Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bollywood 2019

2019 has been a really good year for Bollywood. This year we not only saw a number of big budget blockbusters, but also small budget movies having good scripts have done well at the box office. Movie going audience has really matured over the years and with increasing content of online streaming apps like Netflix, good content has become a very high priority and only movies with good script/content will create magic at the box office going forward. Here's presenting you some of these good content films in my list of top Bollywood movies of 2019 that are definitely worth your time.

1. Article 15
Ayushmann Khurana continues his run of choosing excellent scripts with another superb movie Article 15. In this movie, in the rural heartlands of India, an upright police officer sets out on a crusade against violent caste-based crimes and discrimination. The movie mainly works due to really intense direction by Anubhav Sinha. The movie is dark and thrilling throughout and keeps you engaged. Also the script is well written. Ayushmann does a commendable job and gives a very mature performance. Overall, Article 15 is a superb movie and the best Bollywood movie I have seen this year.

Genre:- Crime, Drama.
Director:- Anubhav Sinha.
Stars:- Ayushmann Khurrana.
Bore Meter:- Intense direction from start to end. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

2. Gully Boy
Already giving us really good movies like Luck by Chance and ZNMD, Zoya AKthar delivers us another superb movie with Gully Boy. Gully Boy is a coming-of-age and rags to riches story based on the lives of street rappers in Mumbai. Movie really works due to superb direction by Zoya Akthar and due to its really good story telling. The characters feel real and you can feel their struggle. Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt both give really good performances and their chemistry on screen is really good. Even the rap songs of the movie are really catchy, especially "Apna Time Aayega" song which has kind of become an anthem among the youth. Overall, Gully Boy is a superb movie that is really a good watch.

Genre:- Drama, Music.
Director:- Zoya Akhtar.
Stars:- Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi.
Bore Meter:-  Engaging movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

3. Section 375
Section 375 is a very well made court room thriller. In this movie, a celebrated Bollywood director Rohan Khurana stands accused by a female member of his crew, Anjali Dangle of having raped her at his residence. What works for the movie is its really tight script. The movie keeps you on your toes and keeps you engaged throughout, especially the court room scenes where drama after drama unfolds. Akshay Khanna plays the character of a lawyer really well and adds a lot of charm to the movie. Overall, Section 375 is a very good movie with a really well written script. Don't miss this.

Genre:- Crime, Thriller.
Director:- Ajay Bahl.
Stars:- Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Meera Chopra, Rahul Bhat.
Bore Meter:-  Very engaging court room thriller. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-

4. Bala
Bala is a really well made comedy movie. The movie tells the story of a man who is balding prematurely and how he copes up with the situation. The movie is directed really well by Amar Kaushik who gave us the wonderful movie Stree last year. The movie is filled with many moments that give you big laughs. Ayushmann Khurana's performance is really funny but he also successfully shows the character's vulneribility and you just can't remain without feeling for his character while you are laughing. He also does really good mimicry of all Bollywood stars in the film. I especially liked the Tik Tok scene where Ayushmann and Yami's character reenact all the classic Bollywood songs which really gives you a lot of nostalgia. Overall, Bala is a very good comedy movie that also shares an important social message. Don't miss this.

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Amar Kaushik.
Stars:- Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam.
Bore Meter:-  Very good comedy movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

5. Chhichhore
Chhichhore is a good film which takes you back to college and hostel days and is similar to movies like 3 idiots and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar. This movie follows a group of friends from university as they progress into middle-age life and go their own separate ways. This movie is directed by Nitesh Tiwari who gave us one of the biggest blockbusters of Bollywood, Dangal. What works for the movie is the authentic atmosphere that it creates of college and hostel life. It is difficult to not connect with a character like Sexa who we all must have had in our college lives. The writing is really really good with plenty of funny moments. Only drawback I found in the movie was its editing, the movie could have been cut short a little, as there were moments which felt a little slow compared to rest of the movie. Overall, Chhichhore is a good fun film which will definitely give you a lot of nostalgia.

Genre:- Comedy, Drama.
Director:- Nitesh Tiwari.
Stars:- Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma.
Bore Meter:-  Good fun film. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

6. Uri: The Surgical Strike
Uri: The Surgical Strike is a well made war movie. In this movie, Indian army special forces execute a covert operation, avenging the killing of fellow army men at their base by a terrorist group. What works for the movie is its intense direction. Unlike other Bollywood war films, this movie isn't over dramatized and feels real. Vicky Kaushal brings a lot of aunthencity to his performance and delivers well as an army man. Lines in the film like "How's the Josh" has become an anthem in India and gives you goosebumps when it is said on the screen. What doesn't work for the movie is its Bollywoodization of some war events. Some of the scenes like use of the Garud drone made by an intern to pass time seemed to unrealistic to be true. Overall, Uri is a good war movie that is definitely worth a watch.

