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3/10
Sangeeta Ghosh and Ruslaan Mumtaaz's employment scheme.
13 February 2014
Another soap centered around relationships with an older girl, I think a trend for the same genre has started with the soap makers in India. I find it very disheartening that an actor of Ruslaan's caliber fails to get work and has to appear in bad films and now a soap of all things.

DV, once again saves the day when DV's father's henchmen are about to kick the owners of a bungalow out.

As DV said I fail to understand how can you go bankrupt when you have such a huge mansion, that too in Mumbai. It seems the same story of parents being against the marriage and yet he loves the older women is being repeated over and over again on Indian television. But as it yet in its early days (for a soap), it was still a tinge better than other soaps being aired now a days.

Direction: Bad.

Story/Screenplay: Average.

Acting: Both the leads are average.

Music: Average.

Overall a watchable episode (by soap standards), but not a good one.
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Blue Jasmine (2013)
7/10
A typical Woody Allen comedy drama, driven by Cate Blanchett's jaw dropping performance.
6 February 2014
Woody Allen while maintaining his one movie each year streak, manages to produce another of his cheeky humourish drama about human psychology. As much repetitive it might seem to his previous work, it's flaws and repetitiveness is completely foreshadowed by Cate Blanchett's best ever.

Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a proud ex-upper class lady, who after the loss of her wealth, moves in to her sister's place. Struggling to come in terms of her own past, she not only becomes a headache for those around her, but ruins herself also.

Just like all Woody Allen films, this film also has a 'stage drama' feel to it, with the protagonist being there from frame one to the last frame, and everyone else just coming and playing there part. As always Woody proves himself one of the best presenter of human psychology and mannerism, with this strong account of narcissism.

But what comes as a striking surprise from this low budgeted typical 'old classic drama' is Cate Blanchett's superb portrayal of Jasmine a egoistic lady. She certainly deserves the Oscar this year. It was also good to see Sally Hawkins' great rendering of Ginger. The story might be ordinary, but Woody with help from Cate and Sally, manages to produce to characters which will be remembered for long.

The film also has some good production design. The editing is also good and keeps the film more interesting with the parallel flashbacks, however, it might seem a little abrupt at times.

Direction: Nice.

Story/Screenplay: A typical Woody Allen stage drama with strong characters and a satire on human nature. Even though it is good, but I still feel the best writing nomination was a surprise, as his previous works are more or less the same.

Acting: Cate Blanchett will be a sure shot winner at The 86th Oscars, she totally surpasses Amy and Sandra's performances. Surprisingly, Sally was also great. Alec and others fit into their roles perfectly.

Music: Good background score with collage of 80's soundtrack accompanies by Conal Fowkes' "Blue Moon", a pleasure to the ears.

Overall a solely Cate Blanchett driven drama with some refreshing comedy, a good family film.
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Nach Baliye: Grand Finale. (2014)
Season 6, Episode 25
4/10
All the jodis gather to celebrate the finale.
5 February 2014
Season 6 saw many ups and downs, it had some good performances and a tough competition, yet the show went off track a lot of times, from frustrating comedy, judges' irritating gestures, to show off romances, it had it all. Fortunately, it didn't have a judges fallout episode.

All the jodis gather to celebrate the finale, along with Farhan and Vidya, with few special cameos from Manish Paul and Sunil Grover.

Unlike other episodes the finale had some good comic moments, particularly the Ankur and Raju ones, whereas, Sunil Grover was ineffective and boring. Dances on the other side weren't as good as they used to be when the competitors were competing for the trophy. The seriousness was missing. The judges' performances weren't catchy as well. Farhan and Vidya who were here to promote sequel of Pyar Ke side effects i.e. Shaadi ke side effects, left midway.

As the winners were decided totally on audiences vote, the 'winning jodi' was bound to win, however undeserving they might be.

Direction: Average.

Script/Story: Average.

Performances: Average, below potential. Judges were disappointing as well.

Music: Average.

Overall a time pass finale with undeserving winners.
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3/10
Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra.
4 February 2014
With the final around the corner, the episode fortunately had low criticism and no teary and melodramatic goodbyes goodbyes, also there were no "love moments" to my relief.

The 4 finalist give a last performance to impress the audience and fetch some votes. As it is their last chance, and they are the finalists, we get to see some good performances.

Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra were special guests who were here to promote their film Hasee Toh Phasee. Though it was frustrating to see the adorable Parineeti cry, what she said was actually meaningful. Anyways Rithvik and Asha seem to be the clear winners as they had audience's support throughout the season, hence it seems only possibility, given that the winner is decided solely upon votes. The episode as usual had some PJs, which are its trademark. Another thing I'd like to mention is that the republic day aspect was totally missing, I would have loved if all the performances were themed better and more appropriate. Terence was a perfect case of wardrobe malfunction.

Direction: Average.

Story/Screenplay: Average.

Performances/Acting: All performances were good. Vinod never ceases to surprise and inspire with his strong hands and performances.

Music: Good.

Overall an average episode, with good performances, could have been better if those were appropriately themed.
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Her (2013)
9/10
Alone yet not alone, Simple yet not simple!
4 February 2014
"What is love?", "Who are we?", "What's the meaning of our existence?", these are a few questions which haunt each and every living human in this world, no matter of what caste, what ethnicity, what sex, and in near future even "Artificially intelligent beings".

Her tells the story of Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a loner who is trying to come in terms after a broken marriage. He purchases a newly launched OS, which is designed to learn and grow every second, and is not an OS but a consciousness.

There are so many things about this film, so many things it taught me, so many feels that I can't just put it in a review. You have to see this film over and over again, its got everything. It's got an excellent and pure love story for romance fan, a pure drama for drama fans, a tinge of sweet comedy for comedy fans, a hint on 'The Singularity' for sci-fi fans, and awesome songs and music for musical fans.

As much the film seems simple, it is more and more complex for a 'humans'' understanding, you need at least 2 views or more to completely understand the depth. The fact of the future we are leading towards is just a small part of it. The film is much more than that, much much more! Oh! I can just keep on writing and writing.

It tells us about the purity in love by an infant, and as he grows complex, he starts doubting his own feelings and the growing unintentional selfishness. When you overgrow your partner, their aren't just differences, there's a gap, a wide gap which can't easily be filled and hence you end up ending the relationship. I can't just convey how much I can relate to Joaquin Phoenix's character and how much I want an OS just like Samantha.

Apart from extremely path-breaking and original writing the film has some good Cinematography and production design. The future which isn't very far is created with perfection and as one would imagine it to be. Everything so simplified and smooth, high waste pants and everyone so indulged in themselves. The film features an extremely extremely extremely excellent score by the Canadian band Arcade Fire. It will certainly give Steven Price's Gravity a run for it's money.

Another thing I'd like to mention is Scarlett Johansson. Boy! I never thought someone could voice act better than they do the screen act. I've watched so many anime and all, yet I never thought I'd be appreciating voice acting in my life time. Samantha, i.e. Scarlett Johansson completely changed my perspective of voice acting. She was just splendid. She was funny, charismatic, sweet, lovely, cheeky, understanding and sensual. She was just awesome.

Direction: Simple, smooth, artistic camera work just captures the characters so well that you actually find yourself in the world created by Jonze's imagination.

Story/Screenplay: Do I have to say anything? An Oscar is a surety with no doubt at all. The best script in years. Actually the best film in years.

Acting: It's time the snubbing Academy should re think their rules and policy. Not only do they need to increase the number of nominees in case their are more than five worthies in a year, they need to nominate voice acting as well. Well I remember, The Red Balloon winning a best screenplay without any dialogues, so why not nominate Scarlett for her performance even though she does not appear in the film. Meanwhile, Joaquin was just superb and at lest should have been nominated. I understand that the competition this year is tough, but he should have been nominated. Amy Adams was also good and fitting.

Music: Probably the best score this year, I wish it ties with Gravity. I can't express my joy of seeing 'The moon Song' being nominated. I keep humming the song every minute. Just superb.

Well, I can go on writing, but I have to finish it so, I'd just say that this was the best film of 2013, probably of last few years, and also one of the most original film I've ever seen.
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6/10
An ordinary story with some extraordinary performances.
3 February 2014
Warning: Spoilers
If not years best film, it certainly had years' best performances, namely Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. The story however, at least for me seemed a little far fetched and clichéd at times.

Ron, a rodeo is diagnosed with HIV. In order to live longer, he tries every possible medicine he can come across. When he finds few non-approved medicines to be effective in keeping him alive, he plans to make money through those. But in turn ends up helping numerous AIDS patients across Dallas.

