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The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)
The story of finity
Well, this movie was more of a mediocre rating. Main things first: Director couldn't grasp the topic well and couldn't do the justice to movie as well as the man.
The story was "in the air" all the time and director had no notion of how to do justice with the character he was dealing with, perhaps because he wasn't Indian and neither he had any knowledge of dealing Indian things in their own beauty way. But if he had come out of his arrogance of holding the title to himself, he could accompany some of finest names of Indian film industry to make it better.
If you see some of other worthy and notable biographies such as "the theory of everything". It was pitch perfect. The casting, the acting, the direction, the story line being such powerful, and above all is the focusing and remaining focused with the topic and not adding unnecessary details to main line to avoid the hassle.
Ramanujan's work and his depths with mathematical things were not taken deep enough to involve the viewer, feel that something is going on. It was neither focused on Ramanujan's personal life as well. So, overall the story was somewhere floating in the air and director was unable to catch its hanging threads to make it more convincing.
You don't mess and rape the History....but it was done.
You don't play with history in this way. There was utterly no relevance of history of Noah with this film. I agree with most of people who commented on boards and wrote reviews that before watching this film, I was also expecting it to be a remake of historical event or perhaps a better version of past Noah film. I had seen only one trailer and I hadn't seen those transformer angels. When they first appeared in film, believe me my whole enthusiasm was dashed to the ground and I was just watching the film for action and graphics. Even the graphics were of low details and I couldn't agree with its precisions because it was no bearing enough details, the views of sea were blurred after a distance. I wonder on the height of miserable mentality this director has, because you certainly don't chose to pick a topic from history and rape it in whatever way you want. There are some topics that should be told in the same way as they were and there shouldn't be any slight changes to them. So in this way, one film made on that topic is enough, a remake of it is just waste of time and money and breaking the charm of originally made film. I certainly have no words for rating this film, I rated it 4 out of 10 just because it was a good Action film otherwise if I have to rate it from historical view point, I would not give it more than 1 out of 10. I think this is the second film which I have seen whose story had been so much changed from the original path that the originality of story was lost somewhere in the dust and fog, and what was left, was just a heap of debris.
This good movie missed a "WoW" factor.
I agree with all of users who watched this film,if you want to see it for sets and cinematography,yes this is indeed a great one but if for story,then i am afraid it is very average.
This story missed a "wow" factor throughout the story.This is something which makes a film great from every aspect.
Ranveer is a great actor,i admire his talents but he is a chocolate hero,he was mind blowing in "Lootera" and again great in "Ladies vs Ricky Bhai" but in this film,he was just average.
Sanjay Bansali should have chosen someone else for this role.Let me suggest you,what about: Arjun Rampal or Manoj Wajpai.They would have been great in this role.Deepika was a bit OK for this role but if they had taken some mature looking girl,it would have been better.
Sanjay Bansali was indeed great in Saawariya,and his choice of taking Ranbeer was also great.He did justice with the role,but when talking of mixture of Devdas,Saawariya and Eklavya and producing Raam-Leela,this must have been done with a great choice.
This is just a good eye candy,but still an above average film.My rating is 7/10 but not 8/10.
Tamil cinema is better than Mumbai cinema.Loved it.
The film started and then ended with a huge change. I had tears in my eyes.
He knew that he will be shot, but he went for her will. She betrayed him but he accepted. But I saw the film with a different perspective and let me tell you that.
Today's Indian cinema is losing its charm, they are at loss of topics and they are just making junk stuff. A seasoned film which will earn at least that much that is invested and that's all. But this flick was different and you know how? The director has put something more into the pot and that is the peak of emotions, the sentiments, the love emotion, the innocence, the upside down flip, the musical way of telling the story and above all is the beauty of presenting it. I rarely like some Indian film this much because of cinema losing various things. The technology era has evolved and the originality of the characters and emotions are getting lost somewhere in the smoke of modernization. If you go back in old era of 80s and 90s you will find emotions with simplicity, love with tenderness, sentiments with realities of world, the love without care of money, the simplicity with charisma, the music with emotions, the story so touching and that is where I found it in Indian cinema but being lost in Mumbai film section but it is still alive in Tamil section.