Genre:- Action, Drama, War.
Director:- Aditya Dhar.
Stars:- Vicky Kaushal.
Bore Meter:-  Engaging film. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

7. Good Newwz
Good Newwz is a well made comedy movie. In this movie, two couples with the same surnames pursue in-vitro fertilization and wait for their upcoming babies. Trouble ensues when they find that the sperms of each couple have been mixed with each other. What works for the movie is its unique plot which is very funny and an original topic that hasn't been shown in movies before. What also works is the freshness which the movie brings with plenty of laugh moments. All 4 actors Akshay, Kareena, Diljit and Kiara have done a really good job and they have really good chemistry with each other especially Akshay and Kareena. Overall, Good Newwz is a good comedy film which is definitely a good watch.

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Aditya Dhar.
Stars:- Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani.
Bore Meter:-  Good fun film. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

8. Super 30
Super 30 is a good biography film. It is based on life of Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar who runs the famed Super 30 program for IIT aspirants in Patna. What mainly works for the movie is its story which is very inspiring and definitely a story which everyone should know about. What also works for the film is the committed and very sincere performance by Hrithik Roshan. He plays the character with charming innocence and sincerity. His breakdown scene at the end is especially enjoyable. There are many moments where you will cry in the film. What doesn't work for the movie is its climax which brings a Home alone twist which is a little too Bollywoodized for my liking. Overall, Super 30 is a good film with very sincere performance by Hrithik Roshan.

Genre:- Biography, Drama.
Director:- Vikas Bahl.
Stars:- Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur.
Bore Meter:-  Engaging story. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

9. War
War is a good and fun action movie. In this movie, an Indian soldier is assigned a mission to eliminate his former mentor, who has gone rogue.The movie has a very thin plot, but the movie has such a fast pace, fantastic foreign locations and brilliant action sequences that you just forget about the plot and story and just enjoy the ride. Tiger Shroff does a good job but Hrithik just goes crazy in this film with his style. Hrithik just burns up the screen in almost every scene he is in and reminds us of movies like Dhoom 2 where he had similarly stylized roles. Overall, War is a good film especially if you like big budget action movies.

Genre:- Action.
Director:- Siddharth Anand.
Stars:- Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Vaani Kapoor.
Bore Meter:-  Fast paced action movie. Won't get bored.
My Rating:-

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Top 10 Movies of 2018

2018 has been a good year for movies. We may not have seen exceptional movies this year like previous years but we did see some superb movies releasing this year. With the awards season almost complete, here's a list of top 10 movies of 2018. 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. Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Mission Impossible Fallout is the best movie in the Mission Impossible series and also is one of the best action movies you will ever see. In this movie, Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong. The story is similar to the usual Mi movies story and has nothing new to offer. But what makes this movie superb is its execution.Its a race against time thriller and keeps you on your toes throughout and also has a lot of twists to keep you engaged. What works for the movie are its superb and jaw dropping action sequences. Considering the fact that all of the action/stunts have been performed by Tom Cruise himself, makes the movie even more enjoyable. Tom Cruise is 56, so when you watch him dangle from a helicopter, leap across rooftops, hang off a cliff, and basically do things other younger adults wouldn't think of doing in their lifetime, you are just left stunned and admiring the man and his commitment for the MI films. Tom cruise once again brings insane amount of energy to this film and you just can't remain without cheering for the man. Overall Mission Impossible Fallout is a superb movie that is definitely a bang for your buck. Don't miss this one.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Thriller.
Director:- Christopher McQuarrie.
Stars:- Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored. Thrilling from start to end.
My Rating:-

2. Searching
Searching is one of the most unique thrillers you will ever see. In this movie, after his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her. Not only is this movie a very good mystery thriller but also is very different in its execution.  The film is shown entirely on screens – computers, mobile phones, television, CCTV cameras, hidden cameras etc, and still the movie manages to keep you engaged throughout. The suspense is intense throughout and you feel for the single parent David Kim played by John Cho as he unravels one mystery after another. Overall, Searching is a superb mystery thriller and should be lauded for its unique execution. This movie is a must watch.

