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Top contender for 9th Feb, 2020
So Joker is now at #26 in the list of top rated movies of all time in IMDb at the time of writing this. After watching the movie I critically examined the top 25 movies that are ahead of Joker right now, and concluded a few can actually go ahead of this - a very few. And movies like The Dark Knight, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club and a few others may not be eligible for sitting ahead of Joker.
All in all, Joker now onwards should be synonym of Joaquin Phoenix. With due respect, the age is Heath Ledger is gone. Joaquin cries, laughs, bleeds, runs, sweats, sings, dances and kills. Gives everything to create a towering character in the history of cinema, and in the history of movie acting. In each frame you can feel the pain of the deprived and dispossessed man. In each frame you can witness how a simple and chaste man can be transformed into a villain by the torments of the society when all of his tries go in vain.
And finally we must congratulate Todd Phillips for this masterpiece and thank him for creating an eternal character here.
92nd Academy Awards:
Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix Best director: Todd Phillips Best movie: Joker.
6 Underground (2019)
Typical Michael Bay
Before watching the movie didn't read the name of the director (which I normally do), later after finishing the one got to know it was Michael Bay. Then everything made sense.
No plots, no stories, back and forth cuts from past and present, not much of logical stitching. But fascinating action scenes, superb car chases, full adrenaline rush, typical 3D like cinematography, big noises and destructions everywhere. Doesn't sound like Michael Bay?
But full number to the casts. Love Ryan Reynolds - his innocent and naughty expressions are die for. Direct from the Dealpool way of doing things. The other casts are also surprisingly good, all befitted to their respective roles. Go for it. 127 minutes of picturesque mayhem.
Gemini Man (2019)
Will Smith is a hitman (read, sharp shooter) who can put a bullet from 2 miles afar precisely to a man's neck who is sitting on a train running at 286 miles per hour. That's how the movie starts. You are of course excited after experiencing that shot. Unfortunately, the pace and excitement does not last long. In fact it slows down soon after that shot only. But the story is pretty good, could have been a much better flick. Clive has been wasted, Mary is sweet. That being said, still this does not deserve that lowly ratings, comments and reviews. The actions are slick, acting is okay, theme is innovative, race is good, has both actions and emotions. The Junior could have been acted by Jaden also.
Don't go by the negatives, give it a shot.
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
For the love of Rambo
As a fan of John Rambo, I love everything he does. While the First Blood is the all time favorite in this streak, and the 2nd and 3rd installments were equally good, the final two installments haven't done quite a justice for this legendary series.
This one is not larger than life like the earlier ones. He is not against an army of soldiers, not as a part of a mission for his country and all. Here he is just a mourning father figure going all out for revenge. Even if so much of killings and bloods, you don't feel repulsive just because of Rambo and Sly. Even at the age of 73, there is nobody who can compete with him in such roles. But as a devotee of the character, you might feel he could be much more than just killing a bunch of drug dealers and women exporters.
Even if it is named as Last Blood, I hope it won't be the last outing of one of the greatest action character. The final dialogs of Sly encouraged me too.
Did I expected too much?
Sorry if I expected too much from that line up - Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Farrell. In the end, only Abbie Cornish did stand out from the mud of a boring story line and more boring direction. The story is absurd, but we have seen more absurd stories create brilliant films only because of script writing, editing, acting and direction. In this instance, it could never staged that tension and nervousness it so desperately tried for. May be however an one time watch for the movie goers like myself, but you'll do yourself a favor by not expecting a lot from this one.
What Happened to Monday (2017)
Afraid that day might come
A brilliant piece of storytelling, a masterful example of emotionally crafted sci-fi movie, and of course amazing case of acting skill of Noomi Rapace.
In the end, you ask yourself "Was Nicolette Cayman really wrong in her doings?" I'm afraid that day might come soon when the enforcement of one child policy might go to this extent, before the human race is threatened to be extinct because of over population.
Congratulations Max Botkin and Kerry Williamson for the intense story and Tommy Wirkola for the vivid presentation.
