Sunday, July 8, 2018

Movies worth watching in 2018


2018 has turned out to be a decent year for Hollywood. This year we did see some huge blockbusters like Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, Incredibles 2, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp etc. With still half a year left, 2018 doesn't have big movies like Avengers to offer but still has some blockbusters to come like Mission Impossible Fallout, Venom, Fantastic Beasts 2, Aquaman etc. This is my first post on 2018 movies I liked,I will keep on adding new posts as and when I watch some good 2018 movies. Lets begin with some 2018 movies I have seen and feel are worth watching this year.


 
A Quiet Place:-
A Quiet Place is the best movie I have seen this year and also one of the best Horror movies I have seen in quite a few years. In this movie, in a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. What works for the movie is the amazing direction by John Krasinski. The movies keeps you engaged and in the edge of your seat throughout. Last movie I remember watching with such tension is Steven Speilberg's Jaws. I remember getting tensed on hearing the slightest sound after watching this movie. Such was the immersive experience in this movie. Also what works for the movie are its characters. All actors have done a wonderful job and make sure you feel all the emotions they feel. Overall, A Quiet Place is a superb movie and after a long time has a horror movie been this good. Don't miss this.

Genre:- Drama, Horror, Thriller.
Director:- John Krasinski.
Stars:- Emily Blunt, John Krasinski.
Bore Meter:- One of the best horrors in recent years. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-









Avengers: Infinity War:-
Avengers Infinity War is the grand culmination of a majority of marvel movies explored across 18 movies over the last 10 years. In this movie, The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. This is the movie Marvel Fans had been waiting for the past so many years now, and I am happy to say that it doesn't disappoint. Considering the fact that this is one of the most ambitious superhero movie ever made with countless superheros, the directors Anthony Russo, Joe Russo did a fabulous job of giving decent screen time to all these superheros and not compromising on the movie. The biggest star of the movie, with the most screen time is of course Thanos and he turns out to be pretty good. Overall, Avengers: Infinity War has all the characteristics of a blockbuster movie and can be best enjoyed with a big tub of popcorn. Watch it for the entertainment value that it provides.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Stars:- Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt.
Bore Meter:- Thoroughly entertaining blockbuster. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-









Black Panther:-
Black Panther is the first Marvel superhero movie of 2018 and they started the year on a good note. In this movie, T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.What works for the movie is its really good story. The way the world of Wakanda was shown was really good. This movie is an engaging watch throughout. This seems a little more serious movie than the other Marvel superhero movies. Also I enjoyed the action in this movie, especially the fight scene between Black panther and Mbaku beside the waterfall was superbly shot. Overall, Black Panther is a good superhero movie but i wish it could have given more in terms of writing and storytelling.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Ryan Coogler.
Stars:- Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Martin Freeman, Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke.
Bore Meter:- Good entertaining blockbuster. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-
 







Blockers:-
Blockers is a good funny movie worth watching this year. In this movie, Three parents try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. The plot of the movie is relatively simple. But what works for the movie is its several laugh out loud moments. The movie keeps you engaged and is fun from start to end. The second half of the movie does get a bit repetitive but overall the movie is pretty fun. If you are just bored, and want to watch a light funny casual movie, then Blockers is the movie for you.

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Kay Cannon.
Stars:- Leslie Mann, John Cena, Ike Barinholtz.
Bore Meter:- Good Fun Movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-








Tomb Raider:-
Tomb Raider is another movie remake of the popular video game. In this movie, Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she discovers the island where her father disappeared. This movie mainly works because of the committed performance of Alicia Vikander. She does a fabulous job playing Lara Croft, and meets with the physical and emotional demands of the role really well, showing the vulnerability of the character. Also what works for the movie is its cinematography. Some of the action sequences and locations are really beautifully shot. Overall, Tomb Raider is a good movie and is a good watch mainly because of committed performance of Alicia Vikander.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Roar Uthaug.
Stars:- Alicia Vikander.
Bore Meter:- Good Action Adventure. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-


 





Friday, March 2, 2018

Top 10 Movies of 2017 (My Picks)


2017 has been a decent year for movies. We may not have seen exceptional movies this year like previous years but we did see some really good movies releasing this year. With the awards season almost complete, here's a list of top 10 movies of 2017. This list is based on what I think to be the best movies of the year. Please feel free to comment on what you thought were the best movies this year.



1. The Post
The Post is the best movie I have seen this year. In this movie, a cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.What works for the movie is the direction by Steven Speilberg. Speilberg manages to keep the atmosphere tense throughout. The drama of what the press goes through when they get a big story is beautifully shown. Also what works for the movie are its performances. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep do a really good job and their camaraderie works wonders. Overall, The Post is a superb movie which is a tribute to fearless journalism. Its a superb watch.

Genre:- Drama, History, Thriller.
Director:- Steven Spielberg.
Stars:- Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.

