Saturday, August 15, 2015

Movies worth watching in 2015

2015 has turned out to be a good year for Hollywood:). This summer may not have been as good as last summer where there were good movies releasing every week, but this year we did see some huge blockbusters like Avengers 2, Jurassic World and Mission Impossible 5. With upcoming movies like the new James Bond movie "Spectre" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens",  2015 still has things to offer:). This is my first post on 2015 movies I liked,I will keep on adding new posts as and when I watch some good 2015 movies:). Lets begin with some 2015 movies I have seen and feel are worth watching this year:).

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron:-
Avengers 2 is the sequel of the one of biggest blockbusters of 2012 "The Avengers". In this movie,when Tony Stark and Bruce Banner try to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program called Ultron, things go horribly wrong and it's up to Earth's Mightiest Heroes to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. The movie is pretty good but falls short when compared to its predecessor.The film has enough action sequences to keep you hooked throughout, but doesn't have the screenplay to support it. The villain "Ultron" isn't as well written as Loki of 2012 movie. Also the story is very basic.The same old Artificial Intelligence gone wrong plot is used in this one. Also the final action sequence isn't as fun or engaging as the brilliant 2012 climax. Though one action scene audience will definitely enjoy is that of Iron Man vs Hulk.Brilliantly shot and choreographed, this fight scene is a must watch and highlight of the film:):):). Overall, Avengers 2 is a very good action movie with a lot of punches and action sequences but does fall short on the script part.

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Joss Whedon.
Stars:- Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chis Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen.
Bore Meter:- Fast paced and lots of action sequences:). No chance of getting bored:).
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Kingsman: The Secret Service:-
Kingsman The Secret Service is a very well made, well scripted spy movie:).In this movie,A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.Its a light hearted take on the James Bond films and is total fun to watch:). The script is very good and direction is also very well done:). Lot of things happen in this movie, from humour to action sequences, but they are all stitched together very well making the movie a very fun experience:). Colin Firth as the Kingsman spy is very good and he has been portrayed stylishly. Overall, Kingsman: The Secret Service is a very well made movie which pays tribute to the
James Bond films we have grown up watching:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller.
Director:- Matthew Vaughn.
Stars:- Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson.
Bore Meter:- Very clever script and entertaining movie:). No chance of getting bored:).
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 Jurassic World:-
Jurassic World is the 4th movie in the Jurassic Series. This movie may not be as good as the brilliant Jurassic Park,
but is definitely better than its sequels:). In this movie, A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park's newest attraction--a genetically modified giant stealth killing machine--escapes containment and goes on a killing spree. This movie is total fun:), and makes you nostalgic of the original Jurassic Park movie:). The visual effects and the world created is just brilliant and is really fun to watch in iMax:). It just takes you into the world of dinaosaurs and is definitely an experience when watched in iMax:). Chris Pratt continues where he left off in Guardians of the Galaxy, with lots of humour and fun dialogues:). Overall, Jurassic world is very good entertainer and can be watched for its really good visual effects:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
Director:- Colin Trevorrow.
Stars:- Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard.
Bore Meter:- Biggest Blockbuster and complete entertainment:). No chance of getting bored:).
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Mission: Impossible 5 - Rogue Nation:-
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the 5th movie in the Mission Impossible Series. In this movie, Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. This movie is a very good entertainer and keeps the mission impossible series alive:). I didn't like this one as well as Mi 4 and Mi 3. But
it is still on par. The movie just keeps you engaged with its fast pace, one action sequence followed by another:). You hardly have time to think about the flaws in the movie. Also the star of the series Tom Cruise is as energetic as he was in previous MI movies. He just takes the action to a new level in this one. Action sequences like Cruise hanging off the side of a plane during takeoff, are just brilliant, considering the fact that Cruise has done the stunts himself. He  is just brilliant at 53 years of age and brings a lot of energy into the film:). Overall, MI 5 is a very good film, and makes you waiting for the next MI movie:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Thriller.
Director:- Christopher McQuarrie.
Stars:- Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson.
Bore Meter:- Fast paced movie:). No chance of getting bored:).
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Insurgent is the second movie in the Divergent Series. In this movie, Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. The first part Divergent though was well directed had a very slow and draggy second half. This movie however was well paced and engaging throughout:). Shailene Woodley's performance is the strength of this movie and she gives her all in this one. Overall, Insurgent is a very good movie with good pace and an engaging plot:). 

Genre:- Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
Director:- Robert Schwentke.
Stars:- Shailene Woodley, Theo James.
Bore Meter:- Engaging movie if you like the plot:). Won't get bored:).
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Prison Movies

Prison Movies is a genre in which almost entire movie takes place in a prison. This genre category is for those films whose narrative elements primarily are constructed from prison elements. Prison Movies are great to watch for their intense drama because they show the pain that the prisoners go through. Also there are some prison movies which are really thrilling as they involve prison escape, the careful and detailed planning and then of course the actual execution of the escape keeps you on the edge of your seats:):). Here's a list of the best prison films that i have seen:).

