Sunday, August 4, 2013

Releases 2013

2013 is turning out to be a great year for hollywood:). With movies like Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 having already broken many box office records,2013 still has a lot to offer with movies like The Hobbit 2, Thor 2, The Wolf of Wall Street and Elysium.This is my first post on 2013 movies i liked,i will keep on adding new posts as and when i watch some good 2013 movies:). Lets begin with some 2013 movies i have seen and liked so far:). 

Side Effects
Side Effects is one of the best movies i have seen this year so far:). Its a well made medical thriller. Here, a young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.The movie mainly works because of superb direction by Steven Soderbergh:), who previously has given us movies like Contagion and the Oceans series.Also all the actors have done a good job:). Overall, Side Effects is a very good thriller which manages to keep you in your seats throughout:).

Genre:- Drama, Thriller.
Director:- Steven Soderbergh.
Stars:- Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Bore Meter:- Starts off a little slow, but once the main plot begins, keeps you in your toes throughout:).
My Rating:-

Snitch is a well made thriller based on a true story:). Here, a father goes undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal.The movie is engaging throughout and makes you feel for the characters.This is not a typical Dwayne Johnson film which have cars blowing up and gun fights for no reason.This is the first time I have actually seen Dwayne Johnson giving a performance:). Overall, Snitch is a very well made engaging thriller that you should surely watch:).

Genre:- Thriller.
Director:- Ric Roman Waugh.
Stars:- Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has good pace:).
My Rating:-

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies is a well made romantic comedy that reminds you of the twilight movies but much better:). In this movie, after R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.It mainly works because of its smart writing and its interesting twist to the zombie genre:). Overall, Warm Bodies is a good fun movie that is definitely worth a watch:).

Genre:- Comedy, Romance.
Director:-  Jonathan Levine.
Stars:- Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. It's a good fun film:). 
My Rating:- 

Oz The Great and Powerful 
Oz The Great and Powerful is based on the Oz novels, and also pays homage to the 1939 MGM  film The Wizard of Oz.Here, a small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. The main plus point of the movie is its visual effects. The land of Oz is superbly shown and looks breathtaking:). Performances by all the actors are good as well:). Overall, Oz The Great and Powerful is a good one time watch blockbuster:).

Genre:- Adventure, Fantasy.
Director:- Sam Raimi.
Stars:- James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has great visual effects:).
My Rating:- 

The Last Stand
The Last Stand is a good popcorn entertainer:). Here, the leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.This movie is a good one time watch entertainer:). Do watch it especially if you are a Schwarzenegger fan:).

Genre:- Action.
Director:- Kim-Jee Woon.
Stars:- Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Has decent pace:).
My Rating:-

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Releases 2012 (final list)

This blog post is a continuation of my earlier blog posts.

Hope you have seen all the 30 earlier 2012 movies i suggested:). Here are some more 2012 movies i enjoyed:).  

Silver Linings Playbook 
Silver Linings Playbook is a very sweet and charming film about characters with mental illness:). Here, after a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.The movie works mainly because of its script,which is original,refreshing,funny and charming:). You will be smiling throughout the movie:). Another plus point of the movie are its performances.Bradley Cooper as Pat does a fantastic job,one can feel the anxiety and pain the character is going through:). Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic too as bad mouthed and vulnerable Tiffany:).Robert De Niro is brilliant in his supporting role as well and brings in the most laughs with his superstitious beliefs:).Overall, Silver Linings Playbook is a very sweet,charming and easily likeable film that you should not miss:).

Genre:- Comedy, Drama.
Director:- David O. Russell.
Stars:- Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence,Robert De Niro.
Oscar Buzz:-
Won Oscar (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role).
7 Other Nominations (Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, 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 Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Writing- Adapted Screenplay).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Its refreshing and charming throughout:).
My Rating:-

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the 1st installment of the Hobbit Trilogy by Peter Jackson.This movie may not be as good as Peter Jackson's LOTR movies,but still is a pretty good watch:). Here, a younger and more reluctant Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out on an "unexpected journey" to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of Dwarves to reclaim their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug. The movie works mainly because of its special effects:). This movie is a visual treat to watch:),best enjoyed in 3d:). Direction by Peter Jackson is pretty good too:). But where the movie falters is the story. The movie is almost 3 hours long but doesn't have much in terms of storyline.Overall, its still a pretty good watch mainly due to its visual effects and good direction by Peter Jackson:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Fantasy.
Director:- Peter Jackson.
Stars:-  Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 3 Oscars (Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Achievement in Production Design, Best Achievement in Visual Effects). 
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Has superb visual effects:).
My Rating:-

The Impossible
The Impossible is based on the deadly 2004 tsunami that hit South East Asia.This movie tell the story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.The movie mainly works because of its direction:). Director Juan manages to engage the audience and makes them feel the pain of the tragedy that happened.Also what works for the movie are its performances:). Naomi Watts is superb in her role and the kids do a pretty good job as well:). The special effects,especially the tsunami sequence has been beautifully shot:). Overall, The Impossible is a very good movie and sure is a great watch:).