This was one of another film which made me a fan of Tamil films, the other one was a moderate flick but it had something huge in it. I suggest you also watch that too. "David".
Aashiqui 2 (2013)
A shatter in wall of "happy ending lovers" of Indian cinema.
After a long time I am compelled to write a review because of the work that Indian cinema showed.
But before I start, let me tell you that this film is not for everyone who are prone to happy ending Indian cinema and who believe that they are watching the film just for entertainment and if the ending is not happy, it is a crap. This is way different from this dilemma. I had heard the songs before release and was not much into film, a friend of mine saw it just a few days ago and his remarks were that this is just a so-so shot and not worth watching thing. Eventually I also had figured in mind that this would be an average film and started watching the film with a hope that some directorial mistake or some plot hole would suddenly jump in front of me and I would shout "someone please turn off the TV". But this didn't happen and guess what almost at the ending I was in tears.
The ending of the film was quite understandable, as he waved her bye and song started and it was all evident what's going to happen. The one thing people might not understand as I was reading in some thread on discussion board that why didn't he take help from rehab center, come on don't become too realistic. This is movie world and let something remain fictional and let the beauty of the dramatization arise to peak. Why are you people so much used to happy ending or just too much societal friendly. I understand that this is normal for a 21st century kid but have a glimpse of life back in 90s, life wasn't that computerized and people were more happy with it. There was essence of simplicity in life.
The mixed feelings of despair, dissolution, self-abduction, nausea and wrath of inner pride versus the love, betterment, care, emotions and above all the dedication was superbly shown. I am not a drama king, but there had been just very countable and few films which could make me really have tears. This was one of those films (putting besides the Bollywood and Hollywood borders).
If you love dramatization and want to see a good emotional flick, this one is surely worth watching.
Just one minor thing should have been added to the story, end the film where she got to know that he has died. It would have left everyone in trance. But this is solely my view, everyone might not agree with it.
With extremely warm and best wishes from Pakistan.
The Woman (2011)
Pro-American bed-time story for little kids
After a very long time I am forced to write something on the issue, otherwise I had quit writing. No one bothers, no one reads and no one gives a dam to your words. The director of this film, don't know what he wanted to show, surely he was out of his mind or :too American" when I saw the poster I felt this is going to be a good horror film as I am a big fan of horror films but alas! I was wrong, director was not sure himself what he wanted to make. There are two perspectives I felt in this film.
1. I felt the director wanted to show that women say right "all men are same" whenever they need to rape, they do without seeing anything else, I mean he brought her with this intention that she would turn into a good human (for which I am against even to it, I tell you in sometime) but one night Satan finally got into his house and urged him to make it rape.
2. The second perspective is, as most Americans think they are the most civilized nation on earth and they are the blessed and divine and thus it is their responsibility to make others civilized too, this is a sheer non-sense, that imposing your own school of thought to someone else who does not fit to it. First of all in my view Americans are not civilized at all, they are just better born and this does not make them civilized, they don't know what does this word mean, and they have a govt. who makes them belief that they are the most civilized nation on the planet.
So to me, this was a total bullshit film, with no base. Too much sorrow for director and his meaningless efforts.
The Rite (2011)
Great film... 8/10
After a long time I saw such a movie generating such a deep details about exorcism, I admit I have been a very big fan of exorcism films, and I like them. This has nothing to do with religion or some spiritual inset. I just feel that these films are better made than else horror films and apart, demonic possession is not a lie. It exists.
The moment when Father Kovek was exorcising Father Lucas, the belief he grew and stuck and defeated "Ba'al" was the belief he grew in God. I was totally involved that moment even if I had delusions before. I admit, this film is more than being perfect. It has been made so perfect, so admirable and as I read on IMDb message board, that Hopkins is Hopkins, yes he did an outstanding performance.