Ignore few plot loopholes, you'll be appeased
A professor on this way to a seminar in Berlin met an accident and after waking up after 4 days of coma, he realizes his identity is stolen by somebody else, even his wife has accepted the other man as her husband. His pursuit to get back his identity discloses his dark past and darker acquaintances. He then attempts to reconcile the evil deeds he has done before.
Remind you of Jason Bourne?
However, love Lian Neeson in these sort of characters. His soft and strong charm makes himself the star he is today. Diane Kruger's role is brief, but impactful. None other leaves any footprint though.
Many plot loopholes, you gotta ignore them - then you will be able enjoy this one. But one question I dare ask "Why Bressler wasn't just abducted and killed? For a group so powerful it would have been an effortless job."
Taking Lives (2004)
A movie that you'd enjoy while watching and soon forget after watching
The plot is pretty standard - a psychopath serial killer, an FBI agent hunting him. The killer fools the agent in between, but finally truth prevails.
Angelina Jolie is good as the agent and sexy as usual, but it is Ethan Hawke who steals the show. Not much of a suspense was created by the killings and the chase, and in the somewhere in the midway you start to suspect who might the killer much before he is exposed before you. However, I felt the ending was a pleasant surprise, that way the bad guy was captured.
Not that bad, one time watch. Expected a better package from the powerful star cast though.
Earthquake Bird (2019)
I'm probably too naive to understand this
A troubled girl finds everything difficult in her life because of a unfortunate childhood accident. She ultimately finds love but there also her friend caused debacle crashing her down totally. The movie is all about her struggle questioning herself "Was it because of me? Why me?"
Could have been a good one time watch if some more substance cooked into it, but unfortunately it is not.
Rating 4 only because of two things - a good performance from Alicia Vikander; and very beautiful Japanese locations. Alicia carried the whole movie single-handedly, reminds me her character in Ex-Machina - like a sweet hapless confused little thing.
Super Deluxe (2019)
A newly married lady (almost) unwillingly makes love with her past lover. But the lover unfortunately expires on the act.
A bunch of teenagers forage for a peek view of a porn movie. But their adventure turns into a tragic and unexpected twist.
A little boy hungry for his long absent father's love, suddenly welcomes his dad. But what he received is not exactly what he expected.
All these independent stories are told in unison, and finally concluded in this 2 hour and 56 minutes of melodrama. It will take you to altogether different world. A world full of situational comedy, absurd yet relevant dialogs, innovative camera works, superlative acting, reflective human reactions, slow yet gripping story movements, creative representation of unknown yet inter-dependent events, precipitous yet cute love story and so on.
And after 3 hours of the roller, you will feel so satisfied that you would want to start watching this again there and then. Hats off to Kumararaja to so wonderfully stitch complex thoughts of philosophy, science and human mind. I couldn't believe that the theories like Butterfly Affect, Human existence on the universe could be so seamlessly blended in a seemingly innocent and social movie like this.
When are you making another one Kumararaja?
La forêt (2017)
Nailbiting until episode 5.25
A teenage girl gets missing in a seemingly peaceful and friendly village in one dreadful night. A couple more follow her soon after. The first girl found dead a few days later. Mother of one of them is a local police officer.
All hell break loose when the investigation kicked off. Never ending flow of secrets and mysteries keep on coming. Every resident of the village has a hidden character. A newly appointed captain of the police force leads the chase from the front. And a lady, a teacher in the school where the teenagers go, helps the investigation in a troublesome way.
Love these sort of short and sweet mini-series from Netflix. Brilliant direction, gripping storyline, wonderful casting, beautiful location and great acting. Bet you won't be able to leave it half viewed.
Unfortunately, soon after the last episode starts, the grip gets loosened. The skillful villain who successfully hid himself for so long, looks pretty sluggish and fragile. The final twist also does not match with the character of the series.
That been said, La forêt is surely one of the best mini-series in the genre. Go for it, and bite a few nails of your hands.
The End of the F***ing World (2017)
Bold and Beautiful
Whatever it is, this show actually reflects the inner human protests against everything that we do not like. Kudos to the makers to create such bold and transparent characters, to portray the tug-of-war happening inside our mind, to devise an environment which is factual but hidden in the society.
First season was good, and the second season is brilliant. They haven't yet dropped by curtains of the show, so eagerly waiting for the third season. This is surely one of the best shows created by Netflix.
