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This ranking is neither based on my IMDB rating nor the amount of violence involved ... But based on how much its so HARD TO WATCH or otherwise affected me after watching it (much weightage to SAD/TRAGIC ENDING) ... I've made two rating namely : My Imdb rating - ?/10 HARD TO WATCH Factor - ?/10
P.S : This list is based on my personal opinion... I didn't include any sequels (unless they r different)
IMPORTANT : MOST OF THESE MOVIES CONTAIN HIGH LEVEL OF VIOLENCE AND INTENSITY... NOT FOR YOUNGER OR SENSITIVE AUDIENCES
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2 States (2014)
2 STATES one family
Boy and a girl staying in a single hostel room without the seal/shield of marriage really bugged me. This may be due to the fact I'm Indian (lol). The family's/parent's consent is more vital for marriage in India than the bride or groom and this fact was well highlighted with a strong humor sense. The movie is not to be shown to old-fashioned parents in South-India for they might just hate it. The music is cool and "Offo!". The movie shifts gears towards the second half in which the boy goes to the girl's state for marriage consent and vice-versa.
The novel written by Chetan Bhagat was rich with lot of cultural backgrounds as the girl's family is Brahman with a typical household called as "Agrahaaram" here in our state and are pure vegans. On contrast, the Punjabis (boy's family) are voracious chicken-eaters. The girl's father drinks in private but says that he doesn't drink in the public, just as very few sinful Iyers in South India. The best scene is when Alia Bhatt takes a newly to-be-wed-Punjabi-groom spellbound with a dowry issue which deserved applause.
Everything, I feel, is positive for the movie with simple story except on the part of the audience to watch it with broad mindset.
The Lego Movie (2014)
THE LEGO MOVIE goofy for kids and nostalgic for adults
I remember playing with brick toys in childhood days. We make different shapes with it, starting from a toy-bird to a building or an airplane. All the animated characters in the movie are based on these brick toys made by the company. The imagination level of this movie-maker is way up high and I couldn't resist humor in some scenes. There are number of memorable characters such as good-cop/bad-cop, wild-style, Vitruvius, Unikitty and 'special'. The batman, superman, Gandalf, Green lantern and Dumberldore were cool too. No wonder the movie got award for best innovative advertising for its cool. The movie features very mild crude jokes that may just require PG.
The coolest thing about the movie is the message Having free will.
A masterpiece story telling that gives you a feeling of watching a straight-forward thriller stuff but puts you spellbound at the final second of the movie. The spiders shown in number of scenes carries a hidden message. If you understand the spider and listen to the lecture given by the lead character in the classroom then you can crack the climax that is way too complex. All the actors did a credible job. The editing is master-class. There are some explicit scenes of sexuality, so not for younger audiences.
The bottom line : The first time you watch this movie is gonna be confusing but the second time you may understand and appreciate it.
The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
Berendal better than Redemption
The Raid 2 movie is far better than its first part of the trilogy. It has a complete story and the movie is loaded with adrenaline action sequences. The Kung-fu sequences are so natural and violent that you'd feel hits/punches coming to you. Salute to the choreographer, who is the movie's vertebra. Again unbelievable camera work by Danu Prasad. The camera is shaky in the action sequences and you almost feel like you're playing a video game.The music by LP is a showdown.
There are number of bad things in this movie. First of all the movie carries so much violent with bloody/gory scenes and a nude scene and it is not for everybody. The shaky camera (I loved it) may not be entertaining for all viewers. Next is the script/story - Viewers must not sit for a logical show when they watch Rama hitting 100 guys and be the last man standing. These discussed issues puts this film, short from being memorable foreign movie yet still to be admired.
The Raid (2011)
Non-stop action redeems THE RAID
I was stunned to see the action (Kung-fu) sequences in the movie. The action sequence at the climax was my favorite. Apart from the stunt-men, I feel the camera-work is intense and superb. I loved the bgm that added a flavor to the theme. The storyline is too simple (a group of newly trained recruits raid a building to take down a mobster) but has few twists and turns at apt points in the movie.The dialogs were ultra-reduced and not convincing. The acting is just okay, could've been better. The movie is not for kids due to gory scenes and profane words. The script could've been handled with some 'feelings' and some background on the villain.
