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Based on the American television series of the same name, 'The Dukes of
Hazzard' is, at best, a passable comedy that's funny in bits.
'The Dukes of Hazzard' Synopsis: Cousins Bo and Luke Duke, with a little help from their cousin Daisy and Uncle Jesse, egg on the authorities of Hazzard County, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Coltrane.
'The Dukes of Hazzard' has a racy first-hour, but a dull second. The comedy as well as the stunts work in the first-hour, but everything comes down in the final hour. Even the climax, for that matter, is far from euphoric. The Screenplay is certainly funny in parts, but loses steam later-on. Jay Chandrasekhar's Direction is standard. Cinematography & Editing are fair.
Performance-Wise: Johnny Knoxville & Seann William Scott are entertaining. Jessica Simpson looks gorgeous, but gets no scope. Burt Reynolds is pretty solid as the antagonist.
On the whole, 'The Dukes of Hazzard' is passable.
Ahishor Solomon's 'JohnDay' is Gripping In Parts, but not entirely.
Reason? An Erratic Screenplay & Slow-Pacing. Had this vendetta fare had
a strong Screenplay & a better pace, I'm sure, it would've developed
into a much superior film.
'JohnDay' Synopsis: JohnDay loses his daughter & later realizes her death was a part of a conspiracy led by corrupt cops & gangsters.
To give its due, 'JohnDay' begins superbly & has a power-packed first-hour, though the pacing is consistently slow-paced. The second-hour falters badly, the sequences don't leave a mark, the pacing gets even slower & the culmination is plain ordinary. Also, the excessive violence puts you off completely. Yet, all said & done, A better Screenplay & better pacing were certainly needed! Ahishor Solomon's Direction is noteworthy. Cinematography is grim. Editing is dull.
Performance-Wise: Naseeruddin Shah as JohnDay, adds anger but absolutely no depth to the character. Randeep Hooda is much better. He delivers a ferocious performance as the corrupt, evil cop. Vipin Sharma, also portraying a corrupt cop, is incredibly loathsome. Sharat Saxena is electrifying. He portrays a strong supporting role with absolute flourish. Elena Kazan is okay. Shernaz Patel is terrific. Makarand Deshpande & Deepak Shirke are outstanding in cameos.
On the whole, 'JohnDay' has merit, but it never quite reaches the goal it targeted.
Ashwini Chaudhary's 'Jodi Breakers' is A Decent Rom-Com, that's simple
& uncomplicated. Even the performances as well as the music, work!
'Jodi Breakers' Synopsis: Sid and Sonali help people getting divorces, who are not happy in their married life. While in the case of Mark and Maggie Pereira, it is then Sonali comes to know about Sid's intentions which affect their own relationship.
'Jodi Breakers' is harmless & sweet. Sure, The Screenplay does slip in the second-hour, but overall, a winning first-hour coupled with light moments take this rather under-rated Rom-Com to the safe side.
Ashwini Chaudhary's Screenplay is mostly well-done, while his Direction is ordinary. Cinematography captures the stunning locales of Greece, most effectively. Editing is fair. Music by Salim-Sulaiman is peppy & lively.
Performance-Wise: R. Madhavan & Bipasha Basu excel in lead-roles. Madhavan continues to act brilliantly, while Bipasha looks fabulous & plays her part with dignity. Also, the on-screen between the two, is exciting. Milind Soman & Dipannita Sharma are okay. Mrinalini Sharma is sincere. Omi Vaidya is funny. Helen is all grace.
On the whole, 'Jodi Breakers' is a smooth watch.
Prabhudheva's 'R... Rajkumar' is Below The Mark! The film, despite
boasting superb action, fantastic music & an impressive leading-man,
fails to engage, as the Script is predictable & not-so-entertaining, at
'R... Rajkumar' Synopsis: A thug fights for his lady-love, in the middle of a warfare between two warring gangsters.
'R...Rajkumar' has an ordinary first-hour, but a disappointing second. The action-sequences are superb, but the Script is very predictable. One can foresee the entire film & that acts a minus point. Also, the excessive violence in the goings-on is off-putting.
Prabhudheva's Direction is loud. Cinematography is fair. Editing is hurried up. The Music is fantastic. Each song is catchy & memorable.
Performance-Wise: Shahid is impressive, yet again. He enacts Rajkumar with admirable conviction. Even when the Script slips, he doesn't. He's an under-rated actor, who needs to do better films! Sonakshi Sinha does a fine job. Sonu Sood is wasted. Asrani is over-the-top. Ditto for Ashish Vidyarthi. Mukul Dev is very sincere. Late Actor Srihari does well.
On the whole, 'R... Rajkumar' is not up-to the mark.
Joel Schumacher's '8MM' is A Masterful Film! An intense, unsettling,
powerful film, that offers a solid punch. Without a shed of doubt,
amongst the best films from the late 1990's!
'8MM' Synopsis: A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
'8MM' is an absorbing yet disturbing watch. The journey of its protagonist, Tom Welles, played by a mesmerizing Nicolas Cage, is difficult to stomach & impossible to digest. It narrates a horrifically tragic story, with commendable conviction. Andrew Kevin Walker's Screenplay is intense & powerful. Joel Schumacher's Direction is excellent. He has handled the film superbly. Cinematography is atmospheric. Editing is razor-sharp. Art & Costume Design are perfect.