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption is definitely one of the best movies ever made:). Its the first movie that comes to mind when you think of Prison movies. In this movie, Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.The movie mainly works because of its top class direction:). The movie has been beautifully directed throughout. Also the performances in this movie
are top notch especially that of Morgan Freeman:). This movie is favourite among a lot of users and hence no doubt this movie is No. 1 in Imdb:).This movie not winning any Oscars is probably one of the biggest shocks. Probably the best movie ever not to win an Oscar.Overall, The Shawshank Redemption is just mindblowing and an awesome watch:):). Do watch if you haven't seen it yet:).

Genre:- Drama.
Director:- Frank Darabont.
Stars:- Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 7 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Music-Original Score)
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Will keep you engaged:).
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The Green Mile (1999)
The Green Mile is a superb movie and a must watch if you like prison movies:). Here,The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Everything about The Green Mile is superb. From direction to performances, the movie keeps you engaged and makes you feel for the characters.Tom Hanks is superb as Paul and also performance of Michael Clarke Duncan is worth mentioning:).It's a very well made prison drama. This is one movie you should watch if you like emotional and drama movies:).

Genre:- Drama.
Director:- Frank Darabont.
Stars:- Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for 4 Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, Best Sound).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Will keep you engaged:).
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The Great Escape (1963)
The Great Escape is a superbly executed prison break movie:). Based on a true story,here, a group of allied escape artist type prisoners of war are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel:). The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe:). Extremely entertaining and well directed,this movie always keeps you at the edge of your seat:).Another great movie of the 60's, this is a superb watch:).

Genre:- Adventure, War.
Director:- John Sturges.
Stars:- Steve McQueen.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for Oscar (Best Film Editing).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Has good pace:).
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Papillon (1973)
Papillon is a superb prison escape film:). Here, A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.The movie mainly works for its superb direction and also performances by both Steve Mcqueen and Dustin Hoffman are really good:).
Overall, Papillon is one movie you should definitely watch if you like prison movies:).
Genre:-  Adventure, Drama.
Director:- Franklin J. Schaffner.
Stars:- Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman.
Oscar Buzz:-
Nominated for Oscar (Best Music-Original Dramatic Score).
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored.Keeps you engaged throughout:).
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Das Experiment (2001)
Das Experiment is a superbly made German film.It is part prison movie and part psychological thriller. Here, for two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.The movie mainly works because of its interesting and unique plot:). The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. The movie is very real and disturbing in the right way. This is one movie which will keep you involoved and performances are also top notch. Overall Das Experiment is one prison you should definitely watch for its reality:).

Genre:- Drama, Thriller.
Director:- Oliver Hirschbiegel.
Stars:- Moritz Bleibtreu.
Bore Meter:- Won't get bored. Filled with thrills:).
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Top 10 Movies of 2014 (My Picks)

2014 has been a great year for movies:). We saw some really good movies releasing this year. With the awards season already begun and Oscars coming this week, here's a list of top 10 movies of 2014. 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. Interstellar
Interstellar is the best film I have seen in 2014.Though not as brilliant as Nolan's other films like Inception and The Dark Knight, Interstellar is still a superb film:).Here, a team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival. The movie mainly focuses on two key areas.One is the space adventure where our explorers need to travel through a wormhole to save humanity and other is the emotional drama between our movie's lead protagonist and his daughter.Nolan shows both these areas beautifully and manages to keep the audience engaged throughout the film.One of the main features of the film is its spectacular visual effects:). This is one of the few movies for which IMAX screens are actually made.After watching this movie in IMAX, you will feel as if you were on a space ride:). Simply incredible:). Also background score by Hans Zimmer is pretty good.Another thing that works for the movie is its cast. Matthew McConaughey is simply superb as Cooper and is the heart of the film. Also Jessica Chastain shines in her role:). The third act of the film, similar to other Nolan movies, is pretty complex and may need another watch to fully understand.Overall Interstellar is a superb film and a must watch in iMax:).

Genre:- Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi.
Director:- Christopher Nolan.
Stars:- Matthew McConaughey,
Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced. 
Bore Meter:- Really engaging movie with some superb visual effects:). Won't get bored:).
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2. Whiplash
Whiplash is a brilliantly edited superb film:).Here, a promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.What works for this movie is superb direction by Damien Chazelle:). The movie is paced really well and manages to engage the audience throughout its length.
Also worth mentioning is the outstanding performance by J.K Simmons. He is simply brilliant and his performance will give you goosebumps:).Not sure whether everyone will like the ending of the movie.But if you think about it,it's better to end early than drag the movie and end too late.Overall Whiplash is a superb movie and definitely a great watch:).
Genre:- Drama.
Director:- Damien Chazelle.
Stars:- Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced. 
Bore Meter:- Very Well Directed Movie:). Shouldn't get bored:).
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3. Gone Girl
Gone Girl is superbly made dark thriller:).In this movie, With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.What works for the movie is its solid direction. The movie has a nice dark feel to it.Also what stands out in the film are its performances,especially by Rosamund Pike,who is outstanding as Amy Dunne. This movie is not only a suspense thriller but also a drama on marriage life. There is a chance that you may never want to marry after watching this movie:):). Overall, Gone Girl is a superb movie which is definitely worth a watch:).