Oscar Buzz:- 
Nominated for 2 Oscars (
Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Has good pace.
My Rating:-

 






2. Get Out
Get Out is one of the best movies I have seen this year. Its one of the best horror thriller movie made in a few years. In this movie, it's time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience give way to a nightmare. The movie mainly works due to its unique story and excellent direction by debutante director Jordan Peele. Also the lead actor Daniel Kaluuya does a good job. Overall, Get Out is a very good movie and one of the freshest horror movies released in the last few years. This is definitely a must watch.

Genre:- Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director:- Jordan Peele.
Stars:- Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams.

Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay).
Bore Meter:- Very scary and very engaging. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-









3. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is another well made movie from the Marvel Universe. In this movie, Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Spiderman has been one of the most popular superheros we have had and we have already had countless movies on this superhero over the past 10-15 years. The biggest challenge the makers must have faced was how to tell the same story again without getting the audiences bored. They handled this very cleverly by focusing more on the human side of Spiderman. Showing him as a normal teenager juggling between Spiderman and Peter Parker and showing his struggles in a comic way, the makers succeeded in engaging the audience really well. The script is really good and humorous and pace of the movie keeps you engaged. Only downside to the movie was its villain, who doesn't really make that much of an impact. Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is very good movie which you will thoroughly enjoy.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Jon Watts.
Stars:- Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Harrier.
Bore Meter:- Very good pace and engaging throughout. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-
 









4. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok is without doubt the most entertaining movie of the year. In this movie,
Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok, the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization, at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. Thor: Ragnarok is 2 hrs of non-stop fun. The movie has a nice comic feel to it throughout. Chris Hemsworth is in top notch form playing Thor. All the actors seem to be enjoying themselves which comes of well on screen. Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is a very good movie and is full of entertainment. Do not miss this.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Taika Waititi.

Stars:- Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Mark Ruffalo.
Bore Meter:- Very engaging and total fun throughout. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-
 









5. Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast is an adaptation of the fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. In this movie, a young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. What works for the movie is its storytelling. The movie has a wonderful charm to it. Excellent visuals and wonderfully presented musicals add more to the charm and keep you engaged and smiling throughout the movie. Overall, this is a very well made charming romantic movie and is a very good watch.

Genre:- Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Director:- Bill Condon.
Stars:- Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 2 Oscars (Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Production Design)
Bore Meter:- Very charming movie and engaging visuals:). Won't get bored:). 

My Rating:-










6. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is probably the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster. In this movie, when a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Over the past few years, Marvel has surpassed DC not only with quality of their superhero movies, but also in terms of box office. Whatever else Marvel may have done right, its handling of female characters has been a sore spot for a while. But DC not only took a gamble, but also executed it really well which led to Wonder Woman becoming a blockbuster. What works for the movie is its direction.Very well directed by Patty Jenkins, she manages to give the audience a number of really good goosebumps moments, where you just cheer for the leading character. This is also mainly possible because of superb performance and screen presence of its leading actress, Gal Gadot. Her portayal of Wonder Woman is really good and its her sincere performance that takes the movie to a different level. Overall, Wonder Woman is a very good movie and is a must watch for all who have been waiting for a female-fronted superhero movie.

Genre:- Action, Adventure,War.
Director:- Patty Jenkins.
Stars:- Gal Gadot, Chris Pine.
Bore Meter:- Very good pace and engaging throughout. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-









7. War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes is the 3rd installment in the Planet of the Apes trilogy following 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In this movie, after the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.What works for the movie is its direction. The director Matt Reeves does an amazing job of giving a nice dark tone to the movie. Along with the thrills, the movie is also compelling in terms of its drama. What also works for the movie are its performances. Almost all the actors do a really good job, especially Andy Serkis as Caesar. Andy Serkis just owns the character of Caesar, making the character feel very real. It’s a deeply affecting performance and is rich in emotion. The actor somehow manages to portray the animal with a multitude of feelings and gives the character a very distinct personality. Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a very well made dramatic thriller that is definitely worth your time.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller.
Director:- Matt Reeves.
Stars:- Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson.

Oscar Buzz:- 
Nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Achievement in Visual Effects).
Bore Meter:- Very engaging movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-
 









8. Dunkirk
Dunkirk is a very well made war movie. In this movie, allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Dunkirk is a very good film if considered individually, but does fall short when you consider that it's a Christopher Nolan film. Its probably the weakest Christopher Nolan film when compared with masterpieces like Inception, The Dark Knight, The Prestige. One of the main reasons for this has to be the script, considering the fact that there are not much dialogues in Dunkirk. Nolan movies are known primarily for their really brilliant scripts and dialogues. The strong points of the movie are its excellent cinematography, camera work and brilliant background score. This movie is a visual spectacle and best enjoyed in IMAX. Overall, Dunkirk is a very good film and is a pretty good watch.

Genre:- Action, History, Thriller, War.
Director:- Christopher Nolan.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 8 Oscars (Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Achievement in Production Design).
Bore Meter:- Visual Spectacle. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-











9. Darkest Hour
Darkest Hour is a very good film based on World War 2 times. In this movie, during the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. What works for the movie is its good direction. The movie sticks to simple story telling which really works for it. The strongest point of the movie is the performance by its lead actor, Gary Oldman, who plays Winston Churchill. Its without a doubt one of the strongest performances of the year and Gary Oldman may win Best Actor Oscar this year. Overall, Darkest Hour is a very good film and is a really good watch.