The lead actors Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden are simply outstanding. Loved Alex in The Imitation Game, but here he broke all boundaries. Haven't seen Jessica much earlier than this, but now count me as one of her fans. Even thought Naomi Ackie was excellent.
The dialogs are smart, the locations are apt, the casting is wonderful, the story is satisfying, the presentation is astute. Well sone.
Vinci Da (2019)
A deserving yet struggling makeup artist meets a stranger for a challenging job. The actual character of the job turns his life upside down. And the stranger creates a quite a mayhem in Kolkata with his (un)willing help.
This movie is a real achievement for Srijit Mukherji, Rudranil Ghosh and Ritwick Chakraborty. All the actors did brilliant job. The screenplay is brilliant and intelligent. Only sometimes I felt some over-acting from Rudranil. Ritwick alone carried the film brilliantly. The overall story is amazing to continuous grip on the audience. However, the name "serial lawyer" does not make much sense, as not much law exercises has happened.
Bravo Srijit. Hope more like this will come from you.
Ignore the negatives
For a while just ignore all these negative reviews and low rankings. Except of two things - 1) severe over-acting of Jishu and 2) last 10 minutes of the script that made Abir doing some illogical acts - the movie is very nicely created.
Without spoilers, I can say that the clues left by the killer are brilliant; the modus operandi is nicely unveiled and the cat-n-mouse game between the detective and the killer is decently presented.
Give it a chance folks.
Nothing new even spending 2 hours 34 minutes.
Glossy actions. Slick choreography. Handsome hunks. Elegant locations. Big production budget.
Slippery storyline. Unnecessary twists. Repeatedly stretched. Plot full of potholes. Funny attempts to stitch. Typical (and boring) terrorist theme.
That's how you picture this flick.
Disappointed for the missed opportunity
A mother with her little daughter stuck on a Texus wasteland, the kid gets bitten by a rattlesnake, the mother gets her cured by a stranger - but the payment of the cure is what the movie is all about.
The story is innovative, but somewhere in execution it gets lost in translation. You can feel the director is slowly drifting away from the primary focus (which should have been about the core mystery) and concentrating more other trivial stuff. Showing the leading lady's dilemma is fine, but too much of that diluted the actual interest.
And in the end, you will feel somewhat disappointed on how much better this could have been.
Men in Black: International (2019)
Being a fan of MIB series (until now), it was hard not to watch this episode for so long (it's been 4 months since this one was released). I normally don't decide by negative reviews till the time I personally watch it. But somehow in this case, those reviews felt correct.
And actually they were. It is a shame to see the MIB franchisee go down that bad. Neither a Sci-Fi, nor a comedy, nor a nothing. In every minute you'll feel the vacancy created by the absence of Smith and Jones. The actors here tried hard to push comic timings and dialogs, but alas they are not Will Smith.
What a wastage of actors like Chris, Tessa, and above all Liam Neesson. What a wastage of a brand like MIB.
Why is this Fast & Furious?
Just a mindless action mayhem, nothing else. Not sure why actors like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba did signed for this movie.
But the action scenes are pretty slick and well shot given the production budget and all modern CGI. 5 out of 10 is only for this. Except that, the story, the characters, the dialogs - all baseless.
The title should have been anything but the Fast & Furious. Nothing in this movie that can brand itself as an F&F franchisee.
Seen this one sometime back. Was so rejected, didn't post the comments yet.
In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)
Okay, lots of movies are there about time travel. And neither of them are without critics' biopsies and scientific judgements. Neither of them are without plot holes and logical gaps. Simply because we do not yet understand time travel and cannot answer all those "what ifs", "whys" and "hows".
This one also leaves lots of cracks, and cannot sustain such a complex subject of time travel. That said, however, I must say it is a decent effort considering a low budget production. And more importantly has less breaches than many other similar subject movies. So for once I won't place those questions, will tend to ignore those gaps and applaud the attempt. Because the more we think and investigate on this subject, the more the complexities of time travel can be answered.
Only objection is the trivial patriotic subplot and the usual black-n-white spurts. Those swerve the actual substance.
Okay, we had seen that
Altered version of Shutter Island? Or of The Machinist?