Performance-Wise: Nicolas Cage is mesmerizing as the shocked protagonist. The ever-impressive actor once again proves his potential, by delivering one of his finest performances to date. He's the soul of '8MM'. Joaquin Phoenix is exceptional. His scenes with Cage are simply superb. Catherine Keener is wonderfully restrained. The Late/Great James Gandolfini & Peter Stormare are loathsome throughout. Anthony Heald & Amy Morton are sincere.
On the whole, '8MM' is one of its kind.
'Dead in Tombstone' is A Fair Entertainer, that works due to its
fast-paced script, attractive visuals & sincere performances by Danny
Trejo & Mickey Rourke.
'Dead in Tombstone' Synopsis: A gang overruns a small mining town murdering their own leader Guerrero, in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell he finds himself confronted by Satan himself, offering a daring proposition: deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. With time running out, he sets out on a brutal rampage to avenge his own death.
'Dead in Tombstone' works as a time-pass entertainer. The Script is predictable, but fast-paced. The momentum is ably maintained & the action-sequences are raw & rustic. Roel Reiné's Direction is well-done. Cinematography is attractive, creating impressive visuals all through.
Performance-Wise: Trejo & Rourke deliver sincerely. While Trejo is much in character, its Rourke who seems to be relaxing & having a ball playing Lucifer.
On the whole, 'Dead in Tombstone' has decent merits.
Tigmanshu Dhulia's 'Bullett Raja' is An Ordinary Fare, that works only
till it lasts. Though engaging in parts & superbly acted, this
gangster-flick lacks sharp writing. One Expected More!
'Bullett Raja' Synopsis: A common man who transforms into a gangster revolts against the very system he once obediently followed by declaring war on the police, the government, and the industrialists.
'Bullett Raja' begins nicely & holds its momentum efficiently up-to interval. The second-hour is unconvincing, with most sequences lacking pace or sharpness. Even the twist in the climax isn't smart, but rather predictable. The Screenplay has merit in its first-hour, which is pretty interesting, but the second-hour disheartens. Tigmanshu Dhulia's Direction is passable. Cinematography, Editing & Art Design are adequate. Music by Sajid-Wajid is foot-tapping. Action-Sequences are terrific.
Performance-Wise: Saif Ali Khan excels as Raja. He suits the part & stands out with a tough performance. Sonakshi Sinha is nicely restrained in a brief role. Jimmy Shergill is excellent. His on-screen chemistry with Saif is delightful. Vidyut Jamwal is super in a cameo. This dude can do some kick-ass action for real! Gulshan Grover & Ravi Kishan are fabulous. Chunky Pandey is very impressive. Raj Babbar is flawless. Vishwajeet Pradhan is good. Vipin Sharma scores, as well.
On the whole, 'Bullett Raja' offers mild entertainment.
'Behind the Candelabra' offers Good Performances by Two Terrific Actors
-- Michael Douglas & Matt Damon. Enacting Liberace & his lover Scott
Thorson respectively, Douglas & Damon are uninhibited & fearless in
their portrayals. Its their sheer work here that outdoes everything
'Behind the Candelabra' is Based on the tempestuous, yet troubled, 6-year relationship between Liberace & his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson.
Steven Soderbergh Directs 'Behind the Candelabra' with confidence, but the Adapted Screenplay Written by Richard LaGravenese is half-baked & monotonous. While the relationship between Liberace & Scott Thorson is well-developed, the sequences, after a while, get so repetitive, that I was getting restless. The Final Act is depressing, but Soderbergh handles it with enough patience. I wasn't disappointed by Soderbergh's Direction at all, but the Adapted Screenplay did underwhelm me.
Performance-Wise: Michael Douglas as Liberace & Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, are fearless & uninhibited. Their on-screen chemistry, also, is pitch-perfect. Rob Lowe, in a smaller part, is earnest. Dan Aykroyd is adequate.
On the whole, 'Behind the Candelabra' works due to its strong leading performances.
Roland Emmerich's 'White House Down' is strictly a watchable film, that
only works if you're looking for popcorn entertainment.
'White House Down' Synopsis: While on a tour of the White House with his young daughter, a Capitol policeman springs into action to save his child and protect the president from a heavily armed group of paramilitary invaders.
'White House Down' has an interesting first-hour, but a tedious second. Reason? The drama loses pace, the good vs evil fight gets monotonous & the excessive length leaves you in mixed-emotions. The Screenplay is crispy in parts, but clichéd otherwise. Roland Emmerich's Direction is standard.
Performance-Wise: James Woods is excellent as the tormented menace. He contributes enormously in the narrative. Channing Tatum is okay. Jamie Foxx is efficient. Richard Jenkins is decent. Jason Clarke is effective. Maggie Gyllenhaal is passable.
On the whole, 'White House Down' is fair.
'Paranoia' is, at best, a watchable film, that manages to engross you
'Paranoia' Synopsis: An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.
'Paranoia' lacks sharpness. The film, despite some merits, isn't sharp or smart enough. To give its due, The Screenplay begins well & the culmination is very well-done, but the portions in between are plain ordinary. Robert Luketic's Diredtion is fair.
Performance-Wise: Liam Hemsworth is sincere. Gary Oldman enacts the bad-guy with remarkable ease. Harrison Ford is classy. Amber Heard is decent. Richard Dreyfuss lends support.
On the whole, 'Paranoia' is a passable fare.
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