for sometime.

Terry George, director of Hotel Rwanda, has delivered a fantastic semi-fictional tale of Love, Friendship, Patriotism woven around the Armenian Genocide by the turks, which they continue to deny till date.

This is a period movie set in the 1915, when the sun was setting on the Ottoman Empire. The detailing of the period is bound to leave you speechless. The Cinematography is first rate.

Oscar Isaac outdoes all the brilliant actors in the movie as Mikael Boghosian, a medical student who aspires to study and serve his village but for which he has no money. He agrees to his father’s idea of getting engaged to a girl from his village and for which he will get dowry of 400 gold coins that will support his travel to Constantinopole, present day Istanbul, to study medicine. He promises his wife to be, that he will be back soon.

Mikael’s Uncle in Constantinopole, supports him. His Turkish friend Emre Ogan, son a Turkish General and a rich man, looks up to him as a mentor and classmate in medicine school and always helps him out. Christian Bale, as Chris the american journalist is in the city too, meticulously reporting on the political movements of the turkish empire. His girlfriend, Ana, is the dance teacher to the kids of Mikael’s uncle. And thereby begins a story of a love triangle, familial duties, unrequited love, friendship and loyalty irrespective of religion or nation.

Each and every supporting actor is brilliant, but it is Mikael and Ana’s love story and more than the same, the Armenian Genocide which will haunt you and the so called Superpowers of the world who turned a blind eye towards the same.

Don’t miss it at any cost !

The Lost City of Z

large_large_ik3ebv7J18fs6cHkmu91oxz7EGtJames Gray’s 2016 release turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

This is not a adventure movie, but a movie of youth’s unrealized aspirations, which at a later age turn into obsession with the desire to achieve the same as fast as possible. Along with achieving the same, there are dual responsibilities of managing a family, maintaining a career to provide for the upkeep of the family and tackling the politics at workplace that come along with it. Sounds familiar doesn’t it ?

The movie is based on the awesome true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who along with his young son went missing in the amazon jungles during early 20th century, trying to search for a lost city which he named as Zed [Z].

During an initial exploration, he finds ancient pottery and signs of an civilization which was more advanced than the western civilization, which is of course scoffed upon by the colonial British of the times. His struggle [Note this was early 20th Century], and desire to reach the lost city despite the dangers of the Amazon, is what the movie is about.

Charlie Hunnam immerses himself in the role of Percy Fawcett and you cannot imagine anyone else as Percy. He carries the 2 hour and 20 minute long movie on his shoulders along with a very competent ensemble of supporting actors, especially Robert Pattinson in a surprise character role. The camera work is excellent and Amazon Jungles are the star of the film, the dangers, the excitement of what lurks in those jungles and the so called savages that reside in it.

The movie is not a thrill ride or a adventure movie, and the pace may be slow for some however it is definitely a one time watch, and the story is sure to linger around you for quite some time. I was impressed enough to do more research on Percy Fawcett on the web post watching this movie. Intend to purchase the below book on which the movie is based.

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Hacksaw Ridge – Review

Imagine that a person volunteers to join army during war to serve his nation and at the same time also has vowed that he would never pick up a gun to kill someone but serve only as a medic to help fellow soldiers.

Such stories of real heroic valor usually die as unsung heroes but it takes the caliber of a Clint Eastwood or in this case Mel Gibson to direct and bring to screen the story of Desmond Doss, who single handedly, without picking up a gun saved 75 lives at Hacksaw Ridge.

Mel Gibson may have had a tough time fighting his internal demons, but there is no denying the brilliance of this man, whether it was Passion of the Christ or the Apocalypto. Like Shyamalan who excels at horror/thriller genre, Mel shoots war scenes like no one does.

Andrew Garfield, the spidey, is Desmond Doss here, a simpleton who knows his priorities and decides to stick to them – even if means narrowly escaping a court martial. The horror of world war 2, the sacrifices of such soldiers along with an underdog’s incredible story of bravery will overwhelm you.