This is a worth seeing film, i have been watching so much horror films, and I still say that "the exorcism of Emily rose" was the most horrifying and master-piece, and after that the exorcist series, but this film has created its place in that list.
I recommend this film to all to see it, it is absolute perfection. There might be flaws, as I didn't notice them but flaws can be neglected too.
The Vengeance of She (1968)
Too much disappointed...
This in no way is accordingly to the novel written by H.Rider Haggard. Even before there had been many attempts to make film on this novel, namely "she" in 1912 version, then some other. Even then I commented and explained.
This was the first novel of my life, my father gifted me this book, and since then I had loved it. The imagination of the author is marvelous, astounding and grave. While showing in this film, the plot has been changed so much that it lost the originality and beauty. It became something else than the novel.
Even watching the earlier parts, of this film, I said, SKIPPING the details due to technicalities and technology available when the film is made is something different and acceptable but changing the original plot and altering with something else makes the film go to worst. I mean this is totally meaningless to show, that Kelikretes is immortal and waiting for She, this was never been in novel plot. There was no Minhari, having lust for the flame of immortality. There is no girl being drawn towards the city of Kuma in the novel plot. Even the name of the city is not Kuma, it is Kor.
I was disappointed to see even this version and I am waiting someone make a good and truthful version of this film because I believe the originality of the real plot makes it more interesting to see the film. I am sure whoever has read the novel, would agree with me that this film is something else, not the real one.
Now I come to THIS film, well as a film (forgetting novel completely) yea it is good one. When you are in entertainment business, and when entertainment is show business, then it might have been a good attempt, and also as IMDb data records show, the film has done a good business. Not so much good, but good to see, if you are watching it for entertainment.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
"Paris is more beautiful in the rain"
"Paris is most beautiful in the rain" those were the ending words. Paris has always been the land of dreams, beauty saved in its true essence. Walking down the streets, with those dim lights and hearing some old saxophone. This is a heaven on earth I guess.
I have never been to Paris, but I believe that it would be so beautiful in its dim lights, and golden saved mentors. You know what we lack today, the originality of past, which we have covered it in modernism, technology and globalization but still the gold and 25year old scotch, with a nice Cuban cigar, sitting somewhere on ally and watching the river flowing. The "oceans of memories" as depicted in "titanic" was same. This old age has got lost somewhere under the sheaths of technology.
This film has shown the Paris, to its marvel. The dark streets, the stony pavements, the yellow lamps at night and the above all, Paris in rain, this was so awesome. Apart from the story of the film, I got truly drawn into this era, the music so sweet, the cinematography so superb and the Paris. This really needs a lifetime to explain it.
I wish I see Paris soon; I also have a very sweet and a very bitter memory with Paris. The sweet part is, that I wished to see it with my girl, and the bitter part is, she left me and she went there with her husband. I really have no more words to write more.
Story wise this film was quite monotonous, this was a light centered film. I really enjoyed it.
Well I am a big fan of horror films, and I love the "exorcism" movies and have seen them, some of them were excellent, some average and some wastage of time. "The exorcism of Emily Rose" was a master-piece, "the exorcist" was a good attempt according to that era and "the last exorcism" was a total wastage of time.
Well to my view, this film "requiem" has done things so well and calculated that I felt impressed. There were no SFX but film still kept me grabbing till the end. This is the beauty of a film that you are involved in it without adding some "value added" things.
The film shows a girl who was possessed and is thought to be epileptic. I was waiting for some ghosts or demonic appearances in it but they didn't and in my view this was another victory to the director, that he didn't add some useless material and kept the viewers indulged in the topic.
I would highly recommend this film, as this was another of great films to watch.
Los ojos de Julia (2010)
A very good film
Well I have seen so many horror films, and I am a big fan of them. I see them mostly at night, with lights turned off and my home theater turned on. That's the real sense of horror to be enjoyed in my view.
