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Anurag Kashyap delivers a disturbing & unsettling tale with 'Ugly', a
film that's raw & realistic. Kashyap also aces with superb
performances, led by Ronit Roy & Rahul Bhat.
'Ugly' Synopsis: A terrible tale of corruption, indifference, and systemic violence starts when 10 year old daughter of an aspiring actor disappears.
Throughly engaging & interesting, Kashyap creates a world of deception & cruelty, with absolutely no inhibitions. 'Ugly' is entirely grim & bleak, a film that has an atmosphere of its own. The characters are Grey, while the narrative is blunt & on-your-face.
Kashyap's Screenplay is excellent. Its entirely twisted & serious. I'd like to point out, the last scene of the film, it's haunting & the Screenplay peaks itself then. Kashyap's Direction is suitably creepy & eerie. Cinematography & Editing are perfect
Performance-Wise: Ronit Roy is outstanding as the cop. Displaying anger & frustration, with zeal. Rahul Bhat is a revelation. His performance here, deserves distinction marks. Tejaswini Kolhapure is brilliantly restrained. Vineet Kumar Singh is fabulous, yet again. Girish Kulkarni is highly effective. Surveen Chawla is effective, in a brief role. Siddhanth Kapoor is impressive. Late Abir Goswami is decent.
On the whole, 'Ugly' is a massive winner from Kashyap! He ends 2014, with a roar! Very Strongly Recommended!
A modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet,
'Haider', Written, Produced & Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is an
Intense, Dark & Thought-Provoking film! Led by Brilliant Writing,
Stunning Direction, Mesmerising Cinematography & Tour-De-Force
Performances, 'Haider' is certainly a triumph!
'Haider' Synopsis: Haider, a poet, returns to Kashmir at the peak of the conflict to seek answers about his disappeared father & ends up tugged into the politics of the state.
'Haider' is a story so heartbreaking & disturbing, that it leaves you haunted. The narrative is volatile & completely bleak. 'Haider' is certainly not meant for the faint-hearted. This is a daringly unsettling film, that also has moments of violence, that would repulse you instantly.
Basharat Peer & Bhardwaj's Screenplay is simply brilliant. It talks about the troubles in Kashmir, which reflect on a particular, disjointed family. It tackles an issue that's dead serious & real. And fortunately, the issue as well as the characters, are powerfully put-up. Bharadwaj's Direction is Stunning. He has handled the film, exceedingly well. Cinematography is Mesmerising, capturing the magnificent beauty of Kashmir, astonishingly. Bharadwaj, who has also scored the music of the film, gives us tunes that are hummable, yet hammering.
Performance-Wise: Shahid delivers his finest performance to date in 'Haider'. As the helpless son, who later zeroes on revenge, Shahid embodies Haider & puts up an act, that's nothing short of remarkable. Tabu, as his long-suffering mother, is absolutely terrific. Her scenes with Shahid, are marvelous. Kay Kay Menon is deliciously wicked, while Shraddha Kapoor is nicely restrained. Narendra Jha is in top-form. Aamir Bashir is ever-effective. Irrfan Khan, in a mysterious & compelling cameo, is flawless.
On the whole, 'Haider' is Hardcore Cinema At Its Best! Two Thumbs Up!
Despite the doomed controversy surrounding it, 'The Interview' is a
pretty cool & funny film, that deserved a wider release. Its limited
release may restrict its appeal, but I'd suggest anyone who wants to
laugh on Christmas, should check this one out.
'The Interview' Synopsis: Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
'The Interview' has its share of hiccups. Firstly, the concept itself, would raise eye-brows & the sequences involving the dictator, are quite shocking, even though its told in all good humor. One more thing, the excessive violence in the narrative puts off you. The bloodshed could've easily been calmer.
But on the plus side, 'The Interview' is quite a joyride! Seth Rogen's Story, is nicely complimented by a mostly laugh-out-loud Screenplay Written by Dan Sterling. There are moments of pure hilarity, as well as moments involving shocking dialogue. Rogen & Evan Goldberg's Direction is perfect. Cinematography is awesome. Editing is rightly done. Art Design is excellent.
Performance-Wise: Rogen is in very good form, delivering above expectations. James Franco is a complete riot. His over-the-top, loud performance as the self-obsessed TV-Anchor, brings the house down on numerous occasions. Lizzy Caplan is first-rate. Randall Park is another topper as the megalomaniac dictator. His scenes with Franco, are truly funny. Diana Bang is stupendous, she unknowingly steals the show!