The bottom line : 'The Raid' entertains you with good action throughout with few flaws.
B.A. Pass (2012)
B.A passes with merit
The movie is an adaptation of the story railway aunt and its just fine noir The highlight was the aunt character played by Shilpa Shukla, who stole the entire movie. The thing that made me like this movie is the uneasy ambiance surrounding the poor boy throughout the movie. The scenes when the boy takes his feelings to the zenith when his sisters were troubled and when he is treated as a servant in his own relatives' house were shown so aptly. Had few issues like the reason the boy took up 'that' job/gig (see the movie and you'll know it) is still questionable to the book writer/director. The screenplay is cool for a débutant but could've made far better with such a twist in the climax.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
The Grand Budapest Hotel owned by Ralph Fiennes
There is a major degree of uniqueness with exotic visuals in the presentation of this movie. Makeup and costumes were way too fine. Tilda's makeup as an old woman was my favorite. There are loads of black humor. The cast is rich with big names ( such as William Dafoe, Adrian Brody, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Murray Abby etc) and Ralph Fiennes owned the movie show. He was fine with comedy and most of the part he reminded me of Steve Martin from Pink Panther.
The negatives: The major problem that any non -European (like me) would face watching the movie is the sarcasm-comedy which are traditional French or Italian mostly. Few explicit comic scenes deserved laughs but others were rotten. The music could've been better.The movie-theme reminded me of the Grand Hotel movie in 1931.
Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
songs made my heart go crazy
First of all, this is a commercial bollywood movie and so if you looking for a classy-art-flick then this ain't for you. The songs are very good and can't choose a single best one as they all are. The choreography dance sequence between Lolo and Maduri is something to look for. The camera-work is an eye candy and of course the movie sets. Lolo's role was memorable and no wonder she was presented the silver lotus. Madhuri was pleasing with her beautiful dance steps and of course with her smile. SRK (one of the best entertainer) will keep you charmed throughout the movie. I loved the theme that has such beautiful message. AK was well supportive with his screen presence. . The few sentimental scenes near the climax were annoying and director could've edited it out and the movie could've been made shorter at least by half an hour.
Bow down to the QUEEN
Another memorable movie themed at female empowerment like 'English Vinglish'. Kangana is sensational as a shy and deserted girl. The Amsterdam actors were cool. Rajkumar Rao was good in all of his scenes (as usual). The music is admiring. Mockery at Indian traditions (being emotional for empty/no reasons) in few scenes deserved laughs and lot of thinking for new-generation-and-still-orthodox Indians. The subplot in Amsterdam reminded me of the movie 'Spanish inn'. The movie theme is an elephant dart to the face of misers who goes on saving money and don't enjoy life.The dialog "For food like this we would sleep outside every night" said by a foreigner (Russian) in this movie shows the greatness of Indian cuisine. Another dialog " you are a pretty lady... Miss Universe... India?" said by a foreigner (Ned) shows the outlook by most foreigners on Indian girls.
Two minor flaws in the movie the director lacked logic including : 1) Kangna (Rani) speaks Hindi to people in Paris. 2) Rani (who is from India) will never have issue crossing streets in any other country (including Paris) ...
The bottom line : Highly enjoyable movie to women and others who admire feminist themes. I you ain't then you might hate this. And watch out for content advisory and censor certificate (PG)
Rock of Ages (2012)
ROCK OF AGES doesn't rock at all
The finest rock music from 1980's were completely wasted for a terrible movie, IMO.The good thing about the movie are the songs featured in it that included Def Leppard's, Bon Jovi's, Scorpions, Journey, Starship's, Speedwagon's and of course the GnR's classic numbers from the 80s. There were few comedy lines that were okay esp. the phrase ''m gonna burn this place down... not with my music but literally', sure deserved laughs. There were some acrobats dancing in a club/bar that deserved an eye.
The first issue with the movie is the PG13 rating. The movie script might have been diluted/sanitized for younger viewers. No reference to drugs are made to a movie with rock music, which is not practical. The script was cheap romantic one which is as old as sky. Tom Cruise and the lead actor male were fine among others who were totally wasted, IMO. Some dialogs are barely heard and so its annoying. The bottom line: There are good number of songs in the movie. If you are an admirer of 80s songs then watch the songs only and forward the rest.