Well coming to the point, yes this was a good attempt. I see the horror films of 80s; they are also good, because they have the sense of classic without any SFX. In the new era added SFX creates more spine chills and throat soaked. I agree with it but even then some directors make useless things, like I saw a movie "the ward" and I was totally taken back, not by horror but by the logics and acts that was being performed. Every girl was a hot girl and they had nothing else to do except to be maniac.
In my view, this was a very good attempt, apart from adding SFX, director did a very good effort and to my view it was quite met the hopes.
Yes! it doesn't Speak, it screams...Salute to Humaima Malik.
Well I saw the Pakistani film "Bol" after a very long time from its release. The reason was only the past memories from the direction of Shoaib Mansoor, "khuda ke liye" it was a very loose topic and directed so poorly that I left interest in watching from his direction anymore. I was of the view that he chose a very poor topic, presented it in a very poor direction and finally cashed out the name of "naseer ud din shah". I am a great admirer of Naseer ud din shah, he is a legend of East, his excellence and his mastery of expressions is beyond words. Shoaib just mesmerized the viewers with the cast and nothing else. This was my views after watching the film.
Bol, well I was totally taken on a different drive while watching this film, this film was directed in much better pace and it had a very strong rhythm. In the beginning I was a bit bored by the typical eastern culture boring happenings, the usual crying scenes in a typical village manner, but later movie started getting strength with the very powerful, again I say very powerful acting of Humaima Malik. She ravaged the stage, blasted the expressions and took me in completely with the ambushed performance.
Though I would like to tell you that, movie is in slow pace, talking on the whole, some unnecessary things which were not needed, and could be neglected, were implanted, but they surely had a different left over on mind like they say in "twilight" series, the implanting.
The performance of Manzar Sehbai as Hakeem was superb, he did a great acting and he was the most accurate person for this role. The role of Zainab by Humaima Malik, again was very strong, in my view she takes the lead over everyone with her bold, courageous and speculating expressions and with this the movie went strong.
Yet not to forget the role of Iman Ali, as meena kumara, another very strong role she played, accurately performed as she could have been and her depiction of being the inspirited Lakhnow whore was no doubt very good. Yet I believe she could be of a little more of pleasure rather than being casted as a "twaif" in my view, if she could perform with lead role, rather than being introduced as a "appear in" cast in the film, she could make this film a better.
Finally I come to the topic raised in this film, the uncontrolled birth rate versus the (thought) doomed births of girls in the Indo-Pak based cultures which still persists somewhere deep in the minds of this land, whoever you pick, the most poor to the most rich, you will finally find some germs of this disease in him or her if you go in the genotype of this nation. There are so many problems in this section of world, the above all is marital literacy rate in the man-alive and male dominated society yet not to forget, that yes this problem does persist but its remnants are much spicule now. Yes I agree with the subject matter of this film, but it has been portrayed in a very long film, with undue prolonging of something which if avoided could be better.
I would like to add something more, the role of Iman ali was very strong, yet not portrayed strongly, which could be made enchanting by adding some of old Lakhnavi style mujras, which could raise this film to a better height. Yes I know the people would disagree, from its need, this is because we are taught that these things are bad. Why? This was our culture, going to roots of Indo-Pak this culture existed and history of Mughals is lubricated with these kinds of tales. And because this film was very strong in subject and must be raised to international level, but let me tell you something, somewhat the reasoning of why I said to add Lakhnavi style mujras, if you compare the east side of Asia, compare with the films of Iran, they have a culture of dancing, and they show it in their films, do their films get censored, no? They portray it openly, again come to India, they have dances in their culture, and do they prohibit, no. then why we do. This is my view, others might disagree.
Overall I would rate this film as 8/10, because in my view, the film should have ended with the hanging of Humaima (Zainab), leaving behind a question mark on the minds of viewers but as usual, the wish of happy ending tradition in Urdu films, made the director do the same.