Genre:- Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Aneesh Chaganty.
Stars:- John Cho, Debra Messing.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored. Keeps you engaged from start to end. Unique Execution.
My Rating:

3. A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is one of the best movies 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 movie keeps you engaged and in the edge of your seat throughout. Last movie I remember watching with such tension was 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.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Achievement in Sound Editing).
Bore Meter:- One of the best horrors in recent years. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-

4. 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.
Oscar Buzz:- 
Nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Achievement in Visual Effects).
Bore Meter:- Thoroughly entertaining blockbuster. No chance of getting bored.
My Rating:-

5. The Favourite
The Favourite is a very well made historical movie. In this movie, in early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah. What works for the movie is literally everything. Movie has a very simple story, but from the music, to production design, to costumes, direction, cast, everything is brilliant in this movie. Movie is directed very well and has a nice charm to it. Performances by all 3 leading actresses, Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz is really good and all of them deserve their Oscar Nomination. Overall, The Favourite is a very good charming movie that is definitely worth your time.

Genre:- Biography, Comedy, Drama, History.
Director:- Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars:- Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
Oscar Buzz:- 
Nominated for 10 Oscars (Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (2 Nominations), Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Very Charming movie.
My Rating:-

6. Ready Player One
Ready Player One is another very well made Sci-Fi movie by Steven Speilberg. In this movie, when the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. What works for the movie is the engaging world the movie creates. The concept of OASIS is pretty good and Speilberg manages to tell an adventure story around it really well. The movie is similar to a treasure hint film and takes you on a very good and enjoyable ride. Overall, Ready Player One is a very good enjoyable cinematic experience that is definitely a very good watch.

Genre:- Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Steven Spielberg.
Stars:- Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Achievement in Visual Effects).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Good enjoyable cinematic experience
My Rating:-

7. Green Book
Green Book is a very good movie based on a true story. In this movie, a working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. The movie is a little slow in pace and story gets a bit repetitive as the main characters go from one venue to the next, but you will be duly rewarded if you show some patience. The bond between Tony Lip played by Viggo Mortensen and Dr.Don Shirley played by Mahershala Ali is shown beautifully. Both Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali have played their characters superbly and both deserve their Oscar Nominations for their performances. Overall, Green Book is a very good movie and has a wonderful message of following the path of righteousness no matter how bad the situation is.

Genre:- Biography, Drama, Music.
Director:- Peter Farrelly.
Stars:- Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 5 Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing).
Bore Meter:- Little slow in pace but you will be duly rewarded if you show some patience.
My Rating:-

8. Vice
Vice is a very good movie based on the life of Dick Cheney, who has been cited as the most powerful vice president in American history. This movie shows Dick Cheney's story, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today. What works for the movie is its script. The script is written in a way that keeps you engaged. There's a lot of dark comedy in there and also unexpected moments. You are watching the movie, and midway end credits start rolling and you are like, is the movie over? Is this it?, and movie continues from there. Also performance of Christian Bale as Dick Cheney is worth mentioning. He has given a good performance. Overall, Vice is a very good movie that keeps you engaged.

Genre:- Biography, Comedy, Drama.
Director:- Adam McKay.
Stars:- Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 8 Oscars (Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Film Editing ).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Has engaging script.
My Rating:-

9. Incredibles 2
Increbiles 2 is a sequel to the superb 2004 movie The Incredibles. In this movie, the Incredibles hero family takes on a new mission, which involves a change in family roles: Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) must manage the house while his wife Helen (Elastigirl) goes out to save the world.Incredibles 2 may not be as good as the first movie The Incredibles (2004), but is still very good fun movie. This is one of those movies that can be watched with whole family, and movie is fun from start to end. This movie may not be a breakthrough animation movie like Finding Nemo, How to Train your Dragon etc but it still is good fun and much better than many animation movies we see today. Do watch it for pure fun.

Genre:- Animation.
Director:- Brad Bird.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 1 Oscar (Best Animated Feature Film).
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored. Fun from start to end.
My Rating:-

10. Bohemian Rhapsody
Bohemian Rhapsody is a very good biography film. This movie shows the story of the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). This movie is a celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. The biggest plus point of the movie is the superb performance by its lead actor Rami Malek, who plays Freddie Mercury really well. He not only displays the flamboyance and the showmanship of Freddie Mercury accurately but also captures Freddie’s loneliness and his pain very effectively. Direction of the movie is also good. You don't need to be a Queen fan to watch this movie, even the non fans can watch this movie and like it. Overall, Bohemian Rhapsody is a very good film that is a good watch mainly for Rami Malek's performance.

Genre:- Biography, Drama, Music.
Director:- Bryan Singer.
Stars:- Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 5 Oscars (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Engaging movie from start to end.
My Rating:-