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Ruled by Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan.
Chennai Express (2013)
MY REVIEW: The Fun Express!!
Chennai Express. Given the fact that I watched it finally on TV with low expectations so I cannot say that I was disappointed. Of course, it is a brainless comic flick but it is charming in its own ways. It is said that comedy does not lie in actions, it lies in reactions. So it is not hard to observe that Shahrukh Khan plays the victim act quite up to the mark in most of the comic scenes. But movie belongs to Deepika Padukone who plays the bridge between Hindi and Tamil language dialogs and charms you with her subtle expressions and thick south Indian accent done quite right. Movie works in comic scenes but derails in last half an hour by putting extra song like Kashmir to Kanyakumari, out of context speech by hero and long DDLJ type fighting scene. All in all, SRK fans can easily survive the movie and it makes a good family entertainer when watching at home.
Vicky Donor (2012)
MY REVIEW: Come out of the box!!
Not everyday Bollywood releases a movie this daring, this honest, this funny, this intelligent. Vicky Donor is out of the box concept. It is done with out of the box execution with some out of the box scenes. Anu Kapoor showcases his ultra talent after a long break after his cult character of news paper owner in Mr. India. Ayushmann Khurana is charming and gives his best in his first outing. Yammi is average. Dolly aunty and her mother in law are shining charterers played wonderfully. Movies makes you laugh and makes you emotional with equal ease. Director Shoojit Sircar is one director to watch out for in coming times.
MY REVIEW: Bhansali's Cocktail of Guns and Love is Overdone!!
There are two kind of directors in one Sanjay Leela Bhansali. First makes silent noise in Khamoshi, Black and Guzaarish. Second one overindulges in Devdas, Saawariya and latest Ram-Leela. It was only Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam where he mixed lavishness with subtle emotions beautifully. Ram-Leela comes after he failed to impress us with Saawariya and Guzaarish. So he went back to Devdas style and gave his own interpretation of Romoeo-Juliet love and fights. He does four things right with six things wrong leaving you dissatisfied at the end. There are colorful sets, excellent choreography, tight direction and supreme performances by confident Ranveer Singh, gorgeous Deepika Padukone and my favorite extraordinary Supriya Pathak. At the same time, there are few extra songs, too many twists in second half, few plot holes, too much of gun sound, movie being at least twenty minutes extra long and overdoing many scenes in order to make an impression of epic proportions. No doubt Sanjay understands cinematic art to the core but he tries to impress too hard. You are left amazed by his work in some scenes but then you are completely baffled in few scenes. At the end, you are drained out so much that you don't feel like appreciating even the good parts.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)
MY REVIEW: Get Crazy In Good Way!!
The Gods Must Be Crazy. Very apt title for a movie which is a crazy mix of slapstick and subtle humor. There is whole array of sweet crazy characters put under crazy situations. Movie's first few minutes are classic, giving you a commentary on civilizations behavior. In fact, this running commentary is the most lovely part of the movie. Movie hops from satire to slapstick to subtle to cute and never misses to impress you. Shot into the heart of African wildlife, there are some exquisite shots of wild life creatures and their strange habits. This movie deserves to be watched because it is so unique, imaginative and full of purpose. All conversations are so delightful and delicious. Don't miss it if you like your movies to surprise you again and again.
MY REVIEW: A Search Worth Finding!!
I knew the suspense already but it did not spoil the fun for me. It is perfect execution with no non-sense and no unwanted scenes. All three leads Aamir Khan as sincere cop, Kareena Kapoor as call girl and Rani Mukerjee as hurt wife give their hundred percent and amaze you with their charisma and talent. Special mention for Nawazuddin Siddiqui who plays a key role and tops all performances. He is the one actor in the range of Om Puri and Nseeruddin Shah. Great music and back-ground score. It's Reema Kagti's second movie but she executes the subject with utmost sincerity, utter conviction and full control. Yes, I also did not buy the surprise like many others but apart from the climax everything seems so just perfect.
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
MY REVIEW: Ride This Train With Low Expectations!!
