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Game (2011/I)
A Decent Thriller!, 23 June 2014

'Game' is A Decent Thriller! It doesn't leave you awe-struck, but its a good one-time watch, that has some engrossing moments & impressive performances working for it.

'Game' Synopsis: A wealthy man invites four people to his private island to blame three of them for his daughter's sudden death. The next morning, the wealthy man is found murdered. The mystery begins...

'Game' has an awesome first-hour, which despite being slightly slow-paced, has the power to engage you aptly. Sadly, the second-hour is not entirely impressive. The finale, in particular, doesn't work. The motive behind the villain's deeds, appears bland. How one wishes if the second-hour was as well-done as the first-hour!

Althea Delmas Kaushal's Screenplay is power-packed in parts, but unimpressive other-wise. Abhinay Deo's Direction is top-class. Cinematography captures the foreign locales, stunningly. Editing is razor-sharp. Art & Costume Design are super. Action-Sequences are average.

Performance-Wise: Abhishek Bachchan is in good form. He enacts the central protagonist with ease. Kangna Ranaut is perfect. Sarah-Jane Dias looks gorgeous & delivers a fair performance. Jimmy Shergill gets limited scope, but he's remarkable in his bit, as always. Boman Irani hams. Shahana Goswami is okay. Anupam Kher is striking, while Gauhar Khan leaves a mark.

On the whole, 'Game' isn't perfection, but absorbing in parts nevertheless.

Humshakals (2014)
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Laughter...Limited!, 20 June 2014

Sajid Khan has made entertaining, if not memorable films in the past. Heyy Babyy, Housefull & Housefull 2 had the capacity to entertain you, although Himmatwala was a disappointment. Sajid returns to direction with 'Humshakals'. Sadly, the humor in this big-budgeted comedy, is childish! There are a few chuckles, but there are few and far between.

'Humshakals' revolves around a greedy uncle, played by Ram Kapoor, of a tycoon, Ashok, played by Saif Ali Khan, who hatches a plot to usurp the riches unscrupulously. While the uncle connives with his doctor-friend to grab the fortune, complications arise when they discover the look-alikes of Ashok and his friend Kumar, played by Riteish Deshmukh.

'Humshakals' begins on a promising note, but the pace drops sooner than expected. The triple roles don't really work, while the proceedings are over-the-top. Some of the jokes involving a tycoon who has no sense of humor whatsoever, are cheesy, but truly funny. But watching 3 men as drags, seducing other-men, is anything, but funny!

Sajid has a sense of humor for sure & that's evident in some sequences in 'Humshakals'. But, in totality, he has not lived up-to the mark. The Writing is clearly the downer here. Sajid's Direction is average. Cinematography & Editing are fair. Music by Himesh Reshammiya is energetic.

Performance-Wise: Riteish Deshmukh is in super form. He enacts all the roles most admirably. Saif Ali Khan, an other-wise terrific actor, looks uncomfortable & ill at ease. He's just not in form this time around. Ram Kapoor is impressive as the greedy uncle, but hams as the OCD patient. Tamannaah Bhatia, Bipasha Basu & Esha Gupta are pure eye-candy. Satish Shah & Chunky Pandey are funny in bit roles.

On the whole, 'Humshakals' is!

The Hunt (2012)
Excellent!, 19 June 2014

'The Hunt' is an intense, unsettling, disturbing, powerful film, that left me spell-bound, by its sheer impact. Without a shed of doubt, one of the FINEST Danish films in years.

'The Hunt' Synopsis: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.

'The Hunt' captures the monster in all of us. The demon within. It narrates a story of a elderly man accused of being a pedophile & what happens from there on. Its an unsettling story, that has the power to captivate & disturb its viewer. I was deeply effected by the film. The Screenplay Written by Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterberg is incredibly engaging & intense. Even the dialogue, are hard-core. Thomas Vinterberg's Direction is vast. Cinematography is perfect, while the Editing is sharp.