Genre:- Action,Drama.
Director:- Juan Antonio Bayona.
Stars:- Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for Oscar (Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Is engaging throughout:).
My Rating:-

Sinister is a very well made horror movie:). Here, a true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.The movie mainly works because of its storytelling:). Sinister offers a refreshing change to the dull and repetitive horror movies of recent times:). The movie engages and keeps you in your toes throughout:). Overall, Sinister is a good and refreshing watch,if you haven't seen a good horror movie for a long time:),

Genre:- Horror, Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Scott Derrickson.
Stars:- Ethan Hawke.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored:). Keeps you thrilled throughout:).
My Rating:- 

Jack Reacher 
Jack Reacher is a good action thriller:) .Here, a homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims.The movie works mainly because of its interesting plot,it manages to keep you engaged:). Tom Cruise does a good job and adds great star value to the movie:). But the movie suffers slightly due to its slow pace.Overall, Jack Reacher is a good action thriller that is definitely worth a watch:).

Genre:- Action, Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Christopher Mcquarrie.
Stars:- Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Keeps you engaged:).
My Rating:-


End of Watch
End of Watch takes a very different approach to film making:). Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.The movie is engaging and gives you a great feel of the characters and life of policemen:). Overall, End of Watch is a good and engaging watch:).

Genre:- Action, Drama.
Director:- David Ayer.
Stars:- Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has decent pace:).
My Rating:-

Here Comes the Boom
Here Comes the Boom is a good fun comedy movie:). In this movie, a high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.This is a good fun movie to watch and has enough laughs to keep you engaged.Do watch this one:).

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Frank Coraci.
Stars:- Kevin James, Salma Hayek.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored.Several laugh out loud moments:).
My Rating:-

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bollywood 2012

With a number of releases in 2012,it has been commercially a great year for Bollywood.This is also the first time in Bollywood history that 8 films have crossed the Rs 100cr mark (Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg 2, Rowdy Rathore, Agneepath, Housefull 2, Barfi!, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Bol Bachchan).But the highlight of this year were not these 100 cr crossing blockbusters,but the number of small budget films that have not only been critically acclaimed and praised,but also managed to become hits and got audience support as well:). Here's bringing to you a list of 2012 Bollywood movies that i enjoyed:).Hope you like them as well:).

One of the best films of 2012, Barfi! is a very charming and touching film:). In this movie,Barfi (who is quite the charmer, especially with the ladies!) is the talk of the town,even though he can neither speak nor listen.His bitter-sweet relationships with two beautiful young ladies, Shruti and Jhilmil set in motion a chain of events that will turn his life upside down.The main specialty of this movie is its simplicity:). It's one of those films in which you will be smiling throughout:). Other plus points of this movie are its music and performances:).Music by pritam is really good and matches the tone of the film:). Almost all songs are really good:). Ranbir Kapoor plays Barfi superbly and brings the character to life:),especially the scenes in which he takes his heart out and gives it to Shruti,or the heartbreaking scene where Barfi  wordlessly displays the big divide between Shruti and himself:).All that considered,Barfi is definitely one of the most charming movies you will ever see:).

Genre:- Comedy,Drama, Romance.
Director:- Anurag Basu.
Stars:- Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Engages you throughout:).
My Rating:-

Kahaani is a very well made delicious and rich mystery thriller:).Here, a pregnant woman's search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met her husband.The movie mainly works because of its tight script and superb storytelling:).Director Sujoy Ghosh has directed the movie really well and always keeps you on your toes:).Vidya Balan plays her part superbly and one can't imagine any other actress who could have pulled it off:).Best performance of the year:).Kahaani is one of the few Bollywood movies of this genre and can be easily compared with some of the many good thrillers of Hollywood:).This is a must watch for all:).

Genre:- Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Sujoy Ghosh.
Stars:- Vidya Balan.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored:).Keeps you on the edge of your seats:).
My Rating:-

English Vinglish
English Vinglish is definitely one of the sweetest movies you will ever see:). Here, a quiet, sweet tempered housewife endures small slights from her well-educated husband and daughter everyday because of her inability to speak and understand English. Its a sweet movie which although may not be unpredictable,but leaves you satisfied at the end:).Another highlight of this film is the return of Sridevi after 15 long years:).And she doesn't disappoint:).She plays her character beautifully and carries the entire movie superbly on her shoulders:).Overall,English Vinglish is a movie everyone can watch with their entire family:).