Having Russel Crowe as bad guy and Christian Bale as good guy and putting them in single frame almost whole of the running time does raise your expectations for a western crime thriller but this one leaves you underwhelmed because of few unconvincing twists in the story. Plot is simple, broke Christian Bale gets the paid job of delivering criminal Russel Crowe to a prison train to Yuma while Russel's wild friends are after them . Whole plot revolves around how they influence each other throughout the journey. Tight direction, confident performances, stylish western atmosphere makes for a cinematic treat until in the last half an hour, the change of hearts become unconvincing and director look confused how he should end all this chaos. So low down your expectations and you can enjoy big actors in a compelling crime drama.
Death Sentence (2007)
MY REVIEW: Revenge Sentence!!
There is something about revenge movies that if made right you always feel like asking what would you do if put in the same situation and mostly the answer will be what else will I do apart from taking revenge. Kevin Bacon playing the loving husband and father see his life getting upside down when his elder son is killed for no reason. He takes matter into his own hands to balance the equation and chaos starts. The strong points of movie are sure footed direction of otherwise horror specialist James Wan and utterly believably moving performance of Kevin Bacon. Kevin makes you feel his pain and anger convincingly. All other supporting actors play their part nicely. Action sequences are shot beautifully. Don't miss it, if you feel like watching a good convincing revenge action flick.
3 Idiots (2009)
MY REVIEW: Non-Idiotic Bollywood Feel Good Fun!!
3 Idiots. The greatest director of recent times shows that cinema is magical. He shows, you can club the mainstream masala in a purposeful film flawlessly. All you need is directorial excellence and magical touch of Rajkumar Hirani, supreme performances by as many as six actors in a single movie; Aamir Khan, R Madhwan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Boman Irani and Kareena Kapoor, a story that touches all generations especially youth, a water tight screenplay which feels like a roller coaster ride of fun, emotions, pain, drama, thoughts and new ideas. There are numerous outstanding scenes especially the comic ones. Music might sound a bit below average but in movie it is used intelligently and never holds the fun for you. All in all, it is simply no nonsense Bollywood main stream cinema which serves the masses and classes with equal ease and love.
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
MY REVIEW: Thor Lights Up Again!!
Thor is charismatic, ideal, no nonsense superhero as evident in his first outing played by Chris Hemsworth. In his awaited return after The Avengers, he takes the legacy further. His loved one is cool Jane Foster played beautifully by talented Natalie Portman. But the most lovable character remains his cunning, clever, cool, likable evil brother Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. In fact he is my second favorite villain after Joker of The Dark Knight in todays superhero universe. Visual effects vary from fantastic to excellent to mind-blowing. Stakes are much higher this time, but movie never tries to take them too seriously. In fact there are lot of funny situations and one liners but this fun was overdone in the messy climax. Nevertheless, it is a fun ride during which you would like to enjoy lots of popcorn. Please note that once movie is over, wait, there will a mid post credit scene to give you a clue for Avengers 2 and one at the very end showing the actual last scene of the movie.
Burn After Reading (2008)
MY REVIEW: Laugh While Watching!!
Guy 1 is fired from his job. Girl 1 the wife of Guy 1 does not like it and is already cheating on him by having affair with Guy 2. Guy 2 is also dating one other Girl 2. Girl 2 and his friend Guy 3 find something worth blackmailing Guy 1 for the sake of some quick money. Guy 3 is accidentally killed by Guy 2 in the house of Guy 1 and everything gets messed up. There is also a Guy 4 who is boss of Girl 2 and Guy 3. Guy 4 actually likes Girl 2 a lot but she never sees it. Guy 4 also gets involved in the whole mess. If all this sounds interesting to you, then Burn After Reading is a treat to you because it is packed with witty funny dialogs, unmatched performances and tight execution by Coen brothers. What movie only lacks is the logic that does not seem very important as whatever is happening is just a farce anyway. So sit down, relax and enjoy the ride with talents like George Clooney and Bard Pitt who strangely don't have a single dialog between them in the whole movie.