On the whole, 'The Interview' has moments of shock & gore, but there is also a lot of humor in here, that does the trick.
Based on Dennis Lehane's 2009 short story "Animal Rescue", 'The Drop'
is a well-made film, that boasts some terrific performances & a
screenplay that's strong enough to arrest your attention, at most
'The Drop' Synopsis: Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood's past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living - no matter the cost.
The only minus point in 'The Drop', is its slow-pacing. Its a complete slow-burn, it takes its own time to come to the actual point. But luckily, once it does, it picks up amazingly. However, a better pace wouldn't have hurt.
Dennis Lehane's Screenplay is gritty & engrossing, more-so in the second-hour. Michaël R. Roskam's Direction is skilled. Cinematography is extra-ordinary, capturing the film's dark nature, perfectly. Editing is just about okay.
Performance-Wise: Tom Hardy is in super form. The talented actor delivers a performance that's natural & realistic. Noomi Rapace is remarkable. Seriously, why hasn't she been Nominated for an Oscar? And lastly, The Late/Great James Gandolfini. He's astonishing in his final role.
On the whole, 'The Drop' has its share of flaws, but it also has enough of meat to get you stuffed. Recommended!
A Sequel to one of the funniest comedies ever made, Dumb and Dumber,
'Dumber and Dumber To' tries hard to make you laugh, but offers
succeeds only in limited doses. The Farrelly Brothers certainly, can do
'Dumb and Dumber To' Synopsis: 20 years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.
'Dumb and Dumber To' is mostly the same film, as the older one. Only difference, the 1994 box-office blockbuster, was higher on energy & laughs! The sequel begins well and the laughs are on for a while. But, as soon as our dumb protagonists head for another road-trip, you just don't feel nostalgic alone, you also feel bored.
The only genuine enjoyable track is the one involving Kathleen Turner, who steals the film, with a hilariously sportive turn. Sadly, she is hardly there in the film.
The Farrelly's Screenplay is packed up with lame jokes & mostly monotonous sequences. Their Direction, on the other-hand, is as normal as before. Cinematography is nicely done.
Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels, who immortalized Harry & Llyod with their amazing performances the last time around, look tired & aged to reprise their parts this time. Daniels still manages a few chuckles, but Carrey is not in form at all. Even the iconic on-screen chemistry between the two, is missing this time.
On the whole, 'Dumb and Dumber To' has a few laughs, sadly, just a few.
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Rajkumar Hirani proved his mettle with the Munnabhai series & the
astounding 3 Idiots, and with 'P.K', his latest outing, the supremely
talented filmmaker proves that he's indeed a Genius! A film that is
funny, at times hilarious, but lastly, is a film about finding truth
within ourselves. Its a powerful film, that left me astonished!
'P.K' Synopsis: An alien stuck on earth, gets help from a budding TV-anchor, and later learns about Religion & a fear named God.
'P.K' raises questions upon God, God-Men & Religion. I'm an atheist & I could connect with the protagonist's fight against the "almighty" to a great extent. The film has moral as well as a terrific message, that will leave this godly world we live in, rather stunned. Hirani's story offers moments of pure hilarity, subtle romance, tuneful songs & hard-hitting drama.
Hirani's Screenplay is excellent. P.K's journey on earth, will leave you in splits. His voice against the God-Men, are clap-worthy, while his Romance with his human girlfriend, is cute. What's truly funny, is that, P.K, an alien, looks far more sorted & normal in comparison to the human characters. And that's Hirani's genius! He delivers a story about our fears & flaws & he executes it, remarkably well.
Hirani's Direction is simple, yet effective. Cinematography & Editing are perfect. Music by Various Artists is tuneful. Visual Effects are decent. Make-Up is nicely done.
Performance-Wise: Aamir's portrayal of 'P.K', is simply astounding! He delivers a moving, heartfelt performance, that touches the core of your heart. He carries the film on his board shoulders & steals the show. His finest performance to date! Anushka Sharma is lovely. Also, Her on-screen chemistry with Aamir, is adorable. Sanjay Dutt is lovable in a cameo. Sushant Singh Rajput, also, shines in a brief role. Saurabh Shukla is incredible as the God-Man. His scenes with Aamir, are captivating. Boman Irani is first-rate, as always. Parikshet Sahani is wonderful. Ranbir Kapoor makes an amazing appearance.