Genre:- Comedy, Drama, Family.
Director:- Gauri Shinde.
Stars:- Sridevi.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Engages you throughout:).
My Rating:-

Agneepath is very well directed pure mass entertainer:).This is the remake of the 1990 Amitabh starrer Agneepath.Here, a young boy's father is killed before his eyes; fifteen years later he returns home for revenge.There have been a lot of remakes in the past and not all of them have been able to give justice to their original films:).Agneepath manages to reach the expectations mainly because of superb direction by debutant Karan Malhotra:). He gives a lot of energy to this film and also is able to display anger really well,you feel the rage of the characters throughout the film:).Another factor that works for the film is its performances.Sanjay Dutt plays Kancha really well.Rishi Kapoor is just superb as Rauf Lala:).But its Hrithik Roshan that steals the show:).He plays his character superbly and hits all the rights notes:).The music of the film is really good as well:),especially "Deva Shree Ganesha" song:).Overall, Agneepath is a pure mass entertainer from which makers of all the useless Salman and Akshay films can learn a lot:).

Genre:- Action.
Director:- Karan Malhotra.
Stars:- Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Rishi Kapoor.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored:). Pure mass movie:).
My Rating:-

Vicky Donor
Vicky Donor is a very charming comedy movie:).Here, a man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic.Vicky Donor is a very well directed film,it takes a very bold subject and treats it in a very sweet and light manner:).Ayushmann Khurrana in his debut role does a very good job and has a very good comic timing.But its Annu Kapoor as Dr. Baldev Chaddha who steals the show with his superb comic timing:).He makes you laugh in every scene he appears:).Of the songs,Pani da Rang is by far the best song and one of the best songs of the year:).Overall, Vicky Donor is a very light and comic film made on a bold subject:). This is a must watch:).

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Shoojit Sircar.
Stars:- Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor.
Bore Meter:- No chance of getting bored:). Keeps you smiling throughout:).
My Rating:-

Gangs of Wasseypur
Gangs of Wasseypur is a very gripping gangster film:).Here, Shahid Khan's vow to get his father's honor back turns him into the most feared man in the Indian town of Wasseypur.This movie is very rawly directed by Anurag Kashyap.It doesn't have the typical Bollywood songs and dance numbers,but concentrates mainly on storytelling:). Also the performances in this movie are really good:),especially by Manoj Bajpai,who just sinks into his character from the first shot:). For its rich storytelling and bringing the gangster genre of Hollywood to India,this is a very good watch if you like gangster films:).

Genre:- Action, Drama.
Director:- Anurag Kashyap.
Stars:- Manoj Bajpai, Tigmanshu Dhulia ,Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored if you like gangster films:).
My Rating:-

Talaash is a well directed sincere thriller:). Here,a cop, investigating the mysterious death of a filmstar, meets a sex-worker, while he faces some personal problems psychologically. The mystery connects these people in a way, that ultimately changes their lives.Talaash mainly works because of its good direction:).Director Reema Kagti directs the movie well and manages to maintain a dark tone throughout the film:).The movie manages to create tension and keeps you involved.Aamir Khan plays Inspector Shekhawat really well and gives a sincere performance.Overall, Talaash is a sincere thriller which keeps you engaged:).

Genre:- Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- Reema Kagti.
Stars:- Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherji.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Keeps you engaged:).
My Rating:-

Gangs of Wasseypur 2
This second part of Gangs of Wasseypur movie is another gripping thriller:).It is the second instalment of the GOW series centred around power struggles, politics and vengeance among three crime families.Gangs of Wasseypur starts off really well in the first half,but slightly loses its way in the second half.Also the second part doesn't have much story to offer when compared with the first part.But the raw direction,unapologetic action scenes and some good performances especially by Nawazuddin Siddiqui make the second part a good watch:).

Genre:- Action, Drama.
Director:- Anurag Kashyap.
Stars:- Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Huma Qureshi.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored if you like gangster films:).
My Rating:-

OMG: Oh My God! 
OMG: Oh My God! is a good fun film:).
Here,a shopkeeper takes God to court when his shop is destroyed by an earthquake.This movie is adapted from a Gujarati play Kanji Viruddh Kanji (itself evidently inspired by the Australian film, The Man Who Sued God). The film is too loud and doesn't have much cinematic effects,and feels like a play:(. But what works for the film is the good performance by the lead actor Paresh Rawal and also the message it has to deliver.Overall, OMG is a good fun film to watch which also manages to provide a good message against blind faith:).

Genre:- Comedy.
Director:- Umesh Shukla.
Stars:- Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Is fun throughout:).
My Rating:-