Category: Entertainment

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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The Martian

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Took some time off for a late night movie and what a movie it was!.

THE MARTIAN is not just about the man lost in space and the rescue mission to bring him back, it’s just so much more than that.

Ridley Scott has surpassed himself, and this for me is definitely the top of his list. A very inspirational movie, not only at an individual level, but I highly recommend it for even management grads and students. Every single “senior” tactical decision is thrown out of the window by the hierarchy below to achieve their goal of bringing their colleague back from the red planet..go by your instincts and the courage to follow them..irrespective of the results !

Post Interstellar and Gravity, hollywood surprises again.. Do not miss at any cost.

Cult Horror Movies

Call it horror, terror or whatever you wish to, but the movie that makes your heart pump faster and gives you goosebumps and definitely makes you switch lights on before moving in your perfectly secure house, you know it’s a good movie ! So I have just compiled a few names of such classic cult movies which are a must see ! Of course there are many more…which will come later.

1. The Omen – This 1976 movie, was one of my first movies, I saw on VHS 25 years back and what a shocker it was. If the movie is as good as this one, believe me it will stay with you unless of course our greying cells give it away. Apart from a fantastic screenplay, the casting was awesome and Gregory Peck’s casting definitely lifted the movie a few notches higher. His Robert Thorn, the ambassador’s role, is one of his best, very effortlessly portraying a troubled father, a husband and a non believer who believes enough to count his son as the antichrist. As for the kiddo, who acted in the film, though sweet, after watching the movie, he is one kid you do not want to take home. Haven’t seen it ? Don’t miss it. There are further 2 sequels, not bad at all. i had watched all 3, one after another!

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2. The Entity – This movie created a hype unseen in India, back in the early 80s. I, remember it was released at Excelsior Theatre, known for screening latet hollywood releases. The movie created huge hype, as it was supposed to be based on a true story of a woman being raped by ghosts. This was later, as usually always is the case in Bollyood, was remade with Tabu playing the lead role. If I am not wrong, the film was banned after two weeks of runnin to packed houses in India. Of course, being kids, we were not allowed to see it. And as it always is, saw it on VHS. The movie was way ahead of it’s time, however I remember even back then, I was not very convinced by the climax but the fact that it was supposed to be a true story always haunted you.

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3. Exorcist Arguably, the mother of all horror movies ? When released in India, there were stories in the media of ambulances waiting outside theatres, a death in a Calcutta theatre due to heart attack etc. The movie’s perhaps greatest strength was in it’s story, narration and the script. The story just absorbed you, it made you feel sad for the possessed girl and at the same time scared of her. The potrayal was so strong, and the movie such a huge worldwide hit that Linda Blair never actually came out of it, a strong actress who perhaps scared anyone to look at her again. The cinematography, not much talked about though, was way ahead of it’s time and contributed tremendously to the brooding atomosphere.Don’t watch it alone ! The sequels are good too, however part 3 I feel was better than 2nd.

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4.  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre – Now widely recognised as the cult classic of it’s genre, this blood and gore film was terrible [audiences puked, fainted..]. This slasher film today, cannot be NOT part of any top horror movie list. Not many know that the movie was banned in UK till1999 and also in Australia till the mid 80s. There was no way that such a movie would be released in India, I got to see it courtesy a neighbour, who during his many trips as a sea cadet, got VHS of the same.

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5. Evil Dead – Sam Raimi’s mother of all horror movies. More than exorcist, I feel that this was the movie and it’s success that attracted filmmaker’s of other genres towards the horror genre. Considered as a cult classic, I still remember a grown up, requesting us to accompany him till he reached his home ! Many of us acted brave, but later confessed that they could not sleep for many a days ! Today the movie may seem outdated in terms of special effects etc, but you just need to google to check the reviews it had from audiences. A must see!!

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6. Halloween – From the highly talented John Carpenter, this movie needs no introduction. A festival more widely celebrated in America, this movie surely made everyone doubt the face behind the halloween mask !