It's worth watching, at least in my view.
Il fantasma dell'opera (1998)
Director ruined this Classic master-piece so Beautifully
Well I saw this movie because I enjoyed watching the "the phantom of the opera" (2004) and it was a magnificent, epic and classic which I would always remember with its beauty shown in the same way that it should have been and its charm portrayed in the same way it had to be.
But I am highly disappointed with this release of phantom of the opera, it was more like a comedy film rather than being some remake or something horror. It was neither the horror nor the enchanting one. It was more like a taunt to the phantom of the opera.
When it all started, the mice dragging the child and story beginning, I was quite at ease, as this was much normal to me. Then they showed the phantom appearing and frightening the people, with his mastery. Then he takes Kristen with him, and does the sex which in my view was absurd, why this had to be shown, I mean involving porn in a classic film, for god sake this is not a porn film and neither this is a horror film at all. The director ruined the film so beautifully that I must clap for this amazing and wonderful time-wasting film.
In this edition, the phantom was shown to be just a horror introduction as well as amateur singer for him and he has no talent of music to teach to Kristen.
At other moments, you will also find the Kristen has got no such talent, she is singing and watching here there so aimlessly instead of showing herself lost in the enchanting beauty of world of music with its legacy. This actress "asia argento" is highly misfit for this role, she is more a modern type of lady as she did acting in her other films. If I compare Kristen of 1994 version with the Kristen of 2004 version, I would give 2/10 to Asia Argento and 9/10 to Emmy Rosum, the Kristen in 2004 version.
Later I found the phantom can't even die with bullets, he was fired so many times but he was busy rescuing the girl, fighting with guards and even watching her going. This is the height of ruining the classic with modernism. This movie must have been named "The Jason of the opera" or perhaps "the phantom prophecies" or best if named as "a hell night with phantom in the opera street" I am sure someone who likes classic and has some classic sense, would agree with me that this director did his best effort in ruining the beauty of the film.
Though the "the phantom of the opera" 2004 version is the best classical version of this. I loved it too much.
The film ended but not my thoughts...
My eyes are wet, my heart is heavy, my mind is busy thinking and my lips are shut. I am totally speechless after the film ended, left me in a shock. The choir at the end, and the shocking ending of the movie, I just wonder, is this story real? I strongly applaud for the director.
I am a Pakistani born, having spent half of my life in Iran. I watched this film because it had some places shown in the film which resembled the place where I had spent my childhood. More over the IMDb rating for this movie was quite enough for me to make me watching this film. When i saw the film, I wasn't expecting such shocking end. There are very few films that got me in so seriously, the movies which captured my mind so brutally.
Yes I admit that the movie ended but it didn't end yet, in my mind. It left me with so much unanswered.
Indeed the film has been perfect through every scene. The actors, the co-actors and the leading character Nawal. I simply have no words to tell you how I found this movie, but I assure you it's worth watching. There was a scene where Simon Marwan returns after meeting the war lord, and he is hysteric and tells in an exclamation to her sister, can one plus one equal to one and she shrieks briskly, I got scared and I stopped the film for a while, thinking what does this mean "can one plus one equal to one". Some notions struck me, but I shuddered myself that no, how it can be, what! Can it be? Ohh my holy God, please don't and exactly the same I found, when the film ended, I was sitting numb.
For me, this is the victory of an author, writer, screen play and the director and to everyone involved in film making, that you involve the viewer and make him shocked.
For me this is a 9 out of 10 film. I just gave one film 10 out of 10, and that was "stoning of Soraya M." I also recommend you all to watch it too. Its Persian but totally superb, outclass and epic.
The Ward (2010)
This is a low standard horror film.
I simply don't understand who are the people who see such horror movies and get inspired. It's in some way or other the same as other ones. A multiple personality disorder syndrome. I am tired of watching this over and over again. is this disease, this much dangerous that people start creating ghosts out of them, start killing without knowing their other side of personality.