I had certain problems with the films, like it was a little cause of concern for me as to why he never ran out on his stock of medicines even if he was raided by the FDA (I might have missed something!). Also, the way he gets those medicines so easily smuggled inside the US is suspicious.

Barring the problems there were a ton of pros of this feature. First the characters: The characters of DCB are so strongly penned the they end up sticking with you, especially Jared Leto's character. It might even change homophobics' perspective of transsexual and homosexuals, just like it did for Ron. While Ron may not be the typical happy go lucky type of AIDS character, he certainly is a memorable one. You might feel bad for Ron but at the same time you will hate him for his mannerism and behavior. You might acknowledge and understand his will to live, but at the same you will question his methods. In short, Ron does not need your empathy, he is far too great for that.

The film breaks the traditional 'trust your doctor' approach of patients, specifically those who are sure of their impending death. It inspires us to fight and live, in a way we haven't seen before. Of all the AIDS movies we see, there is just one message, "life is short, live it to the fullest". But DCB not only gives this message but also has a new and a more prominent one "Dare to live". Live your life to the fullest and live long, whatever it takes.

Direction: Jean-Marc Vallée manages to have a strong hold on the characters as well as the story, he is precise and shows us what we need to see, but not what we want.

Script/Story: Excellently written with some memorable characters.

Acting: Matthew McConaughey easily gives the best performance this year. He certainly will give Chiwetel Ejiofor a run for his money at the academy awards. I won't be surprise if it ends up with a tie. Jared Leto, the actor turned singer is easily mistaken as a singer turned actor, if you know what I mean. Probably the best and most heart wrenching performance in his career. An Oscar is a surety. Jennifer Garner and others are convincing.

Music: The score was average, but well executed, given the small budget.

Overall a nice and a different film. Not the traditional AIDS film, memorable nevertheless.
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5/10
Short of content.
2 February 2014
This episode turns out to be exactly opposite to the first episode of the series, which had enormous content. In this episode the story didn't seem to progress any further, it could have been done in about 5 to 10 minutes easily.

The blind man gives a teaser of his abilities, to which the crew as well as all the people are baffled. He refuses to tell Luffy his identity, meanwhile, Zorro's Shusui goes missing and he heads in pursuit of the thief.

The episode started well with the blind man's attack, which was good and well animated, but after that it's just a downfall and the story progresses at a snail's pace. It also lacked any comic moments. Luffy's reaction to a shocking revelation could have been better animated. Even so, the episode ends with a good build up for next week.

Direction: Average.

Story/Screenplay: Slow and weak.

Music: Good.

Overall a slow and short episode, rather a disappointment after a weeks wait.
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7/10
An engaging tale of survival, based on a real incident!
31 January 2014
Captain Phillips is one of those intelligent yet simple thrillers, which without much gunpowder or even brains, get you hooked in just a few minutes. Such films are a rarity these days. But there is more to it than just a survival thriller.

Captain Richard Phillips is a merchant merchant mariner, whose ship is hijacked by 4 Somali pirates. Captain Phillips unsuccessfully tries to negotiate but end up being a hostage.

Global capitalization is a topic which hasn't been brought up in many movies. As I said, Phillips is not just a survival tale but it questions the effects of global capitalization, and the countries' drive and greed for power and control. Countries like Somali try to survive the death race started by other superpowers.

The story not only lets you feel what Rich is feeling, but also the pirates' perspective. Which makes us wonder, where they really bad? Why won't they just give them the money? Muse's character is so intelligently crafted that the viewer only empathizes as much as Greengrass wants him to. Barkhad Abdi compliments this by a splendid acting performance.

This film is the perfect example of 'acting with expressions and eyes'. Tom and Barkhad, compliment each others' performances throughout the film, and their eyes do the talking. Tom really outdid himself by portraying a shocked and traumatized captain at the end. It is very disappointing that he didn't get nominated, but I guess it was due to competition, all the nominations for best actor are simply marvelous. I guess its time the academy needs to extend the number of nominees for major categories other than best picture.

Direction: Greengrass is great, a strong narrative and a strong hold on the film. He easily gets us hooked in just a few minutes. I haven't seen any of his previous works as of yet, thus the hand held camera really gave me a few headaches and dizziness, maybe it was done to give the viewer a more 'seasick' effect.