Performance-Wise: Mads Mikkelsen is astounding. He enacts the haunted protagonist with flourish. Alexandra Rapaport is natural to the core. Thomas Bo Larsen is highly-efficient. Annika Wedderkopp is extra-ordinary.

On the whole, 'The Hunt' is an excellent film in all respects. Two Thumbs Up!

Don Jon (2013)
A Confident Directorial Debut by JGL!, 19 June 2014

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has proved himself as an actor of substance, time and again. But his confident directorial debut with 'Don Jon', proves he's indeed, multi-talented. Also Written by the man himself, this comedy-drama finds the right-tone & hits the correct notes.

'Don Jon' Synopsis: A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

'Don Jon' is sexually explicit, verbose & even predictable after a point, but what keeps the wheels moving is the smartly Written Screenplay by JGL. He narrates a story of emotions, sex & love, aggressively & effectively. His confident Direction deserves brownie points, too. Cinematography & Editing earn a special mention.

Performance-Wise: JGL enacts Don Jon, superbly. Scarlett Johansson is irresistible. Julianne Moore, as always, is terrific. Others lend very good support.

On the whole, 'Don Jon' is a true winner from JGL.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman. An Immortal Actor., 18 June 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman. An actor par-excellence, who tragically passed away four months back at the age of 46, had a career of only ups, in my opinion. Be it a cameo, a supporting part, or even being a leading-man, Hoffman never failed to astonish us, with his sheer brilliance as an actor. And in 'Synecdoche, New York', Hoffman delivers a tour-de-force performance as a man in search of life. Hoffman dominates the show with a sterling act!

'Synecdoche, New York' Synopsis: A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

'Synecdoche, New York', written & directed by the magnificent Charlie Kaufman, is tale of life. It has everything. Happiness. Sadness. Struggle. Love. Hate. Jealously. Loss. Death. The protagonist, Caden Cotard, played by Hoffman, experiences every emotion a human-being goes through. Its eventually a tragic story of a man's struggle of dealing with life, but the impact it leaves on its viewer, is tremendous.

Kaufman''s Screenplay is saddening, but moving & memorable, as well. Kaufman's Direction, on the other-hand, is simplistic. Cinematography is excellent. Editing is just right. Art Design is fabulous. Make-Up is perfect.

Besides Hoffman, its Samantha Morton, who stands out with a terrific performance. Her scenes with Hoffman, are simply brilliant.

On the whole, 'Synecdoche, New York' is an effort that cannot be missed! And for Hoffman, Rest In Peace. You Will Always Be Missed!

Strictly Okay!, 18 June 2014

Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, 'I, Frankenstein' is Strictly Okay! An ordinary fantasy-action flick, that has a few moments, that click.

'I, Frankenstein' Synopsis: Frankenstein's creature finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans.

'I, Frankenstein' is mediocre entertainment. Its never too good nor never too bad. Its a one-time watch, that too, if watched on DVD with a recliner couch to relax on. What goes against this rather ambitious film, is its erratic Screenplay Written by Stuart Beattie. Its inconsistent.

The action-sequences & the graphics are truly first-rate, but the writing plays a spoilsport, at most parts. Stuart Beattie's Direction, on the other-hand, is passable. Cinematography is standard. Editing lacks crispness. Art Design & Make-Up are good.

Performance-Wise: Aaron Eckhart, a very fine actor, puts up an earnest act as the creature, while Bill Nighy is sportingly menacing. Miranda Otto is adequate. Others lend support.

On the whole, 'I, Frankenstein' is an average fare.

Fugly (2014)
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A Decent Effort!, 18 June 2014

'Fugly' is a well-intentioned film, that delivers a noble message, that being, off fighting for what's right. Its A Decent Effort! Its not perfect, but not without merit either.

'Fugly' tells the story of 4 friends - Dev, Gaurav, Aditya & Devi, whose fun filled & care free life comes to an abrupt halt, when they are pitted against an extremely corrupt Police Officer.

