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Drishyam (2015)
Thrilling & Engrossing!, 31 July 2015

A remake of the Malayalam film of the same name, 'Drishyam' is A True Thriller, that thrills & engrosses you. While the narrative warms up in the first-hour, its the second-hour that takes this thriller to dizzy heights. Director Nishikant Kamat & Lead-Actor Ajay Devgn, deliver a tale thats truly interesting.

'Drishyam' Synopsis: Desperate measures are taken by a man who tries to save his family from the dark side of the law, after they commit an unexpected crime.

'Drishyam' is about a family's fight after an unexpected crime is committed & the series of twist & turns that follow. However, 'Drishyam' isn't full-proof. The first-hour is relatively slow-paced & although its never boring, the story doesn't really move. Its the second-hour that does wonders. I strongly feel if the first-hour was crisper & stronger, the overall impact would've enhanced even more.

Upendra Sidhaye's Adapted Screenplay is genuinely engaging & engrossing, especially in its winning second-hour, that also offers a fabulous culmination. How one wishes if the first-hour was more on the point & crisper. Nishikant Kamat's Direction is skilled. He has handled the film well. Cinematography is stark. Editing is decent. Vishal Bhardwaj's Score is perfect.

Performance-Wise: Ajay Devgn shines in the central role. He truly convinces you as the man who'd do anything to protect his family. Tabu is impressive, yet again. As the tough cop in search of her missing child, the supremely talented actress ignites the screen with her strong presence. Shriya Saran is flat. Rajat Kapoor is first-rate. Ishita Dutta is very sincere. Kamlesh Sawant is excellent. Prathamesh Parab is decent.

On the whole, 'Drishyam' works! It may not be perfect, but it still has enough merit to earn itself a viewing. Watch it!

Glory (1989)
Strictly Okay!, 30 July 2015

Based on the novel One Gallant Rush by Peter Burchard, 'Glory' is high on ambition, but low on execution. Despite a stellar Denzel Washington & Mesmerising Cinematography, this war epic falls on short on its scripting level & lethargic pacing.

'Glory' Synopsis: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Edward Zwick is a terrific storyteller, but honestly, 'Glory' isn't among his better works. I wasn't engaged in the narrative & the lethargic pacing got to me after a point. Kevin Jarre's Adapted Screenplay isn't powerful enough. I loved some scenes in its second-hour, but overall, I found the goings-on to be mostly dull. Better Writing was most definitely needed! Zwick's Direction is satisfactory.

The Late/Great Freddie Francis's Cinematography is mesmerizing. 'Glory' is a visual delight, no two options on that! Another ace is Denzel Washington's Oscar-Winning sterling performance. As Private Silas Trip, Washington enacts the tormented soul with unmatchable ease. He owns the show.

On the whole, 'Glory' is not magnificent, but it has some plus points. Watch it, but only if you must!

Clear History (2013) (TV)
Well-Acted, but not Hilarious!, 29 July 2015

'Clear History' is certainly amusing & also well-acted, but its not Hilarious. Despite some funny moments & an ensemble to die for, this Larry David comedy doesn't really bring out the hilarity one might expect from it.

'Clear History' Synopsis: A disgraced former marketing executive plots revenge against his former boss, who made billions from the electric car company they started.

'Clear History' clearly lacks wit & top humour. Larry David, Alec Berg, David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer's Screenplay has a terrific premise & some sequences, especially when the revenge is plotted against the antagonist, do hold you interest. But, overall, its strictly average. The sub-plots are too many & sadly, not all of them even work. Even the culmination to this twisted story, isn't well-done. A far superior Screenplay could've made things better! Greg Mottola's Direction is standard.

'Clear History' is led by a very fine cast. Larry David is in his element & performs marvelously well. Michael Keaton is simply astonishing as the angered hillbilly. He steals the show & brings the house down. Bill Hader is first-rate. Jon Hamm is effective. Kate Hudson is genuine. Live Schreiber is superb. Eva Mendes is excellent. Philip Baker Hall, Amy Ryan & Danny McBride shine, as well.

On the whole, 'Clear History' has stellar performances, but thats about it.

An Affecting Human-Drama!, 28 July 2015

Bob Rafelson's 'Five Easy Pieces' is An Affecting Human-Drama, that is also a character study of a man lost in the ruins of old America. Its an unsettling tale, made admirably & efficiently.

'Five Easy Pieces' Synopsis: A drop-out from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil-rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest.