Script/Story: Superbly written, minimal dialogues. A simple screenplay, but the film is more about expressions than dialogues.

Acting: Tom is back, and he is at his best, he deserved a nomination. Barkhad Abdi was good for a newcomer with no experience whatsoever, though I don't see him wining the Oscar. Rest of the cast was equally good, especially the Somali actors.

Music: The score had a striking resemblance to inception's score. I mistook the composer for Hans Zimmer, until I checked it. But further reading, I came to know that Zimmer was involved but remained uncredited. Nevertheless an amazing score, if not Oscar worthy.

Overall a nail-biting and strong believable thriller. As it isn't a mind twister of a thriller it can easily be enjoyed when you want to rest your head after a long day of work.
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8/10
An honest adaptation of an honest account of a dishonest person!
30 January 2014
As much as I enjoyed this film, which is a typical Scorsese Crime drama with a many situational laughs, I found it a bit overrated as far as the award season and critics are being concerned. Yes! it is a great and well made film, but yet it has its flaws. The film induces scenes where you are forced to laugh, at the same time there are scenes which will keep you checking the clock.

Jordan Belfort's story is a rags to riches saga by means which are 'not strictly speaking legal'. With more money comes greed, lust and drugs.

To be honest, before the film I had no idea who Jordan Belfort was, so it was quite fascinating getting to know a new persona and a new scam. This year already had a similar genre movie, namely American hustle, which was certainly not better than The Wolf of Wall Street. But just like American Hustle the film had some extraordinary performances. Leo as usual, he badly wants an Oscar, he is willing to do anything for it, so it seems. Jonah is excellent, even the rest of the cast is great.

As Scorsese said, if this was just a 'Crime-drama' it would have been a 3 hour torture, so it was necessary to make it a comedy, which was a pretty good decision. Many people argue that the film could have been easily cut shot to 2 or 2 and half hours, but I disagree. Yes there are a few boring scenes, but those are essential for character as well as plot development. Only a few dialogues here and there could have been cut shot, i.e at max 5 to 7 minutes.

As I was new to Belfort's boiler room investments, after the film I spent hours reading about him, from which I can conclude that this was actually an honest depiction of the fraudulent billionaire. Even though Jordan is supposed to be a bad guy, but due to the charisma created by his character (and Leo's jaw droppingly brilliant depiction of him), I can't help but like him. He even makes me wanna be a stock broker and to do whatever he did. As he said, "Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time. ".

Direction: Typical stylized Scorsese direction. A good first person account of Belfort's life. The viewer sees the world from Belfort's eyes. Top Notch, if not Oscar worthy.

Story/Screenplay: As I said, it remains true to the book as well as Jordan's life. Some witty writing and situational humor. Strong. Worth the Oscar nod given.

Acting: Leo is just splendid. If the film was released in any other year, Leo would certainly had won himself his first Academy Award. But this year competition is tough, where Matthew McConaughey is the favourite and Chiwetel Ejiofor was certainly better. Thus he is only the third choice. Jonah Hill keeps improving himself as an actor. The time is near when he will earn himself a lead role nod. Rest of the cast is great too.

Music: Great, fitting, perfect.

Overall a good film, with some witty humor and great performances.
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6/10
Good, but certainly overrated.
27 January 2014
As many people mentioned, David's ways and mannerism of film making especially American Hustle does remind me of Martin, but I think there still is a long road ahead for him to be anywhere near him. Even though the film is well made, superbly directed, excellently acted and fairly well written, it still ends up being a boring film which only gets better for the last 30 to 40 minutes.

Premises set upon the ABSCAM, it is a fictionalized account of how a FBI agent used small con artists to get the big fishes.

Firstly, this isn't my Genre, I don't particularly like these kind of films. They might be good and well rated, but I still find them boring at points. So I wasn't expecting much. As David O Russell say, he only like characters and hates plots, it is fairly evident in this venture of his. The film is totally character driven with some excellent performances, whereas the plot seems a little messed up and haphazard especially in the first half. The comic moments were rare and only came with Jennifer.

Along with excellent directing and acting, the film has eye catchy costumes and hairstyling, particularly Amy's dresses and Lawrence's hair. I was surprised when it wasn't nominated for Makeup and Hairstyling. I think the film is the most deserving nominee for Costumes.

Direction: Strong. David manages to hold a messy plot together.

