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War of the Worlds (2005)
do not watch
The soundtrack of the Movie for lack of a better word is excellent !!!! John Williams has proved himself once again that...."he is the best of the best of the best....!!!!" Though that the movie being directed by Steven Spielberg was a must watch, but when saw it, it was not at all of the class of his previous direction. He fails totally this time as I personally think that it was not directed by Steven Spielberg but by some person who has got millions of dollars just to burn & thats the reason why he is making a pathetic movie. The climax was a total disaster not at all up to the mark. So to speak, only two things are good in the movie. (1)Soundtrack by John Williams & (2) The Special Effects. I personally think it is a sheer waste of time & money to watch this film which has nothing but screaming & running without any proper climax. "A Total Disaster of a Movie....!!!!"
Sant Tukaram (1936)
Life story to Shri Sant Tukaram
Sant Tukaram made in the Marathi language is one of the highest achievements of the early sound period of Indian Cinema. The film has charm and directness that sets it apart from other devotional films. Though the film shows miracles they merge with the reality due to the strong conviction of the filmmakers. Tukaram's conflict with his wife Jijai has an earthy believability and humour. He is no cardboard saint and she no mechanical shrew. In fact their characters are insightful and command our empathy. When her ailing son cries in pain Tukaram can only offer the name of Vithoba (his deity) to console the infuriated Jijai. She drags the child to the temple to settle scores with the deity. Her action is no mere dramatic flourish. In fact it comes across as genuinely felt emotion. Jijai with her common sense and practicality convinces Tukaram to leave his meditation and get down to hard labour to save the family from starvation. To her a husband must provide for the family yet her devotion to Tukaram is in no way less than those who regard him a saint. Her devotion is that of a wife, not a devotee.
The acting in the film shows a remarkable blending of the dramatic, the lyrical and the casual neo-realistic gesture. Pagnis a minstrel before he came to film so identifies with the persona of Tukaram that viewers came to regard him a saint. Gauri plays Jijai with such consummate skill that it is hard to believe she had joint Prabhat Film Company as a menial. Hers is a fabulous performance and it is she who is the life of the film. The film breaks new ground with her earthy portrayal who energetically squeezes cow dung cakes for fuel and refuses to ascend to heaven preferring to stay back and look after the children.
Other innovations include the extraordinary track shot introducing Rameshwar Shastri to the town showing the people work in cadence to a song. Care has also been taken to give the different characters a different language for e.g. the language in the sequences of the villain is dramatic whereas the speech of his wife exhibits utter simplicity and robust strength.
Sant Tukaram smashed box office records particularly in Maharashtra and went on to become the first Indian Film to win an award at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 1937
My vote for the movie would be 10 / 10 (even though have not seen it but soon shall) but I would like to add that John Williams should have scored for the latest Harry Potter movie soundtrack. Patrick Doyle has scored it in a marvelous way. Man...this person has shown lot of creativity in the soundtrack, as he just paints the whole scene in front of us just the way John Williams does....!!!! EXCELLENT JOB....!!!! I shall rate 9.9 out of 10 (Given 9.9 and not 10 because am a fan of John Williams thats all ;) ). Hope the future ones are created by none other than John Williams or now can say that Patrick Doyle. As he has created it in an excellent fashion.
Against the Dark (2009)
The human population of planet Earth has been decimated by bloodthirsty vampires, and now the only hope for the few remaining survivors lies in the skills of one man who always lived by the sword. Tao (Steven Seagal) is a katana master who never met a vampire he didn't want to slay. When roving packs of vampires force the few uninfected survivors to seek refuge in an abandoned hospital, the only hope for the human race lies with Tao's special squad of ex-military vigilantes. The only cure for these creatures is execution, and that's Tao's specialty. As the hunt gets underway, Tao and his team make it their mission to ensure that the creatures of the night don't inherit the Earth.