'Five Easy Pieces' explores its protagonist, Robert Dupea's journey. Played by Jack Nicolson, Bob's motives & ambiguousness is effectively projected in this dramatic film. You follow the unlikely protagonist in his difficult journey, that is also a commentary on those who lost to the Great American Dream.

The flaw, however, lies in its slow-pacing. The narrative is never dull, but the pace is often slow & lethargic. A faster pace would've only enhanced the impact, in my opinion.

Rafelson's Direction is captivating. Cinematography is first-class. Editing isn't sharp enough. Performance-Wise: Nicolson delivers an engrossing turn as Bob, enacting the hard-to-love protagonist, with proper understanding. The Late/Great Karen Black is the show-stopper, though. As Nicholson's innocent yet oblivious girlfriend, Black is haunting in her portrayal.

On the whole, 'Five Easy Pieces' caters to a niche audience, primarily, the pseudo intellectuals. But its still worth a recommendation.

Well-Intentioned & Well-Acted!, 25 July 2015

'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' went unnoticed & bombed at the box-office. But, that sad! 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' is actually a Well-Intentioned & Well-Acted film, that deserved a much better fate. Not many have this watched nicely done effort, although it deserves to be seen!

'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' follows two brothers and their quest to fulfill their father's last wish, a twenty-one gun salute.

Director Ravindra Gautam deserves kudos for delivering a well-intentioned story, although the Writing doesn't always support him. Rahil Qaazi's Screenplay, though terrific in parts, goes slightly off-balance in its second-hour. The Writing is strong at times & even the dialogue are natural to the core. But, a stronger second-hour, definitely could've made things better!

'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' aces as far its performances are concerned. Anupam Kher is simply brilliant as the honest man, who's put to shame. The veteran actor sinks his teeth into the part & brings it out with flying colors. Divyendu Sharma is very sincere, while Manu Rishi is first-rate. Aditi Sharma is genuinely charming. Neha Dhupia is gloriously over-the-top, but Rajesh Sharma is flawless, yet again. Sudhir Pandey is fantastic.

On the whole, 'Ekkees Toppon Ki Salaami' has its heart at the right place.

Ant-Man (2015)
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Just WOW!, 24 July 2015

Based on the Marvel Comics character by the same name, 'Ant-Man' is probably Marvel's true Marvel. A highly entertaining Superhero flick, where its tiny Hero evokes laughter & claps in the course of his journey. I had a ball!

'Ant-Man' Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

'Ant-Man' is Marvel's Best till date. Hell Yes, it is! Its a Superhero film, thats indeed SUPER in all respects. Its beautifully Written & the Action quotient is balanced, not ever going over the top or exceeding in mind-numbing explosions. There is some kick-ass action here, but its done well & subtly. Also, Scott Lang is a fantastic protagonist. His journey from a cat burglar to Ant-Man is thoroughly entertaining. Here's a Hero who you truly root for!

Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay & Paul Rudd's Screenplay blends all the commercial Blockbuster germs, with zeal. There is scope for action, comedy & also a bit of emotions. And its all Written competently. There isn't a single dull moment in the narrative, thanks to its Strong Writing! Peyton Reed's Direction is top-class. He has handled the film proficiently. Russell Carpenter's Cinematography is picture-perfect. Dan Lebental & Colby Parker, Jr.'s Editing is sharp. Christophe Beck's Score is good. Graphics are extraordinary. Action-Sequences are masterfully crafted.

Performance-Wise: Paul Rudd nails it as the tiny Superhero. He's absolutely lovable & completely charms you, with his effortlessness. Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, is top-notch. Seriously, how good can the Veteran get? Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, is in fine form. Corey Stoll as Darren Cross, is menacing enough as the baddie. Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, leaves a mark. Michael Peña as Luis, is the real scene-stealer. He's responsible for the film's funniest moments & its all due to his excellent comic-timing. Anthony Mackie as Falcon, is effective in a cameo.

On the whole, 'Ant-Man' is A Must Watch! Its Escapist Cinema At Its FINEST! Two Big Thumbs Up!

Fabulous!, 23 July 2015

'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' is pure Spell-Binding Entertainment! Grab a huge tub of popcorn & have a ball!

'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' Synopsis: After the Flash accidentally creates a ripple in the space-time continuum, he finds himself in a war torn alternate time-line and teams up with alternate versions of his fellow heroes to return home and restore the time- line.

'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' is high on gloss & substance. The narrative is ingeniously twisted, while the animation is nothing less than awe-inspiring. Each & Every sequence has been executed with sheer brilliance.