Writing: Slightly weak for David's standards. Though it is good towards the end.

Acting: Almost everyone was outstanding, and I'd be utterly disappointed if Lupita takes away Lawrence's Statue.

Music: A good mash-up of old classics.

Overall a one time watch flick, well made, yet a bit boring. 6.7/10.
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1/10
What were the makers thinking?
27 January 2014
When your sister is on the verge of a broken marriage on your account, what you do is break into your girlfriend's home disguised as a thief, strange.

Kunal tries to get into Shraddha's home but is seen by Jaya, which makes everyone look for the ghost cum thief and intruder.

Probably the makers wanted to add a comic moment into the dull and dramatic series of events. But they end up messing the continuity as well as angering the viewer as this was plain unnecessary and forced. A sensible viewer will fail to understand the point of this episode.

Direction: Bad.

Story/Screenplay: Bad.

Acting: Bad.

Music: Bad.

Overall a bad addition
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10/10
Dressrosa arc begins with a bang and a bucket of surprises.
27 January 2014
A rare and excellent beginning to the Dressrosa arc. Also One piece gets a new and a good opening, only thing I fear is, which is common with most anime, that it gives away too much of information. Being an anime only watcher, it was certainly disheartening.

As the alliance progress with their plan, Doflamingo reveals a startling object, which will prove a hindrance in Law's plans.

Along with good funny moments their are a few shocking surprises, which lead to a lot of speculation from the viewers part and too much impatience. I almost had a peak at the manga due to the suspense and build up created by this episode.

Direction/Animation: Great.

Story/Screenplay: Nice.

Music: Great.

Overall a promising start to a great arc.
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9/10
The opening spoils it all!!
27 January 2014
The new opening, as good it might be, but it ends up spoiling a huge character, which is the lead in this episode.

A blind man, who makes Zorro uneasy shows up in Dressrosa, along with the pirate alliance.

I still wonder how much fun it would have been if I kept guessing till the end who the blind man is. But the opening spoiled it all. Anyways, barring the spoiler it was a good, intense and funny episode. The Straw Hats as usual are totally not plan friendly. A perverted episode with Momonosuke leads to some good laughs.

Direction/Animation: Good. A special nod for good animation in this episode.

Story/Screenplay: Nice.

Music: Good. A seemingly fresh soundtrack for the new city.

Overall a nice episode. If any one who hasn't seen the episode, and is reading this, I'd Advice, don't see the opening.
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Aningaaq (2013)
9/10
A nice little bonus.
27 January 2014
After an exhilarating experience of Gravity, I always wanted more of it. Though my wish was half granted in the form of this 7 minute short.

This tells the story of Aningaaq, the man whom Dr. Stone talks to while being stranded in space after a space wreck.

Though it might not be as outstanding or sunning as the film, it certainly is a nice little bonus for those who enjoyed the film. It does not feature the awesome Jaw dropping space scenes, but does has a visually catchy blizzard atmosphere. Moreover, it offers a pleasant surprise, i.e. the parts of Aningaaq are subtitled. After listening to their conversation one might conclude that how deep human emotions are, where one's feelings can be understood even with a language barrier in place, and can be transferred as well.

Direction: Average.

Story/Screenplay: Nice.

Acting: There wasn't much of acting required. even so it was average.

Music: Good.

Overall a nice little enjoyable shot, for the movie lovers.
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Yaariyan (2014)
1/10
It's about time IMDb should consider a "0" rating option!
27 January 2014
Warning: Spoilers
I rarely rate a film 1. Even the worse of worse I rate 2 or 3. There is just handful of the 2300 ratings I have given. I only consider a 1 rating when a film is absolutely horrible and intolerable, which this is.

A few youngsters try to save their college's land to be auctioned to some Australian Billionaire. Meanwhile they discover love.

It was totally a let down of a film for Gulshan Kumar Productions. A supposed tribute to the college life ends up being a haphazard frustrating nonsensical intolerable mess, with pathetic acting and a lot of bikini clad girls of-course.

The film is so absurd, it specially introduce a completely unnecessary character to kill him off, that to out of nowhere. The scenes seem so abrupt and forced at certain points that it literally drives you mad. And the stunt artists probably weren't looking when Himansh was just sticking upside down on a wall with only his stomach to support him. (And they thought they'd pull a Mein Hoon Naa). I wonder why talented actors like Gulshan Grover sign for these kind of films.