A decent flick though, Sam Worthington did a pretty good job.
A nostalgic roller coaster ride
A hapless father tries to revive his son from coma when the poor kid fails to score in the entrance exam. And the means of his endeavor is as singular as you can think of. He gathers his old college friends, and everybody joins hand in telling the kid their story how they have overcame all obstacles for winning in life.
A roller coaster ride with fun, play, emotion, foolishness, enjoyment, comedy, love, affection, promises and what not. It is not easy to portray so many aspects of life in a 2 hours feature film. Hats off Nitesh Tiwari for pulling this off so so beautifully, and for embedding a very relevant message to every modern parent in this funny tale so seamlessly.
The unconventional cast worked like wonder. Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar Shukla - everybody is just excellent. Shraddha Kapoor didn't had much impact on the script, but still she is lovable in every scene she appears. And Sushant Singh Rajput! No praise is enough for him. Wonder why this superb actor don't get more chances in more big banners and movies.
As a hostel dweller in my education days I could relate each and every act those foolish friends were enjoying. And if you miss your college days, this is your chance to relive those days which often you remember as best days of your life.
A memorable nostalgic ride that you will relish in every frame.
PS. We few old friends are planning to hit the theatre again this weekend. Can't miss enjoying this one together.
You'd see it again
Thanks Gregory Hoblit for the ending. Even till 10 minutes before the end of the movie, you will feel so restless for those open puzzles, those many unanswered questions.
It is not an easy job to compete with Hopkins in these type of flicks, and Gosling passed with flying colors. The cold war between the two in the entire duration is so satisfying. The plot, direction, script, dialogs - you'd feel cannot be better. The ending make you ask for the sequel of it.
And Anthony Hopkins. God of such roles! Wonder what that movie would be if directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Hopkins in the lead role.
Margin Call (2011)
Not a money guy myself, I was initially jittery about watching this one fearing difficulty understanding it. However, quite pleasantly the movie is built so smoothly and without much Wall Street sort of jargon, it was pretty easy watch.
And gladly, it made me have a peak show to those institutions who control our financial lives throughout. The casts, the acting are top notch. Only the dialogs were enough to build, mount and keep the tension level high. Go for it.
That's how a movie should be
A most efficient CIA agent is killed on a mission. He is also happens to be the most lovable family man who loves his wife and daughter. A very important information is about to go out of CIA's hands with him. Panicked, the CIA recruits a doctor who promised to "push" his memory into some other suitable person. Unfortunately, that 'suitable" person is a criminal who is literally uncontrollable.
However, when the memory is punched into him, he starts to change. And events follow.
Superb movie. With action, thrill, tension, love, commitment, affection, sci-fi, and above all acting. Each of the casts are brilliant in their respective roles including Gal Gadot, Tommy Lee Jones, Jordi Mollà and Gary Oldman. But this movie is out and out about superb acting by Kevin Costner. May be one of his best performances.
Few things you got to ignore though. Like a little man Heimdahl with his single laptop could control and change anything while the whole CIA team cannot. He reaches to the spot much earlier than the CIA team every time. Many decisions of Quaker does not make any sense - for example releasing Jerico multiple times and go after him again realizing his blunder.
Anyways, those are minor holes lost in a great flick. Satisfies every taste bud of yourself. The conflicts happening inside of Jerico perfectly portrayed by Costner. Jordi Mollà did great as the icy terrorist. Gary Oldman always shines in these kind of roles as CIA chief or something. Cameos of Tommy Lee Jones and Gal Gadot couldn't be better. Finally, the emotions overpowering the beast of Jerico makes you believe about love and family.
In the end, you will feel that's how a movie should be.
Shang hai bao lei (2019)
Not that bad folks
Decent effort from Chinese movie houses. Interesting to see they are projecting themselves as "the last hope of mankind and the earth against alien attack". This title was unofficially held by Hollywood films with NASA backdrop, until now. Great to see China joining the party, slowly and steadily. Did liked The Wandering Earth also.
Not sure why so many bad reviews. It is surely not that bad. And definitely not this 3.5 rating. This one deserves more than that. Have seen much worse Hollywood sci-fi flicks with better ratings.