Yes, Mel Gibson is back and thank god for that.

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The Salesman – Review

About two decades back, I had got an invite from a friend to attend a Iranian film festival, which if I remember correctly was at Y.B.Chavan auditorium.

The simple storytelling, excellent focus on characters enacted and some astonishing realistic acting left me spellbound. It helped that I remained in touch with two iranian pals, who recommended names such us Makhmalbaf, Majidi and Darius whose masterpiece Leila was one of the movies at the festival.

The Salesman, has deservedly got an Oscar for its director Asghar Farhadi. Two actors, husband and wife, who are forced to vacate their apartment as it is about to collapse, are offered another accommodation by a friend and another colleague who is part of the drama that they are acting in.

However the colleague, fails to inform that the particular place was earlier occupied by a woman of doubtful character. What happens later, reveals the director’s genius of presenting a drama with focus on human psychology, so called values and emotions.#Review #Oscars2017 #TheSalesman #AsgharFarhadi

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SPLIT by M.NIGHT SHYAMALAN – a review.

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WOOO !! Shyamalan is back in form..

What a thriller, it had me by the guts throughout mostly due to James McAvoy disturbingly realistic performance.

In fact the plot of the movie is linear – Kevin suffers from DID – Dissociative identity disorder also more commonly known as multiple personality disorder for which there is no conclusive treatment yet in medical science. Shyamalan takes this concept, to another level in a very well written screenplay but it is James McAvoy who burns the screen like no one else did before and keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout the movie.

Kevin kidnaps three girls and holds them hostage in his bunker or hideout. It is the interactions between him and the girls which forms the major part of the movie and what could have failed miserably but for JAMES McAvoy.

There is a scene in the movie, when one of the timid and milder personality called “Heidwig” talks to one of the kidnapped gitls and tells her that he likes to listen to music and dance in his room, which has a window. The girl, whose flashbacks reveal that she was strong and intelligent as a child too, immediately asks him to take her to the room so that she can watch him dance in order to get a chance to flee through the window.

James McAvoy outdoes himself in the particular scene, the way he dances and his facial gestures will send shiver down your spines. Out of all his identities, his 24th identity is the most dangerous and comes later in the movie.

Check this movie out to see a great actor thoroughly enjoy and have a blast at what he does best. Sure to be considered as a cult classic performance post few years..

After multiple flops. Shyamalan is back and Yes, Do Not Miss the twist in the end !

Sultan of Bollywood

sultan-salman-khan-696x392Never thought I would feel compelled to write about a #SalmanKhan movie. But this one is definitely his best ever, and one of the best sport and inspirational movies in Bollywood [Chak De! still remains at the top spot].

A naive wrestler’s rise to the top post being insulted by his love for being a loafer, and then his fall from grace due to arrogance and again a last ditch fight with inner demons to stitch up his life forms the basic plot of the movie.

An out and out Salman Khan film, he doesn’t disappoint you, but surprises with an very understated performance, proving that the Khan can indeed act. Amit Sadh is an revelation.

Rest of the cast was anyways capable and do their bit. But what I liked the most were the songs – excluding the popcorn chartbuster ‘Baby ko bass pasand hai’.. Jag Ghoomeya is just too good.

The fights are the best part of the movie, as good as, if not better, matching the Rocky fights. However wish the director could have resisted the temptation of including Amitabh’s influence as in Naseeb, where after being beaten up badly, on seeing Hema Malini among audience, he knocks out the opponent.

Certain scenes are inspired by the Rocky Balboa series..but the director has done an awesome job..

Seems the Khans do it the best when given subdued roles.. wish they would remain so in real life too and avoid unnecessary controversies and give us more of such quality movies.

Bridge of Spies

For a generation born in the cold war era, of the two superpowers – USSR and USA, this movie will definitely strike a chord.

A Spielberg movie, promises and delivers on three aspects, superb acting, excellent soundtrack and meticulously captured details !

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