At the end credits, Divya is seen with her cuter son on the sets, with him saying "pack up" and "action". I have a strong feeling that it was he all along who directed and wrote the film, and it was Divya's way of letting us know. *jk*.

The only good thing of the film is its songs, especially "Baarish" (though I hated the Honey Singh ones). I wonder when Bollywood will understand that good songs and good hilly locations don't make a good reasonable film.

Direction: Pathetic.

Script/Screenplay: Even RGV ki Aag and Himmatwala were better written.

Acting: Rakul is cute, but her acting isn't convincing, rest are pathetic.

Music: The score is average. Songs are good.

Overall a film to be avoided. 0/10, since the option doesn't exist, I'll have to settle with a generous 1.
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Gravity (2013)
8/10
The best Space movie!
26 January 2014
A superbly acted and directed space sci-fi thriller!! Visually a stunning extravaganza with Sandra Bullocks superb acting and Emmanuel Lubezki spectacular cinematography. The critics are right, it is probably the best film this year and actually a "2001: Space Odyssey of the new millennium.

Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is stuck with veteran astronaut (Matt Kowalski) after being hit by a space disaster.

Have you ever wondered what space is like? what it is like to be in zero gravity? etc. All the answers lie in a viewing of this film, preferably on an IMAX screen. The only regret I have is that we don't have any IMAX here in India. Nevertheless this film is not just a film but an experience.

Visually driven films tend to lack proper story telling and in many cases a proper story, and in almost all cases no remember able performance. But this film is different, as much as it relies upon its superior bench-marked visuals, it is a plot and character driven story. It might lack character development, but there was no need for it, though George Clooney's character is developed well enough, whereas Sandra bullock's crowning performance is probably her career best.

Alfonso Cuarón waited for the right technology which was delivered to it by Cameron's Avatar, and Alfonso implemented it to perfection by combining it with his "long shots" compelling direction and calculative writing. Along with extraordinary visuals the film also features an excellent soundtrack, and it is my pick for the Academy awards this year. I was very disappointed when Emmanuel Lubezki was snubbed by the academy for the Tree of Life, but this year it is impossible to beat him :).

Direction: Extraordinarily, compelling and top notch.

Script/Screenplay: Calculative and Strong. Has just the right thrills and character development as deemed necessary. Nothing feels "thrown inn" or "forced" Acting: Sandra's best, probably an Oscar is on the way, if not for Cate. George was great as well.

Music: A sure Oscar. An extremely excellent score and very very well executed.

When the film ends, you want to see more, you feel like I wish it was 3 to 4 hours long. If you haven't seen this yet, better go and watch it till its in theaters, it is not a film meant to be downloaded by torrents or watched on DVD or even Blu Ray.
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7/10
The best of it's genre!
18 January 2014
A lot of films are being made about slavery now a days. Just last year we had Lincoln and Django, this year we had The Butler and so on. This movie can rightly be called close to a Schindler's List to slavery in America.

Solomon Northup is a free black man who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, hence he realizes the hardships and cruelty faced by the slaves and continues his struggle of survival.

Just the thought of what Solomon or the people like him would have faced, like surviving year on year in absolute terror and not knowing what became of your family, just brings some chills to the spine. So a delicate topic handled with utmost care and ease by Steve McQueen and his talented cast. Just like Schindler's List, the film is pretty hard to watch as it says true to the slave stained era of America. From 5 minutes long lashing to the gory aftermath, there is truth in every scene.

Proper time has been given to each scene, which is Mcqueens' trademark, it brings about the hidden talent in Chiwetel Ejiofor, a worthy Oscar Nod. The film is also good on technical front with some nice cinematography, editing and costumes. Great character development, one feels what Solomon feels. Particularly when he tries to console Elizia and When he realizes he can't do nothing for Patsy. The conflict faced buy the character is strongly depicted and can be felt by the viewer.

Direction: Powerful direction and narrative, a worthy Oscar nod.

Script/Screenplay: A perfectly written piece, which stays true to its content and source. Very easily it grips you to your seat.

Acting: Chiwetel was absolutely awesome, scene by scene you feel what he feels, for a long time people are going to know him by "Solomon". Lupita is good, but an Oscar nod came to me as a surprise. Micheal certainly deserves a win, he was just marvelous.