Genre:- Drama, History, War.
Director:- Joe Wright.
Stars:- Gary Oldman.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 6 Oscars (Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Production Design).
Bore Meter:- Good simple storytelling. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-









10. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a very well made dark comic drama and also one of the front runners to win Best Picture Oscar this year. In this movie, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.What works for the movie is its realistic storytelling. It is not your typical murder mystery or whodunit movie. Also working for this movie are top notch performances by its lead actors. Frances McDormand,Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell give brilliant performances and help in taking the movie to a whole new level. Overall,
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a very good movie and is a pretty good watch if you like realistic film making. 

Genre:- Drama.
Director:- Martin McDonagh.
Stars:- Frances McDormand,Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 7 Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (2 Nominations), Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored if you like realistic storytelling.
My Rating:-





Sunday, December 3, 2017

Movies worth watching in 2017 (Part 2)


This post is a continuation of my earlier blog post (Movies worth watching in 2017:-
https://akshysmultiplex.blogspot.in/2017/07/movies-worth-watching-in-2017.html
). Here are some more 2017 movies I have seen and feel are worth watching this year:).



Spider-Man: Homecoming:-
Spider-Man: Homecoming is another well made movie from the Marvel Universe. In this movie, Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City. Spiderman has been one of the most popular superheros we have had and we have already had countless movies on this superhero over the past 10-15 years. The biggest challenge the makers must have faced was how to tell the same story again without getting the audiences bored. They handled this very cleverly by focusing more on the human side of Spiderman. Showing him as a normal teenager juggling between Spiderman and Peter Parker and showing his struggles in a comic way, the makers succeeded in engaging the audience really well. The script is really good and humorous and pace of the movie keeps you engaged. Only downside to the movie was its villain, who doesn't really make that much of an impact. Overall, Spider-Man: Homecoming is very good movie which you will thoroughly enjoy.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Jon Watts.
Stars:- Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Harrier.
Bore Meter:- Very good pace and engaging throughout. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-
 








Wonder Woman:-
Wonder Woman is probably the first female-fronted superhero blockbuster. In this movie, when a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. Over the past few years, Marvel has surpassed DC not only with quality of their superhero movies, but also in terms of box office. Whatever else Marvel may have done right, its handling of female characters has been a sore spot for a while. But DC not only took a gamble, but also executed it really well which led to Wonder Woman becoming a blockbuster. What works for the movie is its direction.Very well directed by Patty Jenkins, she manages to give the audience a number of really good goosebumps moments, where you just cheer for the leading character. This is also mainly possible because of superb performance and screen presence of its leading actress, Gal Gadot. Her portayal of Wonder Woman is really good and its her sincere performance that takes the movie to a different level. Overall, Wonder Woman is a very good movie and is a must watch for all who have been waiting for a female-fronted superhero movie.

Genre:- Action, Adventure,War.
Director:- Patty Jenkins.
Stars:- Gal Gadot, Chris Pine.
Bore Meter:- Very good pace and engaging throughout. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-









War for the Planet of the Apes:-
War for the Planet of the Apes is the 3rd installment in the Planet of the Apes trilogy following 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In this movie, after the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.What works for the movie is its direction. The director Matt Reeves does an amazing job of giving a nice dark tone to the movie. Along with the thrills, the movie is also compelling in terms of its drama. What also works for the movie are its performances. Almost all the actors do a really good job, especially Andy Serkis as Caesar. Andy Serkis just owns the character of Caesar, making the character feel very real. It’s a deeply affecting performance and is rich in emotion. The actor somehow manages to portray the animal with a multitude of feelings and gives the character a very distinct personality. Overall, War for the Planet of the Apes is a very well made dramatic thriller that is definitely worth your time.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller.
Director:- Matt Reeves.
Stars:- Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson.
Bore Meter:- Very engaging movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-








Wind River:-
Wind River is a very well made chilling murder mystery thriller. In this movie, a veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy. What works for the movie is its brilliant direction and cinematography. The amazing direction gives the movie a very realistic feel. The visuals are just brilliant. Each and every scene has been brilliantly captured. Also the script and performances are really good, which make you feel for the characters shown and they all feel very real. Overall, Wind River is a very well made mystery thriller that is a very good watch for its direction, visuals and performances.

Genre:- Drama, Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Taylor Sheridan.
Stars:- Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen.
Bore Meter:- Very realistic and thrilling movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-








Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales:-
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the 5th installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In this movie, Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew. What works for the movie is its good pace and really good visuals. Its just a good one time fun watch especially in 3d. The movie is entertaining throughout and manages to keep the audience engaged. Overall, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a good one time entertaining watch.

Genre:- Action, Adventure.
Director:- Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg.
Stars:- Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario.
Bore Meter:- Good entertaining film. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-