Genre:- Drama, Mystery, Thriller.
Director:- David Fincher.
Stars:- Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced. 
Bore Meter:- Keeps you engaged throughout:). Won't get bored:).
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4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of best entertainers you will see this year:). It's the second movie in the Captain America franchise. Its more of a political thriller than a superhero movie:). In this movie, Captain America struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. To be really honest, i wasn't a huge fan of Captain America, he is my least favorite superhero, so i really didn't have much expectations from this movie. But this movie turned out to be a superb blockbuster and entertainer:):):). This movie proved to me that no matter how dull the superhero may be, at the end of the day its the script that counts:). With a fantastic script and good direction, this movie makes sure you are involved and in edge of your seat throughout the movie:). Also performance by Chis Evans as Captain America is really good:). Most entertaining movie this year:):):). Definitely a superb watch:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Thriller.
Director:- Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.
Stars:- Chis Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Really entertaining and engaging blockbuster:). No chance of getting bored:).
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5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a superbly made fun film:). This movie is based on the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.The movie mainly works because it has a lovely and irresistable charm to it:).The film is like a roller coaster ride, and you will have a smile on your face thoughout the film:).One performance worth mentioning is that of Ralph Fiennes, he lights up every scene he is in:).His performance and likeability is so good in this film that in scenes which don't feature him, you are just waiting for his next appearance:). Overall, The Grand Budapest is a charming film and a superb watch:).

Genre:- Comedy, Drama.
Director:- Wes Anderson.
Stars:- Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Really charming movie:). Won't get bored:).
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6. Boyhood
Boyhood is a very well made movie that connects with you:). The movies shows the life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.
What's spectacular about the movie is that it took 11 years to make it. Unlike our bollywood films, where a kid suddenly grows into our hero(full grown man), here the director has waited patiently for 11 years and shot with the same actors who were once kids and by end of the movie grow into adults.The movie is really good because it doesn't feel like a movie. It feels as if you are watching somebody's life which is being shown in front of you. Such is the brilliance of the direction.Overall, Boyhood is a very good movie and definitely a very good watch:).

Genre:- Drama.
Director:- Richard Linklater.
Stars:- Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Doesn't feel like watching a movie:).It's like watching somebody's life. Won't get bored if you like different movies:).
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7. The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game is a very well directed historic film:). Here, during World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.What works for the film is the direction. The way the story has been told is very engaging. Also, performance by lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch is top notch:).The movie smoothly switches between Alan turing's discovery and his personal life. Overall, The Imitation Game is a very good movie. This is one biography that is definitely a must watch:).

Genre:- Biography, Drama.
Director:- Morten Tyldum.
Stars:- Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Really engaging throughout:). Won't get bored:).
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8. Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler is a very well made dark thriller:). In this movie, when Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran. One of the main strength of the movie is the performance of its lead actor Jake Gylenhaal:).He pulls off the creepiness of his character Louis Bloom superbly:). He is the heart of the film. Very difficult to understand why he didn't get an Oscar nod for Best Actor.Also the movie is directed very well with a dark feel to it:).Overall, Nightcrawler is a very good movie and definitely a very good watch:).

Genre:- Drama, Thriller.
Director:- Dan Gilroy.
Stars:- Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo.
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Movie has nice dark feel to it:). Won't get bored:).
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9. Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most entertaining movies you will see this year:). In this movie, a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
The main reason this movie works is because of its fun element. This is a typical eg of how a blockbuster should be made. Funny charming and also some great action sequences, what else do you need in an entertainer:).Chris Pratt as Peter Quill(StarLord) is so fun that you will become a fan of his after watching this movie:).Overall, Guardians of the Galaxy is a must watch if you like entertainers and want to have some fun:).

Genre:- Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi.
Director:- James Gunn.
Stars:- Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper (Voice) ,Vin Diesel (Voice).
Oscar Buzz:- Will be updated once Oscars are announced.
Bore Meter:- Superb Entertainer:). No chance of getting bored:).
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10. Edge of Tomorrow
Edge of Tomorrow is a good movie with a really good plot line:). Here, an officer (Tom Cruise) finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. This movie mainly works because of its unique story:). The concept of Live, Die,Repeat is really good and really well shot as well:). Even though the main character experiences the same events again and again, the director makes sure that the viewers don't get bored, by using different camera angles, adding humour to the script and also some great editing. Even though you witness the same events, you start feeling for the character and there is a lot of humour in the movie to keep you engaged in the first half:). Also Tom Cruise does a good job and brings a lot of energy to the movie:). The second half slightly slows down by including a romantic angle and also slightly dull climatic ending. But overall, its a good and fun movie to watch:).

Genre:- Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller.
Director:- Doug Liman.
Stars:- Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt.
Bore Meter:- Entertaining and engaging throughout.Won't get bored:).
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