Music: I am very very disappointed at Hans not being nominated for the original score, it was the soul of the film, another snub.

Even though it was an excellent film and I'm almost sure it will win the Best picture Oscar, I still feel it isn't the best of the year. I think Gravity was better. I haven't seen the others, but I'll soon catch up and I will be eligible to comment on the topic. Anyways a great film.
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10/10
Gollum, Gollum!!
16 January 2014
Rarely it is seen that sequels manage to keep up to the originals, generally heavily criticized by the fans of the original. But The Two Towers is a gem of a film and a jewel of a sequel. Nor does it go astray, neither it looses its pace. It is as beautiful as the The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring. Also as beautiful as the book itself.

Frodo and Sam continue with their quest and are finally united with Gollum, meanwhile Merry and Pippin finally get to play their part in the war. Aragorn and others fight to protect the Rohirrims from the armies of Sauruman's Uruk High.

Just like the fellowship of the ring this film excels in breathtaking Cinematography, sound, original score, make up, set designs and visual effects. Also the character design, creating a haunting and pitiful Gollum, straight out of the book, I wonder if Tolkien actually wanted Gollum to be like that? Also It's superbly digitally acted by Andy Serkis, who reaches new heights of digital acting.

The film also has some superior character development as it further sketches the characters of previously Un-scketched characters like Frodo, Aragorn and too some extent Legolas. Eoweyn brings in a good deal of famine element in the movie. According to the book, Ents are the most sluggish or boring creatures in the middle earth, and Jackson made sure to make their parts 'boring' (A little tongue in cheek).

Direction: Flawless as before.

Script/Screenplay: Strong and superb.

Acting: I feel sad the Andy wasn't nominated in any major award ceremony, he was superb. Elijah shines too. Others are convincing.

Music: Extremely good, though not as good as the Fellowship but still great and haunting. Its a delight to see how Gollum's last scene blends into Gollum's Song.

Overall, not a movie but an experience.
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2/10
The double meaning dialogues.
15 January 2014
It is extremely common for these daily soaps to use illogical double meaning dialogues in which they let the viewer and the characters think that things are now finally reverting back to normal, but it is only a mere deceiving dialogue which triggers a twist.

Kittu tries to get her parents to leave, meanwhile to everyone's surprise the couple agrees on divorce and signs the documents.

Firstly I fail to understand why Kittu's parents were unaware of the divorce when they actually saw it happen? Maybe I missed something, I might have dozed off. Anyways, each event fails to make sense as the show progresses, so it's hardly a surprise.

Direction: Poor.

Story/Screenplay: Pathetic.

Acting: Bad, but Esha Kansara has some good moments.

Music: Bad.

Overall a bad episode.
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2/10
OK, what about the trip?
15 January 2014
The nonsensical drama continues with each scene adding more to the shows' adversities. I thought it couldn't get more bad, but I was very wrong and it has actually turned worse.

With Anand's father presenting his son with divorce papers Shradha and Kittu and Kittu's family are devastated by the turn of events.

The logic of taking "divorce" as a trick to induce someone to realization is beyond my understanding. The reaction of Kittu which was aimed at showing the love between the two turns out to be an irritating cry it out scene which is highly clichéd. To top it all Kamini, who was wanting to go on a foreign trip in the previous episode is suddenly effected by the conditions of her family.

Direction: Poor.

Story/Screenplay: Even poorer.

Acting: Over-acting and nothing out of the ordinary.

Music: Bad.

Overall a poor episode.
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10/10
Probably the best adapted movie ever!
15 January 2014
Years ago when I first saw this film, that too without any knowledge of the plot and without reading the books, I expected it to be a normal fantasy franchise with loads of CGI. But when I actually watched it, I was hooked to my seat and completed the 11 and a half hour trilogy in one sitting (Extended edition, mind it!). It is a kind of the movie that needs to be re watched time and again to be understood completely. I was so influenced with the films that I started reading about various characters on the internet and finally decided to read the books including the Hobbit. And then I realized how well adapted this franchise really is!!.

The story begins with the introduction of the war of Sauron and the forging of all rings. The one ring which was thought to be lost is rediscovered and the Dark Lord rises again to re claim his lost treasure. An unlikely fellowship is formed to go on an unlikely never before held quest.

