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- Aishwarya Rai
My selections were based on: 1. Versatility (ability to disappear into each character without reminding you of the last role she played) 2. Performance (Acting) 3. Content (Character) 4. Screen Presence 5. Expression
Who does that?
Just when I was starting to settle into the story they aged the main characters and it was all downhill from there. Don't get me wrong, the setting (Kashmir) was stunningly beautiful and the plot was well established easy enough to follow, it's just that all the acting, projecting and emoting was chocked up to the masterclass actress that is Tabu (Begum) and that just wasn't fair considering two other people were hired to play the lead characters. If you are paid to act, then you should act. Katrina Kaif (Firdaus) can't act, I don't even think she bothers, I believe she is just happy to get one script after the other and knows in her heart all she has to do is show up and look pretty while others do the acting. Aditya Roy Kapoor (Noor) presented Fitoor (Obsession) very well, in fact it was downright scary but I'm afraid that's all he did even in the scenes that didn't require him to be obsessed. After selling obsession for two and half hours, director Abhishek Kapoor presents its final sigh as love? Who does that?
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Everything WILL NOT Be Fine
James Franco just keeps getting worse and worse as an actor and of course because he is a good looking guy and a "White" man in Hollywood it doesn't matter because he would continue to get film roles in which he plays the lead character flanked by actors and actresses that innocent film-goers such as myself love and have no choice but to suffer through just because they are starring opposite James Franco, the lucky Hollywood golden boy. Watching this film (which wouldn't have been bad if it didn't have Mr. Franco) was like watching a very long commercial break during Franco's ill-advised stint as an Oscar co-host opposite poor Anne Hathaway a few years back. How much longer do we have to endure this guy's sleep-walk excuse for an acting career?
Rohit Shetty's brand of dramedy is not for everyone, especially not me. I try to avoid his films but he always manages to cast some of my favorite Bollywood stars and I can't ignore their repertoire. Here he has cast one of Hindi cinema's most beloved on-screen couple SRK and Kajol as star- crossed lovers and for each time they are on screen, it's a treat even when they are at odds with each other. Boman Irani, John Lever and Sanjay Mishra form an ace trifecta to provide comic relief from the more dramatic scenes but sadly all three were underused. The less I say about the horrendous script, Kriti Sanon and Varun Dhawan's acting, the better. Sorry Mr. Shetty, Overwrought melodramatic slapstick dramedies may be your thing but you really suck at it.
Go Goa Gone (2013)
This satirical action adventure is too silly to be taken seriously but it does deliver on all the laughs. Three down on their luck duffers take a trip to Goa in the hopes that it would change their lives and little do they know they're in for the adventure of a lifetime. While in Goa, Luv (one of the duffers) meets Luna, a pretty girl who also introduces herself as his "Facebook friend" and in his quest to impress her, he accepts a weird invitation to a rave party being hosted by the Russian mafia on a remote Island. Luv grabs his two friends and they convince their host friend to sell his car in order to pay for the boat ride to the Island. Upon arriving at the party they meet up with Luna and party the night away. At some point, the mafia introduces a designer drug being sold for $5,000 a pill and only those who can afford it buy it and get high off of it (which is pretty much the entire party except the 3 friends as well as Luna and her 3 friends). In the morning, the awake to the horrible realization that everybody who took the drug has turned into a zombie. Yes, it's a zombie movie.
Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Meryl rocked it
I mean she can really sing and rock out and on top of all that still deliver in the acting department, too bad the was left alone to steer the ship all by herself and I am sorry she needed to have been met halfway. This was not an easy film to watch, the subject matter was more annoying than difficult with equally annoying characters essaying roles right front and center but that said Streep stood out as the marvel among thespians that she is. A mother (Streep's Ricki) who abandons her family in chase of her rock star dreams and fails seems a simple enough synopsis to get you not to like the titular character but Streep is just that good an actress that even in a film where she is supposed to be the most annoying and irritating character she manages to weave her away around being anything but that. Audra MacDonald and Mamie Gummer (Streep's real life daughter) definitely hold their own as worthy co-stars sadly they weren't given enough screen time and it's too bad the rest of the cast just showed up to be nothing short of irritating and silly.
Good but not great
This was a good performance from Jennifer Aniston whose last best work (prior to this of course) was 2002's 'The Good Girl' but not great enough work to warrant an Oscar nomination in my opinion. The subject matter was very hard to take but Claire (Aniston) made sure of it that I held my tears until the very end, her attitude made her a difficult character to like or feel sorry for. I especially loved and appreciated the performance of the maid played by Adriana Barraza, for me she was the heart of the entire film. Oh and is it just me or did Claire not see to be in more pain when she was on the drugs than when she was on it? Two scenes stood out to me; the vodka scene with Felicity Hoffman & Aniston and the scene where the maid (Barraza) lost it and flipped the script on her boss.
Choppy editing almost ruined the film for me
This was a good watch but there were so many parts that didn't make sense. After watching the film, I came online to read what people had to say and behold! I was right, some key parts were missing from the US theatrical version, at least fifteen minutes of footage was left on the cutting room floor and I feel they should have at least left in the part where grown up Ivan (Cillian Murphy) and the journalist (Mélanie Laurent) had an affair. It would have explained why he suddenly became affectionate towards her (this alone changed the course of the movie without rhyme or reason) in the final quarter of the film as well as made the story come full circle with the issue of abandonment that seemed to plague Ivan's lineage. The main characters were mostly unlikable but the actors behind them were good enough in the roles to keep you interested in what happens next. All in all it was definitely worth the watch and not as bad as it was reviewed.
Blunt Force Trauma (2015)
Good but it could have been great
This was an entertaining tale about underworld gun-dueling in South America but by the time Mickey Rourke showed up, I'd already forgotten that he was even supposed to be in the film. The film starts abruptly and ends abruptly but I suspect that was all intentional. If you're not invested in one or more of the characters and their stories you could easily get lost in the narrative or get disinterested altogether. That said it was a decent watch, slow-paced at times but well worth the time spent on it. The beautiful Freida Pinto held her own as the leading lady and Ryan Kwanten was effective (though looked somewhat bored) in his role as her leading man. Blink and you'll miss two hot dirty cops get their ultimate comeuppance in the very entertaining first quarter of the film.
Dark Places (2015)
Poorly written/executed screenplay
'Gone Girl' it is NOT but it is equally disturbing as it is dark. This horrific tale of a three-decade-old mass murder features normally terrific actors in ultra irritating roles. The worst offender is the film's leading lady (who also doubles as one of its producers) Charlize Theron, she was so over-the-top in this it hard to even get on-board with her shenanigans and she was followed closely by Chloe Grace Moretz in a supporting role. The only character worth sticking around for was the mysterious sleuth played by Nicholas Hoult. I also liked Christina Hendricks in this (she played the mother of Theron's character in flashbacks) but her role was so small that if you blinked twice or thrice you'd miss her appearance in its entirety.
The Boy Next Door (2015)
What the heck did I just watch?
Leaving aside the faux-thriller theme and its glorified line reading by most of the line-readers in this lifetime-esque film's cast, it actually made me wanna go take some jiu-jitsu and taekwondo lessons. Seriously, at some point during the film, I paused and actually googled these martial arts & some life-hack survival tips...a girl needs to know that when she crosses paths with a deranged psychopathic Neanderthal masquerading as a human...she has a bit of flying kick and hogtying skills in her arsenal. And unlike Claire (Jennifer Lopez), when I one-and-done slap a psycho with a wrench he needs to stay down for the count. Just saying.