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7. The Shining – An adaptation of a Stephen King novel by the same name, this Stanley Kuberick classic succeeds in givng you the chills. Jack Nicholson [an immensely talented actor but stereotyped to the extent that he behaves as eccentric in the same manner off screen too] does a top notch job of a writer turned psychopath but if you watch closely it is the hotel that is the real star of the movie. The hotel adds to the eerie feeling and works on your nerves equally. I still, remember watching this movie on a VHS when I was a 8th grader, and my dad being upset with me for hiring such a VHS for weekend viewing. But having a moviebuff mom always helped 🙂

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The Dirty Picture – A Cinegoer’s review

Times are changing, and how!! Makes me only wonder, what if the audience tastes had changed earlier..we could have had some such real gems from the Indian Cinema Industry.

Caught up with this movie in Calcutta, dreading another spoof on the 70s/80s cinematic period. But was I in for a surprise!!.

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Vidya Balan has proved with this movie that she is way ahead her contemporaries, if given the right role and right screenplay [Script is important but it is the ultimate screenplay that can turn a mundane script too into a roaring success.This movie has proved that.]

Throughout the movie, I was trying to recall a hollywood movie that had a lasting impact on me and had a similar storyline. This was in the 80s. I could recall the actress’s name – Jessica Lange and had to later google for the movie name [that’s a first for me!]. It was “Frances”, based on the true and tragic story of Frances Farmer, similar to “The Dirty Picture” – based on the true story of Silk Smitha, the sultry siren of the 80s. If the earlier one was blacklisted by Hollywood, than the later was dumped by the very industry that made her a star.

The rags to riches story of Silk Smitha, cannot be captured in totality by the Director in a two hour format, where he needs to serve the interests of self, Producer, artists and the audience, strictly in that order -that’s how our industry works and he fairly succeeds in managing to keep all happy. Balaji Telefilms laughs all the way to the bank, all categories of audience get their dose whether it’s titillation, shock value and a first near-perfect biopic, the impact of which is simply due to the mind blowing effort put in by Vidya Balan.

The background score, songs and lyrics do justice to the 80s, Bappida back with a bang in Ooh La La. The sets, costumes too are well researched. Even the cameos by supporting artists are well sketched – SelvaGanesh, Nahila the journo [She reminded me of Devyani Chaubal, the late bitchy film journo.]

Naseer, does a able job but seems to restrict himself in order to let the main character of Silk shine. While Tushar Kapoor is simply in awe of the superior actors around him and falls flat as the writer brother of Naseer.

Emraan gets a good role, but his character’s disgust right from the start for Silk is not properly developed and so is his sudden liking towards her during the later half of the film. He, as usual, get the best song of the film, “Mera ISHQ sufiana”.

But eventually what strikes the viewer, is the fact that this Debauched and difficult life was actually lived by someone!!.

Though Silk Smitha acted more in South Indian Movies, Hindi cinegoers will remember her has Kamalahasan’s wife in Sadma, where she proved that she could act against veterans. Feel sad, that the end had to be so tragic, but as the dialogue says in the Movie “Silk toh upar bhi Aafat Macha Rahi Hogi
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And as another dialogue says “Zindagi ek baar mili hai to do baar sochna kyu?”…so go and watch the movie…

– By Gaurang [gkb2000_in@yahoo.com]

Shaolin…

Now this is story-telling. Benny Chan’s Shaolin from HK film industry, is full paisa vasool fare.

Though Monks, Buddhism, Arrogant Generals, Amazing Kung-fu is part of many a such movies, the earnest story-telling and the screen play are real winners and the icing on the cake is Andy Lau’s pitch perfect performance as General Hou Jie, the arrogant General whom fate converts to a Buddhist Monk….

Enjoy…

Kidnapper…a review

Watch this Singaporean movie, Christopher Lee as Ah Huat, a taxi driver, whose son is kidnapped by a psycho who thought he is kidnapping a tycoon’s son.

The movie is a one man show by Christopher Lee, and totally rests on his shoulder.

Buried….the Movie and 13 People buried alive in Libya…

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Watched over the weekend, the movie “Buried”. Ryan Renolds excels as a US truck driver abducted in Iraq and buried alive in a coffin. Hence it came as a shock when i read today on rediff.com about people being buried alive in Gaddafi’s compound who were thankfully saved by the protestors when the house was run over by them.

Eerie, when real life imitates reel life…but the fact is that while watching the movie the thought did cross my mind, what if a terrorist were to watch this movie and get this idea of torture and force a live video from a victim…

Watch at your own risk..