Many critics criticize the length of the film, but after actually reading the books, one realizes it couldn't have been shorter. After every viewing it discloses something new, some references that were previously unnoticed and are a delight for the the book readers. Like the references to Smaug at the start, the undying lands Valor etc. The list goes on and on.

It fairs even better as a stand alone film. If Tolkien was alive, Jackson's vision of middle earth and its characters certainly would have made him proud. With some excellent sets, locations and character designs and visual effects including sound and original score, it was probably the best film on a technical front in years. Each character constructed with minutest of detail. The Balrog managed to strike fear in the viewers eyes as much as it did to Gandalf The Grey. The fair Elves who are the most beautiful creatures on middle earth. The film has some extremely good cinematography.

As the story itself is more of a adventure, thus it lacks character development and is less of a character driven story but more of an event driven. Also, there are many character so one can't focus on each of them for all the time. But traces are there in Gandalf's, Sam's or Gimili's characters which have been developed quite a bit. Ian portrays an awesome performance and he is "Gandalf".

Direction: Excellent and flawless.

Story/Screenplay: Couldn't have been better. Extraordinarily awesome.

Acting: Ian was best, Sean was good. Others were convincing.

Music: One of the best musical scores ever. It is haunting when it has to be, charming when it needs to be and fitting all the time. Shore has done an excellent job creating the score and incorporating it with chants which have a 'mythological' feel to them, just splendid.

Probably the best possible start to an extraordinary trilogy.
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5/10
End of the filler arc/Arc review.
15 January 2014
This was a refreshing 3 episode filler arc. This is a half filler half canon episode, so only canon watchers should make sure to see the second half of this episode.

Law is able to figure Breed's weakness thus enabling Luffy and others to defeat him, meanwhile a shocking news is revealed.

This was a very short filler arc, though nothing out of the ordinary, it was able to depict some good moments like Law vs. Luffy and few good animations. The villain was a plain character and had nothing much to him except the fact that he proffered animals over humans. It will be good to the Dressorosa arc beginning in the next episode, which is speculated as the best arc after the time skip on various forums.

Direction/Animation: Good.

Story/Screenplay: Average.

Music: Nice.

Overall a nice arc and an average finale.
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2/10
Clichéd.
10 January 2014
I highly clichéd episode of a overly clichéd series. nothing has changed in the new year and it is as slow as it was in 2013.

As the separate new year parties progress, Shradha is reunited with Kunal and Anand with Kittu. And thus further quarrels.

Surprisingly both of their mutual friends mistakenly presume that Shradha and Kunal are married. I mean how is it possible that your friends don't know who you are married to!? It is very frustrating to see them tease the characters. Meanwhile, their family is trying to help reconcile the differences within Kittu and Ananad with some romantic episodes thrown in. Well, they have certain tricks up their sleeves.

Direction: Average.

Script/Story: Poor.

Acting: Average.

Music: Average.

Nothing special, just another slow soap episode
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4/10
Better of the lot, but still bad overall.
10 January 2014
This episode certainly is an improvement over the ongoing exaggerated melodrama but has its flaw, that too too many.

As the party progresses the couple (Anand and Kittu) enter into n animated argument, meanwhile Shraddha and Kunal find a unique way to express their feelings, which they weren't able to convey otherwise.

What's good is, the take on in borne human ego in both the couples. While Anand and Kittu are against accepting their respective faults, Shradha and Kunalk fail to discuss differences in an gentle manly fashion and thus escape to a different tactic. The dumb Charades technique was a good creative idea, but could have been implemented better as it seems forced at points. Meanwhile Kittu's mother is seemingly unperturbed by the conditions prevalent in her family, which is pretty odd.

Direction: Below Average.

Story/Screenplay: Average.

Acting: Bad.

Music: Average.

Overall an average episode.
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7/10
Lol
8 January 2014
Well it certainly was a funny spoof.

Now candy crush has driven a thug to ask for lives on a gun point.

There is no particular plot, but the short spoof itself is funny and actually represents the frustration one experiences when he is out of lives. Lol! Happens with me, so can't complaint there. A good video short from Sexy Danger.

Direction: Average.

Script/Screenplay: Funny.

Acting: Pretty average acting. But it wasn't required as this was made just for fun.

Music: It would be good if they had added candy crush theme somewhere :P.

Anyways, a nice short, worth sharing with all those candy crush fanatics (like me) on facebook. Oh and by the way I'm on level 92.
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