On the whole, 'P.K' has its heart, mind & soul, at the right place! Grab A Ticket Now!
'Edge of Tomorrow' is what Groundhog Day was for comedy, in terms of
scripting. It's the same idea, in a different world. And luckily, this
sci-fi flick is Gripping! Grab a tub of popcorn, and have a nice time!
'Edge of Tomorrow' Synopsis: A military officer is brought into an alien war against an extraterrestrial enemy who can reset the day and know the future. When this officer is enabled with the same power, he teams up with a Special Forces warrior to try and end the war.
'Edge of Tomorrow' isn't monotonous, despite the repetitive narrative. The maddening graphics & the astounding action sequences, leave you stunned. The film is a visual delight in all respects.
Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth's Screenplay is fast-moving & grasping. However, the scenes between its leads, after a point, begin to lag. Doug Liman's Direction is ambitious. Cinematography & Editing are decent. Graphics & Action-Sequences are par-excellence. Background Score is brilliant.
Performance-Wise: Tom Cruise is excellent. He enacts the coward turned true hero, with unmatchable ease. Emily Blunt is hot & tough. Bill Paxton is superb. Brendan Gleeson is alright.
On the whole, 'Edge of Tomorrow' is some good fun!
Habib Faisal's 'Daawat-E-Ishq' is an interesting concept, that tackles
a social issue, works till its first-hour, but dries up in the
second-hour. Hurried Romance & a filmy climax, take away its beauty, in
'Daawat-E-Ishq' Synopsis: Sick of dowry harassment time and again, a middle-class father & daughter hatch a plan, which lands them into deeper trouble.
To give Faisal his due, he begins 'Daawat-E-Ishq' fabulously well, with the story & its characters, arresting you attention. But as soon as the Hero enters the scene, the film begins to lose. The romance between its leads is hurried & offers no charm. The filmy climax, filmed at a railway station, is artificial. Faisal's Screenplay stumbles sooner than expected & that certainly is disheartening. Faisal's Direction, however, is classy. Cinematography is average. Editing is fairly crisp. Music by Sajid-Wajid lacks chart-buster quality.
Performance-Wise: Parineeti Chopra is absolutely terrific. She enacts the central part with flourish. Aditya Roy Kapur is a miscast. He doesn't suit the part & fails to impress. Anupam Kher is incredible. Seriously, how good can Kher get? His interactions with Parineeti, are delightful. Karan Wahi is wasted.
On the whole, 'Daawat-E-Ishq' isn't delicious enough, to win your heart.
Nominally based on the television series by the same name, 'The
Equalizer' is a thoroughly entertaining & stylish film, that impresses
you robustly. It's A Superb Watch!
'The Equalizer' Synopsis: A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.
'The Equalizer' is extremely well-paced & arresting. The sequences from start to end, leave a thumping impact. There isn't any particular moment, when the film lags or loses steam. It's non-stop power-packed entertainment!
Richard Wenk's Screenplay is terrific. Antonie Fuqua's Direction blends style with violence, accurately. Cinematography is rich. Editing is as sharp as the protagonist's chops. Action-Sequences are heavily gruesome. A Special Mention for the Captivating Background Score.
Performance-Wise: Denzel Washington excels. He's brilliantly subtle in scenes that offer silence, but is incredibly tough in scenes that demand him to be a bad-ass. Chloë Grace Moretz is highly effective. Marton Csokas is good. Melissa Leo & Bill Pullmam are passable in cameos.
On the whole, 'The Equalizer' is a massive winner!
Based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name, 'The Maze Runner'
boasts an innovative concept along-with some exhilarating
action-sequences, but when it comes to overall adventure, this recent
box-office hit, offers it in some portions.
'The Maze Runner' Synopsis: Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape
'The Maze Runner' has a dull first-hour, where the story builds up slowly. The second-hour is when the true adventure kicks in & you begin you enjoy yourself.
Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers & T.S. Nowlin's Adapted Screenplay isn't strong enough, despite tremendous potential. Its got its share of thrills, but a mostly dull first-hour, puts you off. Wes Ball's Direction is credible. Cinematography is sharp. Editing is average. Graphics are outstanding. Art & Costume Design are fair.
Performance-Wise: Dylan O'Brien, in the lead role, delivers capably. Kaya Scodelario is okay. Thomas Brodie-Sangster is efficient. Blake Cooper leaves a strong impression.
On the whole, 'The Maze Runner' is partly fun. That's about it!
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