The Action-Sequences are extraordinary. The climatic fight, especially, is mind-blowing. James Krieg's Screenplay is thoroughly engaging & offers enough scope for action/wow moments. Jay Oliva's Direction defines true imagination.

Vocal-Performances are also top-class. Justin Chambers as Barry Allen/The Flash, nails the part. Kevin McKidd as Thomas Wayne/Batman, is the scene-stealer here, emerging with a power-packed performance. Michael B. Jordan as Victor Stone/Cyborg, is perfect. C. Thomas Howell as Reverse-Flash, is deliciously despicable. Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman, does his bit well. Cary Elwes as Orin/Arthur Curry/Aquaman, is efficient. Sam Daly as Superman, is superb. Others lend great support.

On the whole, 'Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox' is a blockbuster, in its truest sense.

Ex Machina (2015)
Original & Shocking!, 21 July 2015

Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' is an Original & Shocking Sci-Fi Thriller, that brings an all new twist to the genre it adapts. Garland executes the film with constant paranoia, packed with shocking & engrossing moments almost throughout. Its pure genius.

'Ex Machina' Synopsis: A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I.

'Ex Machina' is claustrophobically engaging. The doomed atmosphere, coupled with its deliciously twisted narrative, keeps you hooked on the screen. The characters are effectively written & the interactions between the Androids & the Humans, holds tremendous appeal. I was confounded by their journey.

Garland's Screenplay is a knock-out, adding up as a huge high in the Sci-Fi genre. The Writing is thoroughly engrossing & the finale, is absolutely mind-bending. Garland's Direction is strongly done. He has made a smashing debut as a storyteller with 'Ex Machina'. Rob Hardy's Cinematography captures the claustrophobic mood marvelously. Mark Day's Editing is good. Ben Salisbury & Geoff Barrow's Score is appropriate. Graphics are first-class.

Performance-Wise: Oscar Isaac is mesmerizing. He enacts the mysterious mastermind with effortless, unmatchable ease. Domhnall Gleeson is extraordinary. This is a star-making performance all the way. Alicia Vikander is the find of the year. She's terrific.

On the whole, 'Ex Machina' is a delicious treat. Watch It!

Ted 2 (2015)
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Fun, but not as good as the first!, 21 July 2015

A sequel to the flat-out-hilarious Ted, 'Ted 2' is a fairly funny sequel, but its not good as the first one. Reason? The concept of the teddy bear's pursuit to get the status of being a person isn't interesting enough & even otherwise, we had a great teddy bear movie before.

'Ted 2' Synopsis: Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law.

'Ted 2' isn't boring, its actually pretty funny & some sequences left me in splits. This isn't a bad prequel from any angle, but the problem is, it isn't close to its highly enjoyable prequel. Seth MacFarlane has made a good attempt to extend his teddy bear adventure into a franchise, but its his own Screenplay, also Co-Written by Wellesley Wild & Alec Sulkin, that wears out after a point. The jokes do work, but only to a point. MacFarlane's Direction is decent. But his Writing needed to be better!

Performance-Wise: The Bromance between MacFarlane's Ted & Mark Wahlberg is still intact. The Bromance is undoubtedly the highpoint of the enterprise, as both MacFarlane & Wahlberg are simply fantastic in their respective parts. Its also nice to see the beautiful Amanda Seyfried join them. Giovanni Ribisi returns as the bad-guy, but he's monotonous. Morgan Freeman shines in a cameo.

On the whole, 'Ted 2' does have its moments, but not enough to be recommended strongly.

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A Sequel, none of us expected would come!, 19 July 2015

A sequel to the cult 2001 film Joe Dirt, 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser' is THE most unexpected sequel to have come out in recent times. I mean, the prequel was outlandish, but fun. But, a sequel? That too after a gap of 14 long years? Certainly, this was an expected move taken by the folks behind the camera & I must say, their decision of a newer Joe Dirt legend doesn't really make you laugh hard.

'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser' is strictly for those, who have felt something for its uninspiring protagonist in its last outing. The jokes here, though there is a twist of time travel, strictly fare between mediocre to plain dull. I did laugh, its not like I didn't, but overall, there is feeling of under-whelm.

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser' Synopsis: When happy family man Joe Dirt finds himself transported to the recent past, he begins an epic journey to get back to his loved ones in the present.

'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser' is whatever it is, for better or worse, for David Spade. Reprising his role as Joe Dirt, Spade, who's lack of dramatic chops have kept him away from any genre but Comedy, oozes energy. He is definitely better than the film & undoubtedly, also the film's lifeline.

Expect less & chances of being disappointed may not happen.

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