I remember someone suggested me a horror film, "grudge", I got it and started watching it, and I was totally annoyed after half hour watching, but I kept watching it. My view about that movie was 1/10. A maggot ghost, crapping from stairs to hall, disappearing from one wall to the other. That was not a horror to me that was just a jugglery. This movie was not much different from some other movies that I have seen. A super-man type of ghost, haunted in a doom type of place, moving from so many rooms to again so many rooms, and then he suddenly comes to the main secret. At first the director gives a view to the viewers as the government is doing some sort of secret experiments to highly sedate the people with some top secret medicine, which then are making highly destructive symptoms. Then the situation goes out of control and suddenly we get to know that the doctors were the "good people" and the "superman, multiple personality disorder ghosts" is the bad guy in some sense.
I am too bored from this kind of horror, if you are really interested to see real horror, I would suggest you to see "exorcism of Emily Rose" which in my view was a quite horror film and based on true story. "The American haunting" is another such good effort based on true events. Still more, yes indeed the "paranormal activity" series is quite worth watching.
Though last scene tried to jump me off my seat but still I give it 4 out of 10.
A novel,A sublime,A movie.....yet incomplete
Well to write this review I must gather my mind and go back a long ago, almost a decade, when I was a child and my father gifted me this book "she" by rider haggard and ever since it was my favorite novel, I read it so many times and every time I felt I am reading it the first time. The imagination of the writer and how he created everything was marvelous. It's the height of man's creativity that he creates something out of nothing and you start believing in it. It was my all-time favorite novel.
For a long time I had been searching if there had been any film made on this novel but I couldn't find it. I thought no one took this novel so serious to make movies, rather twilight, lord of the rings, harry potter wins this race, but just 2-3 days ago I was just searching some other films and by the way I searched for it and found this film. I was restless to get it.
I saw the film, but let me tell you something, before watching it; I had high hopes from it. I expected it to be perfect in the black and white because I believe that the beauty of some things remain more enchanting in their originality. Therefore I started watching it, but I was quite disappointed to see it, as the director had skipped so much beautiful things which the write had explained in so much immense details. I wanted to see the old yellowish manuscripts of Vincy, the killing of goat/deer by a gun and showing it to bilali, on their way to Kor. The flame of life was also poorly shown and that there had been so much changes as the novel had, when finally "she", leo, and others were following to the flame of life, there were no one following them, as shown in the movie. I dare say that I was quite disappointed to see this film, as this novel was the first gift from my father and had a great value to me.
I certainly keep in mind that in 1935, filming such thing would have been a challenge but there is a difference in skipping the details and altering the plot from original. When you alter the plot, then the director himself is throwing the film to black hole. I think probably that's why the film didn't gain much popularity and its rating is low. Well this was solely my view, in relation to my past memories and my expectations. Though it might be different for others who just see it just as a film. Overall it was a good attempt as many such novel remain in dark book shelves and never gain the hype as commercial novels does. I wish this novel and its filming be done again, making it a better one, though I am against, the efforts of introducing graphic touch to classics, as done in the film "clash of titans". There is a huge difference in its older version and the 2010 version, after all making "300" in that way was also a superb effort, but you know what, it was a perfect blend of classic filming with originality and graphic reproduction.
I recommend everyone first to read the novel, "she" and "return of she" and then see this film.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
too much annoying picture
i found this a completely annoying...if u see: exorcist the beginning and then the exorcist,u will feel that was serious movies made on exorcism topic and also the exorcism of Emily rose but this one,was somehow making fun of the exorcism,a guy who is not saint,not bishop at all,having no religious powers,not contacting the church and doing this all and calling that act of HELPING the gal,exorcism...loll in my view it is below average movie. it also seems as the director of the movie,was unaware of the real feel of this topic.i believe that the exorcism is something religious,and must be done in holy way not making fun of that. i somehow felt as,the director,the author just wanted to make a movie on exorcism topic as its quite long there is no movie on this topic but ultimately its a flop.