'Fugly' has a super first-hour, where the light-moments & the dramatic moments, both, work well. In the second-hour, the film begins to slip. The desired impact seems missing & even the series of events its characters encounter, are ordinary. Even the culmination, for that matter, is half-baked. In short, 'Fugly' starts off pretty well, but runs out of gas after a while.

The Screenplay is decent, but overall, the narrative isn't as hard-hitting as expected. Kabir Sadanand's Direction is fair. Cinematography, Editing & Action-Sequences, are alright. Music by Various Artists, is good.

Performance-Wise: Mohit Marwah does a decent job. Vijender Singh is strictly okay. Arfi Lamba is efficient. Kiara Advani is the pick of the lot. She looks gorgeous & delivers a highly competent performance. Mansha Bahl is very cute. But its Jimmy Shergill who steals the show. He's excellent as the villainous, corrupt cop.

On the whole, 'Fugly' is a fair entertainer.

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Wes Anderson Triumphs Yet Again!, 17 June 2014

Out of a career only of Masterstorkes, Prolific Filmmaker Wes Anderson Triumphs Yet Again with his latest offering 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. A Stunning Comedy-Drama Film, that is also blessed with breath-taking Cinematography, Mesmerizing Art Design & Excellent Performances!

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Synopsis: The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is truly an adventure ride, that offers splendid humor as well as some dramatic moments. Its a terrific mix of high-energy & epic-tragedy. Anderson's Screenplay is simply fabulous. From start to end, the narrative remains crisp & interesting. Anderson's Direction is flawless. The Cinematography is breath-taking, while the Art Design is mesmerizing. Its extremely well-done! Editing is perfect. Costume Design is impressive.

Performance-Wise: Ralph Fiennes is top-notch, but its Jeff Goldblum who steals the show. He's fantastic! Tony Revolori is effective. Saoirse Ronan is restrained. Willem Dafoe & Adrien Brody are nicely menacing, while Edward Norton is efficient, as always. Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson & F. Murray Abraham, enact their bits well.

On the whole, 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' is A Winner All The Way.

Bad-Ass!, 11 June 2014

'Shoot 'Em Up' is Bad-Ass! An action-packed fare, that works for the genre it adapts. I had fun!

'Shoot 'Em Up' Synopsis: A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.

'Shoot 'Em Up' is purely time-pass entertainment. Explosions, gun-fights, blood, gore, brutality...'Shoot 'Em Up' has it all. And that's precisely the reason why 'Shoot 'Em Up' works. It hits the bull's eye.

Michael Davis's Screenplay is no-holds-barred. Davis's Direction, on the other-hand, is stylish. Cinematography is good. Editing is fairly done. Action-Sequences are great.

Performance-Wise: Clive Owen is first-rate. Monica Bellucci looks gorgeous, as ever & delivers a convincing performance. Paul Giamatti is enjoyable as the villain.

On the whole, 'Shoot 'Em Up' is mad, wild & bombastic!

Will Smith. Astonishing Performance., 11 June 2014

The third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 novel of the same name, 'I Am Legend' is a strong effort, but its Will Smith, who leaves you STUNNED with an Astonishing Performance. Though not nominated for an Oscar, Smith delivers a career-best performance.

'I Am Legend' Synopsis: Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

'I Am Legend' is disturbing but arresting, as well. And though the narrative takes place in nothingness, it offers much more than expected. The twists & turns work hugely, while the action bits are sharply executed. Also, the journey of its protagonist Dr. Robert Neville, played by the amazing Will Smith, is captivating, overall.

Mark Protosevich & Akiva Goldsman's Adapted Screenplay is eerie, dark & yet entertaining. Francis Lawrence's Direction is suitably numb. Cinematography is outstanding. Editing is just perfect. Art Design is exemplary.

Will Smith is the life of 'I Am Legend'. No two options on that! He delivers a performance that has the potential to haunt as well as to astonish.

On the whole, 'I Am Legend' proves what a true Legend Will Smith is. Two Thumbs Up!

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